The Weekender

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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    ** Closed March 8–16 during Spring 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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Tea Time Fridays

Visit the third floor reading room for a variety of teas and snacks.

hosted by Kawasaki Reading Room

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MARCH 1, 2, 3

Korean Language and Culture Seminar

Explore the Korean language and culture at this first meet-up of the seminar.

This event is free and open to all students.

hosted by Global Experiences

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Xbox One: FIFA Tournament

Put your skills on display against other Husker students in a FREE evening tournament. To compete, all players must check in with the organizers on site before 5:30 p.m.

Winners are awarded an intramural championship t-shirt.

hosted by Campus Recreation

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Laser Tag and Glow Golf

One evening only! Enjoy two out-of-this-world GLOW-IN-THE-DARK indoor games in a single location on campus.

CLASSIC LASER TAG: The exciting experience of a super fun game of tag – with phasers, interactive vests, obstacles and music – all in the dark glow of blacklight.

GLOW GOLF: Putter around with your friends on an 18-hole indoor mini-golf course – all in the dark. Aided only by blacklights to light up everything into a magnificent kaleidoscope of neon colors – the balls, putters, the course pop, your shoelaces and even the whites of your eyeballs will light up in the darkness.

FREE for UNL students only with the EventPass. Both activities are all-people inclusive, including physical disabilities.

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

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First Friday at Sheldon Museum of Art

SHELDON is open until 7 p.m. for the monthly First Friday event. At this month's event, explore the exhibitions, make buttons, and register to vote with the Husker Vote Coalition. Admission is free.

hosted by Sheldon Mueseum of Art

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First Friday at International Quilt Museum with Marianne Fons

Enjoy access to all the IQM galleries. Admission is free.

At 5:30 p.m. author and quilter Marianne Fons will share anecdotes from her time on the Quilts of Valor Foundation’s national board.

hosted by International Quilt Museum

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First Friday at the Great Plains Art Museum

Visit the museum for the First Friday opening the new exhibit “(Re)Connected”. Visit the Elizabeth Rubendall Artist-in-Residence Studio & Education Lab to create a print featuring a bird of the Great Plains.

Admission is free.

hosted by Great Plains Art Museum

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Open House at the Student Observatory

See the stars, moon, and planets from the on-campus observatory.

NOTE: Event maybe canceled due to clouds and weather. Decision to cancel will be posted on the calendar by 3 p.m. on the event date.

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Nebraska Women’s Gymnastics vs. UNC-SEMO-ISU

Cheer the Huskers in a Sunday afternoon match as they compete with three institutions: Southeast Missouri State; North Carolina; and Illinois State. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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MARCH 8, 9, 10

International Women’s Day Celebration

Drop in for bracelet making, fresh tea and mochi at this special event.

hosted by Kawasaki Reading Room

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Life in Lincoln: Global Husker U Night
  • March 8, 2024
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • meet the group in Louise Pound Hall, near room 130. Group will walk together to the final destination(s).

This evening's event is for international students and international student-athletes to gather and build social connections together. Activities include: meet-and-greet games; breakout conversations; a tour of select areas of the Nebraska Training Complex; and pizza dinner. FREE for UNL students - but limited to 50 persons. RSVP to reserve your spot.

Life in Lincoln is a series of select evenings 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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Nebraska Women’s Gymnastics Master's Classic

Cheer the Huskers in a Saturday evening match as they host three team competitors: Eastern Michigan; Lindenwood; and Florida. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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Nebraska Men's Gymnastics vs. Illinois

Cheer the Husker squad in an afternoon competition against B1G Conference opponent Illinois. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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MARCH 15, 16, 17

Spring Break.

MARCH 22, 23, 24

Morning Coffee Ride

Explore Lincoln, make new friends, and enjoy morning coffee, tea, and apple cider. This relaxed morning ride leaving from the Outdoor Adventures Center will showcase some bike paths around town before you stop to enjoy morning beverages. You’ll head back to campus in time for all but the earliest classes. Bikes, helmets, and drink provided.

Free for UNL students. Preregistration required.

hosted by Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventures

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Life in Lincoln: Easter Egg Hunt

This evening's activity is an Easter egg hunt. Learn about this popular spring tradition and participate in a real egg hunt on campus, searching for hundreds of candy-filled eggs. UNL Students with children are invited to bring their kids to enjoy this fun activity.

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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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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Rainbow Ball

An LGBTQA+ inclusive prom event where students can express themselves how they want and dance with who they want. Whether you want to dance or simply socialize, there is something for everyone. There will be a photo booth to take countless photos to commemorate the night.

Free for UNL students.

hosted by Spectrum UNL; Gender and Sexuality Center

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Open House at the Student Observatory

See the stars, moon, and planets from the on-campus observatory.

NOTE: Event maybe canceled due to clouds and weather. Decision to cancel will be posted on the calendar by 3 p.m. on the event date.

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Softball Club: Nebraska vs. Iowa State

Nebraska's sport club team is hosting a triple header conference matchup against Iowa State. Free for spectators.

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Men’s Lacrosse Club: Nebraska vs. Midland
  • March 23, 2024
  • 2 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Vine Street Fields (corner of 17th St & Vine St)

Nebraska will play Midland in a non-conference matchup. Free for spectators.

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Men’s Lacrosse Club: Nebraska vs. Kansas State

Nebraska will play Kansas State in a non-conference matchup. Free for spectators. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on the sidelines (no built-in seating in Cook Pavilion).

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MARCH 29, 30,31

Nintendo Switch: Mario Kart Tournament

A free 1-night tournament played on Nintendo Switch consoles. To compete, sign up on-site with the organizers by 5:30 p.m. Winners are awarded an intramural championship t-shirt.

hosted by Campus Recreation Intramural Sports

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APRIL 5, 6, 7

Morning Coffee Ride

Explore Lincoln, make new friends, and enjoy morning coffee, tea, and apple cider. This relaxed morning ride leaving from the Outdoor Adventures Center will showcase some bike paths around town before you stop to enjoy morning beverages. You’ll head back to campus in time for all but the earliest classes. Bikes, helmets, and drink provided.

Free for UNL students. Preregistration required.

hosted by Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventures

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Casino Royale Formal

Glamour and gaming come to campus for a fun and festive night.

Grab a spot at a casino-style gaming** table to try your luck at playing Black Jack; Roulette; Poker; and Craps. Up to 60 students can play at the same time.

Want to skip the games and enjoy the atmosphere? Enjoy live music & dancing w/ DJ DWayne; sample signature alcohol-free mocktails and refreshments; and Create a personal keepsake photo with friends in the photo booth to commemorate the night.

FREE for UNL students with Event Pass.

** This is a money-free non-gambling event. Cash and currency betting is prohibited. Students will be issued a set of casino chips in which to play the games.

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

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Table Tennis Singles & Doubles Tournament

A free 1-night tournament for singles and doubles play. No preregistration required. To compete, check in with the organizers on site before 5:30 p.m. Singles divisions are Women’s, Men’s and Open. Doubles divisions are Co-Rec, Women’s, Men’s and Open. Winners are awarded an intramural championship t-shirt.

hosted by Campus Recreation

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Open House at the Student Observatory

See the stars, moon, and planets from the on-campus observatory.

NOTE: Event maybe canceled due to clouds and weather. Decision to cancel will be posted on the calendar by 3 p.m. on the event date.

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APRIL 12, 13, 14

Coming soon.

APRIL 19, 20, 21

Out of this World 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 donate for Husker Pantry.

hosted by Spectrum UNL; Gender and Sexuality Center

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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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APRIL 26, 27, 28

Coming soon.

MAY 3, 4, 5

Coming soon.

MAY 10, 11, 12

Coming soon.