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From live music and festivals to performances under the stars, visiting Lubbock from May through September offers a variety of experiences for artisans and sports fans alike. Whether you prefer warm nights out or afternoons spent on the patio, check each activity off of your LBK summer bucket list this season!

Travel back in time at the National Ranching Heritage Center as it takes visitors through the evolution of ranching in North America! The center offers a glimpse into the history of the ranching industry with more than 50 authentic structures throughout the 19-acre park. History comes to life every Saturday starting May 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ranch Host volunteers will be in the historical park to answer questions, perform living history demonstrations, and give tours of selected structures.

National Ranching Heritage Center.

Named after the famous rock and roll artist who grew up in Lubbock, the Buddy Holly Center features exhibits on Holly’s life and music. Each Thursday evening from May 18 to August 17 at 7:30 p.m., the center presents a Summer Showcase, a free event open to the public that features live music from local and regional musicians. The center is also home to the Fine Arts Gallery, which showcases works by local and regional artists.

Buddy Holly Center.

If you’re looking for a more natural experience, head to the Lubbock Lake Landmark for Landmark After Dark! Nature buffs will enjoy a picturesque West Texas sunset as they walk through miles of nature trails and marvel at the local wildflowers. This natural preserve is home to a wide range of wildlife and offers visitors a chance to experience the natural landscape from Lubbock’s prehistoric times with its routine archeological digs and museum in the Visitor’s Center.

No trip to Lubbock would be complete without indulging in the rich local cuisine. Lubbock is known for its recognized Texas High Plains cuisine and top-ranked barbecue. At The Nicolett, Chef Finn Walter features local ingredients with a twist. Inspired by his training across the globe, Chef Finn dishes up an exquisite menu that is one-of-a-kind to the Hub City. At Evie Mae’s Barbecue, which Texas Monthly ranked the No. 8 Best BBQ Joint in Texas, order the beloved brisket with any side or dessert of your choosing. In fact, gluten-intolerant guests can enjoy the savory tastes of barbecue as each item on the menu is gluten-free.

The Nicolett.

For a taste of the city’s vibrant craft beer scene, head to the local brewery, Two Docs Brewing Co. With a lively patio and a local food truck lineup each night, beer drinkers and foodies alike unite in the Art District to celebrate the craft of beer. With live music and other performing acts, catch a local talent on stage at Two Docs Brewing Co. this summer. From refreshing IPAs to hoppy ales, each brew is thoughtfully crafted with the craft beer enthusiast in mind.

As the region responsible for 90% of Texas wine grapes, a tasting at one of our many award-winning wineries should be at the top of your list! Each Thursday beginning in May, McPherson Cellars will feature local musicians for Patio Nights. Taste the legacy of Doc McPherson, the Father of Texas Wine, and hear the sounds of local talent within the eclectic atmosphere at the winery.

McPherson Cellars.

Sports fans will also find plenty to love in Lubbock. The city is home to Texas Tech University and Lubbock Christian University, offering plenty of opportunities to catch a game and enjoy the summer weather. A hub of sporting events across the region, Lubbock is the host of national tournaments as well. This summer, catch the USA Boxing Junior Olympics at the Lubbock Civic Center. Thousands of athletes meet to compete to move forward toward their dream of competing in the Olympic trials on Team USA.

USA Boxing Junior Olympics.

The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences offers an exceptional lineup of Broadway shows, including Hamilton, which will make its way to the Hub City July 19–30. The Tony-award-winning musical tells the story of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, through a combination of hip-hop, R&B, and traditional show tunes. The Buddy Holly Hall’s state-of-the-art facility provides an immersive experience, making every ticket the best seat in the house. Don’t throw away your shot by seeing Hamilton in Lubbock this summer.

With so many exciting things to do in Lubbock, this will be a summer to remember!

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