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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Gordon Williams: Leaving a Legacy

Leaving A Legacy Most people don’t know in 1943 Beaumont was part of a movement of hateful race riots across the nation. It’s a fact Gordon Williams first came across from a simple line in a book. Curiosity and creativity turned that one sentence into a project years in the making with Beaumont now getting national attention for a different reason. And how does salsa dancing play into…Continue Reading

Coming Up: Taste of the Triangle

It’s a time to sample all of the best food and drinks Southeast Texas has to offer. Yes, we are talking about the 34th annual Taste of the Triangle and this year it’s not just food that has people excited! A world renown singer is headlining the event on what is traditionally one of the biggest parties in Beaumont. Event Details: 34th Annual Taste of the Triangle February 28, 2017…Continue Reading

Big Tex Brings Big Changes to Gator Country

Gator Country’s most well-known resident, Big Tex, is getting ready for his first spring season at the sprawling ranch off Interstate 10 in Beaumont, Texas. And there will be a lot more new things to experience when you make a visit! You may remember, the nearly 1,000 pound gator gained worldwide attention last fall when he was rescued from the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in…Continue Reading

Meetings Yield Healthy Return on Investment for Beaumont

The Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau will host its annual Hall of Fame Reception at MCM Eleganté Hotel & Conference Center in Beaumont on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  “This is our favorite time of the year,” says Dean Conwell, CDME, Executive Director for the Beaumont CVB. “It’s our chance to give back to our friends from…Continue Reading

Top 10 Things to Do in Beaumont this February

We want you to enjoy every single thing Beaumont, Texas has to offer. From festivals to movie nights and plenty of family friendly events, there is so much going on in our great city! Each month we aim to provide you with a packed list of “must do” events and experiences to try out. Check out February’s list of our top 10 things to do in Beaumont:  Events Boomtown Film and…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.  2017 Beaumont Destination Training Schedule​ March 22 May 3 July 12 September 13 November 15 Click here to register online through…Continue Reading

Beaumont Offers Super Deals for the Big Game this February

Headed to Houston for the Big Game this February ? Beaumont is ready to welcome football fans with special hotel deals! “It’s just over an hour to NRG Stadium on I-10 so fans looking to save on hotel rooms may choose to stay in Beaumont," says Elizabeth Eddins, Director of Tourism. "We’re happy to have them!" Two hotels are offering special rates: MCM…Continue Reading

National Park Service Announces Fee-Free Days for 2017

Combine great scenery and history with great savings and visit the Big Thicket National Preserve for free during the 10 fee-free days in 2017.  The 10 entrance fee-free days for 2017 will be: January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 20: Presidents Day  April 15-16: National Park Week Weekend April 22-23: National Park Week Weekend August 25: National Park Service Birthday…Continue Reading

Get Moving: Places to Workout in Beaumont

It’s a new year and the number one resolution for many is to start a new workout routine! Exercising can be as easy at getting out the door and walking or taking up a new hobby. From full-service gyms to smaller studios and even free workout stations around town, here are plenty of options for working out in Beaumont! CrossFit CrossFit style workouts have gotten more popular in recent years.…Continue Reading

Harlem Globetrotters Return to Beaumont in 2017

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters , featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show back to Beaumont in 2017 during their 91st Anniversary World Tour. Event Details: Harlem Globetrotters January 24, 2017 - 7:00 pm Ford Park Event Center 5115 Interstate 10 South Beaumont, TX 77705 Purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster here . New this…Continue Reading

100 Years of Helping in Southeast Texas: Lions Club

Believe it or not, there are many good deeds happening in the Beaumont area every single day.  From free eyeglasses and eye screenings to school mentors and support for Habitat for Humanity and the Wounded Warrior Program… members of the Lions Club are always busy helping others.  And while you’ve probably heard about the Lions Club you might not know about all they are…Continue Reading

Beaumont CVB Announces Winners for Holiday Social Media Contest

As the year comes to a close, we want to take a moment to say thanks to everyone who came to the Beaumont CVB’s Holiday Party . We appreciate all of our guests who wore hats to the party. Y'all made it fun! Click here to see photos from the party . Thanks to all of our clients, volunteers, board members, city & county dignitaries and all of our hospitality partners who attended this…Continue Reading

Celebrating New Year's Eve in Beaumont

It’s almost 2017! Let’s celebrate!! Whether you feel like ringing in the New Year with tuxedo gear and steaks, or in a more laid back way in a pair of comfy jeans and a good ole’ bowl of black eyed peas, we’ve got you covered. Beaumont, Texas has plenty of options to help you make the start of 2017 the best ever! American Legion NYE Party Dorie Miller Post 817 / American…Continue Reading

Where to See Holiday Lights in Southeast Texas

One of my family’s favorite holiday traditions is to drive around town looking at holiday lights and decorations. We put on our PJ’s, pile in the car, crank up the Christmas music and head out! But where are the *best* places to see lights in the Beaumont area and beyond?  Here is a great list to get you started! Beaumont St Elizabeth Hospital 2830 Calder Ave Beaumont, Tx…Continue Reading

Coming Up: Beaumont Jazz+Blues Fest

When it comes to getting together and enjoying good music, the upcoming Jazz + Blues Festival is the place to be. Artists coming from all over the country are set to perform once again at the Jefferson Theatre in Downtown Beaumont in January 2017.  Event Details: Beaumont Jazz + Blues Fest January 28, 2017 Jefferson Theatre Tickets: $10 Buy tickets online through Ticketmaster.com .…Continue Reading

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