Fall Nebraska Festivals
Looking for fall festivals in Nebraska in 2016? I have no idea why there are more festivals celebrating Oktoberfest in Nebraska than there are other festivals. It doesn’t make much sense to me. But I don’t live in Nebraska so I can neither explain nor be held responsible for their lack of festivals.
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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Nebraska State Fair – Grand Island, NE – August 25 – September 5, 2016
Midway, parades, concerts, agricultural displays, demonstrations, hale bay decorating contest, talent search, food eating contest and more.
Plattsmouth Harvest Festival – Plattsmouth, NE – September 8-11, 2016
2 Parades, carnival rides, karaoke contest, live music, fireworks, car show, flower show, photo contest, volleyball tournament, talent show, tractor pull and more.
Watermelon Days – Thurston, NE – September 9-11, 2016
Wellfleet Fall Festival – Wellfleet, NE – September 10, 2016
Parade, beer garden, goat chip bingo, antique tractor pull, craft show, fishing contest, gravel grinder bike race and stock dog classic.
Omaha Restaurant Week – Omaha, NE – Sept 16-25, 2016
Enjoy local cuisine and farm-to-table products with three course, fixed price dinners at $20, $30 and $40 per person. 5% of multi-course meal price goes to Food Bank for the Heartland.
Dalton Fall Festival – Dalton, NE – September 16-18, 2016
Apple Jack Festival – Nebraska City – Sept 16-18, 2016
This event attracts about 70,000 for all things made of apples, including apple pie, cider, caramel apples, apple fritters and more. There’s also a parade, classic car show, live music and three day carnival.
River City Rodeo – Omaha – Sept 22-25, 2016
Includes the Douglas County Fair, the Ak-Sar-Ben Rodeo, the Justin Boots Championships and the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale. Also has parade, chess tournament, robotics competition, rodeo after party and family activities.
Nebraska’s Junk Jaunt – September 23-25, 2016
Rockbrook Village Art Fair – Omaha, NE – October 10-11, 2016
Harvest Moon Fall Festival – Hemingford, NE – October 15, 2016
BBQ Cook-Off, Scarecrow contest, outhouse races, pie contest, costume contest, lawn mower races, chili cook-off, pumpkin chunkin’, largest pumpkin and squash contest, horse & buggy rides, hay rides, pony rides, goat roping, sheep dog demos, shopping and Oktoberfest beer garden.
Scream in the Dark Film Festival – Omaha – October 14-16, 2016
Screenings of horror, sci fi, suspense, thriller, and fantasy films. Held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Theatre.
Nebraska Country Music Festival – Hastings, NE – October 21-22, 2016
36th annual event.
Autumn Festival: An Arts & Crafts Affair – Ralston, NE – Nov 3-6, 2016
Adults are $8 and Seniors $7. Children under 10 free. Free parking. Held at Ralston Arena. Additional free shuttle parking from Horsemen’s Park.
Future Events – 2017
If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
Holy Terror Days – Keystone, SD – Sept 12-13, 2015
Gothenburg Harvest Festival – Gothenburg, NE – September 17-19, 2015
101st annual event. Thursday is “Dogs on Parade.” Friday is the tractor pedal pull. On Saturday, there’s a parade, pig wrestling, arts & crafts, kid’s games, food and other entertainment.
Railfest – North Platte – cancelled for 2016
Annual event at the Union Pacific Railroad’s Bailey Yard. Includes rodeo, art show, golf scramble, motorcycle santa run, cemetery tour and more. Watch 150+ trains with 10,000+ cars move through the yard.
Stratton Harvest Day Festival – Stratton, NE – September 26, 2015
The Great Omaha Chocolate Festival – Omaha, NE – October 4, 2015
5th annual event. Adult admission from 2014 was $6 (advance) or $7 (door) includes 5 samples. Extra samples at $1 per sample.
Christmas at Union Station – Omaha, NE – Starts Nov 27, 2015
Last Year’s Events:
Curtis Fall Festival
Wallace Fall Festival
Kearney Harvest Festival
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