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National Western Stock Show 2023: Family-friendly Activites and Events

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Yee-haw!  The National Western Stock Show & Rodeo is galloping back into Denver on January 7-22, 2023. In addition to what traditionally feels like Denver’s coldest weather, you’ll enjoy pro rodeos, premium livestock, a horse show, livestock competition auctions and plenty of family fun.  Events will take place at the National Western Complex in Denver. 

Scroll down to learn more about our National Western Stock Show deals including free admission day. And be sure to dress for [cowboy] success with this darling junior cowboy hat with buffalo bandana!

National Western Stock Show Highlights

Stock Show Parade

The sight of over 30 Longhorn cattle walking through the streets of downtown Denver can only mean one thing…it’s Stock Show time! On January 5 at noon, the streets of downtown Denver are lined with boots, chaps, and cowboy hats to celebrate Colorado’s western traditions and the iconic National Western Stock Show. Kids, families, businessmen, and women get to step back in time and see a true western cattle drive with horses, cowboys, cowgirls, tractors, marching bands, and floats near Union Station.

Family Fun National Western Stock Show 2023Family Fun on the Grounds

Grab your grounds admission ticket and see everything Stock Show has to offer, like acres of shopping and over 300 free events and activities. Check out the Super Bowl of livestock shows, the NW Nursery, petting farms and pony rides. Plus the Coors Western Art gallery,  Top Hogs performances, Farmyard Follies, stock dog competitions, Sheep Shearing, Stick Horse Rodeos, and mutton bustin’. All free with a grounds admission ticket. Many activities will be in the Ames Activity Pavilion. Also, the CSU Ag Adventure is the perfect place for kids and adults to learn about the world of agriculture. 

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.

Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza, Jan. 8, 2023

Filled with cultural pageantry, the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza features Mexican-style bull riding, bareback riding, trick roping and Mariachis.National Western Stock Show dogs

Xtreme Dog Shows, Jan. 17, 2023

Dog lovers unite 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.

Olympics-style Horse Jumping Events, Jan 13 & 16, 2023

The National Western Stock Show hosts two prestigious horse jumping competitions, the Grand Prix and Gambler’s Choice. These events combine show jumping technique and precision that require absolute cooperation and teamwork between horse and rider.

Stock Show Deals

Groupon has tickets for as little as $16 for different events – rodeos, bull riding, dancing horses, and Xtreme dogs.

Free Grounds Day. On Tuesday, January 10 Grounds Admission is free thanks to Arrow Electronics.

Sunday, January 22, is Guest Appreciation Day. Grounds Admission is $12 for adults; and only $4 for kids 3-11; kids two and under are free.

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