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Guide to Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

23 days of mutton bustin’, livestock and equestrian shows, and loads more

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is back for its annual run of rodeos, livestock shows, midway games and carnival rides, live music (get tickets here), and loads more. There’s a lot to see and do, especially for first-time festival-goers, so we break down the must-know details you’ll need to plan a trip with your family.

The rodeo competitions make an epic return to Dickies Arena. Whether it’s traditional rodeo with a tournament twist, Xtreme Bull Riding, the colorful Best of Mexico Celebración, the diversity of the Cowboys of Color Rodeo, the Best of the West Ranch Rodeo, or the Texas Champions Challenge, there are 25 rodeo performances that will bring out your inner cowboy or cowgirl.

Rodeo tickets are sold separately from general admission, so get your rodeo tickets here. Want to meet the rodeo athletes themselves? Say hello and ask for an autograph at the Whataburger Fan Zone, located in the arena’s southeast concourse. See the map here.

(Note that mutton bustin sign-ups are sold out, but you can still catch them during many of the rodeo competitions.) But for your kids to take part in the rodeo fun themselves, register here for PRCA Rodeo Camp on January 22 from 8–11:30am. They’ll work with pro rodeo athletes in either the Rodeo 101 Camp for beginners of all ages or the Skills Camp for students who already know their way around the arena.

Family Fun
Entertainment and educational options for kids are king at the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo are almost endless. What kid doesn’t want to experience the western way of life up close and personal? Some of the wonderful things for your child to experience at the Stock Show are the Milking Parlor and Children’s Barnyard, petting zoo and pony rides, carnival midway. Learn more here.

Mooseum Experience
With your grounds admission to the festival, you also get free admission to three local museums:
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, including their new exhibit celebrating the Texas Rangers’ bicentennial,
Cattle Raisers Museum (located on the museum’s second floor),
– and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
(If you’re already a member to any of these three institutions, you can enjoy free grounds admission to the Stock Show.) The FWMSH’s Noble Planetarium will follow posted showtimes and two brand new exhibits will be on view for guests of the Stock Show to peruse.

All-Western Parade
On Saturday, January 14 at 11am, line up along downtown Fort Worth for the annual parade with marching bands, floats and more than 2,000 horses including the gorgeous and massive Budweiser Clydesdales. Watch for free from anywhere along the route, or get reserved seating for $15 (in front on the convention center) or $25 (at Sundance Square where the face painters and balloon artists will be). These tickets also get you free general admission to the Stock Show grounds on any day.

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Kids Gone Wild Day
On Sunday, January 22 from 11am–6pm. Kids Gone Wild teaches kids not just about nature, but the important role ranchers play in managing natural resources – soil, plants and water – to benefit both livestock and wildlife. The Texas Wildlife Association is a statewide membership organization that serves Texas wildlife and its habitat, while protecting property rights, hunting heritage, and the conservation efforts of those who value and steward wildlife resources.

-Seniors: General grounds admission is $5 for seniors 65 years and up on Fridays.
– Tolltag Tuesdays: On any Tuesday, display your TollTag on your vehicle’s windshield, park in any official Stock Show parking lot and receive a free one-day general admission pass ($12 value) to the Stock Show grounds.
– Dickies Day Jan. 17, 2023: Wear Dickies apparel for free grounds admission.
– TCU Day Jan. 26, 2023: Wear TCU-branded clothing for free grounds admission. TCU students with a valid student ID may purchase rodeo tickets for half price for TCU Day January 26, and on other days for Texas A&M and Texas Tech students.
– Military Appreciation Day Jan. 30, 2023: Active and retired military and their immediate family members are eligible to receive free rodeo tickets (includes grounds admission). Military ID is required and tickets may be obtained at the Stock Show Rodeo Ticket office on Will Rogers Drive.

Also, on Feb 1, 2023, the Stock Show donates 50 percent of all rodeo ticket sales on this day to help the patients of Cook Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Stockyards Rodeo Rink
Ready for even more fun? Stop by the new ice skating rink at the Fort Worth Stockyards. This inaugural rink opened up for the Christmas holidays and remains open through February 5, 2023. You’ll find it located in front of the Livestock Exchange Building at 131 East Exchange Avenue. Admission is $20, including the skate rental. Learn more at fortworthstockyards.com.

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