GermanFest in Syracuse, Nebraska

Join us on Saturday, August 28, 2021

Make it a weekend trip and we’ll keep you entertained from Friday thru Sunday!

This celebration of our German heritage features family-friendly events all day long! You will see the date has changed and so has the location. All events will be held at the Otoe County Fair Grounds. We are working with Nebraska State Tourism and the Southeast Health District to ensure a safe environment for volunteers and participants. Our current schedule of events includes:

  • 12th Annual Viener Dog Races
  • Pfannkuchenfutter  &  Frühstück – Pancake Feed & German Breakfast
  • GermanFest Royalty
  • Shopping at Marktplatz
  • Sand Volleyball Tournament (Friday Evening)
  • Fun Run
  • Kids Parade & Grand Parade
  • Little Tuggers Tractor Pull
  • Tapping of the Fest Keg
  • RibFest – Food, Food & More Food!
  • KinderFun – Games & Inflatables
  • Watermelon Feed
  • Beer Garden
  • Husker Football Game on the Big Screen
  • Music by Two Live Bands – Chad Lee & 4 on The Floor
  • Community Worship Service (Sunday)
  • Golf Tournament (Sunday)

Click the images to discover the musical stylings of 4 on The Floor & Chad Lee! 

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.