5 Can’t-Miss “Hub City” Traditions

Written By McKenna Dowdle

May 07, 2021

The impetus for community rapor begins when citizens work toward a common goal, celebrate a similar interest and connect through related experiences. In Lubbock, Texas, it’s not hard to find opportunities to foster relationships built on this solid foundation. Around every corner and down each red brick street, tradition and legacy fuel the West Texas culture and hospitality we are proudly known for. Over the past year, the annual events and festivals we look forward to were postponed, or even cancelled, making each live music performance, First Friday Art Trail or wine festival even more special than it was before. Today, we celebrate the “Hub City” traditions we hold close by going in-depth on a few can’t-miss events! 

First Friday Art Trail
On the first Friday of every month, the Cultural District comes alive with new art exhibits, live music and food. From 6 to 9 p.m., attendees can browse through galleries located across downtown Lubbock. Travel is simple thanks to the free trolleys that run continuously throughout the evening. Guests can purchase their favorite local art pieces and use an FFAT map to find their way through the galleries.

Buddy’s Birthday Bash
Lubbock’s favorite son, Buddy Holly, paved the way for many rock ‘n’ roll artists of our time. Today, his legacy continues to inspire artists around the world, and even locally. Buddy’s Birthday Bash, held annually in September at the Buddy Holly Center, celebrates the iconic artist’s birthday. Visitors are invited to help themselves to a slice of birthday cake while enjoying several local musicians performing on stage.

Texas Tech Game Day
From football to basketball and everything in between Lubbock shows up and shows out for the Red Raiders. With tailgates both on and off campus, the city is painted red and black to cheer on our favorite team. 

ABC Pro Rodeo
It wouldn’t be Texas without a rodeo, right? The ABC Pro Rodeo has been running in Lubbock for more than 70 years, and it takes over the county for three days each April. Pull on your boots and grab your hat to enjoy the charm and grandeur of the wild west at the arena. 

Lubbock Uncorked
A tribute to Texas High Plains wine, Lubbock Uncorked highlights varietals created from the grapes grown in West Texas. With both local and state-wide wineries utilizing West Texas grapes, this region produces over 90% of all wine grapes grown in Texas. From live music and delicious food, this festival celebrates the best that Lubbock has to offer.

National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration
The National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration is held each September to celebrate our deep Western heritage. The event includes storytellers, poetry readers and entertainers, some of whom reenact life in the early west. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, where authentic chuck wagon meals are served to attendees. 

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