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.
- 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.
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.
- Gage County Fairgrounds Beatrice, NE 68310 in Beatrice, NE
For five days toward the end of July, the county commemorates its agricultural history by sponsoring this event that offers animal and farm exhibits along with a speedway that brings thrills and excitement through a number of unusual racing competitions. See food prep demonstrations and competitions, handmade craft displays along with numerous food vendors and other exhibits. The event also features live nightly concerts.
- Chase County Fairgrounds 560 Park Street Imperial, NE 69033 in Imperial, NE
This eight-day August event remains one of the grandest county fairs in the state and attracts over 100 vendors who display their products on over 80,000 square feet of space. Guests find everything here from fashion and personal care items to household products, farm equipment, recreational products and vehicles. Along with the exhibits, the site features a carnival, live musical concerts and other shows that include auto racing.
- City Auditorium, Brickyard Park, Lake Hastings Hastings, NE 68902 in Hastings, NE
The festivities commemorate Hastings native Edwin Perkins who invented the popular drink over eight decades ago with a three-day weekend in August filled with fun and entertainment. See the parade and have a blast at the carnival. When looking for a refreshing beverage, guests have a choice of 16 different Kool-Aid flavors from which to choose. Scheduled contests include boat building and racing, baby and beauty pageants along with a foot race and a Kool-Aid drinking competition.