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Summer Fete: 120th Anniversary Celebration

The "most elaborate lawn fête" hosted by George and Sarah Joslyn in 1897 was a celebration of what was to come on the 5.57 acres of their undeveloped property. Not a stone had been laid, but the future was bright and spirits were high. They wanted to share their joy with the community - and they did, with their "most brilliant affair."

Here we are, 120 years after the completion of the Castle in 1903, and the same feelings of optimism and anticipation are echoed among the staff, board, volunteers, and community as we look forward to the next 120 years. Join us in celebrating where we've been, and most importantly, where we're going at our Summer Fete: 120th Anniversary celebration!

On August 19th, 2023, we invite you to partake in the magic and the history that we enjoy every day on the estate grounds of George and Sarah Joslyn.  We are excited to continue their legacy and celebrate this milestone anniversary with you! 

Guests at the Summer Fete enjoy activities and merriment inside the Castle and throughout the gardens prior to an elegant meal under a tent nestled among the flower beds. It's a truly one-of-a-kind event in Omaha, inspired by the original fete hosted by the Joslyns. 

Proceeds raised at the Summer Fete go toward the continued preservation and restoration of the historic jewel located in the heart of Midtown Omaha. Be a part of the next 120 years with your friends at Joslyn Castle & Gardens!

2022 Summer Fete

In keeping with the original Fete's traditions, guests at this year's event will enjoy many of the same activities the Joslyns planned for their 1897 soiree. Attendees will be treated to a cocktail reception with pre-dinner drinks, live music, performances, and lawn games, followed by dinner and live auctions.

Revelers are encouraged to embrace the throwback theme and come in garden party attire: lawn dresses, seersucker, straw hats, and suspenders!

Check-in begins at 6 p.m. followed by the event with a cocktail reception around the Castle grounds at 6:30 p.m., and dinner at 7:30 p.m. on the north lawn.

The Summer Fete is our largest annual fundraiser that helps us preserve and restore the Joslyns' legacy and their historic home and gardens. Help us in our ongoing efforts to make Joslyn Castle & Gardens a place that is open, accessible and inclusive to all by reserving your seat or table today!


Sponsorship Levels:

$25,000 Orchid Sponsor
Two tables for 8 with priority seating. Full page ad in event program.
Cocktail party for up to 25 guests at a later date.

$10,000 Iris Sponsor
Table for 8 with priority seating.
Logo on all materials and special recognition.
Full page ad in event program.

$5,000 Violet Sponsor
Table for 8.
Logo on all materials and special recognition.
Quarter page ad in event program.

$3,000 Wisteria Sponsor
Table for 8.
Logo on all materials and special recognition.

$1,500 Peony Sponsor
Table for 8.
Logo in event program and select signage

$200 Patron Ticket (individual)
Dinner for one.

Unable to attend, but would like to donate?