Welcome to Downtown Hastings Nebraska, the place to be! Residents and business owners alike are proud of our vibrant, well maintained downtown right in the "Heart of Hastings." Home to specialty retail, great dining and entertainment, Downtown Hastings provides a unique lifestyle for those that choose to live and work in its safe pedestrian environment. Please browse our site and check out the many activities and projects that make our Downtown area special.
The First Hasting First Friday!
This is a NEW event in Downtown Hastings. Starting May 3rd and taking place the First Friday of every month. We encourage the public to stroll around the Downtown Hastings, explore the storefronts, enjoy dinner at a local cafe or pub, take in special art openings, attend the Hastings Museum sponsored JUXTApostion, shop the night market, listen to live music or stay late for a movie in the park. Events will change from month to month. For the most up to date schedule we encourage you to LIKE HFF on their facebook page, Hastings First Friday. If you are interested in participating in HFF or want more information about the event, email
-Major Music is sponsoring an adult drum circle in Central Park. 5:30-6:00pm
-Graham Gallery is hosting the Hastings College Jr. Thesis Art Reception 6:00-8:00pm
-JUXTApostion: Hastings Museum sponsored. In The Stein Building, 620 W 2nd St. 6:00-7:00pm Speakers for May are: Michella Marino, 'Diary of A Roller Derby Girl', and Russ Specht, 'The Secret World of Balloon Animals'
-Elinor Bartholomew Fine Arts Festival: LAST NIGHT! At Saint Marks Episcopal Pro-Cathedral 422 N Burlington. 5:00-8:00pm
-Live Alley Art painting demonstration with Steve Snell and Hastings College advanced painting students. In Back of Blue Moon Coffee-4:00-6:00pm
-Gracie's Uncles: Live music in front of Infuze Creative
-Karaoke at Wandas :623 W 1st St. 9:00pm to Close
-StoryWalk Downtown: Last week for StoryWalk Featuring the Book Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young. Starts and End at the Hastings Public Library.
-Hastings Library will have the BookMobile at the corner of 2nd and Denver.
-Pointillism demonstration with Ken Stewart in front of The Well Read Book
-Lori Barr Art at Blue Moon Coffee 5:00-8:00pm
-Kool-Aid Vintage T-Shirt & Tank Top Sale. ONLY $3.00ea!!
-DANCE at the Hastings Knights of Pythias Lodge
Date Night Canvas Painting at A Perfect Gift. ($50.00/Couple) bring in a bottle of wine or your favorite beverage and paint with your significant other/friend (8"x8" canvas and materials included in cost) for more information and to reserve your spot call 402.462.6060
-Back Alley Bakery: Brats in a blanket. Local, organic sausages from Garcia Farm wrapped in handmade pretzel dough w/chips for $5.00.
-WineStyles of Hastings: Friday night wine tasting. 5 wines for $6, regular food menu.
***check out WineStyles new Party Room***
STORES EXTENDING HOURS or OFFERING SPECIALS:
-Pacha Soap, samples of soap and promote their Peru project
-The Well Read Book
-The Kensington: Balloons for the kiddos.
-Imperial Jewelers Graduation and Mothers Day Sales
-Bath Bliss Gift Featuring Christine's Crochet Items
-Avani Day Spa & Yoga Studio-Healthy Snacks For Sale and Appt. Scheduling
South Central Taekwondo-Open for class and public is welcome to observe
-Jorn Olsen Galley
-A Perfect Gift-$15.00 Fresh Bouquet Wraps Cash & Carry and enter for a drawing for a $50 Gift Certificate
ADDITIONAL VENDORS and FARMERS MARKET PARTICIPANTS:
-Amy Sandeen: original photography items and handcrafted jewelry-in front of Infuze Creative
-Prairie Loft: Promoting Flatwater and giving away 2 tickets per hour for Flatwater Fest! Selling local PL honey PL swag-in front of Infuze Creative
-Elizabeth Stehling: original painting and drawings-In front of Pacha Soap
-Shanda Spurgeon: original flame worked beads and hand-made jewelry-In front of Pacha Soap
-Flatwater Creamery: Local dairy products for sale-In front of Back Alley Bakery
-Nebraska Mushroom: Local fresh gourmet and medicinal mushrooms for sale-In front of The Well Read Book
-Joyce Pennington with lit bottle art, in front of Bath Bliss Gifts
-Sierra Hinrichs with Origami Owl, in front of Bath Bliss Gifts
WELCOME TO HASTINGS FIRST FRIDAY!
August 2012 - $300,000 Grant to fund New Arts Center
October 2011 - "Investing in Downtown Living"
May 2011 - "DO the BREW" comes to Downtown Hastings
May 2011 - "DO the BREW" Brings out 500
May 2011 - Cheers for Downtown "DO the BREW"
November 2010 - Santa big draw at annual event
October 2010 - Downtown living spaces on display Thursday
October 2010 - Downtown revitalizes
SAVE THE DATE For Downtown "Do The Brew"
March 2010 - Photographer Focuses on Cranes, Describes Art Behind the Lens
January 2010 - Downtown's "whole combo" inspires other communities
January 2010 - Norfolk takes "fresh" ideas from Hastings