LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – This weekend is a little cooler, but it reminds us that the holidays are right around the corner.
There are markets and craft shows across the state where you can buy gifts for everyone on your list.
Check out the things happening across Nebraska below:
autumn festival – The whole weekend
Hundreds of the country’s finest artists and artisans will exhibit and sell their handicrafts. The event is consistently ranked among the top 100 arts and crafts shows nationwide by Sunshine Artist magazine. There will be a gift certificate winner every hour, lots of food and drink, lots of family fun and free parking. Tickets are $10.
Liberty First Credit Union Arena, 7300 Q Street, Ralston
Benson first friday – Friday, 5 p.m.
Come and attend this monthly gathering of neighborhood artists and businesses. Each event has a map to keep you up to date with the different festivities, from live performances and art exhibits to drink and food specials, throughout the Historic District.
Benson Ward, Omaha
‘X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X‘ – All weekend, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
At its Midwest premiere, Anthony and Thulani Davis’ quintessentially American opera “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X” will be directed by Robert O’Hara. This epic new production will first perform for Omaha audiences before heading to the Met in 2023. Tickets are on sale on line.
Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St., Omaha
Crash Crew Art Show of the Year – Friday, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Crash Crew Art Group is hosting the art event of the year at the Resonator Gallery in the Turbine Flats. The group is led by local artists who strive to bring new direction and excitement to the Lincoln community. The exhibition will consist of previously unseen photographs, paintings, mixed media, ceramics, sculptures and wood art.
Turbine Flats, 2124 Y Street.
Gifted: Annual Holiday Show – Friday, 5 p.m.
Gifted is sure to have something unique for everyone on your list, including handmade pottery, holiday ornaments, jewelry, and even creative toys for the little ones. Your purchase directly supports the featured artists and programs of the Lux Center for the Arts. Items can be taken home on site and gift wrapping is free with every purchase. This exhibition will be open until December 30.
Lux Center for the Arts, 2601 N. 48th St.
Cornhusker Flea Market – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you’re looking for a bargain or a rare find, Lincoln’s only recurring flea market is the place to be.
5250 Cornhusker Highway
Kids Creating: Thanksgiving Mosaic – Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Be inspired by the uniqueness of mosaic art. Artists will incorporate painted beans into a Thanksgiving-themed mosaic. Tickets are $45.
Art & Soul, 5740 Hidcote Drive, Suite A
Holiday Harvest Market – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This farmer’s market brings the community and local producers together for a festival celebrating local foods and end-of-season harvests. Come shop for your holiday treats and stock up for winter. With dozens of participating local farmers and producers, you can expect an abundance of locally grown produce and farm produce.
College View, 4801 Prescott Ave.
A sweet taste of Wayne – Friday, 6-7:30 p.m.
A $5 admission fee will allow you to sample professional and amateur bite-sized desserts at your leisure. Entry fees will be divided into cash prizes for the winners. The remaining funds will go to the Friends of the Library for the library expansion project.
Wayne Public Library, 410 Pearl St.
Holiday Craft Festival – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Attend a holiday festival at Ashland-Greenwood High School. Come find the perfect gifts, support small businesses and enjoy holiday products from over 50 suppliers. Admission is free of will donation. All proceeds will go to Booster AG Spirit Squad.
Ashland-Greenwood High School, 1840 Furnace St.
Christmas on the farm – Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come and enjoy a cup of coffee while exploring Starlight Candles & Gifts’ Christmas selection. Homemade pies, caramel, fudge, pepper nuts and other goodies are available.
Starlight Candles and Gifts, 500 S. 5th St.
Frost Frolic Holiday Market – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More than 100 booths draw hundreds of customers to the show each year, which is held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in the 4H and Merchants buildings.
Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 56885 PWF Road
Parade of veterans – Saturday, 10 a.m.
All veterans are welcome to walk or ride in the parade. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to show their support for our veterans past and present by constructing a parade entrance or coming downtown to cheer on passing veterans. This is a free community event.
Hastings town center
Kearney Art Gala – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kearney Artists Guild with the Merryman Performing Arts Center presents the 1st Annual Art Gala! Twenty local artists and artisans will have their work for sale for holiday gifts, or for your home or office. Come join the Kearney Artists Guild and see all the work of these talented artists. Free entrance and free parking.
Merryman Performing Arts Center, 225 W. 22nd St.
Teen club night – Sunday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
If you’re 13-17, bring a valid ID and $10 and get ready to have some fun. There will be concessions, a live DJ playing requests and a dance floor.
Village events, 1920 A Ave.
NORTH PLATE SECTOR:
Family skating night – Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Join Maranatha Camp & Retreat Center for Family Skate Night. Don’t have skates? Carefree. The camp is stocked in sizes ranging from toddler clips to 13 men’s. It also has a small number of skate trainers available. Don’t want to skate? Check out the 30ft climbing wall, bouncy castle, games and a large area for the kids to run and play. Refreshments are available for purchase. $8 per person 5 years and over. Children 4 and under are free.
Maranatha Bible Camp, 16800 E. Maranatha Road, Maxwell
hidden gems – Saturday, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Head to Lake Maloney to learn more about the different types or rocks, do some research and see what type you can find. Enjoy food, fun and games.
Whispering Cedars, 501 Prairie Lake Road, North Platte