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february, 2024

22feb(feb 22)5:00 pm24(feb 24)11:00 pmHouston Livestock Show & Rodeo World's Championship BBQ ContestNRG ParkBuy Tickets


22 (Thursday) 5:00 pm - 24 (Saturday) 11:00 pm


NRG Park

1 NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054

Event Details

  • Thursday, February 22, 2024 – 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday, February 23, 2024 – Noon – 11:00PM
  • Saturday, February 24, 2024 – 9:00AM – 11:00 PM

More than 250 teams compete in the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, presented by Cotton Holdings. While most team tents are invitation-only, visitors can enjoy several public venues, including The Garden, Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon and the Chuckwagon. Plus, the carnival is open for wild rides and fun games.

The Garden Stage, sponsored by Miller Lite, features some of the best up-and-coming and established artists in Texas country. The Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon also features live and DJ music, and has an outside patio for visitors to enjoy. Inside the saloon is the Chuckwagon, where visitors can pick up their complimentary sliced brisket plate with chips and beans.


Adult tickets: $25.00

Children 3-12 years old: $10.00

Age 2 years and younger: FREE

Seasons Ground Pass: $55

With a Bar-B-Que Contest ticket, visitors may enjoy The Garden Stage, sponsored by Miller Lite, which presents some of the best names in Texas country music. The Garden Stage is located in the center of the contest grounds.

A delicious complimentary sliced brisket plate with chips and beans awaits guests at The Chuckwagon, and next door visitors can enjoy the Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon, which features live and DJ music. At the saloon you can find an outdoor patio area.

The Carnival is available for people to enjoy throughout the day and night.


Houston Rodeo Guest Services:


Parking for the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest is different than the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ parking.


Traffic Updates

Public Parking

Parking lots near the vicinity of NRG Park are available for Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ visitors to utilize.

Yellow- Cashless Opens daily at 6 a.m. $25
610 Lot – Accepts Cash Opens daily at 9 a.m. $25
OST 1 – Accepts Cash Weekdays: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Weekends: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. $25

Download Public Parking Maps

Permit Parking

The Show does reserve permit parking for people participating in the Show as well as the dedicated individuals who work during the event. This includes volunteers, livestock exhibitors, horse show participants and other permit workers. Download Map


Trams run by Rodeo committee members offer visitors free rides to and from parking lots and the grounds, as well as to and from NRG Center and NRG Arena. Download Map

Daily Schedule

  • Blue Line – services NRG Stadium, NRG Arena and the Blue Lot
    9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
  • Orange Line – services NRG Center and NRG Arena
    9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
  • Red Line – services NRG Center and the Red Lot
    8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
  • 610 Line – services NRG Park and 610 Lot
    9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
  • Yellow Line – services the north side of NRG Stadium and the Yellow Lot
    9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Handicapped Accessible Parking

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ provides handicapped-accessible parking and transportation for visitors. When handicap spaces are filled at parking lots, visitors will be directed to the next option. City managed transportation also provides handicap accessible options for arriving to the Rodeo.

Drop-Off Locations

Public Passenger Drop-Off

  • Gate 9 off Kirby Drive
    • NOTE: Kirby Drive is closed at 9 p.m. on weekdays and 6 p.m. on weekends.
    • Driving Directions: Take Main St. to Westridge, and head east to Gate 9.

On-Site Parking

A limited number of ADA parking, including van accessible parking, are available in the Blue and Yellow lots for $25 per day. These spaces are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability. Present valid state issued handicap placard or vehicle registration for access.

Blue Lot

  • Location: Entrance is off Kirby Dr., through Gate 9
  • Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Pricing: $25 per car

Yellow Lot

  • Location: The primary route to the Yellow Lot is 610 to Main St., enter Gate 16 off Main St.
  • Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Pricing: $25 per car

For more information about NRG Park please check our FAQ page. For all other inquires please contact Guest Experience at

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