Weekend Wanderings | 2019 Houston Rodeo Roundup

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Can Y’ALL believe it’s almost that time again? The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo preparation has already begun…and we are here for it. We’ve done several posts about the Houston Rodeo in the past (which will be linked below), but we have a whole new roundup for this year’s festivities. Enjoy this glimpse of what is to come to the best city of the south…and if you’ve never been to the rodeo–make this the year you change that! 

HISTORY

Similar to this post from 2018, we wanted to give y’all a brief rundown of the history of this event. Though the original committee was formed in 1931, the very first rodeo didn’t actually occur until 1932. The first rodeo was held at the Democratic Convention Center and shortly after was moved to the Sam Houston Coliseum. In 1966 the rodeo moved to the famous Houston Astrodome and is now being held at NRG Stadium, home of our favorite team, the Houston Texans. In 1994 the barbeque contest was held for the first time at the rodeo, which soon became a staple for this event. And in 1962 the rodeo changed its name to Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, which remains the official name today. For more information on the history of HLSR, check out this article.

 

LINEUP

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Weekend Wanderings | 2019 Houston Rodeo Roundup

This year, the lineup was actually released before the official live-date. Us Houstonians were all wondering if the version released was a fake lineup, but it was actually the real version just released prematurely…and the whole city was ecstatic. George Strait‘s conclusion of the show is perhaps the most buzzworthy, as he comes out of retirement to perform for Houston. One of my favorites, Kings of Leon, will play March 12 right after the Zac Brown Band and a surprising act, Cardi B, has some mixed reactions from the young and old crowds of the rodeo. Regardless, we’re all excited for some new faces at such a classic event.

Weekend Wanderings | 2019 Houston Rodeo Roundup
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WHERE TO STAY

Houston can be quite overwhelming for those who have never ventured down south before. The city itself is huge and has all kinds of hidden pockets to explore. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is held at NRG, home of the Houston Texans, which is slightly south of central Houston. Here are some ideas for where to stay in this area, across every budget level.

LUXURY: 

JW Marriot Uptown

Four Seasons Hotel Houston

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The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown 

The St.Regis Houston

IN BETWEEN: 

Hotel Granduca Houston

Hotel Ylem

Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria

BUDGET: 

Airbnb: this page has a list of rental options near the stadium, so perfect for a real taste of Houston, and a help to the budget!

 

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WHAT TO DO

Food

We posted this last year as well, but navigating the rodeo can be a tall order, however, our favorite answer to this question is always…EAT! The HLSR is spectacular for a number of reasons, but the cuisine makes the very top of the list. There are so many delicacies available, from fried Oreos to corn in a cup, to classic Tex-Mex and comfort food options. Although we love fried food stands, if you’re in need of a hearty meal make sure to travel to the catered food section near the back of the park. Restaurants like Pappasitos, Freebirds and Pappas Barbeque set up shot and make delicious meals. There is also food and drinks available inside, for those of us who like to enjoy happy hour alongside the show. For a full dining guide, click here.

The Wine Garden 

Located across from NRG Stadium, was added several years ago. It is a large outdoor area with tables and chairs where you can meet your friends for a glass of wine before the rodeo starts.It has become a big hit for wine drinkers. Also, a wine auction was added and has raised megabucks for the scholarships offered to the kids.

There are plenty of attractions to experience, especially if you’re traveling to the rodeo for the first time. The indoor petting zoo is one of the largest attractions, along with all of the rides and games located throughout the outdoor park. One of the lesser-known aspects is the art displayed near the petting zoo, which comes from students around the Houston area. And be sure to get inside earlier than the performer is scheduled to come out, so you can enjoy the actual “rodeo” part of the event (my favorite is Mutton Bustin’!)

What’s your favorite part of the rodeo? Let us know in the comments below! 

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