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January/February 2019 Family & More

January 4, 2019 by , and

Miracle on Farnam
Through Jan. 1 in Midtown Crossing, 30th and Farnam streets. During this holiday season, visitors can stroll Farnam Street and browse window displays created by local artists and organizations, presented by The Afternoon. Times vary. Cost: free. 402-557-6006.
—midtowncrossing.com

THE CAPITOL DISTRICT ICE RINK
Through Jan. 21 at the Capitol District, 10th and Capitol Ave. This Holiday Lights Festival tradition is alive and well in a new location. The rink is available well after the lights turn off for the season, so folks can skate during those dull days of January. Times vary. Admission: $10, which benefits Food Bank for the Heartland and includes skate rental (if needed). 402-345-5401.
—holidaylightsfestival.org

Toast the Year 5k
Jan. 1 at Anytime Fitness, 20231 Manderson St. No. 105. Anytime Fitness will kick off the new year with a 5K, mimosas, snacks, and a commitment to a healthy 2019 at this indoor treadmill event. Participants will sign up for 30- or 60-minute time slots. Open to members and non-members. 8 a.m. Cost: $35. 402-939-7444.
—anytimefitness.com

Commitment Day 5k
Jan. 1 at Life Time Fitness, 17007 Elm St. This family-friendly event is a fun, healthy way to celebrate the new year. Ticket includes a T-shirt, race bib, medal, and brunch social after the run. 10 a.m. Cost: $25-$40, free for kids 12 and under. 402-334-3000.
—commitmentday.com

First Friday Old Market
Jan. 4 and Feb. 1 at the Old Market. Old Market art galleries will be open, and this event will feature live music, free Ollie the Trolley rides between venues, and lots of art (recurring the first Friday of each month). Cost: free
—firstfridayoldmarket.com

Benson First Friday
Jan. 4 and Feb. 1 in Benson (Maple St. 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. Cost: free.
—bensonfirstfriday.com

Wintertainment!
Jan. 2-4 at Hummel Park Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road. Winter fun comes to Hummel Day Camp for first through seventh graders. Participants can cook lunch over the fire, learn archery and wilderness skills, compete in the Snowbowl, and other fun winter games. Must pre-register online. 8:30 a.m. Cost: $25/session. 402-444-4760.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Bee-Smart
Jan. 4 and Feb. 11 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Tony Sandoval of Bee Smart Education will teach classes all about bees. Each class covers basic identification, specific habitat information, and fun trivia about particular bees. Pre-registration required. 6 p.m. Cost: $20 members, $30 non-members. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Seniors Understanding Nature
Jan. 8 and Feb. 12 at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N. The SUN (Seniors Understanding Nature) program occurs on the second Tuesday of every month, and includes refreshments, an indoor program, and an optional nature walk. 9:45 a.m. Cost: $10 per senior (62+), free for members. 402-731-3140.
—fontenelleforest.org

Lil’ Sprouts—Garden Exploration
Jan. 9-10 and Feb. 6-7 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Adults and children work together to learn about nature through story time, crafts, garden exploration, and more. January and February classes will focus on the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory. Registration required. Hours vary. Cost: $14. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

The Omaha Symphony Visits Storytime
Jan. 9 at Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St. Children can celebrate music and act out the story of Cinderella through ballet and movement with an Omaha Symphony artist. This storytime will explore the literacy skills of singing, playing, talking, and reading. Seating is limited to 30 children. 10:30 a.m. Cost: free. 402-444-4851.
—omahalibrary.org

Miss Nebraska Latina 2019 Grand Finale
Jan. 11 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. As the largest state beauty contest for Latinas, this event provides a platform for aspiring models to propel their careers. 7 p.m. Tickets: $15-$25. 402-212-5763.
—missnebraskalatina.com

River City Hunting, Fishing, Boat & RV Expo
Jan. 18-20 at Mid-America Center, One Arena Way, Council Bluffs. View more than 100 exhibitors; attend seminars on topics such as ultimate fishing in Canada, mushroom hunting, fly fishing, and dog training; and try out the indoor BB gun and archery ranges, interactive games, and turkey call-in teepee. Times vary. Tickets: $9 adults, $3 kids ages 4-15, and free for ages 3 and under. 712-326-2295.
—rivercityexpo.com

WWE Live
Jan. 20 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Wrestler A.J. Styles will face WWE champion Daniel Bryan in a championship match. The event will also feature Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, New Day, and other wrestlers. 5 p.m. Tickets: $20-$110. 402-593-2729.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

2019 Midlands International Auto Show
Jan. 24-27 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This show features the newest cars, trucks, and SUVs, including the automotive industry’s latest and greatest from around the world. 11 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. Tickets: $9 ages 13+; $7 ages 7-12, seniors (65+), and military members with current ID; free for children under 7. 402-444-1263.
—omahaautoshow.com

Omaha Global Game Jam 2019
Jan. 25-27 at Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St. In this world-wide event, participants build a video or board game in 48 hours alongside development teams in other nations. All skill levels welcome, with brainstorming and team building activities on Friday night. 18+ only. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Cost: free. 402-979-6894.
—globalgamejam.org

Mac and Cheese Binge
Jan. 26 at participating Midtown Crossing restaurants. Guests can celebrate one of food’s greatest marriages: mac and cheese. Participating restaurants will offer mac and cheese samplers, and beer/cocktail pairings are also available. Cost: $3 for pasta samples, drinks extra. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 402-351-5954.
—midtowncrossing.com

Cathedral Flower Festival
Jan. 26-27 at St. Cecelia’s Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St. Forty of Omaha’s finest floral designers join the Cathedral Flower Guild in this celebration of the coming spring season. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: free. 402-551-2313.
—cathedralartsproject.org

Dinosaur Yoga for Families
Jan. 26 & Feb. 16 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Yoga is going prehistoric in these dinosaur-themed classes taught by Megan Roth among dinosaur sculptures. Classes encourage playful movement for all ages and abilities. Pre-registration required. One registration per family (up to four people, including at least one adult). 8-9 a.m. Admission: $15. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

13th Annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards
Jan. 27 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Omaha celebrates some of the most talented artists and entertainers in the Omaha area at this annual event. With all-star talent and red carpet prestige, the OEAA offers a memorable evening that thanks the artists who keep Omaha culture alive. 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $30.
—oea-awards.org

Adult Trivia Night at Knolls Golf Course
Jan. 31 at Knolls Golf Course, 11630 Sahler St. Teams of four can test their knowledge in categories such as pop culture, movies and TV, and current events. This event will feature snacks, giveaways, and prizes. Must be 21+. Registration required. 7-9 p.m. Admission: $40 per team. 402-444-5440.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Super Bowl Party
Feb. 2 at Montclair Community Center and Pool, 2304 S. 135th Ave. Participants can try out the obstacle course, jump in the bounce house, and make a healthy snack before the Super Bowl game on Sunday. Admission: free. Noon. 402-444-4956.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Harlem Globetrotters
Feb. 2 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Guests will witness ball-handling wizardry and basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment for fans of all ages. Globetrotter stars will stay after the game for an autograph, photograph, and high-five session for fans. 2 p.m. Tickets: $21-$111. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

Nebraska sanctioned Snow Competition
Feb. 7-10 in Olde Town Elkhorn. This first-time event is the only sanctioned snow competiton in Nebraska. Multiple amateur and professional teams from across the country will carve and display 8-foot-tall snow sculptures. The event also includes a people’s choice award and an ice bar. 9 a.m. Admission: free. 402-216-7812.
—mainstreetstudios2610.com

Omaha Home & Garden Expo
Feb. 7-10 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This four-day multi-event extravaganza will feature the latest innovations, products, and experts in the home and garden industry. Hours vary. Tickets: $9 adults, $4.50 children 5-12, free for children under 5. 402-346-8003.
—showofficeonline.com

KanPai! Con
Feb. 8-10 at Ramada Plaza, 3321 S. 72nd St. Kanpai! Con is an annual cultural appreciation convention that focuses on anime, manga, and Japanese video gaming. Come dressed as a favorite character and enjoy the family-friendly convention setting. Times vary. Admission: $30 weekend pass or $20 one-day pass. 402-393-3950.
—kanpaicon.com

<3 Hummel
Feb. 9 at Hummel Park Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road. Hummel Park will celebrate Valentine’s Day with crafts, a winter hike, and archery. 9:30 a.m-noon. Admission: free. 402-444-4760.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Teen Poetry Workshop
Feb. 9 at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz. Teens can join Nebraska Writers Collective’s Louder Than a Bomb coaches and visiting artists to learn slam poetry from the experts. These workshops will build to a friendly competition in December with original pieces performed for a live audience. Recommended for grades 8-12. 1:30 p.m. Admission: free. 402-289-4367.
—omahalibrary.org

Sacred Styles and Materials: The Cathedrals of French Colonial Tunisia
Feb. 10 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. The Omaha-Lincoln Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), in partnership with Art History at Creighton University, is pleased to present the annual McCormick Lecture in Art History. 2 p.m. Admission: free. 402-342-3300.
—joslyn.org

Valentine’s Day Dinner
Feb. 14 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Guests can enjoy a romantic dinner at Lauritzen Gardens. Tickets include a choice of five main courses, a complimentary glass of wine, and all service charges. Reservations required. 6 p.m. Admission: $55 per person. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Love at the Zoo
Feb. 13 and 14 at Henry Doorly Zoo. This lighthearted presentation about dating and mating in the animal kingdom includes a champagne welcome, dinner, two free drink tickets, dessert, and special animal encounters in the aquarium building. 6:30 p.m. Admission: $75 per person. 402-773-8401.
—omahazoo.com

Omaha Beer Week 2019
Feb. 15-24 at various locations. This annual event celebrates local businesses and Omaha’s long history of craft beer culture. Featuring more than 100 events at dozens of bars, breweries, and restaurants, there is something for everyone. Hours and costs vary. 402-670-0390.
—omahabeerweek.com

TEDxUNO 2019: Resilience
Feb. 16 at UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6305 University Drive N. Video and live speakers will combine to spark discussion and connection around the theme of “resilience.” 2-6 p.m. Tickets: $15 UNO/UNMC faculty, staff, and students; $30 general admission. 402-554-4859.
—tedxuno.unomaha.edu

Hibernate & Create RETREAT
Feb. 16-17 at Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St. Guests can participate in this two-day event of fun and creativity, featuring optional classes, meals, and a dedicated space to create in any medium of their choosing. Registration required. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $240+. 402-342-6452.
—hibernateandcreate.com

Kids Rule! Fashion Show
Feb. 17 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. Kids Rule is a fun, creative, confidence-building fashion show for kids ages 5-12. Registration covers a child’s spot in the show, instruction in runway modeling from Develop Model Management, and a $50 voucher toward the child’s garment. 2 p.m. Registration: $80, Tickets: $40-$80. 402-819-8792.
—kidsruleomaha.com

13th Annual Extreme
Feb. 23 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Extreme is a beer event featuring over 300 brews, including rare, new release, and seasonal flavors. 21+. 2-7 p.m. Tickets: $38 advanced, $43 day of event for general admission; $60 advanced or $65 day of event for VIP. 402-345-1708.
—beercornerusa.com

Omaha Wedding Salon
Feb. 25 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. Brides can plan the big day the fashionable way. Glasses of bubbly will be on hand during this glamorous bridal-themed showcase. Every category on the wedding-planning to-do list will be covered, from the high-end runway show, to the vendor market showcasing hors d’oeuvres, tablescapes, and floral arrangements. 6 p.m. Tickets: $30-$45. 402-819-8792.
—omahaweddingsalon.com

Omaha Fashion Week
Feb. 25-March 2 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. The nation’s fifth largest fashion event supports more independent fashion designers than any other organization in the region. The spring 2019 season features Omaha Wedding Salon, Student Night, UNL Student Showcase, Methodist Survivor Show, Adorn Emerging Designer Showcase, and Gilded Featured Designer Showcase. 6 p.m. nightly. Tickets: $40-$85. 402-819-8792.
—omahafashionweek.com

Triumph of Agriculture Expo: Farm & Ranch Machinery Show
Feb. 27-28 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This event will feature farm products and equipment, local businesses, antique farm tractors, and special craft exhibits. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday. Admission: free. 402-346-8003.
—showofficeonline.com

A Warrior of the People: The Story of Dr. Susan La Flesche
Feb. 28 at Countryside Community Church, 8787 Pacific St. Dr. Joe Starita, a professor at the University of Nebraska, shares the story of a historical doctor who fought enormous racial and gender barriers to become the nation’s first Native American doctor. 7-9 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402-391-0350.
—countrysideucc.org

From Seed to Cup
Feb. 28 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Visitors can learn about the process of coffee-making from the head roaster of A Hill of Beans and hear about different methods of brewing while visiting the garden’s coffee tree in the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory. Participants will receive a sample pack of coffee. 6 p.m. Admission: $15, $10 for members. 402-346-4002.—lauritzengardens.org

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January/February 2019 Calendar of Events

January 2, 2019 by , and

Art & Museum Exhibits
Stage Performances
Concerts
Family & More

Art & Museum Exhibits

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 bridges 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 ($5 on Thursdays, 4-8 p.m.), $5 college students, free for members and ages 17 and younger. 402-342-3300.
—joslyn.org

Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild
Through Jan. 6 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. 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

Born of the North Wind, 1993, Thomas D. Mangelsen

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

Holiday Cultural Trees Exhibit
Through 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 ages 3-12, free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
—durhammuseum.org

Bart Vargas: AMALGAMATIONS
Through 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

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

Testigo/Witness
Through Jan. 26 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. Contemporary interdisciplinary photography is on display at this exhibition, which incorporates both words and images. Admission: $5 adults, $4 college students, $3.50 seniors (55+) and students K-12, free for members and children under 5. 402-731-1137.
—elmuseolatino.org

Fighting for the Good Life: Nebraskan Memories of World War I
Through Jan. 27 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Using objects obtained from a community crowdsourcing campaign, this exhibition focuses on a variety of Omaha communities that contributed to World War I. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children ages 3-12, free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
—durhammuseum.org

QLI
Through January at HotShops, 1301 Nicholas St. This exhibition features artwork by QLI residents who were mentored by artists Paula Wallace and Dar Vande Voort. Admission: free. 402-342-6452.
—hotshopsartcenter.com

I let them in. Conditional Hospitality and The Stranger
Through Feb. 23 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. Amidst the current “migrant crisis,” these artworks interrogate who is afforded the right to speak or the ability to be understood (considering dominant representational narratives and the political, socio-psychological, and technological systems that shape our understandings of self and the communal). Admission: free. 402-341-7130.
—bemiscenter.org

Mary Zicafoose: Alchemy of Color and Cloth
Through April 6 at Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, 505 S. 45th St. This exhibit showcases Mary Zicafoose’s woven tapestries and collographic monoprints, largely curated from two of her recent bodies of work: Fault Lines and Mountain for the Buddha. Admission: free. 402-559-5600.
—maryzicafoose.com

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; or bump, set, and spike on multi-level volleyball nets. Admission: $13 children and adults, $12 seniors (60+), free for children under 2 and members. 402-342-6164.
—ocm.org

Salute to Black Men and Women
Jan. 4-March 2 at Great Plains Black History Museum, 2221 N. 24th St. This exhibit features pencil drawings by Artist Terry Diel in this tribute to historic women and distinguished men, including Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and many more. Admission: free. 402-932-7077.
—gpblackhistorymuseum.org

Martha Horvay
Jan. 4-Feb. 22 at Modern Arts Midtown, 3615 Dodge St. This exhibit features new work by artist Martha Horvay, as well as pieces from the Modern Arts Midtown Collection. Admission: free. 402-502-8737.
—modernartsmidtown.com

Omen

Albert Rhea: Nebraska Habitat
Jan. 4-Feb. 11 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.
This collection of macrophotography takes viewers into a smaller universe of vibrant colors, exquisite details, and extraordinary patterns found in nature. Admission: $10 adults, $5 (6-12), free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Faces of Israel
Jan. 11-March 29 at Criss Gallery, 6401 University Drive N. This exhibit features the intimate portraiture artwork of artist Ophir Palmon. Admission: free. 402-554-3122.
—unomaha.edu

Before the Holocaust: Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland
Jan. 11-Feb. 15 at UNO Art Gallery, 6505 University Drive S. Works by Mayer Kirshenblatt and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett are on display at the UNO Art Gallery. Admission: free. 402-554-2796.
—unomaha.edu

Dinosaur UpROAR
Jan. 17-May 12 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This exhibit features 20 life-sized dinosaur installations positioned throughout the garden, where massive creations by Guy Darrough will appear right at home nestled among jungle-like landscapes and plant fossils. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-12, free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Nebraska Sixty Five Plus
Jan. 20-March 25 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. Over 65 pieces of artwork by Nebraskan artists aged 65 and over are on display at this exhibit. Admission: free. 402-305-1510.
—gallery1516.org

Santiago Cal
Jan. 25-March 2 at the Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. This exhibit features works by sculpture artist Santiago Cal. Born in Belize, Cal has had exhibitions in Barcelona, Taipei, Havana, Auckland, and New York, as well as other cities. Admission: free. 402-933-3161.
—u-ca.org

Drawing from Life
February (date TBA) at HotShops, 1301 Nicholas St. Selected pieces amassed from 2018’s Drawing from Life studio sessions. Admission: free. 402-342-6452.
—hotshopsartcenter.com

Effects of PTSD
Feb. 1-March 30 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. This exhibit features works by artist Elizabeth Boutin that explore the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
—artscouncil.nebraska.gov

Jeremy Caniglia: Into Purer Light
Feb. 1-March 8 at Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. Figurative paintings and illustrations by artist Jeremy Caniglia will emphasize the human condition through imaginative realism, portraiture, and concept art. Admission: free. 402-280-2509.
—creighton.edu


30 Americans
Feb. 2-May 5 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Over 60 works by contemporary African-American artists focus on important issues of racial, gender, and sexual identity; ongoing narratives of racial inequality in the United States; poverty; racial stereotyping; and the power of protest. Admission: $10 adults, $5 college students, free for members and ages 17 or younger. 402-342-3300.
—joslyn.org

Banana SPLIT
Feb. 22-24 at Split Gallery, 2561 Leavenworth St. One of Omaha’s newest galleries invites guests to view this erotic art show. Admission: free. 402-415-7095.
—split.gallery

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Stage Performances

Jo Koy
Jan. 4 & 5 at Funnybone, 17305 Davenport St., No. 201. Koy has appeared on over 100 episodes of Chelsea Lately and Comedy Central specials, Don’t Make Him Angry and Lights Out. His infectious, explosive energy onstage, insightful jokes, and family inspired humor cross all boundaries. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $40-$70. 402-493-8036.
—omaha.funnybone.com

Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony
Jan. 6 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Lukas Foss describes his concerto as “an homage to something I love, a handshake across the centuries.” Principal flute Maria Harding showcases her talent in this tribute to composers of the Renaissance. 2 p.m. Tickets: $33, $27 Joslyn Art Museum members. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Theo Von
Jan. 4 & 5 at Funnybone, 17305 Davenport St., No. 201. Von can be seen in his very own Netflix Originals comedy special, No Offense. His podcast, This Past Weekend, is one of the fastest growing comedy podcasts. Tickets: $40-$70. 402-493-8036.
—omaha.funnybone.com

Russian, French, and American Tales: A Festival
Jan. 11 & 19 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. A festival of mystical and romantic tales from Russian folklore, French exoticism, and American adventure. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$72. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Windborne’s Music of Michael Jackson
Jan. 12 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Windborne returns to the Symphony Rocks series with a high-energy homage to the King of Pop. The band and vocalists will deliver hits from The Jackson 5 and his solo work, including songs such as “Thriller,” “Man in the Mirror,” and many more. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Disney’s ALADDIN
Jan. 16-27 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $35-$95. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Arabian Nights Women_Disney’s Aladdin Original Broadway Company_copyright Disney_Photo by Deen van Meer

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jan. 18-Feb. 10 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Winner of five Tony Awards (including best play) and based on the best-selling mystery novel, this play tells the emotional story of a 15-year-old boy with autism who sets out to solve the mysterious death of a neighbor’s dog. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $24-$36. 402-553-0800.
—omahaplayhouse.com

David Koechner
Jan. 25-27 at Funnybone, 17305 Davenport St., No. 201. Actor, writer, and producer David Koechner stars as Tush on CBS’s Superior Donuts. He’s also well-known for his roles as Todd Packer on The Office and Champ Kind from Anchorman and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Tickets: $20-$50. 402-493-8036.
—omaha.funnybone.com

Return to Niobrara
Jan. 25-Feb. 10 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. The world premiere of this historic Omaha story follows Chief Standing Bear’s great-great-grandson as he speaks out against those trying to erase his identity. This play invites the audience to see the past emerging in the present, and ultimately what it means to truly stand for who they are. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $20. 402-345-4849.
—rosetheater.org

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Jan. 26-27 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Stars from Music Theatre Wichita’s acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific take the stage with the Omaha Symphony, delivering the magnificent music and moving story of this beloved classic in a dynamic concert performance. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 2 p.m. Jan. 27. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Romeo & Juliet and Carmen
Jan. 30 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The Russian National Ballet performs two of the world’s greatest ballets, Romeo & Juliet and Carmen, on the Orpheum Theater stage. The company enchants all ages with masterpieces set to symphonic favorites and featuring more than 50 dancers in resplendent costumes. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$45. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

I and You
Jan. 31-Feb. 24 at Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. When Anthony arrives unexpectedly at Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, these two classmates begin an adventure to unlock a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $35, Seniors (65+) $30, educators and military $28. 402-345-1576.
—bluebarn.org

Shen Yun
Feb. 2-3 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Through the universal language of dance and music, classical dance company Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of celestial paradises, ancient legends, modern heroic tales, and a journey through 5,000 years of authentic Chinese culture. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $85-$155. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Guster
Feb. 8 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This renowned alternative rock band, known for their driving rhythms, gorgeous melodies, and fun concerts, will perform fan favorites accompanied by the Omaha Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29-$99. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Thumbelina
Feb. 9-Mar. 3 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Thumbelina is a flower-sized girl determined to discover the true meaning of friendship. Her magical, thumb-sized adventure will find any child swimming with fish and flying with sparrows with the use of inventive puppetry and innovative design. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $12, $10 for members. 402-345-4849.
—rosetheater.org

Aladdin, Cinderella, and More Magical Tales
Feb.10 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The Omaha Symphony celebrates magical music that tells timeless tales, including songs from Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, and selections from Prokofiev’s Cinderella. 2 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Damien Sneed’s Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Feb. 14 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spirituals. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$40. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

The Elixir of Love (L’elisir D’amore)
Feb. 15 & 17 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Hapless and hopelessly in love, Nemorino idolizes the beautiful and popular Adina. To win her heart, he spends everything he has to buy a “love potion” from the dubious Dulcamara. Director Rosetta Cucchi’s Opera Omaha production updates this light-hearted romantic comedy to an American high school circa 1980. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $19-$99. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Of Mice and Men
Feb 15-Mar. 17 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by John Steinbeck, this play follows George and Lennie as they dream of making enough money to buy their own land. When a crime is accidentally committed, the two men are faced with a moral predicament in one of the most powerful and devastating stories of the 20th century. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $40. 402-533-0800.
—omahaplayhouse.com

Women Rock
Feb. 16 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The Omaha Symphony celebrates some of the greatest women in rock ’n’ roll. Hits from Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Tina Turner, and Pat Benatar will be performed. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Bach’s “Brandenburg 4”
Feb. 24 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore and her colleagues perform the brilliant solo lines in Bach’s tuneful and exhilarating concerto. Thomas Wilkins explores American composer Harold Shapero’s rarely performed symphony, a neo-classical masterpiece championed by Shapero’s friend, Leonard Bernstein. 2 p.m. Tickets: $33, $27 for members. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Social by Nature with Photographer Ronan Donovan
Feb. 19 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Biologist-turned-photographer Ronan Donovan talks about his work in documenting animals and what can be learned from them. Donovan will share his love of the natural world at this National Geographic Live event. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $11-$27. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

The Connections Series: Colonel’s Chicken
Feb. 20-23, 27-28 & Mar. 1-2 at Weber Fine Arts Building, 6505 University Drive S. Demi wanders into a Colonel’s Chicken restaurant looking for easy comfort after being dumped by her boyfriend. But when invited to step beyond the “Employees Only” door, she finds another thing entirely. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $16-$20, free for UNO students. 402-554-7529.
—etix.com

Etienne Charles: Creole Soul
Feb. 22 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Trumpeter and bandleader Etienne Charles explores his musical roots in Creole Soul. He buoyantly taps into a myriad of styles from his Afro-Caribbean background, including calypso and Haitian voodoo music. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Etienne Charles

The Doll Maker’s Gift
Feb. 22-24, Mar. 1-3, & 8-10 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. This performance showcases the journey of Nora, an imaginative Russian-Jewish girl who is left behind as her family flees to safety in America. While her family gathers funds to reunite them, Nora stays with a kind doll maker who shows her that all obstacles can be overcome with the help of good friends and community. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $20. 402-345-4849.
—rosetheater.org

ON YOUR FEET!
Feb. 26-28 & Mar. 1-3 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The captivating story of Latina star Gloria Estefan’s rise to fame will be loaded with Estefan’s pop classics. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $35-$92. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

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CONCERTS

Remember Sports
Jan. 8 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Remember Sports will be playing their third album, Slow Buzz, which focuses intently on all of the nuances and production that they have fine-tuned over five years of playing together. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402-884-5707.
—reverblounge.com

Remember Sports

Kate Campbell
Jan. 13 at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. Hailed as a brilliant pianist, Kate Campbell performs as a soloist and chamber musician specializing in 20th and 21st century music. 3 p.m. Admission: free. 402-333-7466.
—vesperconcerts.org

Eric Church
Jan. 18 & 19 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Eric Church is bringing his “Double Down” tour to Omaha. Designed to treat fans with dynamic marathon sets, Church will perform six albums worth of material across two very different nights of music. 8 p.m. Tickets: $36+. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

Noname
Jan. 24 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Born in Chicago, Noname (Fatima Warner) blurs the lines of poetry and rap through the music she creates. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 402-884-5353.
—waitingroomlounge.com

Noname

The Way Down Wanderers
Jan. 22 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. High-energy percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo and fiddle weave seamlessly together to create an experience that has sold out shows across the U.K. and the U.S. 8 p.m. $13 advanced, $15 day of show. 402-884-5707.
—reverblounge.com

Winter Jam
Jan. 24 at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs. This large Christian-music tour comes to Omaha with uplifting music. Artists on the tour include Newsboys United, Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Rend Collective, Ledger, Newsong, and Hollyn. Speaker Greg Stier is also on the tour. 7 p.m. Admission: $15 at the door. 712.323.0536
—caesars.com/mid-america-center

Sidewalk Chalk
Jan. 25 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Chicago-based band Sidewalk Chalk transcends genre with a wholly original sound that combines jazz, funk, hip-hop, and R&B. The group is comprised of an emcee, vocalist, drummer, bassist, keys player, trombonist, and trumpeter. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Sidewalk Chalk

Dave Stryker
Jan. 26 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Omaha-native and celebrated jazz guitarist Dave Stryker brings his signature style to the Holland Center’s 1200 Club. Dubbed “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years,” he is among the top jazz guitarists today. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Panic! At the Disco
Feb. 1 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This Las Vegas emo-punk troupe will perform pop-influenced songs with theatrical touches, quirky techno beats, and perceptive lyrics. 7 p.m. Tickets: $33.75-$73.75. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

The Funk Hunters: Typecast Tour 2019
Feb. 8 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Borrowing inspiration from classic funk and hip-hop, The Funk Hunters are putting soul back into electronic dance music. The DJ duo’s show is a technical display of creative collaboration between four turntables. 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-884-5353.
—waitingroomlounge.com

Reverso
Feb. 10 at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. This new chamber jazz ensemble will present their original works in concert. Their album Suite Ravel looks to bridge the divide between jazz and chamber music with the help of the unique quartet. 3 p.m. Admission: free. 402-333-7466.
—vesperconcerts.org

Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road
Feb. 12 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Elton John will take his fans on a musical and visual journey spanning his 50-year career of hits. 8 p.m. Tickets: $49.50-$224.50. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

Postmodern Jukebox
Feb. 13 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This concert will include music that ranges from the 1980s hard rock of Guns N’ Roses to hits like Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.” Songs are performed by a rotating cast of musicians and singers. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$59.50. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Okilly Dokilly and Playboy Manbaby
Feb. 25 at Lookout Lounge, 320 S. 72nd St. The Ned Flanders-themed metalcore band Okilly Dokilly teams up with punk band Playboy Manbaby for an explosive performance. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 day of show. 402-391-2554.
—lookoutomaha.com

Kurt Vile and The Violators
Feb. 26 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Kurt Vile and his backing band, The Violators, will be performing songs from countless albums, including numbers from his brand new album, Bottle It In. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 day of show. 402-345-7569.
—theslowdown.com

Family & More

Miracle on Farnam
Through Jan. 1 in Midtown Crossing, 30th and Farnam streets. During this holiday season, visitors can stroll Farnam Street and browse window displays created by local artists and organizations, presented by The Afternoon. Times vary. Cost: free. 402-557-6006.
—midtowncrossing.com

THE CAPITOL DISTRICT ICE RINK
Through Jan. 21 at the Capitol District, 10th and Capitol Ave. This Holiday Lights Festival tradition is alive and well in a new location. The rink is available well after the lights turn off for the season, so folks can skate during those dull days of January. Times vary. Admission: $10, which benefits Food Bank for the Heartland and includes skate rental (if needed). 402-345-5401.
—holidaylightsfestival.org

Toast the Year 5k
Jan. 1 at Anytime Fitness, 20231 Manderson St. No. 105. Anytime Fitness will kick off the new year with a 5K, mimosas, snacks, and a commitment to a healthy 2019 at this indoor treadmill event. Participants will sign up for 30- or 60-minute time slots. Open to members and non-members. 8 a.m. Cost: $35. 402-939-7444.
—anytimefitness.com

Commitment Day 5k
Jan. 1 at Life Time Fitness, 17007 Elm St. This family-friendly event is a fun, healthy way to celebrate the new year. Ticket includes a T-shirt, race bib, medal, and brunch social after the run. 10 a.m. Cost: $25-$40, free for kids 12 and under. 402-334-3000.
—commitmentday.com

First Friday Old Market
Jan. 4 and Feb. 1 at the Old Market. Old Market art galleries will be open, and this event will feature live music, free Ollie the Trolley rides between venues, and lots of art (recurring the first Friday of each month). Cost: free
—firstfridayoldmarket.com

Benson First Friday
Jan. 4 and Feb. 1 in Benson (Maple St. 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. Cost: free.
—bensonfirstfriday.com

Wintertainment!
Jan. 2-4 at Hummel Park Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road. Winter fun comes to Hummel Day Camp for first through seventh graders. Participants can cook lunch over the fire, learn archery and wilderness skills, compete in the Snowbowl, and other fun winter games. Must pre-register online. 8:30 a.m. Cost: $25/session. 402-444-4760.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Bee-Smart
Jan. 4 and Feb. 11 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Tony Sandoval of Bee Smart Education will teach classes all about bees. Each class covers basic identification, specific habitat information, and fun trivia about particular bees. Pre-registration required. 6 p.m. Cost: $20 members, $30 non-members. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Seniors Understanding Nature
Jan. 8 and Feb. 12 at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N. The SUN (Seniors Understanding Nature) program occurs on the second Tuesday of every month, and includes refreshments, an indoor program, and an optional nature walk. 9:45 a.m. Cost: $10 per senior (62+), free for members. 402-731-3140.
—fontenelleforest.org

Lil’ Sprouts—Garden Exploration
Jan. 9-10 and Feb. 6-7 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Adults and children work together to learn about nature through story time, crafts, garden exploration, and more. January and February classes will focus on the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory. Registration required. Hours vary. Cost: $14. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

The Omaha Symphony Visits Storytime
Jan. 9 at Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St. Children can celebrate music and act out the story of Cinderella through ballet and movement with an Omaha Symphony artist. This storytime will explore the literacy skills of singing, playing, talking, and reading. Seating is limited to 30 children. 10:30 a.m. Cost: free. 402-444-4851.
—omahalibrary.org

Miss Nebraska Latina 2019 Grand Finale
Jan. 11 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. As the largest state beauty contest for Latinas, this event provides a platform for aspiring models to propel their careers. 7 p.m. Tickets: $15-$25. 402-212-5763.
—missnebraskalatina.com

River City Hunting, Fishing, Boat & RV Expo
Jan. 18-20 at Mid-America Center, One Arena Way, Council Bluffs. View more than 100 exhibitors; attend seminars on topics such as ultimate fishing in Canada, mushroom hunting, fly fishing, and dog training; and try out the indoor BB gun and archery ranges, interactive games, and turkey call-in teepee. Times vary. Tickets: $9 adults, $3 kids ages 4-15, and free for ages 3 and under. 712-326-2295.
—rivercityexpo.com

WWE Live
Jan. 20 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Wrestler A.J. Styles will face WWE champion Daniel Bryan in a championship match. The event will also feature Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, New Day, and other wrestlers. 5 p.m. Tickets: $20-$110. 402-593-2729.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

2019 Midlands International Auto Show
Jan. 24-27 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This show features the newest cars, trucks, and SUVs, including the automotive industry’s latest and greatest from around the world. 11 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. Tickets: $9 ages 13+; $7 ages 7-12, seniors (65+), and military members with current ID; free for children under 7. 402-444-1263.
—omahaautoshow.com

Omaha Global Game Jam 2019
Jan. 25-27 at Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St. In this world-wide event, participants build a video or board game in 48 hours alongside development teams in other nations. All skill levels welcome, with brainstorming and team building activities on Friday night. 18+ only. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Cost: free. 402-979-6894.
—globalgamejam.org

Mac and Cheese Binge
Jan. 26 at participating Midtown Crossing restaurants. Guests can celebrate one of food’s greatest marriages: mac and cheese. Participating restaurants will offer mac and cheese samplers, and beer/cocktail pairings are also available. Cost: $3 for pasta samples, drinks extra. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 402-351-5954.
—midtowncrossing.com

Cathedral Flower Festival
Jan. 26-27 at St. Cecelia’s Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St. Forty of Omaha’s finest floral designers join the Cathedral Flower Guild in this celebration of the coming spring season. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: free. 402-551-2313.
—cathedralartsproject.org

Dinosaur Yoga for Families
Jan. 26 & Feb. 16 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Yoga is going prehistoric in these dinosaur-themed classes taught by Megan Roth among dinosaur sculptures. Classes encourage playful movement for all ages and abilities. Pre-registration required. One registration per family (up to four people, including at least one adult). 8-9 a.m. Admission: $15. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

13th Annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards
Jan. 27 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Omaha celebrates some of the most talented artists and entertainers in the Omaha area at this annual event. With all-star talent and red carpet prestige, the OEAA offers a memorable evening that thanks the artists who keep Omaha culture alive. 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $30.
—oea-awards.org

Adult Trivia Night at Knolls Golf Course
Jan. 31 at Knolls Golf Course, 11630 Sahler St. Teams of four can test their knowledge in categories such as pop culture, movies and TV, and current events. This event will feature snacks, giveaways, and prizes. Must be 21+. Registration required. 7-9 p.m. Admission: $40 per team. 402-444-5440.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Super Bowl Party
Feb. 2 at Montclair Community Center and Pool, 2304 S. 135th Ave. Participants can try out the obstacle course, jump in the bounce house, and make a healthy snack before the Super Bowl game on Sunday. Admission: free. Noon. 402-444-4956.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Harlem Globetrotters
Feb. 2 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Guests will witness ball-handling wizardry and basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment for fans of all ages. Globetrotter stars will stay after the game for an autograph, photograph, and high-five session for fans. 2 p.m. Tickets: $21-$111. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

Nebraska sanctioned Snow Competition
Feb. 7-10 in Olde Town Elkhorn. This first-time event is the only sanctioned snow competiton in Nebraska. Multiple amateur and professional teams from across the country will carve and display 8-foot-tall snow sculptures. The event also includes a people’s choice award and an ice bar. 9 a.m. Admission: free. 402-216-7812.
—mainstreetstudios2610.com

Omaha Home & Garden Expo
Feb. 7-10 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This four-day multi-event extravaganza will feature the latest innovations, products, and experts in the home and garden industry. Hours vary. Tickets: $9 adults, $4.50 children 5-12, free for children under 5. 402-346-8003.
—showofficeonline.com

KanPai! Con
Feb. 8-10 at Ramada Plaza, 3321 S. 72nd St. Kanpai! Con is an annual cultural appreciation convention that focuses on anime, manga, and Japanese video gaming. Come dressed as a favorite character and enjoy the family-friendly convention setting. Times vary. Admission: $30 weekend pass or $20 one-day pass. 402-393-3950.
—kanpaicon.com

I <3 Hummel
Feb. 9 at Hummel Park Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road. Hummel Park will celebrate Valentine’s Day with crafts, a winter hike, and archery. 9:30 a.m-noon. Admission: free. 402-444-4760.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Teen Poetry Workshop
Feb. 9 at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz. Teens can join Nebraska Writers Collective’s Louder Than a Bomb coaches and visiting artists to learn slam poetry from the experts. These workshops will build to a friendly competition in December with original pieces performed for a live audience. Recommended for grades 8-12. 1:30 p.m. Admission: free. 402-289-4367.
—omahalibrary.org

Sacred Styles and Materials: The Cathedrals of French Colonial Tunisia
Feb. 10 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. The Omaha-Lincoln Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), in partnership with Art History at Creighton University, is pleased to present the annual McCormick Lecture in Art History. 2 p.m. Admission: free. 402-342-3300.
—joslyn.org

Valentine’s Day Dinner
Feb. 14 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Guests can enjoy a romantic dinner at Lauritzen Gardens. Tickets include a choice of five main courses, a complimentary glass of wine, and all service charges. Reservations required. 6 p.m. Admission: $55 per person. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Love at the Zoo
Feb. 13 and 14 at Henry Doorly Zoo. This lighthearted presentation about dating and mating in the animal kingdom includes a champagne welcome, dinner, two free drink tickets, dessert, and special animal encounters in the aquarium building. 6:30 p.m. Admission: $75 per person. 402-773-8401.
—omahazoo.com

Omaha Beer Week 2019
Feb. 15-24 at various locations. This annual event celebrates local businesses and Omaha’s long history of craft beer culture. Featuring more than 100 events at dozens of bars, breweries, and restaurants, there is something for everyone. Hours and costs vary. 402-670-0390.
—omahabeerweek.com

TEDxUNO 2019: Resilience
Feb. 16 at UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6305 University Drive N. Video and live speakers will combine to spark discussion and connection around the theme of “resilience.” 2-6 p.m. Tickets: $15 UNO/UNMC faculty, staff, and students; $30 general admission. 402-554-4859.
—tedxuno.unomaha.edu

Hibernate & Create RETREAT
Feb. 16-17 at Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St. Guests can participate in this two-day event of fun and creativity, featuring optional classes, meals, and a dedicated space to create in any medium of their choosing. Registration required. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $240+. 402-342-6452.
—hibernateandcreate.com

Kids Rule! Fashion Show
Feb. 17 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. Kids Rule is a fun, creative, confidence-building fashion show for kids ages 5-12. Registration covers a child’s spot in the show, instruction in runway modeling from Develop Model Management, and a $50 voucher toward the child’s garment. 2 p.m. Registration: $80, Tickets: $40-$80. 402-819-8792.
—kidsruleomaha.com

13th Annual Extreme
Feb. 23 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Extreme is a beer event featuring over 300 brews, including rare, new release, and seasonal flavors. 21+. 2-7 p.m. Tickets: $38 advanced, $43 day of event for general admission; $60 advanced or $65 day of event for VIP. 402-345-1708.
—beercornerusa.com

Omaha Wedding Salon
Feb. 25 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. Brides can plan the big day the fashionable way. Glasses of bubbly will be on hand during this glamorous bridal-themed showcase. Every category on the wedding-planning to-do list will be covered, from the high-end runway show, to the vendor market showcasing hors d’oeuvres, tablescapes, and floral arrangements. 6 p.m. Tickets: $30-$45. 402-819-8792.
—omahaweddingsalon.com

Omaha Fashion Week
Feb. 25-March 2 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. The nation’s fifth largest fashion event supports more independent fashion designers than any other organization in the region. The spring 2019 season features Omaha Wedding Salon, Student Night, UNL Student Showcase, Methodist Survivor Show, Adorn Emerging Designer Showcase, and Gilded Featured Designer Showcase. 6 p.m. nightly. Tickets: $40-$85. 402-819-8792.
—omahafashionweek.com

Triumph of Agriculture Expo: Farm & Ranch Machinery Show
Feb. 27-28 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This event will feature farm products and equipment, local businesses, antique farm tractors, and special craft exhibits. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday. Admission: free. 402-346-8003.
—showofficeonline.com

A Warrior of the People: The Story of Dr. Susan La Flesche
Feb. 28 at Countryside Community Church, 8787 Pacific St. Dr. Joe Starita, a professor at the University of Nebraska, shares the story of a historical doctor who fought enormous racial and gender barriers to become the nation’s first Native American doctor. 7-9 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402-391-0350.
—countrysideucc.org

From Seed to Cup
Feb. 28 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Visitors can learn about the process of coffee-making from the head roaster of A Hill of Beans and hear about different methods of brewing while visiting the garden’s coffee tree in the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory. Participants will receive a sample pack of coffee. 6 p.m. Admission: $15, $10 for members. 402-346-4002.—lauritzengardens.org

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November/December 2018 Family & More

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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


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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.
internationalomaha.com/

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.