Beaumont offers all the comforts of a big city, but with the added coziness and convenience of a small town.
A giant fire hydrant, an oil boomtown and historic theaters are just a few sites that make meetings and events unique in Beaumont, Texas. From the largest conference to the smallest gathering, the scenery and attractions here will help your guests enjoy their experience and create memories of a grand scale.
Only 90 miles from Houston and 30 miles from the Louisiana border, Beaumont welcomes visitors to Southeast Texas on Interstate 10. The 3,770 guest rooms and over 186,000 square feet of meeting space citywide are just the beginning.
In downtown Beaumont, situated on the banks of the Neches River, is Beaumont Civic Center, with a 6,500-seat arena, and The Event Centre, which features a 16,000-sq.-ft. event hall and a 14,000-sq.-ft. patio overlooking a lake. It is ideal for weddings, parties, galas and meetings.You can’t miss Ford Park Entertainment Complex, a 221-acre multipurpose park and event center just off I-10. Concerts and touring acts, trade shows and conventions, festivals and sporting events utilize the five world-class facilities here.
Complemented by modern décor and a three-story atrium with a waterfall as its centerpiece,the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Beaumont Plazafeatures a full-service conference center with over 20,000 square feet of flexible event space including a 10,500-sq.-ft. ballroom. The MCM Eleganté Hotel& Conference Center, with 18 meeting and banquet rooms including a 9,000-sq.-ft. ballroom, offers a full-service restaurant, on-site day spa and Starbucks coffee. At the Holiday Inn Beaumont East Medical Center, a $12 million renovation was completed in 2018, and you will find several new meeting spaces – the largest seating up to 200 – available for booking.
While these facilities speak for themselves, it is Beaumont’s cultural sites and natural environment that create a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your meetings and events, with most attractions and the Jack Brooks Regional Airport just a few minutes from the city’s event venues.
Picture your meeting or event under the Pavilion outside theBeaumont Fire Museum, where you’ll also find the landmark that’s been called the World’s Largest Working Fire Hydrant. Photo-ops with the 24-foot Dalmatian-spotted fire hydrant are a must, and it will invite guests to spark a social media firestorm—in a good way—about your event. Access to museum space is available, too. Your guests can peruse the exhibits and relics from firefighting in the 19th and early 20th centuries, including hand-cranked aerial ladders, life safety nets, nozzles, extinguishers, telegraph equipment and more.
It’s no secret that Texas and the Gulf Coast are home to much of North America’s oil and gas industry, but did you know that the area’s first significant production of petroleum occurred in Beaumont? The history of the Lucas Gusher at Spindletop Hill, where ageyser blew a stream of oil over 100 feet high in 1901 until it was capped nine days later, is displayed on the campus of Lamar University. Documenting the birth of the modern petroleum industry, Spindletop / Gladys City Boomtownfeatures a museum and event space among its 15 re-created boomtown buildings with period furnishings. The entire facility is available for rentals. Imagine your guests mingling in the Log Cabin Saloon or Hamill Square, just two of the spaces that set the scene for a special occasion here. Once a week, a gusher re-enactment (using water, not oil) adds to the excitement. Group tours are also an option for your Beaumont meeting attendees.
Another historical setting for events is at Clifton Steamboat Museum. With 10 different meeting spaces for up to 250 people, the complex includes a museum honoring military and civilian heroes of the past, present and future. Model planes and ships, as well as a 1938 tugboat named Hercules, are displayed. An art gallery and a Boy Scouts exhibit round out the facility.
If a theater stage is part of your vision for your event, Beaumont has two showplaces that may fit the bill. The Jefferson Theatre, opened in 1927, is one of the few remaining art deco movie houses in the country. Seating up to 1,444, it is fully restored and outfitted with modern public address and lighting systems. A Robert Morton Wonder Organ is the star of the orchestra pit. Just like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which premiered here in 1947, your event is sure to be a classic.
The Julie Rogers Theatreis home to the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the local ballet. Mikhail Baryshnikov danced here. The lobby of this historic performing arts theatre greets guests with twin grand staircases and sparkling chandeliers. With continental seating for 1,650 and flawless sound in the auditorium, it is an ideal setting for concerts, theatrical productions, dance presentations, lectures and large meetings. The Julie Rogers Theatre is adjacent to the Beaumont Civic Center, which provides additional meeting space.
For a different delight for the senses, you can host an event at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens. Located within the city of Beaumont’s 500-acre Tyrrell Park, the gardens encompass 23 acres featuring the Bert & Jack Binks Horticultural Centerand the Warren Loose Conservatory. The Horticultural Center houses a collection of original botanical art, while the Conservatory holds tropical and rainforest plants from across the globe. A large meeting building is in the center of the gardens, accommodating many different types of events. Between the colorful flora and the year-round opportunities for bird-watching here, you will find this a beautiful and serene locale. Also within Tyrrell Park, the900-acre Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands offers a boardwalk and wildlife-viewing platform, adding to the splendor your guests can discover.
For views of the Neches River and a golf course, Beaumont Country Club offers spacious, flexible meeting space near downtown.
Some of Beaumont’s smaller venues pack a lot of personality for a unique event experience, too. The Grill offers private dining in an upscale atmosphere with seating for up to 42. Your guests can select from a wide selection of wine, beer and cocktails and order from the menu highlighted with freshly caught fish and beef entrees. Known for hosting highly stylized events from weddings and birthday parties to corporate gatherings, The Laurels, is a two-story venue designed to look like a Louisiana plantation house. It is located in the Old Town area of Calder Avenue, which boasts a thriving dining and shopping scene. You won’t find a more picturesque gathering spot in Beaumont than Amelia Farm & Market, where your guests can enjoy lunch or dinner from a menu of farm-fresh favorites while overlooking pecan groves.
From the traditional to the out-of-the-ordinary, there is a venue or attraction for any meeting or event you can imagine in Southeast Texas. With amenities that you’d expect in a larger city, but with the convenience of a smaller town, Beaumont stands ready to welcome you and help your event shine brightly in the minds of your attendees.