Jan. 15 is CSU Day at the National Western Stock Show, CSU Spur grand opening event

Horseback rider

CSU Day at the National Western Stock Show is right around the corner on Jan. 15, and with the family-friendly grand opening event for the CSU System’s new Spur campus scheduled for the same day, it promises to be a can’t-miss collection of events.

The Stock Show, set for Jan. 8-23 at the National Western Complex, was established in 1906 and features one of the largest indoor rodeos in the world. The agenda includes livestock exhibitions and judging, several rodeos, art exhibitions, live music, merchandise and dozens of food vendors.

CSU’s events with the Stock Show begin on Jan. 6, when the CSU Alumni Association hosts a parade viewing luncheon for the National Western Stock Show Parade. The free lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CSU Denver Center, where alumni can watch the parade pass by, shortly after its noon start.

Starting Jan. 7, CSU Spur will also open its first building to the public as a new, year-round, free educational destination in Denver. CSU Spur is located on the grounds of the stock show, as part of the reimagined National Western Center.

CSU Spur needs you!

The Vida building at CSU Spur opens to the public in January and has more than 600 volunteer shifts to fill during opening month.

Please sign up to volunteer for a couple shifts to be part of bringing this important place – and representation of CSU – to life in Denver.

Learn more about volunteer job descriptions and sign up to volunteer at CSU Spur.

CAM the Ram and Stock Show visitors


On Jan. 15, the Alumni Association will host a National Western Stock Show Member Breakfast from 8-10 a.m., before the 11 a.m. rodeo. In addition, CSU Day volunteers will receive a free NWSS pass for helping staff the CSU booth on the third floor of the Hall of Education, handing out swag to families as CAM the Ram poses with visitors for photos. Sign up to volunteer here.

Discounted tickets for CSU Day (promo code NWSSCSU) include admittance to the 11 a.m. rodeo, seating in the CSU section, all-day admission to the grounds and trade show, and access to the baby animals exhibit and mutton bustin’ competition, featuring children of CSU alumni. Ticket prices range from $24 to $37.

CSU always has a prominent presence at the NWSS, including the popular Ag Adventure, where guests of all ages can engage with agriculture alongside CSU College of Agricultural Sciences students serving as “Ag Tour Guides” through the interactive exhibit. Each year, more than 20,000 people visit the Ag Adventure during the stock show’s run.

Registration and more information are available at the Alumni Association’s events calendar.

Vida building at Spur

The grand opening for the first building at the Spur campus, Vida, will be held on Jan. 15.

CSU Spur

CSU Spur opens to the public starting Jan. 8 and will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the National Western Stock Show. There are several events as part of the new CSU presence in Denver, including a family-friendly grand opening event to be held from noon to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 15, and registration is available online.

As part of this event at CSU Spur’s Vida building, visitors will have the opportunity to see:

  • Horses walking on underwater treadmills
  • Veterinarians doing surgery on dogs and cats
  • An interactive mock veterinary exam room
  • Educational demos

People who attend will also be able to take photos in front of a 9-foot kitten statue and receive free CSU Spur swag.

CSU Spur is a new, free educational year-round public destination in Denver offering K-12 students, families and visitors opportunities to learn about food, water and health. CSU Spur is built upon the belief that students can be anything they want to be, and will showcase real science and real careers. Learn more at CSUSpur.org.