2023 Roundup of Central Oregon Rodeos in Sisters, La Pine, Redmond, Prineville & Beyond

Central Oregon is renowned for its beautiful landscape, outdoor recreation and rodeo culture. Rodeos have been a part of the Beaver State’s heritage for over a century, and they continue to be a popular activity for both locals and visitors. Sharpen your spurs, grab your Stetson hat, and let’s take a gander at some of the upcoming rodeos in Central Oregon. Giddy up!

A Brief History of Rodeos in Central Oregon

When it comes to rodeos, Central Oregon boasts a rich history that showcases both the region’s deep connection to Western culture and the traditions of the almost mythical cowboy and cowgirl. Rodeos in this area have played a significant role in entertainment, community bonding and preserving the heritage of the American West. 

The roots of rodeo in Central Oregon run deep and can be traced to the late 19th century when cattle ranching and horse breeding were the region’s dominant industries. Cowboys and ranchers from Oregon and neighboring states often gathered for informal competitions where they showcased their skills in roping, riding and other feats. These gatherings eventually evolved into more organized events, complete with rodeo royalty; the rodeo queen, for instance, is a high honor; anyone elected queen must be able to demonstrate, among other traits, extensive knowledge of rodeo history and impeccable horsemanship.

Central Oregon’s oldest rodeos date back decades and are among the oldest in the country; as such, the region has long been a prominent hub for rodeo events. While the Sisters Rodeo and the Crooked River Roundup are probably the most well-known, there are loads of high-energy events in La Pine and Redmond that take place each year, as well.

Sisters Rodeo

Your Essential 2023 Central Oregon Rodeo Guide

Sisters Rodeo

Sisters Rodeo

The Sisters Rodeo, established in 1940, is not only one of the most popular rodeos in the Pacific Northwest; it’s also one of the oldest. Known as “The Biggest Little Show in the World,” this beloved event attracts thousands of visitors every year and takes place in the charming, Wild West-themed town of Sisters, Oregon. Its variety of events include bull riding, barrel racing, team roping and, new in 2023, the Benefit Barrel Race, open to amateurs of all ages. (Proceeds will be donated to those within the rodeo community who are battling cancer.) 

In addition to the rodeo, there are also a number of other activities to enjoy, including live music, a parade and a carnival. This year’s specialty act features Tomas Garcilazo—“Charro on the Road”—a skilled performer known for his refined horsemanship and roping abilities.

The Sisters Rodeo is unique in that it is entirely run by volunteers; from the announcers to the ticket sellers, everyone who works at the rodeo is a volunteer. This makes it a true community event and allows all of the profits to go towards local causes. It’s also affordable, with tickets priced at just $16 to $24 per day. And if you want to stay nearby, learn about RV parks and campgrounds in Central Oregon for overnight inspiration.

When: June 7-11, 2023
Where: Sisters Rodeo Grounds, Sisters, Oregon
More Info: Official Sisters Rodeo website

La Pine Rodeo

Another storied Central Oregon rodeo that dates back to the 1940s, the La Pine Rodeo, is an annual event held in La Pine, Oregon that remains one of the most popular in the state. The La Pine Rodeo features bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, tie-down roping and the ever-popular bull riding competition. There are also events for children, such as mutton busting, where kids ride sheep!

Aside from all the favorite events, the La Pine Rodeo also features live music, a carnival, food vendors and a beer garden. Special events include a parade and a fireworks show. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and children aged 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger; purchase your tickets at the gate or in advance at local vendors, such as the La Pine Feed Store and Bend’s A Bit Less Tack. And if you’re making a weekend out of it, check out our guide to hotels in Central Oregon for ideas for where to stay.

When: June 30-July 2, 2023
Where: La Pine Rodeo Association’s Rodeo Grounds, La Pine, Oregon
More Info: Official La Pine Rodeo website

Crooked River Roundup

Prineville cowpokes created the area’s first rodeo track back in 1900, and the first iteration of the Crooked River Roundup followed in 1944—creating a rich tradition that’s earned Prineville the moniker of “Cowboy Capital of Oregon.” 

One of the many events which sets the Prineville rodeo apart is its inaugural kick-off: an exciting cattle drive down Main Street. The drive is followed by a free community chili feed, sponsored by the Prineville police and fire departments. 

As for the main attraction, expect all the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) events fans have come to know and love including bareback riding, steer wrestling, bull riding, team roping, tie-down roping, breakaway roping, barrel racing and saddle bronc riding. A new event is The Crooked River Roundup Young Guns competition, which features eager youngsters aged 6-18 who compete alongside the rodeo pros—the opportunity of a lifetime for aspiring cowboys and cowgirls. Crooked River Roundup tickets can be purchased online.

When: June 22-24, 2023 (rodeo) and July 12-15, 2023 (races)
Where: Crook County Fairgrounds, Prineville, Oregon
More Info: Crooked River Roundup event listing

Crooked River Roundup grounds in Prineville, Oregon
Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center

Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo

The Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo is one of the biggest events in the high desert, and it takes place in Redmond every year. The massive event, happening August 2-6, 2023, includes a PRCA rodeo—complete with bull riding, barrel racing, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding and bareback riding, as well as a carnival and local entertainment.

This classic Redmond rodeo will also offer local beers, wines and over 30 food vendors, with everything from cotton candy and corn dogs to burgers and burritos and even fried Twinkies. With so much to see and do, we’d understand if you spent a few full days at the event—so learn more about motels in Central Oregon for the lowdown on some of the region’s best accommodations.

When: August 2-6, 2023
Where: Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center
More Info: Official Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo website

With its deep history of roundups, cowboy and cowgirl culture and bucking broncs, it’s no wonder Central Oregon is home to some of the most exciting rodeos in the country. Any one of these upcoming events is sure to provide heart-pumping thrills and fun for rodeo enthusiasts of all ages. Whether you’re a seasoned rodeo fan or a first-time attendee, mark your calendars and get ready for some unforgettable rodeo experiences in sunny Central Oregon.

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