Let’s Hear Your Best “Yee-Haw” at the Texas Tech College Rodeo

Get in touch with your inner cowboy with a visit to the Texas Tech College Rodeo. This three-day event makes the perfect long weekend away. Lubbock is the ideal setting for a weekend at the rodeo. The friendly and hospitable vibe of this Western Texas college town is a great complement to the atmosphere of a rodeo. Here is everything that you need to know about the rodeo and how you can use this event as a springboard for an amazing trip to Lubbock.


You are not going to want to miss the Texas Tech College Rodeo. The competition kicks off on Thursday, October 24 and runs through Saturday, October 26. All of the fun happens at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center. Attendees will delight in the myriad of events, including bull riding, goat tying, team roping, calf roping, bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, cowgirl’s barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, and cowgirl’s breakaway roping.


Adult general admission tickets are $8. Children ages six and under are admitted for free and Texas Tech students will pay only $6 with a current college ID. This event is sanctioned by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). The points earned at this event will apply toward the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR).


After hanging out at the rodeo all day, you are going to want a nice place to rest and recoup. There are a variety of hotels near Lubbock, TX that will fit the bill. The Hyatt Place Lubbock is conveniently located to the Texas Tech Equestrian Center, giving you easy access to all of the events of the rodeo. The indoor pool and fitness center will keep you both active and relaxed. The Overton Hotel & Conference Center is just steps away from Texas Tech University. This downtown hotel combines upscale looks with down-home comfort, the perfect combination for out-of-towners getting their first taste of Texas hospitality.


While attending the rodeo, be sure to save some time check out all of the other area attractions. Music enthusiasts will love the Buddy Holly Center, celebrating Lubbock’s native son. The complex is also home to the West Texas Walk of Fame and the famous Buddy Holly statue. For a rocking good time, head to the Depot District, which boasts a wide selection of night clubs, bars, restaurants, and more. There is always something going on in this vibrant part of town that celebrates both the local culture and a small college town atmosphere. Located in the Depot District, you will find the McPherson Cellars Winery. This family-owned and operated winery is a great place to spend your next happy hour.


Your taste buds are in for a treat during a trip to Lubbock. Spanky’s delivers a true Lubbock experience. This local institution serves up old-style burgers, salads, chicken sandwiches, fried cheese, and more. If you are looking for a more refined dining experience, be sure to stop into La Diosa Cellars. This warm and cozy bistro offers a wide selection of tapas partnered with an extensive wine selection. Do not miss the gazpacho, imported cheeses, empanadas, baguettes, and more.

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