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


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

Dates and Hours

Rodeo Austin will host two feature events in March: BBQ Austin and Rodeo Austin.


Hours of operation for the BBQ cook off, fairgrounds, and carnival will be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned for more information!


The fairgrounds and carnival will open every day with a ProRodeo & Concert performance each evening. Stay tuned for hours of operation and more information in the coming months!

Learn about off-season events here 

Admission Prices

Rodeo & Concert Tickets (March 16 - 30, 2019)
$20 Economy
$34 Reserved
$36 Reserved
$48 Box
$50 Box
$175 Xtreme Seats

Fairgrounds (March 16 - 30, 2019)
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
Children 2 and under: FREE

BBQ Austin (March 8 - 9, 2019)
BBQ Austin admission pricing will be announced in the coming months.

Carnival (March 8 - 9 and 16 - 30, 2019)
Carnival admission pricing will be announced in the coming months.

Tickets will go on sale in early-2019. Check out the BUY TICKETS page for complete prices and deals at that time.

Ticket Purchases

Tickets will go on sale in early-2019. At that time, tickets can be purchased online by clicking "Buy Tickets" above

To receive Rodeo Austin announcements regarding our line-up, pre-sale, and public on-sale, join the Rodeo Austin Fan Club by clicking the SIGN UP NOW button at the bottom of our homepage:

Tickets can also be purchased on-site at the ticket windows during operating hours March 8-9 and 16 - 30, 2019. 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, 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.

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.


Parking & Drop Off Location

Parking is $15 per vehicle cash only. 

Buses, limos and vans must enter through Gate 4.

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 B.  Patrons can access this area through Gate 1 on Decker Lane. Please call 512-919-3000 with any further questions. 

Traffic Alert

Highway 183 is undergoing significant construction in 2018. This will affect travel to and from Rodeo Austin via HWY 183 & Loyola Lane. Please review the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s website for complete information on closures, detours, maps and alerts.

Rodeo Austin visitors are encouraged to use the FM 969 (East MLK) exit when traveling north bound on HWY 183, and use the HWY 290 exit when traveling south bound on HWY 183.

Magic Money Payment System

Rodeo Austin is proud to present Magic Money as the brand-new and improved way to purchase carnival rides, games, food and more! Magic Money is an RFID wristband that is reusable and reloadable. Magic Money wristbands utilize electronic credits and will replace the use of traditional metal tokens on the Rodeo Austin fairgrounds. Magic Money wristbands are available for purchase on-site at Rodeo Austin. They can be reloaded at kiosks, Magic Money booths or by downloading 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 bands can be purchased in amounts of $20, $40, or $60 for first-time purchases, and can be reloaded for any amount. Reloads are free. The initial purchase of your Magic Money band includes the $2 wristband fee.

Purchased an unlimited ride band? You will receive a Magic Money band that can be loaded with additional money for games and food using the app, kiosks or stations. 




Rodeo Austin has partnered with Hotels for Hope to bring you some great choices when it comes to Austin hotels. For every room night booked and stayed, Rodeo Austin receives a $2 donation towards the scholarship program!

Book a hotel here

Weapon Policy

Rodeo Austin will not allow firearms at any Rodeo Austin produced event.  That includes concealed carry and open carry of firearms.  While the open carry law is new, Rodeo Austin has a longstanding policy prohibiting firearms at events.  Rodeo Austin hosts family-friendly events and takes seriously the safety and security of its attendees, hiring law enforcement and security officers to ensure public order is maintained.

Cameras and Video Cameras

Professional photography and filming using cameras with removable lenses for personal use or professional use is prohibited. If you would like to take professional photos or film any part of our events, please contact our Marketing Department to request approval. Contacting the Marketing Department does not guarantee approval.

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 - MARCH 16-30, 2019