From 6 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, Lubbock’s lively arts community is celebrated at the First Friday Art Trail (FFAT). This unique cultural experience is a free event and blends the best art, music, food and drinks in the “Hub City!” Whether you are an art connoisseur, have a newfound love for the arts or are on the hunt for a great atmosphere with even better food, the FFAT has something for everyone to enjoy.
FFAT is primarily located in the Lubbock Cultural District with official venues located downtown from 19th Street to 4th Street. Visitors can gallery hop with the free trolley service to marvel at the different exhibit features around the area. For those over 21, sip on wine as you take in the array of artistic styles. With art on display, on center stage, or at the rim of your glass, there is something to satisfy all artistic palates.
When arriving, we recommend parking in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center north parking lot. Located across the street from The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences and caddy corner to LHUCA, visitors can walk across the street with ease knowing their car is just a short walk away!
As you walk into the festival, the hardest decision of the night looms in the air: food first or art? Some might argue your dinner is part of the art experience and we would have to agree. Home to over 70 food trucks, Lubbock dishes up delicious platters of grub straight from the trailer, tuck, or even bus!
After receiving your dinner, grab a drink and head to the LHUCA patio, the Charles Adams Studio Project (CASP) stage or Two Docs Brewing Co. patio to enjoy live music and vibe out to your favorite local musician.
At the FFAT, many of the exhibits give the opportunity to meet and talk with the artist. This provides the unique opportunity to discuss their work, the process and inspiration. Often, artists have live art to interact with as well!
At CASP, both studio and live/work studio artists are given the opportunity to showcase their work to all who pass by. CASP’s unique live/work studio setup is part of the Artist in Residence program where artists apply for and are granted a studio apartment that doubles as studio work space in return for their participation in the FFAT. This offers guests an in-depth and intimate look into the artists creative process.
Stop by Flatlands Dance Theatre’s studio for another interactive opportunity and watch the art of the human body take shape in modern dance.
From outdoor murals to metal works and traditional oil paintings, this monthly arts festival is a feast for the eye. Don’t forget to bring your friends and family because you’re sure to find endless Instagram-able moments at FFAT!
This event is a favorite for visitors and locals alike. With so many components rolled into one event, the only way to truly understand the diversity of First Friday is by experiencing it yourself.
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