Did you catch us on a party weekend? In Port Arthur we can’t wait to toss beads at  Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas, stroll gardens and hear some jazz. We even celebrate the oil industry that made us famous, while our neighbors stage festivals to honor  pecans, Dutch heritage and the Neches River.


MLK Brunch – Jan. 15, 2018. Martin Luther King Support Group of Southeast Texas hosts event at 10 a.m. at Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center, with presentations, speakers, entertainment in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. 409.543.3727 •



Rotary Taste of Gumbo, Etc.  – Feb. 11, 2017. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Rotary Club of Port Arthur assembles gumbo cooks from area restaurants and civic clubs so guests can get a taste for a good cause. The Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center will be the site for tasting, and proceeds go toward Rotary causes. Rotary Club of Port Arthur is on Facebook.

Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas – Feb. 23-26, 2017.  Celebrate 25  Years of Enchantment. Weekend prior to Ash Wednesday; dates vary. Catch beads from lighted parades, dance at live concerts and feast on Cajun delights. This family Mardi Gras colors downtown Port Arthur purple, gold and green.  Concert schedule to include Bag of Donuts, Casey Donahew and Granger Smith.  KidZone, Carnival Latino, laser show, Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center, etc. The Elite Redfish Series Tournament will be part of Mardi Gras festivities, Feb. 24-26. See more at 409.721.8717 •

Yellowfin Elite Redfish Series Classic Kick Off – Feb. 24-26, 2017.  Weigh ins at 4 p.m. inside Mardi Gras gates. Yellowfin Elite Redfish Tournament Series pros hit the shores of Sabine Lake once again. This event will take place in conjunction with Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas. For the first time in professional redfish, weigh ins will take place after dark, under the lights and in front of festival revilers. A ticket to Mardi Gras will give you access to the weigh ins that will be aired later in the season on Discovery Network’s Destination American Channel on Sunday Mornings. See more at

Taste of the Triangle – Feb. 28, 2017. Tastings from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. – Sabine Area Restaurant Association hosts tastings from area restaurants with food, craft beer, live music and wine. Mike Zito will perform.


Southeast Texas Senior Expo –  March 1, 2017. Event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Central Mall, 3100 FM 365, Port Arthur.  •


Nederland Heritage Festival –  March 14-19, 2017. Boston Avenue, Nederland. Dutch Heritage, the city’s Windmill Museum and Acadian house in Tex Ritter Park form the basis and background for this community event featuring a carnival, costumed characters, music and the famed Cuisine Walk. • 409-724-2269 •


Nederland Art in the Park – April 22, 2017. Family events 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Doornbos Park, 2301 Avenue H. Vendors, food, games, crafts, seed planting, Painting With a Twist, library story time, live entertainment.  •  409-724-0773 •

Cajun Heritage Fest – April 8, 2017. Gates open noon to 9 p.m. at Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center, 1800 Lakeshore Drive.  Performers: Jamie Bergeron & The Kickin’ Cajuns; Travis Matte & The Kingpins, Jo-El Sonnier. This event celebrates  the area’s diverse cultures with music and good food. In the 1700s and 1800s Louisiana and east-southeast Texas became home to a variety of diverse cultures, notably French, African, German, Spanish and several Caribbean islands.  These cultures blended their cuisine, music, traditions, and superstitions into an eclectic (and somewhat odd) amalgam which came to be known as “Cajun.”   Dance to that foot-tapping music, chow down on the rich, delicious Cajun cuisine (gumbo!) and have some fun!   Fee: $10. •  409-835-2787,,


Port Neches RiverFest  –  May 3-7, 2017. RiverFront Park, Port Neches. This family festival on the Neches River offers power boat races,  carnival, boat show, food and entertainment. • 409-722-9154 •

S.A.L.T. Water Anglers’ League Fishing Rodeo – May 27-28, 2017. Family fishing events on Pleasure Island, which has all-year fishing and birding appeal.  • 409-963-0433 •


Garden Festival – June 3-4, 2017.  Festival 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., with additional cultural events to 11 p.m. Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.   Buu Mon Buddhist Temple, 2701 Procter St. Bring a camera and the family for cultural presentations of music and dance. Stroll through gardens of lotus blossoms, roses, towering bamboo, citrus and koi ponds. Saffron-robed monks may guide visitors through the temple and meditation areas. Several statues highlight the grounds. Venders offer crafts and Vietnamese cuisine. It’s also a celebration of Buddha’s birthday. • 409-982-9319, 409.543.2803

Juneteenth Celebration – June 19, 2017. Activities around this date typically include cultural presentations and family activities to observe the day when the enslaved in Texas learned they were free. Ms. Juneteenth Pageant and Mr. Juneteenth Extravaganza, date to be determined; Family activities 6 p.m. June 19, parade from Stilwell and Procter Streets to Gilham Circle, where vendors and entertainers will be set up.    • 409-332-1709 •

Elite Redfish Series “Border Wars” Tour Stop 2 – June 29-July 1, 2017. Fishing on Sabine Lake, with weigh ins from 2 to 5 p.m. each day, with sites to be announced. West Division pro anglers will battle it out for the chance to win the Border Wars tournament and move on to the Championship in 2018. Kayakers will weigh in Saturday and Sunday after pro anglers.  •


Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration – July 4, 2017. 5-8 p.m. events, with fireworks at 9 p.m. – Family events at  Gates Memorial Library, 3137 Stilwell Blvd., sponsored by Lamar State College. Outdoor games, sack races, darts, volleyball, auto show, music, face painting, etc. Get a photo taken with Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty. Apple Pie baking contest, 5:30 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.  Bike/wagon contest and patriotic parade for youths 12 and younger. Decorate bikes and wagons and win a trophy. 9 p.m. fireworks show.  Free.  • 409-984-6191 •

Fourth of July Celebration at Doornbos Park – July 4, 2017. 6:30 p.m. – Family events at Doornbos Park, 2301 Ave. H., Nederland. Typical lineup: Food vendors, bike and wagon parade, entertainment. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.   • 409-724-0773  •


Exotic Bird Fair  – Aug. 19-20, 2017,  9 a.m.-5 p.m. – Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center. Triangle Bird Club to host exotic birds from rainforests, Africa, South America, Australia, etc. Vendors will offer toys, supplies, etc. at wholesale prices to the public. Fee. Ages 12 and  younger free. 409-626-1081, www.


Mexican Heritage “FIESTA” –  Sept. 9, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to midnight. Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center, 3401 Cultural Center Drive.  This year’s Fiesta will include the Mexican Heritage Society  Folklorico dancers performing authentic traditional Mexican dances in their vibrantly colorful costumes and the MHS royal court pageants awarding a $1,000 scholarship to the newly-elected “Miss Mexican Heritage.”  A Parade of Costumes will showcase the 31 states of Mexico, live Mariachi and dance bands, children’s activities including face painting and food vendors providing an array of authentic Mexican dishes.  Prices from opening to 6:30 p.m.: $10 adults, $5 children 10 and older, $5 senior citizens; After 6:30 p.m., prices will be $20 for everyone.   • 409- 673-3817 • or via facebook at Mexican Heritage Society of Port Arthur, Texax  (yes, “Texax” is correct spelling for this site). 


Mistletoe Market – Oct. 6-8, 2017. – Shopping venue to benefit United Way of Mid- and South-Jefferson County, Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center, 3401 Cultural Center Drive. Friday will feature Power of the Purse Ladies Night Out, 5:30-9 p.m.; Saturday hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,  will include a Cajun Cook Off; Sunday market hours will be noon to 4 p.m. Sponsor: Motiva.  Fees apply. • 409-729-4040

CavOILcade Parade –  Oct. 7, 2017. 10 a.m. Procter Street, downtown Port Arthur. “We Oil the World” was once the city’s motto. CavOILcade, a festival created in 1953, continues the tradition of honoring the oil industry. A coronation to name a queen is set for the week before, 10-14-2017. • 409-293-7846

Groves Pecan Festival – Oct. 26-29, 2017. Lions Park, 6200 Jackson Street, Groves. Pecans are celebrated in pies, tosses and cooking events. Enjoy local entertainment and a carnival.  • 409-962-3631 •


Pleasure Island Bridge ½ Marathon, 10K & 2 Miler –  Nov. 4, 2017. 6 a.m. Join hundreds of runners ready to go over the soaring Martin Luther King Bridge to Pleasure Island in Port Arthur. Get your shirts, medals, scenic views of Sabine Lake and that feeling of accomplishment like nothing else. Stick around for birding on the island.  • 409-781-2932,


Port Arthur Lighted Cultural Holiday Parade – Dec. 9, 2017. 6 p.m. Procter Street, downtown Port Arthur. Our varied cultures come together to display holiday spirit in this annual parade • 409-983-8105 • City of Port Arthur website

Groves Lighted Christmas Parade –  Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. 6 p.m. Parade to begin Cleveland Avenue. • 409-962-3631 •

Port Neches Christmas Parade – Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. 2 p.m.  Parade to begin at corner of 8th St. and Port Neches Park. • 409-722-9154 •

Nederland Lighted Christmas Parade – Dec. 5, 2017, 6 p.m. Parade to begin at 21st Street and Nederland Avenue (Stadium Road), to 12th Street to Boston Avenue to 17th Street. Santa closes the parade riding on a fire truck. •  409-722-0279 •

Kwanzaa – Dec. 26-Jan. 1, 2017. Events scheduled around Port Arthur, including Port Arthur Public Library. 409-985-8838 •