When the Downtown Beaumont Cultural Arts District (DBCAD) and the Beaumont CVB partnered together for the newly established cultural district’s first major event, the expectation was for a mildly successful test run highlighting three of the district’s six museums.
Instead, the organizers were “surprised and overwhelmed by the participation and attendance” according to Beaumont CVB Executive Director Dean Conwell. “We expected around 100 people but over 350 showed up.”
Participants in the Pub Crawl were similarly impressed. The Fire Museum of Texas, despite being separated from the other venues by a 5 minute walk, was shocked at how many people were perfectly happy to make the trek and actively spend time enjoying the vintage exhibits. Texas Energy Museum Executive Director Ryan Smith said the museum had never had so many people visiting at one time.
Del Papa Distributing Company provided the selection of beers for the event, and didn’t slouch on the offerings. There were several beers from Houston-based Karbach Brewing Company including an IPA, a Kolsch and a Bock. Local restaurants handed out delicious samples to attendees. Suga’s Deep South Cuisine & Jazz Bar, Amacate Tortilla Bar, Tacos La Bamba, Carmela’s Mexican Restaurant, Salata, and Bando’s were represented.
Also in attendance were Gator Country Adventure Park (with baby gators!), Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum, the Ben J. Rogers Visitor Center, and the Beaumont Heritage Society (in period costumes!). Live music was provided by Mark Nesmith, Cody Eldridge, and Courtney Revia.
The event was so well received that DBCAD and the Beaumont CVB are tentatively planning another for the 1st week of May 2020. For more details, keep an eye on DowntownBeaumont.org and the Beaumont CVB event pages.