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NFR 2019: What to do during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Jack Daniels Girl at NFR in Vegas

It’s about that time of year when the Las Vegas Strip turns into Rodeo central for the annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. We’re filling up our flasks and saddling up for another kick-ass ten days of NFR!

Here are some of our best tips for having a wild time in Las Vegas during the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Where to watch the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for Free

NFR Viewing Parties

Downtown Las Vegas Events Center NFR Viewing Parties
200 S 3rd St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

If you’re staying downtown, then one of the best spots to party and watch the Rodeo is at the Downtown Events Center. Mosey on down and check out the FREE live-action viewing parties every night from December 5–14. Don’t miss a single 8-second ride as you watch all of the NFR action on giant TV screens set up throughout the venue. Enjoy food & drink specials, nightly entertainment and more.

The Mirage Race and Sports Book Viewing Party

Starting at 6:45 PM nightly from December 5–14, you won’t miss a second of the NFR action at the Mirage Race and Sports Book, home to the largest HD Projection screens in Las Vegas! Enjoy free admission and exclusive giveaways during performances.

Rodeo Vegas Country Concert Series

After the Viewing party, the Mirage Race and Sports Book transforms itself into the number one desert honky-tonk with nightly country music shows and country DJs.

Silverton Wrangler NFR Viewing
3333 Blue Diamond Road Las Vegas, NV 89139

Join the action at the Veil Pavilion at the Silverton Hotel and Casino, December 5 – 14, 2019 from 6:30 pm to midnight. After the viewing parties stay for nightly Cowboys & Indians Party and country concerts with some of the biggest names in country music.

Sam’s Town Family-Friendly Viewing

Family-Friendly Viewing Parties will be held in the Hawthorne Room nightly at 6:30pm. Food and drink specials will be available and children are welcome to accompany their parents. NFR Viewing Parties for guests over 21 years will be held in Roxy’s Lounge nightly.

Best Country Music Bars during NFR


Toby Keiths

Throughout the entire NFR week, there will be special events:

  • Live country music from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. nightly
  • Autograph signings
  • Appearances by both Jack Daniels and Saddle Bronc riders
  • Drink specials, samplings and a boot souvenir glass available for purchase.

Gilley’s Saloon inside TI

Gilley's Saloon at TI
  • Live country music from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. nightly
  • Drink specials and $10 Mechanical Bull Rides
  • No Cover Charge before 9:00 p.m.

The Mirage Sportsbook

NFR After Party

By far, one of the biggest parties on the Strip takes place nightly at the Mirage Race and Sports Book. Every night the Mirage transforms their sportsbook into a gigantic honky-tonk with some of the top names in country music.

The Top Country Music Concerts During NFR

Dwight Yoakam & The Bakersfield Beat
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6-7, 10, 12, 14
Wynn Las Vegas Encore Theater

Dwight Yoakam

We’ve watched a ton of different country performers in Las Vegas, but by far one of the best shows we’ve been to in this city was Dwight Yoakam at last year’s NFR.

Kicking off his Residency at Wynn Las Vegas during this year’s NFR, Yoakam will share the songs, sights, and stories of California country music’s dramatic arrival and lasting impact on American country music scene.

Beginning with the Dust Bowl era, Yoakam will take the audience on a musical excursion exploring the history of the sounds associated with Bakersfield, Calif. through songs and storytelling in this exclusive residency. Yoakam will perform music that influenced and created the “Bakersfield Sound” and “California Country-Rock” genres of country music from its early beginnings to its commercial zeniths, in addition to his own original music that was shaped and influenced by this legacy.

Tickets can be found here on Ticketmaster

The Charlie Daniels Band
Dec 08 at 10:00 PM
The Showroom at the Golden Nugget

Charlie Daniels

If you’re looking for real country music during the NFR, then it doesn’t get much better than one of the original outlaws of country music, Charlie Daniels. Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of his signature song “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” Daniels hits the stage on December 8th at the Golden Nugget.

You can find tickets here on TicketMaster

Dec.4, 6–8 ,10–11, 13–14
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace


As country music icons Reba McEntire, Kix Brooks, and Ronnie Dunn prepare to kick off the fourth year of their hit residency “Together in Vegas” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, eight more show dates have been added during NFR to wrap up their 2019 residency.

Tickets can be found here on Ticketmaster

Gary Allan with special guest Wynn Williams
Dec 6-7
The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

The California native released his first album, “Used Heart for Sale,” in 1996 and since then has released eight additional studio albums selling over eight million copies, has been certified platinum on three back-to-back albums, and has been certified gold five times. Allan has five No. 1 hits at country radio, fourteen Top 10 hits to his credit and has amassed over 2.1billion total streams.

Tickets for the shows cab be found here on Ticketmaster

The Rhyolite Sound
Dec 5th 2019 @ Plaza Hotel & Casino, Dec 6th 2019 @ House of Blues Las Vegas, December 8th, 2019 @ Vinyl, Dec 10th 2019 @ Hogs & Heifers

If you miss the good ol’ days of rowdy ass country music shows, then Las Vegas locals, The Rhyolite Sound, has you covered. Fresh of the release of their latest album, Mojave Gold, this five-piece Desert Honky Tonk band will be kicking ass at at least 4 different shows throughout NFR.

Check out the bands website for details

Western Events in Las Vegas During NFR 2019

Junior NFR

Junior NFR in Las Vegas

This is one of our favorite events of the year. For those who want to see the Rodeo live, but either couldn’t get tickets or wanted to save a little money for the slots, you should check out the Junior NFR held in the Cowboy Christmas Wrangler Rodeo Arena at the Las Vegas Convention Center. These kids are awesome, and many of them will hit the NFR circuit within the next couple of years.

Western Gift Shows

Cowboy Christmas at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls

  • 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.
  • Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls
  • Free Admission/Open to the Public
  • **Co-located with the RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo

Western Gift Show at the South Point

  • Open daily December 5 — 14 from 9 a.m. — 6 p.m.
  • 9 a.m. — 6 p.m.
  • South Point Exhibit Hall and Boot Barn Concourse
  • Free Admission/Open to the Public

Cowboy Marketplace Gift Show at Mandalay Bay

  • Open daily December 5 — 14
  • 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.
  • Mandalay Bay
  • Free Admission/Open to the Public

Country Christmas at the Sands Expo Center

  • Open daily December 5 — 14
  • 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.
  • Sands Expo
  • Free Admission/Open to the Public

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