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September/October 2022 Explore Calendar

Aug 29, 2022 03:53PM ● By Damien Ingersoll


Flatwater Shakespeare Presents Julius Caesar, Sept. 1-12 at Swan Theater at Wyuka Stables in Lincoln. The Flatwater Shakespeare Co. performs a “less-cut” rendition of one of history’s most infamous betrayals—and one of the Bard’s greatest tragedies—with Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Audiences will be transported to ancient Rome and watch with a keen sense of dramatic irony as Julius Caesar’s grip on power is carefully conspired against, fought over, and relinquished in harrowing, poignant fashion. 402.413.1586

Nebraska Unwrapped: Selections from the Collection, Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 at Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln. History Nebraska presents nearly 150 archeological and historic artifacts for public intrigue and education, some dating pre-statehood. According their website, the contents of the collection “…reveal our challenges and accomplishments, our heritages, and cultures. They help chart the paths taken and forsaken by the unique and distinctive peoples of Nebraska.” Adult tickets are $5, youth tickets (age 5-18) are $3, and kids under 5 get in free. 402.471.4782

Northwest Nebraska Rock Swap, Sept. 2-5 at City Park in Crawford. Rock, fossil, mineral, and gem aficionados gather in Crawford City Park to buy, sell, and trade their unique geological treasures. At 8 a.m. each day, guided field trips to the nearby Agate Gravel Beds are undertaken with intrepid stone enthusiasts invited to meet at the information booth prior. Guest speakers at 2 p.m. and a rock auction 7 p.m. take place Saturday. 308.432.3006.

Plattsmouth Harvest Festival, Sept. 8-11 in Plattsmouth. Celebrating its 91st year—and once heralded as a corn festival in the 1930s—this four-day festival evolved into a multi-faceted harvest extravaganza that now includes carnival rides, talent show, a craft fair Saturday, music and entertainment, contests, and a ‘Grand Parade’ along Plattsmouth’s historic Main Street.

Movies in the Park, Sept. 9 at Antelope Park in Lincoln. Biographical sports drama American Underdog (2021) screens under the stars in Antelope Park, just in time for football season. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for this movie, which begins between 8:45-9 p.m.. 402.441.7847.

Art in the Garden, Sept. 10 at Sunken Gardens in Lincoln. Noyes Art Gallery hosts artists, musicians, and food vendors among the winding trails, dreamy colors, and enchanting scents of the Sunken Gardens for a sensual art-collecting experience. 402.475.1061.

40th Annual Old Trusty Antique and Collectors Show, Sept. 10 in Clay Center. This two-day event exhibits antique tractors, engines, cars, and trucks, revealing a bygone age of industry and engineering gear-heads and history-buffs are certain to appreciate. The event also includes exhibitions on old-time craftsmanship, such ascandlemaking, weaving, and blacksmithing. The Bobby Lane Orchestra performs Saturday night at 7  p.m., while Navy veteran and Nashville artist Justin Kane strums up excitement Sunday, 11 a.m. with his masterful fret work and melodious voice. Passes are $7 per day for adults, $1 for children over 5. 402.762.3685. 

Beginner’s Meditation Class, Sept. 12 at Lincoln Zen Center in Lincoln. The Lincoln Zen Center invites those new to meditation to pause, center, and take a deep breath in this free, guided session. Instruction begins at 5:30 p.m., no reservations required. 

Cody Johnson with Special Guest Randy Houser, Sept. 16 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. Known for his electrifying stage presence and forecasted by MusicRow as potentially being “the future of real country music,” Nashville sensation and Platinum recording artist Cody Johnson hits the stage at Pinnacle Bank Arena with special guest Randy Houser. Hits like “Til’ I Can’t” will be performed alongside new entries from Johnson’s freshly released, critically acclaimed Human: The Double Album. 402.904.4444.

AppleJack Harvest Festival, Sept. 16-18 in Nebraska City. Between 60,000 and 80,000 people converge in this town’s of around 7,000 residents to get to the core of their apple cravings. The festival website touts, “Apple pie, apple cider, apple cider donuts, candy apples, caramel apples, apple fritters, apple salad…pretty much anything you can image made from apples is available at the AppleJack Festival”. The event also includes activities such as extreme bull ridding, water barrel fights, a parade, and a downtown flea market. 402.873.6654.

Luke Bryan, Sept. 22 at Stock Hay and Grain in Murdock. True to the Farm Tour 2022 ethos, country music superstar and American Idol judge Luke Bryan arrives in small town Nebraska—and with Murdock’s population of 236 citizens, that’s no understatement. Bryan is set to raise the roof at the Stock Hay and Grain farm, fulfilling a promise to attendees that his highly celebrated, multi-national brand of country stardom is home-grown and remains rooted in rural Americana.

Incubus, Sept. 23 at Pinewood Bowl Theater in Lincoln. Forming in 1991, Calabasas, California, alternative rock outfit Incubus has sold more than 23 million albums, containing generational classics like “Wish You Were Here,” “Nice to Know You,” “Dig,” and many more. The all-ages show is outdoors between the pines, rain or shine;  tickets are available via TicketMaster and at the Pinnacle Bank Arena ticket office Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Jerry Seinfeld Live, Sept. 23 at Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. World-beloved Seinfeld actor and co-creator Jerry Seinfeld brings his brand of snarky, high-brow comedy to Lied Center for Performing Arts, heralding a night of outrageous humor and gut-busting laughter.

Norfolk Oktoberfest Family Festival, Sept. 23-24 in Norfolk. Having reached a decade of consecutive annual celebrations, this two-day festival continues to bring families together in celebration of German heritage with live music, traditional German cuisine, inflatables, a Husker tailgate, activities and competitions, and of course, a beer garden stocked with a wide variety of German brews.

2022 Fall StarBQ Sept. 24 at the Branched Oak Conservatory in Lincoln. Lincoln’s annual StarBQ returns to the Branched Oak Conservatory for the eighth time, bringing together area stargazers for a night of celestial wonder and lip-smackin’ barbecue. Children’s activities and educational opportunities are held throughout the evening, until darkness settles to reveal the stars. Through the observatories numerous telescopes, and through those of amateur astronomers, planets, nebulas, and even galaxies will fill the lenses—and the imaginations—of attendees.


Iowa City Summer Bash, Sept. 3 on the Pedestrian Mall in Iowa City. To celebrate the first Iowa Hawkeyes football game of the year, this free, all-ages event promises 10 hours of music—with performances by Damn Juhl, DJ Amru, Ketamonster, and more—brought to attendees in “turbosound” by iowa|techno at the Ped Mall Weather Dance Fountain Stage. The bash runs from 1noon-10 p.m. for a full day of outdoor grooving.

R.E.O Speedwagon and Styx, Sept. 4 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. For the first time in four years, ’70s rock sensations REO Speedwagon and Styx join forces in their co-headlining “Live & UnZoomed” tour to deliver hard rock guitar riffs, enthralling synth percussions, and signature power ballads with special guest Loverboy at Wells Fargo Arena.

Day Out with Thomas, Sept. 11 at the Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum in Boone. Beloved children’s book and cartoon character Thomas the Tank Engine makes a stop at the Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum in Boone, picking up passengers for a fun and educational ride on the historic tracks of this designated heritage railroad. Tickets are $17 on Friday, and $20 on Saturday and Sunday, with interested parents encouraged to buy them ahead of time. Food is not included with price of admission, though numerous food vendors pepper the site.

World Food and Music Festival 2022, Sept. 16-18 at Western Gateway Park in Des Moines. Taking place at downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park, this three-day festival celebrates all things cosmopolitan, having grown from around two dozen vendors in 2005 to being able to support 90,000 unique visitors today. Produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the festival promises “international cuisine, live music and performing arts, cooking demonstrations, interactive programs, wine and craft beers and much more.” 

Harvest Moon Song and Dance Fest 2022, Sept. 25 at Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village in Longe Grove. For the low price of $6 ($3 for children), festival attendees are entreated to jig, reel, and hoedown to 1800s folk music and early 20th century traditional, ragtime, and jazz; plus some midcentury country tunes by ensemble “Fifth of Country.” Lawn chairs are welcome at this rain or shine event, with local food vendors serving up cool drinks and hot plates.


Dancefestopia 2022, Sept. 6-11 at Emerald City in Lacygne. This explosive, six-day music and camping festival promises attendees a frenetic, heart-pounding blitz of performances by over 150 EDM artists, including genre legends like Seven Lions and deadmau5. Ranked “a Top-5 festival for new festival goers” by, this event offers an incredible experience for rave-scene-veterans and curious newcomers alike. Campsites are available in the adjoining Emerald Forest, encouraging intrepid attendees to lose themselves in the various nooks and crannies of natural wonder.

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, Sept. 11 at Kansas State Fair Grandstand in Hutchinson. Few possess a larger stage presence than beloved comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, who masterfully combines relatable, day-to-day experiences with outrageous, over-the-top humor. Known for coining the term “fluffy” to describe his large-and-in-charge proportions, Iglesias invites audiences to laugh with him, at him, and most importantly, at themselves, bringing levity and joy to Hutchinson’s Kansas State Fair beginning 7:30 p.m.

44th Annual Ciderfest Sept. 24-25 at Louisburg Cider Mill in Louisburg. This free-admission event extols all things apple cider, with tours of the mill in action—from washing to press—allowing attendees a window into the process behind the festival’s crisp, delicious treats before taking a bite (or sip!). Bluegrass and country classic musical performances intermingle with the scent of fresh apples and warm cider, the perfect atmosphere for attendees to enjoy hot or cold ciders, cider doughnuts, caramel apples, and the Louisburg Cider Mill’s home-made Lost Trail Root Beer. Kids will enjoy hayrack rides, corn mazes, and homemade toys for sale.

Firewater Music Festival, Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 at Wildwood Outdoor Education Center in Kansas City. In the second rendition of their self-curated event, country rock outfit Whisky Myers invites attendees to enjoy three days of live music, forest camping, and a menagerie of local food vendors. Myers’ curated list of performers includes favorites such as the Old 97s, the Red Southall Band, and Nikki Lane.


20th Annual Kansas City Irish Fest, Sept. 2-4 at Crown Center Square in Kansas City. Over Labor Day weekend, Kansas City celebrates its 20th annual Irish Fest, offering attendees “the chance to see some of the top Irish entertainment in the world.” The festival includes a medley of Irish musical and dance performers, traditional food and drink vendors, Irish whiskey tastings, an educational Irish genealogy showcase, children’s activities, and more.

Collect-a-Con featuring Vanilla Ice, Sept. 17-18 at Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City. “Yo VIP, let’s kick it” the opening lyric of Vanilla Ice’s mega-hit “Ice Ice Baby” is an invitation by the ’90s hip-hop sensation to join him at the Kansas City Convention during Collect-a-Con—billed as “the nation’s largest trading card, anime, and pop culture convention”—for a nostalgic, unforgettable performance.

Shawn Mendes with Tate McRae, Sept. 26 at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City. Although the Omaha performance was canceled, fans have a chance to see multi-platinum singer/songwriter, and generational heartthrob Shawn Mendes deliver his silky, wide-ranging vocals to cherished hits like “Señorita,” “Treat You Better,” and “Wonder” at Kansas City’s T-Mobile Center. The show includes special guest Tate McRae.

South Dakota

I Love the ’90s Tour, Sept. 9 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls. Those feeling nostalgic for the rose-colored, buttery-smooth rhymes of the ’90s will find the I Love the ’90s tour is certain to hit that sweet spot, with performances by Coolio, plus Rob Base, Montell Jordan, and the ever-ubiquitous music stylings of Vanilla Ice.

Sioux Falls Germanfest, Sept. 10 at Fawick Park in Sioux Falls. The Sister Cities of Sioux Falls presents Germanfest, a free one-day fundraising event honoring Sioux Falls sister city, Potsdam, Germany, with Bavarian hats and lederhosen abound, plus traditional music and entertainment from 2-10 p.m., a Dachshund Dog Race commencing at 4:30 p.m., a Kinder “Children” area, a wide range of traditional food, and German beer tents organized by Beal Distributing.

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This article originally appeared in the September/October 2022 issue of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.  

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