If you've never been to the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, this is an event you must attend, at least once in a lifetime. 2018 marks the 34th 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 fill Las Vegas hotels, casinos, restaurants, showrooms, and shopping malls. 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 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.
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The 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR)
Dates: Thursday, Dec 6th - Saturday, Dec 15th, 2018
Start Times: All start times in 2018 are 6:45 p.m. (PT).
Location: Thomas & Mack Center (on the UNLV Campus)
4505 S. Maryland Parkway,
Las Vegas, NV, 89154.
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.
This is a period you have to make dinner reservations. If you are going to any restaurant during the Wrangler NFR week either book ahead of time or be prepared to wait in line for a very long time.
With that said, if Las Vegas is beckoning you this coming Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), here 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.
Below is a list of 2018 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) Events
Located at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Halls, The Cowboy Christmas will occupy over 300,000 square-feet of show floor and host 400 plus vendors from across the United States and Canada. These vendors will showcase their unique products which will include: customized jewelry, western wear, boots and spurs, furniture, original art, handmade crafts and pottery, as well as providing the best source for the Official Wrangler NFR and PRCA merchandise.
Cowboy Christmas Gift Show / Co-located with the RMEF's Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo
December 6 - 15, 2018
Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Free Admission - Open to the Public (more information)
Note: Free shuttle service will be provided from the Cowboy Christmas directly to the Thomas & Mack Center for each night's rodeo performance.
Located adjacent to Cowboy Christmas, the FanFest is the ultimate interactive fan experience with 100,000 square feet featuring the Best of the Western Lifestyle including live music and entertainment, specialty food and beverage, rodeo arena, interactive booths, rodeo exhibits, and more.
Open: Daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Thursday, December 6th through Saturday, December 15th)
Admission: FREE Admission
Location: Adjacent to Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center
Major interactive areas include:
Wrangler Rodeo Arena
Rodeo Live Stage
Lucas Oil Rodeo Way
Boot Barn Rodeo Saloon
Rodeo Round Up
Free Shuttle to the Thomas & Mack Center (one-way route)
Other Gift Shows Around Town
Rodeo Vegas at The Mirage is the official Wrangler NFR After-Party of the PRCA. Offering the best FREE live entertainment from country music's biggest stars. Besides joining over 70,000 rodeo fans in the ultimate rodeo party, here are a few other things to expect.
December 6 — 15
Time: 6:30 p.m. — 4 a.m.
Location: The Mirage Race & Sports Book
Nightly NFR action on High Definition Projection TV screens
Enjoy drink specials & nightly prize giveaways throughout the performance.
The opportunity to meet and socialize with 20 plus Team Mirage NFR contestants and World Champions.
Remember you can catch the FREE nightly shuttle service to and from the Thomas and Mack Center.
Free Admission/ Open to the Public
Enjoy FREE Live music, dancing, free viewing parties and giveaways nightly at the Gold Buckle Zone at MGM Grand.
Other events at the Gold Buckle Zone
Great nightly concerts
Autograph signing with Champions
Miss Rodeo America Pagent
December 6 — 15
Time: 8 p.m. — 2 a.m.
Location: The Central at MGM Grand, near the Sports Book
Free Admission/ Open to the Public
Gary Leffew's Legendary Buck'N Ball at The Orleans Hotel & Casino December 6 — 15, 2018
The Legendary Buck'N Ball is home to Las Vegas' greatest cowboy party, featuring Live country music, two-step dancing and drink specials.
Doors Open at 9:00pm — 2:00 a.m. nightly
Location: Inside the Bourbon Street Lounge at the The Orleans Hotel & Casino
Must be 21 and older
Free Admission/ Open to the Public
Known as the Super Bowl of Rodeo, the Las Vegas National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) will feature an impressive list of entertainers to sing the national anthem prior to each rodeo performance.
Following the opening ceremonies, the top 15 competitors in these seven rodeo events
1) Bareback riding,
2) Steer wrestling,
3) Team roping,
4) Saddle bronc riding,
5) Tie-down roping,
6) Barrel racing and
7) Bull riding
Qualification is based on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Standings.
2017 National Finals Rodeo Highlights
Video Credit: PRCA Pro Rodeo
2018 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 2017 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.
2017 National Finals Rodeo FREE Shuttle Bus Service
If you are planing to attend the 2018 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 hotels listed below.(2018 Detailed shuttle information will be made available closer to event dates.)
Rodeo Starts: 6:45 P.M.
Dates: December 7 - 16, 2017
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|
|1||Cowboy Christmas Gift Shop - one way route only|| LVCC South Halls (east entrance)
|2||MGM Grand||West Wing entrance|
|3||New York-New York||Main entrance|
|4||Sam's Town||Back entrance behind the food courts|
|5||Mandalay Bay||Tour & Travel Lobby|
|6||Hard Rock Hotel||Main entrance|
|6||Wynn Las Vegas||South Tower Bus Loop|
|7||Gold Coast||Valet entrance|
|7||The Orleans||Valet entrance|
|8||SLS Las Vegas||Main entrance|
|8||Westgate||East Tower entrance|
|9||The D Las Vegas||Main Entrance|
|9||Golden Nugget||Casino Tower entrance|
|9||Plaza||Plaza Welcome Sign (Main St & Carson Ave.)|
|10||Caesars Palace||Tour bus area - under the Planet Hollywood sign|
|10||The Cosmopolitan||Main entrance|
|11||The Mirage||North valet entrance|
|11||Treasure Island||Bus loading zone, near South Side Valet|
|12||Harrah's||Bus Tour Lobby|
|12||Flamingo||Bus Tour Area|
|13||Planet Hollywood||Tour Bus Area|
|14||South Point||Main entrance (outside Porte-Cochere)|
Free Shuttle bus service will also be provided from the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show directly to the Thomas & Mack Center (one way route - only) for each night's rodeo performance.
On each day of the rodeo Cowboy Christmas Gift Show will offer complimentary daytime daily round-trip shuttle service to Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls from the following hotels. Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitian, Golden Nugget, The Mirage, Park MGM, The Orleans, South Point, and Treasure Island (Ti).
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm. daily
2017 Wrangler NFR Autograph Sessions
|Friday, Dec. 8||Barrel Racers||Golden Nugget - The Grand Event Center||Noon - 2 p.m.|
|Saturday, Dec. 9||Tie-Down Ropers||MGM Grand||Noon - 2 p.m.|
|Monday, Dec. 11||Team Ropers||Las Vegas Convention Center South Halls||Noon - 2 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Dec. 12||Steer Wrestlers||Cowboy Christmas - Rodeo Way||Noon - 2 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Dec. 13||Bull Riders||Gilley's (inside Treasure Island)||Noon - 2 p.m.|
|Thursday, Dec. 14||Bareback Riders||Mandalay Bay||Noon - 2 p.m.|
|Friday, Dec. 15||Saddle Bronc Riders||Harrah's - Toby Keith's I Love this Bar & Grill||Noon - 2 p.m.|
Wrangler NFR Autograph Session is first come/first served
Contestants will depart the Autograph Session at 2 p.m.
Admission is Free and Open to the Public
Dates and locations are subject to change
32nd Annual Downtown Hoedown at Fremont Street Experience
The 32nd Annual Downtown Hoedown at Fremont Street Experience will feature Free Concerts by top country talents on Dec. 5, 2018, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Downtown Hoedown will feature free concerts from various artists (TBA) on Fremont Street Experience's three stages. Free
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In order to enhance public safety and make the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo venue access more efficient, a new security policy regulates the size and type of bag that may be carried into the Thomas & Mack Center. The clear bag policy will be enforced from Thursday, Dec. 7 thru and including Saturday, Dec. 16. More Info