Nebraska spring activities and events underway

Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Angela Sears at 402-471-7755, or angela.sears@nebraska.gov

Nebraska spring activities and events underway


LINCOLN, Neb. (April 4, 2017)— If you’re looking for something to do in the spring before the heat of summer begins, Nebraska has got you covered.
"Spring is a lively time in our state, more tourism destinations open up for the season and there are plenty of events going on," said Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director John Ricks, who's been on the job for a few months. "I'm looking forward to getting out and about to experience my first spring in Nebraska."

Here are some can’t miss spring events to keep you busy this season.

Junkstock (April 7-9) in Waterloo
A premier junk, music and food festival; Junkstock includes 200+ vendors, 18+ foodtrucks and live music to keep you entertained all weekend. https://visitnebraska.com/events/junkstock-spring-edition

Arbor Day Celebration (April 28-30) in Nebraska City
What better way to celebrate Arbor Day, than in the city where it was founded. Nebraska City celebrates Arbor Day with food, parades, craft shows and more. https://visitnebraska.com/events/arbor-day-weekend-celebration-at-arbor-day-farm-nebraska-city.

Nebraska Wine and Jazz Festival (May 12-13) in Kearney
This festival is perfect for wine lovers, with thirteen featured wineries, five microbreweries and live jazz music. http://www.wineandjazzfest.org/.

Cowboy Trail Peddle and Paddle (June 3) in Norfolk
Enjoy this event by racing or going at your own leisurely pace. Bike from Norfolk to Meadow Grove on the Cowboy Trail and then kayak back to Norfolk down the Elkhorn river. Enjoy the fun and views and eat lunch in between peddling and paddling.  https://visitnebraska.com/events/cowboy-trail-pedal-and-paddle

Sugar Valley Rally (June 2-4) in Scottsbluff
If you love classic cars, then this is the event for you. A 400-mile precision tour shows beautiful views of Nebraska and only cars older than 50-years can compete. http://www.sugarvalleyrally.com/

Here are a few more ideas of activities to do in spring.

Go hiking or enjoy a day at the park
Enjoy the beautiful Nebraska air before it gets too hot and hike through Nebraska trails or spend a day unwinding at one of the many parks around the state. To find places in Nebraska to hike, click here and for parks in Nebraska, click here.

Visit a garden
When the nice weather starts, flowers start to bloom. Participate in one of the most stereotypical spring activities and walk through a garden in Nebraska. To find gardens in the state, click here  

Try out the Nebraska Passport program
Travel to unique spots all throughout the state by participating in the Nebraska Passport program when it begins on May 1. A list of all 80 stops can be found at nebraskapassport.com.

Sit down at a local Nebraska winery or brewery
What’s better than drinking Nebraska beer and wine on a nice spring day? Nothing. For all Nebraska wineries and breweries, click here.

Go golfing
On a perfect spring weather day, try out one of our many award-winning courses. For a list of golf courses in Nebraska, click here.

For more ideas of what to do in the state, head to VisitNebraska.com.

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The mission of the Nebraska Tourism Commission is to expand Nebraska’s dynamic and diverse travel industry making it more viable by creating awareness, attracting increased visitors which results in greater tourism revenue and economic gain throughout the state. To learn more, go to VisitNebraska.com.



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