This weekend marks the beginning of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and if y’all are fixin’ for a good Vegas honky-tonk, have a hankerin’ to head to the rodeo, catch a country concert or two, or if you are lookin’ for some down home shopping because the dern airport security stashed your spurs, then we can absolutely let you in on how to have a boot scootin’, helluva good time!
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
When: Dec. 4 – 13
Where: The Thomas and Mack Center
Cost: $55 – $220
This is the time of the year when Sin City goes country- we drink a little more whiskey (ha, who are we kidding, we drink a lot more whiskey), play a little bit harder, and even let out our best “Yeehaw!” when the sliding twang of that steel guitar grabs our attention through the amped up speakers. And what do we have to thank for this country fever? Each December, the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding qualify to compete at the prized Wrangler NFR- many times referred to as the Super Bowl of rodeo.
Just as ice cold beer goes well with a hot day and, well… just about anything else (ok, bad example), country concerts are a no-brainer to pair with a rowdy weekend of down and dirty rodeos! Some of the country artists parking their wagons in Vegas this weekend include Shania Twain, Rodney Carrington, Lady Antebellum with special guests Maddie & Tae and David Nail, Sammy Kershaw, Lee Greenwood and more! And if country music isn’t quite the mud on your tires, Train will be performing this weekend too at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.
Cut a Rug and Tip Back a Cold One… or Five!
This is Vegas…if we know how to do anything it’s party and drink and fix a hangover by… drinking more, and the word around the block is that NFR cowboys and fans alike are pretty dang good at that too! If this is you, we reckon that it’s in your best interest to swing by our country bars, the Las Vegas Bull (formerly Stoney’s Rocking Country) in Town Square, PBR Rock Bar and Grill on The Strip, Gilley’s Saloon and Dance Hall at Treasure Island, and Toby Keith’s I love This Bar and Grill at Harrah’s for great drink specials and special musical performances on select nights during your NFR weekend. Or head to the Annual Downtown Hoedown on Fremont Street where big names in country music will be playing free… yep, free concerts for your entertainment…. so thoughtful of them, huh?
Cowboy Shopping (No ladies, this is not literal)
Bringing hundreds of country vendors to Las Vegas each December is the Cowboy Christmas at the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall and the Roper Cowboy Marketplace at Mandalay Bay. Both of these gift shows are basically paradise for those who love all things Western. From boots and belts, to custom knives and hats, one could easily get lost (yeah…it’s happened) in these super-sized Western wear and accessory shopping extravaganzas. Just take my word for it, you must go…. and you will like it.