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Solar Rodeo - Solar Eclipse Weekend

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Date: Apr 06 - Apr 08, 2024
On the afternoon of April 8th, 2024 a total solar eclipse will be visible from Mesquite, Texas. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will be celebrated by a full weekend of festivities and community events.

Eclipse Info:

When is the Eclipse?

The total solar eclipse will take place on April 8, 2024. Totality will begin in Mesquite at 1:40pm and peak at 1:42pm. In total, Mesquite will be in totality for 4 minutes and 8 seconds - longer than any other urban city in the DFW Metroplex.

What is a total eclipse?

A total solar eclipse is a rare event where the moon passes between the sun and earth, completely blocking the sun from the face of the earth.

What can I expect during an eclipse?

For those in the path of totality during a total solar eclipse, the sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. Bright stars or planets may shine in the dark sky and air temperatures will suddenly drop as the sun disappears. The sudden darkness causes animals to grow quiet and the sun's atmosphere may glow in a thin pink circle around the moon during the peak of totality. As the moon continues to pass across the sun, the sky will appear similar to a 360 degree sunrise and the temperatures will climb again as the sun begins to shine.

Schedule
Saturday
9am: Downtown Mesquite Farmers Market Season Kick-Off
Front Street Station

10am: Rodeo Parade through Downtown Mesquite

6-11pm: Downtown Mesquite "Music & Moonlight" Block Party @ Front Street Station
- Live Music
- Local Vendors
- Photobooth
- Art
- Beer Garden
... and more!

- 7pm: Mesquite Symphony Performance @ Mesquite Arts Center (1527 N Galloway Ave)
Purchase Tickets here: https://buy.ticketstothecity.com/venue.php?org_id=...

Sunday
- 1pm: "Eclipse Over Texas" showing (English) @ MISD Planetarium (2501 Memorial Blvd)
*TICKET REQUIRED

- 1:45pm: "Eclipse Over Texas showing (Spanish) @ MISD Planetarium (2501 Memorial Blvd).
*TICKET REQUIRED

- 2pm: Music Festival TBA @ Mesquite Arena
*Lineup Coming Soon!

Monday
Eclipse Viewing Locations:
- Downtown Mesquite Eclipse Watch Party @ Front Street Station
Time: 10am-3pm

- Mesquite Arts Center Eclipse Festival @ Mesquite Arts Center
Time: 11am - 3pm
More Info: https://www.mesquiteartscenter.org/events/2024/sol...

- Historic Total Eclipse Watch Party @ Opal Lawrence Historical Park (711 E Kearney)
Time: 11am-4pm
More Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/historic-total-eclips...

- Solar Eclipse in the Park @ Paschall Park (1001 New Market Rd)
Time: 12pm-3pm
More Info: https://www.cityofmesquite.com/3807/Solar-Eclipse-...

Accommodations:
Book your trip early! Hotels in the DFW Metroplex are expected to sell out. We recommend visiting our hotel's page to start planning your stay. CLICK HERE
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Solar Rodeo - Solar Eclipse Weekend
Apr 06 - Apr 08, 2024
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