The Weekender

Students sit on blankets outdoors

The Weekender highlights free(ish) student-focused social events happening on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons and evenings. All students are welcome.

This listing will be updated continually as events are announced.

Want your event to be considered for The Weekender? Add it to the UNL Events Calendar for us to curate into this list. RSOs can post their events on NVolveU.

ONGOING

Free Bowling
  • Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday   December 17 is the last bowling day before Winter Break.
  • 5:30 p.m. to midnight Friday; 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday; 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday
  • Husker Bowling Center, inside the Nebraska East Union

UNL students enjoy free bowling + shoe rental w/ their NCard. Reserve a lane for you and your friends.

hosted by Nebraska Unions

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DECEMBER 9, 10, 11   (start of Final Exams)

Tea Time Friday Finale

The weekly tea and snack experience is expanded this day to include ICE CREAM. Join the team in the Kawasaki Reading Room for treats and fun to celebrate and de-stress for the end of the semester.

hosted by Kawasaki Reading Room

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Bowling Tournament

A free 1-night tournament for UNL students to complete in co-rec, women's, men's, and open divisions. To play, sign up on-site when you arrive. Winners are awarded an intramural championship t-shirt.

hosted by Campus Recreation

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Xbox One: NHL 23 Tournament

A free 1-night tournament played on Xbox One consoles. To compete, sign up on-site when you arrive. Winners are awarded an intramural championship t-shirt.

hosted by Campus Recreation

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Ahmal and the Night Visitors

The tradition continues. Three mysterious Kings arrive at the home of a poor mother and her son. This heartwarming story of kindness, generosity, and miracles will be the perfect start to the holiday season for the entire family. Two afternoon performances are available on this day.

This event is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance.

hosted by Glenn Korff School of Music

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Husker Women's Basketball vs. Samford

Watch the Huskers in a game against non-conference opponent Samford. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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Relax & Recharge Yoga

Break from studying and recharge your body and mind with this FREE slow-flow yoga class. Pre-register is required via the Mindbody App or online. A part of Free Group Fitness Week.

hosted by Campus Recreation

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DECEMBER 16, 17, 18   (Commencement Weekend)

Husker Women's Basketball vs. Wyoming

Watch and cheer the Huskers in an afternoon game against Wyoming. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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End of the fall semester. Enjoy the Winter Break and Winterim Session.

JANUARY 6, 7, 8

Husker Women’s Gymnastics vs. Arkansas

Watch the Huskers take on Arkansas in an afternoon match. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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JANUARY 13, 14, 15

Husker Wrestling vs. Minnesota

The Huskers take on thier B1G Conference opponent Minnesota in a Friday evening dual. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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Husker Women's Basketball vs. Ohio State

Cheer on the Huskers as they face B1G Conference opponent Ohio State. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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Husker Wrestling vs. Northwestern

The Huskers take on thier B1G Conference opponent Northwestern. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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JANUARY 20, 21, 22

Husker Women’s Gymnastics vs. Maryland

Watch the Huskers in an evening match against B1G Conference opponent Maryland. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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Brian Stokes Mitchell

Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, two-time Tony Award® winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a career spanning more than 40 years in Broadway, television, film, recordings, and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras.

Claim your free Arts For All ticket for UNL students.

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Husker Women's Basketball vs. Maryland

Cheer on the Huskers as they face B1G Conference opponent Maryland. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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JANUARY 27, 28, 29

LIFE IN LINCOLN: Meet & Greet

LIFE IN LINCOLN is a weekly series every Friday evening for UNL students to gather and enjoy a nearby activity or tour to sample and learn about the local Lincoln culture, neighborhoods, and people.

This evening is the official kickoff event of the spring semester's series. Join the LIL hosts – Reshell Ray and ISSO staff – for a relaxed social hour with other Huskers. They will present an overview of the upcoming weekly activities and provide additional details about each. Light refreshments will be serve and attendees will have a chance to meet-and-mingle with each other.

hosted by Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement; International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO)

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Husker Wrestling vs. Wisconsin

The Huskers take on thier B1G Conference opponent Wisconsin. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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FEBRUARY 3, 4, 5

LIFE IN LINCOLN: First Friday Artwalk
  • February 3, 2023
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • meet the group in Nebraska Union's The Crib. Group will walk together to the final destination(s).

This evening the group will join Lincoln’s monthly art event and visit 1 to 2 art galleries in the downtown area. This lively walking tour will drop into several galleries to enjoy an eclectic array of art - sculpture, painting, photography, weaving, and more - by emerging and local artisans.

LIFE IN LINCOLN is a weekly series every Friday evening for UNL students to gather and enjoy a nearby activity or tour to sample and learn about the local Lincoln culture, neighborhoods, and people.

hosted by Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement; International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO)

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Husker Men's & Women’s Gymnastics Double Dual

Watch and cheer both Husker squads in an evening double dual against B1G Conference opponents: the women's team takes on Iowa and the men's team faces Michigan. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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FEBRUARY 10, 11, 12

LIFE IN LINCOLN: Downtown Restaurant
  • February 10, 2023
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • meet the group in Nebraska Union's The Crib. Group will walk together to the final destination.

This evening the group will walk to downtown restaurant to enjoy light bites and socializing. The specific restaurant name & location will be announced soon.

LIFE IN LINCOLN is a weekly series every Friday evening for UNL students to gather and enjoy a nearby activity or tour to sample and learn about the local Lincoln culture, neighborhoods, and people.

hosted by Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement; International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO)

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Plushes & Crushes

Warm up with hot chocolate while creating DIY Valentine’s Day gifts at a floral bouquet bar and crafting stations to build stuffed animals and heart pillows. A limited number of kits are available while supplies last.

FREE for UNL students with Event Pass.

hosted by Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement; Campus Nightlife

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Free Skate Night

UNL students can ice skate for free with their NCard. Skate rental is available for $3 per pair.

hosted by Campus Recreation

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Husker Wrestling vs. Rutgers

The Huskers take on thier B1G Conference opponent Rutgers in a midday dual. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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FEBRUARY 17, 18, 19

LIFE IN LINCOLN: Bowling Night
  • February 17, 2023
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • meet the group in Nebraska Union's The Crib. Group will walk together to the final destination.

Held at the Husker Bowling Center, located in the Nebraska East Union. The group will form informal teams and bowl games to see who can strike down the most pins and earn the highest score. Not interested in bowling? You can hang out and socialize with the group in the fun atmosphere. Additional details coming soon.

LIFE IN LINCOLN is a weekly series every Friday evening for UNL students to gather and enjoy a nearby activity or tour to sample and learn about the local Lincoln culture, neighborhoods, and people.

hosted by Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement; International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO)

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Husker Men's Gymnastics vs. Oklahoma / Simpson

Cheer the Huskers in an evening match against two opponents: Oklahoma and Simpson. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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Husker Women's Basketball vs. Iowa

Watch the Huskers as they play B1G Conference opponent Iowa in an early-afternoon matchup. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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Husker Wrestling vs. Arizona State

The Huskers take on PAC12 team Arizona State in a Sunday afternoon dual. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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FEBRUARY 24, 25, 26

Husker Women's Basketball vs. Northwestern

Huskers face B1G Conference opponent Northwestern in a Sunday afternoon game. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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MARCH 3, 4, 5

Night at the Lincoln Stars Hockey
  • March 3, 2023
  • 7:05 p.m.
  • meet the group in Ice Box at Innovation Campus (1880 Transformation Dr.)

UNL students can watch a live hockey game together as the local Lincoln Stars take to the ice against the Sioux City Musketeers. 100 tickets in the Mezzanine level are set aside for UNL students at $6.36 per ticket, courtesy of Campus Nightlife.

Click here for more details and instructions to reserve tickets.

hosted by Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement

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MARCH 10, 11, 12    (start of Spring Break)

Free Skate Night

UNL students can ice skate for free with their NCard. Skate rental is available for $3 per pair.

hosted by Campus Recreation

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Husker Women’s Gymnastics Master's Classic

Watch the Huskers in an evening match against two opponents: Denver and Air Force. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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MARCH 17, 18, 19    (end of Spring Break)

Husker Men's Gymnastics vs. Ohio State / Greenville

Cheer the Huskers in an evening match against two opponents: B1G Conference opponent Ohio State, as well as Greenville. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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MARCH 24, 25, 26

MARCH 31, APRIL 1, 2

APRIL 7, 8, 9

APRIL 14, 15, 16

APRIL 21, 22, 23

Spring Drag Show

Student and community volunteers perform songs in two acts for the end-of-the-semester drag show. A short intermission will take place between the acts.

There is no entry fee to this event, yet attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to Husker Pantry.

hosted by LGBTQA+ Center and Spectrum UNL

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The Big Event
  • April 22, 2023
  • Morning start; Exact time TBA
  • Nebraska Union, Memorial Plaza

One Big Day to give One Big Thanks! This annual single-day-of-service benefits local nonprofits and residents in the greater Lincoln community. Hundreds of Huskers are needed to help.

Service projects will include assisting residents at private properties and residences; cleaning up at local parks; and volunteering at nonprofit organizations.

Sign-up info is coming soon. BOOKMARK: https://bigevent.unl.edu

hosted by ASUN Student Government

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APRIL 28, 29, 30

End-of-the-Year Bash

The perennial campus tradition is back! Cap off the school year at a FREE outdoor carnival with your Husker friends. Enjoy fun games, food, and entertainment. ** Full event details coming soon. **

FREE for UNL students with Event Pass.

hosted by Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement; Campus Nightlife

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MAY 5, 6, 7   (start of 15th Week)

Lincoln Marathon and Half Marathon
  • May 7, 2023
  • 7 a.m. start
  • Course Map    The start and finish are both on UNL City Campus.

Rise early to cheer thousands of runners from all 50 U.S. states and several international countries.

This is one of the best events for spectators in Lincoln. UNL students have easy access to see the action, as both the start and finish are on City Campus. The start line is on Vine Street, between 14th and 16th Streets. The finish is on Stadium Drive, west of Memorial Stadium.

hosted by Lincoln Track Club

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MAY 12, 13, 14   (start of Final Exams)

MAY 19, 20, 21   (Commencement Weekend)