Friday, September 5, 2014

Oktoberfest List 2014

***List updated Tuesday, 9/30 @ 9pm***

Here’s the Blog’s annual list of Fall Fest beer events going on throughout the state that we know of (at this time). If we inadvertently missed an event going on somewhere, please email us and we can get it added to this schedule. Prost!!!


When: Fri, Sept. 5th, 5pm to Midnight; Sat, Sept. 6th, 5pm to Midnight
Where: Gerda’s German Restaurant, 5180 Leavenworth St., Omaha

Two outdoor tents with live Polka music performances, authentic German food including “ham shanks, roasted chicken halves, German Brats and Knackwurst, Sauerkraut, Spaetzle, German Pretzels, Desserts, and much more.” Plenty of German beer options on draft. No cover charge and this is a family friendly event.


Lucky Bucket

When: Fri Sept 12th, 6pm to 11pm
Where: Lucky Bucket Brewery, 11941 Centennial Rd., La Vista

From their Facebook event page---

Our 2nd Annual OKTOBERFEST!!
Party kicks off with the Barry Boyce Polka Band playing live all night!

Enjoy Brats, Sauerkraut, Burgers and Pulled Pork from Fresh Catering and what's an Oktoberfest without pretzels! Bliss Bakery has hand crafted pretzels and delicious beer cheese for you to enjoy. The party keeps going with Polka Music, and our very own German Beer with Lucky Bucket's Oktoberfest Release!

Lederhosen and Dirndl Optional, but always recommended! Prizes will be awarded for best costume!
Get your ticket EARLY and get a Lucky Bucket Commemorative Oktoberfest Stein!
Tickets available at the door day of event for $5.

Must be 21 years of age or older, no kids or dogs please.

Beer sales will include Lucky Bucket Lager, Wheat, IPA, Evil, Big Pimpkin and Oktoberfest for $4
Cut Spike Distillery Cocktails available for $5
Cash or Charge accepted
Advance event tickets can be bought at


Hy-Vee Stony Brook

When: Sat. Sept. 13th, 1-5pm
Where: Stony Brook Hy-Vee, 14591 Stony Brook Blvd., Omaha

5th annual event

This is a beer sampling event, $15 admission fee gives you access to “unlimited” 2 oz. sample pours. There are over 70 different beers to choose from, food will be available for sale, and the Barry Boyce Band will be playing polka music all afternoon for your enjoyment. This is a family friendly event.



When: Sat. Sept. 13th, 2pm until 2am
Where: Borgota Brewery & Distillery, 1116 Jackson St., Omaha

From their Facebook event page---

Inaugural Oktoberfest!

We've brewed our Oktoberfest and simply can't wait to share it with you!

Starting at 2pm on Saturday 9/13, $10 at the door will get the first 100 a full mug of Oktoberfest and $4 refills after that, plus you get to keep the mug!

There will be food available for purchase and live music of course.

Proper Oktoberfest attire is strongly encouraged, you may even win something for you festive spirit!


German-American Society

When: Fri. Sept 19th, 5pm to Midnight; Sat. Sept 20th, 11:30am to Midnight
Where: German-American Society, 3717 S. 120th St., Omaha

From their event website---

130th German Day / Oktoberfest

Admission is $5 for Adults,
Children 12 & under: FREE!
Active Military Personnel with ID: FREE!

Friday evening (5 pm to Midnight), will open with the great “umpa” sounds of the Barry Boyce Band in our main hall that replicates a great German Beer hall. Our South hall will be filled with the sounds of Bobby Z Polka Band and our lower Ratskeller will feature the versatile sounds of Wayne Miller. There will also be short appearances of German Folk dancers and singers as they prepare their full programs for Saturday afternoon. Great food and Bier will also be available in our large fest tent behind our Main hall.

Saturday (11:30 am to Midnight), the entire German-American Society complex will be open to admission.

The food will include Brats, Schnitzel, Roasted Chicken, Roasted Pork from several pigs cooked over our large barbeque pit, and sauerkraut, German potato salad, German tortes, pretzels and more. Friday evening will feature a smaller menu, but Saturday a full menu will be available from noon until 7:00pm as selections last. New this year - a Wurst Haus tent will add to our food selection with tasty German Sausages, more than just Brats!!!

And of course both days the Bar will feature several varieties of tap and bottled “Biers” direct from Germany along with domestic beers and non-alcohol selections.


Norfolk Family Festival

When: Fri. Sept 26th, 5:30pm to Midnight; Sat. Sept 27th, 10am to Midnight
Where: 609 W. Norfolk Ave, Norfolk

From their event website---

Norfolk's 2014 Oktoberfest Family Festival will be held Friday Sept. 26 & Saturday, Sept. 27 in Downtown Norfolk, Nebraska. The Lions Club Parade, Radtour and the Riverpoint Arts Festival, will fall under the umbrella of the Oktoberfest Family Festival, but they will maintain their individual names and traditions. The parade travels through downtown Norfolk, and the arts festival is in Johnson Park.

A special “Oktoberfest” beer will once again be brewed just for this event! Traditional German and contemporary bands will perform under a tent set up on the parking lot behind the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce building at Seventh Street and Norfolk Avenue. Food vendors will, serve authentic German foods. An inflatable midway will be available for children.

Live music and a “Biergarten” will be open both days. Check out their website for more details and a full schedule of events.



When: Fri. Sept. 26th, 4pm to 2am; Sat. Sept. 27th, 12pm to 2am
Where: Beer Corner USA, 3578 Farnam St, Omaha

From their Facebook event page---

Join us for our 13th Annual OKTOBERFEST!

Free Admission
HUGE Outdoor Space!

Live German Music
The Barry Boyce Band plays both Friday & Saturday at 5:30pm
Bobby “Z” and Polka Joy plays Saturday at 1:00pm

Lots of Great German Beer served In Authentic German Mugs, Large Selection of Glassware available to purchase (if you bought a 1/2 liter or liter mug in past years you may bring it back to use so you don't have to buy a mug again this year!)

Ceremonial Keg Tappings both days!

• Authentic Imported German Oktoberfest Biers On Draft
Spaten • Weihnstephaner • Hacker-Pschorr • Paulaner • Warsteiner • Ayinger • Hofbrau Haus

Shot Specials!!

Wonderful German Food (Brats, Chicken, Schnitzel, Pretzels and Desserts)

***Oktoberfest Contests on Saturday, 9/27 (All competitions are FREE to signup for)***.

Foot long brat challenge (6pm) - Open to the first six people who sign up, regardless of gender, to see who can eat a foot long bratwurst the fastest!
Speed Challenge (7pm) - Open to the first six men and women that signup. The women will go first at 7pm immediately followed by the men.
Liter Endurance Hold (8pm) - Open to the first six men and women that signup. The women will go first at 8pm immediately followed by the men.
Bavarian Pretzel Eating Contest (8:30pm) - Open to the first six people who sign up, regardless of gender, to see who can eat a authentic Bavarian pretzel the fastest!

German "costumes" thoroughly encouraged!

Families are welcome


Farnam House Brewing Co.

When: Fri. Sept. 26th, 4pm to 2am; Sat. Sept. 27th, 12pm to 2am
Where: Farnam House Brewing Co, 3558 Farnam St, Omaha 

(Note:  This event is running concurrent with the Huber-Haus event listed above)

Join us for our 1st Annual OKTOBERFEST!

Free Admission to the bier garden that will include the whole parking lot!

Come enjoy the first ever release of the Farnam House Oktoberfest and get your hands on the the first edition 1/2 liter Farnam House Brewing glass beer steins.  

Freshly made German-style food offerings include sauerbraten, currywurst, beer cheese soup (made with Farnam House Keller lager), and our specially made - GIANT spent grain pretzels!

Join in on the ceremonial Keg Tappings both days and stick around for the LIVE German Music.

German "costumes" thoroughly encouraged and Families are welcome!


Kearney Oktoberfest: 2014

When: Sat. Oct. 4th, 4-5pm (VIP session), 5-11pm (Regular session)
Where: Buffalo County Fairgrounds, 3807 N Ave, Kearney

From their Facebook event page---

Regular Admission Tickets: $5
Drink Tickets: $3 each
Commemorative Mugs: While supply lasts-$15
VIP Ticket: $30 (includes complimentary mug, 2 oz samples, and 1 drink ticket)

The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce Kearney Oktoberfest: 2014. Kearney Oktoberfest is an opportunity to provide the Nebraska craft beer scene and the City of Kearney with a signature event to help generate awareness of our developing craft beer culture. Come out and experience German culture at its finest!!! The event will also feature the traditional keg tapping "O'zapft is", live music, beer-related vendors, fun games and a variety of local food. You don't want to miss out!!

VIP Hour: 4-5 PM gives attendees the opportunity to sample craft beer and learn about the brewery's product.

Pre-Sale Information:

Tickets are available at the Kearney Chamber, 1007 2nd Ave. To order tickets either stop by or call (308) 237-3101 during business hours 8-5.


Sidney Oktoberfest

When: Friday thru Sunday, October 3rd-5th
Where: Cheyenne County Fairgrounds, 10955 Hwy. 30, Sidney

“One of the most popular festivals in western Nebraska”, the Sidney Oktoberfest kicks off on Friday at Noon with the tapping of the keg followed by plenty of fair and festival events during the entire three day weekend. Brats, ethnic food, and cold beer for purchase throughout the entire weekend.

For full details and a schedule of events, check out their event website


Oktoberfest on the River

When:  Sat, Oct 4th, 12pm-Midnight
Where:  Storz Trophy Room, 345 Riverfront Dr., Omaha

From their Facebook event page---

1st annual Oktoberfest on the River party sponsored by Storz and City of Omaha Parks & Recreation

12pm to 7pm:
Outside on the green space just south of the Storz Trophy Room
FREE ADMISSION--Tickets can be purchased on-site for food and drinks.
Enjoy a beautiful fall day by the river with fun for the entire family. There will be food, games, music, activities for the kids and of course beer for the adults.

German food, rock climbing wall, bounce house, games and contests, performers from the Heartland Conservatory of Dance will perform polka dances, the chicken dance, and other classic Oktoberfest celebrations.

Noon---Bobby Z Polka Band on stage
3:30pm---The Personics on stage

We'll also be tapping our new Storz Einheit Oktoberfest small batch beer to celebrate.

7pm to Midnight:  Inside Storz Trophy Room
As the sun goes down, we'll move inside. We'll have the TVs on so you can enjoy the Nebraska game. We'll continue to serve German food and Storz beer. Plus continue with grown-up games, contests, and activities. After the Nebraska game ends, we'll have live music on stage.

5% of the event proceeds will be donated to the Omaha Parks Foundation for the Playground Initiative.

For more details, check out their event website



When:  Sat Oct 4th, 2-8pm
Where:  Upstream Brewing Co. (Legacy), 17070 Wright Plz, Omaha

From their Facebook event page---

10th annual event

The annual fall festival will be taking place on their back patio beer garden.

Free Admittance, $10 Uptoberfest mug & first fill (19 ozs), $4 Refills
Featured Beers:  Uptoberfest Lager, Smoked Altbier, Hefeweizen, Vienna Lager, Weizenbock, Cellar Kolsch, Vienna - Weizen, Roggenbier, and more

Featured Menu Items: Beer Braised Bratwurst, Pork Schnitzel, Brewers Pork Sandwich, Uptoberfest Pretzels, Spaetzel, Pickle Chips, and more

Live music from "Wicked Two" from 5 - 8pm


Cunningham's Oktoberfest / Tailgate Party

When:  Sat, Oct 4th, 3pm-Midnight
Where:  Cunningham's Pub & Grill, 10904 W. Dodge Rd, Omaha
Tickets:  $15 admission fee, available at the door

1st annual event

  • Live German music from SheelyTown Polka Band
  • 30 ft. HDTV Truck to watch Nebraska vs. Michigan State
  • Oktoberfest German Beers (Hofbräu, Odell’s, Bitburger, Ayinger and Weihenstephaner) All for $6 or less!
  • A Variety of non-German craft beers. Also for $6 or less (even the Liters!)
  • Bags Tournament for prizes, washers and giant jenga!
  • CD 105.9 on-site with Steve King. Guess the score of the Nebraska Game and win $100 gift card to Cunningham’s (to be used after Oktoberfest)
  • German & Tailgate foods (brats, turkey legs, pretzels & beer chees, Burgers and more) (did we mention everything is under $6!!!)
  • Huge selection of glassware available for purchase

For more details, check out their event website or Facebook event page


Okto Beerfest (Nebraska State Stroke Association)

When: Thurs, Oct. 9th, (VIP hour) 5:30-6:30pm, (Regular) 6:30-9:30pm
Where: Lancaster Events Center, 4100 N. 84th St., Lincoln 

From their event website---

21st annual event

This is a food and beer sampling event. Regular tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. VIP tickets are $50 each in advance and $55 at the door (limited to 100). Choose from over 200 different beers from around the world to sample from, food from 20 to 30 top area restaurants and caterers, live auction and music featuring bag pipers and the Wilber Alumni Czech band.

Event tickets are available for purchase here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I went to the afternoon Hy-Vee event last year. 70 beers, $15. Fifteen dollars for 70 beers. What a great chance to casually sample all the Octoberfests, pumpkin, and other fall beers. Most of the beers are available at Hy Vee Stoneybrook afterwards.