south texas state fair & rodeo

March 30 - April 9, 2017

The YMBL South Texas State Fair & Rodeo brings thousands of visitors to Beaumont each spring with food, entertainment, and, of course, carnival rides. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) showcases the country's top cowboys and cowgirls at the YMBL Championship Rodeo while locals present their masterpieces at the School Art, Quilt and Photo Show. There's a Livestock & Poultry Show as well as a Youth Animal Auction, Kids Fun Zone and more.

Held annually at Ford Park Event Center, the fairgrounds are filled to near capacity with over 250 booths dishing out exotic and intriguing dishes made for easy eating on the go - funnel cakes, cheesecake-on-a-stick, pork-kabobs, rabbit-on-a-stick, fried alligator, fried pickles and more. View the full schedule here.

YMBL South Texas State Fair


A fairgrounds map along with a complete schedule of events, including discounted admission days, is available on the YMBL website.

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The Fair offers regular deals and discount days as well as unlimited ride wristbands. View the price list and & buy tickets on the YMBL website.

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Beaumont Releases Official Southeast Texas Visitor Guide

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Beaumont Cooks Up Great Conventions

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New in Beaumont: Sweet Basil

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Make Some Waves: Swamp & River Tours in Southeast Texas

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8 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Beaumont

Living or visiting in Southeast Texas, you know that the weather can change in a flash. Don’t let a rainy day put a damper on your plans! There are plenty of things you can do indoors to enjoy everything the great city of Beaumont has to offer. (This is also a great resource for things to do to escape the hot dog days of summer.) Bowling, Skating or Arcade Play What kid doesn’t like…Continue Reading

Gala of the Royal Horses Comes to Beaumont

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Paw Patrol Live! Wags its Way Into Beaumont

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Outdoor Beauty: Nature Journaling in Beaumont

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Getting to Know Us: Beaumont CVB Sales Team Edition

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Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center Celebrates 10 Years of Tourism

The Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center , a Jefferson County Department, will celebrate 10 years of welcoming the world to Southeast Texas on Wednesday, June 28. An after-hours event is planned with food, drinks, and entertainment at the Visitors Center from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. “We would like to thank everyone who took part in bringing the idea of the Visitors Center to fruition. Having…Continue Reading

Kids Eat Free (or Almost free) in Southeast Texas

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Coming Up: Grammy Winner Smokey Robinson to Perform in Beaumont

Grammy winner and living legend, Smokey Robinson, will perform at Beaumont Civic Center on Thursday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. Get tickets online now . Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet,” acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson’s career spans over 4 decades of hits. He has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award,…Continue Reading

Top Things to Do in Beaumont if You’re a Foodie

Food, glorious, food! It comforts us, entertains us and brings us together. It doesn’t matter if the tables we gather around are in a restaurant, at an event or outdoors under the sun or stars; Beaumont has countless options for every occasion. From Sunday brunch to the Taste of the Triangle, Beaumont’s food scene will appease your appetite. Lighter Fare Don’t confuse lighter…Continue Reading

Coming Up: The Peddler Show & Great Outdoors Expo

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AMSET Hosts Fresh Summer Exhibition

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) hosts two summer exhibitions, Sherry Owens: Fabric of Life and FRESH: Recent Acquisitions. Both will be on display from June 10 – September 10, 2017 in the main galleries. On Friday, June 16, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., AMSET will honor the artists and their works at a free and open to the public opening reception. Dallas artist, Sherry Owens, will…Continue Reading

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Got Youth? Beaumont Has You Covered

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Play Ball! Beaumont Welcomes USA Softball of Texas

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Explore the Big Thicket with Ranger-Led Programs this Summer

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5 Ways to Treat Mom This Mother’s Day

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Bending Metal with Fire: Blacksmithing in Beaumont

Hot sparks and flames flying…. immense heat radiating…the loud persistent clanking of metal hitting metal, over and over and over again. Creativity along with fire and metal is what makes the age old craft of blacksmithing. It’s an art that is gaining in popularity in Beaumont and beyond. Metalsmith Rob Flurry teaches blacksmithing classes at Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown .…Continue Reading