Houston Rodeo

photo: Kim Alaniz

The much anticipated week is here! Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo takes over Houston February 25 – March 17, 2019. Each year, the rodeo attracts nearly 2.5 million folks for all activities on the rodeo grounds, making it one of Houston’s top events of the year. Below, you can learn a few tips on how to “do” the Houston Rodeo for cheap without spending a heap of cash.

1) Wednesdays are the magic day for saving money at the rodeo. February 27 is the first Family Wednesday (formerly called Value Wednesdays) of this year’s rodeo season. If you’re heading to NRG just for AGventure and Kid Country fun, it’s FREE for kids 12 and under and seniors 60 and over each Wednesday throughout the Rodeo season. 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, you can get in the livestock show, rodeo, and musical performance in the upper level of NRG for just $5 more than the price of general admission.

2) Houston Rodeo parking options. Take the METRORail, METRO bus or a Rodeo Express bus from 1 of 7 locations. Round trip rides range from $4 to $7. METRO rides are $2.50. If you have more than a couple people, it might make sense to park onsite, but obviously traffic is crazy! Get the Park & Ride Map online.

Public Parking spots are available at three lots: 610 for $15 (Kirby and W. Bellfort), OST1 for $15 (S. Braeswood and Greenbriar) and Yellow for $20 (Main St.). Catch a free tram service to the grounds, NRG Center and NRG Arena.

There is also the option to take a Lyft and get dropped off right near the entrance so you can avoid Rodeo parking altogether.  Right now, you can sign up for Lyft with promo code HOUCHEAP and get a $15 credit towards your ride to the Rodeo.

In years past, GreenStreet has provided complimentary parking validation in the GreenStreet parking garage (1301 Main) with a same-day purchase at any of the GreenStreet retailers or restaurants. Simply show your Rodeo ticket at time of purchase to get the validation card. Then take advantage of easy access to METRORail route on Main Street. Check their website for information on if this deal will be available in 2019.

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.


Have any other tips for saving at the Houston Rodeo? Comment below and let us know.