If you've never been to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, this is an event you must attend, at least once in a lifetime. 2020 will mark the 36th year for the Wrangler NFR to be held in Las Vegas.
For 10 days in December the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) transforms the look and feel of Las Vegas in a spectacular way. Each year, thousands of rodeo enthusiasts decked out in Wrangler jeans, cowboy boots and outsized hats stroll up and down the Vegas strip, and fill Las Vegas hotel lobbies, casinos, showrooms and restaurants. You don't have to be a cowboy or cowgirl to have the time of your life. However the National Finals Rodeo might just make a cowboy out of you after 10 days of competition and entertainment.
Let's face it, Las Vegas is known for doing everything big. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is no exception. From the minute you arrive in Sin City, you will find action and entertainment everywhere to look. The Vegas strip is full of the rodeo spirit as hotel marquees are splashed with the names of the brightest stars in country music and casinos try to out-do each other with NFR entertainment and specials.
However, I am hoping you plan ahead and get your flight tickets early because things get pricey and sell out fast during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR). If you haven't, no worries, it’s not too late to find something if you search now. There are still some tricks you can use to get decent prices. Also don't forget to use Las Vegas hotel discount promotion codes when booking your room.
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The 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR)
Dates: Thursday, Dec 3rd - Saturday, Dec 12th, 2020
NFR Start Times: All start times in 2020 are 6:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (PT).
Location: Thomas & Mack Center (on the UNLV Campus)
4505 S. Maryland Parkway,
Las Vegas, NV, 89154.
On the corner of Tropicana Ave. and Swenson Ave.
Things you should know about the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas
Most bars and restaurants will offer drink specials, and rodeo themed menus. All Las Vegas buffets also offer you an opportunity to experience new cowboy themed items nightly, all featuring good ol' home made BBQ.
If money is not an issue here is a list of highly recommended restaurants you might consider calling ahead of time to make a reservation.
There will be lots of free entertainment, live country music and dance halls on and off the Vegas Strip. Each night, before or after the rodeo competition, just throw on your best western attire and two-step your way to any of the cowboy parties listed below.
With that said, if Las Vegas is beckoning you this coming Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), below are a few things you might want to put on your to-do list. You'll also find lots of resources and some money saving tips on this site while planning your National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
|Rodeo Event||2019 NFR Champions|
|Bareback Riding||Clayton Biglow|
|Steer Wrestling||Ty Erickson|
|Saddle Bronc Riding||Zeke Thurston|
|Tie-Down Roping||Haven Meged|
|Barrel Racing||Hailey Kinsel|
|Team Roping (Headers)||Clay Smith|
|Team Roping (Heelers)||Wesley Thorp|
|Bull Riding||Sage Steele Kimzey|
|All-Around Gold buckle||Stetson Wright|
Clayton Biglow (Bareback Riding) wins 2019 RAM Top Gun Award - Earning $243,891 over the 10-nights of the Wranger NFR
Below is a list of 2020 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) Events (check back for updates)
Don't miss all the action before and after the NFR each night at the Cowboy Corral located at the Cox Pavilion, next to the Thomas & Mack Center. Get to the arena an hour early and head over to the Cowboy Corral. Kick up your heels and enjoy live entertainment.
Live Performance each night before the Wrangler NFR
TBA - Time: 5:30 p.m.
Live Performance each night following the Wrangler NFR
Doors Open 5 p.m. nightly | Admission: FREE with Wrangler NFR Ticket
The Mirage Presents Rodeo Vegas 2020. The official Wrangler NFR After-Party of the PRCA. Offering the best FREE live entertainment from country music's biggest stars.
Dates: December 3 - 12
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Location: The Mirage Race & Sports Book Free Event
Besides joining over 70,000 rodeo fans in the ultimate rodeo party, here are a few other things to expect.
Parlor Lounge will provide live music to rodeo fans looking for a more intimate setting. Admission is FREE with live music beginning at 9:30 p.m. nightly. Nightly NFR action on High Definition Projection TV screens. Enjoy drink specials & nightly prize giveaways throughout the performance. Remember you can catch the FREE nightly shuttle service to and from the Thomas and Mack Center. | Free Event Guests 21 and over only.
Gary Leffew's Legendary Buck'N Ball at Tropicana Las Vegas
The Legendary Buck'N Ball features Live country music, two-step dancing and drink specials.
Doors Open at 6:30 nightly. Live viewing party followed by Gary Leffew's Bucking Ball
Location: Cohiba Ballroom at Tropicana Las Vegas
Must be 21 and older | Free Event
Buckin' Bash hosted by Justin Rumford at The Orleans Hotel & Casino
Buckin' Bash is home to Las Vegas' greatest cowboy party, featuring live country music, brews, two-step dancing and rodeo celebrity guest for a "Toast of the Night" every evening.
Doors Open at 9:00pm - 2:00 a.m. nightly
Dates: December 3 - 12
Location: Inside the Bourbon Street Lounge at the The Orleans Hotel & Casino | Free Event Must be 21 and older
December 3 - 12
7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que
Live entertainment and drink specials nightly! | Free Event
December 3 - 12
6 p.m. - Midnight
Veil Pavilion inside Silverton Casino Hotel
Live, free all-ages viewing parties followed by live bands each night | Free Event
NFR Gift Shows Around Town
One of the great things about the 2020 National Finals Rodeo is that it coincides with the beginning of the Holiday Season in Las Vegas. The month of December is one of the most wonderful time of the year to visit Vegas as you will immediately find yourself immersed in the holiday experience, spectacular light displays, and lots of free entertainment up and down the Strip and beyond.
Here are a few Christmas activities to add on your list of things to do this National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
What is the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR)?
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER® is the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Known as the Super Bowl of Rodeo, the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas features an impressive list of entertainers to sing the national anthem prior to each rodeo performance. Competition starts following the opening ceremonies.
The Top 15 contestants in the standard rodeo events - Bareback riding, Steer wrestling, Team roping (headers and heelers), Saddle bronc riding, Tie-down roping, WPRA barrel racing and Bull riding, qualify to compete at the National Finals Rodeo based on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Standings for a share of the $10 million purse and the coveted PRCA World Championship Gold Buckles.
The National Finals Rodeo consists of 10 rounds. One round on each of the 10 consecutive days and each contestant competes once each day.
At the end of the NFR competition, there are two champions in each event (four for team roping). The first champion is the average winner with the best cumulative time or score over the 10 rounds. The second champion is the world champion who finished the year with the most money (including what he or she earned at the NFR). Mind you, for each event, the average winner and world champion may be the same person or different people.
Did you know....
The NFR has been held annually since 1959, and every December since 1985 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
In order to enhance public safety and make the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo venue access more efficient, the NFR clear bag policy regulates the size and type of bag that may be carried into the Thomas & Mack Center.
Fans are limited to one clear bag per person and one small clutch for personal items.
The clear bag policy will be enforced from Thursday, Dec. 3 thru and including Saturday, Dec. 12.
2020 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) on a tight budget
We are constantly searching for ways to save you money at the Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas. In the coming weeks, this section will be updated with all the 2020 National Finals Rodeo FREE events you can take advantage of. From free show coupons, to free attractions, to free transportation. Check back regularly to take advantage of these offers. Also remember to checkout our Las Vegas money saving tips.
Take advantage of the free shuttle buses to and from hotels and from the Las Vegas Convention Center, to the Thomas & Mack Center.
Don't have a ticket to the NFR!, No Problem. Here are places around Vegas where you can watch the show nightly for free. Free Event
|Bally's||Indigo Lounge & Burger Brasserie|
|Caesars Palace||Montecristo Cigar Bar|
|Cosmopolitan||CiQue Bar & Lounge|
|The D Las Vegas||Downtown Las Vegas Events Center|
|Downtown Grand||Casino & Furnace Bar|
|Flamingo Las Vegas||Bird Bar|
|Gold Coast||The Red Zone|
|Golden Nugget||The Grand Event Center|
|Hard Rock Hotel||Goose Island Pub|
|Harrah's Las Vegas||Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill|
|Mandalay Bay||Rhythm & Riffs|
|MGM Grand||David Copperfield Theater|
|The Mirage||Race & Sports Book|
|The Orleans||*The Showroom Honky Tonk Saloon|
|Planet Hollywood Resort||Extra Lounge|
|The Plaza Hotel||The Plaza Showroom|
|Rio||iBar Ultra Lounge|
|Sam's Town||*Hawthorne Room|
|South Point||Grand Ballroom|
|Treasure Island||Gilley's Saloon|
2020 National Finals Rodeo FREE Shuttle Bus Service
If you are planing to attend the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, you will be glad to know that FREE shuttle bus service will be provided from and to the following sponsor hotel properties listed below.
Rodeo Starts: 6:45 P.M.
Dates: December 3 - 12, 2020
The NFR Express shuttle buses leave approximately every 15 minutes from each of the hotels listed below.
Shuttle to Thomas & Mack Center (Pre-Event) - 5:00pm. - 7:00pm.
Shuttle from Thomas & Mack Center (Post-Event) - 9:00pm - 10:30pm.
*All times are subject to change.
|Route||Resort||Pickup/Drop off Location|
|Route 1||Cowboy Christmas Gift Shop - one way route only||LVCC South Halls (Bronze parking lot)|
|Route 13||Bally's||North entrance|
|Route 10||Caesars Palace||Tour bus area - under the Planet Hollywood sign|
|Route 10||The Cosmopolitan||Main entrance (north wall)|
|Route 8||The D Las Vegas||Main Entrance|
|Route 9||Downtown Grand||Entrance at 3rd St & Ogden Ave|
|Route 12||Flamingo||Tour Bus Area|
|Route 8||Golden Nugget||Casino Tower entrance|
|Route 7||Gold Coast||Valet entrance|
|Route 12||Harrah's||Bus Tour Lobby|
|Route 5||Hard Rock Hotel||Main entrance|
|Route 4||Mandalay Bay||Shark Reef Enterance|
|Route 2||MGM Grand||West Wing entrance|
|Route 11||The Mirage||North valet entrance|
|Route 6||New York-New York||Main entrance|
|Route 6||The Orleans||Valet entrance|
|Route 13||Planet Hollywood||Tour Bus Area|
|Route 9||Plaza||Plaza Welcome Sign (Main St & Carson Ave.)|
|Route 3||Sam's Town||Back entrance behind the food courts|
|Route 14||Silverton||Main entrance|
|Route 14||South Point||Main entrance (outside Porte-Cochere)|
|Route 7||Rio All-Suites||Rotunda entrance|
|Route 11||Treasure Island||Bus loading zone, near South Side Valet|
|Route 4||Tropicana||North Entrance|
|Route 5||Westgate||East Tower entrance|
Held the night before the opening of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the 34th Annual Downtown Hoedown at Fremont Street Experience will feature Free Concerts by top country talents on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Downtown Hoedown will feature free concerts from various artists on Fremont Street Experience's three stages. Free Event
The 34th Annual Downtown Hoedown lineup: TBA
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|How to Get Around||CES Las Vegas|
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