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2018 January/February Explore!

December 27, 2017 by
Photography by Contributed

Nebraska

Winter Fun Exhibit Weekends in January at Arbor Lodge Mansion, 2611 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City. Explore special displays filled with antique ice skates, sleds, snow shoes, and more. Learn the history of these favorite winter pastimes and playthings. 402-873-7222.
arbordayfarm.org

Ice Climbing January and February at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, Valentine. Climbers with a sense of adventure can try their hand at ice climbing on the cliffs of the Niobrara River. 402-376-3789.
fws.gov

Erths Dinosaur Zoo Live

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live Jan. 8 at Lied Center for Performing Arts, 12th and R streets, Lincoln. Time travel to prehistoric Australia and see dinosaurs and other creatures brought to life in theatrical performance. The realistic dinosaur puppets were designed with help from professional paleontologists. 402-472-4747.
liedcenter.org

Indoor Air Show Jan. 13 at SAC Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland. Model pilots will demonstrate loops, flips, and barrel rolls in the museum’s climate-controlled Durham Restoration Hangar. There will be a “learn to fly” safety demonstration and educational booths. 402-944-3100
sacmuseum.org

The Carl Acuff Jr. Show Jan. 21 at Geneva City Auditorium, 162 N. 9th St. Geneva. Variety show performer Carl Acuff Jr. will perform songs from a wide range of genres from country to Motown. 402-759-4910.
visitnebraska.com/events

Pub Night Jan. 26 at Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, 3133 W. Highway 34, Grand Island. At this casino-themed night, guests can participate in classic games and sip popular old-style drinks. Attendees must be age 21 and over. 308-385-5316.
stuhrmuseum.org

Nebraska Blues Festival

Fifth Annual Winter Blues Festival Jan. 27 at Stagecoach Mall Antiques and Tasting Room, 508 E. St., Fairbury. Nebraska blues artists will perform live music. Guests are welcome to enjoy craft beers from the Kansas City Territory Brewing Co. and food from Totally Smoked BBQ. 402-587-2521.
fairbury.com

Harlem Globetrotters Feb. 2 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Dr., Lincoln. These athletes perform unbelievable tricks with basketballs. 402-904-4444.
pinnaclebankarena.com

A Conversation with Misty Copeland Feb. 13 at Lied Center for Performing Arts, 12th and R streets, Lincoln. Copeland became the first African-American female principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre. She is an artist, author, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. 402-476-2211.
liedcenter.org

Second Annual Nebraska Bigfoot Festival and Conference Feb. 12-18 in Hastings. This fun, educational event includes lots of information about Sasquatch and the research into this elusive creature here in the Midwest. 402-461-2324.
nebraskabigfoot.com

Avenged Sevenfold Feb. 8 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Dr., Lincoln. Avenged Sevenfold is stopping in Lincoln as part of their North American tour. Breaking Benjamin and Bullet for My Valentine will open the concert. 402-904-4444.
pinnaclebankarena.com

Kegs, Corks, and Crafts Feb. 17 in Arnold, citywide. Guests can sit back and enjoy Nebraska-made wines and craft beers. They can explore different booths with food vendors, featuring local and popular foods. 308-848-2211.
arnoldne.org

The Sound of Music Jan. 12-14 at Lied Center for Performing Arts, 12th and R streets, Lincoln. See Rodgers and Hammerstein’s iconic play brought to life in this production. 402-472-4747.
liedcenter.org

Firebird Feb. 16 and 17 at Lied Center for Performing Arts, 12th and R streets, Lincoln. Watch the American Ballet Theater perform with the St. Louis Symphony in their production of Igor Stravinsky’s classic. 402-472-4747.
liedcenter.org

Snarky Puppy Feb. 23 at Lied Center for Performing Arts, 12 and R streets, Lincoln. Once one of the jazz world’s best kept secrets, Snarky Puppy recently exploded on the music scene. Members of the Grammy-winning group have worked with Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, D’Angelo, and Kendrick Lamar. 402-472-4747.
liedcenter.org

Marvelous Maples Feb. 24 at Arbor Day Tree Farm, 2611 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City. Explore maple trees and discover how maple syrup is made. Taste sap right from the tree, along with various types of maple syrup. The event includes a campfire and fun tree craft. 402-873-8717.
arbordayfarm.org

Prairie Princess Party Feb. 24 at College Park, across from the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, 3133 W. Highway 34, Grand Island. Princesses of all ages are welcome at Stuhr Museum’s Peter Pan and pirate-themed Prairie Princess Party. Princesses can get their faces painted, make crafts, have tea, play games, and hang out with other princesses. 308-385-5316.
stuhrmuseum.org

Iowa

Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo Jan. 12-13 Wells Fargo Arena, 233 Center St., Des Moines. As the rodeo gates swing open, guests will see classic rodeo events with an even tougher twist. The rodeo will showcase classic events like bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, and much more. Emerging country artist Carly Pearce will perform songs from her debut album. 515-564-8300.
iowaeventscenter.com

Mr. Popper’s Penguins Jan. 13 at Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. Go on an adventure with Mr. Popper and his family of penguins in this hysterical reenactment of this popular children’s book. 515-246-2300.
desmoinesperformingarts.org

17th Annual Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival Jan. 19-20 in downtown Cherokee. This weekend of music includes pub crawls on Friday and Saturday nights, a jam session on Saturday afternoon, and a big band dance on Saturday night. A music clinic is offered for high school students on Friday. 712-225-6414.
cherokeejazzbluesfestival.com

34th Annual Eagle Days Jan. 20-21 at River City Mall, 300 Main St., Keokuk. Keokuk has one of the highest concentrations of bald eagles along the Mississippi, and the town shows its fondness for them during this annual event, featuring environmental exhibits, woodcarvers’ exhibits and demonstrations, live bird shows, and children’s activities. 319-524-5599.
keokukiowatourism.org

38th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games Jan. 25-28 at Lake Okoboji. Iowa’s fictional university comes together for a spectacular weekend of sporting events to shake off cabin fever. Popular annual events include broomball, snowball softball, flag football, and a polar plunge. The adult fun continues with spiked hot chocolate bars and pub crawls. 712-332-2107.
uofowintergames.com

The Wizard of Oz Jan. 26 at Orpheum Theatre, 528 S. Pierce St., Sioux City. This timeless Broadway production will stay true to the 1939 film while adding a few exciting twists. 712-244-5000.
orpheumlive.com

STOMP Jan. 26-28 at Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. This award-winning, eight-member percussion group performs an exciting show with unconventional instruments. 515-246-2300.
desmoinesperformingarts.org

RAGBRAI Route Party

Iowa Bike Expo and RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party Jan. 27 at Iowa Events Center, 833 Fifth Ave., Des Moines. At this event, guests will be able to shop for gear, bikes, and more from equipment exhibitors from around the country. The big event, however, is the party, which will feature a silent auction, music, a free beverage (while supplies last), and the live announcement of the overnight towns on the 2018 RAGBRAI route. 515-284-8341.
ragbrai.com

Winterfest Jan. 27 at the Amana Colonies, I-80 off exit no. 225. The Amana Colonies create old-fashioned winter fun with their annual cold-weather festival. Events include a winter wreath toss, best beard competition, the Great Amana Ham-Put, a log-sawing competition, and more. 319-622-7622.
festivalsinamana.com

Masterworks 4 Feb. 10 and 11 Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. World-renowned conductor Christopher Seaman will lead the Des Moines Symphony in concert. The performance will feature Stravinsky’s Petrouchka, Elgar’s In the South, Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D Minor, and Tchaikovsky’s “Pas de Deux” from The Nutcracker. 515-280-4000.
dmsymphony.org

Rent Feb. 11 at Orpheum Theatre, 528 S. Pierce St., Sioux City. This classic rock-opera production follows seven artists who face opposition as they try to follow their dreams. 712-244-5000.
orpheumlive.com

11th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

11th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Feb. 17 at Iowa Events Center, 730 Third St., Des Moines. The event will be split into four levels. The first two levels offer family-friendly activities: bacon-inspired lectures, demonstrations, and tastings of 25 different bacon flavors. Levels three and four will have activities for ages 21 and older with DJs, dancers, craft cocktails, and more. 515-564-8000.
iowaeventscenter.com

Daniel O’Donnell: Back Home Again Tour Feb. 25 at Orpheum Theatre, 528 S. Pierce St., Sioux City. Daniel O’Donnell is one of Ireland’s most famous artists. His partnership with PBS in 2002 helped further his career. The concert will feature some of O’Donnell’s favorite musical styles from Irish country to rock and gospel. 712-244-5000.
orpheumlive.com

Missouri

Through the Eyes of Picasso Through April 8 at Nelson-Aktins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the only United States arts venue to show this exhibit. Pablo Picasso was an avid collector of non-Western art; his collection was a constant source of exploration and inspiration. The exhibition will feature 170 works, including more than 60 paintings, sculptures, and ceramics by Picasso alongside more than 20 works of African and Oceanic art that were part of his personal collection. 816-751-1278.
nelson-atkins.org

Joel + Victoria: A Night of Hope Jan. 5 at Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. Joel and Victoria Osteen, pastors of the largest church in America, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, are coming to Kansas City to hold “A Night of Hope.” 816-949-7100.
sprintcenter.com

Lana Del Rey Jan. 9 at Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. Del Rey is in Kansas City to promote her new album, Lust For Life, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Expect to hear several hits, including the album’s title song and “Love.” 816-949-7100.
sprintcenter.com

National Geographic Live!

National Geographic Live—Brian Skerry: Ocean Wild Jan. 9 Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City. View seasoned photographer Brian Skerry’s photos detailing the deepest and undiscovered parts of the ocean. 816-994-7200.
kauffmancenter.org

Kansas City Symphony: Mozart Plus Sibelius’ Fifth Jan. 12-14 at Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City. Hear one of Mozart’s most powerful symphonies performed by the Kansas City Symphony. 816-471-0400.
kcsymphony.org

Criss Angel Raw: The Mindfreak Unplugged Jan. 16 at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, 1228 Main St., Kansas City. This show brings Angel’s famous sleight-of-hand street magic, mentalism, and even some of his most iconic illusions to life—all performed in an intimate, raw setting. 816-471-9703.
arvestbanktheatre.com

Jerry Seinfeld Jan. 19 at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, 1228 Main St., Kansas City. Entertainment icon Jerry Seinfeld comes to Arvest Bank Theatre for one night only—but two performances. Catch the performer whose popular show Seinfeld was named “Best Sitcom Ever” by 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair. 816-471-9703.
arvestbanktheatre.com

The Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein Jan 19-21 Helzberg Hall at Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City. Come hear popular songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein brought to life by New York Pops music director Steven Reineke and the Kansas City Symphony and chorus. 816-471-0400.
kcsymphony.org

2018 Royals Fanfest Jan. 26-27 at Kansas City Convention Center, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City. Baseball season is coming. This event will feature autograph sessions with current and former Royals, interactive games for fans of all ages, main stage programming, and more. 816-513-5000.
mlb.com/royals

Dance Theatre of Harlem Feb. 9 at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City. The Dance Theater of Harlem brings the artistic spirit of Harlem to life. 816-415-5025.
hjseries.org

PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Kansas City Invitational Feb.10-11 at Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. The PBR returns for the 15th consecutive year with the top-ranked bull riders and fiercest bulls. The 2018 season also celebrates 25 years of the PBR. 816-949-7100.
sprintcenter.com

Event details subject to change. Contact the event organizers for more information.

This article appears as part of the calendar of events in the January/February 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine.

2017 November/December Explore!

Photography by contributed

State of Nebraska

Nebraska: Thomas Hart Benton—MONA Collection. Through Feb. 25, Museum of Nebraska Art, 2401 Central Ave., Kearney. Celebrate Nebraska’s 150th statehood anniversary with this MONA exhibit, which will show the only 28-piece set of Benton’s gouache paintings, including the pieces featured in the 1945 book The Oregon Trail. 308-865-8559.
mona.unk.edu

Hayrack Rides, Storytelling and S’mores in Nebraska City Nov. 3-4 and 10-11

Hayrack Rides, Storytelling and S’mores. Nov. 3-4 and 10-11, Lied Lodge and Conference Center, 2700 Sylvan Road, Nebraska City. Guests will spend the evening sipping apple cider, listening to stories, making s’mores, and taking hayrack rides at Arbor Day farm. Reservations required. 800-546-5433.
liedlodge.org

Fort Atkinson Candlelight Tour 2017. Nov. 4, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, 201 S. Seventh St., Fort Calhoun. Take a guided tour of the fort by candlelight. The evening also includes a mystery, based on actual events. Each stop along the way will reveal another part of the plot. Reservations required. 402-445-0706.
fortatkinsononline.org

27th Annual Frost Frolic Holiday Market. Nov. 4, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 56885 PWF Road, Fairbury. Kick off the holiday season early at this 27th annual event. Explore a variety of décor from artisan crafts and goods from popular vendors. 402-300-7146.
frostfrolic.bonhamtheatre.org

A Brownville Christmas Concert. Nov. 8-10, Brownville Concert Series and Hall, 126 Atlantic St., Brownville.  Experience a Brownville Christmas at the Home for the Holidays concert. Performances will feature award-winning musicians and vocalists. 402-825-3331.
brownvilleconcertseries.com

Veterans Day. Nov. 11, Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland. Honor military veterans at a special program, including the posting of colors and lunch with keynote speaker Major Cory Kuehn, the assistant director of operations in the 740th Missile Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Veterans are encouraged to come in uniform. 402-944-3100.
sacmuseum.org

Gateway Farm Expo. Nov. 15-16, Buffalo County Fairgrounds, 3807 Ave. North, Kearney. Guests will see the latest agriculture technology and services at this 49th annual expo, which will feature more than 400 exhibits and free barbecue. 308-234-2717.
gatewayfarmexpo.org

North Pole Express in Lincoln Dec. 1-3, 8-10, and 15-17

North Pole Express. Nov. 18 and 25, Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. U.S. Highway 34, Grand Island. Children will enjoy taking a trip to the North Pole through songs, stories, and much more, while on a real train car. Reservations required. 308-385-5316.
stuhrmuseum.org

Christmas at the Mansion. Nov. 18-Dec. 23, Lied Lodge and Conference Center, 2700 Sylvan Road, Nebraska City. Go back in time and tour the historic 52-room mansion with vintage-inspired decorations and holiday-themed displays. 800-546-5433.
liedlodge.org

Christmas at Cody Park. Nov. 26-Dec. 30 at Cody Park, 1601 N. Jeffers St., North Platte. Come to Santa’s workshop, drop off a letter for the big guy, and enjoy free carousel and glider rides during this special time at the park. Special events, such as music, movies, or parades, occur throughout the month. 308-535-6700.
ci.north-platte.ne.us

Fantasy of Trees. Nov. 24, 2017-Jan. 2, 2018, Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. U.S. Highway 34, Grand Island. View dozens of lavishly decorated trees on display at the various historic buildings at this museum that celebrates Nebraska. 308-385-5316.
stuhrmuseum.org

Holiday Trolley Tour of Lights. Fridays and Saturdays in December, Lied Lodge and Conference Center, 2700 Sylvan Road, Nebraska City. Guests will ride the Arbor Day Farm trolley to tour Nebraska City’s Christmas lights display and listen to classic Christmas stories. 800-546-5433.
liedlodge.org

North Pole Express. Dec. 1-3, 8-10, and 15-17, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, 1222 S. 27th St., Lincoln. Climb aboard the North Pole Express to write a letter to Santa, and visit the man himself. The train will also stop at the Claus’ house to see Mrs. Claus and the elves, and taste some cookies. 402-475-6741.
lincolnzoo.org

Santa goes to Space. Dec. 2, Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland. Santa and Star Wars characters are teaming up for Space Day. Take photos with the man in red and Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion, and enjoy planetarium showings and holiday activities. 402-944-3100.
sacmuseum.org

23rd Annual Historical Christmas Dinner and Light Up the Fort. Dec. 2 Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford. Guests can see the historical fort buildings decorated in Christmas lights and enjoy a historical Christmas dinner. 308-665-2592.
highplainshomestead.com

Tommy Emmanuel Christmas Classics Tour. Dec. 5, Rococo Theatre, 140 N. 13th St., Lincoln. Tommy Emmanuel will preform Christmas classics with Pat Bergeson, John Knowles, Annie Sellick, and a live orchestra. 402-476-6540.
rococotheatre.com

Jay-Z: 4:44 Tour. Dec. 6, Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Drive, Lincoln
Grammy-award winning hip-hop artist Jay-Z performs hits from his 4:44 album in Lincoln. 402-904-4444.
pinnaclebankarena.com

Iowa

The Color Purple in Des Moines through Nov. 5

The Color Purple. Through Nov. 5, Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. Experience a re-enactment of Tony Award-winning musical The Color Purple, featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues music. This play explores a woman’s journey living in the South. 515-246-2300.
desmoinesperformingarts.org

Des Moines Holiday Boutique. Nov 3-5, Iowa Events Center, 730 Third St., Des Moines. Don’t miss the shopping event of the season. The holiday boutique will feature over 200 companies and vendors selling apparel, jewelry, holiday décor, and gourmet food. 515-564-8000.
iowaeventscenter.com

Sioux City Symphony Orchestra: Disney Fantasia Live in Concert. Nov. 18, Orpheum Theater, 528 Pierce St., Sioux City. This show is a mash-up of the original Disney Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 performed with a live score.  712-244-5000.
orpheumlive.com

Elf the Musical. Nov. 19, Orpheum Theater, 528 Pierce St., Sioux City. This show will feature the 2003 film’s storyline with new and exciting songs. 712-244-5000.
orpheumlive.com

Sioux City Orchestra: Christmas with the Symphony. Dec. 9, Orpheum Theater, 528 Pierce St., Sioux City. Sit back, listen, and sing along to new and classic Christmas songs preformed by the Sioux City Orchestra. 712-244-5000. 
orpheumlive.com

Missouri

Through the Eyes of Picasso. Through April 8, 2018, Nelson-Aktins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the only United States arts venue to show this exhibit. Pablo Picasso was an avid collector of non-western art, and the collection was constant source of exploration and inspiration. The exhibition will feature 170 works, including more than 60 paintings, sculptures, and ceramics by Picasso alongside more than 20 works of African and Oceanic art that were part of his personal collection. 816-751-1278.
nelson-atkins.org

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri Nov. 24

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Nov. 24, Crown Center, 2405 Grand Blvd., Suite 200, Kansas City. Guests will witness the mayor light his 100-foot tall Christmas tree, and be able purchase hand-crafted ornaments carved out of last year’s tree. All ornament purchases will benefit the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, which helps the city’s less fortunate. 816-274-8444.
crowncenter.com

Lady Gaga: World Tour. Nov. 15, Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. Energetic artist Lady Gaga will be performing songs from her new World Tour album. 816-949-7100.
sprintcenter.com

Christmas in the Sky. Nov. 22, 11101 Raytown Road, Kansas City. Jackson County Parks and Recreation is partnering with a radio station to light the sky with fireworks timed by Christmas songs. This 30th annual event will feature a cast of 100 singers and dancers. 816-503-4800.
makeyourdayhere.com

Christmas Candlelight Tour: A Prairie Christmas. Nov. 24-25, 4000 Baltimore, Kansas City. Visit Kansas City’s oldest residence and enjoy an old-fashioned 1860s Christmas celebration with the Westport Historical Society. Tour the home of Col. John and Henrietta Harris, and watch realistic 1860 scenarios. 816-561-1821.
westporthistorical.com

Holiday Park. Nov. 24-Jan.1 Krug Park to Hyde Park, St. Joseph. One of the largest annual holiday lights displays in northwest Missouri, this event started in 1981, and today more than 100,000 visitors drive through each year to see the lavish display of lighted arches and trees, winter scenes, and the park’s Italianate buildings outlined in lights. At the southern end of the parkway, Hyde Park is dazzlingly lit for the holiday season. 816-271-5500
stjomo.com

Candlelight Homes Tour. Dec. 1-3, throughout Weston. Tour historic homes in this antebellum city as the downtown street lamps are aglow with greenery and lights. The streets leading to the tour homes will be lined with luminaries. Father Christmas will be there, of course. 816-640-2909.
westonmo.com

Christmas with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. Dec. 8, Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. Enjoy classic and new Christmas songs preformed by Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. 816-949-7100.
sprintcenter.com

2017 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship in Kansas City, Missouri Dec. 14-16

2017 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship. Dec. 14-16, Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. Join the best in collegiate women’s volleyball as they compete for the title of 2017 champion. 816-949-7100.
sprintcenter.com

Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

July/August 2017 Explore

Nebraska

The Good Living Tour July and August, various locations. The third-annual ambitious concert series, produced by Hear Nebraska, connects Nebraska talent to Nebraska towns, encouraging the growth of the state’s music industry. Concerts will be held in: Imperial (July 1), Red Cloud (July 15), McCook (July 29), Norfolk (Aug.4), Lyons (Aug. 18), and Hastings (Aug. 19).
hearnebraska.org

Slide the City July 1, at Benjamin Avenue and 25th Street, Norfolk. 1,000 feet (three football fields) of vinyl will create a family friendly slip-and-slide water party. 402-844-2000.
slidethecity.com

Fourth of July Celebration July 4 in downtown Seward. Recognized as “America’s Small Town Fourth of July City,” Seward has hosted an old-fashioned family celebration since 1868. The event attracts nearly 40,000 people and features a car show, grand parade, extravagant fireworks display, and live entertainment. 402-643-4189.
julyfourthseward.com

Summer Arts and Music Festival July 4 in downtown Fairbury. This summer festival includes a showcase of pottery, a blues party, and a wine and beer tasting room. 402-613-2064.
fairbury.com

John C. Fremont Days July 14-16 in downtown Fremont. Boasting new and old attractions, the 20th annual John C. Fremont Days will feature a Spam-cooking contest, live entertainment, a car and bike show, and more. 402-727-9428.
johncfremontdays.org

Nebraska Book Festival July 14-15 at Constellation Studios, 2055 O St., Lincoln. Providing an opportunity for participants to cultivate an understanding of literary history and culture in Nebraska, the festival celebrates Nebraska’s literary heritage and contemporary authors to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and writing. 402-472-7710.
bookfestival.nebraska.gov

Cornhusker State Games July 21-30, various locations in Lincoln and Omaha. Since 1985, the Cornhusker State Games has given people the chance to play. Competitions range from track and field, to chess, to mall-walking. 402-471-2544.
cornhuskerstategames.com

Cowboy Night July 21 at Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. U.S. Highway 34, Grand Island. An evening of cowboy activities returns. The event includes branding, roping games, a horse breaking demo, live music, and s’mores at the picturesque Rural Farmstead. 308-385-5316.
visitgrandisland.com

Gretna Days July 27-30 in downtown Gretna. This tradition began over 50 years ago to thank the community through a picnic. Gretna Days now include a carnival, golf tournament, teen dance, craft show, fireworks show, and more. 402-378-6284.
gretnadays.com

Czech Days Aug. 4-6 in downtown Wilbur. People of all backgrounds will come to celebrate Czechoslovakian culture. Festivities range from traditional dancing to a duck and dumpling run. 402-821-2732.
nebraskaczechsofwilber.com

Haymarket in White Aug. 4 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Dr., Lincoln. Guests to the third annual Haymarket in White Dinner & Dance will enjoy gourmet picnic fare and dance the night away. Attendees, who must dress in all white, come together to celebrate Lincoln and the Haymarket community. 402-904-4444.
pinnaclebankarena.com

Bruno Mars Aug. 7 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Dr., Lincoln. The “24k Magic World Tour” is Mars’ first full-length tour since 2013. Mars, currently deemed one of the world’s most influential artists by Rolling Stone, has sold out shows throughout the world and has continued to impress fans of all ages. 402-904-4444.
pinnaclebankarena.com

A Very Berry Kool-Aid Days Bash Aug. 11-13 in Hastings. Kool-Aid Days celebrates the sugary drink invented by Edwin Perkins. Grab a glass of Kool-Aid at the World’s Largest Kool-Aid Stand, learn about Kool-Aid and other inventions of the 1920s, and more. 402-461-8405.
kool-aiddays.com

Capital City Ribfest Aug. 17-19 Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Dr., Lincoln. The 21st annual Ribfest returns with loads of barbecue, sides, and music. 402-904-4444.
pinnaclebankarena.com

Eclipse Painting Night Aug. 18 at Cedar Hills Vineyard & Gardens, 48970 375th Road, Ravenna. A painting night in honor of the total solar eclipse will take place at the Cedar Hills Vineyard. Guests will paint the Howl at the Moon design. Wine and snacks will be available for purchase. 308-452-3181.
visitgrandisland.com

Kendrick Lamar Aug. 18 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Dr., Lincoln. Lamar’s April-released album, Damn, has already gone platinum. Hailed by Rolling Stone as “the most gifted rapper of a generation,” Lamar has earned six Grammys, including one for best album. 402-904-4444.
pinnaclebankarena.com

Solar Eclipse Viewing Aug. 21 at Homestead National Monument, 8523 Nebraska Highway 4, Beatrice. The rare spectacle of the moon passing between the sun and the Earth turns the day into night. A total solar eclipse will cross the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. The park will host NASA programs and telescopes. 402-223-3514.
nps.gov

Brad Paisley Aug. 25 at the Nebraska State Fair—Fonner Park, 501 E. Fonner Park Road, Grand Island. Country singer Paisley will be joined by country artists Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant, and Lindsay Ell. 308-382-1620.
visitgrandisland.com

Nebraska State Fair Aug. 25-Sept. 4 at Fonner Park, 501 E. Fonner Park Road, Grand Island. The 11-day event offers insights into the unique culture that is Nebraska. The fair includes a competitive livestock exhibition, carnival rides, first-class entertainment, and numerous food stands. 308-382-1620.
statefair.org

Iowa

Independence Day. July 4 at Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale. Learn how Independence Day was celebrated 100 years ago. Participate in pie-eating contests, foot races, spelling bees, watermelon seed spitting contests, and more. The day will also feature a reading of the Declaration of Independence and a Victorian street parade. 515-278-5286.
lhf.org

80/35 Music Festival July 7-8 at Western Gateway Park, 12th and Locust streets, Des Moines.  Headliners for the 10th anniversary of this music festival, named after the two interstates that cross through Des Moines, will include The Shins and MGMT.
2017.80-35.com

Ioway Culture Day July 15 at Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale. The Ioway Nation will come to the Farms to offer visitors an opportunity to experience how they built their homes, prepared food, and farmed. Guest presenters will share their knowledge of Native American culture and technology. 515-278-5286.
lhf.org

An American in ParisJuly 18 at Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. The 2015 Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a French girl, and a mysterious European city will enchant audiences of all ages. The show earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-2015 season. 515-246-2300.
desmoinesperformingarts.org

National Balloon Classic July 28-Aug. 5 at Memorial Balloon Field, 15335 Jewell St., Indianola. Nearly 100 hot air balloons will paint the Iowa sky with brilliant colors, as live music plays on the ground beneath them. Events range from balloon races to balloon glows.
nationalballoonclassic.com

Hinterland Music Festival Aug. 4-5  at Saints Amphitheater, 3357 St. Charles Road, St. Charles. Held in a rural escape outside of Des Moines, Hinterland features a blend of music, camping, art, craft vendors, family engagement, and more. Headliners include The Head and the Heart and alt-J. 515-975-7830.
hinterlandiowa.com

Iowa State Fair Aug. 10-20 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, E. 30th Street and E. University Avenue, Des Moines. Attracting more than 1 million people from around the world, Iowa’s salute to the best the state can offer includes exhibits ranging from livestock to doll houses, along with entertainment and achievement. Don’t forget the food! The 2016 fair offered more than 80 options that could be eaten on a stick. The fair is included in the New York Times best-selling travel book 1,000 Places to See Before you Die. 515-262-3111.
iowastatefair.org

Missouri

KC RiverFest July 4 at Berkley Riverfront Park, Kansas City. This Independence Day event for all ages includes 14 food trucks, two stages for musical acts, children’s crafts, and fireworks. 816-559-3750.
kcriverfest.com

OneRepublic July 7 at Sprint Center,1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. Since their breakout smash single “Apologize,” OneRepublic has been taking over Billboard charts. Their newest album, Oh My, was released in the fall of 2016 and debuted at No. 3  on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. 816-949-7100.
sprintcenter.com/events

Footloose The MusicalJuly 7-9 at Missouri Theater, 717 Edmond St., St. Joseph. The Oscar and Tony-nominated musical will dazzle audiences for two nights. The musical follows Ren, a dance-loving kid from Chicago, who moves to a small farming town where dancing isn’t legal. The musical celebrates open minds, dancing, and the wisdom of listening to young people. 816-271-4628.
stjomo.com

Queen + Adam Lambert July 9 at Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. Since their first meeting on American Idol in 2009, Queen and Adam Lambert have created a successful combination. The concert will feature Queen favorites, including “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 816-949-7100.
sprintcenter.com

National Teddy Bear Picnic Day July 10 at Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City. This will be the city’s first celebration of National Teddy Bear Picnic Day. Families are invited to come to the front lawn of the museum with their own picnics, blankets, and teddy bears. 816-513-0720.
kcparks.org

Murder in Maui, a Mystery Dinner July 22 at Robidoux Landing Playhouse, 103 Francis St., St. Joseph. Guests will work through clues to find out who is the murderer in the room. Two actors will be at the dinner to lead guests through a night of mystery and suspense. 816-901-9100.
stjomo.com

Food Truck Brunch July 23 and Aug. 20 at the Roasterie, 1204 W. 27th St., Kansas City. The monthly Food Truck Brunch is a family-friendly event that encompasses an assortment of local food trucks, live music, and games. 816-931-4000.
theroasterie.com

Green Day Aug. 11 at Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. Green Day’s legacy continues with their Revolution Radio tour. Their show will feature a mix of classic Green Day songs and their recent hits, including “Still Breathing.” 816-949-7100.
sprintcenter.com

Kinky Boots Aug. 18-20 at Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City. Featuring songs by Grammy-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, the musical, based on the movie of the same name, celebrates the friendships that can be discovered and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. 816-363-7827.
kcstarlight.com

Trails West Festival Aug. 18-21 in Civic Center Park, St. Joseph. Labeled a “total eclipse of the arts,” Trails West delivers a weekend of music, entertainment, and visual arts. 816-233-8467.
stjomo.com

Rockin’ on the River Aug. 26 at Remington Nature Center, 1502 McArthur Dr., St. Joseph. A night of food, drinks, and fireworks will take place on the Missouri riverfront. Guests will also hear music from Casey Brett and Blue Oyster Culture Club. 816-271-5499.
stjomo.com

Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey Aug. 27 at Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. Music icon Lionel Richie had to postpone his spring “All The Hits Tour” due to an injury. He is now back on the road, bringing with him Grammy Award-winning artist Mariah Carey. 816-949-7100.
sprintcenter.com

Kansas

Heartland Art Guild International Miniature Paintings and Sculptures Art Show July 3-Aug. 4 at Miami County Historical Museum, 12 E. Peoria St., Paola. The 13th annual art show will feature more than 78 artists from around the world and more than 250 works of art. The catch is that paintings and sculptures can be no larger than 5” x 5” making this free art show very unique. 913-294-4940.
artkc.com

Junk ‘N Donuts Swap Meet July 8 & Aug. 12 at Louisburg Cider Mill, 14730 KS-68, Louisburg. 50-plus vendors will head to the mill to sell everything from antiques to new crafts, from food to gifts. Live music will be provided, as well as a country store featuring its famous apple cider donuts. 913-837-5202.
louisburgcidermill.com

Big & Rich July 14 at Warnock Lake, 17862 274th Road, Atchison. This country-western duo is the headliner for this concert, which is part of the Amelia Earhart Festival. Also performing are Cam and Erik Dylan. 800-234-1854.
visitatchison.com/event/lakefest

Amelia Earhart Festival July 13-15 in Atchison. This annual event celebrate Atchison’s most famous aviatrix. The festival includes “Grandfather Earhart’s” ice cream social, a carnival, “Breakfast with the Books” by authors about Amelia, a crafts fair, and flyovers; and it finishes with the “Concert in the Sky” fireworks show. 1-800-234-1854.
visitatchison.com

Tiblow Days Aug. 17-19 in downtown Bonner Springs. The three-day festival features the “Smokin’ On Oak” barbecue competition, a carnival, mayor’s banquet, craft and food booths, live music, parades, car shows, and more. 913-422-1020.
bsedwchamber.org

Blacksmith and Pioneer Days Aug. 19-20 at Transue Brothers Blacksmith and Wagon Shop, 309 Main St., Summerfield. The two-day event features blacksmithing, Dutch oven cooking, butter making, and other traditional activities. Guests can expect old-fashioned ice cream, wood carving, skull painting, and marble blowing. 402-520-0644.
transueblacksmith.org


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Nebraska

Buddy Guy. May 4 at Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and six-time Grammy Award winner Buddy Guy will showcase his highly acclaimed guitar talent and vocals. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$55. 402-472-4747
liedcenter.org

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. May 12 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln. Country music’s famous married couple are touring the U.S. together for the first time in a decade on their “Soul2Soul World Tour 2017.” 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $86.50-$217. 402-904-4444
pinnaclebankarena.com

Migratory Bird Day. May 13 at Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City. Learn about the impressive journey some birds take through migration each year. This event will feature crafts and games. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $8 adults, $6 children (3-12), free to children 2 and under. 402-873-8717
arbordayfarm.org

Motherless Daughters Retreat. May 13 at Red Road Herbs Retreat & Learning Center, Stanton. This retreat is to support and encourage women of all ages who have lost their mothers. Women will share memories through storytelling, photos, poetry, and prose. 1-5 p.m. Registration: $40. 402-640-0744
redroadherbs.com

Free Park Day. May 20 at all Nebraska state parks and recreation areas. Free entry and fishing in all Nebraska state parks, state recreation areas, and state historical parks. Individual parks and recreation areas will hold special events. Regular park hours apply. 402-471-0641
outdoornebraska.gov

Def Leppard, Poison, and Tesla. May 24 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln. Hard rock fans will enjoy this show, which promotes Def Leppard’s new album, And There Will Be a Next Time. Poison fans will see all four members of the original band reunited for the first time in more than five years. 7 p.m. Tickets: $29-$122. 402-904-4444
pinnaclebankarena.com

Move—Beyond. May 24 at Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln. Dancing with the Stars performers Julianne and Derek Hough will bring fans on a journey of dance and music, taking inspiration from the four elements—earth, wind, fire, and water—as an exploration of the human relationship with nature. 7 p.m. Tickets: $59-$649. 402-472-4747
liedcenter.org

60th Annual Spring Flea Market. May 27-28 in Brownville. This village-wide flea market is full of antiques, art, collectibles, plants, food vendors, and community fun. Expect to find lots of treasures, from 19th-century books to 1960s car parts. 402-825-6841
brownville-ne.com

Ogallala Invitational Drover Golf Tournament. June 3-4 at West Wind Fold Course and Bayside Golf Course, Ogallala. The 13th annual Ogallala Invitational Drover Golf Tournament has an entry fee of $125 per person for two days of golf, golf carts, range balls, and two meals. 9 a.m. 308-284-4487
visitogallala.com

Archie’s Late Night Party. June 8 at The University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln. This all ages event invites families to stay up late at Morrill Hall. Guests will learn about natural history and science through hands-on activities. 6-10 p.m. 402-472-2642
museum.unl.edu

Get Outdoors Day. June 10 at Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City. In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, Arbor Day Farm will hold numerous outdoor events including a scavenger hunt, agility activities, and crafts. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $8 adults, $6 children (3-12), free to children 2 and under. 402-873-8717
arbordayfarm.org

The Swedish Festival. June 16-18 in Stromsburg. The annual festival, in the “Swede Capital of Nebraska,” will include Swedish food, costumes, dancing, free entertainment, sports tournaments, a carnival, parade, car show, and more. 1-8 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m.-midnight Saturday; 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: free. 402-764-5265
theswedishfestival.com

International Mud Day. June 24 at Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City. Arbor Day Farm celebrates International Mud Day with educational opportunities and a chance for kids to make mud paintings and sculptures. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $8 adults, $6 children (3-12), free to children 2 and under. 402-873-8717
arbordayfarm.org

Iowa

Maifest. May 6-7 in the Amana Colonies. Witness dancing around the Maypole and lots of music while dining on, or sampling, German food and wine in this quaint series of villages. See free demonstrations at the furniture shop, woolen mill, and other areas. Admission: free.
festivalsinamana.com

Tulip Festival. May 18-20 in downtown Orange City. Thousands of tulips will be in bloom during this festival. This ethnic festival features music and dancing by children and adults in authentic costumes, two daily parades, a nightly musical theater, a carnival midway, Dutch delicacies and other food, and an art fair. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Admission: free. 712-707-4510
octulipfestival.com

Red Hot Chili Peppers. May 23 at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines. This Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Award-winning group are touring to promote their most recent album, The Getaway. Irontom and Jack Irons will perform as special guests. 8 p.m. Tickets: $50-$100. 515-564-8000
iowaeventscenter.com

Steel Magnolias. June 2-18 at the Des Moines Community Playhouse, Des Moines. This story is about six unlikely friends in the South who entertain with lighthearted conversations until tragedy strikes and brings them face-to-face with their mortality. Tickets: $25-$36. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. 515-277-6261
dmplayhouse.com

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. June 5 at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines. Commemorating the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, the band is touring in addition to releasing two companion vinyl box sets featuring their entire studio album collection. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$129.50. 515-564-8000
iowaeventscenter.com

35th Annual Antique Show. June 16-18 throughout the city of Walnut. Stroll along the 17 blocks of dealers outside, through two indoor halls, the Catholic Church yard, and the many shops downtown. Bring a hauling vehicle and plan to stay for the weekend—this event brings more than 300 dealers and approximately 30,000 attendees. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: free. 712-784-3443
walnutiowa.org

Wurst Festival. June 17 in the Amana Colonies. Celebrate one of Germany’s favorite foods. Sample more than 40 different sausages, drink cold beverages, play yard games, and listen to live music. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: free.
festivalsinamana.com

Des Moines Arts Festival. June 23-25 at Western Gateway Park, Des Moines. The festival features visual, performing, and interactive arts, along with music and film, from both professional artists and emerging local artists. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: free. 515-286-4950
desmoinesartsfestival.org

Trek Fest XXXIII. June 23-24 in downtown Riverside. Klingons driving tractors? Riverside’s annual tribute to its most famous citizen, the future Capt. James T. Kirk, includes a parade, costume contest, dog show, and bingo. This year’s theme is “30 Years of Next Generation.” 3 p.m.-midnight Friday; 7 a.m.-midnight Saturday. Admission: free. 319-631-9181
trekfest.org

The Big Parade and Mardi Gras Festivale 2017. June 29 in downtown Sioux City. Those who didn’t make it to “N’awlins” on the Tuesday before Lent started can experience a similar festival in June with a big parade down Fourth Street. Following the parade will be an authentic Cajun dinner, Zydeco music, fireworks, and a display of handmade Mardi Gras costumes direct from Louisiana. 6-10 p.m. Admission: free, but tickets must be purchased for the food. 712-279-4800
visitsiouxcity.org

Missouri

BBQ Cookoff and 93rd Annual Apple Blossom Parade. May 5-7 at Civic Center Park, St. Joseph. Come to St. Joseph’s annual rite of spring. This citywide event includes a grand parade, a contest sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, live music, and other activities. A people’s choice tasting and contest is a highlight of Friday evening. Admission: free, but tickets must be bought for the food. 816-271-4393
appleblossomparade.com

Garth Brooks. May 6 at Sprint Center, Kansas City. One of country music’s most beloved stars is coming back to Kansas City. Brooks released his latest single, “Ask Me How I Know,” at the SXSW Festival in Austin, a month after selling his 5 millionth ticket on this tour. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $75 and up. 816-949-7100
sprintcenter.com

Weston Wine Festival. May 13 in downtown Weston. Live music and wine tasting is the focus of this festival, situated in a historic small town. Taste wines from eight different wineries from around the area. Noon-7 p.m. Tickets $25. 816-640-2909
westonmo.com

Chainsmokers. May 17 at Sprint Center, Kansas City. Grammy-nominated artist/producer duo Drew Taggart and Alex Pall are most known for their song “#Selfie,” which went viral in 2015. The group has announced that their debut album will launch later this year. 7 p.m. Tickets: $41-$75.50. 816-949-7100
sprintcenter.com

KC Jazz Festival. May 25-28 at 18th and Vine District, Kansas City. This festival, held in Charlie Parker’s birth town, is a multi-day showcase of national and local artists highlighting Kansas City’s role in the development of mid-20th century jazz. Headliners include Brandy, John Scofield, Regina Carter, and the Hot Sardines. Times vary by location. Tickets: $15-$125 for a single-day pass, $150-$350 for a four-day pass. 816-474-8463
kcjazzfest.com

Festa Italiana. June 2-4 at Zona Rosa, Kansas City. This annual festival celebrates Italian-American culture through an assortment of Italian food favorites, an Italian car show, food eating contests, vendors, and more. 5-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission: free. 816-587-8180
zonarosa.com

Future. June 7 at Sprint Center, Kansas City. Future achieved three back-to-back No. 1 albums in 2015. His songs “Low Life” (featuring The Weeknd), and “Where Ya At” (featuring Drake), both went double-platinum. 7 p.m. Tickets: $27.50-$97.50. 816-949-7100
sprintcenter.com

Polish Pottery Festival 2017. June 10 in downtown Weston. Celebrate all things Polish and Eastern European with food, music, dance, pottery, artisans, and cultural booths. The public library will read Polish children’s stories at selected times, and photos can be taken in the Polish Pottery Road Trip car. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: free. 816-640-2909
westonmo.com

Fiesta Kansas City. June 16-18 at Crown Center Square, Kansas City. or the 16th year, this Latino-style celebration presented by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City will provide a fun-filled weekend for guests. Festivities will include many vendors, entertainment, food, beverages, and more. 5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission: free. 816-476-6767
fiestakansascity.com

Big Slick. June 23 at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City. Kansas City-raised celebrities Rob Riggle, Eric Stonestreet, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, and David Koechner will take the field in a charity softball game before the Royals play the Toronto Blue Jays. A fireworks show follows the games. 5 p.m. Tickets: $25-$40. 816-921-8000
kansascity.royals.mlb.com


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