The 34th annual Lubbock Arts Festival, presented by the nonprofit promoters of the Lubbock Arts Alliance, caters to families with its yearly celebration of visual, performing, culinary, and children's arts. More than 100 visual artists headline the weekend-long gala with their stunning handiwork, including the Sweet Pieces of Jelly Bean Art, which will remain on display each day to wow browsers with massive pieces crafted entirely from sugary treats. Atop three different performance stages, dancers perform in a variety of styles, while children's Make and Take stations entertain pint-size Picassos with free art-related activities. Finally, on Sunday, eyes can shift to the big screen during an all-day film festival, filled with independent films and cartoons that showcase familial filmmaking prowess and stirring monologues delivered by sophisticated housecats.
Operating under the mantra Flavor Your Life, Bahama Buck's sends its patrons on a tropical holiday with every sip of its gourmet drinks.
Island-inspired decor outfits each Bahama Buck's location, and the business's approach to flavor as an art form—with more than 90 flavors of shaved ice—carries over to its smoothies, which send creamy concoctions climbing through straws to rouse tasters with the zest of fresh fruit and juices. Hawaii's Kona coffee beans are used for Island House coffees, and island specialties, such as 100% natural juices, provide an afternoon pick-me-up without the pressure of negotiating with the intimidating children in charge of neighborhood lemonade stands.
Party Plus Warehouse supplies the necessary ingredients for memorable events. Hosts can pick up hats, paper goods, and custom-designed banners to add colorful accents to birthday parties or baby showers, and find graduation-themed accessories to celebrate scholastic achievements. Staff members can string balloons in shapes such as palm trees or archways to grant attendees both an eye-catching setting and a reassurance that no porcupines RSVP’d. Party Plus also supplies Halloween costumes for spooky revelries, and rents popcorn machines and arcade games to amplify festivities.
Run by a crew of board-sport enthusiasts, Riptank Boardshop outfits riders with wakeboards, skateboards, snowboards, and tons of auxiliary accessories and gear. Along with T-shirts, thermals, and hoodies for both men and women, the shop stocks Billabong vests for wakeboarders, wheels for skaters, and goggles that shield snowboarders from snow powder and the kisses of overly affectionate yetis. Meanwhile, outside the shop, Riptank hosts numerous events, such as contests and pro demos.
The family-owned Jump N Jungle entertains kids at its 10,500-square-foot Jump N Jungle. Along with a selection of slides, the climate-controlled play area enthralls youngsters with climbing structures, an inflatable shaped like a playful tiger lying on its back, and a bounce castle where kids learn to leap and play the lute simultaneously. In the summer, Jump N Jungle also hosts Summer camps where attendees play games, enjoy bounce time, and work on crafts and coloring projects.
Beginning as a single shop in 1988, Racer Car Wash has expanded to include two additional Lubbock locations and continues to dole out soft-cloth washes and spot-free rinses. Vehicles can roll into the shop for a list of services from a quick Wash & Go to The Works, complete with polish, wax, tire dressing, and total-body protectant. Once cars are squeaky clean, staffers protect against streaks and spots with a towel dry and chickenpox vaccination.