Kearney-area events calendar (2024)

EVENTS

Good Samaritan annual Olympiad 5K, 7:30 a.m. Saturday starting on Avenue A east of the Good Samaritan Emergency Room. Check-in at Parking Lot K from 6:30-7:15 a.m. Cost for entry is $15 plus processing fees. For more information call 308-865-7983.

Screening of Pixar’s 2006 film, “Cars,” 6:30 p.m. Monday at The World Theatre at 2318 Central Ave. 308-234-8046; TheWorldTheatre.org. Free admission. Presented by Youth Leadership Kearney.

Paws to Read, an opportunity for youth ages 5-11 to practice their reading skills by reading aloud to a registered therapy animal and handler, 10-11:30 p.m. July 6 at Kearney Public Library at 2020 First Ave. 308-233-3282; KearneyLib.org. Free admission.

Award-winning writer Tosca Lee will talk about her latest book, “The Long March Home,” 6:30 p.m. July 8 at Kearney Public Library at 2020 First Ave. 308-233-3282; KearneyLib.org. Copies of her book will be available for sale. Free admission.

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Screening of “O Brother Where Art Thou,” as part of the Beyond the Lens series presented by Museum of Nebraska Art and The World Theatre, 7 p.m. July 11 at The World Theatre at 2318 Central Ave. 308-234-8046; TheWorldTheatre.org. Free admission.

Art in the Park, the annual art sale presented by Kearney Artist Guild, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 13 at Harmon Park Harmon Park at 29th Street and Fifth Ave. Free admission. The event also includes work by area artists, music and food. Visit KearneyArtistGuild.com for more information.

Cruise Nite, presented by Central Nebraska Auto Club, July 16-21 at various locations in Kearney. Highlights include: July 16, Show & Shine; July 17, Tour to Assisted Living & Nursing Homes; July 18, Show & Shine; July 20, Show & Shine; July 21, Show & Shine. Admission to most events is free. For more information visit CruiseNiteKearney.com.

Pub Quiz @ Cunningham’s Journal, 7:30-9:30 p.m., July 16 at Cunningham’s Journal at 15 W. 23rd St. Presented by Kearney Public Library. The theme is “Games Wide Open: A Summer Olympics Quiz.” Teams will answer 30 trivia questions. The team with the most correct answers will win a prize. Devices and notes are not allowed to help answer questions. Register by emailing James at JTidei@KearneyGov.org.

Cruise Nite Ice Cream Social, presented by Kearney Park & Recreation, 7:30 p.m. July 17 at the Peterson Senior Activity Center, Yanney Park at 2020 W. 11th St. 308-233-3278; CityOfKearney.org. Free admission. Special music provided by Billy Troy. May 23, 2024

Pub Quiz @ Cunningham’s Journal, 7:30-9:30 p.m., July 17 at Cunningham’s Journal at 15 W. 23rd St. Presented by Kearney Public Library. The theme is “Games Wide Open: A Summer Olympics Quiz.” Teams will answer 30 trivia questions. The team with the most correct answers will win a prize. Devices and notes are not allowed to help answer questions. Register by emailing James at JTidei@KearneyGov.org.

Third Thursday Picnic, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. July 18 , bring your own food or get a meal at the Silver Dollar at Stuhr Museum at 3133 W. Highway 34, Grand Island. 308-385-5316; StuhrMuseum.org.

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Paws to Read, an opportunity for youth ages 5-11 to practice their reading skills by reading aloud to a registered therapy animal and handler, 10-11:30 p.m. Saturday July 20 at Kearney Public Library at 2020 First Ave. 308-233-3282; KearneyLib.org. Free admission. May 30, 2024

Buffalo County Fair, featuring concerts, events, displays and a midway, July 24-29 at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds at 3807 Avenue N. 308-236-1201; BuffaloCountyFairgrounds.com.

CONCERTS

Kearney Municipal Band, 7 p.m. Thursday at Harmon Park Sonotorium at 3100 Fifth Ave. CityOfKearney.org. Free admission. The performances feature direction by Duane Bierman, Brian Alber and Nathan LeFeber. Free admission.

Jessy Karr Band, 7 p.m. Friday at Brickyard Park at Woodland Avenue and D Street, Hastings. CityOfHastings.org. Free admission. Park of the TGIF @ Brickyard Park concert series.

Stars & Stripes Concert featuring a concert of patriotic music, 5:30 p.m. Friday on the Courthouse Square, Ord. Free admission.

Bases Loaded, performing classy rock and country, 7 p.m. Sunday July 7 at Harmon Park Sonotorium at 3100 Fifth Ave., presented as part of the Concerts in the Park series by Kearney Area Arts Council. Free admission. Bring lawn chair for seating. Food vendors are Budda’s Meats, Lemony Split, Tropical Sno and the Boy Scouts.

Kyle Sayler Band, 7 p.m. Friday July 12 at Brickyard Park at Woodland Avenue and D Street, Hastings. CityOfHastings.org. Free admission. Park of the TGIF @ Brickyard Park concert series.

West Wind, performing real country music, 7 p.m. Sunday July 14 at Harmon Park Sonotorium at 3100 Fifth Ave., presented as part of the Concerts in the Park series by Kearney Area Arts Council. Free admission. Bring lawn chair for seating. Food vendors are Budda’s Meats, Lemony Split, Tropical Sno and the Boy Scouts.

Joseph Hall as Elvis, 8 p.m. Thursday July 18 at Merryman Performing Arts Center at 225 W. 22nd St. Part of Cruise Night 2024. Call 308-698-8297 for tickets or more information. Visit MerrymanCenter.org. For details.

THEATER

“Beauty and the Beast,” presented by Crane River Theater, 7 p.m. today through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Kearney High School Auditorium at 2702 W. 11th St. 308-627-5796; CraneRiverTheater.org. General admission $20-$30; ages 12 and younger $10.

“Jack and the Beanstalk,” presented by Missoula Children’s Theatre, 6:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Minden Opera House at 322 E. Fifth St., Minden. 308-832-0588; MindenOperaHouse.com. This original adaptation of the classic children’s story shows what happens when a young boy plants Wonder Beans in his own backyard. For Jack, it is the beginning of a great adventure. Tickets are $7 general; $5 for ages 5-13 and free to children 5 and younger.

“Tuck Everlasting,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday July 17-20; 2:30 p.m. Sunday July 21; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday July 24-27; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday July 28 at Kearney Community Theatre at 83 Plaza Blvd. 308-234-1529; KearneyCommunityTheatre.com. Tickets are $22.

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