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.
- 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.
- 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.
During the first weekend in August, local residents having Czech heritage welcome locals and visitors alike to join in a celebration of their culture, history and traditions. Having one of the largest Czechoslovakian populations in the country, Wilber hosts this extravagant annual event that includes traditional dance and music, native foods, costume demonstrations and a parade along with a variety of activities for the entire family.