The City Auditorium, (402) 685-5822, located at 401 N. Oakland Avenue, is the site of many meetings, craft shows, musicals, gun shows and other community activities. Small meeting rooms and an auditorium are available for public use.
The Swedish Heritage Center, located at 301 N. Charde, opened in 1989 and is nationally recognized. This museum of Swedish memorabilia features numerous programs and year-round activities (weekends, October-April; every day except Mondays, May-Sept.). Free admission and free monthly cultural programs. A “must” to see and enjoy in the Swedish Capital of Nebraska. Contact Kaylene Swanson (402) 685-5458 or JoAnne Peterson (402) 685-5095, or the Heritage Center (402) 685-6161 for more information.
The Troll Stroll, established in 1987, is a one-of-a-kind nature walk. Found nowhere else in the midwest, it has become one of Nebraska’s most unique and charming tourism attractions. The Stroll, beginning at 700 East 1st Street, features a scenic 3/4-mile woodchip trail through a beautiful forest, several manmade bridges crossing a scenic little stream, and the main attraction–about two dozen handmade “trolls,” designed by Oakland-Craig School students. Absolutely charming. Free admission, open every day of the year, all day long.
The Swedish Festival is held the first weekend of June in odd-numbered years. Many events and programs are offered including entertainment, crafts and good food. This event is one you won’t want to miss!
Oakland Community Players are a diverse group of entertainers providing annual plays consisting of dramas, musicals and comedies.
Oakland Art Klub welcomes all enthusiastic artists from the beginner to the experienced, along with photographers. For more information, contact Dona Jean Nelson at (402) 377-2278 or Roger Maller at (402) 685-5122.