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Mesquite Outlaws return for the 2022-23 season

The tradition begins again. After being inactive for the past two seasons, the Mesquite Outlaws return for the 2022-23 season. 12 home games will be played at the Mesquite Arena. A unique Arena, as there is no other Arena like this in the MASL League. Read More

Catch Some Fish in Mesquite Today

Bring your poles and bait box to Mesquite. Pack up the car for a fun day of fishing and escape the bustling city. Read More

A Guide To Live Music in Mesquite

Mesquite, Texas, named by the state legislature as the Official 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. Thanks to this and concerts at the Mesquite Arena, the City is now home to many award-winning performances. Happy concert-going! {Read More}

10 Unique Things To 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}


Feeling cooped up? There’s never been a better time to pack up the family and take a road trip. You might think that booking your hotel in Downtown Dallas is the ideal way to experience the DFW. 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 Metroplex 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}

Host Your Quince In Mesquite!

The City of Mesquite has launched a new campaign focused on Quinceañeras. Planning a Quinceañera can be frustrating so let us make your daughter’s special day a magical one. {Read More}

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}


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.


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 2-7. {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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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.


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.


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.

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

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.


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 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.

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 Patio Dining Options

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 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}


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 6th Annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival will take place on February 25 and 26, 2023, in Mesquite, just 15 minutes east of 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 2023.” {Read More}


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.

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}


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}


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 Official 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 on 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 Official 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}

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}


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}

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, Below are six trails that are a great start to your list. {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 an 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. 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. {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}


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}

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}

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