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A Native Plant Party then a Craft Brewery Bonanza

Spring Creek Prairie hosts “Fall Fest” and “Birds & Brews”

Fall Fest and the Birds & Brews Festival will be held the last weekend in September featuring bird and prairie-themed activities with live bird demonstrations. All ages are welcome to attend Fall Fest; you must be 21 or over to attend the Birds & Brews Festival.

Fall Fest is a yearly, family-friendly event focused on exploring the tallgrass prairie and celebrating the return of the fall season. It takes place on Friday, September 27, from 5 to 8 pm; suggested donation is $5.

This year’s theme is “A Prairie Plant Party.”  Native plants will be available for purchase (cash only). There will also be many free plants and seeds for attendees, who can also paint with natural materials and catch insects. Local community students from Spring Creek Prairie’s summer camp program will assist with the plants and present their camp bird projects.

“It’s a perfect event for kids,” said Meghan Sittler, Center Director at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center. “It gets them interested in bugs, birds, the prairie, and so much more.”

In partnership with the Nebraska Brewers Guild, the Birds & Brews Festival will be held on Sunday, September 29, from 1 to 4 pm. A commemorative tasting glass will be provided to sample local craft brews from Zipline Brewing, Kros Strain Brewing, Green Flash Brewhouse & Taproom, Code Beer, Brickway Brewery & Distillery, Upstream Brewing, Cosmic Eye Brewing, and Jukes Ale Works. Plus, local food from Porkcentric will be available for purchase.

The festival will also feature live music from local band Lye Soap, some interactive education opportunities, and a live bird demonstration. Attendees can bring a lawn chair or blanket and a refillable water bottle if desired. It is recommended to dress for weather conditions and wear appropriate shoes for variable terrain.

Admission is $25 per adult ($35 purchased day of event). There is a discounted price of $10 per adult for designated drivers (they have access to all festivities except for sampling brews) but this is not required.

For more information about Fall Fest or the Birds & Brews Festival, call (402) 797-2301, e-mail us or visit

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