2018 Nebraska: August to December 2018
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
(See also: 2015 - 2011 - 2010)
August 10-11, 2018 Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival
New Location: Leo Royal Park. The unique celebration features hot air balloon launches and glows, the Midwest's most delicious foods and barbeque, some of the area's best bands and musicians, arts & craft displays, and activities for kids. Enjoy tastes of Nebraska wines or your choice of beers with festival admission.
August 10-12, 2018 Kool-Aid Days - Hastings, Nebraska
Hastings is Kool-Aid's original home. In 1927, Edwin Perkins invented Kool-Aid in Hastings, Nebraska. Kool-Aid Days includes world's largest Kool-Aid stand, $2 mug gets you all the Kool-Aid you can drink and admission to Koncert Kool-Aid.
August 16-18, 2018 22nd Annual Capital City Ribfest
Nebraska Pork Producers Capital City Ribfest is Lincoln’s favorite, and longest running summer festival featuring award-winning barbecue from around the country and some of the best local and regional live music on the Ribfest Sound Stage. A 4 day summer street festival featuring award-winning BBQ and music. Award-winning BBQ pit bosses from around the country gather to showcase their talents and serve up award-winning barbeque to southeastern Nebraskans. This festival is unique to Lincoln in that barbeque is the focal point of the event - offering the public a chance to sample a variety of barbeque recipes from across the nation and even Australia. (also: http://www.nepork.org/event/capital-city-ribfest-2/ ) Attendance: 25,000.
August 18, 2018 Annual Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Competition
All Day Beer Gardens, People's Choice competition starts at noon, Rib Dinner & Cream Can Supper at 6:00pm. Live Music will rock us into the night starting at 8:00pm. Life-sized Beer Pong and Cornhole Tournament for Cash Prize! For more info, sign up for tournaments, or register your BBQ team contact 402-395-6012.
August 24-Sept 3, 2018 Nebraska State Fair - Grand Island, Nebraska
Offering insights into the unique culture of Nebraska, the Fair is built on 145 years of tradition. It showcases the talent, products, and people of Nebraska. Nebraskans come together to experience the latest technological advancements in agriculture, first-class entertainment, and the most delectable and extraordinary food the state has to offer. Highlights include a competitive livestock exhibition, a farming equipment trade show, and competitions in other fields, such as handmade crafts and baked goods.
September 6-9, 2018
Plattsmouth Harvest Festival
The oldest continuous harvest festival in Nebraska, with four days of activities for the entire family. 'Where Corn is Still King'
September 9, 2018
Taste of Florence
Senior Health Foundation Annual Taste of Florence food festival from 1-5pm at Florence Home Healthcare at 7915 North 30th St. Taste of Florence will feature nearly 20 local restaurants from the Florence neighborhood and surrounding areas. Visitors will be treated to a wide variety of food served by some of the finest restaurants in the metro area. Fun for all ages including a special Kid’s Zone with face painting, games, and prizes. Senior Health Foundation helps fill in the gaps in critical programs for seniors in Omaha through Midwest Geriatrics, Inc.
September 11-13, 2018 Husker Harvest Days - Grand Island, Nebraska
The largest totally irrigated working farm show in the United States. 80 acres of exhibits and 700 acres of field demonstrations. Attendance: 50,000.
September 21-23, 2018 - Annual AppleJack Festival
Nebraska City, Nebraska
Nebraska City's historic AppleJack Festival annually draws between 60,000 and 80,000 people to Nebraska City 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 made from apples are available at the AppleJack Festival. With over 6 craft fairs, a parade, street dances, a classic car show, live music, and a 3-day carnival, for one weekend Nebraska City becomes the Apple Capital of the World. Attendance: 80,000.
September 29-30, 2018 Stamford Pork Days - Stamford, Nebraska
Parade, arts and crafts, food, street games, free pork BBQ and entertainment.
October 6, 2018 Applefest - Orleans, Nebraska
Annually the 1st weekend of October. The event provides a craft fair, food and fun for all ages, including plenty of apples and cider.
October 15-19, 2018 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.
October 26, 2018 Cozad Fall Festival - Cozad, Nebraska
October 27-28, 2018 30th Annual Fall Home & Garden Expo
The Areas Largest Fall Home Consumer Show. The Largest Showcase in Nebraska and Iowa with over 100,000 Square Feet of the Latest Products and Services For the Home - Inside & Out!
November 10, 2018 Taste of Cozad - Cozad, Nebraska
Cozad Chamber of Commerce.
November 17, 2018 Holiday Food & Gift Festival - Cozad, Nebraska
Cozad Grand Generation Center, 9am to 3pm. A Full House full of vendors & crafters. Hot Chocolate and Roasted Marshmallows.
November 22, 2018 THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are too numerous to list.
December 4-6, 2018 Nebraska Power Farming Show - Lincoln, Nebraska
The largest indoor farm show west of the Missouri River with over 900 companies represented.
December 10, 2018 - Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.
December 31, 2018 New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with this year’s Fireworks show! The closing event of the Holiday Lights Festival, it is one of the largest New Year’s Eve fireworks displays in the region. Enjoy the spectacular show with family or friends before heading out for the evening. And be sure to arrive early – the event is expected to draw more than 30,000 people.