Nebraska festivals are the typical mid-western type with all the arts and crafts, food vendors, music and children’s fun, but there are a few that you won’t want to miss. TravelKatz will happily help you plan you next visit to Nebraska.
Nebraska Asian Festival: Join others on the riverfront for a family-oriented event to celebrate, promote and educate the Asian heritage. Enjoy delicious food found here and in the orient, fun activities and cultural performances throughout the entire day; usually on the last Saturday in July. Lewis & Clark Landing, Omaha.
LES’ Sustainable Living Festival: The (Lincoln Electric System) signature summer event is back! Our annual LES Sustainable Living Festival brings us together with community partners in downtown Lincoln to deliver a hands-on, family-friendly event. From local experts, you and your family will discover easy ways to take care of our environment and live more sustainably. Step inside and see LES’ new educational, interactive tiny house. Get up close and personal with some electric vehicles, including the Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf and Tesla. Cycle through the latest and greatest in Lincoln’s bike system, including BikeLNK, the city’s bike-share program. Design and build your own wind turbines out of everyday materials. Take a test ride on some electronic, pedal-assisted e-bikes. Peek inside a honeybee hive and see what the local pollinator buzz is all about with the UNL Bee Lab. Understand the science behind composting, from organic home waste to worms. Explore the diverse ecosystem of fallen and rotting logs. Find out how LES uses renewable energy, like solar and wind, to power Lincoln. Learn about the sustainability efforts of one of the community’s biggest recyclers, Lincoln City Libraries. Jul 27, 9 AM – 12 PM
Nationals and Old West Balloon Fest: The national competition is an annual, week-long event where the nation’s top balloon competitors contend for an opportunity to represent the U.S. in the World Hot Air Balloon Championship. Over 30 hot air balloons from 12 different states from as far away as Kentucky, will fill the Western Nebraska skies on Aug 11 at the Mitchell Airfield, in Mitchell.
11 th Annual Maha Fest 2019: This Festival takes place over four days from Wednesday to Saturday in Omaha. Maha brings people together by curating and producing cultural experiences that positively impact Omaha’s economic vitality. Aug 14 – Aug 17, In the Elmwood Park, Omaha.
Riverfest Sponsorships: Bellevue’s regional RiverFest annual festival draws more than 30,000 people to Bellevue. If you love good food, good times, great music and a great setting then RiverFest is the place for you to promote your business and support Bellevue’s largest community festival. Aug 16 – Aug 17, Bellevue
Nebraska City’s 51st Annual AppleJack Festival: This historic festival annually draws between 60,000 and 80,000 people to Nebraska City to celebrate the kickoff of the apple harvest. Apple pie, apple cider, apple cider donuts, candy apples, caramel apples, apple fritters, apple salad, pretty much anything you can imagine made from apples are available at this festival. With over 6 craft fairs, a parade, a classic car show, live music, and a 3-day carnival, it’s no wonder the AppleJack Festival has been named as one of the top 10 Fall Harvest Festivals in America by the USA Today! Join us on Sep 20 – Sep 22 in Nebraska City.
Omaha Holiday Expo: Come spend this Holiday Season with your family & friends shopping local Omaha exhibitors! Featuring Holiday decor, arts & crafts, endless shopping, a beauty bar, delicious food, thousands of free prizes & of course, Santa Pictures! Doors open at 10 AM! Free Expo Tote Bags to the first 150 people in the door! Follow the Event on Facebook for NEW features and added information! General Admission is only $1 and free parking! Wishing you & your family a Happy Holiday Season! Baxter Arena Sat, Nov 16 in Omaha.
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Omaha is Large!…and Home to the world’s largest indoor desert under the world’s largest geodesic dome above the world’s largest nocturnal exhibit next to one of the world’s largest indoor rainforests.
Henry Doorly Zoo: This world-class zoo is famous for its involvement with breeding endangered species from around the world. Need a place for the young kids to burn off some steam, the new explorer area on the West-Northwest area of the zoo, is a great place. Nearby, if it’s hot, the kids can cool off in the water exhibit. Let’s not forget the recently opened Elephant outdoor area on the South side of the zoo. There is also the new outdoor Lion area up on hill in the Northeast area of the zoo. And, they are not done; a new North zoo area exhibit is currently under construction. Back in the early 80’s, the Omaha zoo had one of the best cat exhibits to be found anywhere. What has made this a great zoo is that “good” has never been good enough. They have kept the zoo new by making sure it has kept changing and growing, to keep providing something new for all who visit the zoo in an ongoing basis. If you are short on time, make a point to at least see the desert dome, the jungle area, and the aquarium.
The Durham Museum: This museum is the former Omaha Union Station. Beautiful Art Deco architecture, with a real soda fountain, and bronze life size figures of life in the 30s & 40s. There are interesting displays and rooms that depict Omaha’s history. Start with a tour of the main hall area before venturing to the lower portion. Listen to the statues tell their stories. What lies beneath is massive information of a varied study of the Omaha area. Indians, settlers, and most importantly the railroad influences. It is more than a single afternoons entertainment. Then downstairs you can walk through old Pullman cars and a trolley. One person told us: “We headed for American Adventure 1607 – it is so much fun! You get randomly assigned a one member of the Virginia settlers, and go through a maze, making decisions along the way. I was a captain and my daughter a worker. We were doing well until I drew the card that my food store was raided by raccoons, and she drank bad water…our health levels dropped, and we ‘died’. You learn so much along the way! Highly recommended”; you will also want to explore the exhibit on “Fighting for the Right to Fight.” A great way to end your visit is by going upstairs to the soda fountain where you’ll find THE best shake you’ve ever had!
Lauritzen Gardens Omaha’s Botanical Center: Some amazing tropical plants and trees to be seen nowhere else – like the Bismarck Palm and the Lobster Palm. The gardens in the summer are restful and peaceful. There are many different garden favorites are in the rose garden. After strolling through the gardens, you’ll want to go across the street to Kenefick Park.
Kenefick Park: In this park you will see the Union Pacific Railroad monument to a former CEO of the company and a view of the Missouri River between two giant locomotives – one an old “Big Boy” steam engine, the other the largest diesel ever used. It is a hike up a long staircase but the Old Market area is a perfect fit the young and old and in between. Several food choices, wine, cigars, beer, great shopping, horse-drawn carriage rides or on a nice night – for a couple to walk around after and baseball or basketball game. Safe and fun to walk the cobbled streets. You’ll love the outdoor seating which most restaurants in the Old Market offer!
Joslyn Art Museum: The building is beautiful and a work of art itself! The courtyard in the main lobby is tranquil and relaxing with a large tiled fountain. The floor plan of the building is easy to follow. The art pieces they’ve acquired are diverse and well-chosen. It has a good collection of European renaissance art, mostly Italian and Spanish artists; a section devoted to American artists which is good; and Remington sculptures in this section. There is a sculpture garden outside featuring a small collection of Greek pottery. It also has small Native American and Asian collections on the second floor. The featured highlights are two Monet’s, one Renoir, one Rembrandt, one Cassatt, and a portrait of Napoleon.
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