Labor Day is fast approaching, and in true Omaha fashion, there is no shortage of events taking place over the long weekend! Whether it’s a local festival, a 5k race or the Nebraska state fair, there is sure to be something for everyone on this list.
As summer winds down, celebrate the last unofficial days of the season by participating in one — or all — of these fun events in the Omaha area!
La Festa Italiana | Sept. 2 – 4, 2016
photos courtesy of American Italian Heritage Society – Omaha
This year is the 32nd anniversary of Omaha’s La Festa Italiana, a festival celebrating Italian food and culture. Hosted by the American Italian Heritage Society, this festival has Italian cuisine, wine, beer and dancing under the stars. The fun starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. Don’t forget your dancing shoes as different headliners perform each evening at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at 13 Hy-Vee Omaha metro locations.
Nebraska State Fair | Sept. 2 – 5, 2016
photo courtesy of Nebraska State Fair
The 174th Nebraska State Fair ends on Labor Day, but will still be packed with delicious fare, entertainment and music during its final days! Throughout the long weekend, you can expect food competitions, hay bale decorating contests, livestock exhibits, a scavenger hunt, and much more that all lead up to a parade and a salute to our veterans on Monday. Bring the whole family to celebrate our state’s amazing culture!
Septemberfest Omaha: A Salute to Labor | Sept. 2 – 5, 2016
photos courtesy of Septemberfest Omaha
Omaha’s Septemberfest has been offering family fun every Labor Day weekend since 1977. There are musical acts in the Beer Garden, a giant carnival and Omaha’s largest parade. This year’s event will also host Wild About Dinosaurs and The Omaha RollerGirls, Omaha’s premier roller derby team. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event for $5, and children under 5-years-old are admitted for free!
Buddy Graves and Friends Jazz | Sept. 2, 2016
Omaha is known for its diverse music scene, and Touch of Class offers an opportunity to hear some of the best jazz music in the city! Every Friday at 8 p.m., Buddy Graves and Friends gather at this local lounge to put on a free jazz show for patrons. If you’ve never been to Touch of Class on a Friday night, Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to start a new tradition!
Husker Season Kickoff | Sept. 3, 2016
At 7 p.m. on Saturday the Huskers kick off at Memorial Stadium against Fresno State. The first game of the season is sure to be an exciting event all through town (and all through Nebraska, for that matter!). Get tickets here to watch in person and be sure to read our Huskers Guide. If you’re not celebrating in person, watch at a local bar with friends or throw your own Husker Kickoff Barbecue! However you celebrate, be sure to see the Huskers beat the Bulldogs!
The Happy Together Tour | Sept. 3, 2016
Photos courtesy of The Happy Together Tour
Boomer 1490 radio station and Huffman Productions are putting on The Happy Together Tour at Ralston Arena on September 3 at 7 p.m. Featuring The Turtles, Chuck Negron from Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, among others, this musical event covers music from the 60s and 70s. Tickets range from $30 – $100 and should be purchased ahead of time here.
Omaha Farmers Market in Old Market | Sept. 3, 2016
Over 100 vendors cover Old Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. offering fresh foods, produce and crafted items. The market winds down in October so head down this Labor Day weekend and support local makers and growers!
Energy for Life Walkathon | Sept. 3, 2016
The Energy for Life Walkathon is taking place on September 3 and serves to raise funds and increase awareness of mitochondrial disease. The 3k walk begins at Miller’s Landing, crosses the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge into Iowa, and finishes back at Miller’s Landing. There is no registration fee to participate in this event, but each team is encouraged to raise at least $100 per team member to help support the overall Omaha chapter goal. Register your team today and spend your Labor Day Weekend supporting a great cause!
Omaha Farmers Market in Aksarben Village | Sept. 4, 2016
Photo courtesy of The Omaha Farmers Market
If you didn’t make it to the Old Market Farmer’s Market the day before, you can still stock up on fresh produce and handcrafted goods at The Omaha Farmers Market in Aksarben Village, held every Sunday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Experience this local market firsthand before it closes on October 16!
19th Annual Go Girl Run 5k | Sept. 5, 2016
With both one mile and 5k races, the Go Girl Run is a women-only run and fundraising event to benefit the Hope Center for Kids. Boys and girls ages 14 and under are also welcome to run in either distance. Participants should come hungry as The Pancake Man will be serving up a delicious free breakfast to anyone wearing their racing bib! Be sure to register for this great event today!
Public Sightseeing Cruise with River City Star | Sept. 5, 2016
On Labor Day, River City Star is offering half price family tickets for sightseeing cruises. Traveling along the Missouri River, the whole family can enjoy beautiful scenery and historic sights, while learning more about our rich community. Buy tickets for Labor Day here.
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