Welcome to Historic Red Cloud: Great Stories Grow Here!

Set amidst brick-lined streets, charming homes, historic buildings, and the immense beauty of the prairie, Red Cloud offers a glimpse into a storied American past while maintaining a progressive vision for the future. Willa Cather’s prairie novels introduced the world to the community and have left indelible impressions in the minds of her readers. Yet rich literary history is only one part of this unique town’s present-day draw. Your off-the-beaten path adventure will let you explore a rural lifestyle while also immersing yourself in arts, culture, history, and recreational pursuits.


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March 24, 2023
March 24, 2023
Red Cloud Community Fund
Red Cloud Community Fund awards Mariah Delka $1,000 scholarship
March 17, 2023

In 2018, Red Cloud won "Best Host" community during the last visit from the Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska (BRAN) organization. Community leaders will attempt to win that title again in 2023 and...READ MORE...

March 17, 2023

LINCOLN, Neb. (March 1, 2023) – Nebraska Tourism is excited to announce the stops included in the 2023 Nebraska Passport program. The Passport inspires Nebraskans and...READ MORE...



@Red Cloud Opera House Art Gallery
March 21, 2023 to May 13, 2023

Celebrating Sandhill Cranes is the perfect way to revel in the perennial return of the cranes to the Central Flyway! We hope you'll visit the Red Cloud Opera House gallery to view this exhibit before or after your own trip to the Platte! Celebrating Sandhill Cranes illustrates this annual wildlife migration and the unique lives of these elegant birds. The artist, Jude Martindale, interprets her experiences with the cranes in ways that reveal not only their personalities, but also her emotional reactions to watching their captivating behaviors.

Free Author Talk, 7pm@Red Cloud Opera House
March 30, 2023

The Nebraska Poetry Pen Pals are coming to the Red Cloud Opera House to help us kick off National Poetry Month! This dynamic group of writers and performers are touring the state to bring poetry to rural communities. The poets will perform their own work and encourage the audience to nurture their own poetic talents and sensibilities. Conceived by Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason, the Nebraska Poetry Pen Pals connect poets from across the state from various backgrounds. This event is free and open to the pubic!

April 01, 2023

More details coming soon. This year's event will take place at the Red Cloud Community Center. 

8:30am @Red Cloud Opera House Gallery
April 01, 2023

Join the Republican Valley Arts Council at its annual membership breakfast and visit with author Joy Johnson. 

Joy Johnson is the author of the BOOB Girls books ("Burned Out Old Broads"), a series of books is about women bonding. She does her writing from a laptop computer as she lives and travels in her RV.