Top Things to Do in Lubbock on Game Day Weekends

Written By Katherine White

August 31, 2015


If you’re planning a trip to Lubbock this fall for a Texas Tech University Red Raider football game, we want to help you plan the perfect football weekend. One of the major activities surrounding a football game is pretty obvious: tailgating. Texas Tech does it best at Raider Alley, where vendors are set up with food, goods and games, great for families. But some of the other fun activities happening on football weekends take place beyond the stadium. Here are some of the best things to do in Lubbock on a Red Raider football weekend.

1. Spend some time on and around campus. Don’t make the stadium the only Texas Tech treasure you visit during a football weekend in Lubbock. The Texas Tech University campus stretches out across an expansive 1,839 acres of trimmed landscapes, stunning buildings and monuments. Many of the buildings on campus represent the Spanish Renaissance architectural style and were constructed in the mid-1920s to around 1950, landing them a place on the National Register of Historic Places as the Texas Technological College Historic District. The university also runs a renowned Public Art Program, where many commissioned, original works of art have been placed throughout the campus. (You can keep up with the latest news about the collection on the program’s Facebook page.) If you need some Texas Tech gear before a game, be sure to hit The Matador and Red Raider Outfitter. Both shops are located across from campus, and you’ll find the latest in game day trends.

Philosophy and fountain

2. Eat local. Lubbock is known for its fantastic, local food scene packed with talented chefs who are innovating and expanding the West Texas food culture. Tex-Mex cuisine is huge in Lubbock, as is barbecue. For some ideas and recommendations on where to eat before or after the game, check out the Visit Lubbock A-Z Foodie Blog.

Orlando's Italian Restaurant

3. Fall means Fair.  In late September and early October, the Panhandle South Plains Fair kicks off its weeklong Lubbock stay. The fair is one of Lubbock’s largest annual events and features carnival rides, funnel cakes and a petting zoo for kids. It’s also a great place to check out some local Lubbock talent off the football field; art vendors and live music performances are planned throughout the week.


4. Visit some of the area’s wineries and top attractions. Lubbock is in the heart of one of the fastest growing wine regions in the country, and it has five notable, award-winning wineries within the city limits. Lubbock’s surrounding High Plains produce 80 percent of the wine grapes in Texas. Local wineries like Llano Estacado WineryCapRock Winery, and McPherson Cellars offer weekend tours and other events throughout the fall. Other fun things to do on a Red Raider weekend include art galleries and performing arts centers, family-focused attractions and museums you can only find in Lubbock.


5. Hang out in the Depot Entertainment District. In the heart of downtown Lubbock, the lively Depot Entertainment District on Buddy Holly Avenue never fails to entertain a crowd. Each venue in the district has a unique vibe, playing different kinds of music—most of it live. The district also has a hearty selection of restaurants, bars and shops located inside historical buildings. When you’re ready to dance in celebration of a Red Raider win, the Depot Entertainment District is the place to be.


That’s just a snapshot of things to do in Lubbock if you’re in town for a Texas Tech game. Always check the calendar of events to see if a local festival is taking place on the same weekend as your visit, and to see what else is happening around the region prior to your trip. Most importantly, come ready to cheer on the Red Raiders—everybody’s favorite on Saturdays during the fall in Lubbock.


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