1. The Cowboy Trail

The longest rail-to-trail conversion in the United States, which includes community access and drop-off points along the way. Walk, run or bike the trail – it’s a beautiful way to take in the Norfolk, Nebraska area.

2. Heeeeere’s Johnny!

Norfolk is the proud home of Johnny Carson. Fan sites around town include Johnny’s childhood home and gallery.

3. You Can Do It All – At Divot’s

A brewery, restaurant, miniature golf course and fireside gathering areas are just a few amenities this full-service hotel and conference center has to offer. The Lodge includes an indoor pool, whirlpool, exercise room and a rooftop terrace.

4. Kayaking

If water is your thing – enjoy a leisurely float on Skyview Lake or plan a trip down the North Fork or Elkhorn River. Rental kayaks, tubes, SUPs and paddle boats available.

5. Outdoor Live Music & Festivals

Summer is a time for outdoor music and festivals. Enjoy Norfolk’s Music in Park series of concerts which run through Labor Day or catch a band at a local establishment, county fair or street dance.

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. 

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 –