Find a Nebraska fall festival to attend in 2021. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2021 has things to do across Nebraska including activities in Omaha, Lincoln, and Kearney. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.
At this point we have checked for 2021 dates on all festival events. Some websites had not been updated at all for this year, but where a date was available or a cancellation confirmed, we've updated our listing. We'll keep looking for new events to add, and we'll be working on updating Halloween and Thanksgiving events as well. We hope you find a fantastic event near you, enjoy!
All events showing 2021 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19, weather/natural disasters, or other reasons. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Nebraska State Fair - Grand Island, NE - Aug 27 to Sep 6, 2021
Midway, parades, concerts, agricultural displays, demonstrations, hale bay decorating contest, talent search, food eating contest and more. Since 1868.
Lodgepole’s Old Settlers Days - Lodgepole, NE - Sep 3 to Sep 6, 2021
Plattsmouth Harvest Festival - Plattsmouth, NE - Sep 9 to Sep 12, 2021
2 Parades, carnival rides, karaoke contest, live music, fireworks, car show, flower show, photo contest, volleyball tournament, talent show, tractor pull and more.
Wellfleet Fall Festival - Wellfleet, NE - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2021
Parade, beer garden, antique tractor pull, craft show, fishing contest, arts & craft vendors, and stock dog classic.
Rockbrook Village Art Fair - Omaha, NE - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2021
Spend the day browsing quality art and chatting with those who create it – over 150 national, regional, and local artists will display and sell their one-of-a-kind works of art. Free and open to the public!
German-American Society German Day Oktoberfest - Omaha, NE - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2021
The German-American Society of Omaha, Nebraska hosts an annual Oktoberfest weekend with German food, beer, ceremonial tapping of the keg, live music, dancing, arcade games and face painting for kids. Admission is $5 for adults.
Dalton Fall Festival - Dalton, NE - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2021
An annual community fall festival
Applejack Festival - Nebraska City, NE - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
Nebraska City’s historic AppleJack Festival annually draws between 60,000 and 80,000 people to celebrate the kickoff of the apple harvest. Apple pie, apple cider, apple cider donuts, candy apples, caramel apples, apple fritters, apple salad – pretty much anything you can imagine being made from apples are available at the AppleJack Festival. Plus enjoy craft fairs, a parade, a classic car show, live music, a 3-day carnival, and more.
Nebraska’s Junk Jaunt - Ord, NE - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
The event spans nearly 500 miles of garage sales, collectibles, antiques, vintage items and quirky finds. Search for treasures at this large garage sale happening in 36 towns along the Loup River and Sandhills Journey Scenic Byways.
River City Rodeo - Omaha, NE - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2021
The River City Rodeo is an annual celebration of the region’s heritage, and serves as one of the last qualifying events for the National Finals Rodeo. Enjoy 7 rodeo events, plus rock music and family etertainment.
Huber-Haus Oktoberfest at Beer Corner USA - Omaha, NE - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2021
20th annual. 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
Norfolk Oktoberfest - Norfolk, NE - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2021
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.
Piedmont Oktoberfest - Lincoln, NE - Sep 25, 2021
The event is from 5-11 PM. The package prices are now $25 for the basic and $40 for the VIP package. 21+ event
Sidney’s Oktoberfest - Sidney, NE - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
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.
Harvest Moon Fall Festival - Chadron, NE - Oct 2, 2021
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 and buggy rides, hay rides, pony rides, goat roping, sheep dog demos, shopping and more.
Kearney Oktoberfest - Kearney, NE - Oct 2, 2021
Annual event with keg tapping, live music, games and food.
Arbor Day Farm’s Oktoberfest - Nebraska City, NE - Oct 23, 2021
Enjoy an authentic German meal paired with a German beer while dancing to your favorite German music. Cash bar available with additional German beers or other drinks. 21+ event
Autumn Festival: An Arts & Crafts Affair - Ralston, NE - Nov 4 to Nov 7, 2021
An annual arts and crafts fair at Ralston Arena. Adults are $9 and Seniors $8. Children under 10 free. Free parking. Additional free shuttle parking from Horsemen’s Park.
We know that you want current events. But we don’t always have dates for every event 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!
Potter Days - Potter, NE - Aug 31 to Sep 1, 2019
A variety of activities including the crowning of Miss Potter, a run/walk, fireworks, parade, golf tournament and more
Omaha Restaurant Week - Omaha, NE - Sep 13 to Sep 22, 2019
Enjoy local cuisine and farm-to-table products with multiple course, fixed price dinners at $20 – $50 per person (depending on the number of courses; drinks, tax and gratuity are not included). 5% of the prix fixe meal price goes to Food Bank for the Heartland.
Nebraska Country Music Festival - North Platte, NE - Oct 18 to Oct 19, 2019
38th annual. This year’s theme is “Forever Country.” Held at the Ag Activity Center
Bike MS Nebraska - Springfield, NE - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2020
Bike MS is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared with new friends and old.
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