2021 GermanFest in Syracuse, Nebraska

GermanFest is a celebration of German heritage featuring family-friendly events throughout the weekend! The biggest day of our activities is Saturday, with events happening on Friday evening and Sunday too. We’ve moved GermanFest to the last weekend in August and relocated to the Otoe County Fairgrounds to provide a cooler setting for attendees and vendors. We are working under the advisement of Nebraska State Tourism and the Southeast Health District to ensure a safe environment for volunteers and participants.

Enjoy GermanFest all day long. Pay at the gate once, then come & go as you like!

ADMISSION:  $10 – Ages 13 to 69  |  $5 – Ages 70+ & Ages 4-12  | FREE – 3 & Under | Maximum of $40 per family.

An outdoor concert with country, rock, and funk music by: 4 on The Floor Omaha & Chad Lee!

*Schedule is current as of 7-8-2021. Announcements made day of the event take precedence over online or printed event schedules.

Friday | August 27, 2021

@ Syracuse Sports Complex

Early registration is required – $125 entry fee per team, double-elimination tourney. Limited to first 10 teams.

To sign-up, reach out to Julie Beach 402-297-6420 or julieisaacs@outlook.com

Bring your own beverages – IDs will be checked. A designated area surrounding the volleyball courts will be fenced off for alcohol consumption

Location: Volleyball Courts at Syracuse Sports Complex

Saturday | August 28, 2021

@ Otoe County Fairgrounds [Except Parades & Run]

Get your fill of fresh-made pancakes, along with some German breakfast options such as knipp sausage! Come and enjoy this fundraising meal served by St. Paulinus Catholic Church.

Location: Fair Center (an air-conditioned space)

GermanFest 5K & Kiddie Fun Run

A great event for all ages and fitness levels! Compete in the 5K Run or enjoy the kids’ fun run through the park.

Event begins at 7:30 a.m. Pre-register online to be guaranteed a t-shirt, or show up that day if you just want to participate! See registration link below.

Location: Williams Park (across from the swimming pool)

**Watch for route map to be posted here soon!

Join us as we unveil the 2021 GermanFest Royalty – King, Queen, Burgermeister & Grand Marshall.

Watch kids compete in the Lil’ Miss / Lil’ Meister Contest to see who wins!

Location: Fair Center

Shop a unique mix of merchandise from craft and retail vendors from around the area until 5:00 p.m.!

Enjoy a variety of German and American eats and treats until 6:00 p.m.

Want to be a vendor?
Download registration forms below. Must be postmarked by July 15! Preference is given to Syracuse Area Chamber Members.

Questions? Contact Elaine @ 402-499-2184 or email us at market.germanfest@gmail.com.

Huge event-wide beer garden featuring a nice selection of German and domestic beers, seltzers, and other popular beverages! Relax and enjoy a drink while you soak in everything GermanFest has to offer!

*Wristbands required. Be prepared to show ID. Must be 21.

Last call @ 12:00 Midnight

Car show registration happens from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Participate in the Grand Parade – must be registered by 10:00 a.m. to participate in the parade at 11:00 a.m.

Cars on display from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Show awards announced at 3:00 p.m.

** No Entry Fee

Location: 3rd Street between Midland & Plum Streets

All children welcome – just show up to participate!

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at 5th & Plum Streets. Across the street from Granneman Agency on the West side.

An entry form must be completed and kids must be accompanied by an adult, but participation is free to all. See below for form (some will also be available on-site, day-of-event).

Join in the fun by decorating your bike, tricycle, wagon, battery-powered car, or yourself!
2021 Theme: TBA

Location: Starts @ 5th & Plum Streets and follows standard parade route down 5th Street.

The Grand Parade will happen in downtown Syracuse. It will feature GermanFest Royalty, parade floats, show cars, the Shriners, fire trucks, ambulances, tractors, and more! Bring your lawn chairs, a blanket, or just find a spot along the curb to cop-a-squat – kick back to enjoy the parade!

The Grand Parade will end at GermanFest Headquarters, the Otoe County Fairgrounds. Join us there for food vendors offering many delicious lunch options, shopping at Market Platz, Husker football, kids activities, and more throughout the day!

Location: Begins @ 5th & Plum Streets, proceeds down 5th Street, south on Mohawk, and down to the Fairgrounds.

Car show registration happens from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Participate in the Grand Parade – must be registered by 10:00 a.m. to participate in the parade at 11:00 a.m.

Cars on display from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Show awards announced at 3:00 p.m.

** No Entry Fee

Location: 3rd Street between Midland & Plum Streets

Bring your friends, grab some beers and come cheer on the Huskers in their season opener against Illinois!

Watch Husker Football with us on the big screen! Kick-off is at 12:00 p.m., pre-game will be on by 11:00 a.m.

Huge supply of ice-cold beer just steps away… and if you’re lucky, we may even have a beer cart delivering rounds! Lawn chairs welcome. Picnic tables & shade provided.

Location: Big Covered Picnic Shelter, Just East of the Beer Garden Shack & Restrooms

Use your nose and you’ll find the people making smokin’ good ribs! This is a fun tradition that has gotten pretty darn competitive. Come check it out!

Advance registration required. See the registration form below.

Little Tuggers is a family fun pedal tractor pull for kids ages 4-12.

Kids must register at 1:00 p.m. to participate in the 1:30 p.m. competition! Parent or guardian must be on-site to sign a waiver prior to the competition.

Thank you to the Syracuse High School FFA group for running this event.

Location: Near the corner of 3rd & Midland Streets

KinderFun features games for younger children. There’s no cost to play and kids have a chance to win some prizes!

The inflatables at GermanFest will feature a 20 ft. water slide, sports games & bounce houses for kids! Remember to bring a dry change of clothes for kids who will want to cool off on the water slide. Age limits do apply – TBA. Participation is free with paid gate admission.

GermanFest is the perfect place to sample wine and sangria crafted at one of our local vineyards, Rich Harvest Winery! Start with a tasting and then enjoy your favorites by the glass. Come join us for an entertaining afternoon in the park. Lawn chairs welcome! Picnic tables provided.

*Wristband required. Must be 21. Cash only.

The Otoe County Museum will be open to the public from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Stop by to check out some of the cool antique treasures that are a part of Otoe County’s history! Their displays are sure to impress.

Location: Otoe County Museum @ 366 Poplar Street

Little Tuggers is a family fun pedal tractor pull for kids ages 4-12.

Kids must register at 1:00 p.m. to participate in the 1:30 p.m. competition! Parent or guardian must be on-site to sign a waiver prior to the competition.

Thank you to the Syracuse High School FFA group for running this event.

Location: Near the corner of 3rd & Midland Streets

Come join us for a good, old-fashioned watermelon feed. It’s yummy and it’s free!

The 2021 GermanFest Burgermeister will be Tapping the Fest Keg in honor of the Goering Family Royalty. Join past and present GermanFest Royalty for this fun, time-honored German tradition, and enjoy a beer on us!

*Wristband required. Must be 21.

You won’t want to miss the 12th Annual ‘Viener’ Dog Races! Perhaps one of the most unique GermanFest activities, this is definitely a fan favorite for people of all ages. Dachshund dog owners have a blast cheering for their beloved four-legged friends, and people come from near and far to see what transpires. Our GermanFest Viener Dog Races are not your typical entertainment – be prepared to enjoy lots of good belly laughs, and maybe a few tears of joy!

*Participants must register at 1:oo p.m. – more details coming soon!

Try your hand at this long-standing German game involving hammers, nails, stumps, and lots of laughs! More details about how you must play the game will be revealed to the participants on the day of the event. People of all ages will enjoy watching the Hammerschlagen competition.

*Participants must be age 18 or older. Just sign-up on-site, the day of the event.

Prizes for both men and women! So round up your favorite German dress or lederhosen and compete for the Best Dressed “Hans & Anna.”

Come enjoy mouth-watering ribs that will be slow-cooked and smoked to perfection! Ribs with all the fixings prepared by Orchard Hill BBQ for this Syracuse Area Chamber fundraiser meal. Arrive at RibFest early because these are some sought-after ribs, and then they’re gone… they’re gone. Picnic tables on-site. Lawn chairs welcome.

Gate admission required for entry. Cost of the meal TBD.

Come join us for a mix of country, rock, and funk music under the stars! Chad Lee and 4 on The Floor Omaha will each have their own stage, playing back-to-back tunes that won’t stop from 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This outdoor concert will take place in the center of the Beer Garden, just north of the arena. Free with paid gate admission to GermanFest.

We’ll have a nice selection of German and domestic beers, seltzers, and other popular beverages to enjoy while you listen to these talented musicians!

Picnic tables provided. Feel free to bring your lawn chairs or dance to your heart’s content, right in front of the stage! Plan to come early and stay late because we’re sure you’ll have a blast at this concert under the stars!

Sunday | August 29, 2021

@ Otoe County Fairgrounds & Syracuse Country Club


Come experience a community-wide celebration of faith as our Syracuse Ministerial Committee leads us in a Christian-based worship service. All are welcome!

Location: Fair Center

The Burgermeister Open Golf Tourney is a 3-person Staggered Scramble tourney. Golfers of all skill levels are welcome! See how your game improves with 10-foot of string and enjoy flag prizes at the end of the day! Payback and flights based on the number of entries.

Registration starts @ 11:30 a.m., followed by a 12:00 NOON shotgun start.

Entry Fee: $150 per 3-person team

Includes 18 holes of golf, one free 6-pack of beer per team, 10-foot of string – to help your score, meal, prizes, and fun!

*Call SCC now to sign-up! 402-269-2924

This is a fundraiser for the Syracuse Area Chamber of Commerce GermanFest activities. 

Location: Syracuse Country Club @ 266 W. 9th Street