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.
Voted as being one of the top city events in the country, the festival spans four days and begins at the end of every August. The immense Qwest Arena serves as the locations for the event that features an indoor circus, an auto show and a roller derby demonstration in addition to BBQ competitions and live concerts. Outdoors, guests enjoy an air show, street performers and a special children's play area with a host of inflated attractions. The festivities also include a parade and a dramatic fireworks display. Other attractions include a carnival and the chance to participate in a 8k run/walk over the river.
Beginning in the third week of August and spanning 11 days, Grand Island celebrates another year of agriculture with the fair that has over 140 years of history. See animal exhibits representing just about every farm animal imaginable. Marvel at the variety of new equipment at the trade shows. Attend any one of the entertaining competitions that include auto races, tractor pulls and demolition derbys. Designated areas provide younger guests with the opportunity to compete and win prizes. The event also features a variety of live entertainment shows along with food and a massive carnival.
- 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.
- Grand Island, Nebraska in Grand island, NE.
Deemed the largest farm show in the world, the event occurs during the third weekend of every September and brings thousands from dozens of states across the country to see hundreds of exhibitions and demonstrations on an 80-acre site. On specially designated areas of the grounds, guests see the newest equipment demonstrated in the fields, learn about new ag products and services. The event also features art and craft exhibits, seminars and a variety of vendors.
- Burwell and neighboring communities in Burwell, NE.
This unique event occurs during the last weekend in September and consists of dozens of mid-state communities located in a predetermined 300-mile circular area. The participants involved hold garage, yard and sidewalk sales during the weekend, which draw thousands from many states across the country in search of unusual treasures. Each community also has a selection of vendors and special activities for the enjoyment of guests. Journeying to and around the circuit of the event also provides the chance to see the scenic beauty of the area.
- Omaha, Nebraska in Omaha, NE.
During the last weekend in September, the city combines a carnival, rodeo and state fair into this spectacular celebration that takes place in the downtown area. The event also has a lavish parade, livestock shows, live concerts and family shows along with canoe, riverboat, stagecoach and pony rides. The entire city participates in the event having an overall Western theme and offering lots of food, fun and entertainment.