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Life in Lubbock

Between on-campus happenings that are ever-constant as well as those in the greater Lubbock community, you can never say there's nothing to do in Lubbock, TX! Below are just some of the resources that will help connect you to local events, as well as on-campus activities! Welcome to "The Friendliest City in America"

Sunset

Lubbock is known for it's stunning sunsets and sunrises

Lubbock Community Engagement and Activities

Lubbock in the Loop provides a great event calendar of different activities happening around the LBK, many free and family-friendly, but overall a very diverse list of opportunities!

Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA): Located downtown, this center is a great place to engage with art, film, music, dance and your creative side! It is the epicenter of the monthly First Friday Art Trail, and hosts free opportunities year-round to expose the West Texas community to art and culture!

First Friday art Trail

First Friday Art Trail in downtown Lubbock, Tx

Visit Lubbock: offers another great events calendar helping visitors and locals alike stay in the know about the myriad of events taking place around town, and it also features restaurants, venues, and events that are guaranteed to make your time in Lubbock memorable!

Lubbock Museums:

The Buddy Holly Center is a museum and cultural center that encourages interaction between artists and the local community. The center honors the legacy of Buddy Holly, Lubbock's native son who was a pioneer of rock 'n roll before he tragically died in a plane crash. It includes the home of Buddy's bandmate, J.I. Allison, a permanent exhibit on Buddy Holly and his band, The Crickets, some great selfie opportunities with Holly's famous glasses and the Buddy Holly statue, as well as temporary exhibit spaces that celebrates the diverse art coming out of West Texas. They have a popular summer concert series every Thursday night, and consistently offer programming for the local community that encourages creative pursuits!

The Silent Wings Museum is located on the site of a World War II South Plains Army Air Field, where glider pilots were trained between 1942 and 1945. The giant "silent wing" gliders flew soldiers and supplies largely undetected behind enemy lines because they had no engine noise. This is a great place for history and aviation lovers to explore! "The museum features in its theater a 15-minute program titled Silent Wings: The Story of the World War II Glider Program. Visitors then move on to the Timeline, Hangar and Combat Galleries. Photographs and artifacts include a fully restored WACO CG-4A glider, TG-4 trainer, airborne equipment, a small barracks rendition from the Lubbock Army Air Field, and a living exhibit: the British Horsa Glider restoration project." Entry fee is $8.00 ($5.00 with a student ID).

Glider plane

Glider plane on display at Silent Wings Museum.

 American Windmill Museum: "The largest windmill museum in the world, the American Windmill Museum, showcases these beautifully restored structures in a unique Lubbock experience." When you think Lubbock two things come to mind, wind and farming! Take a tour of the 28 acre park and explore the various ways humans have harnessed the power of the wind to survive in various landscapes. Entry fee- $7.50

Lubbock Science Spectrum and OMNI Theater: The Lubbock Science spectrum is a place everyone in Lubbock knows! The interactive science museum and movie theater is a great place to learn and have fun for all ages. The museum hosts three levels of interactive science exhibits and the cites only aquarium. Throughout the year the Science Spectrum hosts a number of traveling exhibits including Thier live butterfly exhibit, where you can enjoy the company of hundreds of exotic butterflies. Also check out thier "All Grown Up" series, which hosts fun science themed evenings for adults only. Be sure to also see a IMAX  movie in the OMNI theater. "With its 58 ft. giant domed screen, and 18,000 watt digital Dolby DTS sound system, the OMNI Theater is a full engaging surround experience!" 

Science Spectrum

On Campus Engagement and Activities

Lubbock Lake Landmark: A part of the Museum of Texas Tech University, this archaeological and natural history site offers 4.5 miles of walking trails, and the preserve, located just 15 minutes from main campus, contains evidence of 12,000 years of occupation by ancient peoples on the Southern High Plains. Enjoy the walking trails, and peer into archaeological dig sites where Texas Tech Students get hands on training. Be sure to also visit the museum inside the information center to learn more about Lubbock's ancient past and the people and animals who once lived here. It is free to the public!  

Lubbock Lake landmark Mammoths

 Mammoth statues in front of the Lubbock Lake Landmark

Museum of Texas Tech University: Next door to the International Culture Center (ICC), this FREE museum has permanent and temporary exhibits that are diverse in topic, as well as a host of programming to engage the community, including Open Studio (a come and go, fun and free art event featuring a different art medium at each session; all supplies and equipment provided) and Art Studio (a hands-on learning experience for all ages and with teaching on various art processes). Museum by Night offers a variety of themed nights every third Thursday of the month. Each event features life music, fun activities and short lectures and discussion about the topic of the night. 

National Ranching Heritage Center: A museum and outdoor historical park (next to the Museum of TTU) that preserves and teaches about the history of this region and the American West. Throughout the year, they offer educational programming and events for people of all ages, including annual events like Ranch Day, Candlelight at the Ranch, and Ranch Host Saturdays (select Saturdays in spring, summer and early fall) where the outdoor historical park comes alive with volunteers in period clothing to teach and show visitors what life would have been like in days gone by. Free to the public, though donations are accepted. 

Front of heritage museum

The Lubbock National Ranching Heritage Center

TTU Athletics: Texas Tech has a phenomenal sports culture and a huge fan base between the student body, the local community, and alumni. As a student, undergraduates have FREE access to all sporting events on-campus, and graduate students can choose to opt into this opportunity. Truly, you haven't experienced Texas Tech or American campus culture if you don't take advantage of an (American) football game in the fall, been a part of the raucous student sections at the basketball games, or gone to see America's pastime (baseball) in the spring!

Student Activities Board (SAB): This board under Student Union & Activities plans and executes more than 60 FREE events per year exclusively for Texas Tech students!

International Cultural Center: There's much more that happens in this building beyond immigration advising! There are numerous community events throughout the year that exposes the community to international cultures, and there is a gallery space that changes every few months, featuring photography and art from the local community, from the student body, TTU faculty and staff, as well as creative professionals! 

culture fest front of building

J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts: The university's CVPA is constantly offering opportunities to experience music, dance, theater, and art created by their students and faculty, and tickets are often free or discounted for the TTU student body. Watch for opportunities at events.ttu.edu, in your daily Tech Announce emails and in the weekly International Student Newsletter sent out by ISL. 

Student Union Building: The Student Union is the community center of the Texas Tech University campus. It provides an environment for relaxation, social interaction, education and exchange of thoughts. It serves Tech students, staff, faculty, alumni and the greater Lubbock community.  Many events, conferences and activities take place here. This is also the location of several on campus restaurants, Barnes and Nobel Bookstore (where you can rent and buy text books), Starbucks, Prosperity Bank, mail services, study rooms and a games area featuring Billiards, Darts, Ping Pong, Foosball & Board Games. 

TTU Student Union Building

 Texas Tech Recreation Building: The massive recreation center offers a variety of ways to stay fit and healthy throughout the school year and well... to just have fun! Some of what the center includes are, a bike rental and repair shop, rock climbing wall, Olympic size swimming pool, indoor running track, weight room, racquetball courts, soccer fields, lacrosse fields, basketball courts, intramural sports, and a variety of classes ranging from yoga, cycling and personal fitness. The center also hosts a outdoor leisure pool with a 645ft long lazy river, a great way to cool off on those hot Texas days. Equipment checkout is available. 

TTU pool