Culture & Attractions
The “Hub City” has long been recognized as a birthplace for original music, producing greats like Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Waylon Jennings, Mac Davis, Roy Orbison, Tanya Tucker and Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks. Today, Lubbock continues to launch some of the best musical talent and is home to a diverse music scene ranging from Classical and Country & Western to Bluegrass, Tejano and Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Lubbock’s vibrant art scene includes festivals, shows, performances and exhibitions throughout the year. From art galleries to music to dance, Lubbock’s art culture is thriving. In addition, the Lubbock area hosts numerous special events each year, including the National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration, Lubbock Arts Festival and Lubbock Music Fest.
Below is a glimpse of the arts and culture that abound in Lubbock:
Music and Performing Arts
Buddy Holly Center
Depot Entertainment District
West Texas Walk of Fame
Lubbock Community Theater
Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
Lone Star Amphitheater
Charles Maedgen, Jr. Theatre
Ragtown Gospel Theater
The Berg family tradition lives on in the largest stained glass studio in the Southwest. Learn the intricacies of the creation of a stained glass window from start to finish. See artistic renderings and watch how the colorful glass tiles are faceted, cut and arranged to create spiritual works of art.
The LHUCA campus includes multiple working studios, visual art galleries, a theatre and a rehearsal hall. LHUCA hosts the First Friday Art Trail, a monthly evening of arts and entertainment in downtown Lubbock, and the Flatland Film Festival, an annual celebration of independent films.
The Museum of Texas Tech University is an internationally-recognized museum that houses collections in the arts, humanities and sciences featuring nearly 2 million objects. Daily laser and star shows can be viewed in the adjoining Moody Planetarium. Also, be sure to visit the museum’s Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark archaeological site and interpretive center.
This renowned collection has been named one of the Top 10 Best University Public Art Collections in the Nation by Public Art Review. Included in the collection are bronze pieces by artists such as Glenna Goodacre, Grant Speed, Terry Allen and Electra Waggoner Biggs, as well as monumental limestone and granite sculptures by Jesus Moroles and Larry Kirkland.
No visit to Lubbock is complete without a stop at the Buddy Holly Center in the historic Depot Entertainment District. The Center houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and music of Buddy Holly, which showcases unique memorabilia donated by the family, friends and fans of Lubbock’s favorite son. The Center also houses the Texas Musicians Hall of Fame and the Lubbock Fine Arts Gallery. TM, Maria Elena Holly.
Once a popular downtown movie theater, the Cactus Theater now produces one-of-a-kind performances. Spend an irresistible evening at this theater considered by many to be their main source of live entertainment in West Texas! Enjoy live music productions such as Nostalgia Nites, tribute shows to legendary big bands and Texas music legends, or a live theater show of famous plays such as “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Steel Magnolias” or “Always… Patsy Cline.”
Music fills the air as you walk the streets admiring the neon lights, restaurants and entertainment venues offered in the historic Depot Entertainment District.
Swoon in the shadow of this larger-than-life tribute to legendary Lubbock musician Buddy Holly. Two-step along “West Texas Walk of Fame” honoring the West Texas music legends including Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Waylon Jennings, Mac Davis, Roy Orbison, Tanya Tucker and more.
Founded in 1969 by Suzanne Aker, Ballet Lubbock has a proud history of outstanding dance education and high-caliber performances. The aesthetic discipline and sheer athletic energy of classical dance make Ballet Lubbock performances a must see! Annual performances include the Fall Performance, The Nutcracker and the Spring Performance.
The Lubbock Community Theatre (LCT) is the oldest, continuous, live community theatre in the Lubbock area. The roots of the LCT date back to the early 1940’s and continue to bring audiences in the Lubbock community together in an effort to entertain, enrich and enlighten. LCT presents an opportunity for community members to step out of their everyday roles and assume new roles as playwrights, actors, directors, costume designers, set designers and audiences.
For the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, power, passion and perfection are more than words. They are the essence of the Orchestra. They define the Orchestra’s purpose and inspire their performance, whether on or off the stage. The Orchestra invites you to experience the power, passion and perfection of the Lubbock Symphony.
The Lonestar Amphitheater is an acclaimed venue known for live music and other performing arts events. The amphitheater has been drawing fans from across the state to its incredible grounds for more than a decade.
This 400 seat proscenium theatre has given the Texas Tech University Department of Theatre and Dance the opportunity to foster the arts by mentoring and educating students, while integrating practical training with academic studies. The theatre has hosted more than 170 Texas Tech University Theatre productions and numerous theatrical competitions.
Located in Post, Texas, 40 miles southeast of Lubbock, the Ragtown Gospel Theater is a stunning 400- seat indoor, live performance hall unlike anything you have ever seen. Towering rock walls, arches, murals and sculptures surround audiences with the timeless atmosphere of the ancient Holy City.
For more information on everything to see and do in Lubbock, go to www.visitlubbock.org.