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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.