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Solar Eclipse Rodeo Events at Mesquite Arts Center

Date: Apr 08, 2024
Time: 11:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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On April 8, The City of Mesquite will participate in the annular solar eclipse. The Mesquite Arts Center will host several events promoting this monumental event's arts and culture.

Please join us from Apr 4 - 8 for FREE educational entertainment programming. Below are more details on each event and what to expect.

Thursday, April 4 | Courtyard Concert Series with Epic Unplugged | 7-9PM
This concert is held in the outdoor courtyard, located inside the Mesquite Arts Center.
FREE + Family Friendly Space
Beverages will be served.
Bistro seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
BYO-chair + Cooler is optional.
*In the case of bad weather- this event will move inside to our rehearsal hall.

Saturday, April 6 | Just For Kids "Solar Crafts" | 10-12 PM
This family event is held at the Downtown Mesquite Farmers Market. (100 W. Front Street Station)
On this day, the Rodeo Parade will be in the space. We encourage you to get there early.
FREE + Family Friendly Space.
*In the case of bad weather- this event will move inside to our rehearsal hall. This will be located at the Mesquite Arts Center's rehearsal hall.

Saturday, April 6 | Mesquite Symphony Orchestra presents "Fantasy Unleashed" | 7:30 PM-9 PM
This is a ticketed event.
Purchase tickets at www.mesquitesymphony.org
*This is a rain-or-shine event.

Monday, April 8 | Solar Eclipse Festival | 11 AM - 3 PM
This family-friendly event is held at the Mesquite Arts Center.
On this day, the city of Mesquite will have several "Solar Rodeo" events held at multiple locations. See the city link above for more information.
At the Mesquite Arts Center, the event will feature artists and artisans who display creations that include "Solar Rodeo" Themes.
Workshops are FREE and open to the public on a "first-come, first-serve" basis.
*This is a rain-or-shine event.

If you would like to vendor on Monday, April 8. Please email hechoconamortx@gmail.com for consideration. All food vendors must email arts@cityofmesquite.com.

Eclipse Info:

When is the Eclipse?

The total solar eclipse will take place on April 8, 2023. Totality will begin in Mesquite at 1:40 pm and peak at 1:42 pm. In total, Mesquite will be in totality for 4 minutes and 8 seconds - longer than any other urban city in the DFW Metroplex.

What is a total eclipse?

A total solar eclipse is a rare event where the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, completely blocking the sun from the face of the Earth.

What can I expect during an eclipse?

For those in the path of totality during a total solar eclipse, the sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. Bright stars or planets may shine in the dark sky and air temperatures will suddenly drop as the sun disappears. The sudden darkness causes animals to grow quiet and the sun's atmosphere may glow in a thin pink circle around the moon during the peak of totality. As the moon continues to pass across the sun, the sky will appear similar to a 360-degree sunrise and the temperatures will climb again as the sun begins to shine.

Book your trip early! Hotels in the DFW Metroplex are expected to sell out. We recommend visiting our hotel's page to start planning your stay. CLICK HERE

April 8 Local Artist Workshops by Mesquite Arts Council + America's Credit Union

Jennifer Gonzales Crystal Wrapping Workshop
Americas Credit Union Moon Beads Workshop
Alec DeJesus Create Your Own World (Painting Workshop)
Durty Laundry | Robert Lopez Create Your Own Solar T-shirt
Joe Cadena Illustration for T-shirt
Shawn Saumell Photography Workshop
Pastor Garcia Painting Workshop
Poppy Xander Solar Headbands
Matt Bagley Printmaking Workshop
DJ Storm Solar Sounds
Leo Salaza Videography
Jonathan Chitty Keep Mesquite Beautiful Coloring Station
Toyia Pointer Light Sonification Devices provided by Harvard University
City of Mesquite Fire Department Solar System Coloring Station
City of Mesquite HR Department Color Your Own Astronaunt + Pencil Holder
April 8 Local Vendors provided by @HechoConAmorTX

ABC Softplay
Anne's Disaster
Celestial Handmade
CGR cups
Chiquilla Bows
Enfluence Productions
Comal Flores
Creacions Paloma
Arteest De La Sol
Letty Garcia Face Paint
Mages Jewelry
Mini Sweet Delights
Reina de Corazon
Ross's Rowdy Bees
Semillitas Book Club
Luna Mercantile
Serene Studio
Tatyanna Pickle Palace
Aye Que LInda Boutique
Blow Me Away Balloons

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