Annual Events

Day the Music Died_flyer

The Day The Music Died

February 3rd
Buddy's Gravestone

February 3rd  marks  the  anniversary of the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), along with the plane's pilot. The Buddy Holly Center invites the public to this event each year to celebrate the lives and legacies of these young musicians. Admission to the Buddy Holly Center is free on this day.

Staycation Crafts 
In conjunction with L.I.S.D. Spring Break
Staycation crafts

Each year, The Buddy Holly Center invites children, accompanied by caregivers, to participate in creating Spring Break Staycation Crafts!

Summer Showcase Concert Series

 Thursdays from late May - late August

mariachi band

The Buddy Holly Center hosts summers of music and fun with the annual Summer Showcase Concert Series. Performances are every Thursday evening from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Meadows Courtyard. Join us and enjoy original Texas-made music in a family friendly environment. Summer Showcase performances, and admission to the Buddy Holly Center during performance hours, are free to the public. 2017 Summer Showcase Concert Series Schedule. 

M.A.D. (Music, Art and Drama) Camp
Annually in June
Each summer the Buddy Holly Center invites children ages 9 - 12 to go M.A.D. and have fun learning the beginner skills necessary to achieve their creative dreams at Music, Art and Drama Camp. 2016 MAD Camp information.

Buddy's Birthday Bash

September 7th
Birthday Bash Band

The Buddy Holly Center honors the birthday of Lubbock's most famous son each year on September 7th. The event, and admission to the Buddy Holly Center, are both free on this day. 

Poodle Skirts & Hot Rods

In conjunction with Buddy's Birthday Bash
poodle skirt

Come to the Buddy Holly Center each year for a day of creativity and fun as we celebrate Buddy Holly's Birthday Bash!  Kids can take a step back into the 1950s and create their very own poodle skirt or hot rod!


End of October or Early November

The Buddy Holly Center participates in Lubbock's annual city-wide observance of the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, by hosting Procesiόn in partnership with the TTU International Cultural Center, TTU School of Art and Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. Taking place during Celebración, the Buddy Holly Center's Dia de los Muertos exhibition, Procesiόn features performances and art-making activities, and is free and open to the public. 

2017 Procesiόn schedule:
TTU International Cultural Center: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
TTU School of Art: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
LHUCA: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Buddy Holly Center: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.