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Nebraska State Fair

July 22, 2013 by

It’s time to head to Grand Island for the food, fun, and thrill of Nebraska’s annual must-attend event: the Nebraska State Fair.

This year’s fair, from August 23 to September 2, is luring visitors with a new midway provider. Wade Shows will offer rides that are sure to be a huge draw for little ones and thrill seekers alike.

Families will find kiddie rides in the Lil’ Pardners area, family rides, thrill rides, and a new slate of the spectacular rides fairgoers expect at a state fair. An all-new Gold Access Program will give participants the VIP experience by allowing them to jump to the front of the lines.

The partnership with Wade Shows began last year with the new Sky Tram that provided 30,000 fairgoers with a high-flying look over the fairgrounds.

Also new for 2013 is a jaw-dropping BMX stunt show. The Mega Jump Action Sports Experience will feature the largest jump in the industry, giving riders plenty of airtime to attempt the most dangerous tricks at perilous heights. At the end of the show, families can hobnob with the professional athletes.

Top-notch musical artists will perform, including free concerts by Kellie Pickler on August 23, Mel Tillis on August 28, TobyMac on August 29, and the Eli Young Band on August 30. Paid performers scheduled are country superstar Trace Adkins on August 25, Chicago on August 31, and Lynyrd Skynyrd on September 1.

Of course, the fair will be filled with any kind of Nebraska farm and ranch animal that moos, neighs, clucks, or whinnies. Come see the livestock exhibits or take in a competition show. If that isn’t enough, discover Butterfly Adventures, a petting zoo, camel and pony rides, racing pigs, acrobatic sea lions, and stock dog trials, featuring handler and dog teams that guide unruly cattle or cagey sheep around a fast-paced course.

Come on an empty stomach because no one can leave the fair without eating something on a stick. In fact, there’s an app for that. Before arriving at the fair, download the Nebraska State Fair Mobile App to locate your favorite fair food, download daily entertainment schedules, find friends and family, and even track down where the car is parked. This must-have app is available free in the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store.

Find directions, complete schedules, and more at statefair.org.

Calendar of Events: July/August 2013

June 20, 2013 by

We also have a “Summer Fun in Omaha” list with this summer’s big events. Go here to see that list.


Nancy Lepo/Corey Broman at the Fred Simon Gallery
Through July 12 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. The contemporary Nebraska visual artists exhibition features the drawings of Nancy Lepo and ceramics of Corey Broman. M-F/8am-5pm. Free admission. 402-595-2142 – nebraskaartscouncil.org

Raul Colon: Tall Tales and Huge Hearts
Through July 28 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Explore Raul Colon’s watercolor illustrations of Dr. Jill Biden’s Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops and Frank McCourt’s Angela and the Baby Jesus. Tu-W/10am-4pm; Th/10am-8pm; F-Sat/10am-4pm; Sun/12-4pm. 402-342-3300 – joslyn.org

Tiempo de Danzon by Cristina Kahlo
Through August 24 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. This special contemporary photography exhibition by great-niece of Frida Kahlo, Cristina Kahlo, displays “danzon,” the office genre and dance of Cuba. M,W,F/10am-5pm; Tu,Th/1-5pm; Sat/10am-2pm. M, W, F/10am-5pm; Tu, Th/1-5pm; Sat/10am-2pm. $5 adults, $4 students, $3.50 seniors & ages K-12, free for members. 402-731-1137 – elmuseolatino.org

Secrets of Paris: Food, Culture & What’s Hot
August 29 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.
Learn more about the City of Light during Joslyn Art Museum’s end of summer public lecture, presented by Doni Belau, founder of Girls’ Guide to Paris (.com) and homeowner in France. 6pm. $35 general admission. 402-661-3862 – joslyn.org

Baseball at Boys Town
Through September 30 at Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St.
Highlights the history of baseball from 1917 to today at Boys Town and features autographed baseballs and memorabilia from Hall of Fame players Babe Ruth, Ozzie Smith, and Hank Aaron. Daily/10am-4pm. Free admission. 402-498-1186 – boystown.org

Baseball at Boys Town runs through September 30th. Photo provided by Boys Town.

Baseball at Boys Town runs through September 30th. Photo provided by Boys Town.

Featured artists Baines, Luth, Smith, and Wroblewski
July 2-28 at Artists’ Cooperative Gallery Ltd, 405 S. 11th St.
New works from fused glass artist Jesse Baines, painter and weaver N. Byram Luth, photographer Alan R. Smith, and sculptor Pete Wroblewski. Tu-Th/11am-5pm; F-Sat/11am-10pm; Sun/12-6pm. Free admission. 402-342-9617 – artistsco-opgallery.com

First Friday Old Market
July 5 & August 2 at Old Market, 13th to 10th & Farnam to Leavenworth sts.
Stroll the Old Market’s brick streets and enjoy live music and art galleries during this celebration of local creativity in Omaha’s most historic neighborhood. 6-9pm. Free admission. firstfridayoldmarket.com

The Four Seasons Intertwined
July 13-17 at Florence Mill, 9102 N. 30th St.
Four Nebraska artists who have been friends for 30 years are exhibiting as a group show for the first time in Omaha. Daily/1-5pm. Free admission.
402-551-1233 – historicflorence.org

Featured artists Ellington, Schimenti, Shenefelt
July 30 – August 25, Artists’ Cooperative Gallery Ltd, 405 S. 11th St.
New works from printmaker Carol Meis Ellington and photographers Margie Schimenti and Dale Shenefelt. Tu-Th/11am-5pm; F-Sat/11am-10pm; Sun/12-6pm. Free admission. 402-342-9617 – artistsco-opgallery.com

Ron Parks at the Fred Simon Gallery
August 12 – September 20 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St.
Sculptor Ron Parks showcases this craftsmanship in this exhibition of contemporary Nebraska visual artists. M-F/8am-5pm. Free admission. 402-595-2142 – nebraskaartscouncil.org


Rockbrook Village Friday Concerts

Through August 30 at Rockbrook Village, 10819 Prairie Brook Rd.
Local musicians entertain families every Friday night throughout the summer. F/7-8pm. Free admission. 402-390-0890 – rockbrookvillage.com

Sounds of Summer Concert Series
Through August 30 at Shadow Lake Towne Center, 72nd St. & Hwy 370
Live bands include a mix of jazz, blues, classic rock, country, and funk. F/6:30-8:30pm. Free admission. 402-537-0046 – shadowlakeshopping.com

The Vibes at Village Point Summer Concert Series
Through August 31 at Village Pointe, 168th & W. Dodge Rd.
Hot live music, dancing, and refreshments. Free admission. 402-505-9773 – villagepointeshopping.com

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
July 21 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.
Listen to a new collaboration showcasing new material performed by Martin and Edie Brickell along with the unique hybrid of bluegrass and comedy of Grammy®-winners Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers. 7pm. $49-110. 402-345-0606 – omahaperformingarts.org

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers at the Holland Performing Arts Center July 21st.

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, July 21st.

“Weird Al” Yankovic: The Alpocalypse Tour
July 25 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.
“Weird Al” Yankovic brings his storied four decade career to Omaha as part of his “Alpocalypse Tour,” promoting his latest and highest charting-topping album to date, Alpocalypse. 7:30pm. $30-40. 402-345-0606 – omahaperformingarts.com

Maha Music Festival
August 17 at Aksarben VIllage, 67th St. & W. Center Rd.
Omaha’s homegrown, nonprofit music festival returns for its 5th year, with headliners The Flaming Lips and Matt & Kim. 12pm-12am. $45 in advance, $55 day-of. mahamusicfestival.com

End of the Summer Concert Series
August 23 – September 27 at Midtown Crossing, 31st to 33rd & Farnam to Dodge sts.
A weekly concert series to end the summer, featuring Billy McGuigan and a joint concert with the Omaha Symphony and Opera Omaha. F/7:30pm. Free admission. 402-598-9676 – midtowncrossing.com


Downtown Play Streets
July 27 at 13th-19th on Farnam St.
This festival transforms the downtown streets into a play space and fills it with activities like rock climbing, bike safety courses, cooking demos and zumba. 8am-2pm. Free admission. 402-934-6027 – openstreetsomaha.org

Wild, Wild West Day
July 27 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.
Enjoy western inspired activities like cowboy shootouts and trick roping demonstrations for some old-fashioned western fun. 10am-3pm. $9 adults, $7 seniors, $6 children ages 3-12, free for members and children 2 & under. 402-444-5071 – durhammuseum.org

Wild, Wild West Day, July 27th. Photo provided by Durham Museum.

Wild, Wild West Day, July 27th. Photo provided by Durham Museum.

Family Fun Carnival
August 3 at Strategic Air & Space Museum, 28210 W. Park Hwy.
Enjoy bounce houses, face painting, scavenger hunts, and more activities for the whole family. 10am-5pm. $12 adults, $6 ages 4-12, free for members. 402-944-3100 – sasmuseum.com

Midlands Pirate Festival
August 24 at Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Ranch, 11001 S. 48th St.
A nautical celebration of all things pirate, this special weekend is filled with debauchery and fantasy as participants eat, drink and make merry like a pirate. 11am-5pm. $10 adults, $6 children. 402-331-5500 – bellevueberryfarm.com

North Omaha Play Streets
August 25 at N. 24th St. between Lake & Parker sts.
This festival transforms the North Omaha streets into a play space and fills it with activities like rock climbing, bike safety courses, cooking demos and zumba. 2-7pm. Free admission. 402-934-6027 – openstreetsomaha.org


OwL Ride: Omaha with Lights
July 13 at The Mattress Factory, 501 N. 13th St.
Late-night bike ride in Downtown Omaha, supporting Meyer Foundation for Disabilities. 10pm. owlride.org.

OwL Ride, July 13th.

OwL Ride, July 13th.

Lexus Champions for Marian Golf Tournament
July 15 at Indian Creek Golf Course, 20100 W. Maple Rd.
Golf tournament supporting Marian High School. 11am. 402-659-1567 – marianhighschool.net

Links to a Cure
July 18-19 at Quarry Oaks Golf Course (16600 Quarry Oaks Dr.) & Hilton Omaha (1001 Cass St.)
A dinner gala and golf benefit supporting the Nebraska Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 6pm. 402-330-6164 – cff.org

Angels Among Us Charity Golf Outing
July 19 at Tiburon Golf Course, 10302 S. 168th St.
Annual golf scramble supporting Angels Among Us. 11am. 402-885-4840 – myangelsamoungus.org

Hope in the Heartland Gala
July 19 at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 2285 S. 67th St.
Annual American Cancer Society gala themed “An Evening at the Races.” 6pm. 402-393-5801 – cancer.org

Driving for Excellence Golf Fest
July 22 at The Players Club at Deer Creek, 12101 Deer Creek Dr.
Golf event supporting Mercy High School. 402-553-9424 – mercyhigh.org

Joslyn Castle Literary Festival
July 27 – August 10 at Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St.
Travel back in time to celebrate all that made the ‘20s roar with an assortment of events featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, the Jazz Age, and a classic car show. 402-595-2199 – joslyncastlecarclassic.com

24th Annual Swing with Pride
August 5 at The Players Club at Deer Creek, 12101 Deer Creek Dr.
Golf outing with silent auction and dinner, supporting Roncalli Catholic High School. 402-571-7670 – roncallicatholic.org

2013 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes
August 10 at Lewis & Clark Landing, 515 N. Riverfront Dr.
Walk and T1D 5K Dash supporting JDRF Heartland Chapter. A registration fee applies for 5K Run participants. 5K/7:30am; Walk/9am. 402-397-2873 – jdrf.org

BaconFest Omaha
August 11 at Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.
Bacon-inspired cuisine, entertainment, and family activities, supporting The Salvation Army KROC Center. 1pm. 402-898-7700 – omahakroc.org

7th Annual Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer
August 17 at Tip Top Ballroom, 1502 Cuming St.
Dinner, auctions, and entertainment supporting Metro Area Youth Foundation, Inc. 5:30pm. 402-871-6246 – summerbashforccc.org

Omaha Walk to Defeat ALS
August 17 at Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way
Fundraising walk supporting the ALS Association. 9am. 402-991-8788 – webkwc.alsa.org

15th Annual Ted E. Bear Hollow 5K Fun Run & Remembrance Walk
August 24 at Outback Steakhouse, 7605 Cass St.

A walk and 5K run supporting Ted E. Bear Hollow. 8am. 402-502-2773 – tedebearhollow.org



Monday Night Movies in the Park
Through July 22 at Turner Park in Midtown Crossing, 31st to 33rd & Farnam to Dodge St. Presented by Marcus Midtown Cinema and the Omaha World-Herald, this eight-week movie series features movies chosen by the audience. Crowds gather at dusk with blankets, chairs, and popcorn. Free admission. 402-346-6900 – midtowncrossing.org

Brewery Tour
Through July 27 at Lucky Bucket Brewery, 11941 Centennial Rd. Tour the Lucky Bucket Brewery and try five year-round beers in addition to some limited editions not available in stores. W-F/5:30pm; Sat/12-2pm. 402-763-8868 – luckybucketbrewing.com

River City Star Sunday Public Sightseeing Cruise
Through August 25 at River City Star Riverboat, 151 Freedom Park Rd. Spend your Sunday afternoon relaxing on the water, enjoying the sights and sounds of Omaha’s riverfront. Sun/1-2pm & 2:30-3:30pm. 402-342-7827 – rivercitystar.com

River City Star Public Sightseeing Cruises on Fridays (through October) and Sundays (through August).

River City Star Public Sightseeing Cruises on Fridays (through October) and Sundays (through August).

Florence Mill Farmers Market
Through September 29 at Florence Mill, 9102 N. 30th St.
A local farmers market featuring fresh, local produce, artisans and live music every Sunday afternoon. Sun/10am-3pm. Free admission. 402-551-1233 – historicflorence.org

River City Star Friday Evening Public Dinner Cruise
July 12 – October 4 at River City Star Riverboat, 151 Freedom Park Rd.
Spend an evening on the Missouri River while enjoying live entertainment on this one-and-a-half hour, two-entree dinner cruise. F/6:30-8pm. $42 adults, $38 seniors (65+), $21 children 12 & under. 402-342-7827 – rivercitystar.com

River City Star Public Irish Dinner Cruise
July 24 at River City Star Riverboat, 151 Freedom Park Rd.
This one-and-a-half hour Irish dinner cruise features live entertainment from Dave March along with a two-entree Irish dinner buffet. 6:30-8pm. $45 adults, $43 seniors (65+), $21 children 12 & under. 402-342-7827 – rivercitystar.com

Tour de Zoo at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
August 8 at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.
Bring your bike and ride during Tour de Zoo, featuring dinner, snacks, refreshments, and special animal encounters all evening long. 6:30-8:30pm. $20 with regular paid zoo admission, free for children 2 & under. 402-738-2038 – omahazoo.com


Omaha Kids’ Triathlon
July 20 at Cunningham Lake, 8660 Lake Cunningham Rd.
This triathlon, open to children from 6 to 14 years, emphasizes fitness, fun, and safety while children compete in age-appropriate distances. 8:30am. 402-548-4258 – raceomaha.com

Tomato Fight Run
July 20 at CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
Join thousands of people in one of the biggest tomato fights of the year at the finish line of this 5K run. 10am. $45. 402-341-1500 – tomatofightrun.com

Omaha Triathlon
July 21 at  Cunningham Lake, 8660 Lake Cunningham Rd.
A three-event race that challenges participants to run, bike, and swim the Olympic distance of 50.5 kilometers: a 1.5K swim, 40K bike ride, and 10K run. 8:30am. 402-548-4258 – raceomaha.com

Omaha Triathlon, July 21st. Photo by Rick Anderson.

Omaha Triathlon, July 21st. Photo by Rick Anderson.


TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby and 29th Annual Omaha World-Herald Independence Day Fireworks
July 3 at TD Ameritrade Park, 1200 Mike Fahey St.
Watch college baseball’s premiere power hitters show off their skills during the home run derby and stay for the fireworks show conclusion. 7:30pm. $35 Family Four Packs, $12 adults, $8 kids. 1-800-745-3000 – collegehomerunderby.com

Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City RedHawks and Nashville Sounds
July 22-29 at Werner Park Omaha, 12356 Ballpark Way.
The Omaha Storm Chasers face off against the Oklahoma City RedHawks and the Nashville Sounds in one of the season’s longest home sessions. $6-15.50.  402-738-5100 – omahastormchasers.com

Omaha Heart vs. Baltimore Charm
August 3 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St.
Lingerie Football League game. $16.50-76.50. 402-934-9966 – lfsus.com/omahaheart


August 16 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.
Sirens combines romance, music, and Greek mythology to tell the story of one-hit-wonder songwriter Sam Abrams. Th-Sat/7:30pm; Sun/2pm. $35 adults, $21 students. 402-553-0800 – omahaplayhouse.com

Sirens, August 16th.

Sirens, August 16th.

Other Desert Cities
August 22 – September 15 at SNAP! Productions, 3225 California St.
This Pulitzer Prize-nominated play explores the relationships of a family with differing political views and a tragic family secret that is threatened to be exposed. 402-341-2757 – snapproductions.com