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September 2021 Events Calendar

Aug 27, 2021 04:08PM ● By Hannah Heser
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» Exhibits «

Virginia Ocken, Margie Schimenti, and Jean Welborn 

Opens in September at Artists Cooperative Gallery Omaha, 405 S 11th St. Ocken paints lifelike people and animals, Schimenti works in mixed media, and Welborn creates whimsical, colorful paintings. These three artists are coming together for the September show at Artists’ Co-Op. 402.342.9617.

All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy 

Through Sept. 19 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. This exhibit explores the cultural and sociopolitical issues that define the United States. It is not identified as an exhaustive survey, but it provides a snapshot of America’s turbulent society today. 402.341.7130.

American Art Deco: Designing for the People (1918-1939)

Through Sept. 5 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. This ticketed exhibit represents the glamour and optimism of the 1920s and the marginalization, devastation, and escapism of the 1930s. It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 college students with ID, free for Joslyn members and youth ages 17 and under. 402.342.3300.

James Cameron—filmmaker CHALLENGING THE DEEP 

Through Oct. 3 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. The Durham Museum is extending this new exhibit that features the work of acclaimed explorer and filmmaker James Cameron. It made its North American premier at the Durham Museum when it opened in May. 1-4 p.m. 402.444.5071.

Game On! 

Through Dec. 31 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. This interactive children’s exhibit brings well-known board games and video games into real life adventures. Families are able to play timeless playground games and other outdoor activities indoors when they visit. Visitors will explore the history, culture, and even the science of some games. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 402.342.6164.

Creating Community—Exhibit 

Sept. 1 to Sept. 26 at HotShops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St. At this month-long, progressive community exhibit, the visitors are the artists. It is an opportunity to create your own artwork at several creation stations inside the gallery. There will be still life, drawing, and painting stations, as well as 3D clay stations. All finished artwork will be hung in the gallery, and 3D work will be placed in a large clay city environment. Visitors should attend the closing reception on September 26 from 1-3 p.m. to see the completed exhibit and take home the artwork they created. 402.342.6452.

Juan José Castaño-Márquez Exhibit 

Opens Sept. 3 at Petshop, 2725 N. 62nd St. 

Castaño-Márquez explores contemporary issues on historiography and archivization, as well as personal identity. Some of Juan’s projects directly engage with ideas of representation of “the other,” being both brown and queer, historical erasure, and situations of victimization in his country of birth.

David McCleery Exhibition Begins - Governor’s Residence Exhibition 

Sept. 23-24 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. This exhibit began in 1992 and allows civic leaders, citizens, school children, and other visitors to acknowledge the diversity of statewide artistic talent. Public hours are Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more people are recommended to attend. 402.471.3466.

Aliento a Tequila

Sept. 1 to Oct. 20 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. Aliento a Tequila, or The Spirit of Tequila, exhibition explores and celebrates the landscape, culture, and traditions that gave birth to tequila, Mexico’s mestizo national drink. 402.731.1137

Amanda Breitbach, Oil and Water Photography 

Sept. 7 to Oct. 8 at Creighton University Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. The Oil and Water Photography exhibit features photographs taken along the Texas Gulf Coast that represent the dual nature of the Golf Coast as an important ecosystem that provides vital habitat for wildlife and a site of oil and gas developments. This exhibit is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

American Impressionist Society—22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition 

Sept. 9 to Dec. 12 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. This exhibition will feature 200 impressionist artworks from artists across the country. Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online on the website, but it is not required. Admission: Free. 402.305.1510.


The Alternate Routes 

Sept. 2 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Outdoor concert fans are in for a treat this fall. The Alternate Routes are an American rock band from Bridgeport, Connecticut. Fans have been in awe of their music for over a decade. 7 p.m. Tickets$18-$35. 402.345.0606.

The Cadillac Three

Sept. 4 at Barnato, 225 N. 170th St. Suite 95. 

This musical act is presented by JSP Productions. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission: $35. 21+ event. 402.964.2021

American Aquarium with Katie Pruitt 

Sept. 6 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Country music lovers in Omaha are in for an exciting night with the American Aquarium band featuring singer/songwriter Katie Pruitt. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Admission: $20 GA, $100 VIP. 402.884.5353.

Matchbox Twenty 2021 Tour 

Sept. 9 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. Matchbox Twenty is an American rock group who have become one of the country’s top-selling bands of the past 20 years. The opening act is The Wallflowers. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $36.50 to $876.50 for VIP Side Stage. 402.341.1500.


Sept. 9 at Holland Performing Arts Center Outdoors, 1200 Douglas St. 

The Huntertones , based in Brooklyn, New York, started out as classmates, and now they are traveling the world together doing what they love most. 7 p.m. Tickets: $18-$35. 402.345.0606.

Shadow Ridge Music Festival 

Sept. 10 at Shadow Ridge Country Club, 1501 188th Plaza This is the third annual Shadow Ridge music festival. It will feature performances from Blue October, Gin Blossoms, and Marcy Playground with Sponge as the opening act. 5-11 p.m. Admission: $49-$99. 402.333.4020.

Justin Moore

Sept. 11 at Stir Cove, 1 Harrah’s Blvd. Moore’s debut singles and albums have ranked up to more than a billion on-demand and programmed streams during his career. His latest album is Late Nights and Longnecks. 8 p.m. Tickets: 712.329.6000.

Omaha Poetry Slam and Open Mic 

Sept. 12 at Outrspaces, 1258 S. 13th St. Aspiring singers can show up and perform during the open mic segment and to watch the poetry slam. Open mic performers should prepare up to five minutes of material. Poets have the opportunity to perform one to three original poems that last for three minutes. 7-10 p.m. 402.403.9454.

Tara Vaughan’s She Rocks: The Women of Rock 

Sept. 12 at SumTur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St. Tara Vaughan’s handcrafted set list celebrates the classic women of rock ’n’ rollers, the singer/songwriters who are soft, vulnerable, and independent artists. 7-8:30 p.m. $35 stadium seating, $20 lawn general admission.

Debut of Boom Band featuring Kimi 

Sept. 12 at Dam Grill and Bar, 151 Freedom Park Road. This musical group are making their debut in Omaha this year. Their show will feature Kimi as the opening act. 2-5 p.m. Tickets: 402.342.7827.

Jordan Searcy 

Sept. 13 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. This up-and-coming artist is in the process of creating a new record, as well as booking gigs. He has been posting original music on social media apps such as TikTok and Instagram. 8 p.m. Admission: $12 Adv. $15 DOS. 402.884.5707.

Sunflower Dead 

Sept. 14 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. 

Sunflower Dead has been working on a lot of new music during the pandemic. They are eager to share these new songs with their fans in person. 8 p.m. Admission: $10 Adv. $15 DOS. 402.884.5707.

Armand Hammer 

Sept. 15 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This American hip-hop group is from New York City. It consists of artists Billy Woods and Elucid. The duo will be joined by their friends and fellow travelers on this journey. 8 p.m. Admission: $20. 402.884.5353. 


Sept. 16 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This alternative rock band is from Boston, Massachusetts. They are determined to play a different set at every show on tour this year. 7 p.m. Admission: $45 Adv., $50 DOS.

Larkin Poe 

Sept. 16 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This live music event will be performed by sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell. They will both be performing songs from their Self Made Man album that they originally wrote for live performances. 8 p.m. Admission: $25 Adv. and $30 DOS. 832.724.4396.

Hall of Fame concert, Richie Love with special guest Tammy Tyree 

Sept. 17 at The Jewell, 1030 Capitol Ave. Richie Love plays all saxophones and most other instruments. Love became the CEO of Saxworld Productions in 1985, and special guest Tammy Tyree is a studio triple threat. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. show. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. for the 9 p.m. show. Admission: $15. 917.748.4337.

38 Special 

Sept. 17 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This band continues to bring their signature blast of Southern rock music to over 100 cities per year. 7:30 p.m. Admission: $40 Adv. and $45 DOS. 402.884.5353. 

Payton Smith 

Sept. 23 at Barnato, 225 N. 170th St. Suite 95. 

American musician Smith is making his Omaha, Nebraska, debut in this 21+ event. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets: $15-250. 402.964.2021.

Raul Midon

Sept. 24 at Holland Center Outdoors, 1200 Douglas St. This artist has collaborated with musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, and Bill Withers. 7 p.m. 402.345.0606.

Bahl Conducts Beethoven 7 

Sept. 24-27 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. A new season of the Symphony is approaching and they are greeting it with a program of amazing works of art by Adams, Gershwin, Still, and Beethoven. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets: TBA. 402.342.3836

Agent Orange with R.A.F and The Scabby Ghouls

Sept. 26 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. 

This Southern California punk/surf power trio is known as a small circle of musical rebels destined to form a movement. Their mission is to create American punk rock music. 8 p.m. Admission: $18 Adv. and $22 DOS. 402.884.5707.

The Brook & The Bluff 

Sept. 28 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This four-piece band is known for their four-part harmonies, and has headlined sold-out shows across the country. There is a six ticket limit per customer. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 Adv., $18 DOS. 402.345.7569.

The Eagles: Hotel California 2021 Tour

Sept. 28 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. This tour will feature songs from the album Hotel California accompanied by an orchestra and choir, and followed by a full greatest hits set. 8 p.m. Tickets: $96-$496. 402.341.1500.


Sept. 29 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. 

This musical event was originally scheduled for last year, and all purchased tickets are still valid without any changes. 9 p.m. Admission is $22 Adv. $25 DOS. 402.345.7569.

An Evening with Madeline Peyroux

Sept. 29 at Holland Center Outdoors, 1200 Douglas St. Peyroux is a folk-pop artist with a laidback style of folk-pop songwriting coupled with spellbinding jazz. Expect to hear tunes from her album Anthem, classics from her extensive back catalogue, originals, and much-loved covers. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: TBA. 402.345.0606.

Kevin Gates 

Sept. 30 at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St. Gates is a rap artist signed with the Bread Winners Association. This concert was rescheduled from its original May 28, 2020, date and all tickets purchased for the original date will be honored. 7 p.m. Tickets: $45-$153. 402.554.6200.

» Performances « 


Through Oct. 3 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Cats is a record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is one of the longest-running shows on Broadway and tells the story of one magical night when a tribe of cats gather for their annual ball. 402.345.0606.

Disney Descendants: The Musical 

Through Oct. 10 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. The Isle of the Lost is home to the daughters and sons of the world’s worst villains. Their children have learned to survive on the challenging streets of the island where their families have been banished. A nearby shimmering kingdom of Auradon is full of children of royalty from a who’s who of famous fairytales. Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15-$27. 402.345.4849.

Murder on the Orient Express 

Through Oct. 10 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. A passenger is found stabbed to death in his private room aboard the Orient Express. The murderer is still on board, and a detective must solve the crime before the train reaches its destination. Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets: TBA. 402.345.0606.

Jason Banks

Sept. 3-4 at Funny Bone, 17305 Davenport St. Jason Banks is a stand-up comedian from Columbus, Ohio. Friday at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. and Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. 21+ only. Tickets: $25. 402.493.8036.

Tim Boyd

Sept. 9 at Funny Bone, 17305 Davenport St. Boyd was raised in South Dakota and gained his comedy skills on the Tampa/Sarasota scene. His clean comedy style comes from his unique look at everyday life. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. 402.493.8036.

Dave Attell 

Sept. 10-11 at Funny Bone, 17305 Davenport St. Attell was named one of the 25 funniest people in America. His caustic wit, rapid-fire delivery and choice of material can be best described as “very adult.” He has earned a reputation as a “comic’s comic.” Friday at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. 402.493.8036. 

Live “Big Canvas” Improv Comedy Show 

Sept. 12 at Big Canvas Theater, 3624 Farnam St. This performance is Omaha’s premier live improv comedy show. 2 p.m. Admission: $10. 402.915.3372.

Lil Duval 

Sept. 17-18 at Funny Bone, 17305 Davenport St. 

Born with the gift to make people laugh, Duval is currently on the MTV series Guy Code. Friday at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. and Saturday at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Tickets: $40. 402.493.8036.

Dear Jack, Dear Louise 

Through Sept. 19 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. A heartwarming recount of wartime romance between two strangers, stitched together from hundreds of real-life letters among the playwright’s parents. Times vary. Tickets: TBA. 402.345.0606

Menopause: The Musical 

Sept. 19 at Holland Center Outdoors, 1200 Douglas St. This hilarious musical parody is set to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s, and the ’80s. It is a celebration of women and change that will have the audience cheering and dancing in the aisles.. 2-4:30 p.m. Tickets: $40-$55. 402.345.0606.

Gary Owen

Sept. 21 at Funny Bone, 17305 Davenport St. Owen has performed to sold-out audiences in clubs and theaters across the country. He got his first big break on the multicultural comedy showcase, BET’s ComicView, a competition he won that launched his career. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-40. 402.493.8036.

Lewis Black 

Sept. 23-25 at Funny Bone, 17305 Davenport St. Lewis Black is known for his appearances on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 and 10 p.m., and Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $40. 402.493.8036.


Sept. 26 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. 

This group was the first American Taiko act to win the Tokyo International Taiko Contest. They have performed at the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards,  and on The Voice, X-Factor, Jimmy Kimmel Live. 4 p.m. Tickets: TBA. 402.345.0606.

» Family & More «

Pumpkin Patches: 

Pumpkins and other in-season fruits and vegetables are ripe and ready to be picked. The following pumpkin patches, berry farms, and orchards plan to be open this season.

Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Ranch
(11001 S. 48th St.)

Ditmars Orchard and Vineyard (19475 225th St.)

Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch (1410 U.S. 77)

Pioneer Trail Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard (21534 Chestnut Road)

Scary Acres (17272 Giles Road)

Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch (3935 NE-133)

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch (12102 S. 180th St.)

Omaha Lit Fest

Sept. 3 at BlueBarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. 

Omaha Lit Fest is a chance to hear from amazing authors and poets in the BlueBarn’s backyard. This festival will feature panel discussions and readers from a diverse slate of authors. This year it is going to be an in-person and virtual event, located in an outdoor amphitheater near downtown Omaha. 4-9:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402.345.1576.

Benson First Friday 

Sept. 3 at PetShop, 2725 N 62nd St. BFF is a monthly event that brings Benson area businesses, artists, and community members together over arts engagement on the first Friday of each month year-round. First Friday also encompasses BFF’s on-street artist markets, projections, and special events, such as the New American Arts Festival. 5-10 p.m. 402.813.7530.


Sept. 3-6 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This year’s salute to labor includes a carnival, amusement rides, and a car show. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday. 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Saturday through Monday. Admission: $7. 402.278.2951.

African Cultural Festival 

Sept. 4 at Stinson Park, 2285 S. 67th St. The third annual African Cultural Festival will feature live music, traditional and modern dances, educational components, and a larger kids area. There will be 30 vendors, including food vendors. 2-10 p.m. Admission: $10, Kids 12 and under are free. 402.850.7515.

Family Adventure Days 

Sept. 4 at Camp Wa-Kon-Da, 402 Forest Dr. Families are invited to join a fun-filled afternoon. It will consist of a brief archery 101 course for ages 8+, and a family friendly competition will occur after the class. Afterwards, a naturalist at the forest will guide a hike. They will teach the rich history of Fontenelle Forest and give some basic hiking and survival tips. 1-4 p.m. Admission: $10-20 for members, $15-25 for non-members. 402.731.3140.

The Big Epic Show

Sept. 4 at Bayliss Park, 100 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, IA. The Big Epic Show will bring a live, COVID-19-friendly dance party that includes comical hip-hop performances, puppets, banana suits, and a dance contest. 5-7 p.m. Admission: Free. 712.890.5291.


Sept. 5 at Millwork Commons, 11th and Nicholas St. Attendees will get the opportunity to shop in vintage stores, get delicious food and drinks, participate in competitive games, and watch live music performances from local musicians. The first 3,000 people get free merchandise at the entrance. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets: $7-10. 402.926.6747.

Turner Park Night Market 

Sept. 10 at Midtown Crossing, 31st Ave. & Farnam St. The Turner Park Night Market is family and dog friendly. Local vendors, food, games, and live music will be available at this market. Free and open to the public. 6-10 p.m. 402.345.5401.

Bitcoin Day Omaha

Sept. 10 at Modern Work, 8790 F St. Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, and the Coinbase IPO—this is an opportunity to learn more and hear from industry experts on a variety of subjects.

50th Annual Art Fair

Sept. 11-12 at Rockbrook Village, 2800 S. 110th Court. The Rockbrook Village Art Fair will feature paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, wood carvings, and more from local artists. This year marks their 50th anniversary. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Free admission. 402.390.0890.

137th German Day-Oktoberfest 

Sept. 17-18 at German American Society, 3717 S. 120th St. The 137th Oktoberfest features authentic Bavarian foods, including Bratwurst handmade by their Wurst Klub, and pretzels. There will be bands playing in several locations, performances by singing and dancing groups, and several beer tents offering German beers. 5-11 p.m. on Friday. 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. on Saturday. Free admission. 402.333.6615.

Omaha Sky Lantern Festival 

Sept. 18 in La Vista, NE. 68138 The Sky Lantern Festival is a magical moment watching thousands of lanterns fly throughout the sky. At sunset, gather around the fire pit with friends and family to make s’mores and listen to music. When it gets dark everyone will release their wishes, hopes, and dreams for the future into the universe. Anyone is welcome to attend this event with the purchase of tickets prior to the event. 5-9 p.m.

Chalk Art Festival 

Sept. 18-19 at Midtown Crossing, Turner Blvd. and Dodge St. Local and regional artists and professional madonnaris will transform patches of Midtown Crossing pavement into pastel chalk masterpieces. Enjoy live music, food, drinks, and shopping. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 402-934-9472.

Omaha River City Roundup 

Sept. 24-25 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. The Omaha Rodeo will feature all seven rodeo events, such as steer wrestling, team roping, and bull riding. World champion cowboys will compete for their official entry into the National Finals. 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission: $45, $35, $25. 402.341.1500.

20th Annual Oktoberfest

Sept. 24-25 at Crescent Moon, 3578 Farnam St. 

This event will have lots of German beer and food. Live music will also be included. The Bier Garden will open at 4 p.m. on Friday, and at 12 p.m. on Saturday. The entrance fee is $5 per day, cash only. Guests under 21 with parents are free. 402.345.1708.

30th Anniversary Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow 

Sept. 25 at online. This powwow will honor traditional dances, music, artistry, oral history, and foods of various tribes across Nebraska. 1-7:30 p.m. This virtual event is free and open to the public. 531.622.2266.

Event times and details are correct as of presstime, 

but are subject to change. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many events are canceling and/or changing dates/time/places as needed. Most venues base these decisions on direction by the Douglas County Health Department and Nebraska’s publication of guidance on canceling events and limiting the number of people in
public gatherings.

Omaha Magazine encourages readers to visit venues' websites and/or calling ahead before attending an event or visiting a museum.

This article originally appeared in the September 2021 issue of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.