8 Free Things to Do in Lubbock

Written By Visit Lubbock Interns

March 05, 2024


By: Jessica Merrill

On the first Friday of each month, make your way over to Downtown Lubbock for a night enjoying Hub City’s fine arts scene Among the galleries and murals in the Cultural Arts District, you will find curated exhibits, vintage pop-up shops, Lubbock’s best food trucks, and live music. 

Register here for the Lubbock Chilton Trail mobile pass that will serve as your tour guide while exploring the variety of Chiltons Lubbock has to offer. Highlighting 16 local restaurants, bars and distilleries this free pass will give you exclusive discounts while sipping your way through the Hub City. Once you complete the trail, be sure to pick up your free Chilton Trail merch!

Celebrate Buddy Holly’s life by visiting the lifelike bronze statue depicting the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer. Located in the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza, this statue pays homage to the hometown hero, capturing the essence of his influence on the music world. 

Saturday mornings, starting at 10 a.m., Wollforth’s family-owned farmers’ market begins. Located right outside the city, you will find your new favorite products from local growers, producers, bakers, and crafters. Some fan favorites to be on the lookout for are Wiki-licious for Hawaiian malasadas, Lemon Love Lubbock for a lemonade and Texas Country Produce for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Grab some carrots and make your way over to Mackenzie Park where you’ll find one of the country’s largest prairie dog colonies. As you offer them treats, these charismatic creatures will scurry around, creating delightful moments for everyone in your party.

Visiting the National Ranching Heritage Center is like stepping back in time, where the rich history of American ranching unfolds through preserved historic buildings. Wander through the open-air museum to explore the exhibits that showcase the legacy of ranching and captivate the spirit of the American West.

Texas Tech is home to beautiful art pieces sprinkled throughout campus that represent the diverse cultures of its student body. Over 60 of these pieces are highlighted in a self guided tour on Texas Tech’s website. This tour is a great way to explore Texas Tech’s campus and view different architectural styles from artists all over the world. 

For those who are looking to soak up some nice weather, make your way over to one of Lubbock’s disc golf courses. Mae Simmons and Mackenzie Park are two 18 hole courses that ensure a great time without breaking the bank. Both courses are set up for all skill levels. Grab a frisbee and head to the park!


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