Plan Your Visit

Dates and Hours

BBQ AUSTIN WILL RUN MARCH 6 - 7, 2020

Cook-off Hours of Operation

Friday, March 6: 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 7: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00p.m.

 The carnival opening time varies by day. The carnival closing time is subject to change without notice.

Friday, March 6: 4:00 p.m. to midnight

Saturday, March 7: 11:00 a.m. to midnight

RODEO AUSTIN WILL RUN MARCH 14 - 28, 2020 

Fairgrounds Hours of Operation

Fairgrounds will open at 10 a.m. daily March 14 - 28, 2020.

ProRodeo and Concert Performances

ProRodeo & Concert performances will take place each day, March 14 - 28, 2020.  Performances begin at 7:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Arena doors open one hour prior to start time.

Carnival Hours of Operation

The carnival opening time varies by day. The carnival closing time is subject to change without notice.

Saturday, March 14 thru Sunday, March 22: 11:00 a.m. to midnight
Monday, March 23 thru Friday, March 27: 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 28: 11:00 a.m. to midnight

The carnival is held outdoors, and Texas weather is unpredictable. For the safety of our guests, rides are subject to closure due to weather. 

For more information on our off-season events, CLICK HERE.

 

Admission Prices

BBQ Austin (March 6 - 7, 2020)

One Day Adult (ages 13 and up):  $8

One Day Child (ages 3 to 12): $5

Children 2 and under: FREE

Kick Open the Chutes (March 13, 2020)

All Ages: $20

Rodeo & Concert Tickets (March 14 - 28, 2020)

$20 Economy

$28 Obstructed View

$30 Obstructed View

$34 Reserved Bleacher

$36 Reserved Bleacher

$48 Box

$50 Box

$175 Xtreme Seats

Pricing includes Fairgrounds admission.

Fairgrounds (March 14 - 28, 2020)

One Day Adult (ages 13 and up):  $8

One Day Child (ages 3 to 12): $5

Military & First Responders: $5

Seniors 60+: $5

Children 2 and under: FREE

Season Adult: $25

Season Child (ages 3 to 12): $15

Carnival (March 6 - 7 and 14 - 28, 2020)

Daily Unlimited Ride Wristband = $35
Valid for any one day for the full hours of operation. Does not include Fairgrounds admission, please purchase separately.

Early Bird Special Wristband = $20
Special pricing for early birds during Spring Break! Ride 11:00am - 5:00pm any one day Monday 3/16/2020 to Thursday 3/19./2020 Does not include Fairgrounds admission, please purchase separately.

After School Special Wristband = $15
Special pricing for after school visits March 23 - 26. Ride 4:00pm - close any one day Monday 3/23/2020 to Thursday 3/26/2020. Does not include Fairgrounds admission, please purchase separately.

Tickets will go on sale, Friday, January 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Check out the BUY TICKETS page for complete prices and deals at that time.

How to Buy Tickets

Tickets will go on sale Friday, January 24, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking BUY TICKETS at that time.

Tickets can also be purchased on-site at the ticket windows during operating hours March 6 - 7, March 13, and March 14 - 28, 2020. Cars that enter to purchase tickets will be subject to the parking fee.

Children 2 years old and younger are granted free Fairgrounds admission and free Rodeo & Concert admission if seated on a parent's lap. Children 2 years old and younger will be subject to Carnival ride fees.

All sales final. No refunds or exchanges. Carnival rides subject to closure due to weather.

Ticket Discounts

Rodeo Austin has plenty of deals and discounts to help make visiting our event a little easier.

HALF OFF RODEO: Select Rodeo & Concert tickets will be sold at 50% off normal price of $36 for March 25-27. This offer is ONLY valid for $36 reserved seats on March 25 or 26 or 27. You will be charged $18 + fees per ticket. To purchase, select your desired date in the list of Rodeo & Concert performances listed near the top of this page. Quantities are limited, act now before they sell out. Not a guarantee. 50% discount not valid for any other ticket type other than $36 reserved seats. 

$2 TUESDAY: Experience all Rodeo Austin has to offer on this discounted day! Enjoy $2 fairgrounds admission for both adult and child tickets on 3/26. Carnival rides and games are all just $2 all day. Fairgrounds ticket may be purchased online HERE. Carnival rides must be purchased on site.

MILITARY & FIRST RESPONDERS: Rodeo Austin is pleased to offer a discounted fairgrounds ticket for active or retired military personnel as well as all first responders! $8 admission is reduced to $5, March 16 - 30. Must be purchased at the gate, not available online.

SENIORS 60+: Rodeo Austin is pleased to offer a discounted fairgrounds ticket for seniors age 60 and better! $8 admission is reduced to $5, March 16 - 30. Must be purchased at the gate, not available online.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL CARNIVAL WRISTBAND: Special pricing for early birds during Spring Break! Ride 11:00am - 5:00pm any one day Monday 3/16/2020 to Thursday 3/19/2020. Does not include Fairgrounds admission, please purchase separately.

AFTER SCHOOL CARNIVAL WRISTBAND: Special pricing for after school visits March 23 - 26. Ride 4:00pm - close any one day Monday 3/23/2020 to Thursday 3/26/2020. Does not include Fairgrounds admission, please purchase separately.

GROUPS: Groups of 20 or more are eligible for a group discount for Rodeo & Concert tickets. Please call 512-919-3000 and ask for the ticket department for inquiries on group sales. 

Getting Here

Rodeo Austin is accessible through several highways and roads including: SH 130, HWY 183, HWY 290, FM 969 (MLK Blvd) and FM 973. Use the address 9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin TX 78724 for GPS. Austin roads are always a work in progress, so be on the lookout for construction that may cause traffic delays.  TxDOT has an interactive map with highway conditions that you may find useful HERE

Public Parking is accessible through GATE 3 and GATE 4, on Decker Lake Road. Permits are required for GATE 1 and GATE 2, on Decker Lane. Ride Share patrons please use GATE 1. Livestock show exhibitors should use GATE 1.

VIEW FAIRGROUNDS MAP

Parking, Ride Share & Pick Up/Drop Off

Parking is $15 per vehicle cash or credit card onsite, or now for purchase in advance online. 

Our Pick Up and Drop Off lot is specifically designated for patrons dropping off children or for those utilizing ride sharing services. It is marked with signage to make it easy to locate. The Pick Up and Drop Off area has moved to Lot G4.  Patrons can access this area through Gate 1 on Decker Lane. Buses, limos and vans must enter through Gate 1. Please call 512-919-3000 with any further questions. 

Security & Bag Check

All bags are subject to a bag check upon entrance to the Rodeo Austin Fairgrounds. Firearms, knives with blades longer than three inches, or weapons of any kind are prohibited. Concealed carry and open carry of firearms is prohibited. New for 2020, guests entering the rodeo arena must go through a metal detector and receive an additional bag check. Please note these new security procedures may require an additional wait, so plan your travel time accordingly.

Rodeo Austin does not restrict the size of bags allowed, nor does is enforce a clear bag policy for Rodeo Austin events. No coolers of any size are allowed, except for medical purposes.

Carnival Rides

Rodeo Austin is proud to host Austin's largest carnival. The carnival offers nearly 60 rides and dozens of games for the whole family! Rides and games can be purchased on an individual basis. Unlimited ride wristbands allow you to ride all day for one price. Rides and games range from $2 - $10 each, with most rides being $3 - $4 each.

Guests must have a fairgrounds or rodeo & concert admission ticket to enter the carnival area, but you do not have to purchase a carnival ride wristband to enter the carnival area.

For your safety, each carnival ride has height restrictions. Please see Crabtree Amusement's website for a full list of rides. Rides may vary by location. Wristbands are non-refundable and non-transferable.  Carnival wristbands do not include the thrill ride Power. There are a limited number of rides that are suitable for younger children, therefore, an unlimited ride wristband may not be a large value for children 36” and smaller.

The carnival is held outdoors, and Texas weather is unpredictable. For the safety of our guests, rides are subject to closure due to weather. 

Magic Money Payment System

To play carnival games or enjoy individual rides, guests must purchase Magic Money credits. Magic Money credits are  accepted at all food and beverage stands on the fairgrounds, as are debit and credit cards. To ride individuals rides or play games, guests must purchase a Magic Money card.

Magic Money credits from Rodeo Austin 2018 and 2019 will be accepted.

Magic Money credits are available for purchase on-site at Rodeo Austin. The cards can be reloaded at kiosks, Magic Money booths or by downloading the app. Guests can eliminate the need to carry the Magic Money card by utilizing the app.

  • Utilize the Magic Money app to monitor your balance and reload credits
  • Transactions are made on the Amazon Cloud so it’s secure and safe
  • Reload your Magic Money band with cash or credit card
  • Unused credits? Come and see us next year!

The initial purchase of your Magic Money band includes a $2 card fee. Reloads are free. 

VIEW FAQs

Accessibility

Rodeo Austin offers accessible seating options in our rodeo arena for guests with disabilities and their companions. These tickets are subject to a purchase limit of up to three companions per guest. All patrons must have their own ticket. For online purchases, these tickets are designated as ADA/Companion. 

 

Accessible parking is offered for guests with appropriate permits.  Please have permit available and visible for parking personnel upon entering the gates.

 

Rodeo Austin can provide sign language interpretation for guests with hearing impairments.  Requests for this service must be received 72 hours prior to the event.  For assistance, please call the Rodeo Austin Ticketing Department at 512-919-3000.

Photography and Video

Cameras with a professional lens (over three inches) or flash attachments, monopods, tripods, and selfie sticks are prohibited. Due to contractual agreements, video and audio recording inside the arena during concert performances is always prohibited. Requests for professional video/photography must go through Rodeo Austin’s Marketing department prior to the event.

Contacting the Marketing Department does not guarantee approval.

Ticket Resell

Rodeo Austin prohibits the resale or attempted resale of tickets at a price higher than the face value printed on the ticket. Rodeo Austin does not condone the scalping of tickets. You assume all risk when purchasing tickets through a scalper, third-party reseller, or non-authorized ticket center.

Rodeo Austin reserves the right to cancel any and all tickets found to be resold for higher than face value prices.

Animal Care Policy

Rodeo Austin is committed to the humane and compassionate treatment of all animals. Please review the full Animal Care Policy below.

Animal Care Policy

Rodeo Austin Charity Mission

Rodeo Austin, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, contributing millions annually to the youth of Texas. Through the acclaimed Livestock Show, Fair and Rodeo, and other events, we work toward the advancement of our mission: Promoting Youth Education - Preserving Western Heritage.  The scholarship program is at the heart of our charity mission, providing college scholarships to deserving youth. Rodeo Austin ranks as one of Central Texas' largest collegiate scholarship providers.

Learn more about the Scholarship Program or donate now!

Scholarships

Scholarship Recipients are selected based on financial need, academic achievement and community involvement. Rodeo Austin establishes the selection criteria, then the partnering educational institutions make the specific student selections each year. To be considered for a Rodeo Austin Scholarship, you must be attending one of the partnering colleges or universities or have participated in 4-H or FFA programs.

Learn more about how to apply for a Rodeo Austin Scholarship

Volunteer Program

As a charitable organization, we rely on our more than 1,000 volunteers to make our event a success! The volunteers participate on more than 25 committees to administer our educational programs and plan annual events. 

Learn more about volunteering

Baby Lounge

New in 2020, Rodeo Austin guests may enjoy the baby lounge located inside the General Store. Equipped with stalls for feeding, air conditioning, outlets, changing tables and rocking chairs for your convenience and privacy.

Look for this image on the Schedule of Events map and on signs located at and in the Exhibit Hall.

RODEO AUSTIN - MARCH 14-28, 2020