Special Days

Each year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ welcomes millions of visitors from all different backgrounds to NRG Park. To celebrate the diversity of the Houston community, and the Lone Star State, Special Days are offered during the Rodeo.

Uniting agriculture and education, the Rodeo celebrates universities in Texas on University Days . Show your school spirit and proudly wear your alma matter’s colors around the Rodeo grounds and in NRG Stadium at RODEOHOUSTON®!

Free Family Wednesday Admission for seniors, 60 and over, and children, 12 and under, until noon on the first and third Wednesday.
(This does not include rodeo/concert admission)


Feb. 27, 2024

Opening Day celebrates the uniqueness and community aspect of Houston! Guests of all ages can enjoy special giveaways and a variety of activities planned throughout the day, including an Opening Day Parade on the grounds of NRG Park.

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Feb. 28, 2024

Armed Forces Appreciation Day honors the brave men and women for their service in the U.S. military. Visitors are encouraged to come out, dress in red, white, and blue, and show appreciation for the troops, past and present.

Free NRG Park Admission on Armed Forces Appreciation Day for the following:

  • Actively-serving military members in uniform and with a current military ID, plus four of their family members
  • Spouses of actively-serving military members currently deployed with a dependent ID, plus four of their family members

    Admission provided at the NRG Park entrances on Armed Forces Appreciation Day only (Rodeo tickets sold separately)

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Feb. 29, 2024

A Sensory Friendly Experience is held in select areas of the carnival to promote an accommodating and positive experience for all Rodeo guests with sensory sensitivities or challenges. During this time, there will be minimal lights and sounds permitted in the carnival.

Sensory Day Map | Sensory Day Ride List


March 1, 2024

Day-long festivities include live entertainment on the Junction Stage from Houston’s finest  bands, choirs, dance teams, cheerleader teams, and fine arts groups; special entertainment at the Champion Wine Garden and in The Hideout; and historical and educational displays around the grounds of NRG Park. 


March 4, 2024

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo salutes the various public law enforcement, firefighters, EMS and other emergency services agencies in the Houston Metropolitan Area on First Responders Day.

  • Free NRG Park admission to the grounds for all first responders with a badge, plus four of their family members (admission provided at the NRG Park entrances on First Responders Day only)
  • Special equipment and services displays

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March 6, 2024

The Rodeo will host Community Day, providing additional discounts for guests coming to NRG Park on the middle Wednesday of Rodeo. The celebration includes buy one get one rides and games in the Junction and community activations. 

All guests will enjoy free admission to the Park until noon.

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March 10, 2024

Go Tejano Day festivities include live entertainment on The Junction Stage and in the Champion Wine Garden, and the Mariachi Invitational Semifinals in The Hideout. Enjoy Fiesta Charra in the NRG Center Main Arena, a colorful exhibition of traditional Mexican folk dance, music and horseback riding.