July 10/BEAUMONT – A first-time Cajun Carnival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Event Centre downtown. A one-day summer extravaganza of games, music, and entertainment, the five rings represent the major travel themes that best exemplify Beaumont with events in the categories of food/drink, kid-friendly, active/adventure, art, and Cajun culture, all with a crazy twist. Many activities will be available all day to participate in, along with featured events to watch on the main stage. There will be a schedule of competitions and headline attractions you don’t want to miss. For each activity, participants will have the opportunity to earn Beau-bucks that can be traded in for prizes like at a carnival. Everything is completely free to participate in. >MORE

Lakefest Boat Races

Aug. 7-8/MARBLE FALLS – The Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce proudly announces the return of the Lakefest Boat Races after a three-year-long hiatus. In partnership with the Southern Drag Boat Association, Lakefest provides spectators the rush of adrenalin as drag boats race along Lake Marble Falls at 200 MPH. The racing will take place in Lakeside Park beginning at 8 a.m. and the Show & Shine and the awards ceremony will be located in Johnson Park Single day admission for adults begins at $20 per day and children ages 7-12 begin at $10. Children under 7 years old have free entry. For veterans and seniors over the age of 65, tickets will begin at $15 and visitors should be prepared to show ID at the gate. >MORE