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2019: River Point 'FORK FEST

Featuring the Norfolk Area Food Truck Rumble

Friday, August 23, 2019 • Johnson’s Park • 4:30 – 11:00 p.m.

Join our downtown celebration featuring Norfolk’s best in shopping, tasting, and entertainment!

The community is once again coming together to celebrate the creative culture of Norfolk. Last year over 1,000 folks met us downtown for a record breaking party, and we’re ready to do it all again this year! Due to the scheduled beautification project in downtown Norfolk, we’ve temporarily relocated to Johnson’s Park! Just steps from downtown, we’re anticipating this to be our biggest party yet. Stay tuned to the Norfolk Arts Center website and Facebook page for more details as they’re added!  Learn More

Schedule of Events

Food Truck Rumble, 4:30-8:30 p.m. – Returning this year is the ever-popular Food Truck Rumble! Local food trucks are invited to participate in a friendly competition for the BEST food in Norfolk! Purchase your rumble pass to experience samples from each truck, vote for your favorite and we’ll announce the winners! Get your Food Truck Rumble Passports Here!


Vendor Sidewalk Sale, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. – NEW THIS YEAR! Downtown boutiques, local craftsmen, and artists will be present for an evening sidewalk sale! Peruse the fashions and crafts and take home something truly unique to Norfolk. To register as a vendor, visit this link! Vendor Registration (tables/chairs will not be provided to vendors)


Live Music, 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Enjoy the entertainment of live music from local and regional musicians! Check-out the lineup below:

  • Mason Michaels – Omaha, NE

  • Tucker Hill Citizen’s Brigade – Northeast Nebraska

  • Baker Explosion – Norfolk, NE

  • The Midland Band – Lincoln, NE

  • The Happy Accordions, Vesele’ Harmonicke’ – Clarkson, NE


Beer Garden, 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. – An open-air beer garden is a staple attraction of ‘Fork Fest! With a wide variety and selection of beers, you’re sure to find your favorite! Grab a drink and enjoy the music. (non-alcoholic beverages also available)

Cardboard Boat Competition, 5:15 – 6:00 p.m. – Back again this year is the fun cardboard boat building competition! The only rule is…your boat must float with four people aboard, beyond that you can do whatever you want! $100 for corporate teams (great team-building exercise for your staff!), $50 for non-corporate teams. Your entry fee contribution earns you FREE CARDBOARD for building! Register here! Individual Registration | Organization Registration

Antique Bicycle Show, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. – NEW this year is a partnership between the NAC ‘Fork Fest committee and the Oddfellow Lodge #46 to present an antique bicycle show. Visitors can expect to see over 30 antique bicycles and their owners, ask questions, and enjoy.

To volunteer for this event contact our Program Coordinator, Sara Putters, at 402.371.7199 | ***You must be at least 19 years of age to volunteer and shifts are short so you can enjoy the event, too!

2018: Riverpoint 'FORK FEST

Featuring the Norfolk Area Food Truck Rumble

Save the Date!!!

Friday, July 20, 2018


River Point 'Fork Fest will be Friday, July 20th in Downtown Norfolk

More details coming soon on the River Point 'Fork Fest Facebook page

2017: River Point 'FORK FEST

Featuring the Norfolk Area Food Truck Rumble

For the second year in a row, the Norfolk area will serve up a food fight of sorts, a rumble to be exact. Last year the Rumble was a part of the Hear Nebraska tour which was brought to 3rd & Norfolk Avenue under the watchful eyes of Norfolk's hometown hero, Johnny Carson.


This year will be similar, but the entire event will fall under the newly adopted name, 'Fork Fest. The name, based off of the tendency most Norfolkans have to mispronounce the town name as Nor-FORK rather than Nor-FOLK, will be represented by a brand new logo which shows an actual fork (yes the kind you eat with) twisted into the legendary "rock on" symbol. 

So, now that you have the basics, let's talk about the rest of the details.

8am - 6pm | Sidewalk Sales (Riverpoint in Downtown Norfolk)

Noon - 9pm | Float the Fork (Riverpoint Landing - 1st Street across from Johnson Park)

3pm | Float Your Fork (Riverpoint Landing - 1st Street across from Johnson Park)

4pm - 7pm | Hear Norfolk Bands Perform (Johnny Carson mural at 3rd & Norfolk Ave)

                        Featured Bands: The Begats, Baker Explosion and Tucker Hill Citizens Brigade.

4pm - 11:30 pm | Beer Garden (Johnny Carson mural at 3rd & Norfolk Ave)

5pm - 8:30 pm  | Food Truck Rumble (3rd Street between Norfolk Ave & Madison Ave)

7pm - 9pm | Dine and Drive classic car cruise (Norfolk Ave - 1st St, Omaha Ave - 13th St)

7pm - 11:30 pm | Hear Nebraska Music (Johnny Carson mural at 3rd & Norfolk Ave)

                                 Featured Bands: Kris Lager Band, Thick Paint, Hakim and The Ambulanters

These aren't the only events going on in the area. August 3 - 5 is going to be packed with tunes as 'Fork Fest is joined by the Eckophonic at Music in the Park on Thursday and an 80's tribute concert series featuring Rick Springfield and other hit bands out at the Divots Concert Series on Friday and Saturday night. 

If you like music, food, sales, cars and water, Norfolk has you covered. Make plans to get here and have a blast. 

Music Festival Weekend Flyer

2016: Food Truck Rumble

Local food trucks dish out a rumble

Center for Rural Affairs, Lyons, NE - Tacos vs. smoked ribs. Frozen treats vs. salads. 

Hundreds flocked to downtown Norfolk, Neb., on a warm Friday evening in late July for a taste of local food and local music. 

The focus? Food Truck Rumble. 

First food truck rumble set to happen downtown

Norfolk Daily News, NORFOLK, NE - Come hungry.

The inaugural Norfolk Area Food Truck Rumble is set to take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 29, in front of the Johnny Carson mural at the intersection of Third Street and Norfolk Avenue in downtown Norfolk.

Participants are urged to come hungry, mow down on some chow and vote for their favorite food vendor.

FRIDAY: Local Food Truck Vendors Come to You

US92, NORFOLK, NE — Food trucks have become a popular movement in Norfolk over the past few years.

This Friday, the Norfolk Area Small Business Team is bringing the people of Norfolk a Food Truck Rumble event, where local vendors come to the people.

Candice Alder, Economic Development Coordinator for the city of Norfolk says after seeing more food trucks pop up around town they figured this would be a great opportunity for the community to check out what these vendors had to offer.

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