Veterans Day weekend events happening across Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Communities across the state are celebrating Veterans Day weekend. 

Many are honoring veterans on Friday and throughout the weekend, while others are getting the holiday season underway. 


Season of Lights – Sunday, Dusk

Sunday marks the beginning of Midtown Crossing’s Season of Lights. Settle into the peace and tranquility of a winter’s night. Stroll in the glow of a cherished holiday tradition. Tens of thousands of white LED lights strung throughout Turner Park and along Farnam Street is the perfect way to experience the peace and holiday wonder that simple beauty brings.

Midtown Crossing, 31st and Farnam Streets



Tree of Lights Kickoff – Friday, 5-7 p.m.

Coinciding with the start of bell ringing, the lighting of the Tree of Lights marks the start of the season of giving. Enjoy musical entertainment, photos with Santa and other holiday activities. Music and activities start at 5 p.m. The tree lighting will begin at 6 p.m.

HOME Real Estate, 5322 O St.

Martini Competition – Friday, 6:30-10 p.m.

Turbine Flats tenants will compete to craft a 2-ounce martini that fits with the “Dungeons & Dragons” theme and will win them the coveted prize of best in show. Your ticket is free, and your martinis are free, but your vote is priceless. Attendees have the opportunity to purchase more votes if they’re really loving a cocktail. All of the proceeds will go to Make Shift.  Tickets on Eventbrite require a password. Just ask around. Costumes required.

Turbine Flats, 2124 Y St.

Nebraska Storytelling Festival – Saturday, 7 p.m.

The Nebraska Storytelling Festival will give people of our state a stage to share their stories. The festival will promote the art of craft storytelling – recognizing that when we tell stories, we entertain one another, learn from one another, forge relationships among one another and promote a sense of connectedness and belonging.

Lincoln Community Playhouse, 2500 S. 56th St.

Veterans Day Parade – Sunday, 2 p.m.

This year’s parade will honor our female veterans. Women have played a crucial role in protecting our country since America’s founding. They have served in every major conflict since the Revolutionary War. Today, there are over 2 million female veterans in the United States. They comprise the fastest-growing and most diverse demographic in the military and veteran population.

State Capitol, 1445 K St.

Brick Days – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brick Days is a family-friendly event featuring 25,000 square feet of amazing custom creations, games and interactive activities, all built from Lego bricks by Lego enthusiasts from across the Midwest. Plus, find up-to-date swag from the most popular Lego vendors.

Lancaster Event Center, 4100 N. 84th St.



Veterans Day Pancake Feed – Sunday 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

American Legion Post 247 will be serving pancakes, biscuits and gravy, egg casserole, scrambled eggs, fruit cup, sausage, cinnamon rolls, muffins, donuts, etc. Hunters, stop by. We’ll have plenty of hot coffee to warm you up. Serving from 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. We’ve got breakfast and lunch covered for you.

G.A.R. Hall Veterans Museum, 124 East D St.



Toast Nebraska Wine Festival – Satu0rday, 1-9 p.m.

Unlock the delicious and distinct tastes of Nebraska wines. Sample over 100 wines and enjoy live music, educational sessions, shopping and food.  Purchasing a ticket gets you a wine tote, a tasting glass and free tastings at more than 15 local wineries, along with access to educational sessions and vendors. General admission tickets are $65, while designated driver tickets are $25. This includes a $5 food voucher.

700 E. Stolley Park Road



Glow Night – Friday, 6-9 p.m.

This month’s event is a Couples Only Trivia Night at Clint Smith Graphics. Dinner will be a ham or turkey sandwich, fruit, a cookie, and lemonade or water. If children have any food allergies, they are welcome to bring their own dinner. This event is for children ages 3-10. $15 for members, $25 for non-members.

The Alia Arram Memorial Building, 5827 4th Ave.

International Food and Culture Festival – Sunday, 6-8 p.m.

The 45th annual event celebrates the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s international students while showcasing their cultures and cuisine. Attendees can try dishes from around the globe while enjoying traditional and modern performances and checking out interactive booths representing various countries. The International Food and Cultural Festival is free and open to the public.

UNK Health and Sports Center, 2501 15th Ave.

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