Believe it or not, Labor Day is just around the corner. The three-day weekend typically marks the end of summer, but don’t worry, we’re not willing to let this season go without one final hurrah!
In the Omaha and Council Bluffs area, we certainly knows how to throw a good party, which is why there are plenty of celebratory events occurring over the long weekend. We rounded up a few NP Dodge-approved picks that we are most looking forward to, so don your white pants and get ready to hit the town!
First Friday at the Old Market
Held the first Friday of each month, this event allows locals and visitors alike to explore Omaha’s art galleries, meet the artists, and get a fresh perspective. Wander through the Old Market on foot, or better yet, catch a free ride on Ollie the Trolley! We can’t imagine a better way to kickstart the weekend.
La Festa Italiana
Photos courtesy of the American Italian Heritage Society – Omaha
La Festa Italiana has graced Omaha for 33 years, with crowds growing by the year. It’s not difficult to see why the event has grown so popular over three decades — authentic Italian cuisine, wine, beer, fireworks and dancing under the stars sounds like a dream come true.
The Nebraska State Fair
August 25-September 4
Photo courtesy of the Nebraska State Fair
Anyone who has explored the live music, booths and events at the Nebraska State Fair know that it is always an event to remember. Take in the Nebraska culture (and eat lots of fried food) at this family-friendly fest, which starts August 25 and wraps up on September 4. Labor Day weekend will welcome performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joan Jett & the Heartbreakers and Cole Swindell. Visit the Nebraska State Fair website for more details!
Get ready for four days of entertainment! SeptemberFest returns for its 40th year with live music, a beer garden, a carnival, arts & crafts stations, food from local vendors and even a Kiddie Kingdom for your little monsters. The event typically draws crowds from visitors all over the five-state area, including Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and South Dakota, and wraps up with a labor day parade at 10 am on Monday. Don’t miss out on the fun!
Husker Football Season Kickoff
September 2, 7 pm
‘Tis the season for tailgating! Husker Football Season will kick off on Saturday with a game against Arkansas State at memorial stadium. You can buy your tickets here to root for your favorite team in person, and regardless of if you’re in the stadium, at home or with your friends in a sports bar, be sure to don your red and white and give the Huskers the season kick off celebration they deserve.
September 3, 7 am
You might not be as fast as a cheetah, and maybe not even as fast as a zebra, but you can run alongside them at the 37th annual Zoo Run! Sign up for either a five-mile or two-mile run that will meander through and around the zoo, and then enjoy free zoo admission after the race. A bagel and banana breakfast will be provided.
Labor Day Weekend at the Zoo
If you’re not interested in the race, fear not! There are still plenty of entertainment options for you at the zoo. Say goodbye to summer alongside the zebras, giraffes and flamingos, and enjoy wild entertainment perfect for all ages. We hear there will be airbrush tattoos, bounce houses and presentations with the animals.
Go Girl Run
September 4, 8-10 am
Who runs the world? Girls. The 20th Annual Go Girl Run takes place on Labor Day morning, and welcomes women from all over the region to walk, jog or sprint in the 5K and one mile races. The event will feature a pancake breakfast courtesy of The Pancake Man, and proceeds from the race will benefit the Hope Center for Kids. Even if you choose not to race, come cheer on your girls! The sidelines are just as fun.
Tour the Blackstone District
September 2 through October 7
Named for one of Omaha’s most famed landmarks, The Blackstone Hotel, this district is the city’s hottest district for grabbing a craft cocktail, sitting down for a bite with friends, or simply taking in the sights. Join Omaha Culinary Tours as they guide you through a taste test of the district and explain the historical significance of the area.
Half Price Family Day on the River City Star
September 4, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm
Photo courtesy of the The River City Star
Take this opportunity to see your city from a new perspective. The River City Star offers a fun, memorable experience on the water in a 1940s-era paddlewheel style riverboat. The cruise will take you past Omaha’s best sights from the Missouri river, including some historic attractions and picturesque views! On Labor Day, families enjoy half-priced tickets, so if you haven’t experienced this local attraction before, now is your chance.
Have Fun Out There!
What will you be getting into over the three-day weekend? We’d love to hear about your plans in the comments!