There are lots of new and exciting things to see at the 2018 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. From Rodeo, livestock and horse shows to carnival rides and shopping, there truly is something for everyone! Head down to the AT&T Center and the Freeman Coliseum February 8-25 to check out the 2018 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
Freestyle Bullfight Event- This year, we partnered with Bull Fighters Only to put on the event. Bullfighters (sometimes referred to as Rodeo clowns, but known as bullfighters in Rodeo terms) to the test for 70 seconds to impress the judges with their skill to outwit a 2,000 pound bull. You can see this action-packed event during the Xtreme Bulls performance at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24.
Attractions and Shows
Pompeyo Family Dog Show – The Pompeyo Family Dog Show is run by Jorge, a 4th generation Circus performer from Columbia, and Natalya, a Russian gymnast. After rescuing a few dogs and realizing they could entertain crowds with their new companions they hit the road and joined a circus. They have been performing together for over ten years throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean with extraordinary success. (*Performing Feb. 8-13).
XPOGO Stunt Team – The XPOGO Stunt Team is always ready to perform high flying tricks for fans all across the world. They have performed over 10,000 shows in 23 countries while earning 23 Guinness World Records! (*Performing Feb. 14-19).
Chicago Boyz – The Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team is a professional gymnastics troupe consisting of talented young men and boys from the Chicagoland area. Their performance includes amazing acrobatic stunts and tricks inside twirling jump ropes, catapulting off mini trampolines and thundering tumbling routines with impeccable timing. (*Performing Feb. 20-25).
Butterfly Encounter – Visitors will have an opportunity to be surrounded by hundreds of butterflies as they walk throughout the exhibit. You can learn about the butterfly life cycle and there will be presentations on how to fix a broken wing.
Texas Longhorns 101 – These gorgeous longhorns are native to Bandera, Texas. Texas Longhorns 101 is all about education and giving back where they can. If running a longhorn-ranch wasn’t enough, they find time to educate as many city slickers as they can about the beauty and grace of longhorns and country living.
Junior Judging Contests are popular to Texas 4-H and FFA participants because of their value in terms of developing critical thinking and communication skills. A broad variety of contests are hosted each year at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo to meet the diverse interests of our exhibitors. Exhibitors may compete as individuals or in teams in the following contests: Consumer Decision Making, Dairy Judging, Horse Judging, Livestock Judging, Meat Judging, Poultry Judging, Wildlife Judging and Wool Judging. This year, we are excited to add Floriculture to the Junior Judging Contests.
Crossbred Gilt Show & Sale- Texas 4-H and FFA members will exhibit over 1,000 purebred gilts in the Junior Purebred Gilt Show representing eight of the most popular breeds in the US swine industry. These include Berkshire, Chester White, Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace, Poland China, Spot, and Yorkshire. These six to eight month old gilts are shown within their breed by age. Class winners vie for breed champion honors. Those breed champions then compete for Supreme Champion. Each breed has different characteristics that make them valuable to the industry. Gilts are judged on their ability to be productive sows.
Youth Rodeo- Since its debut in 2014, the Youth Rodeo has become the fastest-growing, most successful horse event at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. With over 1,000 entries annually, the competition features rodeo’s brightest young athletes. In order to build upon the success of the Youth Rodeo, in 2018 we will also be offering rough stock events like Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bull Riding. Also new in Horse Show is the Team Roping event on February 17.
No matter what your favorite music genre is, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo provides entertainment for everyone. Country stars Brett Eldredge, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley are just a few of the great acts you will see this year. If you are a classic rock fan, be sure to check out Goo Goo Dolls and Foreigner. The Rodeo is excited for first time appearances by J Balvin, Cam, LOCASH and more! For a full list of performers, be sure to visit sarodeo.com or the SA Rodeo app.
The Shops at the Rodeo are home to over 250 themed retailers who come to show off their wares in three climate controlled venues. Enjoy a shopping experience unlike any other from 25 new retailers that offer everything from home decor to fancy footwear for your horse. Don’t worry, many of your favorite vendors will be returning with all your favorite items. Shops will offer home furnishings, accessories, leather goods, agricultural related items, equipment, custom boots, clothing and jewelry. While you’re visiting the Shops at the Rodeo, be sure to rate your favorite shop on our interactive app!
Food and Beverage
The food options at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo are known for being delicious and this year is no exception! New additions that are sure hit the spot include fried baklava, falafel on a stick, BBQ parfait, Cracker Jack Caramel Sundae, venison burgers, gator tacos, Gringo’s Mexican Funnel Cake and Waffle Chix. If you crave food that is uniquely Texan, grab some cornbread waffles topped with Texas red chili, cheddar, sour cream, onions and jalapeños at the Freeman. Lastly, you can enjoy Hatch Parmesan Dip and Grilled Sirloin Steak Sandwiches at the AT&T Center.
A crowd favorite, the Craft Beer Tap Room, presented by H-E-B, is back and ready to offer craft beers from breweries located throughout the state and live music. It will be located next to the Wine Garden.
With all of our new attractions, we expect to see many new guests as well as old timers. We recommend that you plan your trip ahead of time so that you have the opportunity to see each event! There are 3 secured parking lots located off the grounds that will offer shuttle services. Gembler Lot is located a half mile northeast from the AT&T Center. The shuttle from Gembler will drop guests off at Gate E inside the grounds. Wheatley Heights is a new parking lot that offers a 700–space, paved lot with a shuttle that will deliver guests to the front of the Freeman Coliseum. If you would prefer to park on the grounds, there are several lots available. Be sure to arrive early for these parking lots are first-come, first-serve. For further parking information, please visit sarodeo.com.
SA Rodeo Mobile App
Made with the visitor experience in mind, the free SA Rodeo mobile app allows downloaders to receive the most up-to-date information regarding entertainment, ticket availability, attractions, shopping and exclusive deals. Check out the detailed list of events and activities for the day, personalize your schedule and find your way around the grounds with our interactive map. You can even put a pin on your parking space.
Visit sarodeo.com for more information on the attractions, show times and to purchase your tickets!
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo takes place February 8-25, 2018. Established in 1949, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, winner of the PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year for an unprecedented 13 consecutive times, has grown to be one of the largest and most prestigious single events in the city, with over 2 million visitors entering the grounds each year. The success of the organization is attributed to over 6,000 volunteers who give countless hours to the organization. With community, donor and volunteer support, the organization has donated over $186 million to the youth of Texas through scholarships, grants, endowments, auctions, a calf scramble program and show premiums. For more information, visit sarodeo.com.