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NFR is Back in Las Vegas!

It’s that time of year again—the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo has returned to Las Vegas.

The first Thursday of December always means one thing—the start of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR). Each year (with the exception of 2020), NFR brings the most talented rodeo athletes, country musicians, and western gift shows to Las Vegas for ten days. Here’s what’s taking place for NFR 2021!

NFR 2021 in Las Vegas

Music & Viewing Parties

Fremont Street Experience

The annual Downtown Hoedown at the Fremont Street Experience officially kicks off NFR once again on December 1. The rodeo favorite event previously brought country superstars like Cole Swindell and Old Dominion to the stages at Downtown Las Vegas. This year, the various downtown stages will host performances by Jordan Davis, Frontmen of Country and Grammy Award-winning group Diamond Rio. Performances start at 6 p.m. on the Main Street Stage. 

Resorts World Las Vegas

The newest resort on the Las Vegas Strip turns into Rodeo World Las Vegas as Resorts World Las Vegas celebrates NFR. Country superstar Carrie Underwood opens the highly anticipated Resorts World Theatre and kicks off her limited-run “Reflection – The Las Vegas Residency.” Show dates during NFR are December 3, 4, 8, 10 and 11. Enjoy viewing events at RedTail and Wrangler Dawg House nightly from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Dee Jay Silver will be spinning at Wrangler Dawg House nightly. Riley Green will be performing live from December 3 to December 4 and December 10 to December 11. 

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas brings back Boots on the Boulevard—the country concert series that takes place during NFR. Shows include Brantley Gilbert on December 4, Cody Johnson on December 8 and December 9, and Dierks Bentley on December 10 and December 11. 

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will have nightly viewing parties inside Money, Baby!. The hotel has partnered with Cowboy Revival and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for nightly live country entertainment. Performers will include Easton Corbin, Tyler Booth, Jenna LaMaster and more. Entry is complimentary, and visitors must be 21 and over.

The Shag Room will host live entertainment nightly during NFR as well. Performers include Thrillbilly Deluxe, Lennon Roach and Megan Ruger of “The Voice.” 

The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will also join in with some stellar entertainment. Journey will be playing six shows (December 1, 2, 7, 8, 10 and 11), and Little Big Town will be performing on December 3 and 4. 

The Orleans Hotel & Casino 

Family-friendly viewing will be available at the Orleans showroom beginning at 5:30 p.m. nightly. The Orleans Hotel & Casino will host Rump’s Rodeo Party inside the Bourbon Street Lounge nightly at 5 p.m. Join Justin “Rumpshaker” Rumford (nin-time PRCA Crown of the Year) for a unique viewing experience. Stay after the viewing party for the Buckin’ Bash beginning at 9 p.m. nightly as Justin Rumford hosts the night with a variety of rodeo celebrities. Enjoy live country music, beverage specials and dancing. 

Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino 

Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino will host viewing parties at Freedom Beat daily from 5:45 p.m. with food and beverage specials. From December 3 through December 11, there will also be nightly live entertainment and an NFR after-party. The property will also have a complimentary shuttle going to and from the Thomas & Mack Center. Check online for shuttle schedules here

Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at the Linq Promenade brings Hooey to Las Vegas for the rodeo. Enjoy an NFR after-party with musical performances from Shane Smith and The Saints with Ian Munsick on December 3 and Nelly with Red Shahan on December 10. Stop by early for dinner and enjoy Blue Ribbon’s fried chicken. 

Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall 

Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall will provide free entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays during NFR at Roxy’s Lounge. Family-friendly viewing will be available at Sam’s Town Live beginning at 5:30 p.m. nightly.  

Shopping

Cowboy Christmas

The Cowboy Channel Cowboy Christmas is the official gift show of NFR. The show officially opens on December 1 at 5 p.m. and continues throughout NFR from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Enjoy aisles and aisles of shopping, the Ranch Water Rodeo Saloon, autograph sessions with rodeo celebrities, the Ariat Rodeo Live Stage and more at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Halls. 

Roper Cowboy Marketplace

Located at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, the Roper Cowboy Marketplace hosts vendors from around the country. Shop official NFR merchandise, rodeo necessities and gifts of all kinds. The show is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from December 2 to December 11. 

Stetson Country Christmas

Taking place at Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Stetson Country Christmas is another fantastic option for western gift and rodeo shopping. Located off-Strip (but conveniently close by), the market is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 

Resorts World Las Vegas

Visit the Events Center at Rodeo World Las Vegas (Resorts World Las Vegas) to check out The Cowboy Galleria. Shop from dozens of vendors, enjoy activations like the roping clinic and view the cowboy select horse sales. The Events Center will open daily at 10 a.m.

South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa

South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa will host the Cinch Western Gift Show in the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center exhibit halls. The show features various vendors from around the nation selling gifts, apparel and rodeo necessities. 

Events

Resorts World Las Vegas

Resorts World Las Vegas will host the Bullfighters Only World Championship from December 3 to December 4 and December 9 to December 11. The event’s pre-party will take place at Wrangler Dawg House with emcee Anthony Lucia and special appearances by rodeo celebrities. 

Orleans Arena

The Orleans Arena at The Orleans Hotel & Casino will be hosting the Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping on December 6 and 7. The event makes its Las Vegas debut this year with $200,000 in prize money. The All In Barrel Race will also take place at the arena from December 2 to December 4. The competition will include over $720,000 in cash prizes. Stetson presents the All In Barrel Race. 

South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa

South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa will host the National Finals Rodeo Montana Silversmith Buckle Presentation at the South Point Showroom from December 2 to December 10. The presentations start at 9:30 p.m. nightly. The property will also host the Benny Binion Bucking Horse and Bull Sale on December 2, the World Futurity Bronc Finale on December 3 and the Ariat World Series of Team Roping from December 4 to December 11. 

Gold Coast Hotel & Casino

The Gold Coast Bowling Center inside Gold Coast Hotel & Casino will host the Bob Tallman’s Wrangler NFR Charity Bowling Event this year on December 4. The event will benefit the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund and the Las Vegas chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. In addition to the actual tournament, fans can meet and bowl with celebrities and rodeo contestants by signing up here