The barrel racing, calf tying, horse bucking Fort Worth experience better known as the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo (FWSSR) is only weeks away. Starting January 18, thousands of locals and tourists will be treated to several world-famous rodeos. If it’s your first time parsing through all the fun options, here’s a guide.  

Cowboys of Color Rodeo

January 21 features Cowboys of Color Rodeo: a matinee performance that “recognizes African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and all of the diverse ethnicities that continue to build the vibrant western heritage of Texas.” The event begins at 2 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. day. The Monday holiday affords you a good reason to check out the Coors Light Roadhouse, which opens that evening.


Bull's Night Out

The following two days (Jan. 22 & 23) are full of high-stakes bull riding as Bull’s Night Out commences. The clash between cowboy and one ton angry beast is nothing short of an edge-of-your-seat adrenaline rush. FWSSR is putting 80 of the best cowboys into this battle royale. 

Bull riding.

Rodeo X

It’s Team Fort Worth vs. the World. On January 24, rodeo teams from Austin, Calgary, Cheyenne, Denver, Houston, San Angelo, and San Antonio throw their hats into the ring for a chance to win $100,000. The event is an evening of “bareback riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, saddle bronc and bull riding.

Super Shootout.

PRCA Rodeo

Closing out the FWSSR is the World’s Original Indoor Rodeo (Jan. 25 through Feb. 9). The homage to early 20th-century rodeos showcases the talents of the nation’s best broncs, bulls, cowboys and cowgirls. The Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA)-sanctioned event will feature bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping.

Ranch Rodeo.