Sunset Orchard & Cider Tasting

  • September 2 - 16, 2023
  • Vala's Pumpkin Patch & Apple Orchard

    12102 South 180th Street
    Gretna, Nebraska 68028
Ticket Price $15.00-$35.00 This event is now over


Join us for an extra-special, adult only evening of apple picking paired with a guided tasting of our most exclusive farmcrafted hard ciders. 


Join us at the U-Pick Apple Shed (located near the Cider Mill), where you will load onto a tractor ride out to our beautiful orchard to be greeted by our Orchard Hosts with your first pour of cider. Pick honeycrisp apples and enjoy an at-your-own-pace guided tasting of our hard ciders, including our brand new Nebraska Heirloom cider and our 2022 Harvest Honeycrisp cider. Learn about Vala’s orchard facts and history, relax around the communal fire pit, play corn hole, and stroll the beautiful orchard at sunset. 


Ticket includes tractor ride to the orchard, 2 lbs of pick-your-own honeycrisp apples, a guided cider tasting with four 5 oz pours, a Vala’s Cider tasting glass, and a drink token for an additional pour of cider (to be redeemed in the orchard or at one of our cider locations).


Purchase tickets for this event online (limited quantity) OR the day of (limited availability) at our U-Pick Apple Shed, located by the Cider Mill. Hayracks will depart from the U-Pick Apple Shed every 20 minutes between 6pm and 7:20pm (last rack departs for the orchard at 7:20pm).


Must be 21 years of age or older to attend. This event is weather dependent.


Designated Driver (non-alcoholic) option: $15, and includes 3 pours of sweet, non-alcoholic cider



  • Cider and Sunflower Festival Friday and Saturday evenings
  • September 2, 9, 15, 16
  • 6pm - 8pm (Tractors depart every 20 minutes between 6pm and 7:20pm. The experience is at your-own-pace.)

COST: $35 / $15 for Designated Driver


  • Tractor Ride to the Orchard
  • Guided tasting
  • Drink Token - can be redeemed in the orchard or at a cider location
  • Souvenir Glass
  • 2 lbs of Honeycrisp Apples (¼ peck bag)
  • Communal Fire Pit, corn hole
  • 5 oz bottle pours of:
    • 2021 Goldrush Dry
    • 2022 Nebraska Heirloom 
    • Amaze-Gin Grape
    • 2022 Harvest Honeycrisp
  • Non-alcoholic option (no drink token included)
    • Vala’s Original Apple Cider
    • Vala’s Honeycrisp Apple Cider
    • Vala’s Balaton Cherry Apple Cider
Date & Time

Sep 2 - 16, 2023

Venue Details

Vala's Pumpkin Patch & Apple Orchard

12102 South 180th Street
Gretna, Nebraska 68028 Vala's Pumpkin Patch & Apple Orchard
Vala's Pumpkin Patch

Over the years, a trip to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch has become a tradition for many families. As we head into our 38th year of operation, we are proud to welcome a second generation of parents who remember visiting Vala’s when they were children. As thousands of eager guests flood Vala’s Pumpkin Patch in the fall, it’s hard to believe it all started as a small business with a simple vision of creating a family-friendly, farm experience.