From championship rodeos and Texas traditions to downtown parties and fido-friendly festivities, nearly every month in Beaumont brings a special event and another opportunity to enjoy mouth-watering food, live entertainment, outdoor pursuits and more.
January: Drillers Reunion
Each year, the Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum marks the anniversary of the Lucas Gusher at Spindletop with the Drillers Reunion. The museum blows the replica gusher on site and stages period re-enactments and other activities. Visitors are encouraged to come in period costume. More information is available at www.spindletop.org.
February: Boomtown Film & Music Festival
The Boomtown Film & Music Festival offers a weekend of independent films, cutting-edge music, vendors, food, parties and more in various venues around Beaumont. More information is available at www.boomtownfestival.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
March: South Texas State Fair & Rodeo
The granddaddy of local events, the YMBL South Texas State Fair & Rodeo in Beaumont is second to only the State Fair of Texas in attendance. For the past 70 years, fair-goers have enjoyed the excitement of a championship rodeo and livestock show, thrilling rides and challenging games on the Midway, and exhibits stocked with lots to see and buy. Live music of all sorts and food favorites such as funnel cakes and barbecue are served up with the perennial crowd-pleaser, fried alligator. Sponsored by the Young Men's Business League of Beaumont, the fair runs 10 days in March at Ford Park. More information can be found at www.ymbl.org.
March: The Gusher Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
Also held in March, The Gusher Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon that shows off the sights of Beaumont. With three race distances - marathon, half marathon and 5K - there's a race for every runner's expertise. More information is available at www.thegushermarathon.com.
June: Spindletop Spin
Spindletop Spin is an annual bicycle ride and fundraiser benefits the Jefferson County Bar Association Foundation. Routes include 29, 52 and 106 mile distances, with a special 13 mile ride for families. Food, ice cream and snow cones are served throughout the day, while live entertainment and other festivities await at the start/finish line. More information is available at www.spindletopspin.com.
July: Fourth of July Celebration
The City of Beaumont's annual Independence Day Celebration is held at Riverfront Park, where food vendors offer "fair-style" foods such as barbecue, boudain, hot dogs, pork kabobs, funnel cakes and more. The free celebration includes live musical entertainment leading up to the dramatic fireworks display at nightfall.
October: Dogtober Fest
Named Texas' Best Downtown Event by the Texas Downtown Association, Beaumont Main Street's Dogtober Fest offers plenty of opportunities for families and their favorite canines to enjoy great food, lively music and more. Contests throughout the day along with shopping and pet-friendly activities.
December: Christmas in Beaumont
Christmas in Beaumont is a picture-perfect affair as several of the historic homes in Beaumont dress up for holiday open houses. The John Jay French Museum, Chambers House and McFaddin-Ward House offer Christmas holiday tours with special decorations, refreshments and music to fit the occasion.
Ongoing: Classic Movie Nights
Every Friday night, locals gather to watch their favorite classic movies inside the beautiful Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont for Classic Movie Nights. Wine and beer along with candy and popcorn are available for purchase.