why beaumont

The Cajuns call it lagniappe, you'll call it fun.

Beaumont was put on the map with Spindletop and is known for its oil history and heritage. But here, you can also experience first hand what it's like to canoe through the Big Thicket National Preserve that takes you deep into areas untouched by civilization. Or, take a walk in the wild side by holding a live alligator. You'll also discover our Cajun culture steeped in grand Texas pride through our famous food, music and festivals.

Two-step and Zydeco blues combine perfectly with some of Texas' best country legends. Think: BBQ crabs, étouffée, rodeos and honkeytonks. Here, Southern hospitality is more than just a catchphrase; it's a way of life. Come on, treat your meeting and yourself to something extra.

Meet Beaumont

  • 3,500 guest rooms citywide
  • Over 186,000 square feet of meeting space citywide
  • Average room rate of $86
  • Conveniently located on Interstate 10 just 90 miles East of Houston and 25 miles from the Louisiana border
  • Easy drive for convention attendees with Beaumont being only 4 hours from Austin, 5 hours from San Antonio and 4.5 hours from New Orleans 
  • Accessible by air via Jack Brooks Regional Airport (BPT), car, train and even water
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Beaumont's December Event Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! You better not pout or cry because December is the time of the year to get out and enjoy the holidays with your family! We have a complete list of 20+ holiday events and activities going on in Beaumont just this month. Share with your friends, mark your calendars and let us know about the fun you have!  Shopping Main Street Market Thursday,…Continue Reading

Coming Up: Jeff Dunham "Perfectly Unbalanced" Tour

International comedy sensation Comic/Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham , has performed in front of sold out audiences worldwide showcasing the undeniable power of induced laughter. Dunham along with his cast of hilarious characters are set to make an appearance at Ford Park Event Center  on April 23, 2017 for their “Perfectly Unbalanced” Tour. The show is packed with new…Continue Reading

Join us for Hats Off to the Holidays!

It’s a holiday party like none other in the Beaumont area! “Hats off to the Holidays!” is a party for the community and a celebration of another successful year for the Beaumont CVB. It's also a creative way to engage people. “The Holiday open house will give us an opportunity to invite new, potential clients and to attract prospective meeting contacts to our…Continue Reading

Top 7 Family Photo Locations in Beaumont

Family photos are something we love and something we sometimes dread. It’s not always easy to get everyone to cooperate, but getting that perfect picture is really something to treasure for years to come. It is even more special when you can take the photos in a place that really represents your family and where you live.  We talked with several photographers in the Beaumont area to…Continue Reading

Showcasing Art, Music & Dance at Lamar University

Lamar University is home to 15,000 students with many pursuing degrees in Fine Arts & Communications. Each year, these students showcase their talent through art, music and dance with multiple events throughout the year. From art exhibitions and music concerts to performing arts and dance performances, there is plenty coming up over the next couple of months. Get Out the Vote Poster…Continue Reading

Classic Movie Nights: It's Showtime

It’s not very often that you get the chance to go back in time and enjoy something unique from long ago. At Classic Movie Nights at the Jefferson Theatre you can! The complete movie experience is a blast from the past for people in our area and it’s so popular there are now more chances for you to go. The historic theatre is back in business and booming with activity! “People…Continue Reading

Beaumont's Record-Setting Gator Has New Name

Beaumont is home to a new resident and this big guy is getting a lot of attention! A record breaking alligator is now living at Gator Country off of Interstate 10 in Beaumont, Texas. The catch is attracting national attention and thanks to people in the community, he NOW has a new name! “We are the only ones that take alligators out of the wild and give them a place to…Continue Reading

Amelia Farm & Market Takes "Farm-to-Table" to the Next Level

Imagine sitting on a comfortable porch, sipping a warm drink and looking off into the beautiful sunset while a cool breeze blows in. There is a gorgeous horizon with sprawling oak trees and cows grazing in the pasture. The food is amazing and so is the company. Well, you don’t have to just dream about such an experience, you can get it at Amelia Farm and Market .  “Our motto is to…Continue Reading

5 Things to Do at Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands

Now that the temperature is starting to cool down and the new Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands Boardwalk is officially open, it's time to visit! We've put together this list to help you discover just a few of the ways we recommend you explore this nature oasis. 5 Things to Do at Cattail Marsh: Check off one of 250 bird species from your birding bucket list. Due to the constant water…Continue Reading

Beaumont Art League Presents Celebración del arte Latino

Celebración del arte Latino, is the second of two new exhibitions on display at the  Beaumont Art League this October. Celebración del arte Latino celebrates the rich and multifaceted cultures of Beaumont and Southeast Texas Latino communities. The exhibit, on display October 1 through October 28, highlights artwork from local artists that reflects…Continue Reading

Lutcher Theater Presents 2016-2017 Season

The Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is back with their 2016-2017 season featuring some of your favorite Broadway shows! From the box office smash-hit, Mamma Mia! to Broadway's biggest selling magic spectacular, The Illusionists , you don't want to miss a performance!  Buy tickets online here . Mamma Mia! Tuesday, October 4 - 7:30 pm It's the farewell Mamma Mia! tour and…Continue Reading

Coming Home for LU Homecoming

Homecoming at Lamar University means football, food, festivities and, of course, friends. While it’s a time of celebration for the current events going on at the University, it’s also a time for big reunions for people near and far away! People from student organizations, fraternities and sororities, athletic teams and more join together to celebrate BIG RED!  As a former member…Continue Reading

Beaumont Hits Trifecta with BIG Sports Weekend

Earlier this year, the Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau  announced a busy second quarter with 15 sports tournaments being held in Beaumont during that time. Now in the fourth quarter, Beaumont continues to be a top pick for sports tournaments with three tournaments expected to bring roughly $400,000 of economic impact into the City over a three day time…Continue Reading

Symphony of Southeast Texas Announces 64th Season

For its 64th season, the Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) presents a lineup of concerts to fulfill the wildest of fantasies and take the audience to unimaginable places through the magic of great orchestra music and amazing guest artists. With concert themes ranging from the unusual to the most classical, there are styles for all tastes to enjoy. “Our schedule this season is a true…Continue Reading

Just Announced: TobyMac 2017 "Hits Deep" Tour Comes to Beaumont

Announced today on K-LOVE/AIR1, TobyMac shared the diverse line-up for his 2017 “HITS DEEP Tour” including Matt Maher, Mandisa, Mac Powell from Third Day, Capital Kings, Ryan Stevenson and Hollyn who will join him on a trek of over 30 arenas across the U.S., presented by K-Love/Air1, Food for the Hungry and Awakening Events. The tour makes a stop in Beaumont at Ford Park Event Center…Continue Reading

Haunted Beaumont

Halloween is almost here—and Beaumont does it right! As home to more than a handful of haunted places, Beaumont is the perfect place for Halloween visits to the dark side. From an old farmhouse, to dirt roads, to a local hotel, here is your guide to some of the spookiest places in Beaumont, Texas.  John Jay French Museum  One of the oldest homes in Beaumont is now the site of the…Continue Reading

Discover the Big Thicket During Ranger-led Programs this Fall

The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites everyone to explore the thicket by taking advantage the many ranger-led programs being offered in the months of September, October, November and December, 2016. From canoe trips to park clean-up events and night hikes through the thicket, park rangers are offering a variety of free programs this fall. Some programs require participants to…Continue Reading

Coming Up: 9th Annual Dogtober Fest

Blessings for your pet? A puppy kissing booth? Paw fortune readings? Four legs rule this Southeast Texas favorite event! The 9th annual DOGtober Fest in Beaumont plans to be bigger and better than ever before with fun happenings for kids, families and of course all of our furry friends! Event Details: 9th Annual Dogtober Fest October 8, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Julie Rogers Theatre (grounds) 765…Continue Reading

Just Announced: Travis Tritt in Beaumont December 8

More than 25 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Grammy award-winning artist continues to sell-out shows, top sales charts and stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. Tritt performed a nearly sold out concert at the Jefferson Theatre last year and is back by popular demand. On Thursday, December 8, Travis Tritt will take the stage once again at…Continue Reading

Top 10 Spots to Listen to Live Music in Beaumont

Whether you are in the mood for relaxing jazz ensemble or ready to dance all night to the latest rock band, there are plenty of places to enjoy live music in Beaumont. From the well known favorite music spot “The LogOn” to the newer place for live music over at “Courville’s,” soaking up performances by local talent has never been more fun! There are so many of…Continue Reading

Coming Up: 3rd Annual Neches River Rally

The Big Thicket Association (BTA) will host the 3rd Annual Neches River Rally on Saturday, September 10 at the LNVA Saltwater Barrier boat launch on Bigner Road in Beaumont, Texas. Come enjoy this very unique paddling experience and help us celebrate the National Parks Centennial in the Big Thicket National Preserve.    Event Details 3rd Annual Neches River Rally September 10, 2016…Continue Reading

Beaumont Celebrates Craft Beer

The craft beer scene is exploding in the Beaumont area! Proof: For the second year in a row, The City of Beaumont’s Craft Beer Festiva l, which happens September 24, sold out in just days. From festivals to bars and on store shelves around town, people in Beaumont are ordering up unique, local craft beer.  “It’s so popular! More and more people in this area have a craft…Continue Reading

Big Thicket Celebrates 100 Years of the National Park Service

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 409 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100 and Big Thicket National Preserve is hosting a celebration! Event Details: National Park Service Centennial Celebration…Continue Reading

Your Back to School Headquarters: Beaumont Boutiques

You’ve probably seen the signs and gotten the emails about preparing for the new school year. It’s already here! From new hair styles to new clothes, back to school time often means shopping. Spending your money at local shops and salons not only helps the local economy, it also means you will stand out in the crowd with one of a kind items you can’t find at national store…Continue Reading

Paddling Southeast Texas

Grab your paddle and get ready to get on the water! Canoeing and kayaking are among the favorite outdoor activities in our area. Beaumont is surrounded by many bodies of water and makes for the perfect place for a beginner paddler or someone who has been around the lake a few times or two.  “Kayaking offers a very unique perspective here in Southeast Texas,” said Willie Nelson,…Continue Reading

Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands Boardwalk Now Open

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands boardwalk and viewing platforms. The new boardwalk features two covered platforms providing access to incredible views of the wetlands’ abundant wildlife. The boardwalk stretches 520 feet across the most active habitat within Cattail Marsh; it is eight-feet wide to…Continue Reading

10 Places to Get Ice Cream in Beaumont

Deep fried ice cream? Sure! What about ice cream and espresso? Ok! And, did you know you can even watch ice cream being made with liquid nitrogen? From a traditional vanilla cone to out of this world frozen creations, there are plenty of places around Beaumont to get your fill of delicious ice cream and other cool treats!   Baskin Robbins 4030 Dowlen Road #8 Beaumont, TX 77706 We just found…Continue Reading

Small But Mighty: Beaumont Places Worth Stopping For

You don’t have to plan an extravagant day or spend a lot of money to make great memories with your family. Beaumont is home to several small but mighty places you can enjoy in a short amount of time. These hidden gems are around town and best of all, it’s all FREE! Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum 1750 Interstate 10 E Beaumont, TX 77701 (409) 833-4622 Open: Monday - Saturday, 9:00…Continue Reading

Get Up Close at Gator Country

It’s hard to get kids to sit still for an educational lesson, but when the subject is alligators and they’re right at the front of the classroom, parents find their children wide-eyed and rapt with attention. These rare interactions are business as usual at Gator Country, just 20 minutes southwest of downtown Beaumont, where more than 300 alligators sprawl across the 15-acre property.…Continue Reading

Celebrating July 4th in Beaumont

Red, White & Blue - and fireworks and music too! Celebrate America the good ole fashioned way with a parade, music, food and fireworks. Preparations are underway for The City of Beaumont’s Fourth of July Celebration and the annual community parade July Fourth morning. These family friendly events are free and fun! Calder Place 1929 Fourth of July Parade BISD Administration…Continue Reading

Summer Bucket List: Events in Beaumont (2016)

Summer is here, which means it is time to have some fun! We’ve got your ultimate Summer Bucket List for events in Beaumont. From movie nights to summer camps the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau has you covered when it comes to the “hot” things happening around town.  Kids / Family Library Story Time  Wednesdays, 10:30 am and 4:30 pm Theodore Johns Library 4255…Continue Reading

Beaumont Releases New Visitor Guide & Sports Facility Guide

As summer kicks-off, the Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to announce the release of two new projects: the Beaumont Sports Facility Guide and the Official Visitors Guide for Southeast Texas. Both of these will help make planning a little easier when organizing a sporting event in Beaumont or preparing for a Southeast Texas summer vacation. The newly redesigned Sports…Continue Reading

Memorial Day in Southeast Texas (2016)

Our area is rich in military history and appreciation and there are many ways you can take part. Memorial Day in Southeast Texas is a time to show your respect and maybe learn something about the people who served our country. While many associate Veterans Day and Memorial Day with service, they are not the same. Veterans Day we say thank you for your service and Memorial Day, we…Continue Reading

Beaumont Breaks Ground on Cattail Marsh Boardwalk

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the City is breaking ground on construction of the Cattail Marsh boardwalk and viewing platforms. The new boardwalk features two covered platforms providing access to incredible views of the wetlands’ abundant wildlife. The boardwalk will stretch 520 feet across the most active habitat within Cattail Marsh, it will be…Continue Reading

MCM Eleganté Hotel Unveils $500,000 Remodel

“We’re in the memory making business,” general manager Steve McGaha said proudly during an interview with Beaumont Business Journal recently, talking about his hotel, the MCM Eleganté Hotel and Conference Center , which just unveiled a $500,000 pool remodel that includes a new extended deck, fresh paint, new tile and resurfacing. New covered cabanas with air conditioning…Continue Reading

Beaumont’s Patillo’s Bar-B-Q Serves Legendary Links and More

When it comes to Beaumont restaurants, Patillo’s Bar-B-Q has become one of the city’s most famous eateries. This legendary dining destination has received loads of press over the years, including attention from Texas Monthly magazine and inclusion in Southern Living’s 50th Anniversary Issue, which highlighted the South’s most legendary barbecue joints . Early in 2016,…Continue Reading

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Rolls Into Beaumont

The public is invited to a Meet & Greet as we welcome Kyle Petty, Celebrity Riders and sponsors on Thursday, May 5th at 4:15pm at the Hampton Inn in Beaumont, Texas.  Click here for the invitation and flyer .  The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America , one of the most successful and popular charity rides in the country, is revving up for its 22nd anniversary…Continue Reading

On Deck: Patios & Porches in Southeast Texas

You know what they say about the weather in Southeast Texas: Just wait a few minutes and it will change. So on those great days when the cool breeze is blowing and the sun is shining bright you just want to be outdoors with friends! From bars to bakeries, we’ve collected a list of places with porches and patios so you can enjoy the best of what Beaumont and the surrounding areas have to…Continue Reading

Partner with the Beaumont CVB for Success

With today’s limited budgets and fewer staff, smart meeting planners reach out to their local CVB and tap into a valuable partner resource so their conferences are more successful. If you're in charge of planning a meeting, don't do it alone! Instead, partner with the Beaumont CVB and see how we can help make your meeting a success. Who We Are As the official Destination…Continue Reading

Free Concert: United States Airforce Band

The City of Beaumont and Lamar University invite you to experience the United States Air Force Band for free at their upcoming concert on Monday, April 25. The event will take place at the Julie Rogers Theatre at 7:00 p.m. The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles…Continue Reading

Spring Clean Your Body in Beaumont

Many of us have a love-hate relationship with springtime; along with the beautiful weather often come seasonal allergies that can have us dreading the transition. While the dawn of the new season makes it a great time to reconnect with the surrounding, blooming nature, it’s also the perfect time to refresh your body and self. And, no better place to do that than right here in Beaumont,…Continue Reading

Kayak the Big Thicket on the Cook’s Lake to Scatterman Paddling Trail

Visitors who come to Beaumont for the city’s museums , historical attractions and nightlife may not realize they’re cradled in one of the most biodiverse parts of the world, but a peek into the woods and waterways of Big Thicket National Preserve reveals a surprising side of east Texas that’s easy to overlook. This federally protected area stretches north and west of Beaumont…Continue Reading

Quirky Beaumont Finds

From a 24-foot fire hydrant to the Muffler Man and of course the world famous Spindletop… there are quite a few quirky and fun things in our great city! Beaumont is home to some really cool items you won’t see anywhere else. So, grab your selfie stick, print out this list and get ready to have some fun!  Roadside Attractions Big Beau Gator Country 21559 FM 365 Rd Beaumont, Tx…Continue Reading

A Guide to Downtown Beaumont's Historic District

Located in easternmost Texas (on the Louisiana border), Beaumont is known for its troves of antique shops , food scene and its historic past . Each year, the area sees thousands of visitors who come to check out the gorgeous downtown that’s loaded with historic architecture. A stroll in any direction takes you to some of the best-preserved buildings in the nation, many of which are on…Continue Reading

Get Outdoors in Beaumont this Spring

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Spring in Beaumont! Let’s be honest, some days it feels more like summer. Either way, there is plenty to do outdoors so you can soak up the sun and all the fun times Beaumont has to offer. From bike riding to boating we’ve got the five B’s of a great time in the Beaumont outdoors.  1) Biking (& Running) Trails Gulf Terrace Hike…Continue Reading

Women's History Month: Women in the Military Exhibit

Women have been serving the United States Armed Forces from the beginning as nurses, water bearers, cooks, Laundresses and saboteurs.  In honor of Women's History Month , the Clifton Steamboat Museum will display a temporary exhibit entitled, "Women in the Military." The exhibit, on loan to the Clifton Steamboat Museum from Doug Porter with Military Memory,…Continue Reading

Free Admission to Beaumont Museums for Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

On March 12, the public is invited to tour participating Beaumont museums free of charge in honor of Smithsonian Museum Day Live ! In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live!…Continue Reading

Women's History Month: The Chambers Sisters

You have probably driven past the simple, well-manicured, white home dozens of times. But, do you know about the Chambers House on Calder Avenue?  It’s like walking into a virtual time capsule. Behind the walls two sisters lived together for most of their lives. They never got married and never worked outside of the home, yet they were millionaires, making their money in a very…Continue Reading

Re-discover Beaumont with Free Motorcoach Tours

The Beaumont CVB invites locals to re-discover Beaumont with free motorcoach tours offered throughout the year. Tours are designed to help locals develop a new sense of pride and love for Beaumont by re-discovering everything the city has to offer.  We love Beaumont and we think you should too!  On the tour, you'll be introduced to the museums, history and culture of…Continue Reading

Black History Month: Felix "Fox" Harris

He’s known for making nothing into something. Turning trash into treasure. Taking the non-traditional approach to art and gaining high recognition in the Southeast Texas area. As we honor and celebrate the achievements by black Americans during Black History Month , Felix “Fox” Harris is one man who used his raw talent to make a big impact in our area. “Artists, creators,…Continue Reading