Below are the Nebraska Oktoberfest celebrations that we’ve found for 2021. With every county being home to a heavy German population (about 25% of the population claims German descent), and several counties in Nebraska boasting 40% (or more) of the population hailing from German ancestors, you can expect some great parties this fall!
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 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. 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!
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Arbor Day Farm’s Oktoberfest - Nebraska City, NE - Oct 8, 2018
Piedmont Oktoberfest - Lincoln, NE - Sep 21, 2019
The event is from 5-11 PM. The package prices are now $25 for the basic and $40 for the VIP package. 21+ event
German-American Society Oktoberfest - Omaha, NE - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
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.
Norfolk Oktoberfest - Norfolk, NE - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2020
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.
Kearney Oktoberfest - Kearney, NE - Oct 3, 2020
Annual event with keg tapping, live music, games and food. Sponsored by the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce and held at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds
We hope you enjoy these celebrations of Oktoberfest. Let us know below which one you've headed to and which one you like the best!
We have added maps with the locations of each Oktoberfest. We may not have had the exact location for each Oktoberfest so in some instances we have placed the marker in the general vicinity of the Oktoberfest. Be sure to get specific directions from another source and do not solely rely on our map at the moment. We have also noticed that the markers may not show up on some mobile browsers. We will work to sort out this bug in the future.
Please confirm dates, locations and activities available at the Oktoberfest before going. That's one reason that we provide a website address when we find one. We attempt to ensure that the information for each Oktoberfest is accurate but there are bound to be a few errors. If you let us know when you find one, we will fix it. In some cases, we may link to last year's event when information for this year is not yet available. Do not be fooled.
The festivals listed range in size. Some events may have hundreds of thousands of attendees. Others may have only a handful. We're sorry that we don't have more information about attendance numbers at the moment. We will do our best to add this information as time goes on.
Professionalism varies as well. Some Oktoberfests are professional operations with large budgets. Others are local operations run by volunteers. Do your due diligence before making plans to attend so that you know what to expect. We will happily publish information about your experience with any Oktoberfest so that our visitors will be better informed in the future.
Some Oktoberfests are more family friendly than others. If you have small children, look for an Oktoberfest that has activities for kids. Other events start out with family friendly activities and become more adult oriented as it becomes later in the evening.
Not all Oktoberfest celebrations will be authentic German festival experiences. Some may simply be an excuse to drink rather than celebrate German heritage. Some may call themselves Oktoberfest but provide local or seasonal beer rather than authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Be sure to consider the type of celebration that you are looking to attend when you pick your Oktoberfest.
Activities offered at each Oktoberfest varies. Some activities that you may find are parades, keg tapping ceremony, beer gardens, Miss Oktoberfest or costume contests, stein holding contests, bratwurst eating contest, chicken dance, wiener races, keg toss, live German bands and local entertainment, polka dancing and fairground games. Some Oktoberfest events will just have beer and brats.
We've got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
Do you run one of the Oktoberfests listed? Feel free to send us additional information and we will add it. We apologize for any errors: send us corrections or updates if you find them! We also love to list new Oktoberfests, and have advertising solutions if you'd like to reach a wider audience.
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