Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall Nebraska Festivals

Looking for fall festivals in Nebraska in 2015?  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.

Last Major Update:


September 2015:

Nebraska State Fair – Grand Island, NE – August 28 – September 7, 2015
Midway, parades, concerts, agricultural displays, demonstrations, hale bay decorating contest, talent search, food eating contest and more.

Plattsmouth Harvest Festival – Plattsmouth, NE – September 10-13, 2015
2 Parades, carnival rides, karaoke contest, live music, fireworks, car show, flower show, photo contest, volleyball tournament, talent show, tractor pull and more.

Omaha Restaurant Week – Omaha, NE – Sept 11-20, 2015
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.

Wellfleet Fall Festival – Wellfleet, NE – September 12, 2015
Parade, beer garden, goat chip bingo, antique tractor pull, craft show, fishing contest, gravel grinder bike race and stock dog classic.

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 – Sept 18-20, 2015
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.

River City Rodeo – Omaha – Sept 24-27, 2015
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.

Apple Jack Festival – Nebraska City – Sept 18-20, 2015
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.

Stratton Harvest Day Festival – Stratton, NE – September 26, 2015

October 2015:

Harvest Moon Fall Festival – Hemingford, NE – October 17, 2015
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 17-18, 2015
Screenings of horror, sci fi, suspense, thriller, and fantasy films. Held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Theatre.

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.

Nebraska Country Music Festival – Hastings, NE – October 23-24, 2015
35th annual event.

November 2015:

Autumn Festival: An Arts & Crafts Affair – Ralston, NE – Nov 6-9, 2014
Adults are $8 and Seniors $7. Children under 10 free. Free parking.

Christmas at Union Station – Omaha, NE – Starts Nov 27, 2015

Last Year’s Events:

Dalton Fall Festival – Dalton, NE – September 19-21, 2014
Watermelon Days – Thurston, NE – September 12-14, 2014

Curtis Fall Festival
Wallace Fall Festival
Kearney Harvest Festival

Find other fun things to do in Nebraska in October:

Oktoberfest in Nebraska
Nebraska Corn Mazes
Nebraska Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Nebraska
Pumpkin Patches in Nebraska


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