The Reno Rodeo is a 10-day PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) sanctioned event that takes place at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center each year in June. Dubbed the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West”, the Reno Rodeo is a nonprofit organization made up of more than 500 volunteers and hosts more than 140,000 spectators each year. The city’s longest-running special event includes the rodeo competition, carnival, kick-off concert, and Western marketplace. This fun summer event is a must-do for many locals and visitors alike, and features attractions for all ages, while doing good for our community.
The Reno Rodeo Foundation is the charitable arm of the Reno Rodeo. The foundation commits each year to enhancing and enriching the Northern Nevada community by giving aid to children and building community partnerships. In support of their goal, the foundation organizes the annual Reno Rodeo Denim Drive to provide clothing for abused, neglected and abandoned infants, children and teens in the 14 Northern Nevada counties.
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During the 10 days and nights of the Reno Rodeo, fans witness one of the best rodeo competitions in the country featuring more than 750 professional athletes. In addition to the competition, there are attractions for all ages including carnival rides, Western shopping at the Double R Marketplace, a drill team competition and the famous Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive.
The rodeo competition takes place during the second week of June, beginning on Thursday and continuing through the following Saturday. To get fans in the rodeo spirit, there’s a concert on Wednesday evening in the outdoor arena featuring notable rising country stars. Thursday’s opening night is dedicated to Xtreme Bull Riding, featuring 40 of the world’s best professional bull riders and 40 of the best bulls in the country. Starting on Friday, daily events include bull riding, mutton bustin’, saddle bronc and bareback riding, steer wrestling, team and tie-down roping, as well as women’s barrel racing.
There are themed nights that change annually, but a few favorites include “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” Night and “Patriot Night.” And if you’re in the mood for libations, music and dancing, the happening Jack Daniels tent is open nightly or The Branding Room. See the Reno Rodeo schedule of events, view the event seating chart and purchase Reno Rodeo tickets.
The famous annual Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive takes a page out of the history books by driving 300 head of Corriente rodeo steers 100 miles from Doyle, California to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center in Reno. This event is considered the kick-off to the Reno Rodeo and is a popular spectacle as the drive reaches Reno and makes its way to the Reno Rodeo grounds. Over the five days of the Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive, participants spend hours on the trail, then hang their hat in cowboy teepees at the end of the day. Throughout the drive, the cattle drive leaders and chuck wagon boss teach about cowboy etiquette and tell stories of buckaroo traditions. From riding horseback on the desolate trail and gathering around the campfire, to grubbing on delicious basque food, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the cowboy way of life. Learn more about how you can participate in the Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive.
No excuses, saddle up and mosey on down to Reno in June!