12 county fairs and many more events happening in Nebraska this weekend

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — This weekend will have tons of events, whether you’re looking for date night or family night.

Across the state, we’ve got plenty of fun community events, including a ton of county fairs. Check the bottom for information on all the fairs this weekend.



Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka– All Weekend

Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life on the Scottish Rite stage. Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka features a cast of young performers as they take the audience on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination.

Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 202 S. 20th St.

Ribstock 2022 – Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.

Ribstock 2022 continues the themes of business, community, and BBQ, which is truly what this event is all about.  This year, the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild is also bringing Lager Fest to Ribstock.  Entry to the festival is $5, “People’s Choice Rib Sampling” cards are $25 and get you a free rib from each of the 10 vendors.  At the end, turn in your card and receive a free drink of your choice.

Stinson Park, 2285 S. 67th St.

Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild Lager Fest – Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.

Craft lagers have been gaining popularity over the last few years, and the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild is excited to bring you the first annual Lager Fest.  Lager Fest will bring you 20-plus breweries. Attendees of Lager Fest will receive free entry into Ribstock ($5 savings).

Stinson Park, 2285 S 67th St.



(Papillion, Council Bluffs, Bellevue, Ralston, Gretna, Valley, Waterloo)

Omaha Storm Chasers Marvel Night – Friday, 6 p.m.

The Omaha Storm Chasers take on the Iowa Cubs on Friday. This night features specialty “Black Panther” jerseys with an in-game auction. There will also be a special appearance from Thor the God of Thunder and a Marvel character face painter.

Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion



LNK Outdoor Movie Series – Friday, 6:30 p.m.

“Top Gun” will be shown in partnership with Save Lincoln Local. There will be a free will clothing donation as you enter for Foster Care Closet.  The event is located on the west side of the airport, in an open green space.  The movie will be projected on the side of an old Cold War hangar. The movie event is free to the community with ticket.

Lincoln Airport, 3801 NW 34th St.

Movies in the Park – Friday, 9 p.m.

Movies in the Park are back this week with Disney’s “Luca”.  Grab your blanket or a few chairs and come out for a free family-friendly movie in the park.  Movie starts at dark, around 9 p.m.

Irving Recreation Center, 2010 Van Dorn St.

Food Truck Festival – Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

It will be an evening filled with delicious food, live local music and more. The event benefits the Alzheimer’s Association.  There’s plenty of food and live music.  Admission collected at the entrance: $5 per person or $20 per car (cash or Venmo). Bring a lawn chair.

Haymarket Park, 403 Line Drive Circle

Community Free Market – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

It’s like a yard sale, but free.  If you’d like to participate, bring a table or blanket and things you want to give away.  All are welcome, including dogs, and there’s a park next door for the little ones.

Seng Park, North 49th & Garland Streets



Dynamite Pete Days – Friday to Sunday, all day

This is the second annual Dynamite Pete Days, which kicks us off with the LHS Athletic Booster Golf Tournament. Saturday has a carnival for the kids, food trucks, a beer garden and a live band.  Sunday starts with a pancake breakfast or biscuits and gravy at the Legion Hall.

Downtown, Main Street



Kids in the Park Summer Arts – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The 2022 Kids in the Park Summer Art Programs is at Homestead National Historical Park.  This week, kids will be learning about spinning wool and crafts.  All programs are free and welcome to all.  

Homestead Education Center, 8523 Nebraska Highway 4, Beatrice



Hear Grand Island – Friday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Nebraska’s top original bands perform free, outdoor shows at Railside Plaza downtown. Each concert will feature three musical acts plus a DJ, representing genres ranging from funk to indie rock to country. The event is family-friendly, and there will be a beverage garden. Be part of Grand Island’s growing arts culture.

Railside Plaza, 224 W. 3rd St., Grand Island



Nebraska Star Party – Starts Sunday

Sail off on your own voyage of discovery this summer. The astronomical views from Merritt Reservoir’s Snake Campground are fabulous, and there are plenty of recreational opportunities to keep the entire family entertained all week long at the annual Nebraska Star Party.

Snake River Area Campground at Merritt Reservoir



Free Movie Night – Friday, 7 p.m.

Enjoy a free movie night at Sandhills Drive-in, which offers a fun, family environment with beautiful sunsets and a great concession stand.  This event is sponsored by Rock Valley Physical Therapy. Each person will get popcorn and drink for free. Gates open at 7, and the show starts at dusk.

Sandhill Drive-in, 2617 County Road 57



Mason City HomecomingFriday to Sunday, all day

Traditionally, the Mason City Homecoming Celebration kicks off with the Rural Fire Department BBQ and the parade.  Other fun events include teen dance, street dance, turtle races, tractor pull, car show, 5K, kids 1-mile race, outdoor movie night, horseshoe and cornhole tournaments, and a community church service.

Mason City, various locations



Farmer’s Market – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The market will be held at the south side of District 177 next to Ashley Furniture (formerly the Platte River Mall).

District 177, 1000 S. Dewey St.

Summer Reading Movie Matinee – Friday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the end of the summer reading movie matinee with “The Little Mermaid.”  This event is for children ages 5 to 11 and their caregivers.  Snacks will be provided.

North Platte Public Library, 120 W. 4th St.



Perkins County Fair – Friday and Saturday, all day

Stop by the Perkins County Fair to see plenty of rodeo events throughout the weekend, along with a parade, bounce houses and lots of food.

Perkins County Fairgrounds, 123-199 Garfield Ave., Grant

Webster County Fair – Friday and Saturday, all day

Webster County Fair is back for another year of summer fun.  Bring the livestock for showing, and watch some rodeo, plus there’ll be food and dancing.

Webster County Fairgrounds, 459 N. Crescent St., Bladen

Buffalo County Fair – All weekend

Buffalo County Fair has everything you’d expect at a county fair, and more.  The Buffalo County Fair Board is working hard to bring top-notch grandstand entertainment.  There will be food and drinks, plus 4-H events.

Buffalo County Fairgrounds, 3807 Avenue N, Kearney

Wayne County Fair – All weekend

The schedule is stacked for the Wayne County Fair.  With activities geared toward all ages, and plenty of entertainment, bring the whole family down for a guaranteed good time.

Wayne County Fairgrounds, 01 Pheasant Run, Wayne

Polk County Fair – All weekend

Come enjoy some good old-fashioned country fun at the Polk County Fair in Osceola, Nebraska.  The Polk County Ag Society is excited to announce that the carnival and midway presented by Garry Moore Amusements will be free for all ages. Tickets are $10 and $5 for kids 6 to 12. Kids 5 and under are free.

Polk County Fairgrounds, 12927 N Blvd., Osceola

Hall County Fair – All weekend

The Hall County Fair offers excellent concert entertainment, including the Roots and Boots Tour and Nancy Wilson’s Hearts, just to name a few. The 4-H exhibits, open class exhibits, livestock show, kids’ pedal pull, vendor booths, and a menu of other entertainment to please everyone’s taste will return. DC Lynch Carnival will be open Thursday through Sunday.

Fonner Park, 700 E. Stolley Park Road, Grand Island

Lincoln County Fair – All weekend

Many Lincoln County residents’ summer memories wouldn’t be complete without 4-H animals, tasty BBQ, popcorn and a stroll through the fairgrounds to enjoy time with friends and family.  We are proud to provide an opportunity for hundreds of entrepreneurs to engage with guests and showcase their products and/or services.

5015 Rodeo Road Ave., North Platte

Nance County Fair – All weekend

Check out the events the Nance County Fair has to offer, like 4-H events, axe-throwing, a beer garden and, of course, a carnival.  Bring the kids and enjoy a great weekend of fun.

Nance County Fairgrounds, 406 N. Ida St., Fullerton

Red Willow County Fair – All weekend

Enjoy live music and plenty of other entertainment for kids and adults.  Stop by for some good food, including a BBQ contest, and drinks in the beer garden.

Red Willow County Fairgrounds, West Fifth Street, McCook

Sherman County Fair – All weekend, into next week

Sherman County is working with UNL and 4-H to bring some great rodeo and livestock events, along with plenty of other activities.  You’ll find a demolition derby, a cake competition and much more.

Sherman County Fairgrounds, 47363 Nebraska Highway 92, Loup City

Cheyenne County Fair – Sunday, through next week

Check out a concert, maybe some 4-H livestock showings, and more, starting this Sunday and running until next Saturday.  

Cheyenne County Fairgrounds, 10955 Lincoln Highway, Sidney

Saunders County Fair – Sunday, through next week

You won’t be lacking for fun at the Saunders County Fair.  Check out a tractor and truck pull, a wine and beer tasting, livestock shows, concerts and a carnival.  The fair starts this Sunday and runs until next Sunday.

Saunders County Fairgrounds, 635 E. 1st St., Wahoo

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