Entertainment

The Texas Renaissance Festival has always been an event to look forward to each year — a chance to travel back to a time of knights, lords and ladies, and escape the everyday bustle of modern life.

This year is extra special, however, as the Texas Renaissance Festival celebrates 40 years of food, fun and magical weekends from Oct. 11 through Nov. 30, as well as Thanksgiving Friday. Organizers promise an unforgettable season of eight themed weekends, filled with new surprises and the same medieval cheer, lively characters and turkey legs that have made the event famous.

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Fresh off an Oscar win for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, Jared Leto and his popular band 30 Seconds to Mars dazzled the sellout crowd at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion just north of Houston TX on Friday, Sept. 5.

One word - amazing.

To see photos from staff photographer David Block, click here.

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Houstonians mourned the loss of four firefighters who died when a hotel collapsed on the first responders as they were fighting a Southwest Inn blaze May 31, 2013. News of their deaths resonated in Southeast Texas, as well.

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Powerboat racers from all over the United States will converge on the Sabine River on Sept. 19-21 for the seventh annual S.P.O.R.T. Tunnel Boat Race.

The weekend of speed and thrills will include a trial run Friday, Sept. 19, from 3-6 p.m. with a free concert by the American Sons to follow from 7-9 p.m. at the City of Orange Riverfront Pavilion.

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3 Doors Down played in front of a full house at the historic Jefferson Theatre in Beaumont on Saturday, Aug. 30 on the acoustic "Songs From the Basement Tour."

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