Several events and festivals occur throughout the year in Lincoln. Perhaps one of the biggest highlights is the Nebraska State Fair, which occurs during the late summer.

May

Haymarket Farmers' Market  -- held Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon, May through October. Items for sale include fresh produce, flowers, and homemade food.

June

Celebrate Lincoln -- this festival celebrates different cultures, featuring musical and dance performances, games, and a number of different cuisines to try.

Jazz in June -- this event features jazz concerts on Tuesday evenings during the month of June at the Sculpture Garden downtown.

August

Ribsfest -- ribs, ribs, and more ribs. Come prepared to get slathered in BBQ sauce.

Nebraska State Fair -- the quintessential Midwestern event, the state fair includes games, exhibitions, horse racing, and musical performances, among other activities.

December

Star City Holiday Festival & Parade -- During the largest parade in the five state area, the streets of downtown Lincoln are transformed as the Star City Holiday Parade rolls through. Anticipate floats, giant balloons, bands and a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Usually held the first Saturday in December.