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Pup-kin Spice Weekend and Other Fall Festivities

September 19, 2019 by

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StorySLAM performer Thursday, Sept. 19:

Do you have a story to tell? Check out the Show & Tell StorySLAM at The Sydney and find out if you have what it takes to tell it to a roomful of people. If you already know you don’t (like me!), you can still get out and support those who do. (Or judge them, as judges will be pulled from the audience.) The theme this time around is “Listen up, Kids,” so you may hear a cautionary tale or two. Prizes will be awarded to the top three storytellers based on judges’ scores. Co-hosts of this event are Omaha Public Library and Nebraska Writers Collective. Learn more here.

Cursive group picture

Friday, Sept. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 22:

It’s (obviously) festival season, and what would we do without O’ Leaversfest bringing the music for three days straight? Day one features Meat Wave all the way from Chicago, along with Pro-Magnum, and Eric in Outerspace. Day two you can watch the one, the only, Cursive, with political punk faves No Thanks, and punk(ish) The Natural States. Day three rounds things out with the perfect Sunday lineup of Those Far Out Arrows, Oquoa, and STATHI. And a barbecue, because, well, it’s Sunday! (Plus, you’ll probably need some kind of sustenance after this weekend.) Get your tickets here.

Farnam Festival poster

Saturday, Sept. 21:

It’s Farnam Fest 2019—because just like the fun, the fests never end! This year marks their ninth annual celebration, and this free event has a little of everything. Listen to music from Rock & Roll Suicide, DJ Tyrone Storm, Omaha Girls Rock, and others. You can also catch the Adult Spelling Bee and Amateur Dog Show. Of course, there’s also the Husker Tailgate Party you won’t want to miss! Gates open at 10 a.m. Get all the fantastic, free, Farnam Fest details here. And if you’re feeling feisty later, you can head right down the street and catch the Sensual Corruption show at Brothers. More about that here.

Costumed dog with pumpkins

Sunday, Sept. 22:

It’s time to let the dogs out, and Dog Day at Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch is the perfect place to take them. Dress up your pup (if you dare) to enter them in the dog costume contest. Make sure the costume is leash-friendly, because they do request you keep those “monsters” on a leash. All proceeds from your doggo’s admission goes to Nebraska Humane Society. Learn all about the patch here and more about the dog days of fall here.

child with Thomas the Train

Day Trip—Friday, Sept. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 22:

Want to take the kids on a little adventure? Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to go full steam ahead at their Day Out with Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. Head to Boone, Iowa, to take a train ride, meet the conductor, and participate in a variety of activities. Pull up here to get your tickets to this ride.

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

Swings to Zines (and the in-betweens)

September 5, 2019 by

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swing dancing in the district poster

Thursday, Sept. 5: Wanna have a swinging good time this Thursday night? Dancing in the District is happening downtown in The Capitol District. Worried about your dance moves? This is your chance to improve them. The Omaha Jitterbugs will be on hand to offer some instruction. Already know how to swing it? Then just head down and get your jitterbug on. If swing just isn’t your thing, maybe you’d rather head to next week’s line dancing event? Find out more about both nights here.

pile of zines, library zine sale

Friday, Sept. 6: Omaha Public Library is partnering with Benson First Friday Omaha and Rowdy Boys Collective to bring zines to library patrons. Attend The OPL Zine Library Launch Party to browse the collection, purchase a zine or three from local makers, and even learn how to create your own. While they will only be available at the Benson Branch and W. Dale Clark Main Library, you can return them to any OPL location. Best of all? If you’ve ever wanted to be in the library after hours, now you can. This party starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. Learn more here.

Violent Femmes group picture

Friday, Sept. 6: Attention all 1980s alt music fans: Violent Femmes are playing the Shadow Ridge Music Festival. And that’s not all. Soul Asylum and Matthew Sweet are also performing, so be ready for a hit of ’90s nostalgia. Doors open at 4 p.m., so you can make a whole night of it if you’d like. Food trucks and local restaurants will be serving food, and beer and wine will be available to wash it down. Catch the Good Feeling and listen to some true American Music. Don’t wait for Divine Intervention, be sure to catch this Runaway Train here. (Yes, those are all song puns.)

PortalFest 2019 poster

Saturday, Sept. 7: Kros Strain and Pint Nine breweries are bringing you a day filled with beer, German-style food, and live music from the Polka Police. PortalFest 2019 will be held at Kros Strain Brewing Co., with food from the Dire Lion and Well Seasoned food trucks available. Play some yard games, drink some beer, and, of course, polka your butts off. But don’t worry about missing the big game, because they will have the Frost on so you don’t miss a minute. VIP tickets are available as well, so be sure to check those out. Get your tickets here and polka the night away.

Rotties and Rye poster

Sunday, Sept. 8: The dogs are coming out to play for the Rotties and Rye Fundraiser at Proof. The bark-tenders will be mixing signature whiskey and Rottweiler-themed cocktails. Beer, wine, and other spirits will also be available for purchase. With a silent auction taking place and 50% (yes, 50) of proceeds going to MidAmerica Rottweiler Rescue, this is a don’t-miss event for all dog lovers. Dig up the rest of the info here.

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

Labor Day Weekend Love

August 29, 2019 by

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Pet-a-Pup poster

Friday, Aug. 30: 

This Friday is National Grief Awareness Day, and UNO’s Public Relations Student Society of America is having is having their Pet a Pup back to school event in Elmwood Park. The PRSSA has partnered with Grief’s Journey and Midlands Pet Therapy to help educate and raise awareness on how to deal with grief. And of course, provide them with the chance to interact with therapy dogs. While this is a university event, all are welcome to attend. Learn more here.

La Fest Italiana at il Palazzo

Friday, Aug. 30 to Sunday, Sept. 1: 

It’s La Fest Italiana time again, and they’re celebrating 35 years of tradition with authentic Italian food, music, dancing, wine, and beer at il Palazzo. The Santa Lucia Marching Band will perform, as well as Las Vegas and local entertainers, including The 70’s Band, The Brits, and Taxi Driver. Throw in fireworks, bocce ball, and plenty of activities for children such as face painting and balloon sculpting, and there will be plenty to keep you busy this weekend. A traditional Catholic Mass will take place on Sunday at 10:15 a.m., and will be partly said and sung in Italian. Find more details here.

Septemberfest scene, with rides

Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2:

SeptemberFest has been happening in Omaha since 1977, offering four days of entertainment that includes educational and artistic displays, a carnival, and Omaha’s largest parade. Held every year on Labor Day weekend, this event helps fund a number of community improvement projects. There’s an international food garden, a “kiddie kingdom,” beer garden, and parade. Special events include a barbecue/ribeye steak cookoff, car show, boxing/MMA fights, and more. To get all the festive details, click here.

Labor Day Masquerade poster

Saturday, Aug. 31: 

The Labor Day Masquerade R&B Edition at Love’s Jazz and Art Center is a unique Labor Day weekend event. Black and gold is the color scheme, and yes, masks are required. Several local musicians will be performing and DJ Doc Beat Box will be mixing things up. You know the dancing will start early, so get there on time and get your tickets now! To find out more, kick it over here.

Hutchfest Omaha 2019 poster

Sunday, Sept. 1:

Hutchfest is the ultimate Sunday Funday event. It gives you the opportunity to shop with makers from across the Midwest while listening to music, snacking on food, and sipping on drinks. You can also play in the oversized lawn games parkfeaturing Connect 4, Jenga, Bags, Bumper-Ball, and Virtual Realityand catch live, local music performances curated by the folks from Maha Music Festival. Get your tickets here now.

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

Get Out(side) While You Can

August 22, 2019 by and

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Millard Days

Thursday, Aug. 22 to Sunday, Aug. 25:

It all started with a picnic in 1964. Now Millard Days is a full week of shows, activities, and community building. Check out the carnival, ice cream social, and different bands each night. With entertainment from a kiddie tractor pull to a beer garden, the whole family is expected to enjoy this event. Get all the details here.

OEAA showcase poster

Friday, Aug. 23:

Don’t skip out on The B Side, where spoken-word poets and musicians come together for the Omaha Entertainment and Art Awards 2019 Summer Showcase. Nebraska state poet Matt Mason will take the stage, as well as some of your other favorite poets and musicians. Voting ends Saturday, Aug. 31, so don’t forget to nominate those favorites before then. All proceeds go to support the OEAA organization. To learn more, click here.

Opera Outdoors poster

Friday, Aug. 23:

Opera Outdoors is a free concert showcasing some of opera’s greatest hits, as well as a sneak-peak of what’s to come for Omaha Opera in their new season. This event at Turner Park is open to all, family-friendly, and free. Come an hour early to experience the kid zone, which has a costume station, face painting, and more. The event will be hosted in English and Spanish. Learn more about Opera Omaha and their upcoming season here.

Omaha Fire Fest, fire ring

Friday, Aug. 23 to Saturday, Aug. 24:

Omaha Fire Fest at Millers Landing offers delicious award-winning chili, barbecue, still more food in a food court, and drinks, with amazing fire demonstrations throughout. Bands BlueHouse, Clockstoppers, and Taxi Driver will be kicking out the summer jams. Most importantly, though, the traditional ChilIi Cook-Off will bring competition and camaraderie to the community. For a sampling of what to expect, bring it to a boil here.

Malcolm X Sol Festival poster

Saturday, Aug. 24:

The Malcolm X Sōl Food & Music Festival highlights the importance of food security and focuses on strengthening community ties through the arts. This sunny celebration features artisan vendors, food, children’s activities, and musicians, including a couple who have been featured in two of our publications, Wakanda One and Edem Soul Music. There is even an organic heirloom seed exchange. Get your tickets here.
Bonus: You can also catch the official festival kickoff. Art and Agronomy will be held tonight (Aug. 22) at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center at UNO and features Jamaican Reggae Dub Poet Ras Takura.

two dogs on grass

Sunday, Aug. 25:

The Dog Days of Summer are here and happening at RiverWest Park. All ages and all breeds are welcome. Food, acoustic music, beer, and canines will be plentiful, all leaving an impact in supporting the Omaha Dog Park Advocates. No dog? No problem. There will be adorable, adoptable dogs from rescues and nonprofits to check out from noon to 3 p.m. Entrance fee is $10 per dog, free for humans. Dig up more here.

September 2019 Calendar of Events

August 20, 2019 by and

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Stage Performances
Family & More


Attic Adventures
Through Sept. 1 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Offering learning opportunities for children in a hands-on, interactive environment, this event will include a scavenger hunt, climbing wall, and more. Admission: $13 adults and children 3 and older, $12 seniors (ages 60+), free to members and children 2 and younger. 402.342.6164.

Enchanted Kingdom
Through Sept. 1 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. With programs such as Unicorn Tales and Don’t Poke the Dragon, this exhibit has magic to experience and many areas to explore. Admission: $13 adults and children 3 and older, $12 seniors (ages 60+), free for members and children 2 and younger. 402.343.6164.

Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
Through Sept. 1 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. What has 60 razor-sharp teeth, bone-crushing jaws, lived 68 million years ago and will be visiting The Durham Museum next summer? Tyrannosaurus Rex, and arguably the world’s most popular dinosaur. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children ages 3-12, free for members and children under 2. 402.444.5071.


The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design
Through Sept. 8 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Pulling this familiar everyday object out from under the desk and dining table, this event surprises us with the imaginative style and creativity found in this seemingly humble piece of furniture. Tickets: $10 general public adults; $5 college students with ID; free for Joslyn members and youth ages 17 and younger. 402.342.3300.


Produce, Consume, Discard
Through Oct. 4 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. Fiber artist Sarah Kolar uses deconstructed T-shirt remnants to resemble the process involved in knitting a shirt and encourages viewers to contemplate the laborious efforts that go into making their personal belongings. Admission: free. 402.595.2122.

3 From Nebraska: Kingman—Dunbier—Gilder
Through Oct.13 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. This exhibit features the work of three 20th-century Nebraska artists, Eugene Kingman, Augustus Dunbier, and Robert Gilder. Admission: free. 402.305.1510.

Through Dec. 21 at The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. This is an interactive exhibit, workshop series, and curriculum exploring the foundations of structural racism and the lingering effects of Redlining in Omaha. It is facilitated by the New York-based organization, designing the WE.


Huipiles – Indigenous Textiles from Guatemala
Through Oct. 26 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. Huipiles are traditional indigenous women’s blouses and dresses. The Huipiles on display are from various regions in Guatemala showing select villages’ distinctive style and symbolism. Visitors are presented with traditional weaving techniques and images of Maya symbolism. Admission: free. 402-731-1137.

Everyday People: The Art of James E Ransome
Through Jan. 19 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. This exhibition includes picture book illustrations celebrating inspiring stories of unknown characters, as well as individuals who made history such as Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and Louis Armstrong. Admission: free. 402.342.3300.

Something Blue
Sept. 4-28 at Connect Gallery, 3901 Leavenworth St. Artist Norm Melichar works with outsider/folk art. In this show, he concentrates on blue art. An artist’s reception on Sept. 13 will feature live blues music  Admission: free. 402.991.8234
-— connectgallery.net

Where Did This Come From? Some Background on Sound Art
Sept. 6 at Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. Nicolas Collins, artist and editor-in-chief, will explore the breakthrough of sound art from its roots in American pioneer society, and continue through post-WWII hot rod culture. Admission: free. 402.341.7130.

Handmade Electronic Music and Hardware Hacking Workshop
Sept. 7 at Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. Speaking Sound Public Program Series Nicolas Collins will guide workshop participants through a series of simple sound-producing electronic construction projects that fill gaps in today’s computer-centric world of music production. Admission: free. 402.341.7130.

Opening Sept. 12 at The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. Vanessa German’s immersive installation originated at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA and is being reimagined at The Union. Admission: free. 402.933.3161.

What Were You Wearing
Opening Sept. 16 in Skutt Student Center at Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. This exhibit is inspired by stories of Creighton students’ experiences of sexual violence. Admission: free. 402.280.1706.

Race: Are We So Different?
Sept. 28-Jan. 5 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, this national exhibition tells the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children ages 3-12, free for members and children under 2. 402.444.5071.

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Stage Performances

Through Sept. 15 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize and a three-time Tony Award nominee, Sweat follows a group of steelworkers whose steady march toward the American dream is uprooted by economic change. Tickets: $18-36. 402.553.0800.—omahaplayhouse.com

Don’t Tell Comedy Omaha
Sept. 6 in Elkhorn. BYOB to a secret location revealed at 12 p.m. the day of the show, and enjoy the best comedians from around the country.

Sept. 10-29 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The musical Omaha has been waiting for arrives this month. This winner of 11 Tony Awards tells the story of George Washington’s right-hand man, Alexander Hamilton. The show features a diverse cast and a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, and R&B. Tickets: $75-$350. 402.345.0606.

Joseph Morales and Nik Walker will lead the second national tour of Hamilton as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

Broad Perspective
Sept. 12 at The Backline, 1618 Harney St. This improv show invites women, womyn, female-identifying, and gender queer people to celebrate comedy. Tickets: $5. 402.720.7670.

Sept. 13-Oct. 13 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. This classic story tells of a young girl, who—despite con artists, kidnappers, and Miss Hannigan—never gives up hope of one day reuniting with her parents. Times vary. Tickets: $114-$544. 402.553.0800.

OLF After-Party and Lit Pub Quiz
Sept. 14 at Pageturners Lounge, 5004 Dodge St. This end party to Omaha Lit Fest features author Sam Slaughter as well as readings from emerging local poets. Several signature drinks available for purchase. Free admission. 402.933.3973.

Red Summer
Sept. 26-Oct. 20 at Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. Red Summer follows the story of William Brown before the Omaha race riot of 1919. Tickets: $35 general admission, $30 for seniors (ages 65+), $28 for military and educators.

Sept. 29 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Bert Kreischer is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and host who performs to sellout crowds across the country.  His standup special Bert Kreischer: Secret Time is currently streaming globally on Netflix. Described as having a “rare and incredible talent” (The Interrobang), Bert has evolved from being named Rolling Stone’s 1997 “Number One Partier in the Nation” to one of the top names in comedy. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $39.75-$59.75. 402.345.0606.

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Squeeze­—the Squeeze Songbook Tour
Sept. 4 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The South-London legends will play their extensive list of hits, as well as some rare, lesser-known gems from their back catalogue and solo careers. Here’s your chance to hear your favorites live: “Tempted,” “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)”, “Up The Junction,” “Cool For Cats” and more. Tickets: $65-$35. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0606.

Sept. 5 at Mammel Courtyard at the Holland, 1200 Douglas St. Jimmie Allen’s debut single “Best Shot” is a certified hit, claiming the spot as the No. 1 Most Shazamed song in the format for eight consecutive weeks, and claiming the No. 1 spot on country radio for three weeks, marking the first time a black artist has launched a career with a No. 1 hit with their debut single on country radio. 8 p.m. Tickets: $22-$50. 402.345.0606.

Second Annual Shadow Ridge Music Festival
Sept. 6 at Shadow Ridge Country Club, 1501 S. 188 Plaza. Soul Asylum and Matthew Sweet will open this all-ages show, with Violent Femmes performing as the festival headliner. 5 p.m. Tickets: $45 general admission, $70-$90 reserved seats. 402.333.4020.

Sept. 7 at Stir Concert Cove-Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel, One Harrah’s Blvd. Californian ’90s pop-punk band known for “What’s My Age Again?” and “All the Small Things” performs. 8 p.m. Tickets: $116-$202. 712.329.6000.


Backstreet Boys: DNA World Tour
Sept. 8 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Backstreet’s back. Tickets include a copy of “DNA.” 8 p.m. Tickets: $26-$847. 402.341.1500.

Sheer Mag
Sept. 10 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. Sheer Mag delivers razor-sharp commentaries on current political and cultural issues with a ’70s arena rock sound. 8 p.m. Admission: $13-$15. 402.345.7569.

Flogging Molly and Social Distortion: Summer Tour 2019
Sept. 11 at Stir Concert Cove-Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel, One Harrah’s Blvd. The seven-piece Celtic punk band known for hits such as “Drunken Lullabies” and “If I Ever Leave This World Alive,” hits the stage with punk rock band Social Distortion. 6 p.m. Admission: $50-$170. 712.329.6000.

Aaron Lewis
Sept. 12 at SumTur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St. Lewis is on the road performing his latest album, State I’m In. 8 p.m. Tickets: $35. 402.597.2041.

Kristen Hersh Electric Trio
Sept. 12 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. The American singer-songwriter, musician, and author is performing material from her 30-year career alongside bassist Fred Abong and drummer Rob Ahlers. 8 p.m. Tickets: $38-$55. 402.345.7569.

Alan Jackson
Sept. 13 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Country Music Hall of Fame artist Jackson, best known for “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” performs. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $36-$126. 402.341.1500.—chihealthcenteromaha.com

The Movement
Sept. 13 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Inspired by Sublime, 311, and Slightly Stoopid, this group delivers alternative-reggae sounds, promoting their latest album, Ways of the World. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 day of show. 402.884.5353.

Rock Stronger Than Ever Show
Sept. 13 at American Dream / Hangout, 7402 F St. With no cover charge, ages 21+ can hear the original rock music of Singool, D.N.D., Stately Wayne Manor, and The Long Awaited. 9 p.m. 402.330.2292.

Jon Pardi
Sept. 14 at Stir Concert Cove-Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel, One Harrah’s Blvd. The American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer has had nine singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. 8 p.m. Tickets: $45-$84. 712.329.6000.

Sept. 14 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The indie band best known for “Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second” and “Open Your Eyes” is also known for putting on a stellar light show. 9 p.m. Tickets: $20 advanced, $23 day of show. 402.884.5353.

The Lowest Pair
Sept. 14 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. This banjo duo delivers feel-good folk hits such as “Sweet Breath” and “The Sky is Green.” 8 p.m. Tickets: $17 advance, $20 day of show. 402.884.5707.

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
Sept. 15 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. The Western swing, country boogie, doo-wop group, and members of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame perform sets reminiscent of ’50s California. 5 p.m. $17 advance, $20 day of show. 402.884.5707.

Sept. 15 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The band responsible for “Rest My Chemistry” and “Evil” performs. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$47. 402.345.0606.

The Commonheart
Sept. 15 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. Singer Clinton Clegg and his 9-piece band perform smokey, soulful, feel-good hits such as “Cannonball” and “Do Right.” 8 p.m. Admission: $12-$15. 402.345.7569.

Ziggy Alberts
Sept. 15 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. The Australian singer/songwriter sings stories of his upbringing, life on the road, and environmental issues. 8 p.m. Tickets: $22 advanced, $25 day of show. 402.345.7569.

Strand of Oaks
Sept. 17 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. This music group, fronted by Timothy Showalter, is coming to Omaha with their folk-rock sound. 8 p.m. Tickets: $18. 402.884.5707.

Sept. 18 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. The Minnesotan is known for show-stopping live performances, and making the most out of life despite hardships. 7 p.m. Admission: $15-$20. 402.345.7569.

Sept. 19 at Lookout Lounge, 320 S 72nd St. This thrash metal band delivers a high-octane, intense performance. Swedish heavy metal band Enforcer and others are also performing. 7 p.m Tickets: $15. 402.391.2554.

Andy Grammer
Sept. 20 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. Grammer, known for hits such as “Honey, I’m Good” and “Don’t Give Up On Me” performs. 8 p.m. Tickets: $33 advanced, $38 day of show. 402.345.7569.

Dvorak’s New World Symphony
Sept. 20-21 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Dvorak’s fiery “New World” Symphony meets Grammy-nominated composer Zhou Tian’s brand new composition dedicated to the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Tian’s work and Dvorak’s familiar masterpiece celebrate the excitement of the unknown in this season opener. Tickets: $19 and up. 402.345.0606

EMO Nite Omaha 2019
Sept. 21 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Emo night brings out all the magic at Reverb Lounge and the Waiting Room. This show features performances from several from live bands. The two venues will be accessible through a secret hallway, so people can float between both rooms all night long. 9 p.m. Tickets: $15 advanced, $18 day of show. 402.884.5707.

Phony PPL
Sept. 24 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Liberation is both the modus operandi and main ingredient of the fearless five-man band Phony Ppl. Comprised of the cream of Brooklyn’s young musician crop, each member is a product of musical parents who gifted their children exposure to the greatest, from Mandrill to Bossa Nova, and, most importantly, wings for exploration and self-discovery. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 advanced, $18 day of show. 402.884.5353.

The Mynabirds
Sept. 25 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Local musician Laura Burhenn comes to Reverb Lounge. No stranger to politics in her songwriting, Burhenn’s latest album speaks from the voice of the collective consciousness in a work of “emotional journalism.” 8 p.m. Tickets: $13 advanced, $15 day of show. 402.884.5707.

The Band Camino
Sept. 27 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. This Nashville-based group delivers anthemic hits such as “My Thoughts on You” and “Daphne Blue.” 8 p.m. Tickets: $18 advanced, $20 day of show. 402.345.7569.

Sept. 27 at Sokol Underground, 2234 S. 13th St. Jonathan Capeci and Joey Beretta of Nightly deliver dreamy alternative pop hits such as “Twenty Something” and “XO.” 8 p.m. Tickets: $13 advanced, $15 day of show. 402.346.9802.

Midwest Masquerade 2019
Sept. 28 at The Waiting Room Lounge and Reverb Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Wear formal attire and a mask and wander between venues for a unique musical experience. 8 p.m. Tickets: $6-$20. 402.884.5353.

Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night
Sept. 29 at Witherspoon Concert Hall in Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Schoenberg’s lush, hyper-romantic Transfigured Night uses a full ensemble of strings to bring poetry to life before Ravel’s delightful Tombeau de Couperin uses lighthearted melodies and supreme wind writing to evoke beloved companions lost in World War I. A concert feature for every member of the Omaha Symphony. Tickets:$36. 402.345.0606.

mike watt + the missingmen
Sept. 30 at Reverb Lounge, 6212 Maple St.  Bassist Mike Watt was a founding member of the Minutemen, who created adventurous, fiercely polemical music informed by such disparate traditions as funk, folk, and free jazz. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance, $18 day of show. 402.884.5707.

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Family & More

Farmers Markets
Harvest season is in full swing, 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.
• Council Bluffs (Bayliss Park) 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 26
• Old Market (11th and Jackson streets) 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 12
• Village Pointe (168th and Dodge streets) 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 5.
• Aksarben Village (67th and Center streets) 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 13.
• Florence Mill (9102 N. 30th St.) 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 29.
• Gifford Park (33rd and California streets) 5-8 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 27.

La Festa Italiana
Through Sept. 1 at American Italian Heritage Society, 5110 N. 132nd St. Manga! Manga! Manga! Guests are encouraged to come hungry to this festival, at which they can sample authentic Italian food, drink wine and beer, watch the fireworks, and dance under the stars. 6-10 p.m. Friday; 5-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-11 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5.50 advanced, $7 at the door; free for children under 12 with an adult. 402.493.8888.

Through Sept. 2 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This year’s salute to labor includes live music, a carnival, food, and more. 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.

Septemberfest Omaha

2019 Rhythm Blues & Arts Fest
Sept. 1 at Lewis & Clark Landing, 345 Riverfront Drive. This year’s headliner is Keith Sweat, who will bring four decades-worth of hits to the event. The Rhythm Blues & Arts Fest will also host pop-up shops with regional arts and crafts. 2-11:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$99.

HutchFest 2019
11th and Nicholas Streets. This makers fest offers attendees the chance to shop from 250+ artisans and vintage dealers from across the Midwest, eat brunch fare from popular Omaha restaurants and food trucks, drink brunch cocktails and beer, play oversized lawn games such as Connect 4 and Jenga, and listen to live performances. 402.926.6747.

Hutchfest 2019

Bad Habit at Hangout’s Bike Night
Sept. 4 at American Dream / Hangout, 7402 F St. Come out and enjoy the American Dream/Hangout’s Wednesday night Bike Night. Gates open at 7 p.m. The event features food, drink, contests, and giveaways. 402.330.2292.

Jam ’N’ Bread
Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26 at Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Ave. Local musicians are invited each Thursday to gather at Western Historic Trails Center to play old-time country, bluegrass, blues, etc. Open to anyone who plays, sings, or just wants to listen. Free homemade bread. 1-4 p.m. Admission: free. 515.281.5111.

Teacher’s Festival
Sept. 6 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. This free event invites educators and administrators to explore tables and view programs useful to teachers. Free drinks and light snacks included. 5:30-8 p.m. Admission: free. 402.342.6164.

Granite City Beer Fest
Sept. 7 at Granite City Food & Brewery, 1001 N. 102nd St. Granite City invites those of age to celebrate their first beer fest. Enjoy different types of beer in celebration of the event. 3-8 p.m. Admission: $20-$25. 402.393.5000.

48th Annual Art Fair
Sept. 7-8 at Rockbrook Village, 108th and Center Streets. This juried art fair will feature more than 100 artists, including painters, sculptors, ceramics artists, glass artists, fiber artists, and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: free. 402.390.0890.

Jitterbug Jamborama: Omaha Jazz & Swing Dance Festival
Sept. 6-8 at Eagles Ballroom, 201 S. 24th St. This festival is a celebration of swing dancing and music organized by and for the Omaha, Nebraska swing dance community. 11 a.m. Registration: $15-$175. 402.208.3006.

Papillion’s Singing Seniors
Sept. 8 at SumTur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St. This local group’s mission is to bring joy to other seniors through musical entertainment. 7:30 p.m. Admission: free. 402.597.2049.

African Cultural Festival Omaha
Sept. 14 at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village. Festivalgoers can try authentic African cuisine and listen to music as they peruse vendors, including crafts, jewelry, and clothing. 2-10 p.m. Admission: free. 402.957.4145.

Bellevue Bonfire
Sept 14 at Pirate Pub in Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Patch, 11001 S. 48th St. Gather around the bonfire for ghost-story swapping and s’mores-making. This event is for visitors ages 13 and older, visitors under 18 must be chaperoned by a parent. 6-10 p.m. Admission: $20. 402.953.9670.

Midwest Winds Kite Fliers Fall Festival
Sept. 14 at Ditmar’s Orchard, 19475 225th St. in Council Bluffs. Kites of all shapes and sizes will coloring the sky at this special event at the orchard. Activities at the orchard include bumper balls and hayrack rides, along with picking the fresh produce. 712.256.7053.

Black Family Excellence Festival
Sept. 15 at Benson Park Pavillion, 7028 Military Ave. This event offers health screenings, community resources, food, face painting, animal balloons, carnival games, a live Mixxedfit class, a live DJ, raffle prizes, a free concert, and more. Admission: free. 402.455.4090
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Late Nights at the Zoo
Sept. 19 at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, 3701 S 10th St. Come experience nightlife at an unconventional cocktail hour in town. Ages 21+. 7-11 p.m. Admission: $10-$15. 402.738.2038.—omahazoo.com

135th German Day-Oktoberfest
Sept. 20-21 at German-American Society, 3717 S. 120th St. Celebrate Oktoberfest with traditional German food and entertainment. Admission: $7 for adults, free for children ages 12 and under and active military members. 402.333.6615.

402 Music and Arts Festival
Sept. 20 at Karma Nightclub, 311 S. 15th St. Karma Crew and Karma Nightclub are happy to present the 402 Festival in Omaha, The outdoor, all-day event features local food, live art, and live bands and DJs from across the Midwest. Noon-11 p.m. Tickets: $10-$20. 402.531.7503.

GLOW in the Garden
Sept. 20 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Wear classic or creative cocktail attire (and a mask) to this outdoor event and enjoy the food trucks and cash bar while listening to music. 7-11 p.m. Tickets: $25 Young Art Patron members, $40 general public, $50 day of event. 402.933.8220.

28th Annual Fort Omaha Powwow
Sept. 21 at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus, 5300 N. 30th St. The Fort Omaha Intertribal Pow Wow honors the traditional dance, music, artistry, oral history, and foods of various tribes across Nebraska and the surrounding region. Tribes represented include, but are not limited to, Ponca, Omaha, Santee Sioux, and Winnebago. 1-7 p.m. Admission: free. 531.622.2253.

MCC Pow Wow

18th Annual Oktoberfest
Sept. 27-28 at Crescent Moon and Huber-Haus, 3578 Farnam St. Celebrate this German harvest celebration at the Crescent Moon and Huber-Haus with music from the Barry Boyce Band and Bobby “Z” and Polka Joy, authentic German food, and plenty of beer. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday; noon-2 a.m. Saturday. Admission: $5 for ages 21 and older. 402.345.1708.

Omaha’s River City Rodeo
Sept. 27-28 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This event highlights PRCA-sanctioned rodeo teams and will feature all seven rodeo events, including steer wrestling, team roping, and bull riding. The winners of this event will advance to the National Finals Rodeo. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $17-$42. 402.341.1500.

Turner Park Night Market
Sept. 27 at Turner Park in Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam St. This is the last night market of the season, and will feature more than 40 vendors, a cocktail patio, food and drink, games such as giant chess and Jenga, and live music and entertainment. 6-10 p.m. Admission: free. 402.345.5401.

Pumpkin Patches
Fall wouldn’t be complete without a trip to a pumpkin patch. There are several within a short drive of Omaha where one can pick their own pumpkin and participate in a wide variety of activities.
Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Ranch (1100 S. 48th St.) Opens Sept. 14. This pumpkin ranch features an Old West ghost town, mines, caves, a huge treehouse,  Pirates Cove, and the Ranch of Terror haunted house. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Harvest Moon Farm (1410 US-77, Oakland, Nebraska) Opens Sept. 20. Zipline, play in the sports barn and puppet barn, race around on the go-kart tracks, and spend time in the scarecrow forest at this farm. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; noon-6 p.m. Fridays-Sundays; closed Mondays.
Pioneer Trail Orchard and Pumpkin Patch (21534 Chestnut Road, Council Bluffs). Opens Sept. 15. Events include a gold mine, volleyball court, dark barn maze, dino dig, and more. 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5-10 p.m  Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays.
Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch (3935 NE-133, Blair) Opens Sept. 6. This farm features rolling racers, a petting zoo, pedal karts and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays; 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays.
Vala’s Pumpkin Patch (12102 S. 180th St.) Opens Sept. 13. One of Omaha’s largest pumpkin patches includes more than 50 attractions, along with special events that can be added on, such as pony rides or black light paintball. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays.

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Celebrations, Sweat, and Starr

August 15, 2019 by and

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welding image for Sweat play

Friday, Aug. 16 to Sunday, Sept. 15: 

This Friday marks the opening night of the critically-acclaimed Broadway play, Sweat, at Omaha Community Playhouse. This Pulitzer Prize-winning (and three-time Tony Award nominee) drama follows steelworkers and their journey with their jobs, relationships, and their attempts to follow the American dream. Uprooted by economic change, their sense of security slowly unravels, and jobs and relationships are left in the wake. You can get tickets here now.
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fireworks at Riverfest

Friday, Aug. 16 to Saturday Aug. 17: 

Riverfest Community Festival at American Heroes Park is an annual event that draws more than 30,000 people to Bellevue. There’s a carnival, live music, a beer garden, and even helicopter rides! Plus you can support local businesses at the vendor fair and, of course, check out the food so you don’t have to worry about what to do for dinner. Throw in a car show and fireworks, and there’s really no better way to end the summer. Have any questions? Head to their Facebook page here for answers.

wall art for Nebraska to Nashville

Saturday, Aug. 17: 

Nashville to Nebraska Flood Relief Festival is happening at Crazy Rayz Tanking. It will feature special performances from several country acts from across the Midwest, as well as a flood relief auction. The recent floods have created a financial and mental struggle for many farmers and ranchers. One hundred percent of the money raised at this event will be donated to Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society, with half going to rural communities rebuilding from the floods and the other half going towards education. Find out more here.

print of Ringo Starr

Sunday, Aug. 18 to Friday, Aug. 23:

If you’re anything like me, Ringo Starr was your favorite Beatle (drummers). Regardless, if you are a fan of The Beatles at all, you’ll want to hit up The Ringo Starr Art Show at Roberta & Bob Rogers gallery (formerly Gallery 72), where hand-signed, limited edition art created by the drummer himself will be on display and available for purchase. You should also know Starr no longer signs autographs, so this may be your only chance to get his authentic signature. All that and 100% of Starr’s proceeds benefit the Lotus Foundation? Better get to Vinton Street this week! You can find more details here, including how you might get to meet the one-and-only Ringo.


Communal Culture Clash

August 9, 2019 by

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Thursday, Aug. 8:

It’s the second to last Jazz on the Green concert, featuring Marcos and Sabor. The Omaha-native duo plays a variety of music with a Latin flair. This fan-favorite is sure to get you on your feet. (Dancing. We’re talking about dancing.) Local singer/songwriter Alexis Robles is also performing, singing a mix of pop, jazz, and Latin music. The park opens at 5 p.m. with Robles going on at 6:30 p.m. As always, get there early to reserve your spot! Find out more about Jazz on the Green and its performers here.

images from Durham back to school

Friday, Aug. 9:

There’s a Back to School Bash at The Durham Museum you won’t want to miss! The animated, dinosaur-filled film We’re Back will be playing, a “bounce-a-sarus” bounce house will be bopping, and there will be face painting going on. And of course, an exploration of the museum’s current exhibit, Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family, is a must. Don’t miss Scotty, the largest T. Rex currently known to man. There’s also a food truck roundup in the parking lot to feed the masses (thankfully none of the dinosaurs are real). Dig up all the details here.

Culture Con poster

Saturday, Aug. 10:

CultureCon Music Festival is happening at RiverWest Park, featuring some of Nebraska’s top music artists. This event also features national acts, community vendors, apparel, food, and more. Different types of music acts will be represented, from hip-hop to country, creating unity between music styles. The event has two stages, one for performers and one for DJs. Celebrate music in Omaha’s  fast-growing, multicultural nightlife. Purchase tickets here.

hot air balloons in sky

Friday, Aug. 9 to Saturday, Aug. 10:

What’s better than a day of sampling food and wine? One that includes hot air balloons, of course. Nebraska Balloon and Wine Festival 2019 offers award-winning wines to taste and delicious food to sample. Expect to see live music and entertainment, and browse the arts and crafts. There is also a Family Fare KidZone area with face painting, pony rides, obstacle courses, and an inflatable bounce houses. There’s even free parking at Elkhorn High School, with a shuttle to take you to the festival. Get your tickets here now.

women jumping onstage

Sunday, Aug. 11:

One Community Cultural Festival celebrates and shares the diverse cultures from around the world present here in Omaha. Expect an array of delicious food and drink, cultural performances, crafts, games, and more. All net proceeds from this event will be donated to 2019 Flood Disaster recovery efforts in Nebraska and Iowa. This positive day celebrates the Nebraska community coming together, regardless of differences. Find out more here.


Big Trucks, Small Treasures

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Native Omaha Days Block Party poster

Thursday, Aug. 1 to Monday, Aug. 5:

Technically, we’re late to the party on this one. Native Omaha Days officially kicked off July 29, but don’t worry–it’s going on through the weekend. Celebrated every two years since 1976, Native Omaha Days serves as a homecoming and a time for the community to come together in celebration of the North 24th Street culture. This is its 22nd biennial celebration, and there will be so much going on, we couldn’t possibly list it all. But some highlights are the Stroll Down Memory Lane, the Gospel Fest, and the North Omaha Block Party, which includes former Omaha Magazine featured artists, Edem and Mesonjixx. Get the full schedule here.

Historical Society Garage Sale poster

Thursday, Aug. 1 to Sunday, Aug. 4:

The Douglas County Historical Society is having their Douglas County Annual Garage Sale. Categories include collectibles, antiques, toys, designer and vintage clothing, books, records, jewelry, furniture…you get the idea. Worried about price points? Don’t be. The vast majority of offerings typically ring up below $25. So head for the (Miracle) Hills, and support your local historical society. Find out more here.

Two kids at American Arts Festival

Friday, Aug. 2:

The New American Arts Festival highlight the performance and visual arts of Omaha’s refugee and immigrant communities. You can sign up for a workshop, listen to live music, watch dance performances, and sample the food. Being in conjunction with Benson First Friday, there is, of course, a lot of visual art and artisan vendors to take in as well! And if you really want to get your art-gazing on, there are now free ZTrip rides that go between the Benson and Old Market Ted & Wally’s locations. Click here to learn more. Photo by Sarah Miller

Bemis Center Open House poster image

Saturday, Aug. 3:

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is opening their doors for their Open House, Open Studios summer event. You can hear international artists-in-residence and curator-in-residence speak about their artistic and curatorial practices. You can even visit their live/work studios to get a peek at their processes. Live performances by artist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and inaugural Sound Art + Experimental Music Artist-in-Residence, Raven Chacon. Have we mentioned you can taste free ice cream courtesy of Ted & Wally’s? These are custom flavors created for this event–AvOkada and Coffee Caramel Cacophony. Oh, and this event is free. Learn all the details here.

Several semi trucks parked in row

Saturday, Aug. 3:

Head west for the 15th annual Classic Truck Show at Sapp Bros. Truck Stop in the northwest parking lot. Registration is free if you’d like to enter, and this show features pickups, El Caminos, sedan delivery trucks, and fire trucks. Or you can just enjoy the free show while you walk around, listen to a little music, and grab a bite to eat. If you have any questions, punch it here.

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War & Treaty together

Monday, Aug. 5:

Husband and wife duo Michael Trotter and Tanya Blount Trotter are The War and Treaty, and they are playing at The Waiting Room Lounge on Monday. They serve up healing and pain combined with funky bass lines to create a swampy, Southern sound. Get your tickets here.


Redlining to Rap Battles (and the Ribs in Between)

July 25, 2019 by

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Redlining in Omaha exhibit

Friday, July 26: The Union for Contemporary Art is hosting Undesign the Redline, an interactive exhibit with workshops and curriculum exploring the foundations of structural racism and the lingering effects of redlining, including in Omaha’s own near north and south side neighborhoods. The program is facilitated by the New York-based organization designing the WE, who have brought their work to cities throughout the country. Co-founder of designing the WE, April De Simone, will personally give a tour of the exhibition. Learn more about the exhibit here.  

Music & Movies in the Park at Bayliss Park

Friday, July 26: This is your last chance to catch Music & Movies in the Park at Bayliss Park. And this week’s movie a crowd pleaser! Bring the whole family to a free, outdoor screening of Coco. In case you’ve been living under a rock the last couple years, Coco is a story about a young musician named Miguel, who accidentally enters the Land of the Dead. And his dog. Last week’s viewing was cancelled due to heat, check here before heading out. (Also, bring tissues.)

Ribstock BBQ Festival is happening at Aksarben Village

Saturday, July 27: It’s a countdown to barbecue! Ribstock BBQ Festival is happening at Aksarben Village this year, and it will not disappoint connoisseurs of the culinary art of smoking meat. This year marks lucky number seven of this saucy festival, and they are bringing the heat. Participate in a cornhole tournament, do a little car smashing, or just sit back and enjoy the live entertainment. Get all the juicy details here.

 Omaha Rap Battles at The Backline redlining to rap battles

Saturday, July 27: Want to see some improvisers who can rap and some rappers who can improvise? Then Omaha Rap Battles at The Backline is where you’ll want to go this Saturday night. Eight performers will team up to duke it out until there’s only one left standing. Because there can be only one. Find out who’s performing here, and be sure to check out their bios on Facebook here before you pick your pony.

Swing Sunday at Bancroft Street Market 

Sunday, July 28:  What better way to celebrate Sunday than with a little food and a little dancing? Swing Sunday at Bancroft Street Market is all about that life bringing you swinging music from Moon River Steamboat, and inviting you to their potluck picnic. Don’t eat too much, though. You’ll want to be able to kick up your heels and get down as you enjoy the sound and the atmosphere. Click here to find out more.


Weekend Takeoff

July 17, 2019 by

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Moon landing, astronaut and flag

Thursday, July 18 to Saturday, July 20:

With all this talk about invading Area 51, you may have been distracted from the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Take this opportunity to make learning fun by taking the kids to the Moon Landing Celebration at the Omaha Children’s Museum. Or you could head to the SAC Museum for a special celebration on Saturday featuring retired astronaut Clayton Anderson. This also marks the beginning of a temporary exhibit through September 15. Catch the liftoff at Children’s here, and get the rest of the story here.

WW II plane in sky

Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21:

Keep your head in the clouds when you head to the Wings of Freedom Tour at Eppley Airfield. You’ll see original WWII warbirds up-close on walk-through tours of authentically restored interiors of the B-17 Flying Fortress and  B-24 Liberator. The B-25 Mitchell, P-51 Mustang, and P-40 Warhawk will be on display as well. You can even book a flight aboard one of the aircraft for a flight experience or flight training. Just land here for more info.

poster for Mammel Courtyard Concert

Saturday, July 20:

The opening of Omaha Performing Arts’ new outdoor venue takes place this weekend, starting out with the Mammel Courtyard Concerts Kickoff Party at Holland Center. This 21 and over event features music from Lincoln rock band FREAKABOUT, Oquoa, Field Club, and DJ Tyrone Storm. With music, drinks, snacks, and sun, this celebration has all the ingredients a summer party needs. Learn more about the bands here.

AfroCon Omaha B&W logo

Saturday, July 20:

AfroCon Omaha is a community-building event at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus highlighting nerd and blerd (black nerd) culture. This is an opportunity to support an ethnically diverse range of independent artists and businesses. Did I mention that writer, comedian, and Omaha native Amber Ruffin will be moderating panels and workshops? (Read more about her here.) How about the Cosplay Showcase with guest judge Chris “Papa Bear” English? Didn’t know about all that? Well, now you do! Get all the details here.

Pick-a-Pooch poster, with pets

Saturday, July 20 to Sunday, July 21:

Want to meet fellow animals lovers and maybe win some great prizes (other than the prize of seeing meeting new friends)? Then Pick-a-Pooch Adoption Days and Pet Expo 2019 at Ralston Arena is the place for you! Meet over 100 vendors and talk with 20-plus local shelter and rescue organizations with adoptable animals. Did I mention that not only is this event free, it’s inside, offering a nice respite from this little heatwave going on. Find out more here.

Dried lavender and other herbs

Road Trip DestinationSaturday, July 20:

Stop and smell the lavender; listen to the music; play the games; nosh on the food. Take a little trip to The Loess Hills Lavender Farm and get it all done at LavenderStock this year. Oh, and don’t forget to pet the unicorn! Want to know more? Catch the magic here.

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