2022 Summer Preview

The Norfolk area comes to life in the summer time with fun events and free things to do! This summer is jammed packed with concerts, spectacular festivals, and annual events. Plan your weekend getaway and attend these events.


7th: Norfolk’s Cinco de Mayo, 4-7PM at the Elkhorn Valley Museum
Learn more about Cinco de Mayo while celebrating and enjoying delicious cultural foods! Enter the Señorita Cinco de Mayo contest now – click here for more information.

8th: Norfolk Sculpture Walk Debut, all day, Downtown Norfolk
The 4th Annual Sculpture Walk kicks off in Downtown Norfolk and Madison with 16 new sculptures. The Walk is a year-long exhibit of outdoor sculptures. Schedule a Guided Sculpture Walk and Food Tour this summer with a group of up to 10 people. The new sculptures will be announced soon!

21st: Farmers Market Opening Day, 9AM-12PM, Riverpoint Square
The Norfolk Farmers Market is back in Downtown Norfolk! Pick up in-season food and craft products from local vendors. Click here to follow them on Facebook for updates.


3rd-5th: Shell Creek Valley Days, all day, Newman Grove
Head to Newman Grove for a weekend full of fun! Enjoy an antique tractor parade, fireworks, street dance, bull riding, pancake feed, and more. Stay up-to-date with this year’s event by following their Facebook – click here for page.

3rd-5th: Klown Days Festival, all day, Plainview
Don’t miss the annual Klown Days Festival in Plainview. This year, plan to attend the carnival, street dance, firework show, and bull ride while also enjoying food trucks and grand parade. Follow Plainview Nebraska Klown Days Festival for more information.

10th: Downtown Concert Series Kickoff, 6-9PM, Riverpoint Square
The 2nd Annual Downtown Concert Series is a 3-part concert series in Downtown Norfolk. Grab to-go options from downtown restaurants, enjoy the beer garden, and live music! Here’s the line-up for this summer:
– June 10th: eNVy Live
– July 15th: Capital Nine Live
– August 19th: Fender Bender Live

11th: Christian Cross Festival, all day, Skyview Lake
The 18th annual Christian Cross Festival features headliner Jordan Feliz, I AM THEY, CAIN, Love & The Outcome, and Adelaide Music. The festival will also include a 5K Run/Walk, disc golf tournament, kayaks, inflatables, kids tent, christian ministries and food vendors. See more information here.

15th: Stars Strolls & Smores Kickoff, 7PM, Maskenthine Lake Recreation Area
The 5th annual Star Strolls & Smores series kicks off at Maskenthine Lake Recreation Area! Enjoy a free nature walk during a full moon with family-oriented activities. Save the date – July 13th at Elkhorn Valley Museum.

16th-18th: Great American Comedy Festival, all day, Johnny Carson Theatre
Celebrate Johnny Carson by attending the Great American Comedy Festival. The event kicks off Thursday night with a comedy magic show and goes into the weekend with a comedy showcase, late night show, and festival gala. See more information and get tickets here.

18th: Laugh & A Half Marathon, all day, Cowboy Trail
Featured in The Runner’s Bucket List, the Laugh & A Half Marathon is one you don’t want to miss. The marathon route runs along the Elkhorn River on the Cowboy Trail! Enter the 1/2 marathon, 10K, or 5K and bring the kiddos for the kids fun run. See more information and sign up here.

24th: Lonestar with Chris Cagle, 7:30PM, Outdoor Venue at Midtown Event Center
Concerts are back in Norfolk, but in a new location. US92 country supergroup Lonestar with special guest Chris Cagle on June 24th at the new outdoor venue at Midtown Event Center. Tickets go on sale on April 1st! Get your tickets online here.

30th: Music in the Park, 6PM, Skyview Park
Come and enjoy music on a beautiful hillside overlooking Skyview Lake! This year, Music in the Park is hosting 4 free shows. Mark your calendars for the others on July 14th, July 28th, and August 11th! Beer and wine allowed.


1st-3rd: Boomfest, all day, Skyview
The annual Boomfest celebration is packed with fun things to do including a wing fest competition, car show, live music, inflatables, food vendors, and the largest firework display in Northeast Nebraska. Boomfest Disc Golf Tournament will also be held this weekend. See more information on Boomfest here and sign up for the disc golf tournament here.

5th-10th: Madison County Fair, all day, Madison County Fairgrounds
Plan to attend the best week in July at the Madison County Fair! This year’s entertainment includes the Mid-States Championship Rodeo, FMX Freestyle Motor Cross Performance and 3 Doors Down concert. See the schedule and get tickets here.

22nd-23rd: Nebraska Rocks, TBD, Divots Conference Center
Enjoy rock n’ roll music from Nebraska’s greatest bands! More information coming soon.

27th-31st: Pierce County Fair, all day, Pierce County Fairgrounds
Head to our neighboring county to attend the Pierce County Fair! Enjoy Nebraska Bush Pullers, Extreme Bull Fighting, a Mud Volleyball Tournament, Double S Extreme Bull Riding and more. See the schedule and more information here.


See a full calendar of events and find more things to do at www.VisitNorfolkNE.com/upcoming-events

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