21 things to do in Nebraska this weekend


Lincoln, NE (KLKN) – Looking to make plans for this weekend? Wherever you are, we have an up-to-date list of things to do statewide. Whether you’re in Omaha or Valentine, Lincoln or North Platte, we’ve got you covered!

Take a look below, see if anything piques your interest, and enjoy the best of Nebraska.


History with Hops — Thursday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Enjoy an evening exploring historic Union Station and learning about Omaha’s history, with a cold drink in hand. History with Hops gives guests aged 21 and over the opportunity to visit the museum after hours! The evening includes: guided tours of the Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall, pop-up curators displaying rarely seen artifacts from the museum’s collection, and the Durham Museum’s permanent and traveling exhibitions. $25/person.

801 S. 10th St.

Carne and Arena in Kaneko — From Thursday to 10 Sept.

CARNE y ARENA, Oscar-winning virtual reality experience by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, an immersive virtual reality experience chronicling the harrowing journey of refugees from Central America and Mexico, $40 per ticket

1111 Jones Street

Elkhorn Days — from Thursday to Sunday

Four days of celebrations featuring live music, games, a parade, Friday night fireworks and more. Elkhorn Days offers something for the whole family. FREE ENTRANCE.

Elkhorn Town Center

Omaha Summer Arts Festival — From Friday to Sunday

Join the free entertainment for this live event in a new location. Celebrating its 48th anniversary as one of Omaha’s most treasured traditions, the festival will bring its artist market, music, youth arts and more to Aksarben Village.

Aksarben Village

Music at Miller Park – Saturday

Welcome to another summer of music at Miller Park! This community-sponsored free outdoor summer concert series kicks off with Enjoli & Timeless. All concerts are free and no tickets are required. Bring blankets, chairs, sunscreen, insect repellent, food, drinks including beer and wine**, and pets on a leash. (**No strong alcohol)

2707 Redick Ave.


Bellevue Rocks! Festival by the river — Thursday to Saturday

Kick off the summer with three days of fun including live music, carnival rides, Saturday night fireworks and more. Free entry.

2502 Payne Bellevue Driveway

Don’t stop me now! — Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.

Don’t stop me now! celebrates the most popular and acclaimed rock musicals of all time. This is an energetic concert featuring musical favorites like ‘Jersey Boys’, ‘Mamma Mia!’, ‘Hair’, ‘Rent’ and more!

11691 S. 108th St. Papillion,

“Day to Day” Part 1 showing — From Friday to July 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

From 1993 to 1997, the Nebraska Cornhuskers football program had one of the most dominant eras in college football history, but it was plagued with controversy, injury, and tragedy. What was more amazing than three national titles in four years was how they did it. This limited local broadcast featuring Part 1 of the “Day By Day” documentary series only airs at the brand new Granary Green! Part 2 is coming in the fall. Tickets available online.

5555 Granary Plaza, Ralston

Omaha Potter’s Fair — from Saturday to Sunday

The Omaha Pottery Fair is here! What you can expect: Butterbeer; vendors selling chopsticks, stuffed owls and more; delicious food served by the Bellevue Berry Farm; costumed characters walking around the fair and giving lessons; children’s activities, including licensed Harry Potter coloring pages; giant bubbles; board games; and more. It is hosted by the Black Flag Pirates. Participate in costume contests for children and adults! Tickets from $12 to $30

11001 S. 48th Butterfly Street


Veterans Memorial Garden Brick Dedication — Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to the Honor Brick Dedication Event at 10:30 a.m. The program recognizes veterans whose family and friends have purchased a Dedication Brick in the past two years. for the Veterans Memorial Garden. It also commemorates the founding of the Veterans Memorial Garden.

Antelope Park, 3200 Veterans Memorial Drive


Ashland Neighborhood Garage Sale — Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

With four distinct locations, you’re sure to find everything you’re looking for, and some things you didn’t know you needed! Children’s clothing, furniture, home decor, and jewelry are just a few of the items you’ll come across when chatting with the townspeople.

748 Whitetail Run Circle / 1135 S. 7th St. / 1155 S. 8th St. / 625 Valley View Court, Ashland

Picnic in the park — Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pack a lunch, grab the family, and head to Greenwood Park for a community picnic in the park. Enjoy the great weather and chat with members of the local community about what makes Greenwood great!

Greenwood Park, Greenwood


Elmwood and Murdock garage sale — Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Elmwood and Murdock hold their own local garage sale, and Fairweather Finds in Elmwood also participates. You will find buried treasures in the 5 different locations.

31402 Church Road, Murdock / 36504 Waverly Road, Murdock / 32814 McKelvie Road, Murdock / 30312 Alvo Road, Murdock / 28617 Fletcher Road, Elmwood

Build the playground! — Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Elmwood and Murdock are looking for volunteers to help build the playground at Murdock Park. If you are not physically able to help with the construction, consider providing refreshments, as volunteers will be hard at work providing children in the community with a nice place to spend the summer.

Murdock Park, Murdock


Beer tasting and painting — Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Paint with Peg Leg Beer as you sample their range of beers. That’s right, use beer as paint to create your new masterpiece!

Peg Leg’s Brewery, 2519 Halligan Drive

Community Fishing Night — Friday, 6 p.m.

Sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the events will take place at locations across the state. Look for the Family Fishing Trailer, where loaner rods and reels, bait, and fishing instruction are available free to attendees. This is the perfect opportunity for people of all ages who have never fished or haven’t fished in years to learn. All participants aged 16 and over require a fishing license. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for permits.

Birdwood Lake


Hastings YMCA Summer Festival — Saturday, 4 p.m.

The Hastings Family YMCA is hosting SummerFest! This event is open to the whole community and all ages. Bring your family, friends, colleagues and out-of-town guests and prepare for a fun-filled day in Hastings. The festival will include unique activities such as ziplining, bungee trampolines, rock faces, ropes courses, vendors, food and more!

Brickyard Park, Hastings


Heart City Cattle Battle — Friday, noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, start at 8 a.m.

The second annual Heart City Cattle Fight will be held at the Cherry County Fairgrounds on June 10-11. We’ll start Friday with check-in, then a fitting clinic, then a show that night, followed by beer garden and dancing. On Saturday we will have market steers, market heifers and breeding heifer shows. $2,000 extra cash and lots of great prizes!

Cherry County Fairgrounds, 120 S. Green St.


Pride in the Park — Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We’re back with our 3rd annual Pride in the Park event. We’ll have vendors, amazing food, beautiful queens, music and more! Family friendly of course, so bring everyone.

Laing Park, Alliance

Funky Finds Flea Market — Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come see what you can find this week at Funky Finds Flea Market. Challenge a friend to find the craziest thing there, chat with the locals, or just stop off on the way to Nebraska Staple, Carhenge.

Alliance high school parking lot, Alliance


Bands on Broadway — Thursday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join the Scottsbluff community for a free concert in the park! Pack snacks and a cooler, take lawn chairs and enjoy the good weather while listening to good music. There’s no better way to prepare for the weekend than an outdoor concert. Takes place every Thursday evening. FREE ENTRANCE.

18th St Plaza, Scottsbluff


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