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Five Reasons Mesquite is the Perfect Family Trip

There is still time to plan the perfect family road trip or staycation this summer and the Official Rodeo Capital of Texas is a prime destination. From great lodging options to a melting pot of restaurants, read below to see why you should put a trip to Mesquite on the family calendar. {Read More}

SHOP HERE FOR INDEPENDENT RETAILER MONTH

July is Independent Retailer Month, a time dedicated to highlighting the positive social and economic impact of locally owned shops and restaurants. Although it is nice to shop independent retail year-round, we encourage you to #ShopMesquite this month and discover the local businesses and restaurants in the community.{Read More}

THE BEST DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATERS IN NORTH TEXAS

Movie buffs undaunted by the Texas heat can take to the great outdoors for drive-in films, as the all-American old-time pastime is making a comeback during the coronavirus pandemic.

Showings of movies like Wonder Woman, Sonic the Hedgehog and Straight Outta Compton will fill outdoor theater screens this month, along with a cinematic concert by Blake Shelton and troupe.

We've listed some old school drive-ins that are still kicking it around North Texas, as well as a few newbies. {Read More}

WHY IS MESQUITE THE RODEO CAPITAL OF TEXAS?

We might be a few hours away from the capital of Texas, but the rodeo capital is right here in Mesquite, Texas! Located just a 15-minute drive from Dallas, our city is filled with amazing restaurants, shops, and local attractions that you can only find here. That’s not all, though. People come from all over the country—and the world!—to see why we’re called the rodeo capital of Texas. {Read More}

Enjoy National Macaroni & Cheese Day in Mesquite

Macaroni and cheese is relatively simple: pasta tubes, cheese, milk, some butter and you’re in business.

But perhaps because of its simplicity it also is incredibly versatile. There are so many potential combinations, whether using a different type of cheese, adding a breading or getting an add-on like chicken or jalapeno into the mix.

Whether you’re a purist who wants to keep it basic or love a macaroni mish-mash, July 14 is the day the people who decide these things have deemed we celebrate macaroni and cheese. {Read More}

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 are 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}

BEST MESQUITE ATTRACTIONS FOR EVERY TYPE OF PERSON

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}

SMALLER NORTH TEXAS RODEO IN SPOTLIGHT

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}

MESQUITE RODEO THE NATION’S 1st Sport Event

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}

MESQUITE CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO SCHEDULED TO GO ON

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}

MESQUITE CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO IS Back this Summer

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}

RODEO RIDES ON DESPITE SHUTDOWNS

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, Together 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}

MEDICAL TASK FORCE PREPARES TO HELP THE COUNTRY

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}

See the Texas Bluebonnets at Samuell Farm

The Texas Bluebonnets are in full bloom and waiting for you at Samuell Farm. Located in Mesquite and open to the public, explore 600 acres that host two parks, trails, freshwater ponds, and free space filled with Texas Bluebonnets. Dr. William Worthington Samuell left the land behind for others to have a place to be around nature and appreciate it. It is the perfect time to bring this mission to life as spring time arrives in Texas.{Read More}

DISCOVER THE MESQUITE HERITAGE TRAIL

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.

Delivery

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.

FUEL CITY TACOS

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}

THERE’S A HIDDEN HISTORY IN DALLAS’ SUBURBS

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.

FRIDAY NIGHT

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