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. 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 •  mlksgosetx@gmail.com

 

February

Rotary Taste of Gumbo, Etc.  – Feb. 17, 2018. 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. 8-11, 2018.  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 a feature of Mardi Gras 2017 festivities. See more at theredfishseries.com 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. 2018 dates unconfirmed. 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 – 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 •  www.ci.nederland.tx.us.

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, www.CajunHeritageFest.com, setxac.orgdirector@setxac.org

May

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 • 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

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. 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 • www.portarthurjuneteenth.weebly.com

Elite Redfish Series “Border Wars” Tour Stop 2 – Events June 29-July 2, 2017. Fishing on Sabine Lake, with weigh ins at the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center. Weigh in: 3 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Kayak weigh in 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 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.  •  www.theredfishseries.com

July

 

Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration – July 4, 2017. 5-8 p.m. events, with fireworks at 9 p.m. – The Fourth of July will be explosive at Lamar State College-Port Arthur when the school joins forces with the City of Port Arthur and Motiva Enterprises for the annual celebration of American Independence. The free family event will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, inside the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center, 1800 Lakeshore Drive in Port Arthur. All-American fans will find activities for kids and adults, live entertainment and much more, including free ice cream provided by Motiva. Food trucks will also offer a variety of culinary delights, so bring along a few dollars. The big fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. just outside on the seawall.  Free parking.  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, 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  • www.ci.nederland.tx.us

August

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, birdman@exp.net. www. trianglebirdclub.org.

Sea Rim State Park – Kid Fish – Rescheduled with date to be announced Aug. 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

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

Mexican Heritage “FIESTA” Postponed 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 dances from the states and regions of Mexico, in their vibrantly colorful costumes and the MHS royal court will be awarding numerous scholarships to the Miss Mexican Heritage Queen and runners-up. A “Parade of Costumes” will showcase different states and regions of Mexico. Among the entertainment will be live Mariachi, dance Band, and children’s activities, including face painting. The Food Vendors will be providing an array of authentic Mexican dishes. Pricing for the entire event: $10 everyone, $8 Senior Citizens 65+ , Free for children 10 and under when accompanied by an adult. * 409-543-7580 *   www.mexicanheritagefiesta.com or via Facebook at Mexican Heritage Society of Port Arthur, Texax (yes “Texax” is correct spelling for this site.)

Senior Expo – 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Sept. 13, 2017 – Central Mall, U.S. 69 in Port Arthur.  Free breakfast and lunch during free classes, Free health screenings, games, etc. Publisher@SETXSeniors.com.

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

October 

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

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

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

Sea Rim State Park – Shore Fishing Clinic – Nov. 11, 2017. 8 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

December 

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