Every February, Tucson returns to its Old West roots during La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (“Celebration of the Cowboys“), established in 1925. This major outdoor event attracts locals and visitors from all over the world, bringing $16 million in economic impact to the community. Area schools close on Thursday and Friday of rodeo week so families can enjoy the festive rodeo traditions.
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros is one of the top 25 rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) with prize monies over $420,000.
The 2013 La Fiesta de los Vaqueros will be held February 16-24 at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds on the northeast corner of Irvington Road and South 6th Avenue.
Rodeo events include: bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, and women’s barrel racing. Also featured each day are kids’ events –Dodge Mutton Bustin’, when four-to six-year-olds test their riding skills on sheep, and the Justin Junior Rodeo for young cowpokes ages 7-12.
Note that the Tucson Rodeo Parade – billed as “the world’s longest non-motorized parade” – is scheduled for Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:00am. This two-hour spectacle features western-themed floats and buggies, historic horse-drawn coaches, festive Mexican folk dancers, marching bands, and outfitted riders.
- LOCATION: Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave, Tucson
- DATE: Saturday, February 16, 2013 through Sunday, February 24, 2013
- TIME: See the Full Schedule.
- COST: $12-$26
- NOTES: Parking is $5/car in the main lot at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds.