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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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