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.
- Omaha, Nebraska in Omaha, NE
Whether looking for the latest home gadgets or thinking about a remodeling project, this is the event to attend. Sponsors of the February weekend event boast that many products found here are not offered anywhere else. See innovative appliances, electronic devices or venture to the home decorating or landscaping areas. Other exhibits include ideas and products for remodeling and DIY projects. The venue also has arts, crafts and unique gift exhibits.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- City-wide Wayne, NE 68787 in Wayne, NE
In keeping with an agricultural theme, this unique event provides an excuse to bring family and friends together for five days of fun in July. Most of the event evolve around a chicken theme and include cooking contests, hot wing eating contests, the largest chicken dance and a parade. The long list of activities include a chicken BBQ, ice cream social, wine tasting and a variety of games. The event also hosts arts and crafts exhibits, a teen dance and fireworks display.