Spring Events & Festivals

Need a reason to visit Nebraska this spring? How about a dozen? We have more, but you have to start somewhere.

Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska

Arbor Day Farm

Maybe it's because we've been cooped up all winter, but spring brings out the weird and wonderful in us. Which means it's prime time for you to experience only-in-Nebraska festivals and events. Join us in spring as we celebrate migrating cranes, dancing chickens, cowboys, fried cattle cojones and more.

March

Sandhill Crane Migration, Central Platte River Valley Flock to the Platte River to witness as more than 500,000 sandhill cranes land, rest and feed before completing their migration. 

St. Patrick’s Day, O’Neill Join in four days of Irish heritage celebration, complete with green beer and traditional dancers, in the town of O’Neill, “Nebraska’s Irish Capital.”

Sandhill crane migration over Nebraska
Sandhill crane migration
Painting the world's largest shamrock in O'Neill, Nebraska
St. Patrick's Day in O'Neill

APRIL

Husker Football Spring Game, Lincoln Pack Memorial Stadium with thousands of dedicated Husker fans for the highly anticipated showing of Nebraska's beloved football team.

Prairie Chicken Festival, Burwell Stake your spot among the viewing blinds and watch as prairie chickens strut in a spectacular show for the right to mate with hens.

Arbor Day Celebration, Nebraska City Celebrate at events statewide or mark the tree planter’s holiday with plantings, tours, shopping and family-friendly activities where it all began: Nebraska City's Arbor Day Farm.

Junkstock, Waterloo The countryside of an old farm transforms into a charming outdoor boutique with vintage finds, tasty treats
and groovy tunes. Shop away.

University of Nebraska Husker Football fans in Lincoln
Husker football fans in Lincoln
Prairie chickens at Burwell, Nebraska's Prairie Chicken Festival
Nebraska prairie chicken

MAY

Lincoln Marathon, Lincoln Cheer or run along this city-wide course that ends on the 50-yard line of the Huskers' Memorial Stadium. 

Toast Nebraska Wine Festival, Gretna 150 Nebraska wines will tempt you at this festival, but don't miss live music, wine-themed educational sessions, shopping, food and more.
 

JUNE

Great American Comedy Festival, Norfolk Grab a seat for this festival, when some of the nation’s greatest comedic talent gathers to pay tribute to the legacy of Norfolk native Johnny Carson. 

NEBRASKAland DAYS, North Platte Cowboy culture and top country music stars await you at this North Platte festival, one of the biggest parties in the state.

Testicle Festival, Ashland On Father’s Day weekend, gather 'round for Rocky Mountain oysters, live music and a Ball-Eating Contest.

College World Series, Omaha Hit Omaha for 12 days of America’s greatest pastime, plus music and beer gardens surrounding the stadium.

College baseball world series at Omaha, Nebraska's TD Ameritrade Park
College World Series
Norfolk, Nebraska's Great American Comedy Fest at the Johnny Carson Theatre
Johnny Carson Theatre, home to the Great American Comedy Fest