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. The Wrangler NFR will return to the Thomas & Mack Center, Dec. 2 – 11, 2021 and 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 you 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 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR)
Dates: Thursday, Dec 2nd - Saturday, Dec 11th, 2021
NFR Start Times: All start times in 2021 are 5:45 p.m. - 8:00 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.
The Mirage Presents Rodeo Vegas 2021. The official Wrangler NFR After-Party of the PRCA. Offering the best FREE live entertainment from country music's biggest stars.
Dates: - December 2 - 11
Time: 5:45 p.m. — 12:30 a.m.
Location: The Mirage Race & Sports Book Free Event
Thursday, Dec. 2 & Sunday, Dec. 5: Casey Donahew Band
Friday, Dec. 3: LOCASH
Saturday, Dec. 4: Devin Dawson
Monday, Dec. 6: Eli Young Band
December 7 – 8: Glen Templeton
Thursday, Dec. 9: Mark Chesnutt
Friday, Dec. 10: Ian Munsick
Saturday, Dec. 11: Randy Houser
Remember you can catch the FREE nightly shuttle service to and from the Thomas and Mack Center. | Free Event Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.
Enjoy FREE Live music, dancing, free viewing parties and giveaways nightly at the MGM Grand Gold Buckle Zone. Dates: December 2 - 11
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.
Dates: - December 2 - 11
Doors Open at 9:00pm - 2:00 a.m. nightly
Location: Inside the Bourbon Street Lounge at the The Orleans Hotel & Casino | Free Event Must be 21 and older
December 2 - 11 - See Artist Line up below
5 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que
Live entertainment and drink specials nightly! | Free Admission prior to 9 p.m.
Cover charge is $20 at the door after 9 p.m. No charge for guests arriving prior to 9 p.m. (21+ after 9 p.m.)
Silverton Casino Presents Cowboys & Indians After Parties hosted by Malone with 95.9 The Ranch
December 2 - 11 - See Artist Line up below
5 p.m. - Midnight
Veil Pavilion inside Silverton Casino Hotel
Live, free all-ages viewing parties followed by live bands each night | Free Event
Wrangler NFR Go Round Buckle Presentations hosted by Flint Rasmussen & Joe Beaver
Free concerts to follow each night in the South Point Showroom: Aaron Watson, Dec. 2-5 / Chancey Williams, Dec. 6-8 / Randall King, Dec. 9-10
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: South Point Showroom at South Point Las Vegas
Dates: - December 2 - 10
South Point Presents Ram Rodeo Tailgate Party
Time: 6 p.m. — 10 p.m.
Location: South Point Convention Center
Dates: - December 2 - 11
One of the great things about the 2021 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.
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 over $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 with the exception of 2020.
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. 2 thru and including Saturday, Dec. 11.
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 2021 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.
Held the night before the opening of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the 35th Annual Downtown Hoedown at Fremont Street Experience will feature Free Concerts by top country talents on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 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 35th Annual Downtown Hoedown lineup: December 1, 2021 - ** Lineup to be announced **
At this years Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, don't miss the most dynamic country stars at the annual "Boots on the Boulevard" concert series in the heart of The Las Vegas Strip at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
This years line up:
Cody Jinks - December 2, 3 & 5
Brantley Gilbert - December 4
Cody Johnson - December 8 & 9
Dierks Bentley - December 10 & 11
Location: The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Jason Aldean - December 9 — 11
Location: Park Theater at Park MGM
Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Reba, Brooks & Dunn - December 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10 & 11
Location: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino
Shania Twain - December 2, 4, 5, 9 & 11
Location: Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood
Carrie Underwood - December 3, 4, 8, 10 & 11
Location: The Theatre at Resorts World
Silverton Casino Hotel
Ned Ledoux - December 2 & 3
Location: Veil Pavilion at Silverton Casino Hotel
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Free Shuttle
If you are planing to attend the 2021 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 2 - 11, 2021
Distance from your hotel to Thomas & Mack Center
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 and routes are subject to change.
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