Wine & Chocolate Fantasia (February)
The Llano Estacado Winery hosts many events throughout the year, but it’s worth it to ruin your New Years’ resolutions in February at the Wine & Chocolate Fantasia. $50 gets you in the door, and you can feast on chocolate, wine, more chocolate and more wine all night. You’ll also love the chocolate artistic sculptures created by local chefs.
ABC Pro Rodeo (April)
It wouldn’t be Texas without a rodeo, right? The ABC Pro Rodeo has been running in Lubbock for more than 70 years, and it takes over the City Bank Coliseum for three days every April for saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing and, of course, bull riding.
Lubbock Arts Festival (April)
The Lubbock Arts Festival welcomes about 31,000 people annually to celebrate the arts for one weekend in April. You’ll find over 150 visual artists from across the nation selling their work, live entertainment and a children’s area. Each year, the Arts Festival showcases a featured artist who brings their work and insight to the show.
Llano Estacado Wine & Clay Festival (June)
Who doesn’t love enjoying wine and art together? The Llano Estacado Wine & Clay Festival is another one of Llano’s popular annual events. Grab a glass of wine, enjoy live music and browse clay pieces by local artists. Add a piece or two to your home art collection that your friends definitely won’t have.
Buddy’s Birthday Bash (September)
Every September 7, Lubbock’s Buddy Holly Center honors the birthday of the late musician, who was born in Lubbock in 1936. General admission to the center is $5, and this is a family-friendly party with cupcakes, crafts and music. Bring the kids and show them a little bit about rock ‘n’ roll history. Certain events may include extra cost.
National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration (September)
Every September, visitors flock to the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center to embrace the spirit of West Texas at the National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration. Cowboy culture and Western heritage come front and center through storytelling, arts and crafts, book fairs, music, roping and other demonstrations, a chuck wagon cook-off and youth activities.
Grape Day (October)
If you’re in Lubbock in October, mark your calendar for Llano Estacado Winery’s Grape Day, a celebration of the grape harvest that will soon become Llano’s signature wines. $5 grants entry and one glass of wine in a souvenir glass. Want to taste others? Almost all of Llano’s wines are served by the glass at the event, so you can grab something you haven’t tasted yet and relax outside with live music.
Candlelight at the Ranch (December)
Holidays in Lubbock are something special, and if you’re in town in December, you won’t want to miss the annual Candlelight at the Ranch event at the National Ranching Heritage Center. Visitors get to experience Christmas the way pioneers did a century ago. Listen to traditional music, trim trees with homemade decorations, and enjoy cider and kettle corn around a campfire.
For more information on events and festivals happening year-round in Lubbock, be sure to check out www.visitlubbock.org/events.
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