With high caliber museums, zoo, and entertainment venues, it’s not hard to find things to do in Fort Worth. But sometimes we overlook the obvious or don’t know about it. One of those places is the Fort Worth Stockyards Championship Rodeo. In fact, PopSugar included it in its list of top unique late-night spots around the world worth checking out.
Most people think they can only catch the live action rodeo during the Fat Stock Show and Rodeo in January. According to Stockyards Rodeo’s official site, it’s the world’s only year-round rodeo. That’s right, live action rodeo every Friday and Saturday night. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the competition runs from 8 to 10 pm.
Here are 5 more things to do to make a day of it at the Fort Worth Stockyards.
- Discover the competitive sport of rodeo
The cowboys don’t go riding and roping for the fun of it. It’s a competition that takes practice and skills. Most events fall in one of two categories: timed and rough stock. Timed events include barrel racing, tie-down roping, and rough stock events like bull, bronco, and bareback riding. The rodeo is sanctioned by the United Professional Rodeo Association (URPA) and International Professional Rodeo Association (IRPA).
- Check the calendars for upcoming events
You can watch an authentic cattle drive twice a day at 11:30 am and 4pm on Exchange Ave. in front of the Fort Worth Livestock Exchange Building. You can head back to the holding pens to view the steers.
Want more events? Check out upcoming Fort Worth Stockyards and Stockyards Station events. If you want to continue the fun past 10 pm, head on over next door to Billy Bob’s Texas for the 10:30 pm concert.
- Shop at unique stores
You’ll find everything from cowboy gear and western art to vintage records and other uncommon treasures at shops in the historic district. These stores have a variety of things for every budget and interest.
- Eat delicious food
You won’t go hungry while watching the rodeo. The Arena sells BBQ sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, popcorn, candy, soda, and beer. Or you can step out and head to Riscky’s BBQ, Trailboss Burgers, or these other restaurants in the Stockyards district.
- Catch the Party on the Plaza
Before the rodeo, you can come early for pre-rodeo events in front of the courtyard of the Cowtown Coliseum. The Party on the Plaza has live bands, food, drinks, and lots happening to get you in the cowboy spirit!
Of course, Fort Worth is rich with many more places to visit. Here are 10 free things to do in Fort Worth, 5 Fort Worth breweries, and cool things to do in Fort Worth. Whatever you decide to do, you can bet you’ll have a rousing good time!