The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is one of the best ways to kick off the new year in South Texas! Annually attracting more than 2 million people over a three week schedule, this year’s events promise to bring an even bigger crowd. The 2019 rodeo is packed with one-of-a-kind entertainment; from a petting zoo, pony rides, and carnival attractions, to steer wrestling, barrel racing, and mutton bustin‘, there is plenty of fun to go around for the whole family. The rodeo will run from February 7-24 and also features live entertainment by multiple acts including Lady Antebellum, Alabama, and Martina McBride.
Old Horse, New Tricks
But hold your horses. If all of this seems old hat to you, there might be some events on the schedule you’ll be surprised to learn about. Below are five things you should check out if this rodeo ain’t your first rodeo…
A Brunch of Sparkling
Gather your friends and head to the Champion Wine Garden on either Sunday during the rodeo for a unique culinary experience. Served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the wine tent, brunch costs $20 and includes a breakfast sandwich, fruit cup, pastry, and two mimosas. And what is a brunch on the fair grounds without live music?
Of course, if brunch isn’t your thing Champion also offers wine tasting seminars on Saturday afternoons at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. complete with chef selected food pairings. The Wine Garden is open seven days a week, and open until midnight Thursday through Saturday.
Steers & Beers
If craft beer is what oils your beard, you’ll be happy to know that another new addition to the food and beverage line up, the Craft Beer Tap Room, is set to debut at this year’s 2019 rodeo. The tap room will offer drafts across the great state of Texas, including:
- Revolver Brewing
- Karbach Brewing Co.
- Freetail Brewing Co.
- Real Ale Brewing Company
- Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Just like the Wine Garden, the Craft Beer Tap Room is open seven days a week, and open until midnight Thursday through Saturday.
Laugh Again with Gaffigan
The Rodeo’s unequivocal highlight every year is its entertainment. This year’s lineup includes country legends like Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Alabama, and Aaron Watson, among many others set to take the stage. But, not all of the acts are country music – in fact, one isn’t a musician at all.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan will bring his brand of off beat, family friendly comedy to the fair grounds on February 13. If you’re unfamiliar with the New York Times best-selling author and multi-platinum selling father to five kids, it’s worth noting he was recently dubbed the “most intelligent observational humorists” of our time.
Rise & Shrine
If the only time you have for the rodeo over the next three weeks cuts into your Sunday worship, fear not! The Stock Show and Rodeo offers a non-denominational service via Cowboy Church, which begins at 9 a.m. and is held at the Auction Barn every Sunday. Stop by around 8 a.m. for the fellowship hour and enjoy some coffee and donuts.
The Cowboy Golf Classic pairs rodeo contestants and patrons together for a round of 18 holes. The price of $150 includes range balls, breakfast, and lunch, and most importantly the proceeds go towards the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. This year’s golf classic takes place at the renowned Quarry Golf Club on February 19 with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start time – there is still time to register!
There are so many things to do this year at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo that we recommend downloading the event app to receive updates on the run of shows, event results, and have a map handy. You can find the app here.
Remember that Texas has one of the highest drunk driving and DWI fatality rates in the United States. If you plan to drink alcohol during the rodeo be sure to leave your car at home. If you or a loved one are injured by a drunk driver, contact us here at Crosley Law right away so we can get you immediate help.