WRANGLER NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
Las Vegas transforms into Cowboy Town for its 31st year hosting Wrangler National Finals Rodeo – the premier championship rodeo event in the U.S. The 10-day event, commonly just called the National Finals or NFR, is also sometimes referred to as the World Series of Rodeo and the Super Bowl of Rodeo. The NFR will once again be held at the Thomas and Mack Center from Dec. 1st through 10th, 2016, showcasing the talents of the top 15 money-winners in each event as they compete for the world title. Last year’s attendance broke records with 177,565 attendees.
TIM MCGRAW TO HEADLINE THE FINAL NIGHT OF NFR
With over 40 million in record sales, a jaw-dropping 36 #1 singles, 3 Grammy Awards, 16 Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Music Awards, 3 People’s Choice Awards and numerous other honors… Whew! It’s no wonder Tim McGraw will be lighting up the MGM Grand Garden Arena stage for the final night of the NFR on Saturday, December 10, 2016. As we go to print, a few tickets remain in the range of $79.50-$130 at MGMgrand.com
DOWNTOWN HOEDOWN ON FREMONT
Fremont Street Experience will once again feature The Downtown Hoedown –
starting Nov. 30, 2016 – with a star-studded lineup of country music artists on all three stages. This event kicks off 12 Days of Country, with free nightly entertainment from a rowdy lineup of top local artists/acts and custom holiday-inspired country show taking place during the rodeo.
DOWNTOWN THROWDOWN BBQ CHAMPIONSHIPS
In conjunction with the Nevada Barbecue Association, each year during National Finals Rodeo, Fremont Street Experience brings the Downtown Throwdown Barbecue Championships to Downtown Las Vegas for a fierce competition, as cooks fire-up the grills. The event features a Chili Cook-Off on Friday, Dec. 11 and Barbecue Cook-Off on Saturday, Dec. 12, with prizes totaling $10-Grand. The public is invited to enjoy delicious samples of chili, ribs, chicken, brisket and pork from the two-day event from some of the best cowboy cooks around.