Activities and Attractions
National Western Stock Show
January 7-22, 2023
The National Western Stock Show provides a premier facility and event for fun and entertainment. For 16 days, the show takes the spotlight with livestock events and trade booths for a priceless family value. The National Western Complex plays host to events year-round serving the community at large.
Exhibits at the stock show include horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, alpacas, bison, yak, poultry and rabbits. Such a wide variety of livestock offers a great learning opportunity and displays the diversity in raising animals.
Food and shopping are legendary at the show. From BBQ turkey legs and smoked brisket to smothered burritos, food is never far away. Fine arts, jewelry and clothing make great gifts for family and friends not in attendance. Agricultural products and equipment provide a look at some of the latest and greatest in machinery.
Regular performances take place in the Stadium Arena, Denver Coliseum and National Western Events Center. Rodeos, Wild West shows, Super Dogs, dancing horses and draft horse and mule shows delight audiences each day of the National Western. The events include:
- Kick-off Parade in Downtown Denver
- Pro Rodeo
- PBR Bull Riding
- Freestyle Reining
- Hunters & Jumpers
- Draft Horse Show
- Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza
- An Evening of Dancing Horses
- Stick Horse Grand Prix
- Xtreme Dogs
- Wild West Show
- Gambler's Choice Open Jumper Stake
- Mutton Bustin'
The National Western Complex is easily accessible from Interstate 70 (I-70) using exit 275B onto Brighton Blvd. The Event Center, Stadium/Expo Hall and Stockyards are located north of I-70 while the Coliseum is to the south of I-70.
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