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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 are the Rodeo Capital of Texas! The rodeo is operating at 25% capacity and complying with all safety mandates including spacing of ticket seats. Dallas County requires wearing a mask in businesses and public spaces. Details of the Governor's Executive Order here. 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.

When Is Mesquite rodeo season

The rodeo season in Mesquite is June - August. During this time, there is a rodeo performance every Saturday at 7:30pm in the Mesquite Arena. Each rodeo has a special theme with discounts to honor first responders, teachers, military and others. Take a look at our themed tickets if you'd like to partake in a specific event.

Where to Buy rodeo Tickets

Tickets for the Mesquite Championship Rodeo are available online or in-person at the arena box office at 1818 Rodeo Dr. Tickets are typically priced at $22 for adults and $10 for children that are ages 3 - 12 (children under three years old get in free). Parking at the Mesquite Arena is $10. The rodeo performance starts at 7:30 p.m but the doors open at 6 p.m. In addition to individual tickets, you can also opt for the private secluded luxury suite option to make your first time at the rodeo even more memorable for your group.

Be Sure to Purchase Your Rodeo Gear

Get a fresh pair of cowboys boots and a new cowboy hat for rodeo season. Hats are sold in the Mesquite Arena. Boot Barn in Mesquite has eight thousand styles of boots, jeans, shirts, hats, belts and jewelry to create the perfect outfit for a night at the rodeo. Head to Cavender’s in Mesquite for head-to-toe Western looks for the whole family. The store boasts some of the top boot brands like Tony Lama, Black Jack Boots, Durango and more.


While all rodeos feature similar categories and events, every venue has unique regional charm, and the Mesquite Arena is no exception. If you’re looking to attend the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, you can expect to sit down inside the indoor, air-conditioned stadium, making it the perfect summertime activity, rain or shine. As far as seating goes, thanks to the design of the arena, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. To safely enjoy the rodeo performance and practice social distancing, there will be pre-designated seating following the Dallas County and PRCA guidelines!


If you’ve never attended a rodeo, all of those horses, bulls and cowboys running around can seem chaotic. Don’t worry — you don’t have to be born in a saddle to understand the rodeo. Like all professional rodeos, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo has two categories of events: timed and roughstock. True to the name, a timed event requires cowboys to complete tasks such as calf roping, as quickly as possible. Roughstock events challenge riders to stay on a horse, bull or steer for eight seconds while holding on with one hand.

If you’re planning to buy tickets for the rodeo, visit the Mesquite Championship Rodeo tickets page. Stop by our website for more information on accommodations, dining options, and more great things to do in Mesquite, Texas.
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