Find the coveted Texan experience in Mesquite, Texas. Just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas, bring the family and reunite with old friends where real authentic Texas culture is thriving.
Declared the “Rodeo Capital of Texas’, Mesquite has held on to the traditions of rodeo and BBQ at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo in the air-conditioned Mesquite Arena. This world-famous rodeo has been thrilling visitors since 1958. Just like the sport of rodeo, the arena has evolved into a top-notch concert facility hosting thousands for acts like the Charlie Daniels Band, the Temptations, and Keith Sweat. As it has transformed into a premier venue and as rodeo season approaches in June, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo is thrilled to have Mark Chestnutt kick off the season with a performance on June 1 and Clay Walker ending another thrilling season as the finale performer on Aug. 24.
Along with the rodeo, take advantage of the multitude of entertainment options found in Mesquite. Head to the adrenaline pumping Devil’s Bowl Speedway for the fastest boxcars at the Southwest’s most famous dirt track. Purchase a pit pass to watch the race in the center of the unique, D-shaped track and take great pictures inside the cars. Get in the driver’s seat and press the gas to race go-carts at Celebration Station. Play the ultimate mind games in the escape rooms of XscapeDFW Adventures. Enjoy shopping at Town East Mall with close to 200 stores and a food court to satisfy any taste or head to Downtown Mesquite to show some local love to Mesquite’s unique shops and eateries.
Mesquite is a welcoming and active community with events every month such as the popular Summer Sizzle that is on June 8 from 4-10:30 p.m. at Paschall Park, one of Mesquite’s most popular green spaces. This annual festival is an excellent time for families to enjoy live music, food trucks, children’s activities, a mud volleyball tournament and more. It will all end with a fireworks show set to music. Entrance into the park is free, but some activities will have a fee. Make sure to mark your calendars with Mesquite’s other fun events this summer including Movies in the Park on June 21, Doggie Splash Day on Aug.10, and the Dive-In Movie on Aug. 16. Also during the summer, enjoy time at the Mesquite Arts Center with a great rotation of local artists in the gallery and performances by the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra and Mesquite Arts Theater.
A weekend away would not be complete without great food. From savory barbecue to traditional Tex-Mex favorites, Mesquite elevates and diversifies Texas flavor. Find unique options such as Caribbean, Greek, and South American flavors in some of the local Mesquite gems. Be sure to check out our list of Zagat-rated eateries and our newest restaurant, the Porch Swing that offers a modern take on southern comfort food complete with fresh pies every day.
Mesquite is the prime place to bring family and friends together for reunions. Picturesque City Lake Park encompasses 20 acres and covered picnic pavilions right next to a serene lake. Plan the perfect reunion with plenty of space for games and activities. After a packed day exploring Mesquite and making memories, rest your head at one of our five premier hotels. TownePlace Suites, Courtyard, and Fairfield Inn are the three Marriott properties that happily call Mesquite home along with the Holiday Inn Express and the Hampton Inn and Suites connected to the Mesquite Convention Center and a short walk from the Mesquite Arena. These fabulous hotels come with various, luxury amenities and are pet-friendly, so feel free to bring the furriest family member on your vacation.