Every September Lubbock hosts the Buddy Holly Festival to celebrate its native son. The festivities often take place around the Buddy Holly Statute and the West Texas Walk of Fame, located just west of the Lubbock Civic Center . The annual music festival, celebrated as close as possible to Holly’s September 7 birthday, draws thousands of people to hear music of the 1950s and 1960s.

September is also when Lubbock holds the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration at the Civic Center. This annual event celebrates Old West cowboys through cowboy poets, musicians, storytellers, artists, historians, authors, editors, publishers, photographers, chuckwagon cooks, and real-life cowboys. There are also scholarly papers regarding cowboy culture and the American West, panel discussions, a chuckwagon cook-off, a trail ride, a horse parade, and more than 100 Western performers.

And Lubbock ’s July 4 celebration is a major ordeal. The Independence Day festival, which is completely free, is among the largest in Texas. Activities include a parade, a street fair along Broadway Avenue, food vendors, live music, a luncheon, and an evening concert with fireworks.

First Friday Art Trail

If you're in Lubbock on a Friday or Saturday night--especially if it's the First Friday of the month, don't miss the Depot District.

The Depot District is Lubbock's Arts District, and on the First Friday of the month, you'll find the First Friday Art Trail. On those evenings, funky, eclectic and even elegant galleries throw open their doors and show incredible art. Often times, there will be more than 30 venues. Quaint city trolleys ferry passengers from locale to locale, but you can usually walk at least part of the way.

The Depot District is anchored by the Buddy Holly Museum which is housed in a former train depot and and serves as one of  the hubs of First Friday Art Trail, along with the Louise Underwood Art Center. While you are wandering from gallery to gallery--and inside the galleries you'll often find libations and munchies--you can soak in the whole Lubbock arts scene, from the black clad Tech students to the couples wearing matching Wranglers and boots, to families who have stayed in town for the evening instead of heading to the 'burbs to the arts bohemes of every age, style and persuasion. In addition to art, the local music scene is usually in full force on the weekends in the Depot District, and  you'll see that club after club, bar after bar.

Musical entertainment can include a Celtic band on Texas, a folk group on 17th, blues on Buddy Holly, and country acts at the Cactus Theatre, the largest live music venue in the District.

Plus, Lubbock is lucky enough to have its own in-town winery, MacPherson Cellars is in the heart of the Depot District, and they usually have something going on during First Friday Art Trail.

Restaurants in the Depot District range from Tapas at La Diosa to steak and burgers at Triple JJJ to prix fixe fare at the Red Carpet. You'll also find Cajun, Mexican, and fried chicken and catfish in the vicinity as well.

From time to time, there'll be community theatre productions at the Louise Underwood Center as well.

The Lubbock Symphony has a full season in the spring and fall which performs at the Civic Center which is near the Depot District.

The Depot District is bounded by 19th Street,  Interstate -27 and goes all the way to Avenue J and Sixth Street. 

Halloween Fun: Halls of Horror

Each year, Halls of Horror runs throughout the Halloween season. In 2013, Halls of Horror opens September 27 and runs throughout the month of October every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, including Wednesday, October 30. 

This Halloween event features over 20,000 square feet of spook house excitement. 

Cost is $15.00 under 13 and $30.00 for those over 13.

Hours are Dark to Late

Halls of Horror is held at the Traders Market in Lubbock, Texas - located at 1201 84th Street.

For more information, visit http://hallsofhorror.biz