Rodeo Austin’s Cowboy Breakfast moseys over to the Long Center

Trick Roper Kevin Fitzpatrick shows off his skills. (Sophia Beausoleil/KXAN)
Trick Roper Kevin Fitzpatrick shows off his skills. (Sophia Beausoleil/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Friday morning, Austinites dust off their boots and celebrate the start of Rodeo Austin with free food and entertainment at the annual Cowboy Breakfast.

Organizers expect 3,000 people to enjoy the early morning festivities.  The event features a trick roper, a puppet show, a chuck wagon, a chainsaw artist and live music from Lohman’s Crossing.

The tradition runs from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., outside the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Free parking is available at the State Garages, where visitors can use Capital Metro Park and Ride options.

In years past, the celebration was held at Auditorium Shores, but construction moved the event to the Long Center this year.  Ongoing upgrades to redesign the area and upgrade irrigation systems have forced big events like the Cowboy Breakfast and SXSW free concerts to use other locations in Austin. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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