What's Up Southeast Texas - April 2021

Here at Education First, April is especially special to us because it’s National Youth Month! During Youth Month we work hard to spread the word about our Center for Advanced Financial Experimentation (C.A.F.E.) program. C.A.F.E. is a great tool to help kids ages 6-12 learn about money. If you’re interested in C.A.F.E., check out our website!
If you think the C.A.F.E. program is a good fit for your kid, join us at our member drives this month (April 10, 17 & 24). When you open a C.A.F.E. account for your kid this month at a member drive, they will receive all sorts of C.A.F.E. goodies. For more details on the drives, youth month, and our C.A.F.E. program please visit our website.

Festivals GALORE!

Tyler County Dogwood Festival - April 3
The Annual Tyler County Dogwood Festival is happening again this year! April 3rd is Queen’s Weekend, you’ll be able to watch the parade, visit vendor booths, and enjoy the dogwoods. Education First FCU will be set up handing out giveaways, so be sure to come see us!

Bassmasters and Orange County River Festival – April 8-11
Professional fishermen from all over the country are coming to Orange, Texas this spring for the Bassmaster Elite Series. The city will be hosting a county river festival in conjunction with the tournament, so bring your family out to enjoy the festivities. There will be live music, food, activities and more!

Art in the Park and Riverfront Car Show– April 10
The Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting their 19th Annual Art in the Park and 2nd Annual Orange Riverfront Car Show! These events will be walking distance from each other with Art in the Park happening at Stark Park from 9am – 4pm and the Car Show will be held at the Riverfront Pavilion from 9-2pm. These conjoining events are free and open to the public. 

Galdys City Live – April 10
This free event is the perfect way for your family to experience the history of Beaumont, Texas in-person! The Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown museum will come to life with actors all throughout. Visitors will have a chance to order a drink from the saloon, purchase gifts from the shops, and the gusher will go off at 12pm and 2pm. This event is from 10am-2pm, tickets are not required.

Fly In – Drive In – April 17
If your family loves classic cars, aircrafts, and food trucks, this is the event for you! The City of Beaumont Municipal Airport will be hosting a free, kid-friendly show all day long!

Eco-fest – April 22
In celebration of Earth Day, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will be hosting Eco-Fest: Blooms and Butterflies. Guests will receive a plant starter kit and have the opportunity to release butterflies and tour the gardens. This event is free to the public, but you must register online in advance.

Spring into Nature!

April Open Farm Day – April 3
Chosen Weeds Farm is opening it’s gates to the public from 10am – 1pm for an open farm day. Bring the family out to see the farm, feed the pigs, and chase the ducks, goats and chickens. There will be free crafts for kids and farm products for sale including soaps, plants, and eggs. This event is free but your must register online in advance.

Family Gardening Night – April 6
5 Under Golf Center is hosting a family gardening night sponsored by Bee Gardens. Kids will have the opportunity to pot their own plant in 5 Under’s Gardening Center. This event starts at 5pm and will also feature a balloon artist and the opportunity to raise money for Bee Gardens.

Music to my Ears!

Drive-in Casting Crowns Live – April 15
Local radio station, KSBJ, is hosting a live drive-in concert at Ford Park. The Christian band, Casting Crowns will be performing new music, along with classic hits. The show will begin at 7:30pm. Ticket prices range from $99 - $350 a vehicle, purchase your tickets here.

Western Swing Spring Fling Outdoor Concert at the Lutcher Theatre – April 17
Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes to the Lutcher Theatre parking lot on April 17th for an outdoor concert with the Quebe Sisters. This event is $25 a person, be sure to buy your tickets before the run out. The parking lot opens at 6 pm and music begins at 7pm. There will be food trucks at this event.

Jazz and Wine –April 23
For the small price of $10, adults can unwind with jazz and wine inside of the saloon at the Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown museum. This event is from 6-9 pm.

Feast Your Eyes!

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre – April 20
Dinner, drinks, and a show? The Beaumont Elks will be hosting a murder mystery dinner at the Kirby Hill House to help raise funds for local charities. There will be a 5-course meal, cash bar, and a lingering question of “who dunit?”. Doors open at 6:30 and tickets are available online.

Classic Movie Nights: Akira and Star Wars: A New Hope– April 9 &23
The Jefferson Theatre continues their classic movie nights this April with showings of Akira on the 9th and Star Wars: A New Hope on the 23rd. Both movies begin at 7pm, you can buy your tickets online now.

Brew and Spend!

Downtown Brewery Vendor Market – April 11
If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the weather and support local small businesses, this is the event for you. And did I mention craft beer? Boomtown Market continues this month at Pour Brother Brewery from 12-5 pm. There will be live music, local vendors, food trucks and fresh craft beer!

Axes and Ales – April 29
Neches Brewing Company is hosting Axes and Ales in support of the Fire Museum of Texas. Local firefighter, Alex Rozell will be performing live music. The event begins at 6pm. You may want to bring cash with you because there will be an opportunity to buy tickets to win prizes donated by local businesses.
Get Outside and Do Something New!

FREE Workout with Camp Gladiator! – April 3
Are you looking for a fun way to boost your fitness for FREE? Camp Gladiator will be hosting a free workout at 9am at the Fire Museum. This workout is 60 minutes of full body workouts designed for all levels of fitness. This event is free, but you should bring your own water, mat, and sweat towel.

Yoga on Tap – April 16
Join yogi Melody Butler at Pour Brother Brewery for yoga outdoors! This event is free to the public. You’ll want to bring your own mat, yoga begins at 5:30pm.