1. MJ’s Gelato & More

Calling all foodies! This is the newest addition to Downtown Norfolk and is a MUST TRY! They have many different flavors of gelato and delicious cupcakes that pair perfectly! Head to 107 N 4th ST and grab a scoop (or two) of this yummy gelato!

2. Unhinged Boutique

The newest addition to shopping is Unhinged Boutique located in Downtown Norfolk. They are one of the only boutiques to offer plus size clothing. Make sure to check out their kids clothes as well! Unhinged boutique can also screen print onto about everything! They have already created hilarious gifts, fun tops, and cool designed cups. Follow them on Facebook to see their current products.

3. She’s Smitten + Steel Clothing Co.

She’s Smitten has moved and now includes men’s clothing! They recently announced that they have “Smitten Bags” available. This service allows the professionals to pick outfits that match your style and are delivered or mailed to you! Keep the items you like & pay your invoice within 24 hours. No purchase required; however, the rest of the items need to be shipped back or dropped off to their store within 7 days. How convenient, am I right?!

4. New Fairfield Inn and Townplace Inn & Suites

A new hotel will be starting construction behind Perkins and will include extended stays! These Marriott hotels will offer a contemporary design, beautiful indoor pool, spacious dining area with a large breakfast selection, a sundry store, guest laundry and patio.

5. River Point Square

The Johnny Carson Mural will be a new public gathering space in Downtown Norfolk. The construction of this will kick off this year! This new area will be able to host group gatherings, music events, and more. The beautiful landscaping and contemporary feel will be a great addition to the growing Downtown area.

6. Shoe Sensation

A new shoe store will open in the old China Buffet location in March! If you haven’t heard of this franchise before, they offer brand name footwear for everyone! We are excited for this new addition to our visitor’s shopping experience.

7. Miracle Skate Park

Renovations for Miracle Skate Park located in Veteran Memorial Park start this year! Spohn Ranch has designed the layout for the park and the City of Norfolk is currently accepting bids for a contractor. This facility will be one of the largest in the Midwest. The new facility will host competitions once the complex is complete. The future is bright for skaters and BMX riders!

8. Johnny Carson Exhibit

If you didn’t know, Norfolk is the home of Johnny Carson. The Elkhorn Valley Museum will be giving the current exhibit a makeover this year. The exhibit will be interactive and include some of Johnny Carson’s personal memorabilia.

9. The Dead of Winter

Elkhorn Valley Museum is hosting a winter costume party! Dress as your favorite historical figure from any time period to be entered into the costume contest. Enjoy live music from the Begats, specialty drinks, and delicious appetizers. This event is from 7-10PM Friday, January 31st at Divots. Get your tickets now:

10. Divots Big Chill & Cheese Festival

Divots Brewery in Norfolk is hosting 12 Nebraska breweries and 3 Nebraska creameries in the Divots Ballroom for this limited space event! Get your tickets today so you can sample 50+ beers and cheeses made in the great state of Nebraska! Also, take part in the IPA Challenge! You will receive a list of 10 Nebraska IPA’s that are all served at their event bar on numbered taps.  This event is from 3pm-8pm Saturday, February 8th. Purchase early and get 2 tickets and a hotel room at Norfolk Lodge and Suites for only $175!

11. New Concert Series lineup

Every year, the Norfolk Area Concert Association brings concerts to the Johnny Carson theater. Check out Rave On!, Nebraska Brass Band, and Beginnings in 2020. See more details and ticket information at

12. Sculpture Walk

The 2020 Sculpture Walk will kick off in May! New sculptures will be installed, and a new guided tour will be established during the summer months. Tour dates will be set, where you can not only view the sculptures, but experience Downtown Norfolk through food and drinks! This makes for a perfect girl’s night, so stay tuned!

13. Norfolk Area Passport

Explore the Norfolk Area with this free, fun passport program. If you haven’t participated before, you are seriously missing out! Starting in May, you will experience hidden gems throughout our area including museums, restaurants, retail stores, and more. At each destination, you will receive a stamp in your passport. After you receive all the stamps, return your passport to the Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau for a prize. Each completed passport owner will also be entered for a GRAND PRIZE! Follow Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau on Facebook for more information!

July 3, 2019

Race Night: Off Road Speedway will be hosting a July 3rd race night special. Like last year, there will be an Independence Day parade lap. The current points leaders will be leading the pre-race festivities on the track. A flyover is planned and there will be Fireworks after the races.

July 4, 2019

Norfolk 4th of July Parade: The Norfolk 4th of July Parade starts at 10 a.m. The many floats, bands, and local businesses will be found in Norfolk’s Downtown. If you’re interested in adding your own touch to the parade you may contact Kevin at 402.750.1570. 

4th of July Picnic: Following the parade will be the Annual Independence Day Picnic at Verges Park behind Elkhorn Valley Museum. Bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy music by The Roadhouse Band. 

Madison 4th of July Parade: On the Fourth head to Madison for this year’s “Proud to be an American” themed parade. The parade starts at 2p.m. in Madison but if you would like to have a float you must register by 12:30p.m. with Peg Freudenburg (402) 454-2251 or email

Downtown Afterhours: Head downtown for drinks, shopping, and prizes on the 4th of July. The downtown will start its evening of fun at 3p.m. and stores will stay open till 7p.m.

Music in the Park:  Get down and boogie on the 4th with music in the park by Heartland Boogie Band. This is always a fun, FREE, and family friendly event. It is held at Skyview Lake in Norfolk. The music starts at 5:30 so grab a blanket/lawn chairs, a cold beverage, and someone to enjoy the music with and head to the park for a beautiful evening of music. 

July 5, 2019

Out of this World Field Day: The Norfolk Public Library will be hosting the Out of this World Field Day on July 5th. Meet at the north side of the building by 10a.m. to take part in some fun games and field events.

July 6, 2019

Big Bang Boom: This may be one of the biggest events in the area! It’s not your average day at the park. This is an exciting day at the lake, live local musicians, and amazing display of fireworks. The Begats of Norfolk, NE will kick off the local music this year and be followed by a lineup of very talented, local musicians. If you want great seating don’t wait until 5:30 to get there.  Every year people come from all over to enjoy the day’s events and see the phenomenal display of fireworks put on at Skyview Lake. People of all ages join in the oooh and the ahhh of the fireworks that light up the sky. There’s a majestic beauty that comes from the very moment that the flag is raised and the sound of the Star Spangled Banner is played to all of those awaiting the show. As the crowd claps and cheers at the end of the song, the show begins and so does the emotion of what that night means to each and every individual watching. For some it takes them back to their childhood and others it may bring a tear to their eye as they embrace the freedoms and rights in this new country, they now call home. This is a great evening of celebration that you won’t want to miss.