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!

Restaurant Christmas Eve Christmas
Black Cow Fat Pig Open from 11AM-2PM Closed
District Table & Tap Open from 11AM-1AM Closed
Godfather’s Pizza Open until 8PM Closed
Leon’s Open until 4PM Closed
Napoli’s Italian Restaurant Open until 7PM Closed
Pizza Hut Open until 6PM Closed
Pizza Ranch Open from 11AM-2PM Closed
Sakura Sushi & Steakhouse Open 11AM-2:30PM, 4-9:30PM Open from 11AM-2PM, 4-9:30PM
Sand Bar & Grill / Divots Open from 11AM-2PM Closed
The Granary Open until 3PM Closed
Tu Casa Open until 8PM Closed
Whiskey Creek Open until 8PM Closed
411 Restaurant & Lounge Open from 11AM-11PM Open from 11AM-11PM
Big Red Restaurant & BarCloses at 5PMOpens at 5PM
Michael’s CantinaOpen until 7PMClosed
Mongolian Bar & GrillOpen 11AM-2PMClosed

All Within Your Budget!

The grass is greener, the sun is out, and temperatures are rising. It’s safe to say that spring is here and summer is on its way.  For some it means that kids are out of school and it’s time to start planning a vacation and for others, it’s time to head to the fields to start planting. It seems to be one of the busiest and most enjoyable times of year for a great majority of this community. There’s a lot of work to be done but there’s also a lot of fun! In a very short time there will be fairs, street dances, and festivals but there is excitement and fun to be had right now!  There’s also a lot of great ways to ‘daycation’ without going beyond Norfolk or any of the surrounding communities.  No matter what it is that makes your heart happy when the sun is out, it’s probably within driving distance and within most budgets. Here are some great places to enjoy and adventure this spring and summer.

Camping, Hiking, and Bike Riding

Skyview Lake

Just take a drive up 25th Street and you can see those enjoying fishing and the wonderful trails around the lake. It’s a beautiful place to spend the day. Skyview offers an abundance of picnic areas to have lunch and also has an updated playground for the kids. The trees, flowers, and view of the lake is as breathtaking as it is relaxing. Don’t forget to check out Music in the Park as well! It’s FREE and a fantastic way to enjoy some live music outdoors. Another fun way to enjoy the lake is with NorthFork Outfitting. What a way to drift away! North Fork Outfitting offers the rental of kayaks, paddleboats, and bikes so you can see the area in ways you’ve never seen before. They’ve also added roller skate rental to their list of adventures. All rentals are very reasonably priced for the amount of fun and memories that will be made. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for June 19th to enjoy Stars, Strolls, and Smores.  This is a FREE Nature Walk during a full moon. A family-oriented activity that introduces community to cultural and natural history of our area trails, lakes and natural resources.

Ta-Ha-Zouka Park

Just south of Norfolk along the Elkhorn River is the Ta-Ha-Zouka Park. That’s where you can find great fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and one of many area baseball/softball team playing. The Cowboy Trail is also a great way to enjoy nature with concrete under your feet. This is a great place to park your camper or put your tent up and enjoy a few days away from home. If you’re a frolfer then make sure to check out the course at TaHa. All of these great activities (except camping) are without charge. There is also no charge to just enjoy the beauty of the lake and wildlife that surrounds it.

Willow Creek Lake

Just outside of Pierce, NE is a large lake that is a great place to spend time in and around the water. There are places to camp or just have lunch while enjoying the beauty of the lake. There’s also the Willow Creek Trail to enjoy even more of the surrounding area. If you’re in the Pierce area don’t forget to stop by J’s for their famous ice cream and other treats from their menu. When you stop in, make sure to take your Explore Norfolk Area Passport with you! 

Explore Norfolk Area Passport

This little booklet is like receiving a treasure map! It’s FREE and available at The Norfolk Visitors Bureau. This gives some great ideas of places to go, things to see, and of course local favorite’s cuisine to eat. Our community is growing so fast and in so many wonderful ways that it’s easy to miss something. Grab one of these booklets and get out and explore. Take a friend, your family, or go on an adventure yourself!

No matter what your plans involve this summer, stay up-to-date with fabulous activities and events found on our events page –