Old Settlers

Old Settlers is the annual town celebration of North Bend, dating back to 1889 when it was a gathering of the area's original settlers and their families. Since then, the Old Settlers Picnic has evolved into three days of festivities, rides, reunions and fun. Old Settlers is organized and sponsored by the North Bend Area Chamber of Commerce.


Old Settlers 2021 will be June 25-27. The full schedule is linked at the yellow button below. At this time we are planning for a full go and full schedule for Old Settlers 2021!

Featured entertainment: We are excited that our featured entertainment on Old Settlers Sunday will be the stirring music of the Omaha Pipes and Drums corps. They will be marching in the parade and performing a show Sunday afternoon. Harkening back to North Bend's Scots-Irish roots, nothing stirs the emotions like bagpipes! 

Beer Garden shifts: If you are able to volunteer to work a shift or shifts at the beer garden, click the blue button below to sign up for the shift and job you want.

New events for 2021:

Music in the beer garden: Friday night will feature live music in the beer garden during the Welcome Home Barbecue, starting with Angie Kriz and the Polkatoons oom-pahing for your entertainment at 4:30 p.m. Following at about 6:30 will be the groovy rock tunes of Mojo Filter. 


Water Fights are back! A regular feature of Old Settlers of yesteryear returns! See area fire departments battle to see who is handiest with the hose Sunday after the parade. 

Light the Way to Pave the Way: Take a stroll through the arboretum trails surrounding the North Bend Central fields with the torches lighting your way! This Friday night event is a fundraiser to finish off the paving of the Franklin-Cotterell Greens trails. 

Alumni and Reunion School Tours, Documentary Screening: Invite all of your classmates back for the class reunion to take a tour of NBC high school Saturday at 3 p.m. Revisit your youth and see all the dramatic changes made in the past several years. Also at 3 p.m. at the school will be a screening of the "Rising Above: the North Bend Flood" documentary. 

Some things to plan ahead for:

Pride of the Platte Photography Exhibit: Enter your self-take photos. Free to enter. Ribbons to the favorite photos as voted on by visitors. Please make photo prints 8x10s or larger. More info.

Old Settlers Road Run: 5K or 1 mile run/walk. Click here for registration form and more info. Race packets can be picked up 6-7 Friday night in the beer garden/barbecue.  

Old Settlers Craft Fair: Saturday 9-3. Homemade items, gifts, decor and more! Vendors can reserve space by calling Sherry Raymond at 402-657-7495. Click here for more information.

Old Settlers Car Show: Saturday, June 26. Registration $20 day of the show between 9 and 10:30 a.m. No preregistration. 

Old Settlers Cornhole Tournament: Saturday at 1. $30 for a 2-person team. Limited to first 32 teams to register. Three-game guarantee. E-mail northbendbags@gmail.com to sign up. See more.

Kickball Tournament: Saturday. Contact Cheryl Wietfeld to sign up a team.

Golf Scramble: Sign up for Saturday's Old Settlers Golf Scramble by contacting the North Bend Golf Course.

Kiddie Parade:  4 p.m. Saturday. Kids can dress up, walk or ride through the 1-block parade. Prizes for everyone! 

Old Settlers Parade:  2 pm. Sunday, June 27. No preregistration, no fee. Register and stage at NBC high school between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. 

Old Settlers is

June 25-27, 2021


There's fun to be had for all ages at Old Settlers.

The Old Settlers schedule is published in the weeks preceding the celebration, but annual features include:

• DC Lynch Carnival Rides

• Sunday Parade

• Car Show

• Welcome Home Barbecue

• Wine and Beer Tasting

• Pizza Feed

• Pride of the Platte Photography Exhibit

• Alumni Golf Tournament

• Beer Garden

• Baseball Games

• Kids Games and Races

• Kids Tractor Pull

• Community Worship Service

• Kickball Tournament

• Cornhole Tournament

• Bingo

• Food Stands

• Plus Lots More!