The much anticipated week is here! Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo takes over Houston March 7 – March 26. 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:

Houston Rodeo

photo: Kim Alaniz

1) Wednesdays are the magic day for saving money at the rodeo. March 8 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 Cody Johnson (March 8), Thomas Rhett (March 15), and Chris Young (March 22).

2) 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.

Uber is another option for transport to the rodeo. Drivers will be directed to the Yellow Lot 38.

GreenStreet is providing 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.

texas junk co 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) — my favorite spot for used cowboy boots is permanently closed. 🙁