Local Date Nights

Kara Hyden

Fall means cooler weather, boots and sweaters, cozying up by a fire, and enjoying things flavored with pumpkin. Fall is also a great time to go out with that special someone to explore all the fun that only the fall season brings. We’ve cultivated a list of local date night activities for you and your date to enjoy.

For fans of local artists, musicians, craftsmen, and locally grown produce, these first few are great places to check out in the open air.

First Friday Art Trail

511 Avenue K, Lubbock


The First Friday Art Trail is a “free, self-guided art tour in the Lubbock Cultural District held in partnership with a variety of art centers, museums, galleries and businesses.” Visit the website for more information and also download a map of different locations available to tour. 

The great thing about this date night idea is that it’s free! There are food trucks each month during the event. The art trail is held monthly, rain or shine, from 6:00pm–9:00pm.

Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market

5th Street & Avenue J, Lubbock


The farmers’ market in Lubbock is held every Saturday, May 27th through October 14th. Located in downtown Lubbock, the event was created to “provide Lubbock and surrounding areas with locally grown foods and farm products.” Be sure to check out their website each week to see the different vendors that will be onsite that week.

The market is open 9:00am–1:00pm.

Wolfforth Farmers Market

8924 County Road 7100, Wolfforth

(Located ½ mile west of Frenship High School on West 82nd Street)


Another great local market is in Wolfforth. The Wolfforth Farmers Market “provides a conveniently located, year-round, farmers’ market for area residents to purchase quality foods grown, baked, or produced locally, as well as some local handmade crafts, jewelry, and woodwork.”

They are open every Saturday 10:00am–2:00pm.

For those that like a bit more action or using their athletic skills, be sure to check out a few of these places and put those muscles to work. Has anyone tried Axe Throwing? Lubbock has two different businesses to test your skills.

Raider’s Axe Gallery

1408 Avenue F, Lubbock


Raider’s Axe has over 70 weapons to choose from, including antique axes, knives, spears, metal cards and more. They have 6 throwing lanes available. Don’t be intimidated to give it a try! They have staff to instruct you on safe and effective throwing techniques.

The cost is $25/person/hour. Make it a double date and share the lane with some friends.  Be sure to check out their website for hours and groups rates for 10 or more people.

Grab Axxes

12213 University Avenue, Lubbock


This location offers axe throwing, pool tables, darts and other activities. They’re also a great place for live music events, birthdays, or any family-type event. Reservations are required for the axe throwing lanes.

The cost is $27.50/person/hour. Check out their website for hours and reserve your lane.

For couples looking for a unique date night, here are a few places to try…


Lubbock has several bookstores around town. They are great places for perusing books to read together, magazines to check out future vacation spots, or grabbing some warm pumpkin-spiced drinks and just sitting together. A few locations in the Lubbock area to check out are: 

Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 6002 Slide Road, Suite 68203, www.barnesandnoble.com

2nd & Charles, 6066 Marsha Sharp Freeway West, www.2ndandcharles.com

2nd Chance Books, 4206 50th Street,  www.2ndchancebooks.com 

Don’t just think of date nights as the same old dinner and a movie. Get out and explore, try new things, new activities, and make lots of memories. Whether it’s a first date or a 50th date, check out these local businesses and go have some fun!

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