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5 Ways to Experience Mesquite's Amazing Arts Scene

Susie Cortes
Delight in the harmonies of violins, flutes, and French horns, or listen to prominent touring bands at a first-rate arena. Get a close-up look at awe-inspiring murals or explore an art gallery full of works of outstanding local artists. Set just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas, Mesquite is well known as the Official Rodeo Capital of Texas. Yet its remarkable arts scene is just as noteworthy, and it’s a must whether you’re into the performing or visual arts (or both) as it’s home to some of the best exhibits and concerts the Dallas-Fort Worth area has to offer. {Read More}

11 Festive Ways to Enjoy the Holidays in Mesquite

A keepsake photo with Santa Claus. The chance to buy loved ones unique gifts crafted by Texas makers. Meaningful moments spent with friends and family sipping cocoa, singing carols, and watching twinkling lights spring to life on a towering Christmas tree. Find your Yuletide joy in Mesquite during Home for the Holidays. From making grapevine wreaths to enjoying awe-inspiring light displays, this merry lineup of events will have you talking about Christmas, Mesquite-style, for years to come. {Read More}

THE HISTORY OF GAY RODEO IN MESQUITE, TX

For more than 60 years, Mesquite has famously been the home of thrilling rodeo events as the official Rodeo Capital of Texas, but did you know we were also home to the 2018 gay rodeo championship? From their dirty boots and ripped jeans to their big belt buckles and a hint of glitter, the gay rodeo is just as rough and tumble as any other rodeo in town! Read more.

ALYSSA EDWARDS’ LOCAL MESQUITE DANCE STUDIO

If you’re a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race or an avid America’s Got Talent backer, then you’ve probably heard of Alyssa Edwards. Alyssa Edwards is a world-famous drag queen, best known for her seasons on RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. When not in drag, Alyssa goes by her birth name of Justin Johnson and runs the Mesquite Beyond Belief Dance Company. Learn more.

World Finals International Miniature Bullriding

Mark your calendars for the World Finals for the International Miniature Bull Riding Association (a youth competition) at the Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, TX 75149, on October 4-9. {Read More}

Secret Sauce: Mesquite’s Most Popular Pizza Place

If you haven’t heard of Cheese’s Pizza, Pasta and Wings, then you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Not only do they have some of the best pizza and pasta in Mesquite, but the owner’s story makes us love them.
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COUPLES DATE NIGHT IDEAS IN MESQUITE, TX

Looking to travel outside the hustle and bustle of Dallas for an upcoming date night? Or maybe you and your significant other are looking for a fun, new adventure for a night out? We got you covered with some of our favorite couples’ date night ideas in and around Mesquite, Texas. Learn more.

END YOUR BACHELOR PARTY IN MESQUITE

With its close proximity to Dallas, and its abundance of relaxing and recuperating activities like golfing, fishing, and chowing down on authentic mesquite bbq — Mesquite, Texas is the perfect place to end your Dallas bachelor party. Check out our favorite low-key bachelor party activities below. Learn more.

Mesquite's Guide to the Ultimate Taco

Craving a taco? Lucky for you, if you’re in Mesquite (or Texas for that matter), you have a few fantastic options to choose from! Learn more.

7 Interesting Facts about Monster Trucks

Fun facts about Mesquite's Monster Trucks
When the monster trucks roll into Mesquite, you can hear them before you see them. We’re here to share some interesting facts about monster trucks so you can come to your next show prepared with some expert knowledge! Learn more.

Live Music Events in Mesquite this Summer

Is there a better way to enjoy the summer weather than by sitting outside soaking up the sun? In our opinion, yes! Summer events are instantly made better with the addition of live music to match the mood. Here are just a few summer activities in Mesquite that are centered around live music as well as some general things to do in Mesquite, Texas that are fun for everyone with music taking a backseat. Learn more.


3 Reasons to Spend the Day at Town East Mall

Visit the Town East Mall in Mesquite and enjoy a day of shopping

While your time spent visiting Mesquite, TX will mostly be outdoors or soaking in many of the spectacular attractions, you can’t miss a stop at Town East Mall. This Mesquite shopping mall boasts over one million square feet of retail space divided among over 150 stores and restaurants. No matter if you need to purchase some essentials for your trip, need a way to spend a rainy day indoors, or simply want to shop 'til you drop, Town East Mall can be the one-stop-shop for all of your needs. Read more.

COME VISIT THE DOWNTOWN MESQUITE FARMERS MARKET

Beautiful murals, a farmers market offering fresh North Texas produce and handmade goods, and authentic restaurants that serve a wide array of cuisines. Welcome to Downtown Mesquite, the heart of the city of Mesquite that has authentic experiences, tasty eats, and homemade treasures that are just waiting to be enjoyed. Located just fifteen minutes east of Downtown Dallas, Mesquite is easy to reach and worth the trip. Read on to see why you should come enjoy Mesquite’s growing downtown area for yourself, then plan your visit here. Read More

Get a Taste of Asia Right Here in Mesquite

Mesquite offers delicious restaurants to dine at and is well known for its variety of amazing barbecue places, but not many know that Mesquite also hosts a variety of Asian restaurants. In addition to the Chinese and Japanese cuisine, Mesquite has some great Indian food and Mongolian food. Here is a list of some of Mesquite’s best Asian restaurants. Read More

10 Fun Facts About the Texas Rodeo

Mequite Rodeo includes wild horses and wilder bulls
If you’re visiting Texas, one thing you can’t miss is the rodeo. From thrilling events like saddle bronc riding and barrel racing to some of the best BBQ you’ll ever taste and lively two-steppin’ music, you can spend days soaking in the sights and sounds of a Texas rodeo. Read more.

Where is the Most Authentic Mesquite BBQ in Texas?

Mesquite has some of the best Mesquite BBQ around!
Texas is known for many things; the rodeo, cowboys, and, of course, mesquite BBQ. If you’re headed to the Lone Star State, you can’t miss trying the finger-licking good eats Texas is known for. Read more.

Downtown Mesquite Farmers Market Debuts June 12

The new Downtown Mesquite Farmers Market will begin June 12. The weekly marketplace of fresh produce and creative artisans will take place Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 27 at Front Street Station. Read More.

5 Reasons Millennials Are Moving to Mesquite TX

Mesquite Trails are perfect for biking and jogging

Millennials are moving away from their home state more than ever, but where they’re choosing to settle down may surprise you. According to the most recent survey by SmartAsset, homeownership among residents younger than 35 was up to 46% in MESQUITE, Texas. The nearly 10% increase in this younger population over the decade makes it the fourth most popular place millennials are moving to in the country! But why move to Mesquite? Read more.

Calling All Trainers: A GO Player's Guide

Pokémon Go (POGO for short) has been out for 5 years now, and the game has changed dramatically since that first summer. Not only have they added over 300 new Pokémon for you to catch, but they’ve added the trademarked trading and battling that the series is known for. While it may not have the immediate public attention that it used to, millions of players are still logging in and catching them all! But did you know that you don’t have to drive all the way to Dallas to find the best Pokéstops and gyms? We have several hot spots right here in Mesquite! From parks and museums to restaurants and shops, this guide will let you know where all the best spots to catch your portable pals are. Read More

April Rocks! Kicks Off This Weekend

Live concert series April Rocks! runs April 2nd through 30th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. each Friday. Come join us on the North Lawn of the Mesquite Arts Center for this free family-friendly event. The bands performing are tribute bands covering the greatest hits of popular musicians like Madonna, The Who, and The Cars. Read More.

The Ultimate Mesquite Road Trip Itinerary

Feeling cooped up? There’s never been a better time to pack up the family and take a road trip.

Whether you’re from Texas or hoping to visit the Lone Star State for your next getaway, Mesquite is the perfect place to go. Located only 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, there are plenty of activities you can add to your Mesquite road trip itinerary! Read More.

Fly Fishing Is Just What the Doctor Ordered

The first "live" expo for the fishing/hunting category in the country for 2021 went extremely well. With over one thousand visitors and fishing enthusiasts making the trip to the Mesquite Convention Center, hopefully this will pave the way for more events like this in the future. This type of event came at the perfect time, because it helped satisfy the pent up demand to get get outdoors, enjoy hobbies and travel safely. Read More.

CHECK OUT MESQUITE RESIDENTS' FAVORITE PARKS

When the weather is perfect, there’s no better place to be than the park. Whether it’s to take a stroll with the entire family, enjoy a bike ride, or savor a homemade picnic lunch, a park provides a safe and scenic place to do it all. If you’re looking for the perfect park near Dallas to take your family to, look no further than the city of Mesquite. With more than 70 parks to choose from and plenty of outdoor places to explore, you are sure to find a space you will enjoy. Read more.

Family-Friendly Mesquite Art Center Exhibitions

The arts offer a versatile and adaptable experience for both children and adults. If given proper attention and resources, it can expand its influence and positively impact a community for years to come. This has been the mission of the Mesquite Arts Center since its inception, and we continue to expand our offerings and partnerships to better serve our community. Read more.

Where to See Blooming Texas Bluebonnets in Dallas

Not only is the Texas bluebonnet the state flower of the Lone Star State, but it’s also very present in and around the town of Mesquite! These beautiful blue flowers are synonymous with spring in Texas and are the perfect sign of the impending warmer weather. Every year Texans and out-of-state admirers alike travel to see the Texas bluebonnets for themselves. If you’re looking for where to see blooming Texas Bluebonnets near Dallas in 2021, you’re in luck!

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Why Mesquite is a Perfect Family Getaway in Texas

Planning a family getaway is a top priority for many of us this year. If you’re looking to destress and enjoy some time away, look no further than Mesquite, Texas for your next family vacation! First-time visitors have so much to explore and 2021 is the perfect time to discover what this amazing town has to offer. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, your next family trip is a convenient drive away from one of Texas’ largest cities. Read more.

Shop at Market East Shopping Center

Need to refresh your wardrobe, resupply your home office, pick up sporting goods, or stock up for craft projects? You’ll find everything you need and more from the big-box retailers at Market East Shopping Center. Read more.

Shop and Make a Difference

As the people of Texas continue to come together and support each other, we want to recognize an important part of what makes Mesquite so strong: The local retailers, who are open for business! Read more.

Local Coffee Shop Warms Hands and Hearts

Sean Belknap certainly isn’t bearish when it comes to a good cup of coffee. And as owners of Bear Cave Coffee in downtown Mesquite, he and his wife, Hillary, hope the people of Mesquite aren’t either.

But Sean says Bear Cave – located inside The Corner Theatre at 214 W. Davis St. on the historic Heritage Square – is about more than just a cup of coffee.. Read more.

Shop Mesquite Today for Great Finds!

There is no place like Mesquite, where you'll find great shopping and much fun. Read more.

Why choose Mesquite to host your event?

Located adjacent to the Hampton Inn and Suites is the Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall. With more than 50,000 square feet of floor space, set up your next convention, trade show, or conference in multiple ways to fit your needs. Read more.

Mesquite promotes Black Friday shopping

Mesquite, TX – November 27, 2020 – Black Friday is traditionally the day after Thanksgiving and marks the official start of the national holiday shopping season. The City of Mesquite is encouraging people to shop and dine locally in the Mesquite community as a part of its “Shop Mesquite” campaign.
The campaign includes the new www.ShopMesquiteTX.com listing of shopping centers, restaurants and businesses located in Mesquite which features stories, videos and more on places to shop, eat and experience Mesquite. Read more.

Shopping in Mesquite? Check out these Videos

As we gear up for another holiday season, keep in mind Mesquite, Texas offers a wide variety of things to do, places to eat and go shopping. {Read More}

13 OUTDOOR DINING SPOTS IN MESQUITE

As the seasons change, the weather is just right to grab a table on the patio at your favorite Mesquite restaurant. Find the perfect spot for a family dinner or grab lunch on a lazy afternoon. {Read More}

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Mesquite

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 each year and is a time to celebrate the history and contributions of American citizens with ancestors of Hispanic descent. Read below to see how you and your family can engage with and learn more about Hispanic culture and traditions in Mesquite. {Read More}

Attend a National Motorcycle Race in Mesquite

The world's fastest dirt track motorcycle race returns to Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26. Tickets can be purchased in advance and online here. The Dallas Half-Mile doubleheader kicks off at 3 p.m., with fun for the whole family as American Flat Track takes over Devil's Bowl Speedway with vendors, live music and an entire weekend of the world's fastest dirt track motorcycle racing. {Read More}

COMMEMORATE 9/11 AT MESQUITE FREEDOM PARK

Take some time this month to remember and reflect on the events of 9/11 at Mesquite Freedom Park. Located in the North Lawn of the Mesquite Arts Center, the park was created through a collaborative process between the City of Mesquite, corporate and non-profit sponsors, and community leaders. {Read More}

Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival in Mesquite

A new year means new dates and a brand new location for the Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival: The 4th Annual Texas Fly & Brew will take place on February 27 and 28, 2021, in Mesquite, just 15 minutes from downtown Dallas. “We’re thrilled to partner with Mesquite to bring our unique festival to this great location,” says Festival Director Beau Beasley. “Since coming to Texas we’ve seen steady growth in both attendees and vendors, which requires a much larger venue. The Mesquite Convention Center allows us to offer an even greater variety of classes in 2021.” {Read More}

Alejandro’s at Front Street in Downtown Mesquite

The City of Mesquite will welcome Alejandro’s at Front Street Station to Downtown Mesquite in January 2021 as the City Council has approved the lease agreement of a City-owned building at 117 W. Main Street. The restaurant will cook up a menu that includes traditional Mexican recipes sprinkled with a pinch of Texas flavors. Alejandro’s at Front Street will feature outdoor dining, a full-service bar and live music. {Read More}

BOOK TEE TIME IN MESQUITE FOR NATIONAL GOLF MONTH

August is National Golf Month, and Mesquite is a hole-in-one kind of destination offering the best for golf aficionados. Book your time to play on the scenic fairways at the Mesquite Golf Club, one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s most affordable, luxurious courses. We want you to have a great time on the course, but please be safe, use social distance guidelines and follow Dallas County health orders. {Read More}

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}

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}

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}

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}

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}

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}

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}

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}

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}