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There's always something big happening in Beaumont, Texas! With our well-known fairs and festivals, each change of season offers another must-see event. And when it comes to food & shopping, we get serious. We don't like to brag or anything, but our food is worth planning an event around - which is why we have food festivals for all of our favorite dishes in southeast Texas. Beaumont also has an eclectic mix of museums that celebrate everything from art to energy. Our quirky-ness is portrayed throughout these museums that offer a variety of arts & culture exhibits and events. Parents, the kids will love Free Family Arts Day offered quarterly by the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. Plenty of other events just for kids can be found happening year 'round as well.

In Beaumont, we tend to do things a little bigger than other places in Texas. That's especially true of the performing arts you'll find here. Spread throughout the city are world-class concert halls, theaters and arenas that bring the best in performing arts to Beaumont. These same great facilities, along with nightlife hotspots, also support a host of live entertainment acts that can be enjoyed regularly.

Fan-friendly Beaumont has a true love for the game. From watching the Lamar University Cardinals football team bring home a win, to experiencing the hard-hitting action of the Spindletop Roller Girls roller derby team, there are plenty of sporting events to be found in Beaumont. Beaumont may owe its prosperity to oil, but it's not the only natural resources we're blessed to have. With dense forests, sandy beaches and shallow wetlands, southeast Texas is overflowing with outdoor activities. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself down to Beaumont, and experience Texas with a little something extra! 

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Artwork by Zach Dubuisson in Café Arts

October 25, 2014 – October 26, 2014

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.
Free admission. Suggested donation, $2.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-832-3432
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Café Arts regularly features artwork by local artists.

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Bat Boy

October 25, 2014 – November 01, 2014

Evening Performances, 7:30 pm. Matinee, 2:00 pm.

Betty Greenberg Center for the Performing Arts
4155 Laurel Ave
Beaumont, TX 77707
409-833-4664
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A musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave. The local sheriff brings him to the home of the local vet where he is taught to act like a "normal" boy. When Bat Boy tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of his city they turn on him and he runs away into the woods only to return with a story.

Show dates: October 24, 25*, 25, 30, 31, November 1*,1, 2014.

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Beaumont Art League Membership Show

October 25, 2014

Wednesday - Saturday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Beaumont Art League
2675 Gulf Street
Beaumont, TX 77703
409-833-4179
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The Beaumont Art League's annual Membership Show features the work of talented and diverse artist members who support the BAL's mission and bring talent and creativity to the organization and community. Prizes will be awarded to First, Second, and Third places, as well as Best in Show. The Best in Show recipient is honored with a solo exhibition the following year. The Membership Show will be on view in the Brown Gallery through October 25th. 

Free opening reception: Saturday, October 11, 7:00-9:00 p.m. 

 

 

 

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Beaumont Buddy Walk

October 25, 2014

10:00 am
$10

The Event Centre Great Lawn
700 Crockett Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-838-9012
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The Beaumont Buddy Walk is a one mile Down syndrome awareness walk. Sponsored by the The Arc of Greater Beaumont. 

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Beaumont Farmers Market

October 25, 2014 – November 22, 2014

Every Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 am

Beaumont Athletic Complex
950 Langham Road
Beaumont, TX 77707
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The Beaumont Farmers Market is a place for the community to meet and to support local farmers. Visitors can expect locally grown produce, goat milk body products, grass-fed beef, coffee, locally baked breads, goat's milk cheese, entertainment and more. Vendors are all within a 150 mile radius of Beaumont, Texas and are located on the basketball court of the Beaumont Athletic Complex.

Please bring small bills to buy from local vendors & follow the Beaumont Farmers Market on Facebook for updates each week. 

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Celia Eberle: In the Garden of Ozymandias Exhibition

October 25, 2014 – January 04, 2015

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Free admission. Suggested donation, $2.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-832-3432
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In the Garden of Ozymandias, includes a selection of Celia Eberle's surreal mixed media sculpture of diverse and mesmerizing materials highlighting the basic nature of the human experience. Her media, which include animal bones, wire, marble, jasper, agate, wood, coral, brass, newsprint, cardboard and other found objects communicate the artist's quirky imagination with technical proficiency in a myriad of materials.

For over two decades, she has drawn on an expanded concept of explanatory mythology in an effort to understand many complex phenomena concerning the human condition. She chooses imagery based either on its ubiquity or the pervasiveness of an attendant idea. Over the years, she has used many mediums and approaches to tackle this core issue. In the Garden of Ozymandias is a survey of these efforts.

Celia Eberle: In the Garden of Ozymandias is organized by AMSET and is funded, in part, by the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Helen Caldwell Locke and Curtis Blakey

Locke Charitable Trust, the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of Beaumont.

Opening Reception: 5-7 p.m., Saturday, September 27, 2014.

 

 

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Dornith Doherty: Oasis Exhibition

October 25, 2014 – January 04, 2015

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Free admission. Suggested donation, $2.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-832-3432
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This exhibition documents two international seed banks with microscopic precision and ethereal beauty. Focusing on x-rays at seed bank facilities where research is conducted and routinely used for viability assessments of accessioned seeds, Doherty documents and subsequently collages the seeds and tissue samples that are maintained in these research collections.

The amazing visual power of magnified x-ray images, which springs from the technology's ability to record what is invisible to the human eye, illuminates her considerations not only of the complex philosophical, anthropological, and ecological issues surrounding the role of science and human agency in relation to gene banking, but also of the poetic questions about life and time on a macro and micro scale. Doherty is struck by the power of these tiny plantlets and seeds (many are the size of a grain of sand) which generate life and endure the time span central to the process of seed banking.

"As landscapes around the world become more arid due to climate change, seed banks play an important role in ensuring the future survival of our plant life and food supply," states Doherty. "These facilities can be regarded as a type of oasis; a verdant island surrounded by desert which provides a safe place of refuge and rejuvenation."

Oasis is part of a larger project, Archiving Eden, which Doherty has been working on since 2008 in an ongoing collaboration with renowned biologists at seed banks in the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Norway, Australia and Brazil.

Dornith Doherty: Oasis is organized by AMSET and funded, in part, by the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Helen Caldwell Locke and Curtis Blakey Locke Charitable Trust, the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of Beaumont. 

Opening Reception: 5-7 p.m., Saturday, September 27, 2014 

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Flowering Pages: Illuminated Books of Hours

October 25, 2014 – January 10, 2015

Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Last tour, 4:00 pm.
Adults, $6. Seniors (65+), Students (w/ID) & Youth (10-17), $5. Children (4-9), $2. Members, Free.

Stark Museum of Art
712 Green Ave
Orange, TX 77630
409-886-2787
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Guests will have the rare opportunity to see an exhibition of imagery contained in hand-crafted prayer books from the 15th and 16th centuries. This exhibit will be on view October 7, 2014 through January 10, 2015, and will highlight the significant ways in which flowers were used as symbols, decoration or part of a story.
 

Also on View: Women, Art & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise. The Newcomb Potter Enterprise is a traveling exhibition that highlights the extraordinary variety and quality of work that sprang from the simple guiding principles of Newcomb: beautiful, hand-made, utilitarian objects decorated with the indigenous flora and fauna of the Gulf South, easily recognizable as the products of a single enterprise. Drawing from public an dprivate collections, the Exhibition includes dozens of critically acclaimed Newcomb pottery pieces that have never traveled before, along with examples of the Art School's other craft disciplines.

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Former Boy Scout Day at the Clifton Steamboat Museum

October 25, 2014

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Adults, $5. Children, $4.

Clifton Steamboat Museum
8727 Fannett Rd
Beaumont, TX 77705
409-842-3162
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Calling all Former Boy Scouts! Join us at the Clifton Steamboat Museum to relive old memories and reconnect with other former scouts as you tour the 1,000 square foot Boy Scouts of America Exhibit. The exhibit holds a wide collection of patches, crafts, awards, documents, and special photographs from the original Boy Scout Troop 1 of Beaumont formed in September of 1911 to today.

The Order of the Arrow Lodge will be displaying the largest collection of local OA patches and memorabilia, including Neche, Sioux, and Hasinai Lodge items known to exist. Feel free to bring any pictures or items from your scouting days you would like to share. Museum admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children and senior citizens. This event is hosted by the Scout Oldtimers Association and the Clifton Steamboat Museum.

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Group Bike Ride

October 25, 2014

Every Saturday
8:00 am

Colonade Shopping Center
6410 Phelan Blvd
Beaumont, TX 77706
409-656-3372

Three levels of ride, fast-greater than 20 mph; medium, generally a no drop ride 17-20mph; no drop 10-15 mph. Rides generally last 3-4 hours through the countryside around Beaumont and surrounding communities. The no drop group meets closest to Elena's restaurant at the Colonade Shopping center, the others in front of Goodwill. Rides may start later when weather is colder. Helmets required.

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Kountze Big Thicket Trade Days

October 25, 2014 – October 26, 2014

Parking, $2.

Kountze Trade Days Center
960 No. Pine Street
Kountze, TX 77625
409-880-5667
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Kountze Big Thicket Trade Days is held the 4th weekend of each month at the Kountze Trade Days Center, located off of Hwy 69 North next door to the Super 8 Motel in Kountze, TX. With over 250 vendors, Kountze Trade Days offers all types of treasures! With plenty of food vendors also on hand, you can enjoy the best in festival & fair style foods as you browse & shop. Handicapped walkways with asphalt make wheelchairs and stroller pushing a breeze.

 

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LU Art Faculty Exhibition

October 25, 2014 – November 23, 2014

Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Free admission and parking.

Dishman Art Museum
1030 E. Lavaca
Beaumont, TX 77710
409-880-8959
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This exhibition highlights new and experimental work created by the faculty of the Lamar University Department of Art. Featuring work by Keith Carter, Kurt Dyrhaug, Xenia Fedorchenko, Rose Matthis, Donna M. Meeks, Sherry Saunders, Prince V. Thomas, Christopher Troutman and Linnis Blanton.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K

October 25, 2014

Registration, 7:30 am. Walk, 9:00 am.

Lamar University
4400 ML King Jr Parkway
Beaumont, TX 77710
409-835-2139
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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a celebration of survivorship an occasion to express hope and our shared determination to make this breast cancer's last century.

The fight to end breast cancer starts with a single step. Join millions of people in more than 300 communities nationwide and take that step with us at the American Cancer Society Making Strides of Southeast Texas walk. Just a few hours of your time at our non-competitive, 5K event will help bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer and their families.

Every Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Sign up today and let's finish the fight against breast cancer.

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Neches River Adventures Boat Tours

October 25, 2014 – November 22, 2014

Every Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Adults, $15. Children (12 & Under) & Seniors (60+), $10. Children (3 & Under), Free.

Beaumont Riverfront Park
801 Main
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-651-5326
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Sail aboard the Ivory Bill to learn about the unique ecosystems along the Neches River with their dense bottomland forests of hardwoods and pine trees. The area is home to more than 200 tree species, 47 mammals, 300 birds and many reptiles and amphibians.

Reservations required. Private charters available. Owned and operated by the Big Thicket Association.

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Reflecting the Times: Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco

October 25, 2014 – March 07, 2015

Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Last tour, 4:00 pm.
Adults, $6. Seniors (65+), Youth (10-17), & Students, $5. Members, Free.

W.H. Stark House, Carriage House
610 Main Street
Orange, TX 77630
409-883-0871
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Visit The W.H. Stark House Carriage House for a new, special exhibition Reflecting the Times, which highlights the key components of three important art movements of the early 20th century - Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. These art movements are reflected in architecture, jewelry, pottery, clothing and graphic design and the collection of Miriam Lutcher Stark represents these movements and the blending of these styles.

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