In North Platte and our surrounding communities you’ll find some really great events throughout the year. Nature lovers won’t want to miss the spring Sandhill Crane migration and if you’re looking for a great party don’t miss NEBRASKALand Days. Read on for our full list of annual events.
Sandhill Crane Migration
Every year, beginning in mid-February, hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes migrate into the Platte River Valley in Lincoln County. They will spend about six weeks here, roosting in the river bottoms at night and spending their days in the corn fields, alfalfa fields and meadows between North Platte and Sutherland.
NEBRASKAland Days is the largest event in the world…to receive Buffalo Bill’s coveted Buffalo of Approval. For 10 days every June the city of North Platte and the Wild West Arena hosts PRCA rodeo, country concerts, a carnival, and parade along with a host of other events throughout the community.
Heritage Festival at the Lincoln County Historical Museum
This celebration of North Platte’s heritage is held the second weekend in June. Activities include entertainment and food booths, living history demonstrations, historic farming practices demonstrations, horse drawn rides, cowboy quick draw and much more.
Miss Nebraska Pageant
Rich in history and social significance, the Miss America Organization is a not-for-profit organization that has maintained a tradition for many decades of empowering American women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence. Miss Nebraska is crowned in North Platte each year during the first week of June.
Miss Rodeo Nebraska Pageant
The Miss Rodeo Nebraska Pageant that began in 1955 continues to be held annually to select a young lady who has the desire and enthusiasm to serve as a goodwill ambassador for the “Sport of Rodeo” and the State of Nebraska.
Sutherland 4th of July
2018 will mark 80 years of the award winning Rodeo and 4th of July celebration in Sutherland. Events include a 5K, kids races, toad races, bbq, parade, and two nights of open amateur rodeo.
Lincoln County Fair
Towards the end of July, the Lincoln County Fairgrounds come alive with kids showing 4-H animals and projects, entertainment and vendor booths.
Platte River Cruise Night
Calling all car buffs, enthusiasts, and admirers. Rev up your engine and show of what you got at Platte River Cruise Night. Or just come to admire all the cars. There’s going to be music, food, kid’s activities, and various competitions such as "most engine horse power" and "loudest car".
BRADY DAYS is Brady, Nebraska’s annual community celebration, always the first weekend of August.
Maxwell Heritage Days
Generally the third weekend in August. Activities include bratwurst feed, live music, car show, parade, kids fun in the park, sand volleyball, and demolition derby.
Wellfleet Fall Festival
Always the second Saturday in September. Events include fishing contest, stock dog classic, craft and vendor show, sand volleyball tournament, many food events, antique tractor pull, parade, and street dance.
Wallace Fall Festival
Always the third weekend in September. Events include food events, parade, kids races, toad/turtle races, tractor pull, volleyball tournament, team sorting, and street dance.
North Platte Rail Days
Every September North Platte celebrates the past, present, and future during Rail Days. This 3-day event features a wide variety of events that are a highlight for anyone who loves trains and the railroad.
Mid-Plains College STAMPEDE Rodeo
Rodeo excitement continues in North Platte when thirteen college rodeo teams from the NIRA Great Plains Division, plus numerous independent contestants come to North Platte the third weekend in September for the Mid-Plains College STAMPEDE Rodeo. College rodeo events include saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying.
Sheldon Statewide Exhibit
Each October, North Platte’s Prairie Arts Center is the home of the Sheldon Museum of Art’s Sheldon Statewide Exhibit. The Sheldon Statewide program is a division of the Sheldon Museum of Art outreach program and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Haunted North Platte
October is filled with haunted happenings in North Platte. Beginning with the Haunted Driveway drive through attraction that goes on all month long, and is followed by the Haunted Village at the Lincoln County Historical Museum and the Haunted Barn at the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park.
Cody Park Winter Wonderland
Santa’s Workshop has been a North Platte tradition for generations. Now in North Platte’s scenic Cody Park, numerous animated vignettes portray all aspects of the Christmas season, from busy elves toiling away in the workshop to joyous children on Christmas morning.
Light in the Dark Christmas Village Drive Through
Each December local individuals, organizations and businesses adopt a portion of the Western Heritage Village at the Lincoln County Historical Museum and decorate the grounds with thousands of lights and other holiday décor. The event is generally open each weekend in December prior to Christmas.
Christmas at the Cody’s
Buffalo Bill’s magnificent Second Empire mansion is decorated for the holidays and open to the public during the Christmas season each year. More than twenty trees decorated by the staff of the Buffalo Bill State Historic Park and area non-profit organizations fill every room and public space.