The National Western Stock Show & Rodeo is a Denver tradition, honoring the country's rich Old West heritage, Jan. 6-21, 2018.
Held every January at the National Western Complex, it's the world's largest stock show, involving more than 15,000 animals. Enjoy rodeos featuring top-notch bull riders, horse shows, livestock competitions and auctions. And don’t miss acres of shopping at Colorado’s largest Western trade show. Make a night of it! Take advantage of great hotel deals.
All events take place at the National Western Complex, unless otherwise noted.
20+ PRO RODEOS
Bulls and broncs, cowboys and cowgirls -- rodeo's top athletes from around the country roll into Denver for the first major pro rodeo of the season. From barrel racers to mutton busters, don’t miss the match-up between these two and four-legged athletes. The circuit also includes fan-favorite MLK Jr African-American Heritage Rodeo.
MEXICAN RODEO EXTRAVAGANZA
Filled with cultural pageantry, the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza features Mexican-style bull riding, bareback riding, trick roping and Mariachis, all choreographed by Jerry Diaz, a fourth-generation champion charro.
XTREME DOG SHOWS
Dog lovers unit for a show full of amazing tricks, aerial stunts and comedy antics, all performed by man’s best friend. Meet the stars of Xtreme Dogs at the Pat & Chat following each performance. National Western’s hottest family event.
AN EVENING OF DANCING HORSES®
The wine and roses event of the National Western Stock Show, An Evening of Dancing Horses®, brings the best equestrian talent together in front of live music from the Denver Brass. Enjoy an evening full of formal dressage, reining, liberty and other talent from around the world.
NW GROUNDS ADMISSION
With acres of shopping and over 300 free events and activities, grab your grounds admission ticket and see everything Stock Show has to offer. Check out the Super Bowl of livestock shows, the NW Nursery, petting farms and pony rides. Plus the Coors Western Art gallery, stock dog competitions and mutton bustin, all free with a grounds admission ticket.
The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that provides college and graduate level scholarships in agriculture and medicine for practice in rural areas. It is our mission to serve producers and consumers throughout the world by being the premier stock show and nationally recognized western heritage and entertainment event. The NWSS is one of Colorado’s preeminent tourist destinations and is held each January for 16 days. The annual event is considered the Super Bowl of livestock shows, as it hosts nearly 20 breeds of cattle throughout the 16-day run. The event includes one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, world-class equestrian shows and Colorado’s largest agricultural trade show – all of which attracts more than 660,000 guests each year. The Stock Show welcomes attendees from 45 states and 30 countries demonstrating not only national but international influences in agribusiness and western heritage. The Stock Show’s annual economic impact for the City & County of Denver and nearby communities exceeds $100M annually.