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January/February 2020 Explore! Calendar

Jan 02, 2020 11:14AM ● By Rebecca Weis
Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm. 


Illusionist Joshua Jordan Jan. 11 at GI Free Church, Grand Island. Illusionist Joshua Jordan reads minds and performs tricks for people of all ages. 308-382-1898.

Cold Days, Warm Hearts, and Family Fun Jan. 13 at Mahoney State Park. This winter celebration includes education activities, winter crafts, and the ability to roast hot dogs and s’mores over a bonfire. 402-471-0641. —

Indoor Air Show Jan. 18 at Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum. This event brings the fun and excitement of an air show inside with radio-controlled models. 402-944-3100. —

Full Wolf Moon 5K Jan. 19 at Two Rivers State Recreation Area, Waterloo. Runners will enjoy a flat, and fast, good time at the second annual Wolf Moon 5k. The event includes hot chocolate, baked goodies, and door prizes. 402-917-7818. —

Ogallala Gun Show Jan. 19-20 at Keith County Fair & Exhibit, Ogallala. Gun collectors from across the Midwest will gather and share their knowledge on hunting and guns. 308-284-6952. —

Martha Redbone Presents Bone Hill: The Concert Jan. 23 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln. This renowned blues and soul singer explores her family’s history in music genres that stand through generations. 402-472-4747. —

Cardinal Virtues at Tree Adventures Jan. 25 at Arbor Day Lodge. Nature-lovers can learn more about this iconic red bird during this event, including their repertoire of songs, and how to attract them to the yard. 402-873-8717. —

HiBeerNation Winter Beer Fest Jan. 25 at Kinkaider Brewing Co.,Grand Island. Beer lovers will be able to sample beer from 12 different Nebraska breweries at this festival, which also includes food and live music.402-480-6488. —

Blue Man Group Speechless Tour Jan. 29 at Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln. This group’s shows have been seen by over 35 million people. They are known for original compositions, acts, and instruments. 712-258-9164. —

Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Feb. 15-23 at Buffalo County Fairgrounds, Kearney. Nebraska is one of the largest beef producers in the nation, and this show will feature many of the state’s largest cattlemen. Events include Battle of the Breeds and a chef’s Best Beef competition. Youth are also encouraged to show and sell cattle. 308-627-6385. —

Bill T. Jones/Arnie and Company - On the Water Feb. 27 at Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln. One of the world’s most iconic dance companies will perform in Lincoln. The group showcases styles such as improvisation, Caribbean dance, and modern techniques. 402-472-4747. —

The Second City: She the People Feb. 28 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln. This comedic play was designed entirely by women and promises to make people laugh all night long. 402-472-4747. —

Nebraska Winter Pride Feb. 29 at Das Haus, Lincoln. This day includes a brunch, educational activities, and a show. RuPaul’s Drag Race star Vanessa Vanjie Mateo comes to Lincoln for the evening, including a meet-and-greet.531-500-5528. —


Lakes Area Game Fest Jan. 4-5 at Arrowwood Resort, Okoboji. Individuals of all ages come to participate in board and card games from all eras. Participants can take home raffles, prizes, or giveaways. Games provided, but people are encouraged to bring their own to share with others. 712-332-2161. —

Jersey Boys Jan. 7-8 at Orpheum Theater, Sioux City. These four guys from Jersey, became a sensation almost the minute they started singing. While onstage they were presented as All-American boys, offstage, life was very different. 712-258-9164. —

Keelive Music Jan. 17-18 in Downtown Cherokee. Formerly the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival, this weekend includes pub crawls on Friday and Saturday nights, a jam session on Saturday afternoon, and a big band dance on Saturday night. A music clinic is offered for high school students on Friday. 712-225-6414. — Barnes Bull Riding Challenge Jan. 17-18 at Tyson Events Center, Sioux City. The late owner of Barnes PRCA Rodeo once told a reporter, ”We are to rodeo  what Cadillac is to cars.” This bull-riding challenge is a family-friendly event that is sure to please those ages 1 to 99. 402-279-4850. —

AKC All Breed Dog Show Jan. 18-19 at HyVee Hall Events Center, Des Moines. The Central Iowa Kennel Club will show dogs of all ages and breeds at this event. 515-564-8000. —

36th Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days Jan. 18-19 in Keokuk. View bald eagles in their natural habitat at the Mississippi Riverfront and Victory Park & Southside Boat Club. A variety of indoor activities are also available at River City Mall. 319-524-5599 —

40th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games  Jan. 23-26 at Lake Okoboji. Iowa’s fictional university puts on this annual festival. Activites include broomball, flag football, softball, bags tournament, a chili cook-off, the chocolate classic, and a polar plunge. 712-332-2107. —

Okoboji Winter Games

Chris Janson Jan. 30 at Orpheum Theater, Sioux City. Janson is the winner of the 2019 “Video of the Year” from the Academy of Country Music Awards for his video "Drunk Girl.” Fans can expect to hear this and other his such as “Fix a Drink” at this show. 712-258-9164. —

Snow Box Derby Feb. 2 at Mount Crescent, Crescent. Cardboard, glue, paint, and imagination will be used to create a variety of derby vehicles that will slide down the ski hills during this special event. 712-545-3850. —

Des Moines Home and Garden Show  Feb. 6-9 at Iowa Events Center, Des Moines. This show features over 400 exhibitors, 1,000 experts, and amazing gardens. 515-244-5456. —

Color the Wind Kite Festival Feb. 15 at the Seawall, Clear Lake. CBS Sunday Morning once referred to this as “A kaleidoscope at the end of a string.” One of the midwest’s largest and most colorful kite festivals, the event features everything from inflatables to home-made kites. 409-797-3500. —

Winterfest Jan. 25 at Amana Colonies, Amana. This annual festival includes zany games such as ham-throwing, and a beard contest. 319-622-7622. —

Backcountry Film Festival Jan. 25 at Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids. This festival focuses on nature, with each screening supporting conservation efforts. There will also be winter education and avalanche safety programs to raise awareness of winter management issues. 319-362-0664. —

Backcountry Film Festival

Wine, Food & Beer Showcase Feb. 21 in Des Moines. Foodies from all over the Midwest can sample food, wine, and beer from over 40 of the Des Moines area’s finest restaurants, caterers, and breweries from the area. 515-961. —

World Championship Ice Racing Feb. 22 at Tyson Center, Sioux City. This event features motorcycle and quad racers speeding on ice. These racers will run on an ice track by having over 2,000 sharp studs in their tires. 402-279-4850. —


WSU Children’s Dance Festival Jan. 26 at Wilner Auditorium, Wichita. This festival brings together performers from across the Midwest to share and showcase their talents. Master classes will be taught by WSU dance faculty. 316.978.3530. —

WWE Live Feb. 1 at Tony’s Pizza Event Center, Salina. WWE fans can watch some of their favorite stars compete and show off their signature moves. 785-826-7200. —

Jazz Festival Feb. 14-15 at Friends University, Wichita. This event features jazz music from Friends University Jazz Ensemble with award-winning trumpet player Bobby Shew. 316-295-5000. —

Jazz Festival in Wichita

31st Annual Winter Bluegrass Festival  Feb. 22-23 at Wichita Marriott Hotel, Wichita. The Kansas Bluegrass Association will be throwing the 30th annual festival, which will include Grammy Award-winning singer Tim O’Brien, a songwriting workshop, and an instrument petting zoo. 316-651-0333. —


Kansas City Restaurant Week Jan. 10-19 throughout Kansas City. This annual 10-day dining event spotlights Kansas City’s hottest restaurants.

Schlafly Cabin Fever Festival Jan. 11 at Schlafly Bottleworks, St. Louis. This is an afternoon of big music, big beers, and big fun outside. Cabin Fever celebrates beer with over 40+ styles, guaranteed to take away the winter blues. 314-241-2337. —

417 Magazine’s Whiskey Festival Jan. 18 at John A. & Genny Morris Conversation Center, St. Louis. With 200 whiskeys, live music, and booze-inspired food this event is scheduled to be bigger and better than ever. 417-225-1162. —

Kansas City Winter Whiskey Tasting Festival Jan. 25 in Kansas City. This festival gives whiskey-lovers the ability to sample everything from Irish whiskey to a blend of bourbon and rye.

George Strait Jan. 25 at Sprint Center, Kansas City. George Strait is known for hits such as “ Amarillo by Morning,” and “Write This Down.” 816.949.7100. —

Cirque Du Soleil: Axel Jan. 30-Feb. 2 at Sprint Center, Kansas City. Axel is a young artist who falls for Lei in a high-speed chase for love and self-realization. 816.949.7100. —

Miranda Lambert Feb. 6 at Sprint Center, Kansas City. This Grammy-award winning country music star is known for her hits like "The House That Built Me.” 816.949.7100. —

Seventh Annual Beer, Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Feb. 8 at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds & Event Center, Springfield. This is a unique tasting and shopping experience for guests 21 and older. The event includes live music, educational seminars, and live cooking demonstrations from top local chefs. 417-833-2660. —

Harlem Globetrotters Feb. 8 at Sprint Center in Kansas City. The spinning, dunking, hijinks-performing basketball team has an all-new show. 816.949.7100. —

Chocolate Wine Trail Feb. 21-23 at Hermann Wine Trail, St. Louis. This unique event pairs chocolates with wine along seven stops on the Hermann Wine Trail. 800-932-8687. —

Tapas & Tequila Feb. 22 at 2201 Locust Street, St. Louis. Chef-paired tapas are the theme of this event, which also includes over 100 different tequilas, live music and a photo booth with take-home prints. 314.615.2480. —

Chance the Rapper Feb. 22 at Sprint Center, Kansas City. Chance the Rapper will perform some of his greatest hits such as “No Problem” and “Slide Around.” 816-949-7100. —

This calendar was printed in the January/February 2020 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe

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