GermanFest in Syracuse, NE

Saturday, July 13, 2019

 Plus a few events July 11, 12 & 14

PLEASE NOTE THAT 2019 INFORMATION IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING UPDATED. Check back often for the lastest developments!

Join us in Syracuse, Nebraska for GermanFest on Saturday, July 13, 2019.  This celebration of our German heritage features family-friendly events all day long, plus a few special events on July 11th, 12th & 14th!

See below for a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS. (As of 5/9/19)

**Would you like to be a vendor at Market Platz? Call us at 402-269-3242 or 402-269-4079.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When will GermanFest be held this year?
A. GermanFest is always held the 2nd Saturday of July. Mark your calendar for July 13, 2019 – we look forward to seeing you!

Q.  Is GermanFest a family-friendly event?
A. Absolutely, GermanFest is sure to feature something for everyone. People of all ages are welcome at all GermanFest activities.

Q. Are all GermanFest activities handicap accessible?
A. Nearly every activity is in a handicap accessible location. In fact, we have reserved parking areas for our elderly folks and those with handicap stickers. To find out if you will be able to easily access the specific activities you are interested in, please ask our GermanFest committee.

Q. Is alcohol served at GermanFest?
A. Yes, alcohol is permitted but must be purchased onsite. Canned domestic and a German beer can be consumed within the designated areas (including the RibFest festivities and Concert). Mixed drinks can be enjoyed in one of the bars downtown.

Q. What is prohibited to bring in to the concert? 


Q. Is there anything else I need to know about attending the concert? 
A. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cash bar, no ATM. Lawn chairs are allowed out of the bag. No umbrellas. Food trucks available.

Pre-weekend Events: Thursday, July 11th

Abendessen Traditional German Meal
@ Syracuse Senior Center – 4th & Railroad Street
ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED – Meal tickets can be purchased between June 15 – July 3. Available @ these downtown Syracuse businesses: Do It Best Hardware & The Added Touch. If you are unable to pick-up your tickets locally, email us by July 3 to request your meal tickets.

*Entertainment begins at 6:00 p.m. with the the Lil’ Miss and Meister GermanFest Competition; followed by the meal (served at approx. 6:30-6:45 p.m.).

The cost of the meal will be $12.00 for Adults over 12, Child ages 5-12 – $6.00, 5 years & Under – free. After July 5th – Adults over 12 – $15.000, Child ages 5-12 – $7.00 and 5 & under – free.

Lil’ Miss and Lil’ Meister GermanFest Pageant
@ Syracuse Senior Center – 4th & Railroad Street

*The Lil’ Miss and Lil’ Meister Germanfest Pageant will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., followed by a traditional German meal (Abendessen) to be served at 6:30 – 6:45 p.m. Families are encouraged to join us for the meal, however,  ADVANCE TICKETS ARE REQUIRED.  Abendessen meal tickets can be purchased between June 20 – July 3. Available @ these downtown Syracuse businesses: Do It Best Hardware & The Added Touch. If you are unable to pick-up your tickets locally, email us by July 3 to request your meal tickets.

Friday, July 12th

Co-Ed Sand Volleyball Tournament
Time TBD @ Syracuse Ball Complex Volleyball Courts, Southwest edge of Syracuse

* Details to come

Saturday, July 13th

Pancake Breakfast
@ 5th & Midland Streets
Sponsored by St. Paulinus Catholic Church

GermanFest 5K & Kiddie Fun Run
Begins @ Williams Park (near 12th & Chestnut Streets)

Market Platz at GermanFest
Vendor Booths Located on 5th Street

Frequently Asked Questions - Coming Soon

Q. What kinds of items will I find at the market?
A. Every year varies a bit depending on which vendors participate, but in the past have had fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods and homemade jams, as well as hand-crafted items for the home and garden.

Q. How long will the market be open?
A.

Show & Shine Car Show REGISTRATION
Otoe County Fairgrounds (3rd Street between Midland & Thorne Streets)
*Actual Car Show runs from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dash Plates Sponsored by Baylor Evnen Curtiss Grimit & Witt LLP

KinderFun Games for Younger Children
@ FirstBank of Nebraska Drive-thru (5th & Midland Streets)
Sponsored by Better Bac 4-H Club

11th Annual ‘Viener’ Dog Races
on Railroad Avenue between 4th/Thorne & 5th/Midland Streets

*Register at 9:00 a.m. onsite
Sponsored by Arbor Valley Animal Clinic – Syracuse

Kinder Parade
Begins @ 5th & Plum Streets

All children are welcome to participate, but must complete an entry form and be accompanied by an adult. Registration starts at 10:45a.m. at 5th & Plum Street across from Granneman Agency, west side.

Theme:   ??? — So join in the fun by decorating your bike, your wagon, your tricycle or yourself!

Sponsored by Syracuse Journal Democrat & Dairy Chef 

Grand Parade
Begins @ 5th & Plum Streets; proceeds down 5th Street, south on Mohawk and down to the Fairgrounds

Show & Shine Car Show
@ Otoe County Fairgrounds (3rd Street between Midland & Thorne Streets)
Awards at 3:00 p.m.
Dash Plates Sponsored by Baylor Evnen Curtiss Grimit & Witt LLP

Luncheon
@ Syracuse United Methodist Church – 6th and Chestnut Streets
Sponsored by Syracuse United Methodist Church

2-Block Beer Garden Opens
@ 5th Street between Thorne & Mohawk Street
Wristbands required for ages 21+
Sponsored by the Syracuse Area Chamber of Commerce

Beer Pong Tournament
Register ONSITE @ the Kiosk (5th & Mohawk Streets)
Family – Friendly! Cups will be filled with water!

Wine Tasting
@ The Safehouse Winery (5th & Midland Streets)

Little Tuggers Tractor Pull REGISTRATION
Register ONSITE @ FirstBank of Nebraska Drive-thru (5th & Midland Streets)
*Actual Event Begins at 12:30 p.m.
Sponsored by KanEquip Inc., Keim Farm Equipment, Stutheit Implement & Syracuse FFA

Little Tuggers Tractor Pull
FirstBank of Nebraska Drive-thru (5th & Midland Streets)
Sponsored by KanEquip Inc., Keim Farm Equipment, Stutheit Implement & Syracuse FFA

Fest Keg Tapped in Honor of the Goering Family Royalty
@ 5th & Midland Streets
*Wristband Required for ages 21+

FREE Watermelon Feed
@ 5th & Midland Streets
Sponsored by Midwest Farmers Coop

Otoe County Museum Open to the Public
366 Poplar Street

Inflatables – 20 ft. Water Slide, Sports Games & Bounce Houses for Kids

@ Otoe County Fairgrounds (3rd Street between Midland & Thorne Streets)
Sponsored by Zahn Construction, Syracuse Dental Clinic & Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse
*Wristband purchase required for UNLIMTED rides.

HammerSchlagen (Stump Game)
@ 5th & Midland Streets
*Ages 18+
Sponsored by JC Dirt Work

RibFest – Meal Prepared by Orchard Hill BBQ
@ 5th & Midland Streets
Sponsored by Countryside Bank & Area Businesses

Greg Blecha Trio
@ 5th & Midland Streets
Sponsored by Countryside Bank

Concert featuring BLACKHAWK
Country Music  ||  Opening Act – Lucas Minor: 6:30 p.m.
Main Entertainment – BlackHawk: 8:00 p.m.
@ Southwest Edge of Syracuse – just West of the Soccer Field, near the Syracuse Sports Complex

Tickets onsale $26.50 (tx incl) until the day of the concert, which will then be $30 (tx incl).

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. | Outdoor Concert with Food & Beer Sold Onsite
Bring Your Own Lawn Chairs or Blanket if You Don’t Want to Stand!

PLEASE NOTE – STRICT GATE SECURITY: clear small bags, no containers, food or weapons may be brought into the concert area. Bag chairs must be open for inspection.

*Concert Ticket/Wristband Purchase Required

Interested in being a food vendor at the concert? See information below:

Sunday, July 14th

Community Church Service – Luther Memorial Church
1162 Mohawk Street
Sponsored by the Syracuse Ministerial Committee 

Ice Cream Social & Meal
@ 7th & Plum Streets
Sponsored by St. John’s UCC Church 

BurgerMeister Open Golf Tourney
3-person Staggered Scramble
@ Syracuse Country Club (266 W. 9th Street)
*REGISTER to play by calling SCC at: 402-269-2924

*Schedule above current as of 4-16-19. Day of event announcements take precedence over online or printed event schedules.