Livestock and cattle are one of California's major industries, and if you believe that life on the farm is boring, you haven't been to a rodeo. The events are held throughout California, and the list below are merely the productions of a single company. Often the rodeo will include other festivities such as a cattle drive, parade, or a county fair. It's a different lifestyle that many can't imagine, but when a city slicker gets in a restaurant where they have the mechanical bull ride, he or she can get a taste of what it's like to be challenged by the unexpected.
FRESNO - Mar 28-29, 2014 Fresno Invitational PBR Bulls Only Fresno at Save Mart Center, Fresno, Ca. Tickets: $15-100, ticketmaster.com or pbr.com
CLOVIS - Mar 20, 2014 California State University, Fresno Clovis, CA. National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Event collegerodeo.com
COALINGA - March 21-22, 2014 West Hills College collegerodeo.com
NEEDLES Colorado River Rodeo & Roundup April 4 & 5, 2014, ccpra.com GCPRA Lead Sanction on this Colorado River Round-Up. You must have a current USTRC card at this rodeo to be eligible for the Inc. Team Roping. For more information call the Needles Chamber of Commerce at (760) 326-2050. needleschamber.com
LATON - April 5, 2014 ccpra.com Produced by Spur Production, in conjunction with Laton Lions Club, All Around Cowboy Buckle to be awarded
LA GRANGE April 6, 2014, lagrangerodeo.com LaGrange is located 30 miles East of Modesto on State Highway 132. The rodeo features all of the rodeo basics Saddle Bronc riding, Bareback riding, Steer Wrestling, Calf roping, Team roping, Breakaway roping, Barrel racing, and Bull Riding. The LaGrange Rodeo Association hosts an annual Rodeo dance at the Oakdale Rodeo Grounds.
SAN LUIS OBISPO April 10-12, 2014 Cal State Poly collegerodeo.com
COLUSA - Colusa Western Days with Parade & Cattle Drive April 4-6, 2014. Colusa Western Days embraces the heritage of the western culture with a action packed weekend full of fun and entertainment. Calf Paint Branding, Team Penning and Sorting, the infamous Western Trade Show, Cowboy Entertainment and the delicious Rib Cook-off, Ranch Roping and the ever so popular Dutch Oven Cook-off are much anticipated. colusawesterndays.com
OAKDALE Apr 12-13, 2014 Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo-PRCA Rodeo. Parade takes place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, dance happens at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Cost: $15 -20. Location: Address: Oakdale Rodeo Grounds Oakdale, CA. oakdalerodeo.com
RED BLUFF - Red Bluff Round UP, April 18-20, 2014 redbluffroundup.com Friday - Sunday. Round-Up Week includes Timed Event Slack Wednesday, Open 4D Barrel Race, more. Rodeo First Performance Saturday and Rodeo Second Performance Sunday.
Tehama Country Rodeo Week sponsored by several area organizations and coordinated by the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce. Round-Up Week festivities kick off on Saturday the 15th with the Chili Cook-Off, live entertainment, pony rides, a kiddie parade, a car show, and food & souvenir booths in the downtown.
LAKESIDE RODEO - April 25-27, 2014. Nearly 50 year tradition in San Diego area. Tickets $15-20, 12584 Mapleview Street Lakeside, CA. (619) 561-4331, lakesiderodeo.com
SPRINGVILLE RODEO April 25-27, 2014, springvillerodeo.com 66th annual PRCA rodeo includes queens, cowboys, cattle and more. Barrels & Bulls, Motorcycle Barrel Race and Queen's Coronation Dance, Downtown Parade, Miss Rodeo California, Hide Race, Packing Contest, U.S. Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, Springville Sierra Rodeo Stagecoach, Silver Dollar Dig, Cowboy Clowns, Seven Wild and Wooly Professional Rodeo Events, with top Cowboys and Cowgirls. Live music Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $15-20 general admission.
BAKERSFIELD May 2-3-4, 2014 stampededaysrodeo.com Biggest Little Rodeo in California 27th annual PRCA Stampede Days at Kern County Fairgrounds offers the largest purses of any other comparably sized rodeo in the state. Gates open at 6pm and performances start at 7:30pm. The Kern County Sheriff’s Reserves have provided over 50 years of law enforcement service to the County of Kern, California. The purpose of the rodeo is to raise funds for training and equipment for The Kern County Sheriff’s Reserve. Tickets: $16-30.
COARSEGOLD May 3-4, 2014, coarsegoldrodeo.com Saturday, May 4 Kids Rodeo, Rodeo Royalty Kids Mutton Bustin' Dance. Sunday, May 5 Cowboy Church, Pro Rodeo. Always held the first weekend in May. All proceeds from the Coarsegold Rodeo used to benefit youth organizations of Eastern Madera County.
PALM SPRINGS May 2-4, 2014, palmspringsrodeo.org GSGRA - Hot Rodeo is billed as the Gay Rodeo. AC Dysart Equestrian Park 2111 West Victory Avenue Banning, California
STONYFORD Rodeo May 3-4, 2014, stonycreekhorsemen.org 71st Annual Stonyford PCRA Rodeo begins with breakfast, followed by a charming little parade through town, then the rodeo at 1 p.m. The second day's events begin at noon on Sunday.
RIVERDALE RODEO May 3-4, 2014, riverdalerodeo.webs.com This is a PRCA rodeo event.
COTTONWOOD May 10-11, 2014, cottonwoodcofc.org Each year, during Mother's Day weekend, the residents of Cottonwood, Calif. get together and kick up their cowboy (and cowgirl) heels. A full slate of activities occurs, from the annual kick-off barbeque, Ladies Night Out, Kiddie Parade, regular rodeo parade and the rodeo. Come to Cottonwood, Calif. and see what a real hometown rodeo is like. Includes 50 Years of Ridin', Ropin' & Ranchin' parade on Saturday at 10 a.m.
WOODLAKE Lions Rodeo May 10-11,2014 woodlakelionsrodeo.org A Central Valley tradition for more than a half century, the Woodlake Lions Rodeo PRCA event is always held on Mother's Day Weekend. Bring the whole family for a fun day out at America's Most Beautiful Rodeo Grounds.
SONORA Mother Lode Round Up May 10-11, 2014, motherloderoundup.com Saturday Parade 10 a.m. Downtown Sonora Rodeo 2 p.m. Mother Lode Fairgrounds $18 Regular Admission $15 Presale
REDDING Rodeo Week May 14-17, 2014, reddingrodeo.com The Redding Rodeo Association presents one of the Top Rodeos in the PRCA and Inaugural Champions Challenge. Also includes Chicks n Chaps, Mutton Bustin, Steak Feed, and PRCA events.
HAYWARD Rowell Ranch Rodeo May 17-18, 2014, rowellranchrodeo.com -Welcome Rodeo Fans! Come to the 94th annual PRCA rodeo event. Rowell Ranch Rodeo Located on Dublin Canyon Road between Castro Valley and Dublin just off Interstate 580.
PENN VALLEY May 16-18, 2014, pvrodeo.com 10513 Spenceville Rd Penn Valley, CA. Tickets: $10-15. Penn Valley Rodeo , dance to follow rodeo on Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday Cowboy Church before event. Held at Penn Valley Rodeo Grounds, Penn Valley Rd. at Spenceville Rd., Penn Valley, CA
MARYSVILLE Stampede May 24-25, 2014, prorodeo.com
POTTER VALLEY Rodeo May 23-26, 2014, pottervalleyrodeo.com Potter Valley Rodeo is held on Memorial Weekend. Potter Valley Spring Festival & Rodeo includes Junior Rodeo Slack Rodeo Grounds FREE; Saturday 11 a.m. Main Street Parade; 12 Noon Potter Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. Chicken BBQ Main Street, 8:00 am Potter Valley Junior Rodeo Slack Rodeo Grounds. Woodcutting & Axe Throw Competitions 1pm, Junior Rodeo Performance 5pm, Team Roping 8pm, Starlight Dance. See Location: Mendocino County
SANTA MARIA Santa Maria Elks Rodeo May 29-June 1, 2014 smelksrodeo.org PRCA Rodeo and parade. BBQ and more! Cost: $20 - 30, Tickets (805) 922-6006.
GLENNVILLE Round-Up June 6-8, 2014, glennvillerodeo.org Greenhorn Mountain Veterans Association presents the 65th Annual Glennville Rodeo Round-Up, the biggest One-Day Rodeo in the Nation! Tickets: $12-15
GARBERVILLE Rodeo in the Redwoods, June 13-14, 2014, ccpra.com
DUNCANS MILLS Russian River Rodeo June 21-22, 2014, russianriverrodeo.org Russian River Rodeo both days at 1 p.m. Presale Ticket $10. Russian River Rodeo Association 865- 9854
TRES PINOS June 27-29, 2014, ccpra.com
FOLSOM Folsom PRCA Rodeo July 3-5, 2014, folsomrodeo.com Always held on the 4th of July weekend, the event has been in existence for more than 50 years. It includes a 4th of July fireworks show and nightly entertainment.
LANCASTER: 4th of July Professional Bullriders PBR and Fireworks Show. Location: 2551 W. Avenue H, Lancaster, CA. avfair.com
WILLITS Frontier Days Rodeo July 4, 2014, willitsfrontierdays.com Part of a celebration that includes a barbecue, Black Bart Gunfighters, Cutest Little Cowboy & Cowgirl Contests and more, the rodeo consists of contestants in eight events-- bareback, saddle bronc, team roping, calf roping, steer wrestling, breakaway roping, barrel racing and bull riding hoping to win the coveted All-Around title. After the points from all the events are tallied, the cowgirl and cowboy with the highest cumulative scores win the title. Frontier Days Rodeo is a week-long 4th of July celebration with rodeos, a parade, gymkhana, horseshow, contests, good food, good friends at California’s oldest continuous rodeo. Cutest cowboy & cowgirl are on board!
TAYLORSVILLE Taylorsville Rodeo, July 4, 2014, taylorsvillerodeo.com 64th Annual CCPRA Silver Buckle Rodeo ~ July 4th S Bar J Jackpot Roping ~ July 5th - 8th Taylorsville Junior Rodeo ~ July 27th Junior Rodeo Jackpot Roping ~ July 28th Taylorsville Rodeo held on Rodeo Grounds
LAKEPORT July 11-12, 2014 Lakeport Rodeo & Parade. lakecountyrodeo.com Rodeo Parade on Saturday Morning in downtown Lakeport Rodeo Parade begins at 11 AM (Free to all) Saturday Evening Dance
ORICK Orrick Rodeo & Royalty Parade, July 12-13, 2014, orick.net The annual Orick Rodeo includes Bull Riding, activities for cowgirls and cowboys, sheep rides for kids, riding a calf or a steer for older kids, a traditional animal chase and auction, food vendors, deep-pit beef barbeque dinner is served on Sunday. Wild Cow Milking on Sunday only. Directions: Follow Drydens Road to its end, about 1 mile, off Highway 101 in the center of Orick, CA. Kids Games Mutton Bustin, more. CCPRA Rodeo events both days include bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc, team roping, calf roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, breakaway roping.
COSTA MESA - Jul 30-Aug. 3, 2014 Orange County Fair - Extreme Rodeo. Extreme Rodeo, Bull Riding ocfair.com
TURLOCK Turlock Rodeo July 17, 2014, ccpra.com CCPRA Rodeo (California Cowboys Pro Rodeo Association)
SALINAS July 17-20, 2014 California Rodeo carodeo.com In 1911 the rodeo, known as the Wild West Show, was held at the Sherwood Race Track grounds. It was a week long event called Big Week. Known for its week-long cavalcade of events, California Rodeo "Big Week" is the largest community event held in Salinas. Parades, barbecues, cowboy poetry, fireworks, concerts, a carnival, and much more. Salinas Rodeo ranks in the top 20 of nearly 800 North American rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
FORTUNA Fortuna Rodeo July 20-21, 2013, fortunarodeo.com The Fortuna Rodeo was launched in 1921 when the Cattlemen's Association of Humboldt County planned a picnic. It was to be an afternoon and evening affair, with "Rodeo Stunts" after the barbecue and a dance in the evening with the intention of making it the biggest and jolliest picnic of the year!
PLYMOUTH Amador County Rodeo July 27, 2013, amadorcountyfair.com Rodeo includes events for youth California High School Rodeo Association events (chsra.org). With 13 events for grades 9th through 12th, there is something for everyone. Team Roping, Tie Down roping, Steer Wrestling, Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Polebending, Goat Tying, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Bullriding, Cutting and the Queen Contest. Also nearly 10 years ago the Junior High Division was started for grades 6th through 8th. These contestants can compete in Breakaway, Goat tying, Chute Dogging, Tie Down Roping, Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Polebending, Ribbon roping and Jr. Bull Riding. CHSRA alumni have proven themselves to be leaders and have success stories in the corporate world and the rodeo world.
FORT BRAGG Fort Bragg Rodeo July 27-28, 2013, fortbragg.com Main performance begins at 1 pm each day. See below for other activity times. Place: Shoreline Riders Arena, 30601 Turner Rd, Fort Bragg
RUTH Ruth Rodeo August 3, 2013, ccpra.com
CRESCENT CITY Crescent City Rodeo August 3, 2013, ccpra.com
GRASS VALLEY Nevada County Fair Rodeo August 8, 2013 nevadacountyfair.com
HOOPA Hoopa Rodeo August 9, 2013, ccpra.com
YREKA Yreka Rodeo August 10, 2013, ccpra.com
TEHACHAPI Tehachapi Mountain PRCA Rodeo August 16-17, 2013 tehachapiprorodeo.com
QUINCY Quincy Roughrider Rodeo August 17, 2013, ccpra.com
COVELO Round Valley Community Rodeo August 31, 2013, roundvalleyrodeo.com
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Aug 24-25,
Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo - PRCA Rodeo Saddle Bronc Riding Bareback Riding Bull Riding Steer Wrestling Tie Down Roping Team Roping
TRUCKEE Truckee Championship Prorodeo August 24-25, 2013, truckeerodeo.org
MARIPOSA Mariposa County Rodeo September 1, 2013, mariposafair.com
BOONVILLE Boonville Rodeo CCPRA September 14-15, 2013, mendocountyfair.com Boonville, CA Location: Boonville Fairgrounds 14400 Highway 128, Boonville, California Cowboys Pro Rodeo Association
CRESTON Creston Classic Rodeo September 2013, crestonclassicrodeo.org Creston Classic Rodeo attracts cowboys and cowgirls from all over California as it has since 1996. It is community organized and staffed, and represents the heart & soul-- the tradition of the hard working pioneers that founded Creston. Friday Jackpot Team Roping, Saturday Rodeo Events, Sunday Rodeo Events & Cowboy Church. Call: (805) 239-1676.
BRAWLEY - Brawley Cattle Call- PRCA Rodeo November 9-10, 2013,
cattlecallrodeo.com Unlike most professional sports where the teams and the lineups are known well in advance, the roster of cowboys and cowgirls competing in a rodeo is a last-minute affair. However a large contingent of PRCA top riders and ropers and WPRA barrel racers is expected because Cattle Call is a PRCA season opener.
The exciting Opening Ceremony includes a traditional rough and tough Wild Horse Race. PRCA contestants compete in 6 PRCA events including Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping, Team Roping and the ever popular Bull Riding.
Within a few years the rodeo became
known as Cattle Call Rodeo.
PASO ROBLES - Jul 28 midstatefair.com California Mid-State Fair
SANTA BARBARA - Old Spanish Days August 1 - 5, 2012 Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days sbfiestarodeo.com & oldspanishdays-fiesta.org
BAKERSFIELD - Aug 3-5 montereycountyfair.com/horse-show
Monterey Horse Show Monterey, CA
YUBA CITY - Aug 3 ysfair.com Yuba Sutter Fair PBR Mikel J
Moreno Memorial Yuba City, CA
MONTEREY - Aug 4
montereycountyfair.com/horse-show Cattle Drive
HOOPA August 10-11
VENTURA - Aug 11-12
venturacountyfair.org/pages/3447 Ventura county Fair Rodeo --
PRCA Rodeo Ventura, CA
DEL MAR - Aug 19 SAT
Del Mar PBR Del Mar, CA
MONTEREY Aug 31-Sept 1
1 FRI-- SUN montereycountyfair.com/horse-show Monterey
County Fair -- Bull Fest Monterey, CA
BISHOP September 1
BAKERSFIELD Sep 28-29
kerncountyfair.com/kcf/index.asp Kern County Fair Rodeo --
PRCA Bakersfield, CA
BAKERSFIELD - Sep 30
kerncountyfair.com/kcf/index.asp Kern County Fair -- Fiesta
Del Charro Bakersfield, CA
PALA - Oct 6-7
palacasino.com/entertainment/events-schedule Pala Indian
Casino PBR Bull Riding Pala, CA
SAN DIMAS October 6 -7, 2012 San Dimas Western Days Rodeo sandimasrodeo.com
CITY OF INDUSTRY
- Oct 13-14 SAT & SUN
industryhillsprorodeo.org/default.aspx Industry Hills Charity
Rodeo- PRCA City of Industry, CA
SAN FRANCISCO - Oct 19-20 Grand National Rodeo -- PRCA Rodeo San Francisco, CA cowpalace.com
SAN FRANCISCO - Oct 26-27 Grand National Rodeo -- PRCA Rodeo San Francisco, CA cowpalace.com
SANTA YNEZ - May 4-11 Rancheros Visitdories Ride (Cotton Only) Santa Ynez, CA
MONTAGUE - May 26-27, 2012
62nd Annual Montague Junior Rodeo at Montague Rodeo Arena, Montague Sponsored by the Shasta Valley Community Club. Call (530) 841-0404 or 436-2428....Any questions about the little cowboy/cowgirl events Noel Sweet Call (530) 340-1075.
GARBERVILLE - June 15-16, 2012 Rodeo in the Redwoods. Annual Rodeo on Father's Day weekend includes a rodeo parade, steak dinner and more. It is located several miles from Benbow Resorte at Greycliff Acres in Garberville, CA.
2011 RODEOS in California - Rodeo Competitions
Jul 2-4 Folsom Rodeo - PRCA Rodeo Folsom
Jul 8 Horse Show & Baxter Black Monterey, CA
Jul 9 California Bountiful Foundation - Baxter Black Central Coast
Jul 19-24 California Rodeo Salinas - Bucking Stock Only Salinas, CA
July 29 - 30, 2011 Sonoma County Fair Wine Country Rodeo Santa Rosa CA sonomacountyfair.com
Jul 30 California Mid-State Fair Country Rodeo Paso Robles
Aug 3-4 Mikel J. Moreno Memorial PBR Bull Riding Yuba City
Aug 4- 7 Old Spanish Days Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo Santa Barbara earlwarren.com
Aug 13-14 Ventura County Fair Rodeo PRCA Rodeo Ventura
August 21 Del Mar PBR Bull Riding Del Mar, CA
August 26 - 28, 2011 Norco Mounted Posse Rodeo norcoposse.com
Sep 1-4 Monterey Country Fair - Bull Fest Monterey
Sep 10 Gold Country Fair PBR Bull Riding Auburn
Sept 16 Harris Ranch Cattle Pac Day Coalinga, CA
September 24 - 25, 2011 Barstow Boys & Girls Club PRCA Rodeo clubbarstow.org
Sept 24 Cattlemen's Round-up Paso Robles, CA
Cotton Rosser produces many of the well known rodeo production in California. After a ranch accident in 1956 abruptly ended a promising career as a rodeo contestant, Cotton purchased the Flying U Rodeo Company. Below is Cotton Rosser's list of rodeos in 2011 in California. Oftentimes the city slickers can't make it out to a rodeo event in one city and time, so the list helps provide options for the entire summer and fall season. flyingurodeo.com
Past rodeo events
Whiskey Flat Daze Rodeo Kernville
Feb 19 Bull O Rama Date Festival Indio
Feb 20 Fiesta Del Charro Date Festival Indio
Mar 25-27, 2011 Frank Bogert Memorial PRCA Rodeo Palm Springs
Mar 25-26 West Hills College Coalinga
May 6-13 Rancheros Visitdories Ride Santa Ynez
May 7-8 Conejo Valley Days Shoeo Thousand Oaks
May 21-22 Pala Indian Casino PBR Bull Riding Pala
Jun 10-12 Showdeo Ontario