The Wrangler® National Finals Rodeo® takes place at Arlington’s Globe Life Field December 3-12, and Fort Worth will lead much of the celebration. Here's where to get down in Cowtown before and after the rodeo.
Downtown Fort Worth
If you make your way downtown, the spacious General Worth Square just north of the Fort Worth Convention Center will host a free welcome area called the Downtown Roundup. As you come out of the Cowboy Christmas shopping experience inside the Convention Center, you’ll find displays by Massey Ferguson, Bloomer Trailers from Paramount's Yellowstone and a large HD TV display streaming The Cowboy Channel's NFR rodeo action. Local music will take the stage between 4-8 p.m. with a bar setup December 3-5th and 11-12th featuring TX Whiskey. Visit Fort Worth hospitality staff will be on site to help visitors as well as multiple photo opps.
Stockyards National Historic District
As you might imagine, the North Side’s Stockyards will be a hub for rodeo-related fun. Hooey Fest bills itself as the “world’s largest NFR watch party.” They’ll have a 30-foot screen set up at the Cowtown Coliseum (following the Junior World Finals competitions) from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. each night. You can actually watch rodeo’s greatest spectacle from the dirt surface that hosted the world’s first indoor rodeo. General admission is $25.
A live concert follows the riding and roping. Rodeo announcer and trick roper Anthony Lucia hosts. Look for photo ops on the Cavender’s Turquoise Carpet and a cornhole tournament. More event information here.
Cowtown Christmas Marketplace
Held daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Mule Alley, 350-plus exhibitors will offer Texas-made arts, crafts, and more to help you find unique and authentic holiday gifts. Event is free.
From December 3-13, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., you’ll find a wide variety of attractions, including a 65-foot ferris wheel, a carousel, a petting corral, the Stockyards’ cattle pen maze, and, of course, a mechanical bull.
The Cowboy Channel Tailgate
The Cowboy Channel hosts this event at their studio at 130 East Exchange from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. In addition to the tailgate-friendly party elements like chuck wagon cooking demos and cowboy cocktails, this hotspot features a live broadcast from 2-5 p.m. each day.
The Cowboy Channel Championship Mutton Bustin’
The Cowboy Channel also presents mutton bustin’ from 3-4 p.m. from December 3-8 at the Cowtown Coliseum. If you’ve never seen kids riding sheep, you need to.
Bullfighters Only World Finals
In popular parlance, they’re often called rodeo clowns, but bullfighters are serious about keeping bull riders safe. They’re incredibly athletic and the best of the best will compete against top bulls in this special event, held December 3-12 daily from 3:30-4 p.m. inside Cowtown Coliseum.
Billy Bob’s Texas Concerts
The world’s largest honky-tonk (meaning it has space for social distancing) has lined up an amazing group of performers during the NFR. From Travis Tritt to Stoney LaRue to Pat Green, you’ll have a lot to enjoy with a cold one after a day of rodeo-ing. Concert info here.
Will Rogers Memorial Center
The Cultural District’s Will Rogers Memorial Center, normally home to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, will host the Stetson Country Christmas in its Round Up Inn. The shopping showcase offers a plethora of vendors selling western lifestyle gifts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 3-12. They’ll stage live music performances and Anthony Lucia will host his RIDE TV show Live with Lucia daily from the event. Full schedule of entertainment here.
In addition, if you’d like a change of pace during your NFR stay, Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium will host Ballet Frontier’s performances of The Nutcracker December 4-6. Fort Worth is indeed a town of cowboys and culture.
Globe Life Field
Fort Worth will have a presence at the rodeo competition, too. Various vendors will be set up around the stadium and within the corridors, including a Visit Fort Worth information desk and photo opp. It’s not just any photo opp either - snap your photo on a bull for a free Fort Worth keepsake nightly, December 3-12, from 3-11:00 p.m.
Please note that for all events, times are subject to change. Pandemic safety guidelines will be followed, with limited capacity in many cases, so plan ahead and bring a face covering.