The list of events that follows was compiled by Tribune staff members and likely isn’t comprehensive. It’s always a good idea to double-check on the currency of event information before making plans to attend.
July 30: The Hastings Parks and Recreation Department will present Movie Night at the Park at Libs Park near 14th Street and Baltimore Avenue. The free event runs 8:30-10:30 p.m.
July 31: The 43rd annual Campbell Road Rally and associated events will be taking place in Campbell over the weekend of July 30-Aug. 1.
July 31: The Hildreth Mud Volleyball Tournament begins 10 a.m. on Hildreth Lions Field. Team registration runs 8-9 a.m., and the rules meeting is at 9:30. The event is being organized by Grow Hildreth.
July 31: Comedian Nick Hoff, who grew up in Hastings and has his own show on Sirius XM Radio, will appear in concert at the Hastings Masonic Center, 411 N. Hastings Ave. Showtimes are 7 and 9:30 p.m. The material is suitable for audience members age 16 and up.
July 31: Exeter Days will consist of a breakfast/brunch, car show, evening meal, beer garden and music sponsored by the volunteer fire department of Exeter. Call Mitch Schlegalmilch at 402-430-6927 for more information.
Aug. 1: Hastings’ annual Art in the Park is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Libs Park near 14th Street and Baltimore Avenue.
Aug. 2-7: The Missoula Children’s Theatre will conduct a weeklong residency at the Red Cloud Opera House, working with a local cast of children and youth to prepare a public presentation of “Sleeping Beauty.” Performances are set for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 6 and 2 p.m. Aug. 7. Questions about participation or tickets may be directed to the National Willa Cather Center at 402-746-2653.
Aug. 3-8: The American Legion Mid-South Region 4 Regional Tournament will be under way at Duncan Field. This tournament draws eight teams from seven different states — seven state champions plus the host team.
Aug. 6: Residents of Fairmont will be able to participate in a golf tournament to be held at the York Country Club. More information will be available soon. Call Wanda Marget at 402-268-6081.
Aug. 6-8: Streetcar Days will be under way in Red Cloud with a 150th anniversary theme. The event will include a performance by the Hotbox Revival Band at 8 p.m. Aug. 7 in the beer garden/tennis courts area of City Park.
Aug. 6-9: The Kearney County Fair will be under way on the fairgrounds located along North Nebraska Highway 10 in Minden. The fair typically includes 4-H and Open Class competitions, commercial and school displays, food offerings and entertainment.
Aug. 6 -7: Citywide garage sales will be under way in Franklin.
Aug. 6-8: Kenesaw will celebrate Wasenek Weekend. Activities will include a Rat-a-Pult, barbecue, golf tournament, parking lot movie, 5k run/walk, pancake feed, swimming with games at the pool, kids’ games, turtle races, a street dance and more.
Aug. 8: The 27th annual Fun in the Sun Car Show, along with the sixth annual Summertime Shenanigans craft and vendor show, are planned at Pastime Lanes, 18th Street and Baltimore Avenue in Hastings.
Aug. 11-14: The Thayer County Fair will be under way on the fairgrounds in Deshler. Featured entertainers for this year will be Casey Donahew, Logan Mize and DJ Bridwell. Further details are forthcoming.
Aug. 13-15: Franklin will welcome participants in the 38th annual Nebraska Nightriders Husker Rally, part of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, on the Franklin County Fairgrounds just south of Franklin.
Aug. 14: Campground Christmas is planned at Lovewell State Park in Jewell County, Kansas. Participants decorate their campsites in a holiday theme. Entries are judged.
Aug. 14-15: The Deweese Fall Festival will be under way in Deweese, coordinated by the Deweese Community Club. The Keith Hansen Memorial Demolition Derby is among the staples of this celebration each year.
Aug. 20-22: The 30th annual PRCA Oregon Trail Rodeo will be in progress on the Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S. Baltimore Ave. Rodeo sessions are planned for 7 p.m. Aug. 20 and 21 and 5 p.m. Aug. 22. This year’s event will be co-located on the fairgrounds with many Kool-Aid Days activities. For more information visit www.adamscountyfairgrounds.com or https://kool-aiddays.com.
Aug. 20-22: The annual Kool-Aid Days event, celebrating Hastings’ place in history as the first production site for Edwin Perkins’ famous soft drink, will be under way on the Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S. Baltimore Ave., and in various other locations around the city. For the first time this year, Kool-Aid Days will be coordinated with the PRCA Oregon Trail Rodeo also taking place on the fairgrounds over the weekend. The Kool-Aid Days Trolley will be running Saturday and Sunday to shuttle the public between event locations.
In addition to the fairgrounds, events are planned at the Hastings City Auditorium, Hastings Museum, Lake Hastings and Lochland Country Club. The parade will be downtown starting 10 a.m. Aug. 21. Other returning features include the Klub Kool-Aid sneak preview on Friday evening, the World’s Largest Kool-Aid Stand and Kwickest Kool-Aid Drinking Contest at the fairgrounds, a disc golf tournament at Lake Hastings, a Saturday evening concert following the Saturday evening rodeo session on the fairgrounds, a fun run and Kardboard Boat Races at Lake Hastings on Sunday, and free kids’ activities at Hastings Museum on Friday and Sunday.
Aug. 21: The Fillmore County Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will host a Cruise Night and a street dance with music provided by Blinker Fluid. Call Jill Schmidt at 402-366-2152 or 402-759-1155.
Aug. 22: The Hastings Melon Roasters Car Club will present the annual Melon Roast car show in Hastings’ Brickyard Park near D Street and Woodland Avenue. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Aug. 31: Thayer County Speedway in Deshler will be the venue for car-racing action as part of Dirt Crown’s Summer Speedweek.
Sept. 3: Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal will perform in concert at the Minden Opera House in Minden. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For ticket information call 308-832-0588 or visit www.mindenoperahouse.com.
Sept. 4-6: Living history re-enactors will be camping on the grounds at Fort Kearny State Historical Park west of Newark. The park’s cannon will be fired each day at 2 p.m. Fort Kearny is three miles west of Nebraska Highway 10 on state Link 50A, about 13 miles north of Minden. A state park vehicle permit is required but may be purchased onsite. For information call the office at 308-865-5305.
Sept. 4: The Robert Turner Summer Concert Series presents Brad James — Okie Rock and Roll — from 7-10 p.m. in the Mankato City Park in Mankato, Kansas.
Sept 4: The public fireworks display is tentatively on the schedule in Lovewell State Park in Jewell County, Kansas to help celebrate Labor Day. A fundraising campaign is under way by the Lovewell Lake Association.
Sept. 11: The annual Lebanon Bash celebration is planned in Lebanon, Kansas. The daylong event coordinates with the fifth annual Race to the Center half-marathon starting in Smith Center, Kansas, and ending at the U.S. Geographic Center monument near Lebanon. Race to the Center includes a 13.1-mile half-marathon and a 33-mile bicycle ride, all over unpaved country roads. The race is certified by the U.S. Track and Field Association. More details about this year’s Lebanon Bash lineup will be forthcoming.
Sept. 11-12: The 39th annual Old Trusty Antique and Collectors Show will be sponsored by the Clay County Historical Society on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Clay Center. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 8-5 Sunday. This year’s show will feature IHC-brand tractors, engines, equipment and trucks with IHC Collectors Nebraska Chapter 12 as special guests. The weekend kicks off early with a trail ride and tractor drive on Friday. A range of heritage farming, craft and domestic arts demonstrations are planned, along with an indoor and outdoor flea market. A parade is planned for 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. A quilt show will be open at the Clay County Museum nearby from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Featured entertainers will be the Revival Band, playing 1950s and 1960s hits, at 7 p.m. Saturday; and Blue Clover, a traditional Irish, Celtic and folk music group, performing at 11 a.m. Sunday. The worship service is 9 a.m. Sunday. For more schedule details visit www.oldtrusty.org.
Sept. 12: The Lovewell State Park 3D Archery Shoot is planned in Jewell County, Kansas. Free park entrance will be offered.
Sept. 17-19: The Highway 36 Treasure Hunt will be in progress in communities across Kansas, including several in Tribland that are located on U.S. 36. The event involves border-to-border antique and garage sales.
Sept. 17-19: The Nebraska Square and Round Dance Convention will be under way on the Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S. Baltimore Ave.
Sept. 18: Hastings College is planning its Melody Roundup Parade through downtown Hastings as part of 2021 Alumni and Family Weekend on campus. The morning parade, which serves as HC’s homecoming parade, attracts marching bands from throughout the region.
Sept. 21: The Good Guys Auto Tour will visit the Harold Warp Pioneer Village in Minden. The museum complex, motel and campground stand near the junction of U.S. Highway 6/34 and Nebraska Highway 10. For information call 308-832-1181.
Sept. 23: Author Kelsey Squire will discuss her book “Willa Cather: The Critical Conversation” at 7 p.m. as part of the Virtual Author Series sponsored by the National Willa Cather Center in Red Cloud. For information call 402-746-2653 or visit www.willacather.org" target="_blank">www.willacather.org" target="_blank">www.willacather.org" target="_blank">www.willacather.org" target="_blank">www.willacather.org.
Sept. 25: A special edition of Old Settlers Day in Smith Center, Kansas, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the community’s founding. Old Settlers Day is one of the biggest events each year in Smith Center and normally includes such features as a downtown parade, musical entertainment, an antique tractor display at the fairgrounds, kids’ activities and much more.
Sept. 25: St. Wenceslaus Czech Brew Fest will be held in the Milligan Auditorium in the afternoon. Time TBA. Call Scott Oliva at 402-629-4446.
Sept. 26: The 48th annual Thayer County Museum Fall Festival and 12th annual Car, Pick-Up & Antique Tractor Show will be in Belvidere. The event includes antiques, artifacts, displays, demonstrations and vendor displays.
Oct. 1: The Listening Room presents Bonnie and Taylor Sims in concert at The Lark, 809 W. Second St. in downtown Hastings. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For ticket information visit thelarkdowntown.com.
Oct. 1-3: Communities and merchants along U.S. Highway 136 though Tribland and across Nebraska will welcome visitors as part of the Trail of Treasures promotion.
Oct. 2: The third annual Barbecue Cookoff is planned in the Red Cloud City Park. More information will be announced later.
Oct. 2: Grafton Fall Jamboree will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Grafton. Forty vendors will be selling on the streets, with more in the fire hall and in Gary’s Brickhouse Bar and Grill party room. Lunch will be available at the bar. Adding to the fun will be three food trucks, citywide garage sales and face painting. Call Bambi Timmermans at 402-710-3319.
Oct. 2: The Doniphan Cedarview Cemetery Association will sponsor the annual Doniphan Fall Festival. This event, which occurs annually the first Saturday in October, includes a parade featuring area school marching bands, a lunch at noon and hamburger feed in the evening.
Oct. 2-3: Bill Forness will present his tribute to Johnny Cash in concert at the Minden Opera House in Minden. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3. For ticket information call 308-832-0588 or visit www.mindenoperahouse.com.
Oct 2: Rock Chalk Wine Walk is planned at the Mankato City Park in Mankato, Kansas, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sip, stroll and socialize to raise money for the Joey Zadina Memorial Scholarship Fund. Take your souvenir wine glass to five different stops around Mankato to drink wine or sparkling juice, play games, and more. Enter to win local raffle items at the finish line! Stay for the Joey Zadina Memorial concert.
Oct 2: The Robert Turner Summer Concert Series presents Dustin Arbuckle and the Damnations — blues, rock and jazz — from 7-10 p.m. in the Mankato City Park, Mankato, Kan. This event is also the Joey Zadina Memorial concert.
Oct. 3: The annual Harvestfest celebration will be in progress at the Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning, 4705 DLD Road near Hastings. Hours are 1-6 p.m.
Oct. 9: The Hastings Parks and Recreation Department will present Movie Night at the Park at Libs Park near 14th Street and Baltimore Avenue. The event begins 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13: The Ohiowa Craft Fair will be held at the downtown auditorium in Ohiowa from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be served. Vendors can call Kim Mussman at 402-295-2237.
Oct. 13-15: Hastings’ Bill Smith Softball Complex, 42nd Street and Osborne Drive East, will again be the venue for the Nebraska School Activities Association’s state softball championships, drawing teams from across the state.
Oct. 15: Blue Plate Special will perform at the Red Cloud Opera House in Red Cloud, playing songs from the 1940s to the 21st century. The band presents a variety of musical genres and styles including pop, classic rock, country, blues, and jazz. Showtime is 7 p.m. For ticket information call 402-746-2653 or visit www.willacather.org.
Oct. 16: The Minden Chamber of Commerce will welcome high school and junior high marching bands from across a wide area for Minden Bandfest 2021. The event gives bands a chance to perform in front of judges in parade and/or field competition. The parade begins 1 p.m. and normally follows a route from near Minden High School, east up First Street to Brown Avenue (Nebraska Highway 10), then north to Fifth Street and west back to the high school. The field competition follows at 3 p.m. at Kuper Field west of the high school.
Oct. 21: Author William G. Thomas will discuss his book “A Question of Freedom” alongside Kwakiutl L. Drecher and Michael Burton as part of the Virtual Author Series sponsored by the National Willa Cather Center in Red Cloud. More details will be available later.
Oct. 23: The Oregon Trail Marathon/Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay will be underway in and around Hebron.
Oct. 28: Geneva’s Halloween celebration, Scare on the Square, will be held. Activities include games, trick-or-treating and parading. Call Jill Schmidt at 402-366-2152 or 402-759-1155.
Oct. 29-30: Halloween activities will be underway at the former Chester school including the annual haunted house in the “Chester Odditorium.”
Oct. 30: A hunters’ breakfast will be served at the Riverton American Legion Hall in Riverton.
Oct. 30: Hastings’ Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning, 4705 DLD Road, will present “Tales on the Trail,” an event for kids ages 3-12 and their grownups. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon. Kids and families can come in costume to hear stories and participate in indoor and outdoor activities related to Halloween and fall. This event will go on rain or shine. Admission is a suggested donation per family.
November (Date TBA): The Festival of Tables and Style Show will be in progress at the Fillmore County Ag Hall in ?????. Lunch is served on theme-decorated tables with a style show to follow. Call Jill Schmidt at 402-366-2152 or 402-759-1155.
November (Date TBA): The Milligan Christmas Extravaganza runs from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. at the Milligan Auditorium on Main Street in Milligan. Foods, crafts and home-based businesses are featured. Call Tara Milton at 402-366-2160 or Taylor Sluka at 402-560-6757.
Nov. 4: Author Becky Faber will discuss her book “One Small Photo” at 7 p.m. as part of the Virtual Author Series sponsored by the National Willa Cather Center in Red Cloud. For information call 402-746-2653 or visit www.willacather.org.
Nov. 7: The annual Parade of Lights will be under way in downtown Franklin, helping to kick off the holiday season for the community. Franklin County 4-H plays a key role in organizing the event.
Nov. 9: The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce will serve its annual Farmers and Ranchers Appreciation Barbecue on the Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S. Baltimore Ave. The event includes a meal, awards and entertainment. Tickets are available from sponsoring businesses or the chamber office.
Nov. 12: The Listening Room presents The Honey Dewdrops in concert at The Lark, 809 W. Second St. in downtown Hastings. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For ticket information visit thelarkdowntown.com.
Nov. 12: “Go for Baroque: Hear the Rhythm of the Road: Route 66” will be on stage at the Red Cloud Opera House in Red Cloud. The show features songs from Bach to Joplin and includes information on how their music connects to this ramblin’ road. For ticket information call 402-746-2653 or visit www.willacather.org.
Nov. 18: Hastings will kick off the holiday season with the annual Celebration of Lights in the downtown area. This event normally includes entertainment, food offerings and family activities and culminates with the lighting of the downtown holiday lights. Events normally get under way at 5 p.m. and continue until 7:30 or 8.
Nov. 26 through Dec. 5: The Minden Chamber of Commerce will coordinate the community’s annual Christmas Traditions celebration, which begins the day after Thanksgiving and stretches through the following two weekends. The Friday after Thanksgiving is the traditional time for the downtown holiday lights to be turned on for the first night of the season. The lights remain on each evening through New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Night. Specific plans for such activities as the lighted parade, crowning of Miss Christmas City, 5k fun run and others will be announced this summer. For information visit www.mindenne.org or call the chamber at 308-832-1811.
Nov. 27: A cast of community volunteers will stage the traditional Christmas pageant, “The Light of the World,” on the north and west sides of the Minden town square. Starting time is 7 p.m. The 30-minute outdoor pageant, which recounts the story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, culminates with the illumination of thousands of holiday bulbs on the Kearney County Courthouse and along surrounding streets, setting the previously darkened square ablaze with light. The event is sponsored by the Minden Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free.
Nov. 28: Geneva’s Lighted Christmas Parade at dusk. Call Jill Schmidt at 402-366-2152 or 402-759-1155.
Nov. 28: The Fairmont Christmas Lighting will be celebrated on main street. Caroling and the lighting are planned. Call 402-366-5176.
Dec. 1-24: Geneva Downtown Christmas Celebration including Santa’s arrival, a kids’ movie and more. Dates to be determined. Call Jill Schmidt at 402-366-2152 or 402-759-1155.
Dec. 3: The Sutton Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its traditional Parade of Lights celebration in downtown Sutton.
Dec. 4: The Holiday Craft Show in Blue Hill will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Blue Hill Community Center.
Dec. 4: “Highball! A Tribute to the Music of Jerry Lee Lewis” will take the stage at the Red Cloud Opera House in Red Cloud. Showtime is 7 p.m. For ticket information call 402-746-2653 or visit www.willacather.org.
Dec. 5, 12: A cast of community volunteers will stage the traditional Christmas pageant, “The Light of the World,” on the north and west sides of the Minden town square. Starting time is 7 p.m. The 30-minute outdoor pageant, which recounts the story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, culminates with the illumination of thousands of holiday bulbs on the Kearney County Courthouse and along surrounding streets, setting the previously darkened square ablaze with light. The event is sponsored by the Minden Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free.
Dec. 10: The Flyovers, an a cappella act, will perform in concert at the Minden Opera House in Minden. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For ticket information call 308-832-0588 or visit www.mindenoperahouse.com.
Dec. 11: Festival of Lights kicks off the annual holiday light show at the former Chester school with a meal in the auditorium.
Dec. 11: Geneva United Methodist Church Christmas Store will be held in the fellowship hall at 8:30 a.m. Call Jill Schmidt at 402-366-2152 or 402-759-1155.
Dec. 16: Author Leonard Marcus will discuss his book “Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing” as part of the Virtual Author Series sponsored by the National Willa Cather Center in Red Cloud. More details TBA.
Dec. 18: Family Outdoor Club will be offered at the Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning near Hastings, 4705 DLD Road. The event begins 10 a.m. and runs to 11:30, rain or shine. Activities are geared to children ages 2-8 and their grownups. A free-will offering will be taken.
Dec. 18-19: The “Polar Express” storytelling and movie event for young children and families, a beloved holiday tradition at the Minden Opera House in Minden, will resume with three times available. Starting times are 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 19. Tickets are sold online ahead of time, usually several weeks in advance, and tend to sell quickly. For more information in the fall, call 308-832-0588 or visit www.mindenoperahouse.com.