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.
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Nebraska State Fair - Grand Island, NE - Aug 25 to Sep 5, 2016
Midway, parades, concerts, agricultural displays, demonstrations, hale bay decorating contest, talent search, food eating contest and more.
Plattsmouth Harvest Festival - Plattsmouth, NE - Sep 8 to Sep 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 - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Gerda’s German Restaurant and Bakery Oktoberfest - Omaha, NE - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
Heard about this Oktoberfest from a reader who says it has been going on for ten years and has a solid turnout. I am told their roast chicken is the best around. Gerda’s is one of the city’s finest restaurant. Again this year the popular Dave Salmons Polka Band provides the entertainment. They have played this event for close to 15 years. The Oktoberfest runs from 5 PM to Midnight. They go all out with two big tents, music, great beers and foods including big ham shanks, German brats, saukerkraut, spaetzle, and pretzels.
Wellfleet Fall Festival - Wellfleet, NE - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Parade, beer garden, goat chip bingo, antique tractor pull, craft show, fishing contest, gravel grinder bike race and stock dog classic.
Apple Jack Festival - Nebraska City, NE - Sep 16 to Sep 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.
Dalton Fall Festival - Dalton, NE - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
Omaha Restaurant Week - Omaha, NE - Sep 16 to Sep 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.
German-American Society Oktoberfest - Omaha, NE - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016
The German-American Society of Omaha, Nebraska hosts an annual Oktoberfest weekend with German food, beer (as well as drinking contest), ceremonial tapping of the keg, live music, dancing, arcade games and face painting for kids. Admission is $5 for adults. Active Military Personnel with valid identification and kids 12 and under are free. Location: 3717 South 120th Street, Omaha, NE 68144
River City Rodeo - Omaha, NE - Sep 22 to Sep 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 - Ord, NE - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Norfolk Oktoberfest - Norfolk, NE - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
The Lions Club parade and the Riverpoint Arts Festival have been joined with the Oktoberfest Family Festival to make a weekend of fun. The parade travels through downtown Norfolk, and the arts festival is in Johnson Park. The Oktoberfest celebration will have live music, traditional German food and even a specially brewed Oktoberfest beer just for the event. The music will be setup in the parking lot behind the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce building at Seventh Street and Norfolk Avenue. On Friday evening, they will have the keg tapping at 5:30 PM. The beer pong tournament, Ms. Oktoberfest and Mr. Oktoberfest are also on Friday evening. Saturday brings the Lions Club parade at 10 AM, home brewers presentation, beer pong tournament, 13.5 mile fun bike ride at 3 PM and brat eating contest at 6 PM. Kids zone Saturday afternoon from 3-7 PM will have games, inflatables and root beer floats.
Huber-Haus Oktoberfest - Omaha, NE - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
This is an authentic German beer bar with Bavarian pub food that throws an Omaha Oktoberfest. It hosts a two day family friendly Oktoberfest celebration with ceremonial keg tapping, live German music, German beers on tap and German food. Beer on tap from Hofbrau, Spaten, Warsteiner, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr and Weihenstephaner. Food will include brats, chicken schnitzel, pretzels, desserts and more. 2016 will be their 15th annual festival. Admission is free. Location: 36th & Farnam Street, Omaha, NE
Sidney’s Oktoberfest - Sidney, NE - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
A three day festival with beer, food, live bands and entertainment, parade, craft show, and Running of the Wiener’s Dog Races. It is held annually on the first full weekend in October and is one of the most popular festivals in Western Nebraska. There’s even a custom auto show with Friday as cruising night. The Rod and Roll show is held on Saturday in Legion Park at the baseball field. Typically starts with keg tapping Friday at noon. Dances are held on both Friday and Saturday nights. Saturday starts with a parade at 10 AM featuring antique cars, community floats, clowns and marching bands. A high school band competition is held Saturday afternoon at the Sidney High School football field. Horseshoe tournament and dachshund races are held on Sunday.
Kearney Oktoberfest - Kearney, NE - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
3rd annual event. Keg tapping, live music, games and food. Sponsored by the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce.
Piedmont Oktoberfest - Lincoln, NE - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Arbor Day Farm’s Oktoberfest - Nebraska City, NE - Oct 9 to Oct 9, 2016
Rockbrook Village Art Fair - Omaha, NE - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2016
Scream in the Dark Film Festival - Omaha, NE - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
Screenings of horror, sci fi, suspense, thriller, and fantasy films. Held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Theatre.
Okto Beerfest - Lincoln, NE - Oct 14 to Oct 14, 2016
Celebrate their 23rd year with over 200 different beers from around the world, food from 20 to 30 top area restaurants and caterers, live auction and music featuring bag pipers.
Harvest Moon Fall Festival - Hemingford, NE - Oct 15 to Oct 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.
Nebraska Country Music Festival - Aurora, NE - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2016
36th annual event.
Autumn Festival: An Arts & Crafts Affair - Ralston, NE - Nov 3 to Nov 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.
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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