Kool-Aid Days

Starting date:
Ending date:

Always call # confirm
Event# 402-461-8405

Event Details

Kool-Aid Days

Thousands of "kids" of all ages gather in Hastings, Nebraska the second full weekend of every August to celebrate the invention of Kool-Aid®, Nebraska's Official Soft Drink, by Edwin Perkins in 1927. Step back to simpler times when every small-town entrepreneur could start a business on a street corner with a pitcher of Kool-Aid. Over 30 events and thousands of attendees make Kool-Aid Days one of the fastest growing festivals in the US �" nominated as one of the "Top 100 Events" for the American Bus Association by the Nebraska Division of Travel and Tourism. and in 2006, Kool-Aid Days won the Governor's Award for Most Outstanding Nebraska Event in a city of 20,000 or more.

The festival features the World's Largest Kool-Aid Stand, full size Kardboard Boat Races on Lake Hastings, miniature Kool-Aid Jammer Boat Races at the City Aquacourt, the Kwickest Kool-Aid Drinking Contest, the Kool-Aid Classic Car Cruise of America, Giant Inflatable Rides, Carnival Games, Festival Foods, Trolley Rides through the Hastings Historic District, golf and other sports tournaments, an entrepreneurial festival, model rocket launches and many other events. Visitors can purchase commemorative "Kollectibles" including special $2 mugs, which entitle them to drink as much Kool-Aid as they want of 16 flavors served.

The Hastings Museum has free admission on the Sunday of the festival and features the "Kool-Aid: Discover the Dream" exhibit, telling the 80-year history of Kool-Aid, along with a superscreen theater, planetarium, and many other exhibits and events.

Saturday night of the festival will feature a free rock concert in Brickyard Park. A fireworks display is planned to follow the concert.

Fri, Golf Scramble, 8:30am, 3-9pm; Sat, 7am-5pm, Koncert, 7:20pm; Sun, 9am-6pm.

Kool-Aid Days

Address : City Auditorium, 4th & Hastings Hastings NE
Phone : 402-461-8405   (Always call and confirm events.)

Email Address :

Web Address :
Admission Fee : Free


Attractions and Upcoming Events

Nebraska Loan and Trust Company

Cities and agricultural areas need capital to finance growth. Nebraska Loan and Trust Company, organized in 1882 with James B. Heartwell as need in Hastings by providing a means for Eastern Capitalists to invest in Nebraska real estate mortgages. In 1883-84

Hastings, NE National Register

Softball Hall of Fame

Adjacent to the Smith Softball Complex, the Hall of Fame showcases softball displays and provides information about the Nebraska Amateur Softball Association and Nebraska Softball Foundation. It pays tribute to the individuals,

Hastings, NE Museums

The Strand Theatre

Studded in bright lights, the Strand Theatre marquee heralded first-run showings of such movie classics as "From Here to Eternity" and "The sound of Music." For almost seventy years the Strand was the grand dame of motion picture entertainment in Hastings. The Strand'

Hastings, NE Theatres

Hastings College Clyde Sachtleben Observatory

Astronomy presentations and night sky viewings every other Saturday, weather permitting. The STARLINE provides observatory show times and dates and astronomy activities in the area. Named in honor of Dr. Clyde Sachtleben, 40-year physics professor

Hastings, NE Observatories

Things to do near Hastings, NE