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.
- 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.
- 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.
The community celebrates the western heritage of the Midwest with this spectacular event that features seven pro-rodeo events along with daredevil presentations, chariot races and chuckwagon races in the massive main arena. Held every July and spanning a full week, the fair also features numerous animal, agricultural and homemade exhibits along with a variety of vendors and activities.
- Omaha, Nebraska in Omaha, NE
For over four decades the city hosted this popular September weekend event that attracts around 160 local, regional and national artisans who display a wide array of hand-crafted items. Whether interested in traditional drawing, painting and sculpture or prefer leather, metal or wood crafts, the genres are numerous. From ceramics to stained glass, jewelry to pottery, guests will find something interesting at the fair. The location additionally offers a large selection of refreshments in the food court.
- Citywide Nebraska City, NE 68410 in Nebraska City, NE
Renowned for its apple orchards, the community sets aside a weekend every September to commemorate the native crop. An extensive parade features numerous floats and dozens of marching bands. Activities include a carnival, an auto show and crafts along with a variety of contests and live entertainment. Food vendors offer a selection of popular goodies, many focus on apples as an ingredient.