The Tucson Rodeo is one of the top 25 rodeos on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) calendar. Rodeo sport’s current and former world champions all compete for a share of tens of thousands of dollars in prize money.
The Tucson Rodeo features six rodeos. The top 12 cowboys and cowgirls from the Saturday-Saturday rodeo performances return on Sunday, February 24 for the Tucson Rodeo Finals. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctions the Tucson Rodeo.
All events are held at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave., unless otherwise noted.
Tucson Rodeo Dates:
Saturday, February 21-March 1, 2015
This is the schedule of events for the 2015 Tucson Rodeo and Parade.
- Saturday, Feb. 21, 12:30 p.m.* – First Tucson Rodeo.
- Saturday, Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m. – Canon Rodeo Photography Workshop.
- Sunday, Feb. 22, 12:30 p.m. – Second Tucson Rodeo.
- Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 23-24, 8 a.m. - Slack competition for timed events only.
- Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 23-24, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 a.m. – REACh program for school groups.
- Thursday, Feb. 26, 9 a.m. –Tucson Rodeo Parade.
- Thursday, Feb. 26, 12:30 p.m. –Third Tucson Rodeo.
- Friday, Feb. 27, 12:30 p.m. – Fourth Tucson Rodeo.
- Saturday, Feb. 28, 12:30 p.m. – Fifth Tucson Rodeo.
- Sunday, March 1, 12:30 p.m. – Tucson Rodeo Finals.
*Pre-rodeo events begin at 12:30 p.m.; ProRodeo begins at 2 p.m. each rodeo day and ends about 4:15 p.m. The Coors Barn Dance begins every rodeo day immediately following the rodeo at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds.
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, Arizona's celebration of the cowboys, is Southern Arizona’s oldest and most celebrated heritage event, and one of the top 25 rodeos on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) calendar. The sports’ best cowboys and cowgirls are scheduled to compete in six rodeo performances: February 21 and 22, and February 26 through March 1. Festivities begin at 12:30 p.m. each day. Tickets are $14-$28 (all taxes and fees included), and available in advance at TucsonRodeo.com, or by calling (800) 964-5662.
Rodeo activities begin each day at 12:30 p.m. with little buckaroos competing in Ram Mutton Bustin’ and the Justin Junior Rodeo. The Pro Rodeo kicks off at 2 p.m. and includes bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, team roping, women’s barrel racing and bull riding. The Tucson Rodeo enlists over 650 professional cowboys and cowgirls competing for a share of the $460,000 purse.
A treasured tradition of rodeo week, the Tucson Rodeo Parade is billed as the longest non-motorized parade in the world. An estimated 200,000 spectators line the parade route to see over 150 western-theme floats and buggies, Mexican folk dancers and marching musical groups. The parade is Thursday, February 26 at 9 a.m.; grandstand seating is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 13. See TucsonRodeoParade.com for more information.
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros is staged by the nonprofit Tucson Rodeo and Tucson Rodeo Parade Committees. A portion of the rodeo proceeds benefits community groups including a University of Arizona scholarship fund and local Lion’s, 4-H and Rotary Clubs.
Area schools close on February 26 and 27 so families can enjoy the annual Parade and Rodeo. This tradition was established in 1925 when La Fiesta de los Vaqueros debuted.
Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave. - Northeast corner of Irvington Road and S. 6th Ave. Seating for 11,000 spectators each day.
RODEO TICKET LOCATIONS and PRICES:
Online tickets at www.tucsonrodeo.com; by phone at (520) 741-2233, or (800) 964-5662; in person at the Tucson Rodeo Ticket Office, 4823 S. 6th Ave. Rodeo tickets from $14-$28 (includes all taxes and fees). Tickets purchased online can be printed at home or downloaded to smartphones at no extra charge.
Main lot at Tucson Rodeo Grounds, $5 per car.
PRCA Rodeo bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, team roping and bull riding; women’s barrel racing sanctioned by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA). Purse is $460,000.
Pre-rodeo events include children's Dodge Mutton Bustin' and the Justin Junior Rodeo, beginning at 12:30 p.m. each day.
The Coors Barn Dance begins each rodeo day after the last bull bucks (about 4 p.m.). The all ages dance at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds features live entertainment by the Greg Spivey and Jack Bishop Bands; $5 at the door; kids under 13 free when accompanied by an adult.
The Tucson Rodeo features six rodeos. The top 12 cowboys and cowgirls from the Saturday-Saturday rodeo performances return on Sunday, March 1 for the Tucson Rodeo Finals. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctions the Tucson Rodeo.
Slack competition for barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie-down and team roping on Feb. 23 and 24 is open to the public; $5 general admission; tickets available at the gate only. Free admission for school groups (no reservations necessary). Parking is free. Slack does not include roughstock events (bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding). Slack does not include any entertainment features.
Directions to the Tucson Rodeo Grounds
Tucson Rodeo Grounds
4823 S. 6th Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85714
(520) 741-2233, or 1-800 964-5662
From I-10: take Park Ave. south, turn right (west) on Irvington Rd.
From I-19: take Irvington Rd. exit east.
The Tucson Rodeo Grounds is located on the northeast corner of Irvington Rd. and South Sixth Avenue.
Tucson Rodeo Parade & Museum
Author: Paul L Grimes. Full of historical photos this 176 page book plus appendices tells the tales and stories of "La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Rodeo Parade." Published by Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee (1991), Read more about the Tucson Rodeo Parade & Museum.
TUCSON RODEO COMMITTEE
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros is staged by the nonprofit Tucson Rodeo Committee, Inc. A portion of the rodeo proceeds benefits community groups including a University of Arizona scholarship fund and local Lion’s, 4-H and Rotary Clubs.
Call (520) 741-2233, or (800) 964-5662.
Write Tucson Rodeo, P.O. Box 11006, Tucson, AZ 85734.
HISTORY: Tucson's La Fiesta del los Vaqueros - The Tucson Rodeo
PHOTOS: Rodeo Archives
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