Texas Tech's First Autumn Festival Coming Saturday

Inaugural event will include local art, music, dancing and food from the university and Lubbock communities.

WHAT:           Autumn Fest

WHEN:           11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday (Nov. 8)

WHERE:         Memorial Circle and Engineering Key, Texas Tech University campus

Texas Tech will host the inaugural Autumn Fest, an event celebrating the local art, music, dancing and cuisine culture from the Texas Tech, Lubbock and South Plains communities.

Open to the public and appropriate for all ages, the festival will feature live music, a farmer's market, dance performances and a chef's demonstration stage. Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis will make remarks at 1 p.m.

Local vendors will display and sell their works, including art of all different styles – oil, watercolor, ceramics, clay, mosaics – photography, woodworking, jewelry, handmade soaps and bath accessories, repurposed furniture and items, to name a few.

Six public art tours will be available to explore Texas Tech's art collection initiated by the university system's Board of Regents in 1998. The public art initiative was created to enliven the campus environment and extend the university's educational mission. The walking tours will include both the Texas Tech and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center campuses.

For more information about the public art tours and a schedule of events, please visit the Autumn Fest website. Free parking is available for the event.

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CONTACT:  Chris Cook, managing director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2136 or chris.cook@ttu.edu.