"Family Friendly" Entertainment
Seward is home to 20 restaurants. You’ll find home-style cooking, bar and grill fare, ethnic dishes and fast food along with a number of fine dining establishments. Specialty spots serve gourmet coffee, unique pastries and an original Nebraska sandwich known as a “Runza.” Nearby Bee, Nebraska hosts a Friday night fish fry that has garnered worldwide attention. Catering and banquet facilities are also available in Seward.
Entertainment in Seward is best characterized as “family friendly,” with events like community Easter egg hunts, visiting author talks, barn dances and the perennially popular Seward County Fair.
And although our downtown isn’t bustling after dark, the sidewalks don’t roll up completely. Seward is one of few Nebraska small towns that still have its own movie theater. Built in 1919, the Rivoli features first-run films, and is open every day of the year except Christmas. Seward also has establishments for late night music, karaoke, coffee, bowling and billiards. Nearby Lincoln is a regional center for performances, featuring well-known artists and entertainers. Many Lincoln nightspots are also home to many fine local musicians.
During the summer, Seward’s Municipal Band entertains weekly at Seward’s outdoor band shell. The Seward County Agricultural Pavilion is the sight of large social events, business meetings, canine competitions, fairs and craft shows that all draw regional and national attendance.
No discussion of entertainment in Nebraska is complete without mentioning sporting events. Concordia University in Seward is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Outdoor events are held at a 1,400-seat, $2.25 million track and field stadium. Concordia men’s and women’s basketball teams are among the top finishers in the NAIA national tournament nearly every year. With 18 intercollegiate sports, the university’s athletic schedule is busy year round.