Daily rodeo action is a big part of the over century-old Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, but expect more than that. Think carnival and midway fun, several areas for shopping, kid-friendly attractions such as a barnyard and petting zoo, and livestock exhibitors showing off cattle, horses, rabbits and sheep. Admission to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Cattle Raisers Museum, and National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is free with grounds admission.
The live music lineup includes free performances each night in the Bud Light Roadhouse and ticketed concerts in the Will Rogers Auditorium by country artists John Michael Montgomery and Deana Carter (Jan. 13), rock band Tesla (Jan. 14), K-pop ensemble Oneus (Jan. 27), country singers John Anderson and Bryan White (Feb. 2) and Austin country band Shane Smith and the Saints (Feb. 4). Comedians Brian Regan and Larry the Cable Guy will perform on Jan. 20 and Jan. 28, respectively.
The schedule of ticketed specialty rodeo performances in Dickies Arena includes Ranch Rodeo (Jan. 13-14), Best of Mexico Celebración (Jan. 15), Cowboys of Color Rodeo (Jan. 16), Bulls Night Out (Jan. 17-18), Texas Champions Challenge (Jan. 19) and a bracket-style tournament from Jan. 20 through Feb. 4 with eight events, including team roping, bull riding, steer wrestling and bareback bronc riding.
On Jan. 14 at 11 a.m., thousands of people will line the streets of downtown Fort Worth for the opening weekend parade, which will have plenty of horses, wagons and riders to see, plus marching bands and beauty queens. The All Western Parade is free to watch, unless you want advance-purchase reserved seating at Sundance Square ($25) or the Fort Worth Convention Center ($15).
Jan. 13-Feb. 4 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., and Dickies Arena, 1911 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. General grounds admission, which includes access to livestock events, exhibits and the carnival midway: $12 for adults, $6 for ages 6-16, free for children 5 and under. Rodeo tickets: $30-$50, including admission to the grounds. Parking is $17. fwssr.com.