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2018 Nebraska: January to July 2018
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

(See also: 2017  -   2011)


February 9-10, 2018
Healthy Farms Conference
Lincoln, Nebraska
Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society (NSAS) is a non-profit, grass-roots membership organization. Initiated over 30 years ago by farmer members, NSAS has grown into a dynamic organization with members from all across Nebraska. We welcome farmers and non-farmers alike...everyone eats!  Our mission: To promote agriculture and food systems that build healthy land, people, communities and quality of life, for present and future generations.

February 14, 2018 - VALENTINE’S DAY
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

February 16-25, 2018 - Omaha Beer Week - Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha's breweries and beer bars have teamed up to give you a weeks worth of beer events all leading up to the Extreme Beerfest.

February 17-24, 2018  National FFA Week - Nationwide
the week of George Washington's birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.

February 23-24, 2018  12th Annual Beertopia Extreme Beerfest
Ralston, Nebraska
The Midwest’s most extreme beer festival!  Join us at Ralston Arena as Beer Corner USA hosts one of the largest beer festivals in Omaha.  Unlimited sampling of over 300 beers – many over 7% ABV, along with some of the most extreme beers available and showcases many local Homebrew Clubs.


February 28-March 1, 2018
52nd Annual Triumph of Ag Expo
Omaha, Nebraska
This annual farm event, regarded as one of the largest indoor short line Farm Machinery Shows in the Midwest, is a diversified presentation of agricultural products and services. The timing of the Show, before the planting season and spring fieldwork begin, has been ideal for the Show’s success each year.

March 5-9, 2018  National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

March 20, 2018  'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture

April 22, 2018  Earth Day - Worldwide
Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

April 27-29, 2018  Arbor Day Celebration - Nebraska City, Nebraska
One of the original citizens of Nebraska City, J. Sterling Morton (whose son would go on to found the Morton Salt Company) was a famed agriculturalist who would go on to serve as Secretary of Agriculture under President Grover Cleveland. But first, in 1872, Morton founded Arbor Day to encourage individuals, groups and municipalities alike to plant trees. On that first Arbor Day alone, over one million trees were planted in Nebraska. Today, Arbor Day is celebrated worldwide.

May 13, 2018  MOTHER’S DAY
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list. (2nd Sunday in May)

June 1-3, 2018  21st Annual Taste of Omaha - Omaha, Nebraska
Showcasing Omaha's great foods and live entertainment.  A 3-day extravaganza and outdoor food festival open to the public and FREE to attend.

June 15-16, 2018  Central Plains Ribfest - Holdrege, Nebraska
Four Meat Competition: Pork Ribs - Pork (Boston Butt or Shoulder) - Beef Brisket - Chicken.  Compete in People's Choice on Friday Night.  The event will be held in Holdrege, NE on 5th Avenue between West Avenue and Grant Street.   You can start selling food to the public at 2:00 pm!  - To enter, go to our website to download and fill out the registration form and mail it back to the Chamber with your entry fee.

JULY 4, 2018  4TH OF JULY
There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.


2017 Nebraska: January to July 2017
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
events still waiting for new dates

April 28-May 14, 2017  Apple Blossom Festival
Nebraska City, Nebraska
The Blossom Festival isn’t a single event as much as it is a month-long celebration of pollen. The fun keeps popping all month long. If spring has sprung and your medicine cabinet is chockablock with a seasons’ supply of anti-histamines, it must be time for the Blossom Festival. For three consecutive weekends from Arbor Day to Mother’s Day, Nebraska City becomes the place to be for fun worth returning for.

June 23-25, 2017  Homestead Days - Beatrice, Nebraska
Celebrates the importance of the 1862 Homestead Act to the settlement of Nebraska.

June 24-25, 2017 - Duncan Ribfest - Duncan, Nebraska
Duncan Ribfest is a fundraiser for the Duncan Volunteer Fire Department & the Duncan Wrestling Club. 5 BBQ Companies, Beer Garden and 6 Bands. A Family Affair.  Admission: 5 and under Free;  Adults $ 5.00

July 7-9, 2017  The Wayne Chicken Show - Wayne, Nebraska
The Chicken Show is a fun event held annually on the second Saturday in July. Worlds Largest Chicken Dance, Egg Roulette, Cement Chicken Auction, Hot Wing Eating Contest, Chicken Parade, Live Rooster Crowing, Chicken Feed, Ice Cream Social, Arts, Crafts Fun and Food.  All things Chicken!

July 21-22, 2017  Riverfest: Red, White & Que - Bellevue, Nebraska
Top notch regional festival involving Live Music, Beer Garden, Kid Zone, Fireworks, Helicopter Rides, Hot Rods at RiverFest Car, Truck & Motorcycle show and State Championship BBQ Competition.  An annual event attended by over 30,000 that is filled with fun and food along the banks of the Missouri River at Haworth Park on the third full weekend of July.  Attendance: 30,000+.

July 25, 2017  Ag Appreciation Barbecue - Beatrice, Nebraska
At the Gage County Fairgrounds in the main barn.  Barbeque organized by the Agri-Business Committee of the Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce.

July 27-30, 2017  Lemon Days - Nebraska City, Nebraska
Join us for a very refreshing lemonade stand competition where area youth learn about entrepeneurism and small business ownership/operation. This is where we turn lemons into lemonade. And by lemonade we mean bargains. We can’t claim that this is the world’s biggest sidewalk sale, but that’s only because we’re too busy saving money to do the research.


2011 Nebraska: January to July 2011
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

July 9, 2011  Bands, Brews & BBQ's - Cozad, Nebraska
The 9th annual street fair will include a car show, live bands, talent show, golf tournament, crafters in the park and children's activities.



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