Just 15 minutes east of downtown Dallas, this true Texas town is a rarity worth exploring.
Here’s how to spend a day or a weekend in Mesquite, Texas, where real authentic Texas culture thrives.
Rodeo & Concerts
Head to Mesquite, the official Rodeo Capital of Texas, to enjoy the Lone Star traditions of rodeo and barbecue at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo.
Recently featured on “Good Morning America,” this world-famous rodeo has been thrilling visitors since 1958. Rodeo season at the Mesquite Arena runs from June through August. Catch the finale rodeo August 24 with a performance by Clay Walker. Look for specialty rodeos held throughout the year including Cowboys of Color and the Hip – Hop Cowboy Spring Rodeo. As rodeo season comes to a close, the Mesquite Arena returns to form as a top-notch concert facility that has hosted thousands of spectators for acts like the Charlie Daniels Band, the Temptations, and Keith Sweat.
Arts & Outdoors
Dedicated art enthusiasts will spark their interest at the Mesquite Arts Center, which keeps a great rotation of local artists in the gallery. If you enjoy performing arts, discover the sounds of the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra or have a laugh at a production by the Mesquite Community Theatre. This vibrant community is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors with more than 70 parks that offer experiences for everyone. Stroll through the Paschall Park Butterfly trail in March and October as the monarchs migrate, take archery lessons at the Westlake Archery Range, relax at the Opal Lawrence Historical Park, play a round of golf at the Mesquite Golf Club, or take the family to KidsQuest at Debusk Park. The possibilities for outside exercise and fun—especially in the summertime—are endless, and nothing is more than 15 minutes away.
Food & Drink
Satisfy any craving from Tex-Mex to Greek with a variety of restaurants, including a few Zagat-rated eateries. Mesquite’s newest restaurant, the Porch Swing, offers southern comfort food with a modern twist. Visit the pie shop for traditional favorites like apple, buttermilk, pecan, and much more. Stop in on Fridays and Saturdays for live music with your meal. Find the best in Texas barbecue at Mesquite BBQ, which has been serving up delicious favorites out of its iconic smoker for more than 60 years.
Enjoy shopping at Town East Mall or in downtown Mesquite. Looking for an exciting evening? Check out Devil’s Bowl Speedway for the best adrenaline rush as you see the cars tear up the track. Celebration Station is a perfect place for the kids with go-kart racing, bumper boats, and mini golf. Xcape DFW Adventures will be the ultimate test of teamwork and mental agility.
Give Mesquite 15 minutes, and this Texas town will give you an experience like no other.
For more information, please go to VisitMesquiteTX.com or call at 800-541-2355.