There is a head-spinning amount of events and things to do in Omaha the first weekend of September…AKA Labor Day Weekend. There are several festivals like Septemberfest and its Labor Day Parade, the African Cultural Festival, and Hutchfest. Plus, there are concerts, comedy shows, gallery openings and so much more. There’s no chance of being bored.
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2021 Labor Day Weekend events
There are some events and festivals you can always count on to happen on Labor Day or over Labor Day Weekend (pandemic non-withstanding). And then there are the one-time events and concerts. Here’s a look at the many things planned for 2021 in Omaha and nearby:
- Omaha Comedy Fest is Sept. 2-5 at three venues: The Backline Comedy Theatre, 1618 Harney St.; Big Canvas Theater, 3624 Farnam St.; and The Cottonwood Hotel, 302 S. 36th St. Passes available for one night or all four nights.
- Festa Italiana is Sept. 3-6 at il Palazzo, 5110 N. 132nd St. $5.50 in advance and $7 at the door; kids 14 and under are FREE with an adult.
- Septemberfest is Sept. 3-6 at CHI Health Center Omaha Lot D, 455 N. 10th St., with hours on Friday from 5 to midnight and Saturday through Labor Day from noon to midnight. Labor Day Parade is in downtown Omaha on Sunday at 10 a.m. Cost is $7 at the gate; under 5 is admitted FREE; parade is FREE. Military Days is Friday from 5 p.m. to close and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. (all military families and retirees get into the event for free and each child will receive 10 two-ride-for-the-price-of-one tickets. Mega Ride Tickets are available at all Hy-Vee Stores for $31.50.
- Benson First Friday, runs from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Benson neighborhood along Military Avenue and 60th Street. Look for pink chalkboard signs at participating venues that may have art shows, live performances, and food & drink specials. FREE
- Old Market First Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Old Market neighborhood between Harney and Jackson streets and 10tht and 13th streets. Live music and open galleries. FREE
- Bring Back the Music at Midtown Crossing, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 3110 Farnam St. Live pop-up performances. FREE
- River City Public Sightseeing Cruises are Friday & Saturday at 2 p.m. and cost $4-$20. Monday Sightseeing Cruises are half-off for Family Fun Day and leave at 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Cruises leave from River City Star Riverboat, 151 Freedom Park Road.
- Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard, 19475 225th St., Council Bluffs, Iowa, will screen “Goonies” on Friday at around dusk (8:20 p.m.). FREE
- The Third Annual Greater Omaha Aviation STEM Day is on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Millard Airport, 12916 Millard Airport Plaza. Parking at the Deerfield Plaza with shuttle bus available. Pancake Man breakfast at 7 a.m.
- The Honeycrisp Festival is Saturday through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch & Apple Orchard, 12102 S. 180th St., Gretna, Neb. Admission is $19.95 per person. Special food menu that weekend.
- Fontenelle Forest’s Family Adventure Days at Camp Wa-Kon-Da, 402 Forest Drive, Bellevue, Neb., is Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. and features outdoor games, a one-hour hike, and friendly competition. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $20 for adult members (13+) or $25 for adult non-members, and $10 for member children (ages 8-12) and $14 for non-member children.
- The Third Annual African Cultural Festival Omaha is Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m. at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 2285 S. 67th St. Live music, dance performances, and the chance to learn about different subsets of African art, history, culture and games. Adults are $10 (12+) and kids under 12 are FREE.
- Block Party in Bayliss Park featuring THE BIG EPIC SHOW! is Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Bayliss Park, 100 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa. Concert starts at 5 p.m. FREE
- The Ninth Annual LOVAM Jazz Festival is Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam St., featuring performances by jazz saxophonist Richard Elliot, Selina Albright with Jeff Kashiwa, flutist Kim Scott, and Chad Stoner. FREE
- Dinner Detective: Murder Mystery Show is Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Doubletree Hotel Omaha Downtown Omaha, 1616 Dodge St. Tickets start at $60.95 and include dinner and the show. Must be 15 or older to attend.
- Hullabacruise with the Kris Lager Band is Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. Must be 21+. Cruise leaves from River City Star Riverboat, 151 Freedom Park Road.
- Hutchfest 2021 is Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1441 N. 11th St., featuring hundreds of handmade artisans and vintage dealers as well as oversized lawn games and live music. Admission is $10 cash at the door.
- Omaha Diversity Experience presents Upscale Day Party Special Afro Fest Omaha 2021 is Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. at Catalyst, 1299 Farnam St. Live music and DJ Mix, plus special guests. General Admission tickets are $25 online or $35 at the door; VIP tickets also available.
- American funk band Lakeside performs Sunday at 7 p.m. at Holland Center Outdoors, 1200 Douglas St. Tickets are $18-$35.
Labor Day Weekend hours at popular attractions
Many of the Omaha metro’s largest attractions will be open for at least part of Labor Day Weekend, some with special hours. Check out the list of just a few of the many places to visit that first weekend in September.
- Amazing Pizza Machine, 13955 S Plaza, is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s typically closed on Mondays.
- The Cottonwood Hotel pool, 302 S. 36th St. If you’re not a hotel guest, you can get a day pass via Resort Pass.
- Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St., open Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Closed on Labor Day. Read about other Omaha museums to visit!
- Fontenelle Forest & TreeRush Adventure, 111 Bellevue Blvd. N., Bellevue, Neb., forest is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open on Labor Day. TreeRush Adventure is open Friday from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is open on Labor Day.
- Fun Plex, 7003 Q St., is open Saturday through Labor Day from noon to 7 p.m.
- Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St., open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Labor Day.
- Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St., open Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Labor Day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Louisville State Recreation Area Lake No. 2 is open daily until Labor Day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; hours for the inflatable obstacle course are not posted, but it is open on Saturday and Sunday typically.
- Mahoney State Park summer activity hours for aquatic center (Saturday & Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.), horse trail rides (Saturday, Sunday & Labor Day at 9, 10, 11, 1:30, 2:30, 4 & 5), and venture climb (Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday & Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
- Nebraska Wildlife Safari, 16406 N. 292 St., Ashland, Neb., is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open on Labor Day.
- Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St., is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open on Labor Day.
- Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St., Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Labor Day.
- Papio Fun Park, 210 E. Lincoln St., Papillion, Neb. Will be open Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday from noon to 9 p.m., and Labor Day from noon to 6 p.m. GROUPON DEAL!
- Scatter Joy Acres, 4966 Newport Ave., is open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Closed on Labor Day.
- Selfie Spot, 6003 Maple St., open Friday from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Must reserve a time online. GROUPON DEAL!
- Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 4215 S. 133rd St., is open Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from noon to 7 p.m., and Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. GROUPON DEAL!
- Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb., is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open on Labor Day.
If you still want a few more ideas, there are several great options on this list of 40+ things to do in Omaha this summer.