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 Releases Official Southeast Texas Visitor Guide

The highly-anticipated 2017-2018 Official Visitors Guide magazine for Beaumont, Port Arthur and Southeast Texas is hot off the press. The publication is packed with intriguing articles and visitor information that promote tourism attractions in Beaumont, Port Arthur, Nederland, Port Neches and Groves. View the digital version of the Southeast Texas Visitor Guide . “Southeast Texas offers…Continue Reading

Beaumont Cooks Up Great Conventions

Did you know that Beaumont has some home-grown delicacies that can help you to customize your convention so that your meeting in Beaumont is made-to-order? Here are three signature food concoctions to use when planning a great convention in Beaumont, Texas With A Little Something Extra. Signature Drink The “Beaumont Mary” is a cocktail the Beaumont CVB suggests to meeting planners to…Continue Reading

New in Beaumont: Sweet Basil

Pho? In Beaumont! Yep! First off, It’s OK if you don’t know what Pho is. After doing much research I’ve discovered “pho” is often called liquid heaven. It can cure a broken heart and apparently is the best hangover remedy ever. Pho = happiness. And, now you can get your pho fix in Beaumont. Sweet Basil Vietnamese Noodle House is now open at 4026 Dowlen Road. Owners…Continue Reading

Make Some Waves: Swamp & River Tours in Southeast Texas

Rivers, bayous, marshes, the Gulf of Mexico, salt - and freshwater lakes. The communities of Southeast Texas grew up around water. Our area offers some of best fishing on the Gulf Coast with plenty of shore fishing, boat launches and fishing charters. You can also kayak the region's multiple paddling trails or venture offshore into the Gulf. But if you're looking for the best way to get up…Continue Reading

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

Getting to Know Us: Beaumont CVB Sales Team Edition

Need help in finding the perfect meeting location for your next convention while searching for a good deal for sleeping rooms for these meeting attendees? Look no further than the Beaumont CVB. By choosing to connect with the CVB’s Convention Sales Team, you have secured a valuable and complimentary partner to assist you in the meeting planning process. Want to know more? Read on to…Continue Reading

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

Treat your kids to something free and tasty this summer! Going out to lunch or dinner with the family is always a special treat, but it can really add up. We’ve collected all of the places around town that offer “kids eat free” specials during the week. Bonus: we couldn’t pass up a few places that have kids meals for less than a dollar. Check out these free meal locations…Continue Reading

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

Shopping for mom, outdoor goodies for dad and fun activities for the kids: it’s a summer weekend in Beaumont packed with action for everyone in the family. “His and Hers Weekend” at Ford Park is a combination of the popular Peddler Show summer market and the Southeast Texas Great Outdoors Expo, where couples and families can shop together and there is plenty planned for the kids…Continue Reading

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

Foreign Cinema Series Comes to Jefferson Theatre

In addition to its highly popular Classic Movie Nights , the City of Beaumont presents the Foreign Cinema Series at the Jefferson Theatre . The two month series showcases award-winning foreign films in a variety of genres and languages, including Italian, Spanish, Indian, French and more to provide attendees with the ultimate cultural experience. The series begins Monday, June 5 and continues…Continue Reading

10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Beaumont's Great Outdoors

Whether you call Beaumont home or are planning your first visit to this Texas gem, summer here is a season you definitely don’t want to miss. The temperatures may be warming up, but Beaumont offers a variety of cool options for distraction, learning and exploration. From outdoor activities to roadside attractions to summer camps and more, adults and kids of all ages will find something to…Continue Reading

11 Taco Stops in Beaumont

Tacos are not just for Tuesdays! When it comes to finding the perfect taco, Beaumont is the right spot. If it seems like there is a Mexican restaurant on every corner that is because there just about is! From grilled fish to spicy pork and of course, the favorite ground beef version, there are tons of options for tacos being served up in Southeast Texas. Carmela’s 3925 Calder Ave Beaumont,…Continue Reading

Coming Up: Bubble Days in Beaumont

Pull out bubbles around kids and everyone is happy and having fun, right? Kids love bubbles! That’s the motivation behind the popular “Bubble Days” in Beaumont. The free event is an effort by the Texas Energy Museum to get kids interested in science by using something kids can really get into! “What we are trying to do is to introduce kids to sciences,” said Executive…Continue Reading

Explore the Big Thicket with Ranger-Led Programs this Summer

The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites you to explore the thicket by taking advantage the many ranger-led programs being offered in the months of May, June, July and August 2017. From canoe trips on Village Creek to frog hikes, presentation on the area’s history and night hikes through the thicket, park rangers will offer a variety of free programs this summer. Some programs…Continue Reading

5 Ways to Treat Mom This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a time set aside to celebrate the special mom in your life!  You don’t have to spend a lot of money or plan something outrageous to show her you care. Sometimes it’s the simple things and time spent together that means the most! From shopping to lunch or enjoying a relaxing spa day, there are plenty of options for treating mom in Beaumont, Texas.  1.…Continue Reading

A Guide to the Perfect Weekend With Friends in Beaumont

Beaumont—a city with lots of nightlife, lively bars and fun events—is one of the best destinations in Southeast Texas for a trip with friends when there’s an occasion to celebrate. If you want a bachelor or bachelorette party, 40th birthday getaway, or a weekend trip for good music and great barbecue, book a trip to Beaumont. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to plan the…Continue Reading

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

Spring Soirée: McFaddin-Ward Community Picnic

Spring in Beaumont means getting outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather. Bring your blanket and pack your favorite food for the annual McFaddin-Ward House Spring Picnic. It’s a popular event at the historic mansion that includes live music, games, food trucks and plenty of other family friendly entertainment. The best part..it’s free! “People from all walks of life are now…Continue Reading

Gourmet Goodness: Dat Mac

Two young men sit at a plastic table set up in front of Bonnie Cokinos’ Dance Studio on Calder, relaxing for a moment after a busy Friday lunch rush. Behind them, is a large truck emblazoned with the blue and white logo “ DAT MAC .” They are Aaron Barnhill and Jordan Stringer, and this delicious endeavor is their brain child. “So what made you guys decide on mac and…Continue Reading

Easter in Beaumont

It’s not Easter in Beaumont without an egg hunt or visit with the big bunny, but there are other ways you can celebrate the season. The Southeast Texas Faith Trail  recognizes the significant places of worship in our area. These are beautiful buildings with eye catching architecture and notable historical significance that you may drive past all the time without taking time to stop,…Continue Reading

5 Ways to Enjoy April in Beaumont

Spring is one of our favorite seasons in Beaumont (and for good reason)! Mild temperatures means two things: It's crawfish season and events are in full swing. From carnival rides and cowboys to art exhibitions and weekly trail runs, April is full of things to do with events the whole family will enjoy. Here are 5 ways to enjoy April in Beaumont, Texas. 1) Things to Do with Kids YMBL…Continue Reading

Babe in Beaumont

Growing up in Southeast Texas, I’ve always known about the world famous athlete and Beaumont native Babe Didrikson Zaharias . Of course, you probably recognize the unusual shaped museum along Interstate 10 dedicated to Zaharias, but what you might not know is the huge influence this woman had not only on our city, but for women and sports everywhere. “Her impact has been monumental.…Continue Reading

Where (& How) to Eat Crawfish in Beaumont, TX

Enjoying crawfish is a tradition for many in Beaumont, Texas. Whether you have a snap, crack and peel method or you suck the heads clean, there is no wrong way to enjoy crawfish. And, there are plenty of options of places to go to find the best mud bugs around. We’ve got a list of the most popular crawfish joints in Beaumont and the surrounding areas. Let us know if you know of a place to…Continue Reading

Beaumont 101: Top Spots for Happy Hour or Dinner With Friends

Beaumont is a fun city to explore after hours, whether you’re in town with colleagues for a conference or hosting a weekend with friends or family. Here in Southeast Texas, you can find jazz clubs, Tex-Mex hot spots and more. If you’re looking for an ideal place to get out for the evening with your favorite group, check out these hangouts that can easily accommodate a crowd for dinner,…Continue Reading

Big Thicket Spring 2017 Ranger-Led Programs

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 March, April and May. From canoe trips on the Neches River to a black bear presentation and night hikes through the thicket, park ranger will offer a variety of free programs. Some programs require participants to pre-register, and…Continue Reading

What's Your Rodeo IQ?

Spring in Southeast Texas means the start of rodeo season! This year, the YMBL South Texas State Fair and Rodeo runs March 30 - April 9th, 2017 at Ford Park in Beaumont. From tickets to parking and all the events, we’ve got everything you need to know about this year’s fair! But first, let’s have some fun! It’s time to test your Rodeo IQ with a few random rodeo facts! Q.…Continue Reading

Bird's Eye View: Cattail Marsh

From a new birding video, to the groundbreaking on the Wetlands Education Center, to the Big Sit!, the Beaumont CVB gives you a bird's eye view of  Cattail Marsh - what's happening now and what you can expect to see in the near future. "Beaumont and Cattail Marsh have been getting a lot of press this year, recently featured in the January issue of Texas Highways…Continue Reading

Where to Eat Brunch in Beaumont (& Beyond)

Eggs, pancakes, mimosas and friends… oh, my! Yes we are talking about brunch! It’s a meal eaten in the late morning featuring breakfast items with a lunch twist. Brunch is a great time to get together with family and friends and enjoy some of the greatest food Southeast Texas has to offer. From down-home traditional to Paleo and even Cajun, our area has some of the best brunch spots…Continue Reading

10 Ways to Enjoy March in Beaumont

From dancing and dining to carnival rides and Cowboys, March in Beaumont is packed with plenty of things to do! Whether your idea of a perfect time is enjoying art or relaxing with the family at an old fashioned movie experience, you don’t have to go far to find fun. We’ve got your Top 10 List of events and experiences for March 2017! Beaumonts Farmers Market Every Saturday 950 Langham…Continue Reading

Family Entertainment: What's New in Southeast Texas

It’s a question that plagues every family. “What are we going to do?!” There are several new family entertainment options in the Beaumont area and exciting updates to a few favorites! From an escape room adventure to an up close and personal experience with animals, we’ve got great ideas for entertainment in Beaumont and Southeast Texas! Cinemark Tinseltown: Luxury Loungers…Continue Reading

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

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

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