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John Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken Tour. Nov. 1. Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln, NE. The Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will perform songs from his acclaimed 2015 album as well as fan favorites. 402-472-4747
The Price is Right Live! Nov. 2. Heartland Events Center, Grand Island, NE. “Come on down” to the hit interactive stage show and play all the most popular games from the longest running game show on television. 308-382-4515
Ben Folds and a Piano. Nov. 2. Rococo Theatre, Lincoln, NE. The multi-platinum singer-songwriter will delight audiences with a high energy solo performance reminiscent of his earlier tours. 402-476-6540
Alan Jackson: Keepin’ It Country Tour. Nov. 4. Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, NE. The country superstar’s 25th anniversary tour will be a celebration of the singer’s career and feature all the hits fans love. 844-854-1450
Veteran’s Day at SAC Museum. Nov. 11. Strategic Air and Space Museum, Ashland, NE. The museum will honor veterans with a program including a keynote speaker, a panel of subject matter experts, and a lunch. Veterans are encouraged to attend the event in uniform. 402-944-3100
Holiday Trolley Tour of Lights. Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23, 30. Lied Lodge and Conference Center, Nebraska City, NE. The Arbor Day Farm trolley offers one-hour tours of Nebraska City’s best Christmas lights along with a reading of the classic Christmas book, Polar Express. The trolley departs at 6pm. Reservations are suggested. 402-873-8733.
Gateway Farm Expo. Nov. 16-17. Buffalo County Fairgrounds, Kearney, NE. Over 30 exhibits will showcase the latest technology and product innovations, including a free barbecue lunch. Eight speakers will present the latest innovations in their fields of expertise. 877-720-4885
22nd Annual Historical Christmas Dinner and Light Up the Fort. Dec. 3. Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford, NE. Guests will take in the first lighting of the decorations on the historic buildings and enjoy a historical Christmas dinner. 308-665-2900
Christmas Past and Present. Dec. 3. Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island, NE. The museum’s signature event includes a lamplit tour of Railroad Town, cooking, crafts, live music, and holiday fun for the whole family. 308- 385-5316
Rhapsody in Black. Dec 5. Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln, NE. This thought-provoking production shares the personal journey of actor/writer Leland Gantt as he grows to understand and navigate racism in America. 402-472-4747
Lorie Line: A Merry Little Christmas Holiday Tour. Dec. 5. Rococo Theatre, Lincoln, NE. One of the most intimate shows in Line’s touring career, this concert will feature classic Christmas songs and a visit from Santa himself. 402-476-6540
Nebraska Power Farming Show. Dec. 6-8. Lancaster Event Center, Lincoln, NE. With more than 2,000 booths and 850 businesses represented, this is the second largest indoor farm show in the country. The show will feature company specials and the promotion of new products and equipment. 402-441-6545
Christmas at the Cody’s. Dec. 16-19. Buffalo Bill Ranch State Park, North Platte, NE. Buffalo Bill’s mansion will be filled with 20 Christmas trees. Guests can enjoy cookies, hot cider, and a visit with Santa. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides, caroling, and a warm welcome from Buffalo Bill. 308-532-4729
Amos Lee. Nov. 1. Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines, IA. This singer-songwriter’s musical style covers folk, rock, and soul. 515-244-0507
Warner Bros. Presents: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II. Nov. 5. Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines, IA. Experience classic Looney Toons brought to life with soundtracks performed on stage by the Des Moines Symphony. 515-246-2300
WWI Concert and Exhibit. Nov. 10. Salisbury House, Des Moines, IA. A program of music inspired by or written during World War I, as well as an exhibition of artifacts, will honor veterans and the upcoming centennial of the U.S.’ involvement in the war. 515-274-1777
Blue October. Nov. 13. Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines, IA. The chart-topping, platinum-selling rock group from Texas will celebrate their newest album by bringing their “Home” tour to the Midwest. 515-244-0507
Bill Engvall. Nov. 18. Prairie Meadows Casino Racetrack & Hotel, Altoona, IA. Enjoy a night of laughs with the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” comedian. 515-967-1000
Disney On Ice Presents: Passport to Adventure. Nov. 23-27. Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA. Favorite Disney characters will lead audiences on a journey through each of their magical worlds. 515-564-8300
Amy Schumer. Nov. 3. Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO. Actress, comedian, writer, director, and producer Amy Schumer brings her hilariously bold comedy routine to the Midwest on one of the final stops of her world tour. 888-929-7849
The Naked and Famous. Nov. 4. Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland, Kansas City, MO. The indie electronic musical group comes to Kansas City with the release of their latest album, Simple Forms. 816-283-9900
Hannibal Buress. Nov. 10. Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland, Kansas City, MO. Enjoy a night of side-splitting laughter from the Emmy and WGA Award-nominated comedian. 816-283-9900
CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Sprint Center, Nov. 21-22. Kansas City, MO. Top college basketball teams will compete for the College Basketball Experience’s championship title. 888-929-6540
A Vivid Autumn: Beethoven and Brahms. Nov. 18-20. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, MO. Kansas City Symphony presents a night of memorable melodies with timeless appeal. 816-471-0400
Kenny Rogers. Nov. 25. Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, Independence, MO. The country legend will be stopping in Independence on his “Christmas & Hits Tour.” 816-442-6100
Christmas at the Square. Dec. 3. Coleman Hawkins Park/ Felix Street Square, St. Joseph, MO. Get into the holiday spirit with carriage rides, music, caroling, and shopping in downtown St. Joseph. 800-785-0360
Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical. Dec. 9-11. Missouri Theater, St Joseph, MO. Bring the family to see this heartwarming Christmas tradition brought to life in a magical musical performance. 573-882-3781
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Dec. 5. The Sioux City Orpheum, Sioux City, IA. A company of nearly 40 classical ballet dancers and a 60-foot Christmas tree bring tidings of holiday cheer and hope for world peace from Russia. 712-244-5000
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—The Musical. Dec. 11. The Sioux City Orpheum, Sioux City, IA. The classic holiday adventure takes the stage with heartwarming music and lovable characters bringing holiday spirit to the whole family. 712-244-5000
Sioux City Symphony Orchestra: España! Featuring Sharon Isbin. Nov. 12. The Sioux City Orpheum, Sioux City, IA. n evening of the romantic melodies and rhythms of Spain. 712-244-5000
Parade of Lights. Nov. 25. Phillips Avenue in Sioux Falls, SD. Lighted holiday floats and music will parade through downtown Sioux Falls to bring in the holiday season.
Alicia Olatuja. Nov. 18. Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater, Sioux Falls, SD. Fresh off of her stunning JazzFest 2015 performance, the gospel, soul, jazz, and classical music extraordinaire will return to Sioux Falls. 605-367-4616
Twilight Flights. Dec. 2-17. Strawbale Winery, Renner, SD. Experience a helicopter ride to see the holiday lights of Sioux Falls and Winter Wonderland at Falls Park from above. Tickets include wines, appetizers, flight, and dessert. 605-543-5071
State of Nebraska
Nebraska State Fair. Aug. 26-Sept. 5. Grand Island, NE. The annual 11-day event takes place at Fonner Park and includes entertainment for the whole family and the most extraordinary food. 308-384-1555
Old West Balloon Festival. Sept. 2-4. Scottsbluff, NE. The festival features 20-30 hot air balloons for a morning sunrise launch, two concerts, and activities for the entire family. 308-665-808
Labor Day Living History Weekend. Sept. 3-5. Homestead National Monument of America. Beatrice, NE. his Labor Day, enjoy a weekend of hands-on activities and special programs that are fun for the whole family. Immerse yourself in the lives of the pioneers by candle dipping, making cornhusk dolls, butter churning, and more. All activities are free. 402-223-3514.
Patriots Day Remembrance Lunch. Sept. 11. Strategic Air and Space Museum. Ashland, NE. Come help honor the fallen victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, as well as the veterans who have served throughout the years. The program includes a light lunch at 12:30pm followed by a presentation over national security at 1pm. 402-944-3100.
AppleJack Festival. Sept. 16-18. Nebraska City, NE. Nebraska City’s historic AppleJack festival celebrates the kickoff of the apple harvest. Along with an all-apple list of foods, the festival also includes a parade, street dances, a classic car show, live music, and more. 402-873-6654
Nebraska State Hand Cornhusking Contest. Sept. 17. Gothenburg, NE. The 2016 Nebraska State Hand Cornhusking Contest will be held in conjunction with Gothenburg’s Harvest Festival. 308-537-3505.
Harvest Fair. Sept. 17-18. Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer. Grand Island, NE. Stuhr is celebrating the fall with a two-day Harvest Fair. Some events include pumpkin baking and decorating, a midway and exhibits in Railroad town, an outdoor movie, and much more. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children and free for Stuhr Museum members. 308-385-5316.
12th Annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo. Sept. 17-18. Ponca State Park. Ponca, NE.
The Missouri River Outdoor Expo is the largest outdoor expo in the Midwest with more than 85 hands-on activities including outdoor education, sports, and recreation. Admission is free, however, a valid park permit is required to enter. 402-755-2284.
Dobby’s Fall Festival. Sept. 17-18. Dobby’s Frontier Town, Alliance, NE. Dobby’s Fall Festival is the third weekend in September with many features and exhibits including live entertainment, wagon rides, old time photos, and much more. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. 308-762-4321.
Oktoberfest. Sept. 23-24. Norfolk, NE. ktoberfest celebrates the area’s German heritage along with the fall harvest every year. There is something to do for the whole family with live music, German food, a beer garden, and more. 402-371-4862.
Nebraska Shakespeare presents Hamlet. Sept. 29. Red Cloud Opera House. Red Cloud, NE. Come watch Shakespeare’s masterpiece at the Red Cloud Opera House. A workshop for high schoolers will be available prior to the performance. Admission is $20. 402-756-2641.
Trail of Treasures. Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Brownville, NE. he Trail of Treasures includes a 14-county area spanning Nebraska’s Heritage Highway 136. Along the way, there will be garage sales, yard sales, and much more. 402-335-0745.
Washington County Heritage Days. Oct. 1-2. Fort Calhoun, NE. Taking place at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, come enjoy two full days of historical fun for the entire family. 402-468-5740.
Prairie Loft Harvestfest. Oct. 2. Hastings, NE. Come help honor the area’s heritage with events including a farmer’s market, hayrack rides, farm animals, food, and much more. Admission is free. 402-463-0565.
MAROON 5 with Special Guests Tove Lo and R. City. Oct. 4. Pinnacle Bank Arena. Lincoln, NE. he Grammy Award-winning group from Los Angeles brings their pop rock style to the Pinnacle Bank Arena. 402-904-4444.
Lincoln Calling Music Festival. Oct. 6-8. Lincoln, NE. et ready for the annual, non-profit music festival that is Lincoln Calling. The festival occurs across multiple venues in downtown Lincoln with an abundance of genres.
Keith Urban with Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris. Oct. 8. Pinnacle Bank Arena. Lincoln, NE. our-time Grammy Award winner and American idol judge, Keith Urban, brings his “ripCORD World Tour 2016” to Pinnacle Bank Arena. 402-904-4444.
18th Annual Hallowfest. Oct. 8 and 15. Ponca State Park. Ponca, NE. The 18th annual Halloween Celebration features haunted hayrack rides, pumpkin rolling, pumpkin carving, campsite decorating contests and much more. 402-755-2284.
NBA Preseason Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets. Oct. 12. Pinnacle Bank Arena. Lincoln, NE. njoy the Timberwolves’ first ever trip to Lincoln as they play host to the Denver Nuggets. 402-904-4444.
Nebraska Milk Fest. Oct. 22-23. Orchard Hill Creamery. Unadilla, NE. Come celebrate Nebraska’s dairy producers with two days of music, food, and fun for the whole family. 402-440-9409
Jerry Seinfeld. Sept. 9. Des Moines Performing Arts Center. Des Moines, IA. Stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld, known for his observational comedy that relates to audiences everywhere, makes his way to Des Moines.
World Food & Music Festival. Sept. 16-18. Downtown Des Moines, IA. his year’s festival will feature cuisine from around the world as well as live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and fireworks on Saturday night. 515-286-4949
Carrie Underwood—The Storyteller Tour/Stories In The Round. Oct. 7. Wells Fargo Arena. Des Moines, IA. he winner of seven Grammy Awards, 17 Billboard Music Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, and many others, comes to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Corn Harvest. Oct. 8. Living History Farms. Urbandale, IA. Explore the importance of corn to farmers in the 19th century. Help shell and grind corn while surveying the potential corn crop and the tools needed to process corn in the past. 515-278-5286
Kansas City Irish Fest. Sept. 2-4. Kansas City, MO. Celebrate the 12th year of the festival named the “Best Ethnic Festival” in Kansas City since 2010. 816-561-7555.
Kansas City Renaissance Festival. Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 3-Oct. 16. Bonner Springs, KS. 16-acre village fills with activities for the entire family, such as music, magic, and of course food. 913-721-2110.
KC Beer Fest. Sept. 10. Downton Area. Kansas City, MO. Over 200 hand-picked craft beers from the world, live music, food booths, and plenty more.
Steve Martin and Martin Short. Sept. 23. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. Kansas City, MO. one-night-only show called, “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life,” involves musical numbers and more from longtime comedians and friends. 816-471-9703.
David Bowie: A Musical Odyssey With The Kansas City Symphony. Sept. 24. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Kansas City, MO. full rock band performing all the classics, in honor of Ziggy Stardust.