1. West Texas Smiles
We’re known for many great things here in Lubbock, but the No. 1 reason we’re thankful for this city is the people that live here! West Texas hospitality is something we Lubbockites hold near and dear to our hearts. Whether you’re a longtime neighbor or a visitor coming in for the weekend, we love lending a helping hand, showing you around or just sending a West Texas smile your way!
2. The Arts Scene
Art is a way of life in Lubbock. In fact, this art hub was one of the first Cultural Districts recognized by the State of Texas. If it wasn’t for the Cultural District, locally owned galleries, First Friday Art Trail, Texas Tech University and many other factors, we wouldn’t be dubbed the cultural capital of West Texas. From gallery exhibits to performing arts, Lubbock is home to a wide variety of artistic showcases. Learn more about the arts at visitlubbock.org/art.
3. Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll
That’s right, many would argue that Lubbock is where rock ‘n’ roll was born…in the form of Buddy Holly, that is. Holly’s music inspired countless musicians, most notably, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Bob Dylan and many more. To pay homage to this musical legend, Lubbock is home to the Buddy Holly Center, which depicts the story of his life and houses many musical and personal memorabilia. Because of Holly’s influence, Lubbock is now home to many budding artists and hosts live music just about every night of the week. Other famous musicians from Lubbock and surrounding towns? Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, Mac Davis, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Tanya Tucker, Waylon Jennings and the list goes on.
4. Wine, Wine, Wine
Lubbock and the surrounding area produces 80 percent of Texas wine grapes and is home to five award-winning wineries. These wineries offer tours, tastings, gifts and more. Whether you’re a wine lover or just interested in the grape growing and winemaking process, you’ll get your fill of vino in Lubbock. Check out more about Lubbock wineries and happenings at visitlubbock.org/wine.
5. School Spirit
More than 52,000 college students call Lubbock home. Students from far and wide come to Lubbock to study at Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian University, Wayland Baptist University and South Plains College. We’re thankful to house these universities and college as there’s an abundance of cultural activities, performing arts, sporting activities and more. Catching a Red Raider, Big 12 football game at Jones AT&T stadium or cheering on the LCU Chaps on the baseball diamond are Lubbock traditions that we’ll always be thankful for.
6. “Hub City” Attractions
There’s always something happening in Lubbock. Partly due to our wide array of attractions. Lubbock is home to the American Wind Power Center, Bayer Museum of Agriculture, Buddy Holly Center, National Ranching Heritage Center, Silent Wings Museum, Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater, Museum at Texas Tech University, Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark, art galleries, wineries, universities and the list continues. Each of these attractions keep Lubbockites and visitors alike busy year-round with events and activities, and for that we’re very thankful! Find out more on our event calendar at visitlubbock.org/events.
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