Oktoberfest: Raise Your Stein at Arbor Day Farm

Like many other Midwesterners, I have some strong German roots. Do I own a pair of lederhosen? No. But I grew up eating sausage with sauerkraut, helping my grandma make apfel kuchen, and learning German words here and there. And I also happen to love Oktoberfest.

Really, though, who doesn’t? A traditional celebration of beer…complete with tasty food. Yes, please!

Oktoberfest1This Sunday (October 11), we’ll be hosting Oktoberfest in the historic barns at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City. It’s your opportunity to taste some authentic German foods courtesy of Chef Thomas, dance to polka music from the Jim Bochnicek Trio, and play horseshoes and other yard games.

As for the beer, there will be plenty of local, domestic, and international options on hand:

  • Lucky Bucket Oktoberfest
  • Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen
  • Woodchuck Hard Cider Amber
  • Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat
  • Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale
  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest
  • Ploughshare Wohlleben Oktoberfest
  • Warsteiner Pilsner
  • Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen

Oktoberfest2The festival will run 2:00–7:00 p.m. on October 11. There’s a $5 cover charge (waived for Otoe County residents), and food and beer tickets will be available for purchase onsite.

So grab your alpine hat and head on over. Prost!

Three Can’t-Miss Fall Events at Arbor Day Farm

All across Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska, you’ll find plenty of fun — and that’s never been more true than in the hustle and bustle of the fall season.

Of course, there’s plenty to see and do at the Tree Adventure year round, from the 50-foot-high treehouse soaring into the tree canopy, to the interactive hands-on learning kiosks in the pavilion, to the wooden beam bridges that traverse South Table Creek, the waterway famously noted in Lewis & Clark’s diaries.

But this time of year — arguably the most special season of all for a visit — all 260 acres just come alive with a crisp fall breeze in the air, apples ripening in the orchard, and golden leaves crunching underfoot along the hiking trails. Pair all of that with a calendar full of classic fall events and activities, and you have the makings of lifelong memories.

Here’s a preview of three fall season events you won’t want to miss at Arbor Day Farm.

The infamous apple cider slushies at Arbor Day Farm.

The infamous apple cider slushies at Arbor Day Farm.

1. Applejack Festival: Sept. 18-20. This city-wide celebration of an abundant apple harvest is nominated this year as one of USA Today’s Top 10 Fall Festivals, and for good reason. During this celebration weekend, around 60,000 visitors trek to Nebraska City — including to Arbor Day Farm — to pick apples, sip cider, watch the parade, take in a classic car show, and find treasures at multiple arts & craft fairs. It’s the kind of celebration that attracts generations of families for a nostalgic trip down memory lane, with picturesque orchard scenes and plenty of fun for all. It’s not to be missed. See the complete Applejack schedule for 2015.

Tree Climbing Weekend
Tree Climbing Weekend

2. Tree Climbing Weekend: Oct. 3-4. When’s the last time you climbed a tree? Maybe when you were 10? Maybe never? Tree Climbing Weekend at Arbor Day Farm is your opportunity to harness up and shimmy your way skyward in an old oak savanna. There’s even small-scale climbing options for the younger set. Tree climbing activities are included with regular Tree Adventure admission, and it’s always a popular draw.

 

The Historic Barns at Arbor Day Farm
The Historic Barns at Arbor Day Farm

 

3. Oktoberfest Celebration: Oct. 11. Arbor Day Farm’s historic barns — carefully restored to their original beauty — are the perfect setting for classic German food, German beers, and yes — a live polka band. Lied Lodge’s Chef Thomas is himself German, so we have it on good authority that his Oktoberfest menu selections are as authentic as they come. Show up hungry and thirsty; you won’t leave disappointed.

For complete details about these upcoming events and others at Arbor Day Farm, check out the online Events Calendar.