Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Festival

Welcome to the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo and Festival, brought to you each Memorial Day Weekend by the Valley Center Optimist Club. Our town may be small, but our community’s great love of rodeo is evident by the thousands that show up each year to cheer on their favorite cowboys and cowgirls. This year will be no exception, and we invite you to come enjoy our family-friendly rodeo and community festival on May 25 - 27, 2018.

The town of Valley Center, CA is one of only a few remaining rural equestrian and agriculture-based communities in San Diego County. The Stampede Rodeo and Festival provides the ultimate venue for the community to come together and participate in America’s greatest showcase of patriotism and western heritage… Rodeo!

The 2018 Stampede Rodeo & Festival will kick-off on Friday, May 25 at the Valley Center Community Center located at 28246 Lilac Road in Valley Center. On Saturday, May 26 the grounds will reopen following our town’s historic parade. (Visit the Rodeo Information page for the Schedule of Events.)

The community festival will feature vendors, western arts & crafts, food booths, live bands, a horseshoe tournament, beer gardens and more. After enjoying the festival, the community is invited to head to the rodeo grandstands for a full rodeo event lineup, followed by a live band and dancing on both Friday and Saturday night.

True to the mission of the Optimist Club, we take pride in providing opportunities to showcase our talented youth throughout the weekend through the singing of the National Anthem, Mutton Bustin’, and Junior Barrel Racing. We also offer several volunteer opportunities for youth that want to learn more about rodeo and have a more intimate rodeo experience. The Valley Center Optimist Club donates rodeo proceeds back to local youth programs and provides scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors.

Rodeo and community festival attendees are sure to have a great time while also honoring those that gave the ultimate sacrifice to our nation and supporting the betterment of our local youth.

Don’t miss the 2018 Stampede Rodeo & Festival!

Rodeo News!

Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Enters New Arena Nov. 8, 2017

So the question is, “Can you have the best of both worlds?” When it comes to the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo, the answer is “Yes, you can!” Specifically, we’re talking about the fact that the VC Stampede Rodeo recently became part of the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association), which means they will be kicking it up a notch. Instead of an “open” rodeo, they will be bringing in the pros. Read more »

Not Their First Rodeo Oct. 27, 2017

Did you know that the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo is more than just a great event over Memorial Day Weekend? Even if you are familiar with this wonderful group, here are a few things you may not know. The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Committee is comprised of dedicated volunteers who work hard year-round to keep “Rodeo” alive in our community. Read more »

2018 Stampede Rodeo & Festival

Valley Center Stampede & Festival
May 25-27, 2018

To view and purchase pictures from the 2016 Stampede Rodeo, please visit the site of our official photographer

Support Our Sponsors

5/21/2017 to 6/2/2017

Community Service Scholarship

Pictured from left to right: Harrison Bauer, Jay West, Victoria Holtz, Joyce Holmes, & Michael Utter

The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Committee, in partnership with the Valley Center Optimist Club, is pleased to announce that $2,000 will be awarded to graduating seniors to help defray the cost of the college, university or trade school that they will be attending this fall. Graduating seniors can apply for this community service based scholarship if they volunteered at two or more Valley Center Stampede Rodeos during their high school years (including this year’s rodeo) and cumulatively volunteered at least 20 hours. The application must be competed in its entirety, along with an essay (approximately 500 words) answering the following prompt, “What impact has volunteering at the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo had in your life and how do believe community service in general will affect your future?” All applications must be received by June 1st. The second page of the application provides more information regarding requirements and ways to submit the application. VCHS Seniors will be recognized at the Senior Awards Night. For more information, email the Rodeo Scholarship Coordinator, Trina West, at

Rodeo Queen

One of the highlights each year is the crowning of the Valley Center Rodeo Queen, Junior Queen, Young Miss & Little Miss. The new Valley Center Rodeo Queen is crowned each April and represents the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo each May. To learn more about the pageant and see the current title holders, please visit the Rodeo Queen site.