Hub City Happenings: October

Written By Visit Lubbock Interns

October 02, 2023

#Attractions #Events

By: Aubrie Harris

October 1502 Jam Night

Two Docs Brewing Co. is hosting a jam night every Sunday 6–9 p.m. The sign-ups are open and everyone is welcome!

October 1 – King Tut: Treasures of the Tomb

The Science Spectrum has a limited-time exhibition centering around the famous ancient Egyptian ruler King Tut and his tomb. The exhibit hosts 130 artifacts including the golden mummy case and the bejeweled pharaoh himself. It’s available to the public during regular museum hours until November 26th.

October 1SpookTober

Experience the fright fest and spooky sights that is SpookTober in Adventure Park. Get a round of golf, a pass through the laser maze and a $5 game card for $15.99. This event is happening every day through the month of October.

October 2The Amazing Castle

The Science Spectrum is hosting a fantastical exhibition through January 7th. It was created to send you back in time to a fanciful medieval village. Visitors can explore eight themed and interactive areas. This whimsy exhibit is on display every weekday and is included with standard museum admission.

October 2Trivia Night!

Two Docs is hosting a trivia night every Monday from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. There will be six rounds in total for you and your team to play, five-question rounds and one picture round. Prizes are awarded to the 1st and 2nd place teams. Win a trivia night to be entered into “The Tournament of Champions.”

The Museum of Texas Tech University is hosting a special talk featuring Dr. Mario Solís. He will explore the natural marvels of La Isla del Coco through the lens of animal agency without the human perspective. The event is free and open to the public.

Cactus Theater is showcasing Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 film Vertigo starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. This psychological thriller is repeatedly ranked as one of the top films ever made and is a classic Hitchcock film. Show times are a matinee at 2:20 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. Get caught up in the Vertigo effect as you enjoy this classic.

The 15th season of professional contemporary dance invites audiences to Book Club. A one-of-a-kind event that was made in collaboration with the Lubbock Public Libraries, Literacy Lubbock and Wild Lark Books. This will be hosted in the Firehouse Theatre at LHUCA only on October 5th and 7th at 7:30 p.m.

Taco Tuesdays and Thirsty Thursdays combine at Velvet Taco’s “Party on the Patio” series every Thursday night. The party starts at 4 p.m. with discounts on Tacos, Chips & Queso, Miller Lite Drafts and Margaritas. 

October 6 Disney’s The Lion King

Watch as the Serengeti comes to life in this awe-inspiring Broadway show. The Tony Award-winning musical will take residence in the Buddy Holly Hall from October 6–15. The Lion King is one of the most popular musicals to date with over 100 million people flocking to watch in amazement as the beloved animated movie comes to life on stage.

The Youth Artist Guild Lubbock, a student-led theater program, is performing one of their student-produced plays this month. The show dates are October 6-8 and the following weekend October 13-15. This program provides students with the chance to be involved in all areas of theater and is only possible because of community involvement.

October 6Wee Read

Students from TTUHSC are partnering with the Science Spectrum every Friday through December 1st to read stories to younger kids and help build their love for books. This activity will take place at either 10:15 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. It’s perfect for children ages 1-3 years

October 6Party on the Patio!

Adventure Park is hosting a Party on the Patio at their Thirsty Garden every Friday and Saturday through October 14th from 7-10 p.m. Great fun for the entire family featuring live music from a variety of local artists. Entry fees include free chips and salsa!

Experience homemade BBQ buffet style, Four Bar K is hosting a weekly Friday lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for $15.00 per person. It will host a buffet featuring smoked brisket, sausage, homemade chicken-n-dumplings along with homemade sides. There will be free beer and live music every week.

Dive into the rich heritage of guitar culture in Lubbock with the Cactus Theater in their annual Lubbock Guitarslingers Concert. This year’s concert gala is featuring Darren Welch, Joy Harris, Cider Wave (Emily & Brent Wheeler, Mark Frandsen, Phil Smith ), Mikey De Larossa, Will Boreing and Brian Pacheco. Doors open at 6:50 p.m. and showtime is at 7:30 p.m.

October 7 Koe Wetzel Concert

Experience the “Road to Hell Paso” North American headline tour when genre-bending artist Koe Wetzel comes to town. He’s making a stop in Lubbock and before finishing his tour in El Paso. The concert will be held at the United Supermarkets Arena and starts at 7:30 p.m.

October 7Adoption day!

The South Plains SPCA is hosting an adoption day every Saturday starting at 11:00 a.m. The dogs are vaccinated, microchipped, spayed/neutered and on a monthly heartworm preventative. If you’re not a dog person, there are cats up for adoption too. Find more information on their Facebook page.

October 7Wolfforth Farmers Market

Locally grown produce and small businesses come together to make the Wolfforth Farmers Market their home every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. There’s something for everyone whether you’re in the mood for a delicious baked good or want to renovate your space with an artfully crafted piece of woodwork. Bring a tote bag and be ready to leave with an armful!

October 7 – English Newsom Food & Wine Market

Ready to wine and dine? Try your new favorite wine at the English Newsom Food & Wine Market. They have a wide variety of food and wine such as rosés, whites and reds to suit any craving. This event happens every Saturday from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Cheer your heart out and learn from the best at LCU’s cheer recruitment clinic. This event is open to 10th graders all the way up to college seniors. It will be held at Rip Griffin Center from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Join in for the reading of “Room on the Broom” written by Julia Donaldson at the Buckner Family Hope Center. The reading will be performed by Mayor Tray Payne at 1:30 p.m. This event is free and is followed by a snack and craft time. The link to register is on our website!

Learn more about the artistic interpretation of the portrait and figure through the use of reference material in this four-day water-media workshop. The workshop is located at Ice House on the LHUCA campus and will start on October 9th continuing daily through October 12th.

Direct from Las Vegas: The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is coming to the Lubbock Community Theatre stage. Popovich’s show is a family-oriented blend of unique comedy, juggling, and the talents performed by his furry costars. There are over 25 rescued pets in the show from a dog to a pig to a horse. Popovich and his pets will take the Lubbock Community Theatre stage at 7:00 p.m.

October 11 Water by the Spoonful

Texas Tech School of Theatre & Dance is putting on a Pulitzer Prize-winning show called “Water by the Spoonful.” Shows are taking place from October 11th to October 15th with curtain time being at 7:30 p.m. from Tuesday-Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. There is a content warning for this show because it contains themes of war, PTSD, child neglect and drug addiction.

October 12Un(Wine)d with the Arts

Join LHUCA on the Thursday following the First Friday Art Trail for a glass of wine and a stroll through the galleries featuring artist meet & greets. LHUCA members will receive a free glass of wine! The event takes place from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cactus Theater is hosting award-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steve Wariner. During his career, he’s earned 14 #1 hits, won four Grammy awards and three CMA awards. The theater door opens at 6:50 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m.

The National Ranching Heritage Center is hosting an unforgettable week of family-fun festivities to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Cash Family Ranch Life Learning Center. This event is featuring Hank the Cowdog and is taking place from October 13 – October 21. All events are free to the public but some do require registration. Details can be found on their website.

Experience an 88% max annular eclipse with the Science Spectrum as they host a solar eclipse viewing party from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. There will be hands-on activities, demonstrations and, most importantly, SAFE solar viewings! It’s recommended to purchase your own pair of eclipse viewing glasses.

Silver Spur Trade Shows is coming to town to host the Lubbock Gun & Blade show. The event is open to the public this weekend on Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Certification classes are being offered from the Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED courses to the public by the YWCA. These classes will be offered once a month through the end of 2023.

October 14 Fall Festival

Join in some festive fall fun as Adventure Park hosts their annual fall festival. There will be a car show that benefits the Children’s Home of Lubbock from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Don’t forget to experience fall flavor from the Expedition Café.

Watch as Texas Tech continues Big 12 play at home against Kansas State. This will be the Tech homecoming game so be sure to take part in the festivities or watch the game in your sports bar of choice. Game time is TBD.

Experience the Texas Blues Queen live at the Cactus Theater. She’s been singing and playing guitar since she was young. Along with guitar, she’s learned to play the trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin and lap steel. The doors will open for this performance at 6:20 p.m. and it will start at 7 p.m.

Listen in as the Lubbock YWCA hosts the third INSPIRE speaking series event of 2023  featuring Lovern Gordon, Founder of Love Live Now, Inc. – a global awareness and educational organization to support survivors of domestic abuse. This event will take place on the YWCA campus from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Come enjoy Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as they create the Tom Petty Concert Experience. Since the show started in 2007, it has evolved into a spectacular live music production. It’s a treat for all rock fans. The doors open at 6:50 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m.

October 20 Classics and Neoclassics

Listen as the Lubbock Symphony compares and contrasts the neoclassical era of music to its predecessor the classical era. The Lubbock Chamber Orchestra will take the stage of Crickets Theater in Buddy Holly Hall.

Laugh until your sides hurt as Steve Treviño shares his relatable and hilarious observations from life. From “speaking wife” fluently to modern life at large, his honesty and heart appeal to audiences across the country. Treviño will start the show at 7 p.m. on the Helen Devitt Jones Theater stage in the Buddy Holly Hall.

Join the team-up between Texas Tech Public Media and Good Line Beer Co. as they host a give-back day. They will be revealing their all-new coffee porter, the “Morning Edition,” made with local coffee from Gold Stripe Coffee Roasters. The flavor profile will envelop your palate just like a soothing NPR morning broadcast.

Country radio hitmaker, Josh Turner, is singing his way onto the Buddy Holly Hall stage. He’s sold over 6.5 million records and reached 4.8 billion streams worldwide. 

Join the Cactus Classic Cinema as they embrace the Halloween spirit with the 1980 horror film The Shining starring Jack Nicolson and Shelley Duvall. The movie based on the Stephen King novel is rated R as a modern horror thriller. There will be two showings at 2:20 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. No one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian present.

October 2615th Annual Pumpkin Trail

Bring your friends and family to walk along the jack-o-lantern-laden path in Clapp Park for the annual Pumpkin Trail. Admission is free and the event is stroller and wheelchair accessible so everyone can attend. This event will take place October 26 – October 29 with varying hours. Details are on the website.

October 27Trick-or-Treat Street

Safety City is hosting a Trick or Treat Street from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. There will be games, door prizes and, of course, candy! Join in the fun with your best costumes.

October 27  – IABC Truck or Treat

Indiana Ave Baptist Church (IABC) is celebrating Halloween with a Trunk or Treat! There will be free bounce houses, candy, games, door prizes and more. They request that you don’t wear too scary of a costume as this is a family-friendly event.

Grab a drink at the Narrow Bar as you enjoy the live musical accompaniment of Jeremy Couture as he plays from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Experience the Mountain Goats as they showcase their album Jenny from Thebes. Follow Jenny’s story as they tell it on stage at the Cactus Theater. Doors will open at 6:50 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

October 27 Oratorio

Experience “The Creation,” as it’s brought to life by a large-scale orchestra and chorus. This concert showcases the power and beauty of the pairing of an instrument and voice. Don’t miss this opportunity to fully immerse yourself in this breathtaking experience.

Join the conversation during the Texas Tech Centennial Presidential Performance Series as they host Taylor Sheridan. He’s an award nominated writer and actor and known for his work on “Yellowstone” and the series prequels “1883” and “1923.” Sheridan will be interviewed onstage followed by a Q&A with the audience.

October 28Park in the Dark

Join in the spooky fun as Adventure Park hosts the Park in the Dark! This is an 18+ event only. Admission includes a 2 hour fun pass, silent disco, a complimentary drink and a snack.

October 28RHMC Trunk or Treat

You’re invited to join the Ronald McDonald House as they host their free community event. There will be food trucks, a coffee vendor, games and candy galore! You are invited to bring items from their wishlist to support families who have a child receiving medical care.

October 28 HorrOddity Expo

Scream your heart out at the all-day adventure HorrOddity Expo. There will be over 75 vendors, trick or treat, a costume contest, a rocky horror dance party, car show and entertainment throughout the day. While you’re there don’t forget to try the food trucks and the bar. Details on who or what will be there can be found on their Facebook page.

October 28Family Boo Bash

Explore Adventure Park during the Family Boo Bash. There will be a Silent Disco, $10 game card and a sweet treat included with admission.

With a new show, songs and spunk the Blackwater Draw is returning to the Cactus Theater stage. Their dynamic covers of crowd-favorite songs through the country, rock and blues genres will bring you to your feet. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Time to paint the season with TJ Patterson Library. There will be a limited amount of pre-drawn canvases to choose from so make sure to RSVP your spot. 

Watch as the collaboration of The Temptations and The Four Tops comes to life on the Buddy Holly stage. These chart-topping R&B groups have covered a wide range of genres between the two of them and are sure to put on a can’t-miss performance.

October 29 Fall Festival

Trinity Church is hosting its annual Fall Festival from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. It’s a family-friendly event that will be full of fun, food trucks, inflatables, a petting zoo, hayride and more. They invite you to come dressed up for the occasion in either your favorite costume or best fall outfit.

The Grammy-winning group Casting Crowns is making a stop at Buddy Holly Hall during their  20th Anniversary tour. The chart-topping Christian contemporary music group has impacted the genre with their songs such as “Only Jesus” and “Nobody.”

October 31Trunk and Treat

Trunk and treat in your favorite costumes at Sunset Church of Christ. This event is family-friendly and is full of treats, snacks and fun.


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