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What to Expect at Your First Rodeo

The Mesquite Championship Rodeo kicked open the chutes the first Saturday in June and it’s as exciting as ever. The City of Mesquite is proud to have the rodeo back and we’re excited for you to see it for yourself. There’s a reason we’re called the Rodeo Capital of Texas! This is a unique year to attend the rodeo and we’re sure a lot of newcomers are wondering what to expect. Here’s what you need to know as a first-time Rodeo attendee. {Read More}

Seven Outdoor Attractions to Visit in Mesquite

July is National Parks and Recreation Month and the perfect time to explore all the green spaces and outdoor adventures in Mesquite. Be sure to include these seven outdoor attractions in your travel plans this month as Texas summer gets into full swing. {Read More}

See Fireworks Here on July 4

The Devil’s Bowl Speedway will feature a fireworks show after the races on Saturday, July 4. Recently mentioned on NBC Sports and the venue for the national American Flat Track Race, the top drivers from around the country come to tackle the most famous track in the Southeast. There’s not a bad seat in the house, but purchase a Pit Pass to see the race from the middle of the track for the ultimate adrenaline rush. The race begins at 8:30 p.m., but the gate and pits open at 6 p.m. for visitors to snap pictures and get autographs from the drivers.{Read More}


Travel is looking a little different this year, but that doesn’t take away from what makes Mesquite, Texas such a great place to visit. If you’re looking to make future travel plans, look no further than this beautiful Texas city. Whether you’re planning a trip with friends or bringing your family on vacation, you’ll find activities that will excite everyone. {Read More}

The Summer Without Rodeos

Around the country, but mostly in small towns in the West, hundreds of professional rodeos have been canceled.

STONYFORD, Calif. — Tucked into the hard wrinkles of Northern California foothills, the one-stop-sign town of Stonyford can feel like the middle of nowhere.

Zoe Brandenberger, one of about 200 residents, has spent most of her life in Stonyford.

“Right when you think you’re lost,” she said while offering driving directions, “you’re about here.”

Stonyford could always count on a few crowded days every year during its annual three-day rodeo, when the town’s population swells into the thousands.

Out-of-towners stay for much of a week. Pickups, campers and trailers, paying $25 each, fill the field behind Brother Moore Arena. There are nightly dances and rodeo queens. There is a pancake breakfast and a parade.{Read More}


During this challenging time when some of the larger rodeos such as the Calgary Stampede in Alberta and the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming have canceled because of coronavirus concerns, the smaller rodeos are riding into the spotlight.

Take the Mesquite Championship Rodeo for example. It’s traditionally a smaller, weekly rodeo that runs from June through August. The rodeo typically draws some world class competitors because it’s in a geographic hotbed for activity.

But when Mesquite kicked off its 63rd consecutive season June 6, there was an influx of accomplished athletes because it was the only rodeo sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association that featured every standard riding and roping event. {Read More}

Discover 4 Movies Made in Mesquite

Even if you've never visited Mesquite, Texas chances are good you've seen it before—whether on the small screen or the silver screen. Crews from all over the world have known for decades that Mesquite makes a desirable filming location.

The Texas Film Commission has certified the city as a film-friendly community; it boasts a variety of scenic settings, several incentives and local support, making it an attractive destination for shoots big and small. Create your film tourism adventure by visiting these popular destinations in Mesquite that have served as the backdrop to a few television series and movies. {Read More}

Rodeo set to reopen in Texas

Cowboys are set to get back in the saddle this weekend in Mesquite, Tex., as the city’s rodeo reopens for its summer season after fears it would be canceled due to the novel coronavirus.

Organizers behind the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, which was established in 1957, say their reopening marks the first professional sports event open to ticket holders in the United States since the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent shutdowns led to widespread cancellations, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Rodeo director Travis Wheat told the Morning News that his team had just about two weeks to accomplish two months of preparations to reopen this weekend.

“Our heads have been spinning, but it’s good,” Wheat said. “The goal is clear: Just put on a rodeo and keep fans safe.”{Read More}


Fans will be in the stands again Saturday at the historic Mesquite Championship Rodeo, in what organizers say will be the first professional ticketed event in the United States since the coronavirus pandemic forced major sports leagues and events to shut down.

Gov. Greg Abbott cleared the way for the start of the season by allowing rodeo and equestrian events to begin May 22.

Mesquite Championship Rodeo had held out hope it would be able to put on rodeos this summer, but even with plans to return, it’s been hectic with the rodeo looking to make sure concessions, signs, graphics and in-arena staffing are taken care of, while modifying its normal procedures as COVID-19 continues to spread.

“We had about two months of work to get done in about a week and a half to two weeks,” Travis Wheat, director of Mesquite Championship Rodeo, said this week. “Our heads have been spinning, but it’s good. The goal is clear: Just put on a rodeo and keep fans safe.” {Read More}


The Mesquite Championship Rodeo is back and open for business.

Since 1957, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo (MCR) has been captivating the
attention of rodeo fans and tourists alike, and this year will be no different. The MCR will
continue its 63rd consecutive year with its 13-week series on Saturday nights, despite
shutdowns elsewhere still looming, throughout June until the end of August.

“We’re a privately owned rodeo, so the pressure to shut down was never really applied
or forced on us," MCR Rodeo Director Travis Wheat said. "We held off canceling, with the thought that we'd be right on the bubble, and as it turns out, we were right. And with aid from all our partners and a big thanks to Visit Mesquite Texas and the citizens of Mesquite, we’re able to produce Texas’ original sport for the 63rd consecutive year in the Rodeo Capital of Texas.” {Read More}

The Hidden Gem at Porky's Burger

They celebrated their first anniversary in April, and right as high noon hits, the dining room is empty. It’s literally empty — the chairs and tables have vanished, and stickers form a pathway every six feet to show where a few souls can stand. Miroslava Pena, who’s runs the burger joint with her family, punches the register behind a shield and a mask.

Porky’s Burgers and Wings is the free-standing, baby-blue hut on the edge of a vision-spanning parking lot. It’s a family business situated at the base of a mountain range of big retail shops, a real Rocky Balboa kind of burger joint on Gus Thomasson Road in Mesquite. {Read More}


That's right! It's a weekly rodeo, Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m., in Mesquite. Click here to purchase tickets or read below to discover why Mesquite is the Official Rodeo Capital of Texas.

This year the Mesquite Championship Rodeo will be the first ticketed athletic event in the country. {Read More}

Mesquite hotels give back despite pandemic

The pandemic has hit many businesses hard, and with shelter orders not many people are traveling, but that hasn’t stopped several Mesquite hotels from giving back to the community.

Skip Parsotam, owner of Budget Inn, reached out to local hotels, and eight were able to contribute to the Mesquite Hospitality Scholarship Fund this year, slightly less than the first year, but they still raised $2,100 that will go toward a 2020 Mesquite ISD high school graduate(s).

Parsotam said the idea came to him from seeing a social media post. He was aware that Sharing Life and the Mesquite Police Association had done something similar and wanted to rally the local hospitality business to do the same. {Read More}


Dallas, Texas – The Mesquite Championship Rodeo is back and open for business. Since 1957, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo (MCR) has been captivating the attention of rodeo fans and tourists alike and this year will be no different. The MCR will continue its 63rd consecutive year with its 13-week series on Saturday nights.

“We’re a privately-owned rodeo, so the pressure to shut down was never really applied or forced on us. We held off canceling, with the thought that we’d be right on the bubble, and as it turns out, we were right. And with aid from all our partners and a big thanks to Visit Mesquite Texas and the citizens of Mesquite, we’re able to produce Texas’ Original Sport for the 63rd consecutive year in the Rodeo Capital of Texas”, says Travis Wheat, MCR Rodeo Director. {Read More}

Rodeo ‘First In Nation’ Sporting Event for Fans

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Mesquite Championship Rodeo is hosting what it calls “the first ticketed professional live sporting event” in the country since the coronavirus shutdown.

“We’re a privately-owned rodeo, so the pressure to shut down was never really applied or forced on us. We held off canceling, with the thought that we’d be right on the bubble, and as it turns out, we were right. With aid from all our partners and produced in cooperation with Visit Mesquite Texas, we’re able to put on Texas’ Original Sport for the 63rd consecutive year in the Rodeo Capital of Texas,” said Travis Wheat, MCR Rodeo Director.

The rodeo, which started in 1957, will follow Dallas County guideline by opening at 25% capacity and taking extra precautions to sanitize high touch surfaces by its fans. Wheat said they will also encourage social distancing. {Read More}

Virtual Puzzles Celebrating Historic Mesquite Inc.

May is National Historic Preservation Month and a great time to explore and reflect on Mesquite's history. From a new depot town on the historic Texas Pacific Railway to a bustling city full of dedicated workers and their families, pieces of Mesquite's past are still present throughout the city thanks to the work of Historic Mesquite Inc. {Read More}

Try These 6 Mesquite Trails

Come out and discover 17 miles of trails to bike, run and walk in Mesquite. Woven throughout the City and connected to scenic parks, ponds and open space, Mesquite trails are a great way to challenge yourself athletically while maintaining a 6 ft social distance from others. Below are six trails that are a great start to your list.{Read More}

5 Things to Do While Social Distancing

  1. Explore Mesquite through Google Virtual Tours
  2. Did you know that Mesquite has 25 Google Virtual Tours? Discover the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, Devils Bowl Speedway, Downtown Mesquite and more from the comfort of your home.

  3. Spend Quality Time with your Furry Family Member at Mesquite Parks
  4. The Mesquite parks are still open to the public, but patrons are encouraged to enjoy the park responsibly with a mind toward social distancing. Since it can be lonely walking or running alone, take your four-legged family member along. They will love to get out in the fresh air, just as much as you. {Read More}

Mesquite CVB Highlights the Importance of Tourism

Mesquite, TX – May 7, 2020 – The City of Mesquite’s Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week. Held May 3 – 9, the annual tradition for the U.S. travel community celebrates the value travel holds for the economy, businesses and personal wellbeing. This year, the coronavirus pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the travel industry and the entire economy, but the Mesquite CVB is still celebrating the week and promoting how residents can support Mesquite businesses through eating and shopping locally. {Read More}

Home Today, Togeher Tomorrow

Right now, life’s better at home, but better days are coming. Mesquite is the place we love. Where we work hard and care for our neighbors. Stay home, but stay inspired. When its time, hit play. Stay in, but think out. So start planning and keep dreaming and get excited about rediscovering Mesquite again because life is better together. Safer today and stronger tomorrow. Today we'll look forward to having new reasons to celebrate- until then regroup and get ready to rediscover Mesquite. {Read More}

Mesquite BBQ Shares Their Pulled Pork Recipe

Texas holds the best reputation for barbecue. From the wood-burned meat to the savory sauce and spicy dry rubs, Texans take barbecue seriously, especially in Mesquite. Few things top the experience of going out to one of Mesquite’s many barbecue restaurants for slow-smoked brisket or pulled pork. However, as we all are spending more time cooking at home, the owners of Mesquite BBQ want to help bring the experience to your dinner table with the recipe for their popular pulled pork.

Mesquite BBQ is family owned and operated, and has been since 1959, making it the oldest restaurant in Mesquite. It is also the home of the original Oyler Barbecue pit, a revolutionary invention for barbecue across the globe. Dustin and Melanie Palmer are third-generation owners and use the same 60-year-old methods to cook all their meats, but do not worry; follow the steps below to create excellent tasting barbecue in your home. {Read More}

Virtual Art Classes and More at the Mesquite Arts

Enjoy a Virtual Art Class through The Mesquite Arts Center.

The MAC Doodles Workshop will be offered each week. This video tutorial is perfect for all skill levels, featuring "How To" doodle videos for beginners, intermediates and experts.

Have a Virtual Concert with the April Rocks! Rockin' Rhapsody Line Up

April Rocks! Rockin' Rhapsody is Mesquite's annual outdoor concert series that highlights local talent in the DFW Metroplex. As we keep each other safe by staying at home, you can still stream performances on Facebook and YouTube. Set up your own outdoor concert experience in your backyard and enjoy these bands here: {Read More}


The UAMTF 94-1 is a multi-purpose and flexible medical unit composed of 85 soldiers. The task force is designed to relieve the strain on an areas healthcare facility. The team can break up into any size team depending on what is required by their civilian counterpart needs. The task force has nearly every medical specialty and capability found in a hospital except for surgery. {Read More}

Try Disc Golf in Mesquite

Running, walking and hiking are great ways to exercise in Mesquite parks while maintaining social distancing of 6 feet. Although team sports are on hold as we all try to do our part to #FlattenTheCurve, solo sports are a great way to change up the exercise routine. Disc Golf is the perfect solo sport as it combines the best aspects of two leisure sports (frisbee and golf) and mashes them up to create one excellent opportunity to exercise. Please remember to exercise with social distancing and in groups of less than 10 people. {Read More}

Trail Dust Steak House and its Iconic Slide

Trail Dust Steak House was different.

Yes, there was steak, but there also was an enormous dance floor, a stage for a live band, ties on the wall that had been cut from customer’s necks and, of course, what restaurant is complete without a slide?

Jared Guynes grew up going to the Mesquite location, now closed, and last month posted a photo from one of the restaurants on Facebook. It brought back a flood of nostalgia.{Read More}


The Mesquite Heritage Trail is the kind of place that makes you want to take your bike out for a leisurely ride. Starting at the intersection of Town Centre Drive and Franklin Drive and ending near the Greenbelt Parkway, the trail consists of three trailheads that provide a great way to grab some exercise and fresh air. {Read More}

Stay Home and Eat Local in Mesquite

More than 130 Mesquite restaurants are now offering delivery and take-out options. To see a full list click here VisitMesquiteTX.com/DiningWithSocialDistancing.


Many Mesquite restaurants are offering direct delivery, and some are offering free delivery. Also, you can have your meal delivered through apps like UberEats, DoorDash, PostMates, GrubHub, and more. A little tip: Schedule your dinner delivery in the afternoon, just in case the demand is super high later.{ Read More}

6 Things to Do on Spring Break In Mesquite

Mesquite has all the makings of a kid-approved day, with plenty of parks, outdoor activities, western heritage, and more. Here are the top high-speed, rough-and-tumble, energy-busting activities to do with your family in Mesquite.

1. Get Creative at the Mesquite Arts Center: Bring your children to a variety of classes and workshops during the “Just For Kids” spring break series. Kids can make their own silkscreens and T-shirt design, take dance classes, or even see a show. But it’s not just the kids that enjoy this place—there’s a wide variety of shows, exhibits, concerts, and events as well. { Read More}

The History of the Texas Rodeo

Ask a Texan this question – “What is the Official Sport of the State of Texas?” And you’ll inevitably get one answer – FOOTBALL!

Sadly – that is 100% wrong. Our official sport is RODEO, proclaimed so by the Texas Legislature in 1997 under Governor Bush. But the history of Rodeo in Texas goes back much further.

To understand how our official sport got its start, you have to start with the animals. Horses were first brought to Mexico (aka Texas) by the Spanish in 1519, with cattle following closely behind in 1521. {Read More}

Mesquite Named “Town to Watch” by True West

Mesquite, TX – February 24, 2020 - The deep western roots of Mesquite have garnered it the distinction of "Town to Watch" by national publication True West Magazine for its February - March 2020 issue dedicated to the Top Western Towns in the nation. The Official Rodeo Capital of Texas is recognized for showcasing and promoting its place in western heritage and continuing to bring travelers in for an authentic Texas experience.

"The Mesquite Convention and Visitors Bureau is leading efforts to brand Mesquite as a destination of choice by visitors. We are proud of our history and heritage," stated Mayor Bruce Archer. "Growing up in this community, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo has always been a part of my life and the lives of generations of those who have lived and visited Mesquite." {Read More}

Take a Virtual Tour of Mesquite

Mesquite is a hidden Texas gem worth exploring. From lush, green parks to the iconic Mesquite Championship Rodeo, take a tour of the Official Rodeo Capital of Texas at a link here below and then plan your adventures in Mesquite.{Take a Tour}

Soulman's Introduces New HICKORY HEAT BBQ Sauce

Dallas, TX (RestaurantNews.com) North Texas’ favorite bar-b-que joint, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, is uncorking their newest creation after years in the making, Hickory Heat Bar-B-Que Sauce, available at all 18 North Texas Soulman’s locations beginning January 20, 2020.

“This is the first time in our history that we have had an additional bar-b-que sauce option alongside our tried-and-true original sauce,” said Brett Randle, CEO of Soulman’s Bar-B-Que. “After countless hours of development, testing, consumer feedback and recipe adjustments, we are debuting Hickory Heat for our customers to try,” he continued. “We know that our fans and customers take their bar-b-que very seriously, and Hickory Heat is not going to disappoint those who want a little more kick to their bar-b-que sauce.” {Read More}

Professional Cellist May Take Up Soulful Chinese

DALLAS—Who knew that two simple strings could have so much impact.

Christina Null is a professional cellist with the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra who could not help but comment on the stirring, two-stringed instrument known as the erhu, or the Chinese violin, that she saw for the first time in Shen Yun Performing Arts.

“I was simply amazed by the quality of the music and of the instruments being used,” Null said about New York-based Shen Yun. She attended the Jan. 5, 2020 performance at Dallas’s AT&T Performing Arts Center.

“The two-stringed instrument that was performed, that was very fascinating to me. I would love to learn how to play that. Maybe that is my next endeavor for a next instrument,” she said.

Erhu soloist Lu Sun performed a song on stage with live accompaniment at this year’s performances in Dallas. {Read More}

Five must-eat taco spots in Dallas

DALLAS, Texas — In the great State of Texas, tacos are a food group all their own.

We decided to put together some of the locals' favorites and must-eat taco spots you don't want to miss. Whether you are looking for a quick bite for lunch or you are looking for a spot for the family, these will surely satisfy everyone's taco craving.


Located at 801 S Riverfront Boulevard and open 24hrs a day. Don't let their location fool you not only do the locals love it but, they frequently have visiting celebs stop in for their famous tacos as well. Their award-winning tacos, gas station, and Texas bravado have been named many a'times on some of Texas' top lists.

They've also recently opened locations in Mesquite, Haltom City, and Saginaw if, bless your heart, you can't make the trek to their Dallas location. {Read More}


Although I love to tell stories about North Texans doing consequential work, almost never do I leave an interview longing to trade my job for theirs. But I recently found someone who might have as great a gig as mine.

Toyia Pointer, for two decades the loving caretaker of several cities’ most precious histories, has spent her entire career setting off on treasure hunts through suburban memories and memorabilia.{Read More}

Catch Us in the Texas State Travel Guide

Explore the 2020 Texas State Travel Guide and discover Mesquite right in the front pages. More than a million of these magazines are printed and distributed globally by the Texas State Office of Tourism. We are excited to invite the world to discover the Official Rodeo Capital of Texas. Click here to have a copy mailed right to your door. {Read More}

Have You Entered the Mesquite Weekend Giveaway?

The clock is ticking for you to enter to win an authentic Texas weekend. Bring yourself and three friends to experience the best in dining, lodging, and fun in Mesquite during the Mesquite Winter Classic Rodeo weekend on Dec. 27 - 28. Grab four free tickets to watch the rodeo in our exclusive suite on Saturday, Dec. 28. While you are visiting the Rodeo Capital of Texas, relax with a free two-night stay in a premier Mesquite hotel, the Holiday Inn Express. During your stay, let us treat you to the best in Mesquite cuisine with gift cards to our favorite places that have real Texas flavors like Porch Swing, Red Lobster, and the longest-running restaurant in the city, Mesquite BBQ. {Read More}

Mesquite CVB Earns Partner of the Year

The Mesquite Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) was presented the 2019 Partner of the Year award by The Hotel Association. The association’s Executive Committee and Advisory Board made the announcement during The Gala & Awards Extravaganza on December 7 at the Marriott Hotel Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.

The CEO of The Hotel Association, Al DeBerry, said, “This award signifies the engagement, involvement and contribution that the Mesquite CVB team has demonstrated in 2019 through their hard work and efforts in the hotel, tourism and hospitality industry.{Read More}

Texas DOg Magazine : A City for Dogs

Every dog lover dreams of living in a place where their dog is treated as the son or daughter that their parents know them to be, and that place in Mesquite, Texas.
The city of Mesquite is branding itself the most dog- friendly city in Texas. Mesquite boasts a decreasing euthanasia rate in its shelter, a 30,000-square-foot off-leash park, dog-friendly hotels, and will host the Deck the Paws Pet Expo this December.

" We're a very diverse community, and we are a very family-friendly community," says Amber Patterson, City of Mesquite Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing coordinator. "We know that your dog is a part of your family. Just because your dog has four legs doesn't mean they're not your children...we want your pet to be along for the ride too." {Read More}

10 Reasons to Head to Mesquite Hometown Holidays

If you visit Mesquite during the last two months of the year, you’ll feel like you’ve come home for the holidays. Sip a steaming mug of cocoa, snack on fresh-baked cookies, and lose yourself in the twinkling downtown Christmas lights. Gather in the town square for caroling while your kids climb on Santa’s knee. Enjoy a sing-along with the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra one week, and roasted marshmallows in Westlake Park the next.

From early November through New Year’s, Mesquite is transformed into a winter wonderland, so put on your favorite Christmas sweater and enjoy mild days filled with loads of sunshine and evenings with just enough chill to feel like the holidays. It’s the season to make Christmas memories at Mesquite’s holiday markets, festivals, and community celebrations. {Read More}

Why Mesquite Should Be Your Next Group Tour Stop

There’s something so invigorating about experiencing a big city—especially if you’re with a big crew of other enthusiastic visitors. But traveling in large groups can bring about logistical challenges as well. Can you easily park a bus or other large vehicles for the night? Are there restaurants and things to do that handle large groups? Can you all stay close together overnight? Fortunately, there are many places set up to accommodate group tours and Mesquite, Texas, is no exception. {Read More}

Who's Who From Mesquite: 8 Famous Entertainers

Texas isn’t all sports, all the time. Mesquite has plenty of native sons and daughters that have contributed great things in the world of arts and entertainment. Do you know these eight entertainers who have made their name in the arts and culture? They all have connections to Mesquite.{Read More}

Your Guide to Shopping in Mesquite

Just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas, Mesquite has become a destination for its wide range of shopping options. From big chains in one of the area’s largest malls to small mom-and-pop boutiques, you can spend the day enjoying the options on a trip to this Texas city—which features more than three million square feet of retail space. Here are just some of your options when you’re looking to head out for a day of shopping. {Read More}

Who's Who From Mesquite: 9 Famous Athletes

Just 15 minutes east of downtown Dallas, Mesquite is a town of 144,000 people with several attractions that people are probably familiar with, including the Mesquite Outlaws Futbol Club, Mesquite Championship Rodeo, the Town East Mall, and the Devil’s Bowl Speedway. But it’s also the hometown of several famous athletes that you’ve seen in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. These Mesquite natives have made a name for themselves in the pros, but they learned their sports in local parks and on the high school fields. Here are nine athletes from Mesquite who were big here before they made it on the national stage. {Read More}

Driving Near Mesquite? Stop and Stay Awhile

You might think that booking your hotel in Downtown Dallas is the ideal way to experience the Big D. But, as any experienced road-tripper will tell you finding a home base outside the city that offers the same amenities you’d pay extra for downtown is actually the way to go. This hub-and-spoke approach to vacationing saves you time and money, and you may even discover local hangouts not listed in the guidebooks. The next time you visit the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Plex area stay right outside the city in Mesquite, Texas. Here is why Mesquite makes a perfect home base to see the sights of the region.{Read More}

Why Mesquite is a Perfect Spot for a Guys’ Weekend

Guys don’t need a lot to have a good time. Give ’em a sports bar, a bucket of beer, and a couple of their closest buds, and they’ll be entertained for hours. That’s not to say they don’t also enjoy the more active side of life as well—after all, a round of 18 holes or a full day on the water with a rod and reel can give a man a feeling of ease that’ll last for weeks. Luckily, Mesquite, Texas, is not only located just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas, but it’s also filled with activities for a fun guys weekend. With finger-licking barbecue joints, beautiful outdoor destinations, and thrilling events, here’s why your next golf trip, bachelor party, or just spur-of-the-moment guy-centered getaway should be in Mesquite. {Read More}

A Tale of Two Mesquites

What’s the first thing you do when you don’t know where a place is? You Google it, right? There’s just one problem: When you Google the town of Mesquite, you’ll find not just one, but two Mesquites—Mesquite, Texas, full of natural beauty, great restaurants, and a world-renowned rodeo—but also a small town in Nevada, close to the Arizona border.

The two Mesquites are sister cities—but for the sake of confused Googlers, here is some help: How do these cities, separated by roughly 1,200 miles and nearly three full states, stack up? What do the cities have in common—other than the name, of course—and what makes each unique? Here is just about everything you need to know about Mesquite—both of them. {Read More}

How to Get Texas-Sized Flavor on the Barbecue

Barbeque is loved by millions of people the world over. In Texas, it’s a pretty big deal, and in Mesquite, Texas, it’s a really big deal. The town is ground zero for smoked goodness. So how did this tree become the iconic flavor enhancer? And more importantly, how can backyard pitmasters everywhere replicate that Texas flavor? {Read More}

A Time-Traveler’s Guide to the Florence Ranch Home

Mesquite, Texas, just east of Dallas, is a bustling modern community, filled with all the modern amenities you’d expect. But go back about 150 years, and everything changes. This part of northeastern Texas that homesteaders encountered in the mid-19th century was mostly open prairie. It developed into a trading area for the local indigenous people, but for the settlers to this region, the area was far from modern. It was a leap of faith that they would be able to survive on their own and create a life mostly living off the land. Learning about these homesteaders gives you an appreciation of the amount of work that went into developing this community—and how difficult it was to survive by living off the land. {Read More}

Made in Mesquite

Mesquite, Texas. Population 144,000. An unpretentious town 15 minutes east of downtown Dallas, that’s probably best known as the “Rodeo Capital of Texas.” It’s not all about roping and bulls, though. Upon a closer look, you’ll find that many local companies that have left their mark, proudly representing Texas on the world stage are proud to call Mesquite home. {Read More}

Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Mesquite

Mesquite, Texas, just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas, is ideally situated smack dab in the middle of the sunbelt of the United States. It gets, on average, 233 sunny days a year, far above the national average. That means that visitors have a pretty great chance of having stellar weather on a trip here.

But on the off chance that there is rain in the forecast, it’s best to be prepared with a plan B, especially if there are kids in tow. Good thing there is a wealth of indoor options to do, see, and experience in Mesquite. Things that every member of the family can take part in and enjoy.

Here is a list of the best that the area has to offer when the sky is gray, and the raincoats come out. In fact, they’re so much fun that they needn’t be on a rainy-day list at all—they are just as enjoyable underneath a bright Texas sun. {Read More}

A Guide to Live Music in Mesquite

Mesquite, Texas, named by the state legislature as the Rodeo Capital of Texas, may not be the Music Capital of Texas just yet. But it may well be right on its way. For years, the city has had a thriving music scene propelled by a world-class symphony in addition to many charming options at various burger bars and restaurants in the area. Today, thanks to some major renovations of Mesquite’s most famous venue, the city is now poised to bring in some award-winning acts and become one of the bigger music destinations in the region. Happy concert-going ! {Read More}

Two Locals Tell You How to Enjoy Mesquite

Whether you’re visiting a town for the first time or planning to stay awhile, the best way to make the most of your time there is to get to know the locals. These are the folks who know where to eat, which parks to visit, when and where to go outside, and which events are worth attending. To understand just what it is that makes Mesquite so special, we reached out to two longtime locals, Gary Baumann and Mary Jo Pickett.

Baumann, who owns Baumann Promos and is an ambassador for the local Chamber of Commerce, moved to Mesquite more than 30 years ago for its good home values and easy access to the Metroplex. Mary Jo Pickett, whose husband Stan is the mayor of Mesquite, has lived here since 1979 when she became an elementary school music teacher with Mesquite Independent School District. It’s no wonder they’ve stuck around all these years. Here are some of their suggestions for the best that Mesquite has to offer.{Read More}

Dog-Friendly Hotels and Other Spots in Mesquite

There’s a reason dogs are hailed as our best friends, and in addition to all their other wonderful qualities, they can make great travel partners. Mesquite City welcomes travelers with pets by offering comfortable lodging and inclusive activities.

Before you travel with your pup, you’ll want to take a few basic precautions. Visit your regular veterinarian and make sure your dog is up-to-date on all their shots and vaccinations. You’ll also want to ensure that the information on your dog’s collar and microchip (if they have one) is current—you want the friendly residents of Mesquite to be able to get in touch with you if your pooch turns up somewhere unexpected.

You can rest assured that Mesquite has the bases covered while you’re there, too. The pet-loving city is home to 10 veterinarians, which means you’re never far from help if you have questions. Not only is there a city ordinance banning neglectful behavior like leaving dogs outside in extreme weather, but they’ve also got a detailed strategic plan to make sure pets at the animal shelter are adopted to loving homes. And it’s not just infrastructure—this is a city that really loves its pets, so you know yours will be welcome, too. {Read More}

Memorable Meetings Made in Mesquite

When it comes to choosing a large venue for a trade show, convention, or a company-wide meeting, Mesquite, Texas, has what you need. Located just 20 minutes east of downtown Dallas, it’s home to the Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall, a 5,500-person capacity area that can be transformed to accommodate a variety of events. The Mesquite Convention Center & Exhibit Hall, offers a number of flexible meeting spaces, from the 35,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall to intimate rooms for small gatherings. It’s ideally situated near four major highways, and two airports—and it has plenty of options for public transportation. Visitors can get to the DFW airport without needing a car. No matter what type of gathering you’re looking to organize, Mesquite can help you plan a memorable event with lots to do around town to keep your guests or vendors happy. {Read More}

Filming in Mesquite

Even if you’ve never visited Mesquite, Texas chances are good you’ve seen it before—whether on the small screen or the silver screen. Parts of Ron Howard's 1978 made-for-TV drama Cotton Candy were shot at Mesquite's Town East Mall, and a pivotal scene in the 1999 film Boys Don't Cry was shot at Dad's Broadway Skateland (which remains open today). The long-running USA Network hit Walker, Texas Ranger was shot in and around Mesquite, as well.

Crews from all over the world have known for decades that Mesquite makes a desirable filming location: The city has been certified by the Texas Film Commission as a film-friendly community, it boasts a variety of scenic settings, and several incentives and local supports make it an attractive destination for shoots big and small. Here’s a look at why you should consider filming in Mesquite for your next project. {Read More}

Plan a Weekend Away with the Girls in Mesquite

When the daily grind is getting you down, there’s nothing like a girls’ getaway to help you recharge. What’s better than sharing belly laughs—and maybe a few glasses of wine—with good girlfriends? There’s something special about women traveling together: It’s a chance to connect over aspects of life it sometimes feels like no one else understands.

With that in mind, a Mesquite vacation is one of the best ways to escape humdrum routines without breaking the bank. Its location just 15 minutes east of downtown Dallas offers easy access to the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, so it’s convenient without the big city price tag—savings you can apply directly to a spa splurge or fancy meal. It’s also a safe, friendly town with plenty of Texas charm.
Ready to gather the girls for a relaxing weekend away? Here’s how to make it happen in Mesquite. {Read More}

Why Fall is a Great Time to Visit Mesquite

Just when cold winds and early snows move into the northern U.S., mellow autumn sunshine and crisp, starry nights make it the perfect time for a Mesquite getaway. One of the Lone Star State’s longest-running Tree City USA towns, 29 years and going strong, Mesquite delivers on the fall foliage with a blazing red and gold tree canopy.

The city also packs the month of October full of family events to celebrate the culture and traditions of the season. There are Halloween costume contests and trick or treating along decorated neighborhood streets, as well as annual events that bring the whole town together like a spooky camp out weekend, the authentic and artistic Day of the Dead celebration, and the costumed spectacle of PumpkinFest. Revel in harvest season at these festivals and events for all ages. {Read More}

Going Golfing in Mesquite

Sometimes, “par for the course” doesn’t cut it. Sometimes, you want something a little extra. Fore-tunately, Mesquite, Texas—a beacon of recreation, relaxation, and culture just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas—is a hole-in-one kind of destination offering a whole lotta fun for everyone. Especially for, you guessed it, golf (and disc golf) aficionados—that breed of folks whose idea of clubbing isn’t going to bed late, but rather waking up early, heading to the clubhouse, and swing dancing on a fairway all afternoon with a set of irons and woods (or frisbee discs).

The best part? The driving distance between these golf courses isn’t much farther than what you could do with a 1-wood. With Mesquite Golf Course as the central hub for traditional golf, and a whopping three(!) parks with fully operational disc golf courses, here’s why a golf getaway in Mesquite is a par-tee you should follow through with. {Read More}

Mesquite is Perfect for Your Next Family Reunion

Finding a home base for your next family reunion takes more than a little planning: You need plenty of hotel rooms, with accommodations for the whole family; a good mix of eateries to suit even the pickiest palate; and activities—indoors and out—for kids and the young at heart.

So while you could spend hours comparing and contrasting destinations, weighing the pros and cons of each, and running your suggestions by a cadre of disagreeing kids and cousins, we’ll make it easy: Mesquite is the perfect spot for your next family reunion.

Sure, we might be biased. But Mesquite’s variety of lodging choices, outdoor recreation, and family entertainment options make it a crowd-pleasing hit. It also sits at the intersection of several major highways—so it’s easily accessible, regardless of where your family members are coming in from. So here’s a look at why you should host your next family reunion in Mesquite. {Read More}

To Lake Ray Hubbard and Back: The Perfect Day Trip

Mesquite is set halfway between downtown Dallas and one of the biggest draws in north Texas—Lake Ray Hubbard. The 22,000-acre lake is one of the largest in the state, with plenty of room to play. On the water, boaters hit the throttle for water skiers along 13 miles of waves. Anglers cast for abundant sport fish, including channel and blue catfish, and white, hybrid stripped, and largemouth bass. Picturesque marinas offer plenty of people and boat watching and grassy lawns along the shore call for sunbathing and picnicking. And you can get out on the water faster by starting your day in Mesquite. {Read More}

Have a Summer Family Trip to Remember in Mesquite

From pool play to the rough and ready fun of the rodeo, Mesquite has family-friendly activities for days. Here’s your itinerary for a weekend family trip to Mesquite.


When you arrive in town, check in to your hotel. Mesquite has more than 20 options, with five premier hotels topping most travelers’ lists. Hampton Inn & Suites, which is attached to the Mesquite Convention Center & Exhibit Hall, and TownePlace Suites and Holiday Inn Express, which are convention center adjacent, offer easy access to this event epicenter. Courtyard by Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites are both within walking distance of Celebration Station and Mesquite’s Restaurant Row, two places that feature prominently in any family-fun trip. {Read More}

Insider's Guide to Experiencing Rodeo Life in the

If you’re looking for the heart and soul of Texas, you’ll find it at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo. Grab a cold beer and a plate of brisket, take your seat in the stands and watch bulls kick up dust as cowboys hang on for dear life. It’s here that you’ll experience Texas in all of its spurs-and-cowboy-boots glory.

From herds of iconic longhorn cattle to legendary boot shops, the Lone Star State has long been associated with cowboys. There’s no place better to see them in action — and feel like one yourself — than in Mesquite, which just so happens to be the “Rodeo Capital of Texas,” as dubbed by the state legislature. Here you’ll find a permanent rodeo that’s such an essential part of the community that you can feel the spirit throughout town.

Whether you’re a lifelong rodeo fan or a first-timer who doesn’t know steer wrestling from barrel racing, here’s everything you need to know about getting into the cowboy spirit by experiencing the rodeo in Mesquite. {Read More}

Why Mesquite is the Place to Get Married

It’s hard to imagine getting married somewhere that feels more quintessentially “home” than Mesquite, Texas. Filled with friendly neighborhoods and dotted with parks, the Mesquite community has a distinctly Texas flavor and a Hometown USA feel.

Conveniently located just 15 minutes east of downtown Dallas, Mesquite sits at the junction of four major freeways—which means it will be easy for guests from all over the country to join you on your special day. The city provides ample entertainment and restaurant options to keep your guests occupied while wedding parties are getting ready for the festivities.

Whether you’re looking to get married on a budget or going for an all-out celebration, there’s a perfect venue waiting for you in Mesquite. It’s time to start planning the big day and make your wedding a magical memory made in Mesquite. {Read More}

Enjoy the Underrated Arts and Culture in Mesquite

Although Mesquite is the Rodeo Capital of Texas, the Dallas suburb also offers a variety of cultural opportunities. While we can certainly see the artistic merit in cowboy hats, bull riding and blue jeans, sometimes you want a Texas experience that offers something a little different.

And you’ll find it here in Mesquite, from a top-notch symphony to a thriving theater scene and a healthy artistic community. Whether you’re looking for a night out, a day at the museum or a walk through an art gallery, you can find it in Mesquite. Here are just some of the cultural offerings to check out. {Read More}

Eat Like a Local in Mesquite

Barbecue joints are the pride and joy of most Texas cities and Mesquite is no exception. Located at the intersection four highways just outside of Dallas, Mesquite offers a bustling restaurant scene with dozens of options. Of course, you’ll find many Tex-Mex favorites, but there are plenty of ethnic cuisines to choose from as well. So whether you’re looking for traditional barbecue, tacos, Jamaican, or maybe the best gyro you’ve ever tried, you can find it in Mesquite. Here’s just a sample of the food options that await. {Read More}

The Perfect Day in Mesquite

Located just east of Dallas, the city of Mesquite, Texas, is the perfect mix of Southern hospitality and Western culture that make the Lone Star State so unique. Whether you live in the area or are just traveling through, make a point to carve out at least one day to check it out. With tons of attractions that set it apart from the rest — including a speedway, an arts center and a world-renowned rodeo — you’ll find plenty to fill your day. In fact, choosing what to do may be the toughest part of your trip.

But don’t worry, help is here. Here are some recommendations for spending the perfect day in Mesquite, including some of the best dining and cultural attractions in the area. Take advantage of every moment and enjoy all that this Texas city has to offer. {Read More}

Things You Didn't Know You Can Do in Mesquite

Located just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas, Mesquite is probably familiar to most people in the region, if only for the rodeo. But that’s not all that this town has to offer. From great restaurants to historical sites and outdoor adventures, Mesquite is filled with activities just a short drive away. So try something new and see a different side of Mesquite with these 10 things to do.{ Read More}

Fun Ways to Get Some Fresh Air in Mesquite

Did you know that Mesquite, Texas, has been a Tree City for almost 30 years? The Arbor Day Foundation designation recognizes cities that have demonstrated a commitment to spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry. Mesquite has done exactly this by planting more than 31,000 trees since 1988. So if you’re enjoying all of Mesquite’s greenery, you can rest assured that the city’s tree canopy is only going to grow — and so are the opportunities for enjoying the fresh air.

Whether you’re a Mesquite local or a visitor, the city offers a wide range of ways to get outside. From taking a stroll with your family through one of Mesquite’s many parks to hitting the links at Mesquite Golf Club on a sunny Texas afternoon, outdoor opportunities abound. Here are seven fun and easy ways to get some fresh air in Mesquite.{Read More}

Can't-Miss Experiences to have in Mesquite

From the cultural melting pot of San Antonio to the funky music venues of Austin, Texas is ripe with opportunities to explore. For a taste of Southern charm and hospitality that can’t be found anywhere else in the world, head just east of the towering skyscrapers of Dallas to Mesquite.

This charming city is a must-visit destination for families, couples, groups of friends and explorers looking to experience something new. Whether you’re visiting Dallas or if you’ve lived in the area for decades, Mesquite is worth the trip. While you’re in town, here are a few of the experiences you have to try. {Read More}

The 8 Best Things to Do in Mesquite with Your Kids

Finding kid-friendly activities each member of the family enjoys can be tough, but not in Mesquite. This bustling community just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas has all the makings of a kid-approved day, with plenty of parks, outdoor activities, western heritage and a few urban legends about a pair of infamous outlaws. Here are the top high-speed, rough-and-tumble, energy-busting activities to do with your kids in Mesquite. {Read More}

Traveling to Dallas? You Should Stop in Mesquite

With a vibrant atmosphere, nationally renowned restaurants, picturesque parks and upscale shopping destinations, the Dallas area is filled with attractions for every age and personality. But to truly experience all the Lone Star State has to offer, you need to get out of the city. The best part? You don’t have to travel far, either. The greener side of Texas is just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas in the nearby town of Mesquite.

Named for the Mesquite trees in the region, this idyllic town is the perfect road-trip destination in Dallas County, with quirky local attractions, excellent restaurants and a relaxed character that invites you to stop and stay awhile. And regardless of whether you’re in town with a group of friends, a loved one or the entire family, it’s easy to keep everyone entertained.{Read More}

History of Rodeo in "The Rodeo Capital of Texas

Rodeo grew out of the American West’s cattle industry, but no one seems to agree on exactly when or where it started. Several dusty cow towns claim to be the home of the first rodeo including Sante Fe, New Mexico, in 1847, Deer Trail, Colorado, in 1869 and Pecos, Texas, in 1883.

The rodeo’s origins, however, date back to the time when Spanish conquistadors first colonized the New World in the 16th century. Along with their culture, the Spanish introduced horses and cattle to the Southwest. As the cattle industry grew to satisfy the demands of the East Coast market, cowboys (originally called vaqueros) were needed to work the cattle. The golden era of the cowboy began after the Civil War with the advent of large ranches and cattle drives.{ Read More}

Experience the Dirt Track Racing Scene in Mesquite

It’s a warm Texas night, and you’re sitting in the stands watching a blur of cars fly by. The beer in your hand is cold and the stars above you are burning bright. You can feel the rumble from the stream of vehicles, and even though the sound of all of those roaring engines is deafening, the sound of the crowd’s cheering is even louder. You climb to your feet and shout alongside them, watching as your favorite driver careens across the finish line. No, this isn’t NASCAR; you’re at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas.

If you’ve never experienced it, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. You may have been to other auto races, but what goes on at the Mesquite racing hub is something else entirely. The Devil’s Bowl Speedway features dirt-track racing with a community feel — there’s not a bad seat in the house. And as an added bonus, it’s got a very affordable price tag. Many families have been going to races for generations, and the family-atmosphere is welcoming for kids. {Read More}

6 Reasons Everyone Should Visit Mesquite

Just 15 minutes east of the hustle and high rises of Dallas, Mesquite is a place that offers an altogether different kind of Texas city experience. Draped with an Old West charm and a progressive arts and entertainment scene, Mesquite is a city that seamlessly blends the old with the new — the energy of urban life with a down-to-earth hospitality. (And, of course, there’s some pretty world-class BBQ, too!)

Whether you’re traveling to Dallas for work or searching for a weekend getaway that’s full of fun surprises, here’s why Mesquite should be on your Texas travel radar. {Read More}


The Mesquite Outlaws are excited to announce the schedule for their inaugural 2019-2020 season. The 12 home games will be played in the famed Mesquite Arena.

“We have a strong schedule that should provide plenty of excitement for fans,” said Outlaws Head Coach Tatu. “We’re looking forward to getting our team finalized and on the field.”

Season tickets are now on sale at mesquiteoutlaws.com. Single-game tickets will be available at a later date.

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The longtime family business will offer special prices and giveaways at a party this weekend.

When Red Bryan closed his eponymous barbecue joint in 1957, Oak Cliff lost a beloved restaurant, and two pitmasters were out of a job. Red’s son Sonny opened Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse in North Dallas a year later, and Leon Crouch headed east to Mesquite to team up with Herbert Oyler. { Read More }
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New owner Centurion American Development Group plans to spend $2 million to renovate Mesquite's landmark rodeo arena.The area is home to the storied Mesquite Championship Rodeo and a new soccer team, the Mesquite Outlaws.

Centurion American plans to refurbish both the interior and exterior of the 5,500-seat building, which is near LBJ Freeway and Military Parkway. Improvements will include upgraded VIP suites, new locker rooms, a new turf surface for soccer play, roof repairs plus renovations to the parking lots and other outdoor features.

"The city of Mesquite is thrilled to witness the next generation of investment by the leadership of Centurion American into the historic Mesquite Arena," Mayor Stan Pickett said in a statement. "With the introduction of major league soccer [Major Arena Soccer League] and their dynamic entertainment platform, this level of capital investment is phenomenal.

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It's been six short months since Ernesto and Alfredo Pena opened their family's burger hut.
In restaurant years, five months and change is primordial. It's still at the cellular level, a tender and fragile age when the slightest predator could gobble it up. The baby-blue joint is huddled against Gus Thomasson Road on the fringe of Mesquite.

Across the street, a Little Caesars sits with an empty parking lot. You'll find Porky's in the strip mall, with a welcoming, unstressed amount of parking, flanked by a commanding Auto Zone and Dollar General. Ignore the big brand chains — Porky's is a family joint.

Miros Pena is behind the register, next to a towering burger ornament, and she greets each customer who jangles through the door brightly. Behind the register, the griddle gets scraped clean of burned bits. It's a slower afternoon, so there's nothing else hissing on the flattop. One of life's treats as a consumer of burgers is this moment: At an empty restaurant after the lunch rush, you can hear the fresh beef crackle on the griddle.

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Located on the edge of downtown on E. Davis Street, Mesquite BBQ is celebrating 60 years of business, a feat that doesn’t come easily in an ever-changing economy. The restaurant’s current owners, Dustin and Melanie Palmer, officially took over ownership on Jan. 1, 2018, from Dustin’s parents, Kent and Lisa Crouch, who took over for Kent’s father Leon Crouch following a heart attack in the early 80s.

How does it feel to be in business for 60 years?

Dustin: It's pretty amazing. I've been here about 12 years and that seems like a long time, but 60 years, I think it's even more important because it's the oldest restaurant in this city, and we're really proud of that because it's hard to stay open that long in this kind of business. Melanie: It's a huge honor to be the new owners of Mesquite BBQ, we don't take it lightly, and we hope to keep it going for another 60 years. { Read More}

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Mesquite, TX – Sept. 4, 2019 – The Mesquite Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) received five awards at the recent Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (TACVB) Annual Conference for excellence in destination marketing.

Additionally, the Mesquite CVB was presented a special Judges Choice Award, chosen by a panel of judges comprised of tourism industry experts, for the best website from all entries regardless of budget size. The Mesquite CVB launched the new website VisitMesquiteTX.com in April.

“We had a record 116 entries this year,” said Kim Phillips, TACVB Chief Operating Officer. “The winners faced stiff competition and these awards are well-deserved”.

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Bear Cave Coffee Shop Mesquite
Bear Cave Coffee has found a permanent home for its Rockies-inspired coffee brand on the decidedly flat terrain of the East Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas.

While Mesquite has its own set of unique Texas charms, it has also been largely bereft of specialty coffee to this point.

“The closest specialty coffee shop is about a 25-minute drive away,” Sean Belknap recently told Daily Coffee News. “So I told Hillary, ‘I want to open a coffee shop with you,’ and she was really into the idea.” {Read More }
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Plan Your Next Reunion in Mesquite

Find the coveted Texan experience in Mesquite, Texas. Just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas, bring the family and reunite with old friends where real authentic Texas culture is thriving. Declared the “Rodeo Capital of Texas’, Mesquite has held on to the traditions of rodeo and BBQ at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo in the air-conditioned Mesquite Arena. This world-famous rodeo has been thrilling visitors since 1958. Just like the sport of rodeo, the arena has evolved into a top-notch concert facility hosting thousands for acts like the Charlie Daniels Band, the Temptations, and Keith Sweat. As it has transformed into a premier venue and as rodeo season approaches in June, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo is thrilled to have Mark Chestnutt kick off the season with a performance on June 1 and Clay Walker ending another thrilling season as the finale performer on Aug. 24. {Read More}

'Struggle does not defeat you': How Music Saved

At 23, Kevin Day is starting a new role as Mesquite Symphony Orchestra's first composer-in-residence, but he credits music with saving him from the darkest time of his life.

Kevin Day is playing the Steinway in Room 132 at Texas Christian University. His eyes are closed and he’s swaying. The music reminds him of the worst time of his life.

At this same piano three years ago, he first played the chords that helped him find his way back.

Day is a 23-year-old composer and multi-instrumentalist from Arlington who has earned considerable success. He received an award from the prestigious Broadcast Music Incorporated Foundation in May and recently became the first composer-in-residence at the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra. { Read More}

Courtesy of Dallas Morning News

10 Dallas Panaderias Baking the City’s Best Sweets

Fundamental to Mexican, South, and Central American cuisine, panaderias serve some of the city’s best baked goods. Some of these bakeries are entirely devoted to fresh breads and pastries, while others double as pastelerias, making and decorating cakes for special events like quinceañeras, weddings and birthdays.

Abuelito #2

710 W Scyene Rd
Mesquite, TX 75061
Arrive at Abuelito #2 with enough time to salivate over the superabundance of pan dulces and agonize over the impossibility of trying them all. From among the brightly colored cuernos (horn-shaped pastry filled with sweet cream) and conchas, grab the dark brown, unassuming empanada de calabaza. The pumpkin filling, spiked with plenty of cinnamon and cloves, is sweet and perfectly spiced. {Read More}

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The Mesquite Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is pleased to announce its first Composer-in-Residence, Kevin Day. Selected by Music Director Felix Torres, Day will begin his residency with the start of the 2019-2020 season for a two-year term through July 31, 2021.Day is an American composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist from Arlington.

Music Director Felix Torres said, “We are delighted to establish the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever Composer-in-Residence program. Injecting new music into the repertoire is important for the longevity of our craft and to continue providing new, relevant programming to our audiences. Kevin’s music is full of energy and highly accessible, and I am thrilled to share his music with our audience.”
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MSO Welcomes Its First Composer-in-Residence

The Mesquite Symphony Orchestra (MSO), a volunteer community ensemble, recently announced the appointment of its first Composer-in-Residence, Kevin Day. Day will begin his two-year residency this fall at the start of the 2019/2020 season with The Power of Nature on Sept. 14. His residency will continue through July 31, 2021.
The 23-year-old Arlington native graduated in May 2019 from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in Instrumental Performance, where he studied euphonium, tuba and jazz piano. While completing his residency, Day will continue his education at the University of Georgia this fall, where he will pursue a Master of Music in Composition. {Read More}
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Bear Cave Coffee Brings Indie Coffee Shop

There’s a new player in the DFW coffee scene, and it’s been in hibernation since November 2018. Bear Cave Coffee, Mesquite’s newest independent coffee shop, is run by husband and wife Sean and Hillary Belknap.

“My wife and I got married almost six years ago and honeymooned in Wyoming. I wanted to open up a coffee shop and didn’t really know what it would be called, but once we got back from Wyoming, I thought, ‘What about this?’” Sean Belknap says. “It came from our love for bears, and there’s not really a mountain vibe in Texas and I wanted to bring that down here because it’s so different.”

According to Belknap, he and his wife have friends who are baristas and own other coffee shops in Michigan and Arkansas. From their friends’ experience and training, they began doing pop-ups in the Mesquite downtown square during the city’s winter events.

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Courtesy of Dallas Observer


Everyone loves a comeback.

Antonio Swad, founder of iconic American chains like Wingstop and Pizza Patrón, knows this. After selling Wingstop in 2003 and Pizza Patrón in 2017, he started his newest concept, Porch Swing, back on his home turf and opening sometime early this summer. At 3855 W. Emporium Circle in Mesquite — right across the street from a Wingstop he built — Swad is back in the game.

“I’ve been in this industry [since I was 15],” Swad says. “That’s not to say I still can’t screw it up, because I sure can, but that’s what I like about the restaurant business, because there’s so many ways to fail and I’ve already discovered most of them. So I think I’ve got a real good shot here.”

Courtesy of Dallas Observer


If you go outside the great state of Texas, and you mention that you’re from Dallas, you’ll probably get one of a few standard reactions. We’re generally known for three things: the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas TV series and the fact that JFK was shot here. Of course, those of us who live in Dallas know that we’re really about more than just those things.

But what about Dallas' suburbs? Suburban sprawl is after all a contributing factor to Dallas’ identity, and many of its suburbs have at least one claim to fame worth noting. So, what are the things that make out-of-towners take a detour or Dallas’ urban dwellers drive to the suburbs? Here are a few of the best.
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Mesquite Ranks in Best Cities for American Dream

Mesquite, Texas – June 10, 2019 – For the second year in a row, Mesquite ranks No. 21 in SmartAsset’s Best Cities for Living the American Dream. The financial technology company used data that represents access and opportunity for people seeking a comfortable, fulfilling life.

To create its 2019 list, SmartAsset applied five metrics in a study of the 257 biggest cities in America {Read More }

Mesquite Stages its First Pride Event

Rainbow and transgender flags filled the lobby of Mesquite City Hall for a first-ever Mesquite Pride celebration on Friday, June 21. And parking was at a premium as a crowd filled the lobby and balcony areas of the city hall as city, county and state officials participated in the celebration.

Police considered online threats made against the event serious enough to assign a large number of officers, but those officers appeared to be just enjoying the gathering at the city hall, which shares a building with Mesquite police headquarters.

Mesquite City Councilman Jeff Casper coordinated the Pride event. He is also responsible for enacting a nondiscrimination policy in the city. Mesquite Mayor Stan Pickett also attended. {Read More}

Mesquite Commuinty Pride Event

On Friday, June 21, at 12:30 p.m., the City of Mesquite will host a “Mesquite CommUNITY Pride Month” event at City Hall, 757 N. Galloway Ave. The public event is in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the LGBTQ Pride Month.

City Manager Cliff Keheley said, “Our hope is that this event will present Mesquite as a community that supports its diversity.”

The event is being planned in conjunction with the Dallas County District Attorney’s LGBTQ Task Force, Eastfield College’s Prism Student Club and community leaders. {Read More}


It’s been 35 years since Don Gay snared a record breaking eighth world bull riding title on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit.

In 1984, the North Texas cowboy broke Jim Shoulders’ then record of seven world titles that was set in 1959, the same year that the National Finals Rodeo was founded.

Today, Gay, 65, who lives near Terrell in the Dallas area, is the general manager of the award winning Frontier Rodeo Co. The company served as the primary livestock producer for the May 3-5 Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo.

Gay grew up as the son of stock contractor Neal Gay who produced the renowned Mesquite Championship Rodeo in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite that ran on weekly basis during the spring and summer months for many years.

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The Rebranding of Mesquite

The City of Mesquite has made strong steps in strategic planning, destination brand development, and destination and community partnership development. This is already proving to be successful in focusing the mesquite Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) work and ensuring relevance in the ever – changing digital landscape of travel trends

We Created a Vision for the CVB

An increasingly more attractive and growing Mesquite tourism market fueled by economic growth from visitors spending as a result of strong City department partnerships and collaboration with the hospitality community.

This is aspirational and stretching. The vision speaks to where we hope to be in the future, and our plan supports this vision.{ Read More}


Texas has a proud history, but its thriving modern cities and towns bring technology, innovation and energy to meetings in the Lone Star State. Here is a small sampling of event sites in Texas with a more contemporary flair.



The city of Mesquite purchased an old hospital in 1995 and turned it into a performing arts complex. Half of the building was turned into the Mesquite Arts Center, which is home to the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, and the other half was developed into the Black Box Theater, home of the Mesquite Community Theatre.

When those organizations are not using the space, conference planners use it for concerts, meetings, weddings and parties, fashion shows, trade shows and exhibits. The rehearsal hall, next to the concert hall, is a good location for meetings. {Read More}

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DALLAS, TX – March 6, 2019 — Calling all thrill-seekers in Mesquite! Urban Air announced today the opening of a 30,706 square-foot indoor trampoline/recreation and entertainment center where kids of all ages can play, slide, climb, jump, duck, dunk, and bounce! The newest Urban Air Adventure Park will open in Winter 2020 at 3777 Childress Avenue, Mesquite, TX 75150and promises to show local residents why Urban Air is an experience like no other!

“At Urban Air, we are constantly creating new ways to thrill and delight our guests,” said Urban Air CEO Michael Browning. “Our indoor parks feature dozens of exhilarating activities from trampolining to dodge ball to rock climbing to obstacle courses and indoor playgrounds for junior adventurers. We have something for everyone and are thrilled to introduce our exhilarating brand of active entertainment to the families of Mesquite” {Read More}

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Why Mesquite Is the Best-Kept Secret in Texas

Why visit Mesquite, Texas? Whether you’re an arts aficionado, sports enthusiast, or foodie craving a down-home meal, this lively city has something perfect in store just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas. Why visit Mesquite, Texas? Whether you’re an arts aficionado, sports enthusiast, or foodie craving a down-home meal, this lively city has something perfect in store just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas.

Mesquite Arena and The Mesquite Championship Rodeo

Mesquite Arena is home to big-name events ranging from concerts to the Hip Hop Cowboys Spring Rodeo and Cowboys of Color. The crown jewel is the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, which runs each Saturday evening June through August. Get into the Shark Tank, a cage in the middle of the arena that gets you right in the thick of things (and up close and personal with the bulls) or treat yourself to tickets to the season-opening rodeo with a concert by Mark Chesnutt on June 1, 2019 or the closing concert with Clay Walker on August 24, 2019.[ Read More ]

5 Authentic Texas Experiences Found in Mesquite

The small but mighty city of Mesquite is more than a destination; it’s an experience. To make the most of your trip, check out these must-see spots and activities that deliver authentic Texas flavor (figuratively and literally) from start to finish.

The Mesquite Championship Rodeo

You can’t visit a city coined the “Official Rodeo Capital of Texas” and not snag tickets to the main event. The Mesquite Championship Rodeo launches on June 1, 2019, bringing a ton of rodeo superstars, musical acts, and fun to Mesquite Arena. You can get a front-row seat for everything from saddle bronc riding to team roping to barrel racing. For a more interactive day out, face off against a mechanical bull, or save your energy for tackling a huge mound of tangy, uber-tender Texas BBQ. There’s also face painting and pony rides, contests and rodeo celeb sightings, giving you everything your rodeo-loving heart needs in one air-conditioned building. [Read More]

Fun, Free Things to Do in Mesquite

What’s better than a great night out with your sweetheart or a fun-filled afternoon with the kids? Doing those things without spending a dime. Life can get expensive, but this list of free things to do in Mesquite will help you keep the family entertained while also keeping your budget in check.

Note: All events offer free admission, but some activities (rides, food, etc) may require a fee.

Mesquite Arts Center

The Mesquite Arts Center is a hotbed of cultural activity, and many of the events are completely FREE. Start by introducing your kids to art, courtesy of the Just for Kids: Canvas Creation Series, an ongoing group of classes that teaches kids how to paint. Once they’ve created their own masterpiece, show them the work of other artists at Mesquite Arts Center Art Galleries, including the Main and Chamber Gallery. [ Read More]

7 Places to Discover Local History in Mesquite

To visit Mesquite is like traveling back in time. From warm, inviting homesteads that transport visitors back more than a century to a house of worship still finding new ways to bring people together, these historic destinations are also an important part of Mesquite’s future.

Opal Lawrence Historical Park

To see how one of the founding families of Mesquite lived, visit Opal Lawrence Historical Park, a restoration and preservation project overseen by Historic Mesquite, Inc. The Lawrence family originally lived in a lovely but relatively simple farmhouse. That original 1800s structure blossomed over the years; the family continued to expand the home and made additions, including a belvedere, a weathervane, chicken coops, a smokehouse, a curing shed, and a barn built in 1886 that still stands on the property today.

The sprawling property now holds a Texas Historical Marker and is part of the National Register of Historic Places, giving locals and tourists alike a chance to experience a piece of history right here in Mesquite.[ Read More]

The Best Spots for Shopping in Mesquite

You may know Mesquite for its lofty reputation in the rodeo world or its many historical attractions, but Mesquite is a real Texas destination in Northeast Texas for its major retail hub. A place where national and regional brands rule, Mesquite is enhanced by creative local retailers scattered throughout the city, too. More than 18 million visitors a year flock to the Town East Mall and Market East shopping hub, with favorites like Super Target, Home Goods, Kirkland’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, and Best Buy.

If you’re hungry from all that shopping, there are more than 150 restaurants and dining options in Mesquite, from regional favorites like Snuffer’s and El Fenix, to national concepts like Saltgrass and Olive Garden, or choose one of Mesquites signature mom 'n' pop restaurants serving everything from authentic Greek to local taquerias. Whether you are in town for a short while and want to load up on souvenirs, or you're in search of something specific such as home decor, trendy clothes, or a great haircut, plan on spending the day and the night, and maybe the next day, too! [ Read More]

6 Mesquite Festivals & Events Worth Traveling For

Mesquite, Texas, is a town bubbling with activity and excitement. There’s never a bad time to check out the “Rodeo Capital of Texas,” but here are six festivals and events particularly worth traveling for.

Summer Sizzle

Summer in Mesquite doesn’t truly start until Paschall Park transforms into the fun-a-palooza that is Summer Sizzle. Parking and entry are both free (some activities, such as rides and food, require an additional fee), so you can bring the whole family to enjoy everything from a mud volleyball tournament to carnival rides. There are plenty of things for kids to do—life-sized Jenga and carnival rides, anyone?—and a lineup of food trucks to visit when your belly starts to rumble.

Rodeo Season

The Mesquite Championship Rodeo is in season every summer from early June through the end of August. The main events are split into two categories: [ Read More]

The 9 Best Parks & Outdoor Attractions in Mesquite

It’s never truly too hot or too cold in Mesquite. Though summers top out in the mid-90s, early morning and nighttime temps dip into the 70s, and winter rarely hits freezing. All this is to say the city is the ideal setting for beautiful parks and outdoor attractions, and there are certainly plenty to explore with more than 70 parks.

Mesquite Heritage Trail

Though the Mesquite Heritage Trail just opened in 2015, the lush, sprawling expanse is already a hit. The trail encompasses three trailheads and more than four miles of walkways, incorporating an exercise station and a pedestrian bridge. Part of the trail connects to homes, The Mesquite Golf Club, schools, shopping centers, and more.

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Developers are moving ahead with a major mixed-use project next door to the historic Mesquite Rodeo. The $116.5 million, 56-acre project just west of LBJ Freeway at Military Parkway will have new homes, retail, restaurant and office space. The overall project includes $4 million in upgrades to the rodeo complex.

Early this year, Centurion American Development Group bought the 17-acre rodeo facility and more than 50 acres of adjoining land. In November, Mesquite's City Council approved the new development, which will be called Iron Horse Village. The new project will include more than 330 homes, townhouses and single-family bungalows priced from $235,400 to $310,000. About 130,000 square feet of retail and commercial space is planned.

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Rodeo Round Up

For a Prime Rodeo Destination, Farming and Cowboy Legacy is as Important as Good Venues. Rodeo venues can be found all over the United States — even in places where you might not expect them, including places like Sedalia, Missouri, located almost smack-dab in the middle of the country and home to the Missouri State Fair.

“Sedalia loves rodeo and bull riding, and the people here really support the guys who literally put their lives on the line to compete,” says Courtney Fry, events manager for the Missouri State Fair, which stages three nights of rodeo and two nights of bull riding every August during the fair. “Sedalia started as a cow town and was part of the route during the cattle drive of 1895. There are still a lot of cattle ranchers in the area, and rodeo riders can relate to them.”

A community’s local roots play a significant role in its rodeo success. Just ask sports tourism officials in the destinations profiled in this article.

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mbarking on a vegan, gluten-free, or Paleo lifestyle is no easy venture, but it’s even more difficult when you think you have to give up your favorite sweet treats. Luckily, Dallas has a bevy of bakeries that can help you satisfy your cookie, donut, or even cinnamon roll cravings. Sugar on, Dallas diet followers.

A few safe ways to satisfy your sweet tooth. Embarking on a vegan, gluten-free, or Paleo lifestyle is no easy venture, but it’s even more difficult when you think you have to give up your favorite sweet treats. Luckily, Dallas has a bevy of bakeries that ...
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