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.
- 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.
- Downtown Superior, NE 68978 in Superior, NE
The annual Memorial Day weekend event takes a look at the Victorian history of the community and commemorates former resident Lady Evelene Brodstone Vestey. Considered the Victorian capital of the state, Superior hosts a parade, craft fair and dances along with special children's activities, food presentations and a traditional Victorian tea. Guests might also journey about the community and view the many exquisite, historic Victorian homes.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.