The chill in the air can only mean one thing: it’s time for the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. So bundle up and plan to attend this family-friendly event. The Stock Show runs from January 16 to February 7 so there’s plenty of time to get in on the action.

The All Western Parade kicks off the start of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo on Saturday January 17 at 11:00 a.m. and you can catch it along the streets of downtown Fort Worth. There is premium parade seating available for pre-purchase for $25 at Sundance Square or $15 at the Convention Center. This ticket also gets you general admission entrance to the Stock Show grounds. You can find details on the parade route and seating here.



The Stock Show offers tons of events and programs that vary from day to day. Consult the daily online calendar to plan your visit. Here are some kid-friendly highlights:

  • The Petting Zoo at the entrance to the grounds is a memorable and fun event for kids.
  • The Milking Parlor is an informative way to learn where milk comes from.
  • Planet Agriculture is a hands-on exhibit that demonstrates all the different ways we interact with agriculture on a daily basis.
  • At the animal exhibition halls, you can see many varieties of chickens, rabbits or pigeons depending on the day. You can also view goats, llamas and other livestock that are participating in shows and competitions.
  • The Carnival Midway offers tame rides for your little ones and exciting rides for the thrill seekers in your family.

General Admission to the Stock Show gets you into all the livestock events, access to the educational programs, commercial exhibits, admission to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Cowgirl Museum, and most importantly for your kids, the Carnival Midway. The Rodeo requires a separate ticket but if you purchase a Rodeo ticket it grants you general admission for the Stock Show as well. You’ll find several Rodeo Performance times to choose from depending on the day.

We like to go to a Sunday afternoon rodeo and then spend the rest of the day wandering the exhibits and midway. It’s quickly becoming a family tradition!


Photos: Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Parde: Lola Hardisty