How many cities can offer you Beethoven by day and bucking broncos by night? The Mesquite Arts Center and the Mesquite Championship Rodeo have remained staples of the City’s diverse cultural and entertainment offerings for years. Both venues, each with their own state-of-the-art facilities, contribute heavily to the community’s heritage, flavor and unique sense-of-self.

Mesquite Arts Center

  As one of the City’s best-kept secrets, Mesquite’s vibrant cultural scene, centered around its beautiful, state-of-the-art Mesquite Arts Center, provides year-round programming that both residents and visitors from throughout North Texas enjoy and support. At 38,000 square feet, the Mesquite Arts Center offers a wonderful blend of art shows, concerts, literary events and theater performances, with some programming being free to the public.

Works by local and international artists fill the Art Center’s galleries. Patrons can view touring art exhibits, which encompass a wide variety of visual mediums, ranging from works in oil, watercolor or mixed media, to sculpture, photography and textiles.

Musical performances include both local artists and groups, such as the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra and the Mesquite Symphonic Band, but also include internationally renowned performers such as James Dick and the Debussy String Quartet. In addition to these offerings, the Mesquite Arts Council also provides yearly programming support for at-risk youth, senior citizens and emerging arts groups.

This year, more than 130,000 patrons attended events at the Mesquite Arts Center. Many attended musical performances in the intimate 500-seat Concert Hall, with its canopied stage and impressive acoustics, or its Black Box Theatre, with its flexible space that provides an up-close and powerful exchange between performer and audience. The Arts Center also features the Jeann & Ralph Wisenbaker Courtyard, the Rehearsal Hall and Main & Chamber Galleries that support local and touring art exhibits.

With its founding in 1981, the Mesquite Arts Council has coordinated exhibits, events, shows and performances for over two decades. In 1993, development of a local cultural grants program by the Mesquite Arts Council further solidified the Council’s commitment to the arts, and today the Mesquite’s Arts Center is recognized as one of the premier cultural institutions in the metroplex.

Mesquite Championship Rodeo

  The world-famous Mesquite Championship Rodeo just got bigger and better. Now the new home of the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Discovery Tour, rodeo-goers can see the most popular, action-packed event in traditional rodeo come to life. Top bulls. Top bull riders. In addition, you’ll see the traditional rodeo events of Saddle Bronc and Bareback Bronc Riding, Cowgirl Barrel Racing, Team Roping and
  crowd favorites like Cowboy Poker, Chuck Wagon Races, Kids Mutton Bustin’ and a Kids Calf Scramble. Be a part of the history and action, and see what all the PBR fuss is about.

Only 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, is held every Friday and Saturday night during rodeo season in the state-of-the-art air conditioned Resistol Arena. Each season the rodeo hosts businesses, sports and political dignitaries from around the world. Former attendees include Prince Ranier of Monaco, President Ronald Reagan and President George W. Bush, along with former resident, Jerry Hall, and Mick Jagger. Seventy new luxury Champion Suites comprise the third floor of Resistol Arena, and are ideal for corporate entertaining or social gatherings.

Although corporations maintain suites and business leaders from around the metroplex regularly attend, families still dominate the audience at the rodeo. The rodeo continues to live up to its reputation of being an exciting place for family entertainment, and a place where adults and the children can be safe, but still get close to all the action, with its brave cowboys, talented cowgirls, fast horses, big bulls and daredevil rodeo clowns.

Each year, thousands of guests come to see their first professional rodeo while others are part of the regular weekend rodeo crowd. Whether old or young, rodeo enthusiast or not, the magic of the Mesquite Rodeo is still available every Friday and Saturday night, April – September. There’s a lot for visitors to see and do, from watching all the heart-pounding action, to shopping at Wild Bill’s western store or grabbing some of Sonny Bryan’s famous barbeque in between the events. And, if you can get there a little early, your kids can enjoy the Rodeo’s petting zoo and pony rides. If you’re looking for some Real.Texas.Entertainment., nothing’s more appropriate than an evening at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, with its own unique brand of excitement, now enjoying its 51st season!

The Mesquite Arts Council
presents a solo
exhibition by Karen Irwin
Halsey in the Main
Gallery entitled Make It
Real, Make It Rock. Karen
has been capturing live
music in Seattle and
around the country for
years. Her ability to
capture the experience
and energy makes for a
truly unique show that
gives attendees a
backstage pass and front
row look into a variety
of concerts. Hours
are M-F 8a-5p and during
performances. Call
the Arts Council for
information at
972/216-6444.

Date :
Wednesday, April 16th
thru Thursday, May 1st
The Mesquite Arts Council
presents a solo
exhibition by Karen Irwin
Halsey in the Main
Gallery entitled Make It
Real, Make It Rock. Karen
has been capturing live
music in Seattle and
around the country for
years. Her ability to
capture the experience
and energy makes for a
truly unique show that
gives attendees a
backstage pass and front
row look into a variety
of concerts. Hours
are M-F 8a-5p and during
performances. Call
the Arts Council for
information at
972/216-6444.

Date :
Thursday, April 17th thru
Thursday, May 1st
The Mesquite Arts Council
presents a solo
exhibition by Karen Irwin
Halsey in the Main
Gallery entitled Make It
Real, Make It Rock. Karen
has been capturing live
music in Seattle and
around the country for
years. Her ability to
capture the experience
and energy makes for a
truly unique show that
gives attendees a
backstage pass and front
row look into a variety
of concerts. Hours
are M-F 8a-5p and during
performances. Call
the Arts Council for
information at
972/216-6444.

Date :
Friday, April 18th thru
Thursday, May 1st