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About Round-Up Week

About Round-Up Week

While the rodeo is the heart of the Round-Up week, the Round-Up refers to all of the excitement that draws thousands to Pendleton in the second full week in September each year.

Pendleton’s Main Street is closed to motorized traffic and becomes a carnival grounds with vendors and live music throughout the week. Whether it’s the Happy Canyon Night Show Pageant, the Indian Pow-Wows and vendor booths, the Westward-Ho! Parade or the nightly shows on Main Street, the whole town transforms into a fun-filled festival with something for everyone.

Dress Up Parade

The whole week begins with the Dress-Up Parade held on the Saturday before Round-Up week put on by the Main Street Cowboys. Anyone may enter the parade and dress up or enter a float or car. For a parade application click here. The parade goes through downtown Pendleton Saturday morning at 10:00 am and ends at the Round-Up grounds.

Kick-Off Concert

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On Saturday evening after the Dress Up Parade, an Outdoor Kick-off Concert is held in the Happy Canyon Arena. In the past, acts have included Reba McEntire, Brooks and Dunn, George Strait, Chris LeDoux, Rascal Flatts, Big & Rich, Scotty McCreery and Lee Brice. This arena is a very intimate setting, and not a bad seat in the house!

Happy Canyon

Each night, after the Rodeo, the Happy Canyon Indian Pageant is held in its own outdoor arena starting at 7:45 pm.

2016 was the Centennial year for the Happy Canyon, 2019 marks the 103rd year. It features a theatrical performance portraying the Native People who inhabited the area, followed by the Emigrants who came through the area on the Oregon Trail and then a portrayal of Pendleton’s Wild Frontier Days. This event provides a fun-filled evening for a person of any age.

For the 21 and over crowd, check out "Goldie's Bar" after the pageant!

Tipi Village

Native Americans from around the West gather on Sunday to begin setting up the Tipi Village, located just north of the rodeo grounds. This is a tradition that dates back to the first Round-Up held in 1910. Not long after, Roy Raley Park becomes a hub for Indian dancing competitions, Indian craft good vendors and the Junior Indian Beauty Pageant.

Banner Bank Pendleton PBR Classic

On Monday and Tuesday night Professional Bull Riding is held in the Happy Canyon arena and begins at 8:00 pm. Bull Riding is a sport where the rider's goal is to stay atop a bucking bull for a full eight seconds, which counts as a qualifying ride. Professional Bull Riding is a fast-paced event full of pulsating music, explosive pyrotechnics and provides lots of fun for a person of any age.


The Pendleton Round-Up runs Wednesday through Saturday and begins at 1:15 pm each day.

This years rodeo starts on Wednesday September 11, 2019 and goes through Saturday September 14, 2019.

The main events in the Round-Up are: Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Steer Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Tie-Down Roping. The All-Around Cowboy award goes to the competitor who earns the most prize money in more than one event. Other events include women’s Barrel Racing, Indian Relay Racing, Wild Cow Milking and Indian dancing.

Westward Ho! Parade

Friday morning at 10:00 am the Westward Ho! Parade marches through Pendleton. The Parade is unique in that no motorized vehicles are allowed and features covered wagons, Indians in full regalia and marching bands.

For more information or to apply to be in the parade click here!
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