September is the start of fall in Omaha. We curated a guide to the best family events happening in Omaha this month from fall festivals and live music to seasonal markets and Railroad Days. What’s on your list?
Through October 1, Jurassic Adventure, Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park
See some of the world’s largest and most life-like robotic dinosaurs up-close-and-personal.
Through September 3 | The Lunchbox: Packed with Pop Culture, The Durham Museum
This exhibit features over 500 hundred lunchboxes along with original paintings.
Through September 3 | Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks, The Durham Museum
Don’t want to miss this traveling exhibit featuring 20 incredible skyscrapers from around the world. All ages are invited to create their own masterpieces from 200,000+ loose LEGO pieces.
Through January 7, 2024 | Jurassic Nebraska, Omaha Children’s Museum
Experience what life would be like if dinosaurs were around in our everyday life; toss a football against some ferocious defenders, explore and discover fossils in a giant dig pit, climb Chimney Rock to look a T-Rex in the eye, and more!
Through Sept 10 | Above & Beyond Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 West Park Hwy (I-80, Exit #426) Ashland, NE
Plane-loving kids (and adults) won’t want to miss this interactive flight exhibit presented by Boeing. Admission is free.
Through September 3, 2023 | A Generation of Hope: Indigenous Peoples of the Heartland, The Omaha Children’s Museum
This original exhibit is a collaborative effort between Omaha Children’s Museum and the local Indigenous community. It is a celebration of the people who have called this region home for thousands of years.
Through October 25 | Glass in Flight 2 by Alex Heveri, Lauritzen Gardens
You don’t want to miss this traveling exhibit featuring 16 life-like installation. It showcases the beauty and importance of butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators.
Things to do in Omaha in September
Sept 1–4 | Septemberfest Omaha, CHI Health Center Omaha
This is event is a family favorite featuring live entertainment, a talent show, parade, and more.
Sept 1–4 | Sunflower Festival, Nelson Farm
Pick sunflowers, create your own bouquets, play a variety of outdoor games, or stroll through over 100,000 bright yellow blooms overlooking the Elkhorn River.
Sept 2–17 | Cider & Sunflower Festival, Vala’s Pumpkin Patch Gretna, NE
Sample fresh pressed cider and hard cider, take photos with sunflowers, enjoy festival entertainment, and more.
Sept 2–3 | Living History Weekend, Fort Atkinson
Sept 3 | Hutchfest, Millwork Commons
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This popular Midwest maker fair includes more than 200 vendors, food, drink, music, and more.
Sept 8–9 | Fields of Flight, Ditmars Orchards
Enjoy a weekend of family fun including food, live music, and of course balloons.
Sept 8 | Opera Outdoors, Turner Park
A free, family-friendly opera concert kicks-off the 2023-2024 opera season.
Sept 8 | Family Fun Friday, Fontenelle Forest
Theme: Terrific Turtles
Sept 8–24 | Arthur and Friends Make a Musical, Rose Theater
Sept 9 | World O Water, Chalco Hills Recreation
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn the important role water plays in our lives.
Sept 9 | Flix at the Chef, Super Mario Bros.
The last free outdoor movie of the season behind Dairy Chef in Elkhorn, NE.
Sept 9, 23 | Monarch Tagging, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo
Sept 10, 17 | Learning on the Lake, Zorinsky Lake
Go on a canoeing adventure. Event is free but registration is required.
Sept 15–24 | AppleJack Festival
Arbor Day Farms Nebraska City, NE
Don’t miss this favorite fall event featuring traditional family fun like a carnival, flea market, cider press demonstrations, and more.
Sept 15–16 | Oktoberfest
German American Society, 3717 S 120th St Omaha
Enjoy music, kids’ games, marionettes, face painting, traditional dancers, and more.
Sept 15–16 | Midtown Music Jamboree, Turner Park
Sept 16-17 | Truck & Tractor Days, Nelson Produce Farm
Get an up-close look at both antique and modern farm vehicles.
Sept 17 | Princess Tea Party, We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym
10 am to 2 pm
Meet your favorite princesses, play, do a craft, and enjoy tea and cupcakes.
Sept 22 | Star Party, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
Sept 22, 23 | Omaha River City Rodeo at CHI Health Center
Sept 23 | Fall Equinox Hike, Fontenelle Forest
Sept 23 | Railroad Days, Union Pacific Railroad Museum, 200 Pearl Street Council Bluffs, IA
Celebrate all things train and track!
Sept 23 | Rock Climbing 101, Montclair Community Center
Learn rock climbing basics. Registration required.
Sept 29 | Full Moon Hike, Fontenelle Forest
Sept 30–Oct 1 | Living History Weekend, Table Creek Rendevous
Arbor Lodge Mansion, 2600 Arbor Ave, Nebraska City, NE
History comes to life with demonstrations of blacksmithing, fabric dyes and printing, seed beadwork, weaving, leather crafting, Dutch oven cooking, fire building, and more.
Sept 29–Oct 1 | Junkstock Harvest Edition 1150 River Road Dr Waterloo, NE
Our favorite vintage and antique show.
Sept 29–Oct 29 | Jack O’Lantern World
You won’t want to miss this epic walk through 100os of hand-carved jack-o’lanterns!
For additional things to do in Omaha this fall, check out our Omaha Fall Bucket List or our summer resources!
Send us an email if we missed anything, and we’ll add your event to the list.
We work hard to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information before heading to an event or activity, since it may change.