A Summer Guide to Lubbock, Texas

Written By Guest Blogger

April 26, 2023

It’s all happening in the LBK! Summer marks one of the best seasons in this legendary West Texas town and birthplace of world-renowned rock and roll legend Buddy Holly. From lively performances and music acts to beer and wine festivals and family-friendly events, follow our summer guide to seasonal happenings in Lubbock, Texas, to learn what’s coming up.  

Live Music and Performance Arts Shows 

Start your summer adventure in Lubbock by visiting The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences. This state-of-the-art venue features two theaters with a perfect acoustic value of NC15 showcasing a lineup of Broadway performances like Hamilton in July. With a local bistro, Rave On, connected to the performance center, visitors can create an enchanting evening from craft cocktails and local fare to international performances. Named for Lubbock’s favorite son, Buddy Holly, this venue serves as the cornerstone of the Arts District in downtown Lubbock. 

Down in the Depot Entertainment District, Cactus Theater serves as an intimate musical venue for local talent and touring acts. Once a classic movie theater built in the 1920s, complete with neon, glowing signs and a traditional magnetic marquee, there is a new show practically every night of the week. This summer, visitors will see everything from a comedy show to a tribute to Guns ‘N’ Roses. 

Cook’s Garage, a venue in South Lubbock, has quickly become the hub for concertgoers. From vintage oil signs and classic road logos to an impressive collection of vintage cars, this homegrown restaurant has made a name for itself by hosting popular musical acts. More than your typical Texas bar and grill, they offer live music every day of the week! The stage is set this summer for shows with Brett Young, Pat Green and more.

Be sure to check the event calendars for these venues to plan and purchase your tickets in advance.  

Beer, Wine & Spirit Festivities 

From a glass of crisp Viognier to a frosty local craft IPA, Lubbock hosts an array of wine and beer events for visitors to taste the art of the craft.   

For a down-to-earth vibe, stop on over to Party on The Patio at Thirsty Garden inside of Adventure Park. This party happens every Friday and Saturday from April through October from 7–10 p.m. with free chips and salsa included with every admission ticket. Enjoy live music from local artists as you taste-test and stroll its festive beer and wine garden. During the day, feel free to play like a kid again inside Adventure Park’s game arcade, putt around on its miniature golf course or be on top of the world for a zip-line adventure.  

Laid-back vibes continue at McPherson Cellars, an urban winery located in downtown Lubbock with over 600 state, national and international awards. Beyond its prestigious recognition, the family-owned venture of grape-growing and wine-producing is over 40 years in the making. In fact, McPherson Cellars converted the 1930s-era Coca-Cola bottling plant into its very own downtown location. Be sure to toast to the sunny weather at Patio Nights in the summer on Thursdays where you will savor Texas High Plains vino and live music.  

The second oldest winery in the Lone Star State, Llano Estacado Winery is a 1976 classic, Texas-made winery offering award-winning blends and exceptional wine events for the summer season. Spanish-themed wine and dine dinners, tour and tasting events and festivals bring both visitors and locals together for sipping and socializing.

Family-Friendly Entertainment Events  

Want a Texas summer vacation fit for the whole family? There is something for everyone, including your kids, in a thrilling lineup of summer things to do in Lubbock.  

Mark your calendars this summer for events at Moonlight Musicals Amphitheater. Bringing to the stage both Broadway and local performances, sing along to musical classics like“Hairspray” and Disney’s “Newsies.” Located in Mackenzie Park, comfortably enjoy the show as you and your family relax outdoors and under the stars! 

Make movie night an easy affair by catching a flick at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Lubbock. Featuring full-service food, drinks, and entertainment, you and your family can cool off and dine in at this local movie theater showing a variety of films for every age throughout the summer season. Eat dinner and watch your favorite film at the same time. This West Texas location even throws movie parties of cult classics and timeless favorites on occasion. Be sure to see what’s playing before your visit.  

For another fantastic nighttime excursion, Landmark After Dark night hikes in Lubbock take you on a unique stroll through the cherished Lubbock Lake Landmark, Yellow House Draw. This location is a special archeological and natural history preserve. These nocturnal adventures begin 30 minutes before sunset, are completely free of charge, and give you a chance to take in natural scenery by moonlight with a group of other Texas explorers on your visit.    

Summer is a great opportunity to embark on a West Texas vacation! With fun and excitement around every nook and cranny, there is no telling which Hub City Happening will keep you coming back for more. Be sure to use #LiveLoveLubbock on Instagram and Facebook during your trip to show off all the events and cultural attractions you visit during your stay in Lubbock, Texas.  


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