The much anticipated day is here! Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo kicks off today, March 3-March 22. This event is huge in our city, which outsiders may not understand! Last year’s rodeo attracted nearly 2.5 million folks for all activities on the rodeo grounds. Wow! Here are a few tips on how to “do” the Houston Rodeo without spending a heap of cash:
1) Wednesdays are the magic day for saving money at the rodeo. March 4 is the first Value Wednesday of this year’s rodeo season. If you’re heading to NRG just for AGventure and Kid Country fun, it’s $5 Value Pricing on Wednesdays for adults and FREE for kids and seniors. Count on $2 rides, $2 games, and $2 food bites from 11 am – 4 pm in Kids Country Carnival. For day and night Wednesday fun, a $10 bill can get you in the livestock show, rodeo, and musical performance in the upper level of NRG. This year’s Value Wednesday performers feature Hunter Hayes (March 4), Brantley Gilbert (March 11), and Florida Georgia Line (March 18).
2) Parking options. Save money and take the Rodeo Express or METRO Park & Ride shuttle from 1 of 9 locations. Round trip rides range from $4 to $10 — or a flat $15-$20 fee to park in some spots. If you have more than a couple people, it might make sense to park onsite but obviously traffic is crazy! Miller Lite Public Parking lots are $15 cash, with an entrance off Kirby and W. Bellfort.
Houston Wave shuttle service is once again offering rodeo goers a stress-less trip to the rodeo. Folks can park at 1801 Binz and pay just $20 for a round trip Rodeo Wave transportation. Park for free in a three-story garage and take advantage of food and drink specials before your ride at nearby Museum Park Cafe or Bosta Wine & Coffee (1801 Binz).
Schedule $20 Wave ride for Houston Rodeo nights here. Choose 5:30 pm or 7 pm departures for evening shows.
Downtown GreenStreet is offering complimentary parking validation in the GreenStreet garage (1301 Main), which provides easy access to METRORail route on Main Street right to NRG. Tickets will be validated with any restaurant or retail purchase on the same day and a Houston Rodeo ticket. Several of the GreenStreet restaurants are offering food and drink specials during rodeo season, including McCormick & Schmicks, III Forks Steakhouse, Crossroads at House of Blues, and Mia Bella Trattoria.
3) Be thrifty. Don’t pay full price for your rodeo fashion! Hit some local consignment shops to search for the best bargains in jeans, denim jackets, shirts and boots. They are a great place to find kid’s boots, too, which are often rarely worn since kids outgrow them quickly.
Texas Junk Co. (215 Welch) is a local favorite with hundreds of boots that are broken in and ready to wear! Check out my feature on Texas Junk Co. Cash/check only though. Open Fridays and Saturdays only, 11 am – 6 pm.