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November/December 2018 Family & More

October 24, 2018 by , and

This calendar was printed in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.


Fall Chrysanthemum Show
Through Nov. 16 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. At the garden’s annual fall chrysanthemum show, bold mums combine with vibrant colors, diverse textures, and other design elements. Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Fall Chrysanthemum Show

Autumn Festival: An Arts & Crafts Affair
Nov. 1-4 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Hundreds of handcrafted works will be on display. Attractions include stage performances, food and drinks, and an hourly gift card winner. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $9 adults; $8 seniors (62+); free for children under 10. 402-934-6291.
ralstonarena.com

Sports All-Star Night
Nov. 2 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. The museum will stay open late for a fun night of sports-themed activities. 5-8 p.m. Admission: $13 children and adults; $12 seniors (60+); free for children under 2 and members. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

Veterans Shine On
Nov. 8 at Memorial Park, 6005 Underwood Ave. The lighting of the WWII Colonnade. Speakers, special guests, hot cocoa, and music will contribute to this night for honoring veterans. 6-7 p.m. . 402-444-5900.
parks.cityofomaha.edu

A Night at the Forbidden Forest
Nov. 9 at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N. Adults 21 and older can explore the Forbidden Forest, learn about magical creatures, and join in on a pub quiz. A costume contest provides a chance to win $25. One drink ticket included with admission. 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $20 for members, $30 for non-members. 402-731-3140.
fontenelleforest.org

A Holiday at Hogwarts
Nov. 10 at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N. Children of all ages can walk through the forbidden forest, visit the Sorting Hat, practice “swish and flick” wand moves and have a drink of Butterbeer (non-alcoholic, of course). Witch and wizard attire is encouraged and will be celebrated with a costume parade. 1-4 p.m. Tickets: $5 for members, $15 for non-members. 402-731-3140.
fontenelleforest.org

Holiday Expo: All About HER
Nov. 10 at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St. This year’s expo features all the latest in fashion, pampering, relaxation, fitness, and food. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $1. 435-229-8342.
allaboutherexpos.com

Camp Congress for Girls
Nov. 10 at Residence Inn Omaha Downtown, 106 S. 15th St. Girls ages 10 to 15 can participate in this day-long leadership program that teaches the structure of the U.S. political system and empowers young leaders to actively participate in democracy. Fees include lunch and program materials. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration: $140-$160. 202-660-1457.
girlsinpolitics.org

Blackstone District Walking Tour
Nov. 10 at Blackstone District, 42nd and Farnam Streets. This culinary adventure mixes Omaha’s history with Blackstone District restaurant offerings. 1 p.m. Tickets: $45. 402-651-0047.
omahaculinarytours.com

La Tea Da Specialtea Teas: Holiday Tea & Cup Decorating
Nov. 13 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Join tea master Gloria Kemerly to learn the history and tradition of loose leaf teas, discuss holiday tea blends, and decorate your own teacup. 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration required. Admission: $35 non-members, $25 members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

402 Family Night
Nov. 16 at Hardy Coffee Co, 6051 Maple St. Musician instructors from the collective will perform live, the gallery will feature local art, and there will be giveaways throughout the night. 6-8:30 p.m. Admission: free. 402-913-1939.
402artscollective.org

Junktoberfest Holiday Edition
Nov. 16-18 at Southroads Mall, 1001 Fort Crook Rd. N., Bellevue. Junktoberfest promises plenty of collectibles, furniture, and crafts, as well as food and DIY classes. 5-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 per person. 402-669-6975.
junktoberfest.net

Owl Prowl
Nov. 17 at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N. The forest hosts a night hike featuring hot cocoa around the fire pit, and a close up look at owls. 5-7 p.m. Admission: $3 members, $13 non-members. 402-731-3140.
fontenelleforest.org

Miracle on Farnam
Nov. 17-Jan. 1 in Midtown Crossing, 30th and Farnam Streets. Businesses along Farnam Street feature window displays created by local artists and organizations. Times vary. Admission: free. 402-557-6006.
midtowncrossing.com

Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 22 at the Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall, 14th & Farnam Streets. This community-wide celebration will culminate with the illumination of the 2018 holiday lights. 6 p.m. Admission: free. 402-345-5401.
holidaylightsfestival.org

Union Station Tree Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 23 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This event includes live music, cookie decorating, holiday crafts, and an appearance from Santa. These festivities lead up to the lighting of the indoor Christmas tree. 4-8 p.m. Tree lighting at 7 p.m. Admission: $11 adults; $8 seniors (62+); $7 children (3-12); free for children under 3 and members. Museum entry included. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

Holiday Poinsettia Show
Nov. 23-Jan. 6 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This annual exhibition displays thousands of plants, model trains, and miniature Omaha-area landmarks. Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Lights of Aksarben
Nov. 23 & 30, Dec. 7 & 14 at Stinson Park, 2285 S. 67th St. This annual event starts with the tree lighting on Nov. 23 and includes community activities (in a heated tent), free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and horse-drawn carriage rides. 6-8 p.m. Admission: free. 402-496-1616.
aksarbenvillage.com

Winter Wonderland
Nov. 24 in Downtown Papillion, 122 E. 3rd St. This small-town festival includes festive lights, carriage rides, hot chocolate and s’mores, visits with Santa and his reindeer, and holiday shopping. 5-9 p.m. Admission: free. 402-331-3917.
papillionfoundation.org

Holiday Cultural Festival
Nov. 30 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Learn how the world celebrates this joyful time of year. Over 20 local cultural organizations will display their crafts and traditional dress, while musicians and dancers perform throughout the evening. Cultural foods and gifts will also be available for purchase. 5-9 p.m. Admission: $11 adults; $8 seniors (62+); $7 children (3-12); free for children under 3 and members. Museum entry included. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

Christmas in the Village: Union Co-Op Member Market
Dec. 1 at 24th and Lake Streets. This event showcases the work being made by The Union for Contemporary Art’s Co-Op members, instructors, staff, and fellows. A wide array of gift items will be available for purchase. Noon-4 p.m. Admission: free. 402-933-3161.
u-ca.org

Wizard’s Yule Ball
Dec. 1 at Omaha Comfort Inn & Suites Central, 7007 Grover St. This Harry Potter-themed event includes dancing, trivia, games, owls, costumes, food, and magic classes. 6 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 ages 4-10.
britishfest.com

Santa at the Farm
Dec. 1 at Gifford Farm Education Center, 700 Camp Gifford Rd., Bellevue. Complete with cookies and hot chocolate, children can participate in animal and Santa visits, music, crafts, story time, and letter-writing. 10 a.m.-noon. Admission: $4 per child, free for accompanying adults. Families can get $1 off a children’s ticket if they bring a non-perishable food item for donation. 402-597-4920.
esu3.org

Winter Wonderland Opening Day at the Forest
Dec. 1 at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N. This event includes s’mores, cocoa, caroling, and a hike down the boardwalk to Ridge Trail, where children can meet Santa. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $3 for members, $13 non-members. 402-731-2403.
fontenelleforest.org

Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Dec. 1 & 2 at the Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs. More than 200 vendors sell their wares. Saturday patrons will receive a two-day re-entry stamp. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 adults; free for children age 10 and under. 712-326-2295.
caesars.com/mid-america-center

Night of Lights Walk
Dec. 2 at Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam Streets. This 5k and 10k walk includes cookies, hot chocolate, and door prizes. 4-6 p.m. Admission: $2 for fun walkers, $3 for credit walkers.
netrailblazers.club

Family Nights with Santa
Dec. 4, 11 & 18 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This museum event has holiday crafts and live performances by local choirs and ensembles along with Santa. 5-8 p.m. Admission: $11 adults; $8 seniors (62+); $7 children (3-12); free for children under 3 and members. Museum entry included. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

Curling World Cup
Dec. 5-9 at Ralston Arena, Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Omaha hosts the North American leg of the new Curling World Cup. The city signed a contract to host the event for its first four years. Times vary. Admission: $5-25 gate admission; $160 All Sessions Package; $55 Championship Package. 402-934-9966.
ralstonarena.com

Milk & Cookies with Santa
Dec. 7 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. The museum stays open late for a themed evening of holiday activities and treats. 5-8 p.m. Admission: $13 children and adults; $12 seniors (age 60+); free for children under 2 and members. Museum admission included. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

Family Gingerbread House Workshop
Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Families can build and decorate their own gingerbread house as well as view the houses on display. One gingerbread kit will be provided per family. Garden admission included. 10-11:30 a.m. Admission: $40 per non-member family, $30 per member family. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Royal Holiday Ball
Dec. 9 at DC Centre, 11830 Stonegate Drive. Santa and 15 of his fairytale friends will host this event with dinner, meet and greets, crafts, carriage rides, and of course, milk and cookies. Little ones are encouraged to dress as their favorite character. Session 1: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; session 2: 1:30-3:30 p.m.; session 3: 4-6 p.m. Tickets: $35-$50. Children under 2 free with an adult ticket. 402-393-7431.
dccentre.com

National Poinsettia Day
Dec. 12 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. The holiday poinsettia show offers all the opportunity to celebrate National Poinsettia Day. The first 100 families to visit the garden will receive a poinsettia (limit one per family) to celebrate. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children age 6-12, free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Supper with Santa
Dec. 20-23 at Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. Attendees can meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, have story time, decorate cookies, and eat dinner. 6-8 p.m. Admission: $25 for members, $30 for non-members 402-773-8401.
omahazoo.com

Penguins and Pancakes
Dec. 26-30 at Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. Guests can munch on pancakes while creating crafts and viewing visits from the African penguins inside the zoo’s Aquarium Conference Center. 9-10:30 a.m. Tickets: $15-$25. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 402-773-8401.
omahazoo.com

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular
Dec. 31 at Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall,14th & Farnam Streets. This incredible show fills the sky with bursts of color, choreographed to explode on cue to a unique musical score of iconic ’60s hits. 7 p.m. Admission: free. 402-345-5401.
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Noon Year’s Eve
Dec. 31 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Music from Dino O’Dell and the T-Rex All-Stars and special crafts and activities are on the lineup, along with the celebratory bubble wrap stomp and balloon drop at noon in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $11 adults; $8 seniors (62+); $7 children (3-12); free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

New Year’s Eve Bash
Dec. 31 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Guests will ring in the New Year with a countdown and evening activities at the museum. 5-8 p.m. Admission: $13 children and adults; $12 seniors (age 60+); free for children under 2 and members. Museum admission included. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

To The NYnes
Dec. 31 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. Guests will ring in the New Year with Channel 94.1, Absolut Vodka, and DJ Kor from Las Vegas. Pose for red carpet photos and enjoy refreshments at the all-inclusive experience. Single and group tickets are available. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets: $150 and up. Ages 21 and up. 402-915-2411.
newyearseveomaha.com

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November/December 2018 Calendar of Events

Art & Museum Exhibits
Stage Performances
Concerts
Family & More

Art & Museum Exhibits

SLICE
Through Nov. 4 at Darger HQ, 1804 Vinton St. Erin Foley’s art was inspired by tennis, and Michael Willett creates collages that manipulate Artforum exhibition advertisements into abstract compositions. Admission: free. 402-209-5554.
dargerhq.org

SLICE

Northwest Missouri State Faculty Invitational
Through Nov. 9 at the Weber Fine Arts Gallery, 6505 University Drive S. This exhibit will feature nine faculty members from NWMS, with painting, drawing, sculpture, pottery, and installation art. Admission: free. 402-554-2796.
unomaha.edu

Omaha Bug Symposium 2018
Nov. 17 at OutrSpaces, 1258 S. 13th St. The science/art extravaganza features entomology lectures by Dave Crane and Andy Matz, insect-themed live music, insect-infused treats, art and costume contests, and insect-themed art installations. Adult-oriented content. 7p.m.-12:30a.m. Pre-sale tickets: $10. 308-224-4130.
facebook.com/omahabugsymposium

Katie Temple and Todd McCollister
Through Nov. 23 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. This collaborative exhibition examines the cozy nostalgia associated with finding the perfect home and the memories made there. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
artscouncil.nebraska.gov

Katie Temple and Todd McCollister

Joe Pankowski
Through Nov. 30 at Petshop Gallery, 2725 N. 62nd St. This University of Nebraska-Omaha alum brings his sketches-turned paintings, films, gadgets, and more to the local gallery. Hours by appointment. Admission: free. 402-203-5488.
bensonfirstfriday.com/petshop

Marcela Díaz: Contemporary Textiles
Through Dec. 21 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. This exhibit represents the traditional textile fiber art of the Yucatan with works created using natural fibers of cactus and coconut. Admission: $5 adults; $4 college students; $3.50 K-12 students and seniors (ages 55+); free for active military, children under 5, and members. 402-731-1137.
elmuseolatino.org

Pattern and Purpose: American Quilts from the Shelburne Museum
Through Jan. 6 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Quilting is an art form that bridged the gap between domestic life and public display. This exhibit showcases 35 quilts that range from complex geometric designs to delicate patterns inspired by nature. Tickets: $10 general public ($5 on Thursdays, 4-8 p.m.); $5 college students; free for Joslyn members and ages 17 and younger. 402-342-3300.
joslyn.org

Richard Mosse
Through Jan. 6 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Conceptual photographer Richard Mosse studies localized conflicts that have broad social, political, and humanitarian implications. He uses surveillance imagery to map landscapes of human displacement. General admission: free. 402-342-3300.
joslyn.org

Richard Mosse

The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West
Through Jan. 6 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Organized in conjunction with the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, the exhibition’s original photographs and stereographs document completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. General admission: free. 402-342-3300.
joslyn.org

Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild
Through Jan. 6 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. The Durham Museum hosts the world premiere of 40 of this acclaimed nature photographer’s works. Admission: $11 adults; $8 seniors (62+); $7 children (3-12); free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship, and Smarts
Through April 14 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Children can test their skills by throwing footballs and baseballs, take aim on the mini soccer, hockey, and basketball courts, attempt a CrossFit course, practice curling, and bump, set, spike on multi-level volleyball nets. Admission: $13 children and adults; $12 seniors (ages 60+); free for children under 2 and members. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

Frank Daharsh, Dar Vandevoort, and Hope Dendinger
Nov. 2-Dec. 2 at Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th St. This month-long exhibit features blown-glass works by Daharsh and paintings by Vandevoort and Dendinger. Admission: free. 402-342-9617.
artistscoopomaha.com

Amy Haney: Ascend/Descend
Nov. 2-Dec. 2 at Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. Haney investigates the personalities and physical attributes found in various types of bird species in her large format prints. Haney will also display her Birds of Mass Destruction series that has been in progress for several years. Admission: free. 402-280-2509.
creighton.edu

Amy Haney: Ascend/Descend

Local African-Americans Who Served Their Country
Nov. 2-Jan. 26 at Great Plains Black History Museum, 2221 N. 24th St. This exhibit will feature local individuals who have served in the military, including the Tuskegee airmen who called Nebraska home. Admission: free. 402-932-7077.
gpblackhistorymuseum.org

Kristine Allphin and Signe Stuart
Nov. 2-25 at Anderson O’Brien Fine Art, 1108 Jackson St. This exhibit showcases paper pieces that are inspired by weaving and the natural order of things. Admission: free. 402-884-0911.
aobfineart.com

Rosana Ybarra
Nov. 2-Dec. 28 at Petshop Gallery, 2725 N. 62nd St. University of Nebraska-Lincoln instructor Ybarra will show her sculpture and other artworks. Hours by appointment. Admission: free. 402-203-5488.
bensonfirstfriday.com/petshop

2018 Union Fellows Exhibit
Nov. 16-Dec. 15 at The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. Artists Chikadibia Ebirim, Dominique Morgan, Pamela Conyers-Hinson, Ashley Laverty, and Barber will showcase their works, which range from painting and sculpture to musical performance and live theater. Admission: free. 402-933-3161.
u-ca.org

2018 Union Fellows Exhibit

Holiday Cultural Trees
Nov. 23-Jan. 6 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This holiday fixture showcases how cultures around the world celebrate the Christmas season. Admission: $11 adults; $8 seniors (62+); $7 children (3-12); free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

Santa’s Magic
Nov. 23-Dec. 23 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. This OCM tradition includes an interactive show with indoor snowfall, an elf, the Snow Queen, and of course, Santa Claus. Admission: $13 children and adults; $12 seniors (60+); free for children under 2 and members. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

Bart Vargas: AMALGAMATIONS
Nov. 30-Jan. 25 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. Inspired by pop culture, Vargas’ works stand out as playful and entertaining ceramic figures. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
artscouncil.nebraska.gov

Hot Shops Art Center’s 18th Annual Winter Open House
Dec. 1 & 2 at Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St. Guests can sip refreshments, browse the galleries, and learn how artists create their work in this open house featuring over 80 artists. A non-perishable food donation is encouraged. Saturday noon-8 p.m; Sunday noon-5 p.m. Admission: free. 402-342-6452.
hotshopsartcenter.com

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Stage Performances

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience
Nov. 3 & 4 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The supernatural star of TLC’s Long Island Medium will deliver healing messages to audience members and tell personal stories of her job. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $44.75-$94.75. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

The Secret Garden
Nov. 3, 7-10,14-18 at UNO Theatre, 6505 University Drive S. This musical tells the story of a young Mary Lennox and dives into the subjects of discovery and friendship. 7:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. matinée on Nov. 18. Tickets: $20 general admission, free for UNO students with MavCard. 402-554-7529.
unomaha.edu

Writer’s Workshop Reading Series: Joshua Ferris
Nov. 7 at Weber Fine Arts Gallery, 6505 University Drive S. Bestselling author Joshua Ferris discusses his books and shares expertise on the craft of writing in this final installment of the Fall 2018 Reading Series. 7:30 p.m. Admission: free. 402-554-3020.
unomaha.edu

Comedy Night
Nov. 9 & 10 at Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. This special event includes hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a comedy show in the Aquarium Conference Center. 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets: $50 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 402-773-8401.
omahazoo.com

The Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up 2018
Nov. 9 & 10 (locations TBD). Poets from around the country will compete in this annual poetry slam hosted by the Nebraska Writers Collective. Preliminary rounds begin 7 p.m. Friday, continuing 3 p.m. Saturday, with finals at 7 p.m. Registration fee: $20 (limited to 24 participants). Admission: $10 suggested donation.
newriters.org

Adam Devine: “Weird Life Tour 2018”
Nov. 10 at Orpheum Theatre 409 S. 16th St. The up-and-coming comedian/actor (famous for roles on Comedy Central’s Workaholics, ABC’s Modern Family, and the Pitch Perfect movie franchise) will return to his Omaha hometown for recording a Netflix comedy special. Adult content. Back-to-back performances: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Celeste Barber
Nov. 15 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This actress, comedian, and social media star will explain the stories behind her famous #ChallengeAccepted Instagram photos, her new relationships with celebrities, and what it is like to be married to a #hothusband. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$50. 402-345-7569.
theslowdown.com

A Christmas Carol
Nov. 16-Dec. 23 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Audiences will experience the well-known tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his life-changing journey, featuring local actors and crafted sets even a ghost of Christmas past would love. Showtimes vary. Ticket prices start at $40. 402-553-0800.
omahaplayhouse.com

An Evening with Rita Moreno
Nov. 16 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The winner of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards will perform her newest all-Spanish language album, Una Vez Más, in this evening of experiences, anecdotes, and a songbook full of stories. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$55. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Wild Kratts Live 2.0!
Nov. 16 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This live version of the PBS Kids show Wild Kratts takes audiences on an animal rescue mission led by brothers and zoologists Martin and Chris Kratt. 6 p.m. Tickets: $25-$45. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

The Phantom of the Opera
Nov. 21-Dec. 2 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This second version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical features the same beloved story and score with different staging. Times vary. Tickets: $35-90. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

An Act of God
Nov. 23-Dec. 16 at Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. This godly comedy by David Javerbaum features the supreme being himself, and 10 new commandments. Times vary. Tickets: $35 adults, $28 students and seniors. 402-345-1576.
bluebarn.org

Yesterday and Today
Nov. 23-Dec. 31 at Omaha Community Playhouse Howard Drew Theatre, 6915 Cass St. Audiences become a part of the British Invasion with this all-request Beatles tribute show by sharing stories and reliving memories. Showtimes vary. Ticket prices start at $40. 402-553-0800.
omahaplayhouse.com

Omaha Symphony: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert
Nov. 24-25 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Ernest Richardson conducts a performance of the music behind the cultural phenomenon live-to-picture. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Elf: The Musical
Nov. 30-Dec. 23 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Based on the successful book and movie, live through the story of Buddy the Elf, er… human. Buddy travels on a quest from The North Pole to New York City in this fun Christmas tale. Times vary. Tickets: $22-$27 non-members; $15-$20 members. 402-345-4849.
rosetheater.org

Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration
Dec. 8-16 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This traditional production of festive favorites and Christmas classics returns with performances from the Omaha Symphony, and Broadway singers and dancers. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Dec. 15 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The beloved TV special classic dashes off screen and onto the stage with favorite characters like Santa and Mrs. Claus, The Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, and of course, Rudolph. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$56. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

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Concerts

Gregory Alan Isakov
Nov. 2 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. Inspired by masters such as Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen, this singer-songwriter will perform songs about his life travels. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show. 402-346-9802.
sokolauditorium.com

Carl Broemel
Nov. 3 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This rock musician, known for his contributions to My Morning Jacket, will perform from his new self-titled album Wished Out. Steelism will open the show. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance, $18 day of show. 402-884-5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet
Nov. 3 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Mixing jazz and electronic styles with his extraordinary drumming, Mark Guiliana and his crew will entertain the 1200 Club audience in Scott Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. 402-345-0606
ticketomaha.com

Lil Xan: “Total Xanarchy Tour”
Nov. 3 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. See this 21-year-old American rapper tour hits like “Betrayed,” “Moonlight,” and “Wake Up.” 8 p.m. Tickets: $32-$96. 402-346-9802.
sokolauditorium.com

Emily Kinney: “Same Mistakes Tour”
Nov. 4 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Kinney is known for her singing and songwriting, as well as her character Beth Greene on AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead. Paul McDonald will open the show. 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. 402-884-5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

WHY?: “Alopecia 10-Year Anniversary Tour”
Nov. 5 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This indie-rock band will celebrate their most successful album, Alopecia, 10 years after its release. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance, $17 day of show. 402-884-5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Ghost: “A Pale Tour Named Death”
Nov. 6 at Orpheum Theatre, 409 S. 16th St. This Swedish rock band is a previous winner of Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. 8 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$199. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Wild Nothing
Nov. 6 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This American indie-rock/dream-pop band will bring their newest album, Indigo, on tour this fall. Men I Trust will open the show. 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 advance, $23 day of show. 402-345-7569.
theslowdown.com

Gary Clark Jr.
Nov. 7 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Clark is a bluesy soul, known for his remix of The Beatles’ “Come Together.” 8 p.m. Tickets: $29.50-$49.50. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Newsboys United
Nov. 8 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This four-piece Christian rock band, formed in 1985, will be joined by two former members on tour. 7 p.m. Tickets: $30-$105. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Nov. 10 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. This country-blues band, led by master finger-picker Reverend Peyton, will perform their unique music. 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-884-5707.
reverblounge.com

Julian Vaughn: Bona fide
Nov. 11 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This bassist performs smooth jazz with a hint of funk. This show includes special guests DA Truth, Tim Clark, and DJ Houston Alexander. 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 advance, $30 day of show, $40 VIP. 402-884-5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Mendelssohn’s Elijah
Nov. 11 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Mendelssohn’s classic oratorio about the prophet Elijah is sung by a 500-voice chorus and professional soloists. 2 p.m. Tickets: $19-$72. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Beartooth: “The Disease Tour”
Nov. 13 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. This hardcore punk band will play their newest album, Disease. Described as vintage screamo, they are sure to leave the audience shaken and thrilled. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $22. 402-346-9802.
sokolauditorium.com

Keith Harkin
Nov. 14 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Harkin performed as a member of Celtic Thunder for nearly a decade, and released his first solo album in 2012. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35 general admission, $55 meet and greet, $75 soundcheck party. 402-884-5707.
reverblounge.com

The Talbott Brothers
Nov. 15 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. This duo will perform a combination of folk, rock, and blues with brotherly love. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-884-5707.
reverblounge.com

El Ten Eleven
Nov. 16 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Post-rock duo Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty will bring their complex, self-produced albums to life. 9 p.m. Tickets: $12 advance, $14 day of show. 402-345-7569.
theslowdown.com

John Prine and Conor Oberst
Nov. 17 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Singer-songwriter Prine released his first LP in 1971. After winning two Grammy Awards and recording with the likes of Carly Simon, George Strait, Johnny Cash, and more, he teams up with Omaha indie singer-songwriter Oberst for a night to remember. 8 p.m. Tickets: $63.75-$103.75. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

John Prine and Conor Oberst

Jeremy Camp and Matthew West: “The Answer/All In Tour”
Nov. 17 at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St. These contemporary Christian artists showcase their newest albums. 7 p.m. Tickets: $28-$65. 402-554-6200.
omavs.com

Local H: “Pack Up the Cats Tour”
Nov. 17 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Alt-rock band Local H is touring to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their third album, Pack Up the Cats. 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-884-5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Shallou
Nov. 17 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Maryland native Shallou is an emerging electronic musician and producer. Japanese Wallpaper opens. 9 p.m. Tickets: $14 advance, $16 day of show. 402-345-7569.
theslowdown.com

The Floozies: “Crown of Horns Tour”
Nov. 17 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. Brothers Matt and Mark Hill will perform their funk EDM beats. SoDown and Recess will open the show. 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show. 402-346-9802.
sokolauditorium.com

Cannibal Corpse
Nov. 20 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This eight-piece death metal band has released 14 studio albums. Hate Eternal and Harms Way will also perform. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 advance, $27 day of show. 402-884-5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

The Prince Experience
Nov. 24 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. The performance will include all of Prince’s greatest hits. 9 p.m. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show. 402-345-7569.
theslowdown.com

Holiday Concert Series
Nov. 24-Dec. 23 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Local entertainers, school musicians, and choirs will perform under the glow of the Durham’s Christmas tree. Visit the museum’s website for updated listings. 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $11 adults; $8 seniors (62+); $7 children (3-12); free for children under 3 and members. Museum entry included. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

Pale Waves
Nov. 25 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This six-piece English indie-pop band is known for an edgy, yet upbeat sound. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance, $17 day of show. 402-345-7569.
theslowdown.com

Underoath
Nov. 26 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. This rock band’s newest album, Erase Me, is their first since 2010. 7 p.m. Tickets: $27.50. 402-346-9802.
sokolauditorium.com

98 Degrees at Christmas
Nov. 29 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The turn-of-the-millennium boy band will bring their full-length Christmas album to life for a holiday spectacular. This new tour is a fan’s wish list fulfilled. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $32-$62. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

The Motet
Dec. 1 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The Motet is a jazz-influenced American funk group. Mungion will open the show. 9 p.m. Tickets: $21 advance, $25 day of show. 402-884-5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Joyful Noise
Dec. 2 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The Salem Baptist Church will perform holiday classics and new music in this holiday special. 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

San Holo
Dec. 4 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. This Dutch artist and producer blends guitar and vocals for a distinctive sound among today’s DJs. Chet Porter, Taska Black, and BeauDamian will also perform. 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show. 402-346-9802.
sokolauditorium.com

The Wood Brothers
Dec. 4 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This folk band is composed of brothers Chris and Oliver Wood and friend Jano Rix. 8 p.m. Tickets: $23 advance, $26 day of show, $30 reserved seating. 402-345-7569.
theslowdown.com

Justin Timberlake: “The Man of the Woods Tour”
Dec. 8 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. JT performs his new live show, highlighting songs from his most recent album, The Man of the Woods. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: starting at $135. 402-341-1500.
chihealthcenteromaha.com

Dave Koz and Friends: “Christmas Tour 2018”
Dec. 10 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist Dave Koz will perform Christmas classics and hit songs with an impressive roster of guest vocalists and musicians. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$60. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Travis Scott: “Astroworld—Wish You Were Here Tour”
Dec. 10 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Known for his explosively wild performances, this Houston rapper will bring music from his Astroworld album to life on stage. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $26-$79. 402-341-1500.
chihealthcenteromaha.com

Travis Scott: “Astroworld–Wish You Were Here Tour”

Aqueous
Dec. 11 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This four-man improvisational rock act is best known for their “groove rock.” 8 p.m. Tickets: $13 advance, $15 day of show. 402-884-5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Daughtry: “Cage to Rattle Tour”
Dec. 11 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This “Life After You” singer released a new album this past summer. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $44-$64. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Mannheim Steamroller
Dec. 22 & 23 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Since changing the game for Christmas music in 1984, Mannheim Steamroller’s holiday tour has become an annual tradition. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $38.25-$78.25. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas
Dec. 28 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Brickman, who has traveled the U.S. on 22 annual holiday tours, will showcase new music and holiday favorites for everyone in attendance. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $28-$58. 402-345-0606.
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Family & More

Fall Chrysanthemum Show
Through Nov. 16 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. At the garden’s annual fall chrysanthemum show, bold mums combine with vibrant colors, diverse textures, and other design elements. Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Fall Chrysanthemum Show

Autumn Festival: An Arts & Crafts Affair
Nov. 1-4 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Hundreds of handcrafted works will be on display. Attractions include stage performances, food and drinks, and an hourly gift card winner. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $9 adults; $8 seniors (62+); free for children under 10. 402-934-6291.
ralstonarena.com

Sports All-Star Night
Nov. 2 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. The museum will stay open late for a fun night of sports-themed activities. 5-8 p.m. Admission: $13 children and adults; $12 seniors (60+); free for children under 2 and members. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

Veterans Shine On
Nov. 8 at Memorial Park, 6005 Underwood Ave. The lighting of the WWII Colonnade. Speakers, special guests, hot cocoa, and music will contribute to this night for honoring veterans. 6-7 p.m. Admission: free. 402-444-5900.
parks.cityofomaha.edu

A Night at the Forbidden Forest
Nov. 9 at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N. Adults 21 and older can explore the Forbidden Forest, learn about magical creatures, and join in on a pub quiz. A costume contest provides a chance to win $25. One drink ticket included with admission. 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $20 for members, $30 for non-members. 402-731-3140.
fontenelleforest.org

A Holiday at Hogwarts
Nov. 10 at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N. Children of all ages can walk through the forbidden forest, visit the Sorting Hat, practice “swish and flick” wand moves and have a drink of Butterbeer (non-alcoholic, of course). Witch and wizard attire is encouraged and will be celebrated with a costume parade. 1-4 p.m. Tickets: $5 for members, $15 for non-members. 402-731-3140.
fontenelleforest.org

Holiday Expo: All About HER
Nov. 10 at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St. This year’s expo features all the latest in fashion, pampering, relaxation, fitness, and food. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $1. 435-229-8342.
allaboutherexpos.com

Camp Congress for Girls
Nov. 10 at Residence Inn Omaha Downtown, 106 S. 15th St. Girls ages 10 to 15 can participate in this day-long leadership program that teaches the structure of the U.S. political system and empowers young leaders to actively participate in democracy. Fees include lunch and program materials. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration: $140-$160. 202-660-1457.
girlsinpolitics.org

Blackstone District Walking Tour
Nov. 10 at Blackstone District, 42nd and Farnam Streets. This culinary adventure mixes Omaha’s history with Blackstone District restaurant offerings. 1 p.m. Tickets: $45. 402-651-0047.
omahaculinarytours.com

La Tea Da Specialtea Teas: Holiday Tea & Cup Decorating
Nov. 13 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Join tea master Gloria Kemerly to learn the history and tradition of loose leaf teas, discuss holiday tea blends, and decorate your own teacup. 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration required. Admission: $35 non-members, $25 members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

402 Family Night
Nov. 16 at Hardy Coffee Co, 6051 Maple St. Musician instructors from the collective will perform live, the gallery will feature local art, and there will be giveaways throughout the night. 6-8:30 p.m. Admission: free. 402-913-1939.
402artscollective.org

Junktoberfest Holiday Edition
Nov. 16-18 at Southroads Mall, 1001 Fort Crook Rd. N., Bellevue. Junktoberfest promises plenty of collectibles, furniture, and crafts, as well as food and DIY classes. 5-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 per person. 402-669-6975.
junktoberfest.net

Owl Prowl
Nov. 17 at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N. The forest hosts a night hike featuring hot cocoa around the fire pit, and a close up look at owls. 5-7 p.m. Admission: $3 members, $13 non-members. 402-731-3140.
fontenelleforest.org

Miracle on Farnam
Nov. 17-Jan. 1 in Midtown Crossing, 30th and Farnam Streets. Businesses along Farnam Street feature window displays created by local artists and organizations. Times vary. Admission: free. 402-557-6006.
midtowncrossing.com

Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 22 at the Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall, 14th & Farnam Streets. This community-wide celebration will culminate with the illumination of the 2018 holiday lights. 6 p.m. Admission: free. 402-345-5401.
holidaylightsfestival.org

Union Station Tree Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 23 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This event includes live music, cookie decorating, holiday crafts, and an appearance from Santa. These festivities lead up to the lighting of the indoor Christmas tree. 4-8 p.m. Tree lighting at 7 p.m. Admission: $11 adults; $8 seniors (62+); $7 children (3-12); free for children under 3 and members. Museum entry included. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

Holiday Poinsettia Show
Nov. 23-Jan. 6 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This annual exhibition displays thousands of plants, model trains, and miniature Omaha-area landmarks. Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Lights of Aksarben
Nov. 23 & 30, Dec. 7 & 14 at Stinson Park, 2285 S. 67th St. This annual event starts with the tree lighting on Nov. 23 and includes community activities (in a heated tent), free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and horse-drawn carriage rides. 6-8 p.m. Admission: free. 402-496-1616.
aksarbenvillage.com

Winter Wonderland
Nov. 24 in Downtown Papillion, 122 E. 3rd St. This small-town festival includes festive lights, carriage rides, hot chocolate and s’mores, visits with Santa and his reindeer, and holiday shopping. 5-9 p.m. Admission: free. 402-331-3917.
papillionfoundation.org

Holiday Cultural Festival
Nov. 30 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Learn how the world celebrates this joyful time of year. Over 20 local cultural organizations will display their crafts and traditional dress, while musicians and dancers perform throughout the evening. Cultural foods and gifts will also be available for purchase. 5-9 p.m. Admission: $11 adults; $8 seniors (62+); $7 children (3-12); free for children under 3 and members. Museum entry included. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

Christmas in the Village: Union Co-Op Member Market
Dec. 1 at 24th and Lake Streets. This event showcases the work being made by The Union for Contemporary Art’s Co-Op members, instructors, staff, and fellows. A wide array of gift items will be available for purchase. Noon-4 p.m. Admission: free. 402-933-3161.
u-ca.org

Wizard’s Yule Ball
Dec. 1 at Omaha Comfort Inn & Suites Central, 7007 Grover St. This Harry Potter-themed event includes dancing, trivia, games, owls, costumes, food, and magic classes. 6 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 ages 4-10.
britishfest.com

Santa at the Farm
Dec. 1 at Gifford Farm Education Center, 700 Camp Gifford Rd., Bellevue. Complete with cookies and hot chocolate, children can participate in animal and Santa visits, music, crafts, story time, and letter-writing. 10 a.m.-noon. Admission: $4 per child, free for accompanying adults. Families can get $1 off a children’s ticket if they bring a non-perishable food item for donation. 402-597-4920.
esu3.org

Winter Wonderland Opening Day at the Forest
Dec. 1 at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N. This event includes s’mores, cocoa, caroling, and a hike down the boardwalk to Ridge Trail, where children can meet Santa. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $3 for members, $13 non-members. 402-731-2403.
fontenelleforest.org

Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Dec. 1 & 2 at the Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs. More than 200 vendors sell their wares. Saturday patrons will receive a two-day re-entry stamp. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 adults; free for children age 10 and under. 712-326-2295.
caesars.com/mid-america-center

Night of Lights Walk
Dec. 2 at Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam Streets. This 5k and 10k walk includes cookies, hot chocolate, and door prizes. 4-6 p.m. Admission: $2 for fun walkers, $3 for credit walkers.
netrailblazers.club

Family Nights with Santa
Dec. 4, 11 & 18 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This museum event has holiday crafts and live performances by local choirs and ensembles along with Santa. 5-8 p.m. Admission: $11 adults; $8 seniors (62+); $7 children (3-12); free for children under 3 and members. Museum entry included. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

Curling World Cup
Dec. 5-9 at Ralston Arena, Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Omaha hosts the North American leg of the new Curling World Cup. The city signed a contract to host the event for its first four years. Times vary. Admission: $5-25 gate admission; $160 All Sessions Package; $55 Championship Package. 402-934-9966.
ralstonarena.com

Milk & Cookies with Santa
Dec. 7 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. The museum stays open late for a themed evening of holiday activities and treats. 5-8 p.m. Admission: $13 children and adults; $12 seniors (age 60+); free for children under 2 and members. Museum admission included. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

Family Gingerbread House Workshop
Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Families can build and decorate their own gingerbread house as well as view the houses on display. One gingerbread kit will be provided per family. Garden admission included. 10-11:30 a.m. Admission: $40 per non-member family, $30 per member family. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Royal Holiday Ball
Dec. 9 at DC Centre, 11830 Stonegate Drive. Santa and 15 of his fairytale friends will host this event with dinner, meet and greets, crafts, carriage rides, and of course, milk and cookies. Little ones are encouraged to dress as their favorite character. Session 1: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; session 2: 1:30-3:30 p.m.; session 3: 4-6 p.m. Tickets: $35-$50. Children under 2 free with an adult ticket. 402-393-7431.
dccentre.com

National Poinsettia Day
Dec. 12 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. The holiday poinsettia show offers all the opportunity to celebrate National Poinsettia Day. The first 100 families to visit the garden will receive a poinsettia (limit one per family) to celebrate. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children age 6-12, free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Supper with Santa
Dec. 20-23 at Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. Attendees can meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, have story time, decorate cookies, and eat dinner. 6-8 p.m. Admission: $25 for members, $30 for non-members 402-773-8401.
omahazoo.com

Penguins and Pancakes
Dec. 26-30 at Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. Guests can munch on pancakes while creating crafts and viewing visits from the African penguins inside the zoo’s Aquarium Conference Center. 9-10:30 a.m. Tickets: $15-$25. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 402-773-8401.
omahazoo.com

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular
Dec. 31 at Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall,14th & Farnam Streets. This incredible show fills the sky with bursts of color, choreographed to explode on cue to a unique musical score of iconic ’60s hits. 7 p.m. Admission: free. 402-345-5401.
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Noon Year’s Eve
Dec. 31 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Music from Dino O’Dell and the T-Rex All-Stars and special crafts and activities are on the lineup, along with the celebratory bubble wrap stomp and balloon drop at noon in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $11 adults; $8 seniors (62+); $7 children (3-12); free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

New Year’s Eve Bash
Dec. 31 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Guests will ring in the New Year with a countdown and evening activities at the museum. 5-8 p.m. Admission: $13 children and adults; $12 seniors (age 60+); free for children under 2 and members. Museum admission included. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

To The NYnes
Dec. 31 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. Guests will ring in the New Year with Channel 94.1, Absolut Vodka, and DJ Kor from Las Vegas. Pose for red carpet photos and enjoy refreshments at the all-inclusive experience. Single and group tickets are available. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets: $150 and up. Ages 21 and up. 402-915-2411.
newyearseveomaha.com

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September/October 2018 Family & More

La Festa Italiana
Through Sept. 2 at American Italian Heritage Society, 5110 N. 132nd St. This 34th annual festival features authentic Italian food, wine, beer, fireworks, games, dancing, and more. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-11 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5.50 in advance, $7 at the door, free for children under 12 with an adult. 402-493-8888.
omahaitaly.com

SeptemberFest
Through Sept. 3 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Omaha’s annual salute to labor includes live music, a carnival, arts and crafts, food, and more. In addition, the festival ends with Omaha’s largest parade on Labor Day. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday-Monday; 10 a.m. Labor Day parade. Admission: $7 per person ages 6 and up, per day, free for children under 5. 
septemberfestomaha.org

Midwest Paranormal History/Ghost Tours
Through Oct. 19 at various locations. Explore the sinister past of Omaha and learn about the spooky legends and lore. Hear the stories and reports of paranormal activity and go on a ghost hunt. Various types of tours are available. Time is based on sunset. Admission: $10-$20 per person, reserve by phone. 402-953-9670.
mphtours.com

Centered: Let Us Face the Reality of Our Time Without Panic
Sept. 1 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. Participate in learning about the healing arts through meditation, artistic practices, laughter, humor, and more. Find guidance from professionals in the field and leave refreshed and calm. 6-8 p.m. Tickets: $24. 402-341-3800.
thekaneko.org

38th Annual Zoo Run
Sept. 2 at Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium 3701 S. 10th St. Lace up your shoes or sharpen your claws to participate in this annual fun run. All participants will receive medals, bagels, bananas, and free zoo admission on the day of the five-mile run and two-mile run/walk. 6-9 a.m. Registration cost: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers. Advanced registration available online. 402-738-2038.
omahazoo.com

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Sept. 6 at Joslyn Art Museum Witherspoon Concert Hall, 2200 Dodge St. Attend a viewing of the 1975 British classic. A cash bar will also compliment the feature film. 5 p.m. cash bar, 6:30 p.m. movie. Admission: $5 Joslyn members, $10 general public. 402-661-3862.
joslyn.org

Gerda’s Oktoberfest
Sept. 7-8 at Gerda’s Restaurant and Bakery, 5180 Leavenworth St. Attend this annual Oktoberfest, which will consist of plenty of food, beer, and bands. 5 p.m. Admission: free. 402-553-6774. 
gerdasgermanrestaurant.com

Jamborama: Omaha Swing Dance Festival
Sept. 7-9 at Eagles Ballroom, 201 S. 24th St. Take part in the 16th year of swing dance workshops, contests, and live music. 6 p.m. Registration: $15 Saturday late night pass-$200 full weekend pass. 402-208-3006. 
jitterbugs.org


Sept. 8-9 at Rockbrook Village, 108th and Center Streets. More than 150 national, regional, and local artists will display and sell their one-of-a-kind works of art. Spend the day browsing quality art and meeting talented creators. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: free. 402-390-0890.
rockbrookvillageartfair.com

All-European Show and Shine
Sept. 9 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Spend your afternoon strolling through the gardens, marveling at European cars and motorcycles on display. Models will include Porsche, Ferrari, Jaguar, and more. A narrated tram tour will also be available. Noon-3 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children (6-12), free for children under 6 and members; $3 tram rides. Includes entrance to the gardens. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Oktoberfest Celebration
Sept. 14-15 at 3717 S. 120th St. Take part in the classic Oktoberfest event with traditional German food and entertainment. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday. Admission: $5 adults, free for children under 12 and active military members. 402-333-6615.
germanamericansociety.org

Third Annual Omaha Food Truck Rodeo
Sept. 14 outside Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Taste a variety of dishes from 15 food trucks, listen to a DJ, visit beer gardens and outdoor bars; seating throughout Benson. 4-11 p.m. Admission: free. 402-884-5707.
reverblounge.com

27th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow
Sept. 15 at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus, 5300 N. 30th St. This celebration of Native American culture honors the traditional dance, music, artistry, oral history, and foods of various tribes across Nebraska and the surrounding region. 1-7:30 p.m. Admission: free. 531-622-2253.
mccneb.edu

Fall Festival on the Farm
Sept. 15-16 at Gifford Farm Education Center, 700 Camp Gifford Road, Bellevue. Take part in animal visits, educational sessions, raffles, scavenger hunts, concessions, pony rides, and more at this fun seasonal event. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $5 for ages 2 and older, $2.50 for military personnel with ID. Pony rides are $5 extra. 402-332-5771.
esu3.org

Omaha Marathon & Half Marathon
Sept. 16 starting at TD Ameritrade Park, 1200 Mike Fahey St. Register to run either 13.1 or 26.2 miles and attempt to beat your personal best. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. $15-95. 402-341-1500.
omahamarathon.com


Sept. 20-23 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Attend one of the community’s most beloved traditions. Listen to lectures, attend luncheons, and walk through design and antique exhibits throughout the garden. Times vary. Tickets: $10-$150. 402-346-4002.
omahaantiqueshow.org

Huber Haus Oktoberfest
Sept. 21-22 at Huber Haus, 3578 Farnam St. Take part in the 17th annual Oktoberfest celebration, which includes live polka music, German food,and lots of beer. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday; noon-2 a.m. Saturday. Admission: $5 ages 21 and up. 402-345-1708.
beercornerusa.com

Who are you? An Identity Workshop
Sept. 22 at Omaha Public Library, Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St. Omaha Little Girls Rock offers this free Saturday session for girls age 4-9. Little rockers will explore themes of identity through music-based programming. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (ages 4-6), 1:30-3:30 p.m. (ages 7-9). Admission: free. 402-321-2252.
omahagirlsrock.org

Open NOH8 Photo Shoot
Sept. 22 at Metropolitan Community Church, 819 S. 22nd St. Become a part of the NOH8 (No Hate) Campaign, a photography project dedicated to promoting human rights. Come in NOH8’s signature look—a clean white T-shirt—and be prepared to have a temporary tattoo applied to your skin. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Prices: $40 single photos; $25 per person in group or couples photos. 402-345-2563.
noh8campaign.org

Junkstock: Harvest Edition
Sept. 28-30 at Sycamore Farms, 1150 River Road Drive, Waterloo. Savor the festive fall adventure that is Junkstock, a seasonal event that brings antique and craft vendors, food, live music, and plenty of photo opportunities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $10+. 402-765-8651.
junkstock.com

Omaha’s River City Rodeo
Sept. 28-29 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. After a two-year hiatus, the rodeo is back with seven events, including steer wrestling, team roping, and bull riding. World-champion cattle handlers will compete for entry into the National Finals Rodeo. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $17-$42. 402-341-1500.
chihealthcenteromaha.com

Turner Park Night Market
Sept. 28 at Turner Park in Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam St. Omaha Farmer’s Market teams up with Turner Park to feature local artisans, vendors, activities, food, and more. Local nonprofits will also engage in the festivities to showcase their service opportunities. 6-10 p.m. Admission: free. 402-557-6006. 
midtowncrossing.com

Nebraska Reptile Breeders Expo
Sept. 30 at Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St. Explore the scaly and slimy by visiting 55 tables of vendors, all showcasing thousands of snakes, lizards, turtles, and amphibians. Purchase supplies or books, learn about conservation efforts, or even go home with a new pet. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-12, free for children under 6. 402-778-6313.
nebherp.org

Omaha Baby Fair
Sept. 30 at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St. All parents, whether expecting or already on the job, are encouraged to take part in this event. The event includes over 50 vendors, free safety classes and activities, maternity photos, swag bags, and more.10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets: $8 advance, $12 at the door, free for children 12 and under. 402-320-2879.
omahababyfair.com

Marvel vs. DC Night
Oct. 5 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Enjoy a superhero theme for the Children’s Museum’s First Friday Family Date Night. This month’s theme is epic, where attendees can meet characters, try themed activities and enjoy a late night of play at the museum. 5-8 p.m. Admission: $13 children and adults, $12 seniors, free for children 2 and younger and members. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

Market to Market Relay
Oct. 6 beginning in Aksarben Village, 2285 S. 67th St. Participate in Nebraska’s Market to Market Relay, the largest day-long relay in the nation. With 19 exchange points spanning over 76 miles from Omaha to Lincoln, participants follow trails, paved streets, and gravel roads through a scenic slice of Nebraska. Limited to 600 teams. 3 a.m.-noon. Registration: $550-$1040 per team. Advanced registration available online. 402-937-8518.
markettomarketrelay.com

Sports Card Show
Oct. 7 at Hilton Garden Inn Omaha East, 2702 Mid America Dr., Council Bluffs. A hit for sports lovers and collectors from the Midwest, the Card Shop will host this show to allow fans to pick up some cards for their collections and mingle with other fans. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: free. 402-807-5220.
thecardshopomaha.com

Monster Jam
Oct. 12-14 at Mid America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs. The ultimate monster trucks will compete against each other in this fan-favorite showcase of mechanical beasts. 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15-$45. 712-323-0536.
caesars.com

Bubble Run
Oct. 13 at Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion. Take part in a 5K run where participants get to run through foam and bubbles at each kilometer. Colorful foams, DJ jams, and free swag will be included in registration. 8 a.m.-noon. Registration: $50-65; children 4 and under run for free with paid adult registration. Advanced registration available online. 402-738-5100.
bubblerun.com

41st Annual Witches Tea
Oct. 13 at Mangelsen’s, 3457 S. 84th St. With Halloween crafts and games, bounce houses, treats, prizes, and a costume contest, attendees will be full of festive spirit at one of Omaha’s longest-running Halloween events. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: free. 402-391-6225.
mangelsens.com

Holiday Meats Cooking Class
Oct. 18 at Fireplace Stone & Patio of Omaha, 13709 Industrial Road. Learn how to prepare meals for the upcoming holiday season. Participants will sample food and understand the cooking process or turkey, beef tenderloin, and prime rib. Refreshments and goodie bags will be provided. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission: $60-$75. 402-807-2684.
fireplacestonepatio.com

So You Wanna Use Your Voice? A Change-Making Workshop
Oct. 20 at Omaha Public Library South Branch, 2808 Q St. This Omaha Little Girls Rock Saturday session will use music to empower Omaha’s smallest superstars to speak up for what they believe. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (ages 4-6), 1 p.m-3 p.m. (ages 7-9). Admission: free 402-321-2252.
omahagirlsrock.org

Monster’s Ball
Oct. 20 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Dance the monster mash at this family-friendly ball. Meet characters, dance, and eat spooky, festive food. 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $10 per person for members, $25 per person for nonmembers. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

Second Annual Midwest Coffee and Tea Festival
Oct. 21 at Mid America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs. Taste and buy samples of coffee and tea from local vendors, plus attend seminars. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets: $5 adults, free for children 12 and under. 402-302-1752.
midwestcoffeeandteaexpo.com

Healthy Trick-or-Treat Nights
Oct. 23 and 30 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Dress up in a Halloween costume and get ready to trick-or-treat indoors at the museum. Trick-or-treaters will get healthy treats and the chance to play in the museum. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission: $13 children and adults, $12 seniors, free for children under 2 and members. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

Ghoulish Garden Adventure
Oct. 28 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Dress up in costume for this special event. Explore the visitor and education centers, visit the gardens, and trick-or-treat at different activity stations. Noon-4 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children (6-12), free for children under 6 and members. Includes regular garden admission.
lauritzengardens.org

Haunted Houses

Omaha’s haunted houses deliver an array of thrills from the maze-like Mystery Manor, to the Haunted Hollow Theme Park, which is located on a seven-acre farm. Camp Fear is one of the most immersive and horrifying attractions in Nebraska, where organizers encourage only the bravest souls to camp overnight. Enter if you dare…

 Camp Fear (Riverwest Park, 23301 West Maple Road, Elkhorn) Opens Sept. 14: Fridays and Saturdays; October, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Camp check-in begins at 4 p.m. and all attractions begin at dark.
campfearomaha.com

 Carnival of Terror (1209 Jackson St.) Opens Sept. 28: Dusk-10 p.m. weekdays, dusk-midnight weekends.
—”Carnival of Terror” on Facebook

 Haunted Hollow Theme Park (12501 Giles Road) Opens Sept. 28. 7-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 
hauntedhollowomaha.com

 Mystery Manor (716 N. 18th St.) Opens Sept. 14. September times vary; October, dusk-10 p.m. weekdays, and dusk-midnight weekends. 
mysterymanoromaha.org

 Ranch of Terror (11001 S. 48th St.) Opens Sept. 28. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7:30-10 p.m. Sundays.
bellevueberryfarm.com

 Scary Acres (17272 Giles Road) Opens Sept. 14: 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Sundays in September; 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays in October.

Fall isn’t complete without a visit to at least one of the area’s many pumpkin patches. Most locations offer attractions from hayrack rides and corn mazes to bonfires, spooky trails, delicious seasonal treats, and more. 

Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Ranch (11001 S. 48th St.) Opens Sept. 21. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 
bellevueberryfarm.com

Harvest Moon Farm (1410 US-77, Oakland, Neb.) Opens Sept. 17. Noon-6 p.m. Fridays; Noon-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
harvestmoonoakland.com

Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch (3935 NE-133, Blair) Opens Sept. 9. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays.
skinnybonespumpkinpatch.com

Wenninghoff’s Farm Pumpkin Patch (6707 Wenninghoff Road) Opens Oct. 1. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
wenninghoff.com

 Vala’s Pumpkin Patch (12102 S. 180th St.) Opens Sept. 14. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
valaspumpkinpatch.com


Event times and details may change.
Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

This calendar was printed in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

July/August 2018 Family & More Calendar

June 20, 2018 by and

Family & More

Farmers Markets

Gardening season is open in Omaha, and those desiring fresh produce will find plenty of options in the area, along with artisan cheeses, farm-raised meats, freshly baked breads, assorted treats, and craft items.

• Aksarben Village (67th and Center streets) 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays.

• Council Bluffs (Bayliss Park) 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays.

• Gifford Park (33rd and California streets) 5-8 p.m. Fridays.

• Florence Mill (9102 N. 30th St.) 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays.

• Old Market (11th and Jackson streets) 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays. 

• Papillion (84th and Lincoln streets) 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays.

• Rockbrook Village (2800 S. 110th Court) 4-7 p.m. Thursdays.

• Village Pointe (168th and Dodge streets) 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Free Movies

Laugh, cry and relax with classic movies under the stars this summer. Bring a blanket or chair, and enjoy the show. All movies begin at dusk.

• Flix at the Chef (Behind Dairy Chef in Elkhorn, 3223 N. 204th St.): July 14, Aug. 11.

• Midtown Crossing (Turner Park, 3110 Farnam St.): Mondays through July 30.

• Movies in the Park (Bayliss Park, 100 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, IA): Fridays through Aug. 10.

• SumTur Starlight Movies (SumTur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St., Papillion). Aug. 3, 10.

Midtown Crossing Monday Night Movies: through July 30

The Great American Lobster Fest
Through July 1 at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, 4200 Ave. B, Council Bluffs. The Midwest’s largest lobster and seafood festival comes to Council Bluffs. Enjoy live lobster, live music, family-friendly games, activities, shopping, and more. Noon. Admission: $5 adults, free for children 12 and under. 773-754-7105.
americanlobsterfest.com

Get Fit in the Park
Sundays through Oct. 14 in Stinson Park, 2285 S. 67th St. Enjoy the sunshine and direction of professional fitness instructors with yoga and Zumba classes. 10 a.m. Admission: free. 402-496-1616.
aksarbenvillage.com

Kids Funfare
Thursdays through July 26 at Center Court, 120 Regency Parkway. Kids will enjoy a variety of local, family-friendly entertainment Each week is something different. 10 a.m. Admission: free. 402-506-4376.
regencycourtomaha.com

Midwest Paranormal History/Ghost Tour
Fridays and Saturdays through October at various locations in Omaha. Learn of the macabre legends, lore, and haunted history of Omaha through stories of the sites and reports of paranormal activity. Time based on sunset. Admission: $10-$20. 402-953-9670.
mphtours.com

Leashes at Lauritzen
July 2,9; Aug. 6, 13 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Dogs are welcome to explore the grounds and enjoy the outdoors. Heel for family photos, learn about local dog-related non-profits, and enjoy treats/samples. 5-8 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 for children or dogs, free for garden members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Ralston Fourth of July Festival
July 3-4 at Independence Square, 77th and Main streets. One of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in the Metro area features a fun walk/run, a quilt show, children’s parade, live music, a full-scale parade and fire department water fights. Event times vary. Admission: free (entry fees required for some activities). 402-339-7737.
ralstonareachamber.org

Red, White and Zoo!
July 4 at Henry Doorly Zoo, 3701 S. 10th St. This special event includes bounce houses, music, and special animal encounters. The first 800 people will receive a free patriotic gift. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $21.95 adults 12+, $15.95 children 3-11, free to children 2 and under. $1 discount for seniors, active-duty military, and children of active-duty military. 402-733-8400.
omahazoo.com

Yoga in the Garden
Every Thursday in July and August at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Come to the gardens and practice yoga with a trained instructor. People of all abilities are welcome to participate. Times vary. Admission: $15 for non-members; $10 for members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Omaha Beer Fest
July 6-7 at Horsemen’s Park, 6303 Q St. Enjoy unlimited 2-oz. samples of craft beers, ciders, and meads from 60 participating breweries, along with Beer Academy Sessions and live music. 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $35 advanced, $40 at the door, $75 VIP. 402-731-2900.
omahabeerfest.com

RiverFest
July 6-7 at Haworth Park, 2502 Payne Dr., Bellevue. This regional festival has live music, a beer garden, a kids zone, fireworks, helicopter rides, and a state champion barbecue competition. 3 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday. Admission: $1. 402-898-3000.
bellevuenebraska.com

Douglas County Fair
July 10-15 at multiple locations: Village Pointe Shopping Center (17305 Davenport St.), Chance Ridge Event Center (506 Skyline Road, Elkhorn), Metropolitan Community College (10407 State St.). Enjoy food, displays, and attractions at the Douglas County Fair’s new multi-location venues. Organizers are creating an event focused on education and community to blend urban and rural family fun. Parking is not available at Chance Ridge. Shuttles will transport the public from Village Pointe and MCC. Times vary. Admission: free. 402-516-5826.
douglascountyfair.org

American Solar Challenge Kickoff Event
July 13-14 at Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Center, 601 Riverfront Drive. Teams in the American Solar Challenge will start their 1,700+ mile journey to Oregon in Omaha. Food, music, historical re-enactors, and cultural demonstrations will be a part of the event, along with displays of the vehicles making the trek. 3-7 p.m. Friday; 8-10 a.m. Saturday. Admission: free. 402-661-1804.
americansolarchallenge.org

O Comic Con
July 13-15 at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs. Fans can meet actors, artists, and writers. Panels, merchandise and crowds of people dressed as favorite characters will be in attendance at this event. Noon-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $30-$35, or $55 for a three-day pass. 712-323-0536.
ocomiccon.com

O Comic Con: July 13-15

Rhythm Weekend: Omaha Jazz and Tap Dance Festival
July 12-15 at Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 38, 201 S. 24th St. Enjoy a weekend full of workshops, dance battles, showcases, history, and more. Master tap and jazz dancers from around the world will share their passion. Times vary. Tickets: $30-$250. 402-208-3006.
jitterbugs.org

Brew at the Zoo
July 14 at the Henry Doorly Zoo, 3701 S. 10th St. Patrons (21+ only) can sample four limited-edition beers, and enjoy food, animal encounters, and live music. 8-11 p.m. Admission: $70 members, $80 non-members, $120 VIP. 402-733-8400.
omahazoo.com

The Color Run 5K
July 14 at CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St. The popular traveling 5K comes back to Omaha. Participants run the route, while paint powder colors the streets—and the runners. 8-11 a.m. Runner tickets: $14.99 children 5 and under, $24.99-$49.99 adults. No charge to watch the race. 402-341-1500.
thecolorrun.com

Railroad Days
July 14-15, various locations. This family-friendly festival celebrates all things trains and tracks. Locations include The Durham Museum, Lauritzen Gardens, Union Pacific Railroad Museum, RailsWest Railroad Museum, and General Dodge House. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $15 pass for two adults and two children. 402-444-5071.
omaharailroaddays.com

LGBT Wedding Expo
July 15 at Sheraton Omaha Hotel, 655 N. 108th Ave. Browse, mingle, and connect with local wedding professionals and leave with plenty of ideas. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Admission: free. 402-496-0850.
rainbowweddingnetwork.com

Pinnacle Bank Golf Championship
July 16-22 at The Club at Indian Creek, 3825 N. 202 St. The PGA tour is back with the Web.com Tour, featuring 156 golfers and 72 holes. The top 25 money winners will advance to the PGA tour. Times vary. Admission: $10-$40. 402-991-2525.
thepinnaclebankchampionship.com

Turner Park Night Market
July 27, Aug. 31 at Turner Park in Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam St. Omaha Farmer’s Market teams up with Turner Park to feature local artisans, vendors, activities, food, and more. Local nonprofits will also engage in the festivities to showcase their service opportunities. 6-10 p.m. Admission: free. 402-351-5954.
midtowncrossing.com

Benson Days
July 28-29 in Benson, Maple St. between 58th and 63rd streets. This family-friendly event celebrates Benson’s creative culture. Activities include a pancake breakfast, a parade, artists, vendors, food trucks, live music, and more. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: free.
bensondays.com

Benson Days: July 28-29

Nebraska Asian Festival
July 28 at Lewis and Clark Landing, 345 Riverfront Drive. Enjoy food, activities, and cultural performances at this family-oriented event about Asian heritage. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission: $5; free for children under 12. 402-216-9081.
nebraskaasianfestival.com

New American Arts Festival
Aug. 3 in Benson, Military Ave. and Maple St. Celebrate the arts, ideas, and cultures of Omaha’s refugee and immigrant communities with workshops, performances, art, food, and music. 4-11 p.m. Admission: free. 402-203-5488.
bensonfirstfriday.com

Canvas and Chocolates
Aug. 4 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Participants can paint under the direction of a trained artist while snacking on themed chocolates. Art supplies and treats are provided. Noon-2 p.m. Tickets: $49. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

River’s Edge Taco Fest
Aug. 4 at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, 4200 Ave. B, Council Bluffs. This festival will showcase 20 of the metro’s best taco-centric restaurants, local and national music artists, and a Chihuahua race. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of event, $100 VIP.
riversedgetacofest.com

Riverfront ribFest
Aug. 9-12 at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, 4200 Ave. B, Council Bluffs. Barbecue, games, and rides are featured in this event, which includes six award-winning barbecue teams bringing ribs to the riverfront and music by Travis Tritt, Uncle Kracker, the Spin Doctors, and more. Sunday activities include a church service and horse show. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 adults (until 3 p.m.), $10 after 3 p.m.; $5 kids (age 16 and under).
riverfrontribfest.com

Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air and Space Show
Aug. 10-12 at Offutt Air Force Base, 205 Looking Glass Ave. F-22 Raptor and F-35A Lightning II demonstration teams will headline this show, which is back after a one-year hiatus. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: free. 402-294-8880.
offuttairshow.com

High Vibe Festival
Aug. 11 at Stinson Park, 2285 S. 67th St. Good vibes abound with activities such as a 5K run, live music, yoga all day, workshops, and plant-based food. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Tickets: $10-$108. 402-496-1616.
aksarbenvillage.com

Nebraska Balloon and Wine Festival
Aug. 10-11 at Coventry Campus, 204th and Q streets. Sip Nebraska wines and enjoy hot air balloon launches. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 3-11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $14-$19 adults; $7 children under 12; free for children 5 and under. 402-346-8003.
new.showofficeonline.com

Omaha Comic Book Convention
Aug. 12 at Comfort Inn & Suites Central, 7007 Grover St. Comic book lovers from near and far are invited to present and purchase comic books and collectible items like action figures and trading cards. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: free. 309-657-1599.
epguides.com/comics

Big Omaha
Aug. 16-17 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. The Big Omaha conference continues to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. In tandem with the Maha Music Festival, the conference will include keynote speakers, special guests, networking opportunities, and a notable opening party for the weekend. Party TBA Thursday, conference 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday with music festival afterwards. Tickets: $250-$325.
mahamusicfestival.com

Omaha’s Original Greek Festival
Aug. 17-19 at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 602 Park Ave. Live music, folk dancing, authentic Greek cuisine, a Greek boutique, and more. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $3. 402-345-7103.
greekfestomaha.com

Terrain Racing: Omaha
Aug. 18 at the Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch, 11001 S. 48th St., Papillion. This 5K and obstacle course allows participants to embrace the mess and enjoy a fun,  hands-on workout. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets: $35-$100. 402-331-5500.
terrainracing.com

Omaha Fashion Week
Aug. 20-25 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. The country’s fifth largest fashion event features more than 40 designers, 400 models, and hundreds of creations. 6-10 p.m. Admission: $40-$80. 402-937-1061.
omahafashionweek.com

Millard Days
Aug. 21-26 at Andersen Park, 136th and Q streets. This full week of activities includes a parade, a carnival, a beer garden, horse shows, and live music. Times vary. Admission: free ($25 for carnival). 402-697-5258.
millarddays.com

Dundee Day
Aug. 25 in the Dundee neighborhood, 50th Street and Underwood Ave. The day includes the Rundee 5K, a pancake tent, parade, beer garden, vendors, a farmers market, and live music. 8:30 a.m. Admission: free. 678-873-4591.
dundee-memorialpark.org

SeptemberFest
Starting Aug. 31 at CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Lot D. This “Salute to Labor” festival offers four days of entertainment, educational and artistic displays, a carnival, Omaha’s largest parade, a beer garden, a Kiddie Kingdom, and food. Times vary. Admission: $5 per person, per day. The parade is free to attend. 402-341-1500.
septemberfestomaha.org


Event times and details may change.
Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

2018 March/April Family & More

Family & More

Omaha Beef 2018 Preseason Game
March 2 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Missing football? Arena football starts with this preseason exhibition game, which promises to be lots of fun. 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402-934-9966.
ralstonarena.com

Benson First Friday
March 2 and April 6 in Benson (Maple and 59th to 63rd streets). Art galleries, bars, music venues, and cultural institutions of Benson collaborate on the first Friday of every month with a showcase of local arts and culture. 4 p.m. Recurring the first Friday of each month.
bensonfirstfriday.com

First Friday Old Market
March 2 and April 6 at the Old Market. Walk the distinctive brick streets of the Old Market to live music, ride Ollie the Trolley for free between venues, and ignite your imagination with art at this free event. 6-9 p.m. Recurring the first Friday of each month.
firstfridayoldmarket.com

2018 Chinese New Year Gala
March 3 at Burke High School, 12200 Burke St. Ring in the Year of the Dog at this annual event put on by the Nebraska Chinese Association. The Chinese New Year’s Gala showcases the Chinese culture and heritage through cuisine, traditional performances, a lion dance, and other cultural activities. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. $20 members, $30 non-members.
omahachinese.net

Omaha Film Festival
March 6-11 at Village Pointe Cinema, 304 N. 174th St. This film festival celebrates motion pictures big and small. Local filmmakers will showcase their work alongside special previews and releases that are coming to Omaha just for this event. Festival parties after screenings allow film aficionados to mingle with filmmakers. Times vary. Tickets: $100 all-access pass, $70 all-films pass, $70 weekend pass. Tickets to individual films available at the box office. 402-203-8173.
omahafilmfestival.org/

Signs of Spring Hike
March 17 at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N. Search for signs of spring, such as new growth and animal activity, with this spring hike. 9:45-11 a.m. Admission: $9.50 adults, $8.50 seniors (62+), $7.50 youths (2-17), and free for children under age 2 and members. 402-731-2403.
fontenelleforest.org

Omaha Rollergirls Green Out/Military Appreciation Night
March 17 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Come support Omaha’s all-female roller derby league. Wear green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and show your appreciation for those in uniform. 6 p.m. Admission: $12 adults, $6 children ages 4-10, free for kids under 3. Buy one get one free adult ticket for any military person with a valid ID. 402-934-9966.
ralstonarena.com

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous
March 20 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Travel back in time with paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim as he explains how he rediscovered spinosaurus before it was lost to science. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $11-$26. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, midwest regional
March 23 and 25 at CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St. Watch March Madness in Omaha as Creighton University hosts the Midwest Regional. 6 p.m. Tickets: $125-$150 single session, $250-$300 all sessions. 800-745-3000.
centurylinkcenteromaha.com

Fairy Faire
March 24 at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N. Dress up and meet some forest fairies while building fairy houses, making crafts, blowing bubbles, having your face painted, and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $15 for non-members, $5 for members. 402-731-3140.
fontenelleforest.org

31st Annual Orchid Show and Sale
March 24-25 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. View orchid displays from local and international growers, and return home with a plant of your own as an array of orchids will be available for purchase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children (6-12), free to children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Junkstock
April 6-8 at Sycamore Farms, 1150 River Road Drive. This Omaha-grown vintage festival features more than 200 “junk” vendors from across the country, accompanied by live music, food, and activities for younger kids. 8 a.m. early birds, 10 a.m. general admission. Admission: $10 one-day pass, $20 three-day pass, $30 three-day early bird pass, $50 early bird season pass. 402-765-8651.
junkstock.com

Harlem Globetrotters
April 6 at CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St. This iconic, internationally recognized group bring their entertainment and basketball skills to Omaha. 7 p.m. Tickets: $20-$111. 800-745-3000.
centurylinkcenteromaha.com

Spring Festival
April 6-8 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Hundreds of the nation’s finest artists and crafters display and sell their handcrafted works. Live entertainment, family fun, food, and drink accompany the shoppers. Times vary. Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors (62+), free to children under 10. 402-934-9966.
ralstonarena.com

The International Omaha Horse Competition
April 12-15 at CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Come watch the speed, execution, and the competitive spirit of both rider and horse at this world-class indoor horse jumping and dressage competition. Free expo events will feature interactive displays and activities for all ages—including opportunities to meet eight different breeds of horses, a treasure hunt, and hands-on exhibits. Tickets: all-session passes for three dressage contests cost $75 (April 12-14); all-session passes for three jumping contests cost $75 (April 13-15). Individual session tickets cost $12.50-$30. VIP tickets cost $400-$600. 402-930-3079.
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Omaha Zine Fest 2018
April 14 at The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. Omaha’s third annual zine festival features creators from across the country. Whether you like poetry, comics, art, or all of the above, this is a fun, free event for the whole family. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Free. 402-933-3161.
omahazinefest.org

Earth Day Omaha
April 21 at Elmwood Park, 60th and Dodge streets. This event combines science, education, music, food, and fun. Spend a relaxing day outside learning and enjoying the atmosphere. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: free.
earthdayomaha.org

Jurassic Park
April 28 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Return to Isla Nublar for Steven Spielberg’s original dinosaur epic. John Williams’ heart-pumping score amplifies the action to thrilling new heights. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$79. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

TREEmendous Arbor Day Celebration
April 28 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Celebrate Nebraska’s homegrown holiday at Lauritzen Gardens. Children who dress like a tree will get in free. The first 100 households will receive a free tree seedling. 9 a.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 for children 6-12, free for garden members and children under 6. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.