Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Announces Plans for 2021

Exciting news after the 2020 cancellation!

Written by Lauren Laffer
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Announces Plans for 2021
HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 07: A general view of the atmosphere before Usher performs in concert during the Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo at Reliant Park on March 7, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)

After the 2020 cancellation of its annual concerts and celebration, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is making big plans for 2021. Originally scheduled for March 2-21, RODEOHOUSTON attractions and activities are now scheduled for May 4 – 23, 2021, depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is truly a community event that Rodeo fans look forward to each and every year,” said Chris Boleman, Rodeo president and CEO, in a press statement. “With the evolving health situation, we have made the decision to move the 2021 Rodeo from March to May, with the exception of our Junior Livestock and Horse Show competitions, to be held as planned in March. We remain dedicated to fulfilling our mission to support Texas youth and hosting a long-time Houston tradition.”

The Houston Rodeo is best known for events including the Downtown Rodeo Parade, Rodeo Run, Trail Ride activities, the Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup & Best Bites Competition, and the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. It also hosts musical superstars for big name concerts.

In 2020, the fair and rodeo had just kicked off when the coronavirus pandemic swept around the world. With a March 3 kickoff, the festival went until March 11 and was canceled for the remainder of the season. Before the closure however, Houston fans were treated to a show from Maren Morris, who hit the stage near the end of her pregnancy with son Hayes. Scheduled 2020 performers included Chris StapletonKane BrownGwen StefaniDierks Bentley and more.

No word yet on if concerts will return for the May 2021 RODEOHOUSTON lineup. Additional details, including health and safety guidelines, will be announced in March.