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May 2019 Explore!

Apr 18, 2019 08:20AM ● By Pumulo Kasaji

For NebraskaIowaKansas, and Missouri

Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.


Space Day 2019 May 4 at Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, Ashland. Guests can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing at Space Day. This family event features activities, movies, planetarium shows, and guest speakers. 402-944-3100. —

Community Appreciation Day/Stuhr Under the Stars May 4 in Grand Island. The start of the summer season features free admission, food and drink specials, and activities for the whole family. When the sun goes down, attendees can enjoy an outdoor movie under the stars at the Stuhr Museum’s Railroad Town. Blankets and chairs for sitting are encouraged. 308-385-5316. —

woman helping girl walk on stilts

National Bird Day May 4 at the Arbor Lodge Mansion, Nebraska City. Celebrate birds while touring the Arbor Lodge Mansion. Visitors can “hunt” for the many resident birds. 402-471-0641.

Lincoln Marathon May 5 in Lincoln.This event includes three different races. Runners can participate in the full marathon, half marathon, or 1-mile race. Races start at 7 a.m. and end at Memorial Stadium. —

Sip Nebraska Wine, Craft Beer, and Spirits Festival May 10-11 at Mahoney State Park, Ashland.The sixth annual festival comes to Mahoney State Park for a weekend filled with live music, wine and beer tastings, and vendors for festivalgoers to enjoy. 402-882-2448. — women at Sip Wine Festival

Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo May 11 at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, Kearney. This family-friendly event caters to those who are interested in Nebraska’s outdoor activities and wildlife. Fishing, camping, and archery are but a few of the offered recreational opportunities. A park entry permit is required. 402-471-6009. —

Toast Nebraska Wine Festival 2019 May 17-18 at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, Gretna. Vala’s brings you its all-Nebraska wine festival, complete with music, food vendors, and many local wineries available for tasting. 402-310-7264. —

Bill Morris Memorial Fishing DerbyMay 18 at Ponca State Park, Ponca. This all-ages event includes hands-on activities throughout the day. Prizes will be distributed in many categories. 402-471-0641. —

Free Fishing and Park Entry Day May 18 at any Nebraska state park or recreation area. Enjoy a Saturday of fishing or state park activities without the purchase a fishing license or park permit. 402-471-0641. —

Kenny Chesney’s “Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour” May 18 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln. Country music star Kenny Chesney brings his act to the Pinnacle Bank Arena for a night of fun and music. 402-904-4444. —

Wildlands Day & Free Park Entry May 18 at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center, Gering. In Nebraska’s panhandle, this family-friendly event includes a bird hike, wildflower walk, and many other activities. 308-436-3777. —

Nebraska Junkathon May 24-26 at Thompson’s Treasures Antique and Uniques, Sargent. Vendors come together for a festival of antiques, food, and more in central Nebraska. 308-750-9435.—

Annual Brownville Spring Flea Market May 25-27 in Brownville. Hundreds of vendors bring their wares to this annual tradition, including recycled and up-cycled products, food, and antiques. 402-825-6001. —

Migratory Bird Day Celebration May 25-27 at the Lewis & Clark State Recreation Area, Crofton. This all-day event includes a glow in the dark egg hunt, guided bird walks, and more (along Nebraska’s riverine border with South Dakota). 402-388-4169. —

64th annual Willa Cather Spring Conference May 31-June 1 at National Willa Cather Center, Red Cloud. This annual event celebrates the works and life of Willa Cather. 866-731-7304. —

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Cascade Wing & Brew Fest 2019 May 4 at Cascade Amphitheater, Cascade. Attendees can enjoy some wings and beer as this festival comes back for its sixth year of food, drinks, and live music. 563- 690-8611. —

Maifest May 4 at Amana Colonies, Amana. Dancers, food trucks, and a parade will bring German traditions to this celebration of spring. 319-622-7622. —

Third Annual Coffee & Donut Festival May 4 at the Capital Square, Des Moines. Coffee and doughnuts are the highlights of this Des Moines festival, which includes games and plenty of family fun. 515-599-7500. —

Art Walk May 4 at Kohlmann Park, Waverly. This fine arts walk includes more than 40 artists for visitors to peruse. Open to the public. 319-352-4526. —

Free Comic Book Day: May the Fourth Be With You May 4 at Oak Leaf Comics & Collectibles, Mason City Iowa. This event includes free comic books, inflatables, and fun for the whole family. Fifty percent of sales will be donated to the North Iowa Youth Center. 641-424-0333. —

Vintage Garden Market with Friends May 4-5 at Rural Route Rust, Avoca. Attendees can enjoy an outdoor market of vintage goods. Drinks, food, and vendors will be available. 402-267-4104. —

Knick knacks at Vintage Gardens Market

Downtown Show and Shine May 5 at 206 Main Street, Cedar Falls. Cars and motorcycles will line Main Street for viewing. Food vendors will be available at this free event open to the public. 319-277-0213. —

Ultimate Spring Women’s Expo May 7 at the Wild Rose Casino, Clinton. Bring some friends to this event that includes shopping, prizes, and more. 563-243-9000. —

The Beach Boys: "Now & Then Tour" May 9 at the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre, Sioux City. The iconic band will bring their hit music to the Orpheum Theatre for a night to remember. 712-244-5000. —

Spring Garden Festival May 9-12 at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines. This event celebrates everything about gardens with activities, workshops, and more. 515-323-6290. —

Orange City Tulip Festival May 16-18 in Orange City. This event, which began in 1936, celebrates Dutch heritage and consists of beautiful tulips, dances performed in traditional Dutch clothing, daily parades, Dutch food, and more. 712-707-4510. —

Tree Town Music Festival May 23-26 at the Heritage Park of North Iowa, Forest City. This three-day event brings together big names in country music for a fun festival. Performers include Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley, Lauren Alaina, and more. 641-585-3378. —

80th annual North Iowa Band Festival May 23-27 in Mason City. Seventy-six trombones (or more) will parade through the streets of this Iowa town, where Music Man composer Meredith Wilson lived. Along with marching bands, this festival includes a carnival, food, games, and live entertainment. 641-423-5724. —

Celebrasian May 24-25 at the Westin Gateway Park, Des Moines. In its 17th year, Celebrasian will be a celebration and appreciation of Asian culture, uniting the Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities in Des Moines. Guests can enjoy live performances, authentic food, and educational activities. 515-770-1026. —

Annual Tivoli Fest May 24-May 26 in Elk Horn. Celebrate all things Danish at this annual spring festival, which includes Danish food, dances, live entertainment, fireworks, and more. 712-764-7001.—

Pink tulips

Boone River Valley Festival May 24-27 at the Boone Valley Brewery, Boone. Festival attendees can enjoy a weekend filled with music, crafts, and fun for the whole family. —

Spring Art & Craft Festival May 25 at Triangle Park, McGregor. This event kicks off summer with vendors, food, and activities for kids. 563-873-2186. —

Iowa Arts Festival May 31-June 2 in Iowa City. A family-friendly event that brings together different artists in the Iowa area, this event also features live music performances, food vendors, and more. 319-337-7944. —

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Boots and Beer Auction May 3 at Hoover Pavilion, Dodge City. This event brings many food and craft beer vendors together, also featuring live and silent auctions. 620-227-8188. —

KS Food Truck Festival May 4 at the Warehouse Arts District, Lawrence. This one-day festival features more than 25 food trucks with offerings from across the world and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit Just Food, the Douglas County Food Bank. 785-856-3040. —

47th Annual Square Fair & Arts Festival May 11 at the Anderson County Courthouse, Garnett. An annual event, this free family fun affair brings many craft vendors for visitors to peruse. Live entertainment, food, and more. 785-448-6767. —

Peony Festival May 18-19 at Stockton Area Chamber of Commerce, Stockton. The annual Peony Festival will feature peony displays around the city. The event includes a parade, craft vendors, and more. 785-425-6703. —

Pink Peony plant

Lawrence Busker Festival 2018 May 24-26 in downtown Lawrence. This annual event invites everyone to enjoy a get-weird-weekend. It includes unusual live performances by artists—both local and global—and the Busker Ball at the Lawrence Arts Center. This will be the first ever all-female busker festival. 785-843-2787. —

Tumbleweed Music Festival May 30-June 1 at the La Cygne Reservoir, La Cygne. The annual festival filled with music and fun is back for another round. Attendees can enjoy three days and two nights of camping, country music, canoeing, and hot air balloon rides. —

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Gatsby Days May 2-6 in Excelsior Springs. Break out the beads, fringe, and zoot suits for this homage to the roaring ’20s. Events include a fashion stroll, antique car parade, a “Gin & Jazz” party, vaudeville performances, and more. 816-630-6161. —

four women posing at Gatsby Days

2019 Apple Blossom Parade & Festival May 4 in St. Joseph. The parade has been in existence for over 90 years, and it has expanded into a festival with a Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned barbecue contest. The event runs in conjunction with Discover Downtown, which features live music, food vendors, and kids activities. 816-261-0422. —

10th Annual Sikeston Jaycee & Health Facilities Rehab Crawfish Boil & Music Festival May 4 at the Sikeston Rodeo Grounds, Sikeston. Attendees can enjoy music and family entertainment. This event includes a grand feast of Louisiana crawfish. 573-471-2498. —

Harry’s Hay Days May 4-5 in Grandview. This family-friendly event—taking place at the childhood home of Harry Truman—will be a celebration of his birthday and legacy. It is a two-day event filled with music, vendors, games, and a parade. 816-316-4888. —

Artfest on Walnut May 4-5 in Springfield. Over 100 artists will be on display at this celebration of art, with performances, food, and activities for the whole family. 417-831-6200. —

Renditions Polish Pottery Festival May 11 in Weston. This celebration of Polish culture includes live music, dancing, traditional food, and displays of unique pottery and art. 816-640-2909. —

crowd at Polish Pottery Festival

VolksWeston May 11 in Weston. This event will display vintage Volkswagens along Main Street to the City Hall parking lot. 816-640-2757. —

Fourth Annual Weston Wine Fest May 18 at Pirtle Winery, Weston. Attendees can enjoy wine, food, and live music. 816-640-2752. —

Westport Roots Festival May 25-27 in Kansas City. The music festival is back for its fifth year. Attendees can enjoy three days of fun and music from 60 bands. 816-960-4560. —

Centralia Anchor Festival May 31-June 2 at the City Square, Centralia. This event brings a fun day filled with music, parade, a carnival, and more. 573-682-2272. —

KC Pridefest May 31-June 2 at Berkley Riverfront Park, Kansas City. Entering its 43rd year, KC PrideFest is back for a celebration of love and diversity. 816-535-0911.

Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

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