Since the state's early history, Nebraska's plentiful and expansive prairies have helped feed its people and fuel its economic growth. However, Nebraska offers far more to its residents and tourists than just endless cornfields. The state's largest cities, including Omaha and Lincoln, feature a number of regular cultural attractions, including art exhibitions, music festivals, concerts and more.
- Basement of Mem. Bldg. 810 1st Corso Nebraska City, NE 68410 in Nebraska City, NE
In commemoration of local resident J. Sterling Morton who established the holiday, the city offers free trees, a garden show and various demonstrations along with a parade, chili cooking competition, craft shows and numerous educational activities during the last weekend in April. The family fun event also offers a number of games and activities. Musical guests provide live entertainment and carriage rides give spectators the chance to tour the community.
- Bellevue Berry Ranch Papillion, NE 68133 in Papillion, NE
For two weekends in May, the Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Ranch travels back in time to the days medieval England for this entertaining event that offers everything from historical craft demonstrations and battling knights to court jesters and games. Learn how to wield a sword, hear traditional Celtic music, enjoy a variety of live shows and feast on food fit for a king.
- 8th and Riverfront Dr. Downtown Omaha, NE 68106 in Omaha, NE
This food lover's dream takes place during the last weekend in May and offers up dozens of opportunities to sample the wares of local food companies and restaurants. The event welcomes cuisine talents representing numerous ethnicities, which gives guests a chance to enjoy their favorite foods or try something new. Six stages also serve as the location for live entertainment throughout the event and performers include everyone from local talent to celebrity guests.
- McCook, Nebraska in Omaha, NE
For an entire weekend in June the streets of the city celebrate the arts with this festival that attracts over 100 artists who display and sell their work. Musicians covering all music genres provide entertainment and the Taste Fest area offers everything from traditional funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers and other carnival foods to Greek gyros, Italian pizza and Mexican meals. The event also showcases the artistic talents of local grade school children and offers the Children's Fair where youngsters have the chance to release their inner creativity.
- McCook, Nebraska 10 Club House Drive McCook, NE 69001 in McCook, NE
Anyone who enjoys a good story must come to this event held during the last weekend in May. Through music, poetry and good old-fashioned tale-telling, storytellers far and wide attend the event and entertain audiences. Guests young and old hear tales that cover a wide range of topics that might include pioneering the Western frontier, war stories or surviving extraordinary circumstances. Enjoy gut-splitting humor to spine tingling horror and everything in between at this unique event. Workshops also provide the opportunity to learn the art of good storytelling.
- Lincoln County Historical Museum 2403 N. Buffalo Bill Ave North Platte, NE 69101 in North Platte, NE
The June weekend event commemorates the history of the community by celebrating the lives of everyone from the farm families who settled the area to the railroad that provided transportation. See antique equipment and implement exhibits, watch artisans demonstrate crafts and centuries old trades. Tour the museums, the railroad or learn a new skill. Take part in some friendly competition and enjoy the food.