Events

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.

January

MLK Brunch – Jan. 15, 2018. Site to be announced. Martin Luther King Support Group of Southeast Texas hosts event with presentations, speakers, entertainment in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. 409.543.3727 •  mlksgosetx@gmail.com

CavOILcade Parade –  This event is traditionally in October. It has been postponed to Jan. 2018. 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

February

Rotary Taste of Gumbo, Etc.  – The Rotary Club of Port Arthur is taking a break in 2018, but stay tuned. This event assembles gumbo cooks from area restaurants and civic clubs so guests can get a taste for a good cause. Rotary Club of Port Arthur is on Facebook.

Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas – Feb. 8-11, 2018.  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.  Typically includes KidZone, Carnival Latino, laser show, Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center, etc. 409.721.8717 • mardigras.portarthur.com/

Taste of the Triangle – Feb. 13, 2018. 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. Location to be determined for 2018. Previous Tastes have been at  Beaumont Civic Center, 701 Main Street, downtown Beaumont. http://www.sara-tra.com/

March 

Nederland Heritage Festival –  March 13-18, 2018. During spring break in Nederland. 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 • nederlandhf.org

April

Nederland Art in the Park –  A Saturday in late April of 2018. 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 •  www.ci.nederland.tx.us.

Cajun Heritage Fest – 2018 date to be announced. 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, www.CajunHeritageFest.com, setxac.orgdirector@setxac.org

May

Port Neches RiverFest  –  May 7-6, 2018. RiverFront Park, Port Neches. This family festival on the Neches River offers power boat races,  carnival, boat show, food and entertainment. • 409-722-9154 • pnriverfest.com

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 • saltclub.net

June

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, 2018. Activities around this date typically include cultural presentations and family activities to observe the day when the enslaved in Texas learned they were free. A parade will begin at 6 p.m. June 19 from Stilwell and Procter Streets to Gilham Circle. Vendors activities will be at Barbara Jacket Park at Gilham Circle. • 409-332-1709 • www.portarthurjuneteenth.weebly.com

July

Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration – July 4, 2018 events to be announced.  Carl A. Parker Center, Lakeshore Drive.  9 p.m. fireworks show.  Free.  • 409-984-6191 • https://www.lamarpa.edu/

Fourth of July Celebration at Doornbos Park – July 4, 2018. 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  • www.ci.nederland.tx.us

August

Exotic Bird Fair  – Currently set for Aug. 18-19, 2018,  9 a.m.-5 p.m. – Venue to be announced. 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, birdman@exp.net. www. trianglebirdclub.org.

September

Bag of DonutsPostponed 2017. 7:30 p.m. – Lamar State College Endless Summer Concert. Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center, Lakeshore Drive. Concert benefits athletics scholarships. $20.   • 409-984-6291

Sea Rim State Park – Adopt-A-Beach  – Sept. 23, 2017. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. If you would like to preregister, you may do so as an individual or a group at www.texasadoptabeach.org.Entrance fees will be waived for those that arrive at Sea Rim State Park by 9 a.m. to participate in the beach clean-up event. After the event you may stay and enjoy the beach. Gloves, trash bags and bottled water will be provided during the event. Bring a lunch, insect repellent, sunscreen or hat and join us in helping to keep your Texas beach clean.  19335 S. Gulfway Drive. • 409-971-2559 tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sea-rim

Sea Rim State Park – Crabbing 101 Sept. 30, 2017. 10 a.m. 19335 S. Gulfway Drive. • 409-971-2559 tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sea-rimOctober 

CavOILcade Parade –  Postponed to Jan. 2018. See above.

Sea Rim State Park – Beach Cleanup  – Oct. 7, 2017. 9 a.m.-noon. Keep Sea Rim State Park’s 5 miles of natural beaches beautiful. 19335 S. Gulfway Drive. • 409-971-2559 tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sea-rim

Sea Rim State Park – Shore Fishing Clinic   – Oct. 14, 2017. 9 a.m.-noon. Families are invited to learn about beach fishing; gear supplied or bring your own. 19335 S. Gulfway Drive. • 409-971-2559 tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sea-rim

Sea Rim State Park – Crabbing 101 Oct. 28, 2017. 10 a.m. 19335 S. Gulfway Drive. • 409-971-2559 tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sea-rim

Sea Rim State Park – Kid Fish – Oct. 21, 2017. 9 a.m.-noon. Bring the kids out for the annual kids fish event. It’s a free event for ages 1-12. The first 100 kids will receive a free rod and reel and event T-shirt. Tackle and bait will be provided. 19335 S. Gulfway Drive. • 409-971-2559 tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sea-rim

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 • http://www.grovescofc.com/

November

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, SportsSocietyforAmericanhealth.org

Sea Rim State Park – Beach Cleanup  – Nov. 4, 2017. 9 a.m.-noon. Keep Sea Rim State Park’s 5 miles of natural beaches beautiful. 19335 S. Gulfway Drive. • 409-971-2559 tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sea-rim

December 

Sea Rim State Park – A Very Marshy Christmas, Dec. 2, 2017. 3 p.m. See Santa arrive by airboat. Park fee waived DURING EVENT TIME. Toy drive for children displaced by Harvey. 19335 S. Gulfway Drive. • 409-971-2559 tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sea-rim

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 • http://www.grovescofc.com/

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 • http://www.ci.port-neches.tx.us/

Sea Rim State Park – Beach Cleanup  – Dec. 2, 2017. 9 a.m.-noon. Keep Sea Rim State Park’s 5 miles of natural beaches beautiful. 19335 S. Gulfway Drive. • 409-971-2559 tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sea-rim

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 • www.nederlandtx.com

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