Signature Events

Unique offerings in & around Minden

Blue Jeans & BBQ


The Chamber began this fun event in 2015 as Chamber partners wanted to bring the community together and salute the agriculture industry in particular. Minden is very dependent on agriculture for its livelihood – and we wanted to gather to network and celebrate the people who invest in our agricultural businesses! The event usually takes place at the Kearney County Fairgrounds and includes a catered BBQ dinner and live entertainment. All are welcome to attend! Tickets can be purchased from the Chamber.

Minden DAWG Days

(June or July)

Minden DAWG Days happen each summer in downtown Minden and include loads of family fun like a cornhole tournament, volleyball tournament, street dance, and car show! This celebration corresponds with the Minden High School All-Class Reunion each year. There’s a walking tour of the historic buildings around the town square, bounce houses, food trucks, and a band concert. This is a wonderful opportunity to gather as a community and enjoy the many good things that build community spirit in our town!

July 4th Fireworks


Join us for city-wide fireworks each July as we celebrate the Independence of our great nation!

Fair, 4H, and AG Appreciation BBQ


There’s nothing like a good, old county fair! 4H activities, carnival rides, funnel cakes, and our annual Ag Appreciation BBQ with our local famous brisket and pulled pork! Mmmmm, mmm! We’d love to have you join us! Tickets can be purchased here on the website or through the Chamber directly.

Minden Bandfest

(September or October)

Plan to come to Minden for the annual Minden Bandfest! This parade of bands from all over the area always proves to be an exciting event. The parade is free and the field competition in the afternoon is only a minimal fee. Great entertainment right here in town!

Halloween Parade


This parade, geared toward kids, is held on the square each October. Costumes are encouraged and the candy is flowing!

Christmas Traditions Festival


Christmas caroling, Christmas on the Prairie at Pioneer Village, Christmas City Tour of Homes, Rotary Club Pancake Feed, Letters to Santa, city-wide Christmas lights competition, Live Nativity, Santa and reindeer, Christmas parade, Gift wrapping and bake sale by Holy Family Catholic Church at the Minden Opera House, Choir Concert with Soup supper to follow at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Polar Express

Ladies Night Out


Ladies! Join Minden businesses and direct sales representatives for a fun event of holiday shopping at the Minden Opera House. This even includes great sales, giveaways, raffles, beverages, and MORE! Treat yourself to a night out on the town.

Shop Local Saturday

(November or December)

Shop Local Saturday is a day dedicated to purchasing goods and services from our very own, Minden-based businesses. Come on out and support local businesses and organizations for all your shopping needs!

Light of the World Pageant


This event on the square in downtown Minden is a beautiful light festival and celebration of the true meaning of Christmas. It ends with fire pits and s’mores on the square and is a ‘staple’ of the Minden Christmas tradition!

Miss Christmas City Pageant


This event is an actual pageant held at the Minden Opera House. Come watch the candidates in their beautiful evening gowns, displaying their talents for our local community.

Christmas City 5k Run & Little Elf Run


For the past 12 years, the Chamber has hosted this fun event! Costumes are encouraged and the top three runners in each category will medal. There are 4 age groups and a male and female devision in each: age 15 and under, ages 16-30, ages 31-45, and ages 46 and over. Even if you aren’t a runner yourself, you can support and encourage those who are!

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