90TH ANNIVERSARY

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2022. The Rodeo will kick off the celebration with Texas native and RODEOHOUSTON fan-favorite Cody Johnson, and will close with a special, concert-only performance with George Strait.

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Downtown Mural

Get a glimpse of the new 90th anniversary Rodeo mural in downtown Houston, located at One Market Square Garage, at the intersection of Prairie St. and Travis St. This Western-themed mural rises nine stories tall and represents the city-wide celebration of Western heritage that brings all Houstonians together, year after year. The mural is designed by Houston native, self-taught multidisciplinary artist and creator of the nearby Houston is Inspired mural, GONZO247, along with other local artists.



#Since1932 Photo Opportunity

Rodeo guests can commemorate their 90th anniversary experience in a big way, with a larger-than-life photo opportunity! Located inside NRG Center, the structure is an 8-foot #1932 and “Bowlegged H” that signifies 90 years of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.


RODEOHOUSTON Merchandise

Get 90th anniversary merchandise at rodeohouston.com, including an exclusive line of commemorative Rodeo-inspired threads and limited-edition collectibles, from jackets and pins to tote bags and buckles.





ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES


New Food Vendors

Fine Dining
The Ranch Saloon + Steakhouse is a new restaurant concept from Berg Hospitality Group that offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a sit-down dining experience. The Ranch is comprised of two separate dining areas, the Saloon, a first-come, first-served casual dining experience with an upscale, yet approachable menu, and The Steakhouse, a fine dining experience featuring highlights from B&B Butchers & Restaurant, The Annie Café & Bar and B.B. Lemon. Guests can reserve tables in advance. Located at the southwest corner of the NRG Astrodome, The Ranch Saloon + Steakhouse features two full bars, a tequila bar on the outdoor patio, live music and more.

American
  • Big Hot’s – The Junction
  • Darlin’s Fried Chicken – Rodeo Plaza
  • Southern Fried Saloon by Gourmet Royale – Circle Drive
  • Red Barn Biscuits – NRG Center Lobby
  • Swain’s Concessions – NRG Arena
  • Trill Burgers – Rodeo Plaza
Beverages
  • The Teahouse Tapioca and Tea – NRG Center Lobby
Mexican
  • Tad’s Bodacious Burritos – NRG Center Lobby (new second location)
Seafood
  • Cajun Cowboy – Rodeo Plaza
  • Joe’s Crab Shack – Rodeo Plaza
Sweets
  • Fredericksburg Mini Donuts – Lobby (new second location)

New Food Items

Among the highlights:

Deep Fried Jambalaya Roll: This delicious blend of flavors is combined with morsels of chicken and delicious sausage that is married with rice and Cajun seasonings to create a mouthwatering experience. It’s deep fried to a golden brown perfection and served with a tangy dipping sauce that will make this an instant must-have. Available at Cajun Cowboy in Rodeo Plaza.

Pickle Pizza: Fresh baked pizza slice with dill cream sauce topped with cheese, spices and dill pickles. Available at Swain’s Concessions outside NRG Arena.

Southern Fried Chicken Alfredo Ball: A golden fried ball, filled with fettuccine alfredo, Southern fried chicken bites, and fresh mozzarella cheese. It’s garnished with homemade alfredo sauce, grated parmesan cheese, Italian parsley, fresh basil, and cracked black pepper. Served with a side of flash fried lemon pepper asparagus spears, and a toasted garlic parmesan baguette. Available at Southern Fried Saloon by Gourmet Royale in Circle Drive.

Island Slaw: Creamy coleslaw with mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple, snap peas, topped with teriyaki chicken a light sriracha glaze and sprinkled with crushed macadamia nuts. Available at Island Noodles in The Junction.



New Shopping

Agricultural Products
American Steel Carports
Cool a Zone
Legacy Steel Buildings

Art
Jim Koehn Watercolor

Children’s Items
Tiny Herd

Clothing & Shoes
Dale Brisby’s Rodeo Time
Diverscity
Jackie B’s
Lane Frost Brand
L.M. Easterling Boots
Tecovas
Vagabond Boot

Furniture
Bison Creek Interiors

Health/Beauty
Encore Ginalli
October Soap

Home, Gift & Garden
Great Texas Candle Co.
Illusions
Spencer Custom Wood
Vunkology

Jewelry
Gary G Designs
Grace & Wood
Leather Goods
Double J Saddlery

Specialties
Sound Art

Specialty Foods
Boerne Brand Hot Sauce
Munch-oes
Sour Tails
Tea in Texas

Tack & Animal Supplies
Ferguson Tack

Western Specialties
Rhinestones n Rodeo
Texas Trash and Treasures

New Carnival Midway Foods

Among the highlights:

Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly on a Stick: A bacon lover’s dream, with thick cut pork belly, marinated with rosemary, thyme, garlic and special salt seasonings, and then wrapped with 2 feet of extra thick, honey smoked bacon. It’s slow cooked for two hours and then finished over a char grill. Available at Biggy’s II.

Donut Chicken Sandwich: Deep-fried chicken between two fresh glazed donuts. Available at Get Fried.

Crunchy Flamin’ Hot Pickles: An extra thick, crinkle-cut pickle chip, topped with hot melted cheddar cheese and topped again with crushed up Crunchy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Available at Biggy’s II.

Hot Cheetos Float Drink: A Crunchy Hot Cheeto-infused soda float, topped with whip cream and topped again with Crunchy Hot Cheetos and Cheeto Dust. Available at Candy Factory.

Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Bowl: A hollowed-out half pineapple filled with charbroiled chicken, glazed with teriyaki sauce and served with steamy white rice and pineapple chunks, topped with green onions and sesame seeds. Available at Get Fried.

Watermelon Dole Whip Taco: Thick sliced watermelon, filled with Dole whip and served taco style. Available at Nitro Dole Whip Treats.



New Carnival Rides

Atlantis Funhouse: Atlantis is a custom built, multi-leveled funhouse, themed from the lost city of Atlantis.

Dragon Family Coaster: Dragon Family Coaster is a family-friendly roller coaster suitable for all ages, themed with spectacular fantasy dragons and multicolored LED lighting.

Liberty Wheel: The Liberty Wheel is a family-friendly Ferris wheel that is fun for all ages.

Moonraker: Moonraker is a super spectacular ride from Europe that is not for the fainthearted, with high-speed twisting and rotating in all directions.

Winky the Whale: Winky the Whale is a new children’s ride, where kids ride inside a whale that rotates around, up and down, while splashing in the water.



Fan Zone Photo Opportunity – NRG Stadium

Check out the Fan Zone, presented by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance, featuring a new photo opportunity inside NRG Stadium. Here, RODEOHOUSTON fans can wrangle their friends for a photo in front of the Rodeo-themed screen, located on the main concourse level, in section 124. The second Fan Zone is located in section 103. Rodeo ticket required for entrance into NRG Stadium.


Rodeo Read Along

Bring your little cowboy and cowgirl to a Rodeo Read Along, a lively story time with volunteers from the Rodeo’s Trailblazer Committee. Reading sessions are less than 30 minutes and a Rodeo souvenir will be provided to children at the end.

  • NRG Arena, Hall C: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • NRG Center, Milking Parlor: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Cashless Payment Options

  • All transactions will be cashless in the Champion Wine Garden, presented by Frost. Guests may use their debit or credit cards for any purchases.
  • Some concession stands in NRG Center and NRG Arena will be cashless.
  • The majority of the stands in NRG Stadium will be cashless.

Photo Opportunity – NRG Center

Rodeo-goers can snap a photo on a replica RODEOHOUSTON star-shaped stage, or on top of a life-size bull, located inside NRG Center, in the entryway of Hall C, courtesy of Reliant.


Miller Time Bar

Miller Time Bar, presented by Miller Lite, is a public beer garden that Rodeo guests can enjoy during the day, before and after daily RODEOHOUSTON performances. Beer will be available for purchase, and guests can enjoy music, seated areas, yard games, giveaways and Instagram-worthy photo opportunities. Miller Time Bar is located on the north side of NRG Stadium, near the McNee entry and BHP gate.



The Jim Beam Backyard

Check out the Jim Beam® Backyard — a welcoming backyard-inspired space, where you come as friends and leave as family. The Beam Backyard runs Thursday, March 3 – Friday, March 4 (3-7 p.m.) and Saturday, March 5 (1-5 p.m.). Enjoy a complimentary Jim Beam® Seltzer (one per person) – with giveaways, games and photo ops. Must be 21 or over to attend.



Coca-Cola Ice House

Visit the Coca-Cola Ice House, a new Texas-inspired destination located between the Astrodome and NRG Stadium. It is the perfect meet up place to refresh and relax with friends and family. Not only can you find all of the latest Coca-Cola flavors and innovations, but you can get Rodeo-ready with unique patches available at the Coca-Cola Outfitters. Be sure to stop by this must-see on your day at the Rodeo.





CONTESTS


Gold Buckle Foodie Awards, Reinvented

The 14th Annual Gold Buckle Foodie Awards, scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, will host Houston media and chef celebrities plus three Rodeo fans who will judge the top three voted finalists in six categories, including Classic Fair Food, Most Creative Food, Best New Flavor, Best Fried Food, Best Food-on-a-Stick and Best Dessert.


Super Scramble

The Super Scramble is an extension of one of RODEOHOUSTON’s fan-favorite events, Calf Scramble, which is held nightly after the rodeo action. The Super Scramble will invite the 19 “First Catch” scramblers from each of the previous 19 Calf Scramble performances, to participate in the event, which will debut Saturday, March 19, 2022. The 19 scramblers will attempt to catch one of the nine calves during the event, and each participant will be awarded a cash prize based on their performance. The event will award up to $42,000 in cash prizes for Texas youth.


World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest Open Contest Competition

The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, presented by Cotton Holdings, will feature a new category called “Open Contest,” giving barbecue teams the opportunity to flex their cooking skills in a creative way. In addition to the traditional categories — Brisket, Ribs, Chicken, Go Texan and Dutch Oven Dessert — the new Open Contest category will allow barbecue teams to prepare anything they desire, except desserts. The Open Contest will be held Friday, Feb. 25, the second day of the three-day contest, scheduled for Feb. 24 – 26. The top three highest scoring entries will be announced at the awards ceremony Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.


Women’s Breakaway Roping

Women’s Breakaway Roping, sponsored by OXY, will debut at the 2022 RODEOHOUSTON® Super Series. Breakaway roping, sanctioned by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, is an all-women’s event that will be held seven nights during the 2022 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series. Breakaway Roping is a variation of calf roping, starting with a roper in the box and a calf in the chute. When the roper nods to release the calf, it is given a head start and the clock starts running. The roper must rope the calf with a “bell collar catch” and stop their horse. When the rope is pulled tight, it “breaks away” from the saddle where it is tied with a piece of string. When the string breaks, the calf is released and the clock stops.


Junior Invitational Breakaway and Tie-Down Roping Event

A new Junior Invitational Breakaway and Tie-Down Roping event will be held Thursday, March 10 in NRG Arena. Youth contestants in this event qualified in their respective divisions to earn a position. Fifteen contestants in each of six divisions will compete for added money of $23,000, plus various prizes.




SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS


Family Rooms

Family Rooms offer privacy and a quiet atmosphere. The facilities are climate controlled and located in the lobby of the first floor of NRG Center on the east end and inside Hall E of NRG Center near the restrooms. Additionally, Family Rooms are located outside in between NRG Stadium and NRG Astrodome, as well as a location at the exit of Fun on the Farm.




TRANSPORTATION


Park & Ride Tickets

Park & Ride tickets for the Monroe (8833 ½ Gulf Fwy. I-45) and West Loop (4675 S. Braeswood) Park & Ride locations will be available for purchase online at rodeohouston.com.




DATE & TIME CHANGES


Schedule Changes

  • World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Jr. Cook-Off Contest Update: The Jr. Cook-off Contest will be held Friday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m., followed by the Awards Ceremony at 11 a.m.
  • Rodeo Roundup & Go Texan Day: Friday, Feb. 25, 2022
    • Traditionally held on Tuesday, Rodeo Roundup has been moved to Friday, Feb. 25 to celebrate Go Texan Day.
  • Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 – Opening Day: The gates to the grounds will open at 2 p.m.
    • The Hideout, presented by Jim Beam, will not be open on Opening Day.
  • March 1 – 20, 2022: Gates to NRG Park open at 8 a.m. daily.
  • Saturday, March 19, 2022: The Rodeo performance will begin an hour earlier, at 2:45 p.m. The entertainer takes the stage at approximately 4:45 p.m. NRG Stadium gates open at 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 20, 2022: The George Strait concert-only performance will begin at 7 p.m., with special guest Ashley McBryde. Strait will take the stage at approximately 8 p.m. and will perform a full-length concert. There will be no rodeo on this day. NRG Stadium gates open at 5 p.m.
    • The Hideout will be closed to the public on March 20 for a Rodeo volunteer appreciation night.