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Family Weekend: October 10-11, 2014

Family Weekend has been a tradition at Texas Tech since 1956. It's a wonderful time to visit campus and reconnect with your student! We invite you to join us for Family Weekend 2014 on October 10-11 for a fun weekend with your Red Raider.

For additional information please visit The Texas Tech Parents Association website at

Family Weekend Football Tickets

Texas Tech Football vs. West Virginia University - Saturday, October 11th Time: TBA

Use promocode FAMILYWEEKEND for discounted tickets. Click HERE to access tickets

Tickets are available online only and will sell out quickly. Be sure to get your tickets now!

Hotel Information

Below are links to various hotels in Lubbock and surrounding areas. You may also contact Visit Lubbock at 806-747-5232 for assistance in searching for hotels.

Lubbock Hotels

Brownfield Hotels

Post Hotels

Wolfforth Hotels

Littlefield Hotels

Parking Options for Family Weekend

Friday, October 10th

Family Weekend Central Parking (12:00PM - 5:30PM) - Lot R13 East side of Student Union Building (must register vehicle HERE) MAP

Family Weekend Dinner (5:00PM - 8:00PM) - Lots C12, C14, C15, C16 Directly in front of Livestock Arena (MAP)

Saturday, October 11th

Family Weekend Central, breakfast, tailgate, football game - G1-Flint Parking Garage (must register vehicle HERE) MAP

Limited parking spots also available in lot R-13 in front of Drane Hall for Saturday morning events. Pay close attention to signage to make sure you are in lot R-13. DO NOT PARK IN LOT Z-2 (MAP)

Click HERE to register your vehicle for Family Weekend events.

Additional Game Day Parking for Saturday, October 11th

Lot R-3 available to purchase $20 parking pass to be used for Family Weekend events such as Family Weekend Central, breakfast, tailgate, and football game. Visit and enter promo code FAMILYPARKING to purchase your pass. (MAP)

Park and Ride- Commuter West $10 purchase before game day through Red Raider Club - $5 bus shuttle (cash only)

FREE Parking in HSC Parking lot F1, F2, F3 - $5 bus shuttle (cash only)

Family Weekend T-Shirts

Click HERE to purchase the official Family Weekend T-Shirt

For additional information please visit The Texas Tech Parents Association website at

Family Weekend Schedule

Friday, October 10th

Family Weekend Central: Noon - 5:30pm • Student Union Building

This is your destination for kicking off Family Weekend and your place to pick up pre-ordered official Family Weekend t-shirts, find out what's happening over the weekend, and get your questions answered.

Celebrating Families: Fiesta Dinner & Fun: 6:00pm - 8:00pm • Livestock Arena (1248 Indiana Ave. @ Main St.) - $$

Click HERE to purchase tickets

Join the Texas Tech Parents Association for a dinner benefiting the Texas Tech Parents Association Scholarship Fund. Live entertainment, silent auction, and more activities will make this a fun evening for the whole family. Dress is casual.

TAB Presents Mind Reader Eric Dittelman: 8:30pm • Student Union Allen Theatre - FREE

Mind Reader Eric Dittelman has appeared on Ellen and was a finalist on NBC's "America's Got Talent." Come to the show and bring your family!

Saturday, October 11th

Family Weekend Central: 8:00am - Noon • Student Union Building

Pick up pre-ordered official Family Weekend t-shirts

Red Raider Breakfast: 8:30am - 10:00am • Student Union Ballroom - $$

Click HERE to purchase tickets

Everyone is invited to start the day off right with a delicious breakfast! This come-and-go event includes a Red Raider Wakeup by Tech's Spirit Squads and say hello to Raider Red!

TTPA General Membership Meeting: 10:00am • Student Union Allen Theatre

Tailgating on the Green: 4 hours prior to game time - $$

Click HERE to purchase tickets

Join Texas Tech Parents Association in our new location in front of West Hall. Join Tech Families from all over the country for a grand time with food, fun, games and prizes!

Game Parking options

RaiderGate - Student tailgate available to Texas Tech students on a first come, first serve basis while passes last.

Red Raider Club - Sells game day parking permits

Park and Ride - Game day bus route operated by Citibus.

Sunday, October 12th

Family Weekend Brunch: 11:00am-4:00pm • The Commons - $$

Before you head back home enjoy a wonderful brunch at The Commons with your student. Menu includes: stuffed french toast bar, prime rib w/au jus, home fries, slab bacon, biscuits and gravy, roasted asparagus, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit salad, and assorted scones

Other Campus and Community Events during Family Weekend

Friday, October 10th

Night Hike at Lubbock Lake Landmark: 6:30 p.m. • Robert A. Nash Interpretive Center • 2401 Landmark Drive - FREE

Join guides at dusk to explore the Landmark after dark! Gather at the Robert A. Nash Interpretive Center to begin the adventure. Be sure to wear comfortable, sturdy, closed-toed shoes and bring a bottle of water. For more information call 806.742.1116

Saturday, October 11th

Downtown Farmer’s Market: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (or sell out) • Tornado Gallery • 19th and Buddy Holly Ave

The Downtown Art Market’s “Farmer’s Market” features fresh produce and plants. Building on a great farmers market season in 2013, there is a special effort to continue to increase the number of local growers and producers at the Downtown Farmers Market in 2014. For more information, visit or call Laura Anderson at 806-319-2373.

All Weekend

American Wind Power Center and Museum: Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • 1701 Canyon Lake Drive - $$

American Wind Power Center (AWPC) is a dynamic museum for the American-style water-pumping windmills. More than 150 rare and fully restored windmills are on display in an interpretive center and on the grounds. The museum also has on display many hand pumps, models, photographs, and other windmill artifacts.

Avenue Q: Texas Tech Mainstage Theatre • Time: TBA - $$

The irreverent musical Avenue Q is a delightful, satirical send up of Sesame Street for adults. Winner of three 2003 Tony Awards ® for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score, Avenue Q mingles human characters with practically life-sized fuzzy create puppets to dance, since, and lament about their messy lives on the down-and-out avenue where they reside. In their attempt to find purpose and love, the characters experience twists and turns, often leading to the sort of zany chaos only musicals deliver. Avenue Q is fast paced, adult fun, the sort of show where you leave the children at home. *Avenue Q has not been authorized or approved by the Jim Henson Company or Sesame Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content.*Adult language and situations

Buddy Holly Center: Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. • 1801 Crickets Ave - $$

Exhibitions and programs at the Center reflect the diverse cultural characteristics of the region and encourage interaction between artists and the community. The Center collects, preserves and interprets artifacts relevant to Lubbock's most famous native son, Buddy Holly, as well as to other performing artists and musicians of West Texas. Visitors can take guided or self-guided tours, visit the West Texas Walk of Fame and view exhibits. For more information, visit or call 806-775-3560.

Lubbock Lake Landmark: Friday & Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. • 2401 Landmark Drive - FREE

Visitors can take nature walks, take guided or self-guided tours, visit the Learning Center and view exhibits. For more information, visit or call 806-742-1116.

Museum of Texas Tech University: Open Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - FREE

The Museum of TTU (MoTTU) is a major general museum with collections in the arts, humanities, and the sciences numbering over 5 million objects. Temporary and permanent exhibitions in the social and natural sciences, and visual arts are presented in the main building on both the first and second floors. For 24/7 information, call 806.742.2490.The Texas Tech Museum is located at 3301 4th Street. FREE parking and admission.

National Ranching Heritage Center: Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 PM • 3121 4th Street - FREE

Experience the real West at the National Ranching Heritage Center, where the story of ranching in North America is told through the preservation of 48 authentic structures displayed on a 16-acre site. They include a bunkhouse, barns, dugouts, a ranch headquarters, windmills, a blacksmith shop and much more. All structures date from the late 1700s through the 1950s and are authentically restored and furnished.

Science Spectrum: Friday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.• 2579 S Loop 289 #250 - $$

The Science Spectrum is a unique, hands-on museum that features interactive science exhibits and is home to Lubbock’s only public aquarium. These exhibits are dedicated to showcasing science and technology education in an exciting environment. The Omni Theatre features an advanced projector screen that let the audience feel like they’re part of the movie.

Silent Wings Museum: Friday & Saturday 10:00 - 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. • 6202 Interstate 27 Frontage - $$

The Silent Wings Museum preserves and promotes the history of the World War II military glider program by creating an environment for collecting, documenting, interpreting and exhibiting artifacts and information for public education and enjoyment. Visitors can take guided or self-guided tours, visit the Time-line, Hangar, Combat Galleries, and Adams Library & Reading Room. In the theater, visitors can also enjoy a fifteen-minute program, Silent Wings: The Story of the World War II Glider Program. For more information, visit or call 806-775-3049.

TTU Southwest Collections: North of the TTU Library, open Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - FREE

The Southwest Collection has displays showing some of the unique items housed in its collections as well as a temporary exhibit which presents photographs from the collection of Wayne “Hatch” Hatchel. Visit for more information.

2013 Family Weekend Pictures

View Family Weekend 2013 photos!