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.
SANTA BARBARA Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days Stock Horse Show & PRCA Rodeo
August 1-3, 2014 sbfiestarodeo.com
Women's Pro Rodeo Association WPRA info: Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days Stock Horse Show & Arena: Earl Warren Showgrounds Location: Highway 101 & Las Positas, Santa Barbara, CA. Aug 1 7:30pm; Aug 2 7:30pm; Aug 3 2:00pm
RUTH Ruth Rodeo August 2, 2014 , ccpra.com
CRESCENT CITY Crescent City Rodeo August 2, 2014 ccpra.com
GRASS VALLEY Nevada County Fair
Rodeo August 6-7, 2014 nevadacountyfair.com
2014 Arena Events. Cost of Fair admission, in addition to the cost of the arena event admission, is required in order to attend any arena event. Wednesday, August 6 Flying U Extreme Rodeo – 7 pm $6, Produced by Cotton Rosser and Flying U Rodeo. Thursday, August 7 Flying U Extreme Rodeo – 7 pm $6, Produced by Cotton Rosser and Flying U Rodeo
HOOPA Hoopa Rodeo August 8, 2014, ccpra.com
YREKA Yreka Rodeo August 9, 2014, ccpra.com
COVELLO Blackberry Festival Open Bull Riding August 16, 2014
TEHACHAPI Tehachapi Mountain PRCA Rodeo
August 15-16, 2014 tehachapiprorodeo.com
Annual events: The Kickoff Dinner Dance in June; the Bad BullsTour on July 4th; and, the Tehachapi Mountain PRCA Rodeo in August. Rodeo $15 general admission at gate.
Location: Tehachapi Event Center and Rodeo Grounds, Dennison Road & Hwy 58, Tehachapi, CA
QUINCY Quincy Roughrider
Rodeo August 16, 2014, ccpra.com
Rockin M Rodeo presents Extreme Bulls and Broncs at the Plumas- Sierra County Fair in Quincy. Admission $12, 7 p.m. at Fairgrounds
NORCO Mounted Posse Rodeo
August 22-24, 2014 norcoposse.com
Friday Gates Open at 5 p.m. Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. $17, 8 and under free.
Saturday Gates Open at 5pm Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. $20, 3 and under free
After Rodeo Party to Follow 9 p.m. till 2 a.m. $5, 21 and over (ID required)
Sunday Gates Open at 4 p.m. Rodeo at 6:30 p.m. $17, 8 and under free
Challenged Children's' Rodeo 4:30 p.m.
PARKING: General $5, Preferred $10.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Aug
23-24, 2014, rmvrodeo.com
Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo - PRCA Rodeo Saddle Bronc Riding Bareback Riding Bull Riding Steer Wrestling Tie Down Roping Team Roping. Celebrating the golden age of early California history and the American West, Rancho Mission Viejo has committed to the preservation of the cowboy way of life. Carrying on the cowboy tradition of passing the hat in support of a sick child or needy friend, all proceeds from the rodeo will benefit local charities.
Admission includes parking
Age 4 to 12 years $10
3 & Under Free
Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park
30753 La Pata Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA
August 23-24, 2014, truckeerodeo.org
(Kids Day Aug. 22)
McIver Arena, Truckee, California. Thank you to the Town of Truckee for keeping Truckee's rodeo alive! Team Penning & Sponsor Dinner Kick Off Party Friday, August 22, 2014
Mutton Bustin takes place on Saturday and Sunday during the rodeo performance. Boys and Girls between the ages of 4 to 8 years weighing 50 pounds or less are invited to ride for distance.
Ticket $15 general admission
COVELO Round Valley Community Rodeo August 29-30, 2014, roundvalleyrodeo.com
MARIPOSA Mariposa County Rodeo August 31, 2014 mariposafair.com
TULARE TULARI CO. FAIR Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Tulare Ca. - Contractor is Four Star Rodeo
BOONVILLE Boonville Rodeo CCPRA September 13-14, 2014, mendocountyfair.com Boonville, CA Location: Boonville Fairgrounds 14400 Highway 128, Boonville, California Cowboys Pro Rodeo Association
PLYMOUTH Jackson Lions Club Rodeo
September 13-14, 2014
Plymouth CA jacksonlionsclub.org
CRESTON Creston Classic Rodeo September 11-14, 2014 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.
CHICO September 20, 2014 CCPRA Rodeo
SAN BERNARDINO September 26-28,
2014 Sheriff's PRCA Rodeo
Sheriff's PRCA Rodeo San Bernardino CA, sheriffsrodeo.org
CORNING October 3-4, 2014 CCPRA Finals
BRAWLEY - Brawley Cattle Call- PRCA Rodeo November 8-9, 2014 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. Location: Cattle Call Drive, Brawley, CA
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 The 85th Annual Lake County Rodeo takes place on July 11 & 12 at the Lake County Fairground, 401 Martin Street, Lakeport, beginning at 6pm each night. Saturday morning at 11am on Main Street in Lakeport will be the Annual Rodeo Parade. This is a professional rodeo sanctioned by the California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association with (CCPRA) cowboys and cowgirls competing in a variety of events beginning at 7pm each night. The top competitors in CCPRA appear at the Lake County Rodeo each year. Friday evening at 6pm will be the Cutest Cowpoke Contest for ages 3 to 8 years; the crowning of the 2014 Queen and Princess; Mutton Bustin' for ages 4 to 8 years must weigh no more than 50 pounds when checking in. The Diablo Ladies Drill Team from Livermore will perform between 6 and 7pm. Saturday night will be Mutton Bustin' again; the Diablo Ladies Drill Team and a reunion of past Rodeo Queens and Princesses. Saturday's Rodeo admission includes the Annual Rodeo Dance, this year featuring the well known FARGO BROTHERS! The dance begins at 9pm. For More information: Call (707) 263-5092
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 14-20, 2014, 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!
FORT BRAGG Fort Bragg Rodeo July 26-27, 2014, 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
PLYMOUTH Amador County Rodeo July 26, 2014, 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.