Travis County Expo Center
March 10 – 24
by Neal Baker
Photograph by Kirt Steinke
For all the effort Austin puts into being progressive and keeping it weird, nothing will ever take away its Texas sensibilities. For the cowpoke in us all, Rodeo Austin is here to provide a place to scuff up your boots. Starting March 10 and running through the 24th, the rodeo is much more than just that. Live music is scheduled every day of the festival, with acts such as Josh Turner, Young the Giant, Lanco, and Ludacris. Also included in the experience is the fair, where you can get more than your fill of carnival rides, funnel cakes, and pig races. Of course, at its core is the competitive wrangling of the rodeo itself. Some of the best in their sport will be there to show how it’s done in eight seconds or less. Finally, the rodeo will conclude with the Bullet Proof Blowout, a two-day event featuring Tinney’s BBQ and even more live music.
Something that really makes this event special, though, is Rodeo Austin’s charity mission. The organization is a nonprofit that raises money for its scholarship program, which helps send students to Texas universities. The fundraising efforts continue year-round, so if you like the rodeo, mark your calendar for Bulltober Fest in October and its gala in February.
Read more from the Music + Film Issue | March 2018