Entertainment

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The Great Americana Music Fest is music, market, food and beer, all wrapped into one. This is a first for the city of Beaumont, as it brings an incredible lineup of national and local Americana musicians, a market featuring unique goods from local vendors, the ultimate craft beer experience, pro wrestling, food and fun for the entire family. 

The festival will take place outside at the Great Lawn near the Event Centre in downtown in Beaumont (700 Crockett St.) beginning at high noon.

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Two movie events will take place at the historic Jefferson Theatre beginning with Purple Rain during Classic Movie Night on Friday, June 9, and the Foreign Cinema Series showing of La Dolce Vita on Monday, June 12. 

Directed by Albert Magnoli, the 1984 rock musical drama Purple Rain stars the late Prince as “The Kid,” who reveals an abusive situation at home, then rivals with a singer and finds love. The movie won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score. The film is Rated R and is 1 hour and 51 minutes.

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Discover the Dinosaurs

Venture back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth at the all-new Discover the Dinosaurs — Unleashed. Experience up-close encounters with a lifelike stegosaurus, velociraptor and the king T-rex in this thrilling walk-through exhibit. Kids can also meet a baby dinosaur, take a spin in the Jurassic Jeeps on the Dino Raceway and visit the Kids Adventure Zone filled with themed bouncy houses, crafts, face painting and more.

This unique hands-on exhibit roars into the Ford Park Entertainment Complex on Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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Inspired by the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Beaumont Community Players presents Spamalot the Musical — the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail — on Friday, May 19 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, May 20 (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) plus three more performances from Thursday, May 25 – Saturday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m.

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There is still time to purchase tickets to the Centennial Masquerade Gala celebrating the American Red Cross of Southeast and Deep East Texas’ 100 year anniversary on Saturday, May 20, at the MCM Eleganté Hotel in Beaumont.

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Speedboats of the Deep South Racing Association (DSRA) will be roaring down the Sabine River in Orange at speeds of more than 100 mph during the Shootout on the Sabine, with plenty of high-octane outboard action on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, plus a special concert with one of the South’s best Cajun acts — Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2

If you’re in the movie business, summer starts way before the official date. The sequel to “Guardians of the Galaxy” is slaying it at the box office right now, and there will soon be others vying for the top prize of highest grossing movie of the summer. Among the big blockbusters yet to come are the usual fare of superheroes—”Wonder Woman” (June 2) and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (July 7).

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It’s time to dive into those delicious mudbugs at the 32nd annual Boys’ Haven Crawfish Festival, which takes place Saturday, May 13, at Parkdale Mall near Brightwood College in Beaumont.

The festival features great live music from zydeco, country, Texas rock and oldies, plus a free kids area along with a petting zoo. There will also be a classic car show with street rods, rat rods, motorcycles and choppers.

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Get your crab on at the 32nd annual Texas Crab Festival happening this Mother’s Day weekend from Friday, May 12, through Sunday, May 14, at Gregory Park (2292 Highway 87) in Crystal Beach. Admission is $10 on Friday and Saturday (children 12 and under free) and free on Sunday, which is Mother’s Day.

Enjoy a variety of fresh, unique crab and seafood dishes along with traditional festival favorites. Sit down to a table full of flavor with barbecue crabs, a big bowl of gumbo and a bucket of crawfish while you jam to music from the main stage.

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Viva Fest returns as the City of Beaumont hosts the two-day Hispanic heritage celebration this weekend on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, in downtown Beaumont.

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