Nebraska's Sesquicentennial (150th) Celebrations

June 21st, 2017

January – December:  One Book – One State.  42 of the 150 books featured at Morton James Public Library

Truckin’ Through Nebraska is a fun, hands-on children’s museum experience created for the kids of Nebraska in honor of the 150th anniversary of statehood in 2017. It will provide a unique, entertaining and unforgettable learning experience to thousands of children living in areas of the state without their own children’s museum.  This amazing Traveling Children’s Museum will be in Nebraska City!!!  click here for more details





Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Nebraska Statehood Day.

Description: Nebraska State Capitol
Website: Join in the celebration!

Saturday, March 4, 2017


"NE150: Across the Wide Missouri" -- the Apple Corps Men's Barbershop Chorus Annual Show

Time: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Location: Lourdes Central Catholic School Auditorium
Description: Learn about Nebraska's history with good old fashioned barbershop singing and humor at the Apple Corps' annual show! Purchase your ticket from any barbershopper or at the door on the day of the show.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Nebraska City's 146th Annual Arbor Day Festival - Come Home to Arbor Day, a Nebraska Tradition!

Time: All weekend
Description: Take part in Nebraska City's gift to the rest of the world...the holiday of Arbor Day! We will be adding activity and event details daily on our Arbor Day page (see link below).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Peru State College's 150th Anniversary

Description: Peru State College and the State of Nebraska share a birthyear! PSC will turn 150 years old on June 20th. It's kinda a big deal, so a major party is being planned. Click on the PSC website below for details!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Humanities Nebraska Chautauqua - "World War I: Legacies of a Forgotten War"

Time: June 21-24, all day
Location: Nebraska City High School
Description: Chautauqua combines oratory and lectures with literary readings and musical entertainment. The Nebraska Chautauqua offers opportunities for audiences to come together to develop a fuller understanding of the lasting influences of the Great War. Daily workshops will give participants a chance to discuss the legacy of the Great War. Additional programs include a Youth Chautauqua Day Camp, and local history programs.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

$10 / $75

Central Avenue Farm to Fork and Sip & Stroll Event

Time: 2 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.
Location: Central Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets
Description: Celebrate local foods with our first annual FARM TO FORK and SIP & STROLL events! For only $10 from 2-5 p.m. on August 20th, you can purchase a SIP & STROLL ticket and sample wines and goodies from local restaurants and farmers. Beginning at 5 p.m., the $75 seven-course meal begins! It will feature farm fresh local meats, vegetables, fruits, jams, baked goods, and more! Nebraska City has never seen anything like this before!
Website: Purchase tickets here

Monday, August 21, 2017


Solar Eclipse 2017

Time: Around 1 p.m.
Location: All across the state!
Description: On Aug. 21, 2017, American skywatchers will be treated to a rare and spectacular celestial show — the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in nearly four decades. The "Great American Total Solar Eclipse" will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles wide...and Nebraska is right in the middle of it all! Nebraska City itself is just at the top edge of the viewing area, so we are the perfect place to find lodging and things to do while you wait for the big event. Make your reservations today! (and don't forget your proper eye protection!)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

$15 / $20

Spirit of Brownville Riverboat Cruises

Time: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. September 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th
Location: Departing from the Riverview Marina
Description: The narrated river cruises will be on the Spirit of Brownville and leave from the Riverview Marina in Nebraska City at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day from September 7th through the 10th, offering passengers the chance to relax and learn about the Missouri River’s past, present, and future. Tickets will be available in the months prior to the event for $15 per person, or at the dock on the day of the cruise for $20 per person. Cruises are a minimum of one hour in length.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Nebraska City's 49th Annual AppleJack Festival

Time: All weekend!
Location: Everywhere! Seriously...have you ever been here during AppleJack?!?!
Description: The mother of all fruit-based festivals. We heart apples. Click on through to our AppleJack Festival page for details (it will be updated as the big weekend gets closer).

Friday, October 13, 2017


Steamboat Trace Trail Festival Banquet

Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Lied Lodge & Conference Center
Description: We are excited to introduce a new festival to southeast Nebraska, one that unites the three communities of Nebraska City, Peru, and Brownville along the Steamboat Trace Trail. There is no better way to kick off a new festival than with a yummy banquet! The banquet will be hosted by the Arbor Day Foundation to welcome each participant, celebrate Nebraska’s heritage and future, and inspire participants to collaborate on extending the Steamboat Trace Trail for future generations.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Steamboat Trace Trail Festival

Time: All Day
Description: Steamboat Trace Trail Festivals will be held in Nebraska City, Peru, and Brownville on Saturday, October 14, providing neat and educational opportunities to foster community involvement and pride in our state. Events include Living History demonstrations, tours, live music, speakers, children's activities, food, food, and more food! Old Time Autumn Festival in Brownville will showcase the arts. Peru’s festival will showcase Peru State College and its unique trail head with presentations from Nebraska Humanities speakers Clemente and Holtz. Nebraska City will host the banquet, Gran Fondo, and a Festival involving each orchard and the community.

Gran Fondo Bike Ride

Time: All Day
Description: The Gran Fondo will begin at one Nebraska treasure - Arbor Lodge - and end at another - Brownville. Participants will experience farmland at or near harvest, the Missouri River and bluffs, southeast Nebraska flora and fauna, a historic trail, and three historic towns.

Festival Bus Transportation

Description: Buses will run services to each town for those who prefer to ride in style.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day: Past, Present, & Future

Location: Memorial Building
Description: Details to come