Canadian Solar Sponsors Mesquite's ‘Solar Rodeo’ Three-Day Festival to Celebrate Historic Eclipse

Visit Mesquite will host the Solar Rodeo, a weekend-long festival from April 6-8, celebrating the historic solar eclipse over Texas. A solar eclipse is a celestial event that occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, and the moon fully or partially blocks the sun. When the sun is fully blocked, known as “totality”, the skies will darken to a deep twilight and temperatures drop substantially within seconds.

Totality in Mesquite, which will last for four minutes and eight seconds, offers a longer period of totality than the rest of the DFW Metroplex. The extended duration is anticipated to attract regional, out-of-state, and international visitors to Mesquite.

The Solar Rodeo is a collaboration with Visit Mesquite and community partners. The full schedule of events is available at Festivities include the Rodeo Parade, a performance by the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, Music & Moonlight Block Party and Street Dance, eclipse documentary showings at the MISD Russell Planetarium, and numerous eclipse viewing parties throughout Mesquite.

On Sunday, April 7, Tejano Fest at the Solar Rodeo will take place at Mesquite Arena. This music festival will feature big names in Tejano music, including Grupo Siggno featuring Jennifer Pena, Grupo Metal featuring Chris Perez, Gary Hobbs, Marcos Orozco, and Los Garcia Brothers.

The Solar Rodeo is presented by Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar technology and renewable energy companies. In 2023, Canadian Solar announced plans to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Mesquite, which will be the company’s first manufacturing facility in the United States.