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    January

  • Jan 20 - 22 2017
    Niobrara River Polar Bear Festival - Springview
    Plunge into the Niobrara River! Snowmobile and 4-wheeler races, tug-of-war, chainsaw contest and dance.
  • Jan 21 - 22 2017
    18th Annual Niobrara River Polar Bear Festival - Ainsworth
    Friday night is the kick-off party at the Meadville Store then kararoke !!! Saturday at noon "Liquid Courage" at the Meadville Store!! 1pm. regist ... more »

  • February

  • Feb 25 2017
    NEBRASKAland Days Buffalo Bill Birthday Bash - North Platte
    Celebrate the anniversary of the greatest showman in American history -- William F. Cody. The event includes sponsor hospitality booths, appetizer ba ... more »

  • March

  • Spring Thaw - Plattsmouth
    Special events to mark the beginning of warmer weather.
  • Feb 24 - 25 2017
    Spring Wing Ding - Clay Center
    First Weekend - A two-day event focusing on the Wet lands and spring waterfowl migration featuring: tours to local marshes, noon cookout, seminars and ... more »

  • Mar 11 2017
    KHUB Polka Party - Fremont
    Enjoy 9 continuous hours of polka music, dancing and fun. 1 - 10- p.m..
  • Mar 24 2017
    Spring Fling - Alma
    The Alma Chamber of Commerce hosts their annual Spring Fling on the fourth Friday evening in March. Stores stay open late and present their new lines ... more »

  • April

  • Apr 15 2017
    1884 Days Celebration - Valentine
    Celebrating the founding of Valentine with historic dress, history and special events.
  • Apr 21 - 23 2017
    Arbor Day Celebration - Nebraska City
    Nebraska City is proud to be the home of the national tree-planting day, Arbor Day. This three day event is celebrated throughout the city the last Fr ... more »

  • May

  • Apr 20 - 21 2017
    Annual Heartland Storytelling Festival - Beatrice
    Hear nationally known storytellers talk about the homesteading era. Special evening program Friday at 7pm. 10am-2:30pm.
  • Apr 24 - 29 2017
    Historic Preservation Week - Gordon
    Second Week.
  • Apr 27 2017
    Fiesta Kearney - Kearney
    This Cinco de Mayo festival includes Mariachi Ameca, dancing and entertainment by Tavesia Nortena. Traditional foods, vendors and information booths. ... more »

  • May 6 2017
    Art & Garden Festival on the Green - Gibbon
    Enjoy good food and Nebraska wine in celebration of the upcoming summer season. Demonstrations and displays by artists and gardeners. 9am-4pm. ... more »

  • May 12 - 14 2017
    Victorian Festival Honoring Lady Vestey - Superior
    Memorial Day Weekend - City-wide. Victorian tea, historical driving tours, entertainment, street dances, parade, games, Victorian home tours and more ... more »

  • May 12 - 14 2017
    Medicine Creek Days - Cambridge
    Come and celebrate "Hometown Heroes" during Medicine Creek Days sponsored by the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce. Highlights of the weekend will be a ... more »

  • May 13 2017
    Coffee on the Porch - Tekamah
    Historical displays, artifacts and information for everyone. 9:30-11:30am.
  • May 25 - 29 2017
    Camp Clarke Days - Bridgeport
    Community celebration commemorating the Camp Clarke Bridge built to facilitate travel across the North Platte River.
  • May 27 - 28 2017
    St. Patrick's Family Fun Festival - Fremont
    Homemade ethnic food booths, BBQ, games, home-made ice cream, children's rides. Sat. 5:00 - 9:30 p.m., Sun. noon - 8 p.m.
  • May 31 - 2 2018
    Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference - Red Cloud
    The Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation (WCPM) sponsors the event, which studies and celebrates the works and times of the Nebras ... more »

  • June

  • Eagle Fun Day - Eagle
    Pancake feed, children's games, tractor pull, car show, street dance and a parade.
  • Hot Time in Old Town - Wilber
    Barbecue, baseball, fireworks and more.
  • Digging in Days - Sutton
    Third Weekend - Civil War re-enactment, dedication, car show, parade, BBQ.
  • Old Settlers Picnic - Fairmont
    Third Weekend - A fun-filled, two-day event for the entire community. The picnic has been held every year since 1874. Visitors are invited to enjoy th ... more »

  • June Jubilee - Milligan
    First Week - The residents had so much fun celebrating their 100th birthday they've been celebrating ever since. Held annually, events include softbal ... more »

  • Fun Day - Ohiowa
    Third Saturday - Children's games, horseshoes, firemen's water fights, team penning, ball games, a dance, and the famous Windsor Loin Dinner at 5pm ma ... more »

  • May 26 - 28 2017
    Annual Bridging the Shores Celebration - Niobrara
    First weekend in June. Come to Niobrara, Where the Niobrara river ends and the Missouri bends! Friday -- 6:00 p.m. - Car Cruisin' w/ KK93, Kiddie P ... more »

  • May 26 - 28 2017
    Swedish Festival - Oakland
    Biennial - Next Festival, 2009. The Oakland Swedish Festival is one of Nebraska's and the midwest's outstanding ethnic festivals, a 4-time state award ... more »

  • May 27 - 28 2017
    Annual Rails & Trails Days - Fairbury
    The first weekend in June gives locals and visitors a chance to travel back in time when covered wagons and the new railroad were the principle means ... more »

  • May 27 - 3 2017
    Flag Days - Chappell
    Family festival includes golf tournaments, softball games, free BBQ, pie social and more.
  • Jun 1 - 3 2017
    Albion Alumni Weekend - Albion
    Come and join in on an old-fashion town celebration! Fun For All! MILLION DOLLAR HOLE IN ONE! At the Albion Country Club. There is potential ... more »

  • Jun 2 - 4 2017
    Swedish Festival - Stromsburg
    On the third weekend in June of each year everyone in Stromsburg becomes Swedish at heart. Their name may not be Johnson or Anderson or Carlson but th ... more »

  • Jun 2 - 5 2017
    Annevar - Ravenna
    Annual celebration for over 50 years. (Ravenna spelled backwards). Three full days. Demolition derby, tractor pull, quilt show, flower show, BBQ, carn ... more »

  • Jun 2 - 4 2017
    Oak Creek Valley Days - Valparaiso
    Garage Sales Friday and Saturday - Coed Slow Pitch Tourney, Rubber Duck Races, BBQ Cookoff, dance performances, kids ball games, bed races, vintage ba ... more »

  • Jun 3 - 4 2017
    Pioneer Village Days - Minden
    Inventors from small towns to large cities gather to display their newest concepts, conceived in garages, sheds and kitchens and brought to life with ... more »

  • Jun 3 2017
    Cookout & Concert on the Lawn - Elmwood
    Enjoy a brass band concert and cookout. Stroll the gardens or take a tour of the author's home for $1.00. Bring your lawn chairs! 5:30-8:30 p.m. ... more »

  • Jun 3 - 4 2017
    Pawnee Panorama - Pawnee City
    Annual celebration of the Pioneer spirit featuring an old-fashioned community band concert and community picnic on Friday night, and weekend events in ... more »

  • Jun 6 - 11 2017
    Homestead Days - Beatrice
    This annual Beatrice celebration features pioneer craft demonstrations, parades, BBQ, outdoor entertainment, and a variety of competitive events from ... more »

  • Jun 9 - 11 2017
    Deshler Daze - Deshler
    Dance, Chicken BBQ, Deshler High School Class Reunion, Games in the Park, Free Swimming, Cardboard Duct Tape Boat Races in the Swimming Pool. ... more »

  • Jun 9 - 10 2017
    Gold Rush Days - Sidney
    Old West reenactments, gun fights, wagon rides, delicious eats, gold panning, craft vendors, frontier village, kids games, log cutting, cannon firings ... more »

  • Jun 10 2017
    Rock 'n-Roll Father's Day Classic - Gering
    Treat dad to this family-friendly event. Live music, car show, horseshoes, drag competition and more. Camping available. Presented by Five Rocks Amphi ... more »

  • Jun 14 - 24 2017
    NEBRASKAland DAYS - North Platte
    NEBRASKAland DAYS is a celebration of the state of Nebraska and its heritage. Consisting of parades, art shows, rodeos, concerts, and much, much more, ... more »

  • Jun 16 - 17 2017
    Midsommarfest - Swedish Days - Holdrege
    20th-8:30-All Class Reunion 8:00 am-Sunset EVERY DAY (Thursday, June 19-Sunday June 22)—Skydive Atlas Offering Tandem Jumps at Brewster Field. More ... more »

  • Jun 16 - 17 2017
    Dala Days - Holdrege
    During Dala Days, “Dala Horses” will be on display throughout Holdrege. The Dala Horse is a popular souvenir and recognized as an unofficial symbo ... more »

  • Jun 17 - 18 2017
    Heritage Festival - North Platte
    Antique tractor and implement display and demonstrations; tractor rodeo on Sunday, historic demonstrations, food and entertainment. Held in conjunctio ... more »

  • Jun 17 2017
    June Jamboree - Franklin
    It's time for Franklin's Annual Summer Celebration! Saturday begins early with sidewalk sales on main street, followed by a parade at 10:00 am and cla ... more »

  • Jun 17 2017
    Cortland Fest - Beatrice
    Ahoy! Beware of Pirates on Saturday, June 25! This year's theme is Treasure Island! Some of the events this year will be the antique tractor show, kid ... more »

  • Jun 19 - 21 2017
    Sam Wymore Days - Beatrice
    Parade, 2 day flea market, softball & baseball tournaments, backseat driver contest, adult dance, golf tournament, pancake breakfast, and more! Most e ... more »

  • Jun 22 - 20 2017
    June Days Celebration - Crawford
  • Jun 22 - 25 2017
    A'ror'n Days - Aurora
    A'ROR'N DAYS is Aurora's own annual celebration held every year during the 3rd weekend of June. Events include family night, Saturday's noon parade, a ... more »

  • July

  • Community Days - Henderson
    Barbecue, car show, 3-on-3 basketball, craft fair, ethnic food, boat race, carnival. Fri 6:30 pm.
  • Jul 4 2009
    Dodge Daze - Dodge
    Annual fun-packed day that features a pancake feed, swim meet, sidewalk sale, classic car poker run, band concert, water fights, sand volleyball and s ... more »

  • Jul 4 2009
    Bands, Brews & BBQs - Cozad
    Street festival including a children's carnival, talent show, live bands and assorted vendors. Noon-1am.
  • Jul 3 - 6 2014
    Fur Trade Days - Chadron
    Buckskinner's camp, rodeo, BBQ, contests, flea market, fireworks, art and craft shows, Buffalo Chip Throwing Contest and Colter Run.
  • Jul 4 - 6 2014
    Grover Cleveland Alexander Days - St. Paul
    (Weekend Following July 4th) - Celebrating hometown hero, Grover Cleveland Alexander since 1991. Classic Car Show, music talent contest, sidewalk sale ... more »

  • Jul 4 - 5 2015
    Pawnee Days - Genoa
    Third weekend - Demolition derby, livestock show, barbecue, parade, horse show, baseball game, and a free breakfast at the airport with many fly-ins. ... more »

  • Jun 27 - 29 2017
    Middle of Nowhere Carnival Days - Ainsworth
    Have a great time at the D.C. Lynch Carnival. Enjoy the hamburger feed and ice cream social, along with turtle races and a tractor pullette.
  • Jul 2 - 4 2017
    Annual Diller Picnic - Fairbury
    A few of the activities that will be held include: a parade, carnival midway, pasture golf, bingo, free family entertainment in the park, Nebraska Bus ... more »

  • Jul 6 - 9 2017
    Oregon Trail Days - Gering
    Western Nebraska's largest event continues the tradition of celebrating and honoring those stalwart individuals who settled the North Platte Valley. A ... more »

  • Jul 7 - 9 2017
    John C. Fremont Days - Fremont
    Annual John C. Fremont Days has something for everyone from athletic competitions to living history encampments, rodeo, car show, craft vendors and mo ... more »

  • Jul 8 2017
    Avoca Day - Avoca
    Second Saturday - Annual festival beginning at 9 a.m. with an Arts, Crafts, and Collectible Show in the town hall. Fun Run, Car Show, Kids Games, Kit ... more »

  • Jul 8 2017
    Bloom in Bloomfield Days - Bloomfield
    Fun festival with horseback riding, live music, car show and a parade.
  • Jul 11 - 16 2017
    Heritage Days - Alliance
    Week long of activities and fun. The Alliance Chamber of Commerce has signed a carnival contract with Frazier Shows of America. For more information ... more »

  • Jul 14 - 15 2017
    Wind Turbine Day - Springview
    Festival begins with a fun run/walk to the turbines at 7am. The day long celebration includes a parade, pickup and tractor pull, calf roping, games fo ... more »

  • Jul 14 - 16 2017
    Play Days - Beemer
    Activities include a parade, antique tractor pull, softball, barbecue, kids games, and food booths.
  • Jul 15 2017
    Hickman Hayday - Hickman
    An annual celebration, Hickman Hayday activities include a pancake feed, show and shine car show, dunking booth, mud volleyball, live D.J. entertainme ... more »

  • Jul 21 - 23 2017
    Stir-Up Days - Ashland
    Stir Up Days is Ashland's single largest community event. There will be a wide variety of fun activities including a parade, children's games and act ... more »

  • Jul 22 - 30 2017
    Nifty 50's Weekend - Ponca
    BBQ and concert, Thursday; annual teen street dance, Friday nite; Saturday, Show and Shine Car Show, Qlde-Fashioned flea market, 50's-60's Street Danc ... more »

  • Jul 22 2017
    Annual Kites and Castles - Ogallala
    Join kite fliers and sand sculptors from around the nation for one of the most unique family events in the USA. The white sand beaches at Lake McConau ... more »

  • August

  • Jul 22 - 23 2017
    Harvest Festival - Trenton
    First Weekend in August - Horseshoes, car show, free BBQ, dance, craft fair, ice cream social, team penning, and more. Parade 11am.
  • Jul 22 - 23 2017
    Bagel Days - Nebraska City
    Community event filled with fun activities including the bagel dash, free bagel breakfast, auction and Bagels & Bordeaux.
  • Jul 23 2017
    Annual Neihardt Day - Bancroft
    First Sunday - Celebration of the life and work of Nebraska's Poet Laureate and the history of the Great Plains. Outdoor entertainment, art exhibits, ... more »

  • Jul 28 - 29 2017
    Brule Day - Brule
    Fun run/walk, pancake breakfast, parade, sloppy joe lunch, flower show, kids' games, egg toss, poker run, firefighter's water flight, supper at the A ... more »

  • Jul 29 2017
    Annual Food Fair on the Square - Minden
    Food vendors with various cuisines, live musical entertainment and family activities. 9am-8pm.
  • Jul 29 2017
    Annual Mighty MO - South Sioux City
    Might Mo 8K Run that awards over $2000 in cash and prizes. Open and Masters categories. Age groups, fun run, 1/2 marathon, and competitive walk.; car ... more »

  • Jul 29 - 30 2017
    Indian School Celebration - Genoa
    Special exhibits and historical tours. Former students and families share Indian School history. American Indian arts and crafts.
  • Aug 4 - 6 2017
    Kool-Aid Days - Hastings
    Thousands of "kids" of all ages gather in Hastings, Nebraska the second full weekend of every August to celebrate the invention of Kool-Aid®, Nebrask ... more »

  • Aug 4 2017
    YMCA Duck Days - Hastings
    5K race, games, craft and food vendors, music and fun. Duck race beings at 3pm with over 120 prizes offered. Activities begin 11am.
  • Aug 4 - 6 2017
    Street Car Days - Red Cloud
    Enjoy Red Cloud's annual end-of-the-summer celebration which begins on Friday evening and continues through Sunday afternoon. Saturday brings fun ... more »

  • Aug 5 2017
    Annual Duck Derby - Grand Island
    The duck derby is a fund raising event that has grown into a community festival. Duck adoptions will be available for $5 each. The winners will receiv ... more »

  • Aug 5 - 6 2017
    Greek Festival - Bridgeport
    Enjoy a variety of Greek foods and folk dances by participants in native dress on Sat. Full dinner served on Sun along with folk dancing and afternoon ... more »

  • Aug 5 - 6 2017
    Blue Springs Sesquicentennial - Blue Springs
    Celebrating 150 Years in 2007 with events city wide. See website for details.
  • Aug 9 2017
    Annual Polish Luau - Oshkosh
    Oshkosh Chapter #264 OES began their Annual Polish Luau around 25 years ago. It is held the 3rd Wednesday in August every year. The Annual Polish L ... more »

  • Aug 11 - 13 2017
    Chimney Rock Pioneer Days - Bayard
    Chimney Rock Pioneer Days starts Friday night with the opening ceremonies. Following the opening ceremonies is the "kidnapping" of this year's victim. ... more »

  • Aug 12 2017
    Old Fashioned Satruday Night - Cambridge
    5:00 pm to . . . . ???
  • Aug 18 - 20 2017
    Sinful Sidney Sesquicentennial Celebration - Sidney
    Come celebrate a history like no other and a town that is still surviving and thriving after 150 years! "Sinful Sidney" invites you to join in a weeke ... more »

  • Aug 18 - 20 2017
    Cobblestone Festival - Falls City
    "Life On The Farm" - Includes games, sporting events, contests, carnival rides, flea market, food concessions, fishing contest, parade, craft demos an ... more »

  • September

  • Aug 25 2017
    Autumnfest Founder's Day Celebration - Hastings
    Food vendors, craft show, flea market, parade, bingo and entertainment. 9am-4pm.
  • Aug 25 - 26 2017
    Hay Days Celebration - Cozad
    Join us for a wonderful time! There will be a carnival, parade, window displays, kids games, arts & crafts and food booths. Fun for the entire family. ... more »

  • Aug 27 2017
    Bayside Western Trail Festival - Brule
    In the days of the old west, there were multiple trails that were used for driving cattle from Texas up to Nebraska. One of those was the Western Trai ... more »

  • Aug 31 - 2 2017
    Yorkfest - York
    Annual community celebration with a large array of different activities for all age groups. Children activities, fun run for kids, glow run for adults ... more »

  • Sep 2 - 3 2017
    Willow Tree Festival - Gordon
    Second Weekend - Features a variety of entertainment in the parks and community building as lively national, regional and local performers provide con ... more »

  • Sep 2 - 3 2017
    Old Trusty Days - Clay Center
    Old Trusty Days, nationally known, brings life to the fairgrounds again. From across the United States, people attend this two-day celebration of "the ... more »

  • Sep 2 2017
    Ward Bond Wagontrain Festival - Benkelman
    Watch Ward Bond movies at the Zorn Theater from 2-5pm, take an old-fashioned wagon ride to the cookout and enjoy entertainment around the campfire. ... more »

  • Sep 3 2017
    Annual Lisco Days Celebration - Lisco
    In a celebration of the communities heritage, the Village of Lisco invites everyone to come join in the fun and games at this annual event. Activities ... more »

  • Sep 7 - 10 2017
    Plattsmouth Harvest Festival - Plattsmouth
    4 days of fun and entertainment for the whole family, the Plattsmouth Harvest Festival is the oldest continuous harvest festival in Nebraska. A celebr ... more »

  • Sep 7 - 9 2017
    Indian Summer Rendezvous - Ogallala
    For years the people of Ogallala have welcomed the Indian Summer Rendezvous and it's fans to celebrate our colorful past with bands, live entertainmen ... more »

  • Sep 8 2017
    Fall Festival - Oshkosh
    The Fall Festival, in Oshkosh, Nebraska is held in conjunction with the Garden County High School homecoming game. Festivities begin at 8:00 a.m. ... more »

  • Sep 9 - 10 2017
    Farm and Ranch Museum Annual Harvest Festival - Gering
    THIRD WEEKEND - Demonstrations, displays of horse, steam and gas powered vintage equipment. Steam tractors, Stationary Baling, Sweep Grinding, hay ... more »

  • Sep 9 2017
    Apple Jam - Tekamah
    Family Event Activities include Pony Rides, Face Painting, Bounce House, Kiddy Train Rides, Apple Pie Garden, Apple related activities, BBQ, Concessio ... more »

  • Sep 10 2017
    Annual Harvest Celebration - Gibbon
    Live music, delicious food, grape stomping and Nebraska wines. 12:30-6pm.
  • Sep 14 - 16 2017
    Harvest Festival - Gothenburg
    3rd weekend of September (Annually)- Thursday: "Dogs on Parade" Friday: Kid's Parade Saturday: Parade, Food Vendors, Arts & Crafts, Kid's Games, Ent ... more »

  • Sep 15 - 17 2017
    AppleJack Festival - Nebraska City
    Nebraska City’s historic AppleJack Festival annually draws between 60,000 and 80,000 people to Nebraska City to celebrate the kickoff of the apple h ... more »

  • Sep 16 2017
    Harvest Festival - Grand Island
    Enjoy harvest demonstrations, specialty food, games, work your way through our grass maze, see cooking demonstrations and pick your very own pumpkin f ... more »

  • Sep 16 - 17 2017
    Germanfest - Syracuse
    Last Full Weekend - Parade, Sat. 11am, ehtnic festival with food, beer garden, live entertainment Saturday and Sunday, German dancers, singers, volkwa ... more »

  • Sep 16 2017
    Farmer's Day Celebration - Kimball
    Locals, farmers, and visitors will gather to take in the following events: fun run, parade, free hamburger feed, a regional craft show, vendors market ... more »

  • Sep 16 2017
    EAGER BEAVER DAYS - Beaver City
    Join us for Beaver City's annual late summer celebration, EAGER BEAVER DAYS. There are lots of events: a big PARADE, ARTS and CRAFTS SHOW, LUNCH in ... more »

  • Sep 16 - 17 2017
    Curtis Fall Festival - Curtis
    Festival Theme 2013: Only In America This fun filled and action packed event is guaranteed to please the attendees. Activities include a parade, g ... more »

  • Sep 18 - 24 2017
    Fall Festival - Pawnee City
    During the day there will be poker tractor run, pie eating contest, garden tractor obstacle course, Pawnee idol, bale throwing contest, flea market, d ... more »

  • Sep 20 - 24 2017
    Heritage Days Celebration - McCook
    Last Weekend in September - Our largest annual celebration features park activities for the whole family, live entertainment and the Heritage Days Par ... more »

  • Sep 23 - 24 2017
    Pawnee City Historical Days - Pawnee City
    MEMORIES OF DAYS GONE BY Saturday, September 27 ~ 10am to 5pm View displays of World War II memorabilia, including uniforms, guns, books, maga ... more »

  • Sep 23 2017
    Weeping Water Fall Festival - Weeping Water
    Be sure and get your scarecrows ready to show! There will be lots of activities to do, starting with a pancake feed at the Hopper Community Center at ... more »

  • October

  • Sep 24 2017
    Harvest Festival - Superior
    Live entertainment, vineyard and winery tours, food and activities for all ages. Noon-9pm.
  • Sep 24 2017
    Homesteaders Fair - Fremont
    The annual event features 19th Century crafts, music, food, blacksmithing, quilting, tatting, pony rides & more. Noon - 5 p.m.
  • Sep 28 2017
    OctoBEERfest - Lincoln
    Come to the Lancaster Event Center to sample from more than 100 different types of beer, including specialty beers from the major brewers/distributors ... more »

  • Sep 30 - 1 2017
    Harvest Festival - Beatrice
    Experience farm life at harvest time with old-time music, wagon rides, threshing, pumpkin carving, marble making and more. 11am-4pm.
  • Sep 30 - 1 2017
    Applefest - Orleans
    The first weekend in October brings warm days, cool nights and Orleans' Applefest. A celebration of the harvest, of handmade crafts, or crispy red app ... more »

  • Sep 30 2017
    Dry River Race - Ravenna
    A dryland river race through the center of town to celebrate 140 years of fort banishment. River bank picnic activities to follow.
  • Oct 5 - 8 2017
    Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Old West Days - Valentine
    Second Week - Cowboy poet gathering, bit and spur show, trail rides, melodrama, quilt show, parade, Native American Wacipi. Mountain Man Rendezvous w ... more »

  • Oct 13 - 14 2017
    Cottonwood Market Days - Hastings
    The Festival is a two day, outdoor, fun, family festival with an emphasis in art. This eagerly anticipated event attracts nearly 20,000 visitors and i ... more »

  • November

  • Nov 14 2017
    Tannenbaum - Syracuse
    Lighting of community Christmas tree, carolling, bus tour of lights and soup supper. 4:30-8:30pm.
  • December

  • Dec 11 2017
    Boxing Day - Harrison
    Celebration reminiscent of past gatherings at the Agate Springs Ranch. 1-4pm.