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: Spindletop Anniversary Celebration & Reunion
Each year, the Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum marks the anniversary of the Lucas Gusher at Spindletop, which blew on Jan. 10, 1901. To commemorate the event, the museum blows the replica gusher on site and stages period re-enactments and other activities, including a pie-eating contest, stick-horse race, tug-o-war and more. Visitors are encouraged to come in period costume. More information is available at www.spindletop.org or by calling 409-880-1750.
February: Boomtown Film & Music Festival
In 2014, this event celebrated its seventh year, offering two days of independent films, cutting-edge music, vendors, food, parties and more in various venues around Beaumont, including Lamar University, Crockett Street and The Logon Café. More information is available at www.boomtownfestival.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
March: YBML South Texas State Fair
The granddaddy of local events, the South Texas State Fair 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 or 409-832-9991.
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
Now in its seventh year, this bicycle ride and fundraiser benefits the Jefferson County Bar Association Foundation. Routes include 29-, 52- and 95-mile distances, with a special 12-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 at the Beaumont Event Centre. More information is available at www.spindletopspin.com or by calling 409-839-2332.
July: Fourth of July Celebration
The City of Beaumont's annual Independence Day event 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 on the grassy area between the Julie Rodgers Theatre and Beaumont Public Library. Contests include the "Master/Dog Look-a-Like" and "Best Dressed Dog," while canines can't resist the BONE Appetit Food Court, Bark Art, SPAW, Barkery, PAW Readings, Neiman Barkus Shopping and Blue's Clues Moonwalk. More information is available on the Promotion section of www.beaumontmainstreet.com or by calling 409-838-2667.
October: Fire Prevention and Family Safety Festival
Also in October, families can enjoy a free day of fun at the Fire Museum of Texas, which each October puts on demonstrations, safety-themed booths from community groups, food vendors and a Kid's Bounce Zone. In this fun and safe learning environment, families can learn ways to keep safe and enjoy health and wellness. More information is available at www.firemuseumoftexas.org or by calling 409-880-3927.
December: Open Houses and Candlelight Tours
The holidays in Beaumont are 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. More information is available at www.jjfrench.com, www.chambershouse.org and www.mcfaddin-ward.org.
Ongoing: First Thursdays on Calder
Recurring monthly on the first Thursday of each month, this downtown party features food, drinks, live music, local artwork and shopping along Beaumont's downtown Calder Avenue. Businesses stay open until 9 p.m. with special offerings such as dollar taco parties at Tacos La Bamba, tent parties with live jazz at Urban Habitat, mimosas and vintage sales at the Tattered Suitcase, tap takeovers at Luke's Icehouse, concerts at The Logon Café and more.