Houston Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2019 Better than ever!
Houston Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2019 Better than ever!

The world-famous Houston rodeoand cattle fair, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which will be held this year from February 25 to March 17, is characterized by a host of activities, including - in addition to rodeo tournaments - concerts, different competitions, competitions, exhibitions and games for visitors.

During the days of Rodeo you can feel the intensity of the Texan spirit that manifests itself in different special events. It is the perfect time of year to enjoy country music, learn to dance the pasodoble Texan, make unique purchases and get to know the culture and traditions of the cowboys.

Do you want to avoid parking at the rodeo? Take the METRORail from anywhere along Main Street to get directly to the rodeo gates.

The Boots can not miss

In Houston there are several stores specializing in typical jeans items for men, women and children. One of them, Pinto Ranch Fine Western Wear, inspired by the ranch located in Wyoming that was founded in the 30s of the 20th century, strives to convey the lifestyle and traditions of the Old West with the practicality of fashion and 21st century style. Pinto Ranch has a wide variety of exclusive collections that embody this spirit, including men's and women's clothing, luxurious hats, jewelry and handmade buckles by the best craftsmen in the country. You will also find the largest collection of handmade cowboy boots, with more than 4,000 boots in stock.

From February 3 to March 3, Pinto Ranch, located in San Felipe and Post Oak Blvd., is presenting several exhibitions of exclusive designers of boots and clothes. The events are attended by the designers of the best brands of cowboy boots, including Old Gringo, Rocketbuster and Stallion Boots. In addition, it is the first time that two new lines of boots are presented during the rodeo season: Black Jack Boots and Tony Lama Signature Series Collection, exclusively made for Pinto Ranch.

These exhibitions give you the opportunity to meet the designers and learn about the traditional art of making boots by hand. In addition, you can order exclusive boots, designed especially for you. Also, there is a Pinto Ranch store at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

To the encounter with culture and history

In Houston and its surroundings, several attractions await you so you can be more in tune with the spirit of Texas and its history. At Cypress Trails Equestrian Center, located 20 minutes north of Downtown (21415 Cypresswood Dr., Humble, Texas), you can go horseback riding and stroll along Cypress Creek to delight in the most picturesque views of Harris County. There are tours from one hour to a full day. Experienced staff will help you select the horse that best suits your skill level. Here you will find many horses, from the Spanish Mustangs to the Appaloosas. Reservations are recommended.

George Ranch Historical Park is another place that should not be missing from your agenda, if you like history. George Ranch is a fully functioning 23,000-acre ranch located less than an hour from Houston in Richmond, Texas. Here you can learn more than 100 years of Texas history. You will see historical houses with all the details of decoration in their interiors, characters in costumes from different eras, livestock and the work of the cowboys. You will be able to observe the crops that are being harvested and other activities of the daily life of the ranch, including the dispute over the cattle. Since its founding in the nineteenth century, this ranch was managed by four generations and in the mid-twentieth century passed into the hands of The George Foundation, according to the will of Albert and Mamie George, they wanted no heirs and were the last descendants of the original owners of the ranch. Since 1988, George Ranch is managed by The George Foundation and the Fort Bend History Association for the preservation of this historic attraction.

If you want to know the birthplace of Texas, visit the San Jacinto Museum of History and the San Jacinto Monument (One Monument Circle, La Porte, Texas). The San Jacinto Monument, which honors all those who fought for Texas independence, is the tallest war memorial in the world and is 4.6 meters taller than the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. The San Jacinto History Museum, within the San Jacinto Monument base, houses one of the largest collections of art, artifacts and historical objects in Texas. The museum was created both to honor those who fought in the Battle of San Jacinto, and to re-visualize the history of Texas and promote friendship between Texas, Mexico, Spain, France and Latin America.
The Music that will make you dance
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Looking for places to enjoy country music? Without a doubt, you will find it in the great concerts during the rodeo. In addition to these concerts, which will be presented on the main stage of the stadium, there will be more musical acts at The Hideout and Wine Garden on the rodeo grounds. And if you want to get away from the crowds, head to other bars and restaurants in the city.

Goode Co. Armadillo Palace, located at 5015 Kirby Drive, is a honky tonk bar, a Texan food restaurant and, at the same time, a museum of Texas history. As you approach the place, you will immediately feel its unique atmosphere - a huge armadillo with long horns rises on a pedestal right at the entrance. Inside, enjoy the dance floor and live entertainment. Reservations are recommended.

Among the honky tonk establishments recently inaugurated is Goodnight Charlie's, located at 2531 Kester Streeet in the Montrose neighborhood. This place, which opened its doors to the public at the end of December 2017, is a good combination of the traditional with a modern touch, homemade food, innumerable drinks and music typical of the South of the United States.

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, bluegrass, Zydeco and country music take over the stage, with performances by Zedd, Kane Brown, Kings of Leon, Santana among others, while the audience takes over the dance floor . The food of the place does not leave anyone without energy to continue dancing. Creating dishes with Tex-Mex in mind, the chef focuses on tacos with homemade tortillas and other Mexican-inspired dishes, such as a fried chicken steak with cemita and elotes (grilled Mexican corn). In addition, the bar offers a variety of wines and beers on tap, and almost 40 varieties of Bourbon whiskey.

Among other famous places to listen to country music and dance are Wild West Houston, opened 20 years ago, and Firehouse Saloon opened in 2009 by Marty and Tom, firefighters by profession.

Plan and save on your trip

If you want to customize your itinerary of experiences in Houston and save, you can do it at Houston Marketplace, where you will get several offers of tours, museums, shopping, craft breweries and unique attractions. Among the new experiences that have recently been added are the Houston Museum Pass (with eight participating museums) and the Houston Brew Pass (with six craft brewers). You can select your own online experience. You will receive your itinerary directly on your smartphone or by email.

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