Septemberfest

Thousands line Capitol Avenue for the Septemberfest parade on Monday.

1. Give a salute to labor at SeptemberFest. The four-day festival will take place Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday in parking lot D of the Century Link Center, 455 N. 10th St. in Omaha. The annual festival has something for the entire family, including musical acts, a Kiddie Kingdom for children, a giant carnival, arts and crafts, food and a number of new special attractions each year. For a full list of attractions, as well as other event information, click here.

2. Attend SeptemberFest's Labor Day Parade. The parade will start Monday at 10 a.m. at 16th and Cass Streets. It will then travel south on 16th Street to Capitol Avenue, continues east on Capitol to 10th Street and conclude by proceeding north on 10th Street to Mike Fahey street. The two-hour parade goes on rain or shine. There will be flag carrying honor guards, marching bands, labor unions, businesses, floats, animals, horses, clowns and roaming artists. There will also be five gigantic balloons at the same quality and scale as the Macy’s parade. Click here for a map of the Labor Day parade.

3. Enjoy a "Fly-In & Drive-In" breakfast. On Saturday, enjoy breakfast served by The Pancake Man from 8 to 11 a.m. at the CAF Hanger at the Council Bluffs Airport, located at 101 McCandless Lane. Adults are $7, children 6-12 are $3.50 and children younger than 5 are free. Fly-in pilots can also eat for free. Proceeds help support the Great Plains Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. When you're done eating, be sure to visit the Great Plains Wing Museum's open house from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at no cost. The museum includes more than 1,500 WWII artifacts of American, German, British and Japanese heritage.

4. Celebrate Labor Day weekend at the zoo. Visit the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium this weekend to enjoy animal presentations, bounce houses, face painting and gate gifts to get Labor Day weekend started. Event activities are free to zoo members or with regular paid zoo admission. Click here for more information. 

5. Celebrate the end of summer with a street dance. On Sunday, Bluffs Downtown will be hosting the End of Summer Bash, a street dance on the 100 Block of West Broadway in Council Bluffs. Opening performer for the evening will be Tyler Folkerts, who will play from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jeremy McComb will be the featured performer playing from 7 to 10 p.m. All ages are welcome for the free concert. Anyone outside the beer garden is welcome to bring a lawn chair. The beer garden, open to adults 21 and older, will open at 4 p.m. A $5 fee will be charged for entry to the beer garden. IDs are required. Click here for more information. 

6. Have fun at First Friday Family Date Night at the Omaha Children’s Museum. This Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., share a night of storybook fun with some of your favorite characters. Join Little Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland and Dorothy for a fun evening at OCM! Enjoy themed activities throughout the museum, a big book giveaway, prizes and more. Activities are free with regular museum admission or membership. Click here for a full list of activities.

7. Watch a fireworks bonanza. Enjoy good food, lots of games, live music and professional fireworks at dusk for the StoneBridge Fireworks Bonanza Sunday at StoneBridge Christian Church, 15801 Butler Ave. in Omaha. Admission is free. Games, inflatables, a rock wall and more begin at 5 p.m. Invite your family and friends, bring a lawn chair or blanket and come enjoy the fun! Vendors will be selling burgers, smoked meats, smoothies and more (cash only). You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks, but alcohol is not allowed. Click here for more information. 

8. Celebrate Italian culture and heritage in Omaha. La Festa Italiana will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Il Palazzo, located at 5110 North 132nd St. in Omaha. During the festival, enjoy authentic Italian food, wine, beer, traditions, language, religion, folklore, customs, family genealogy, music and dancing under the stars. For more information, click here.

9. See planes at the Omahawks air show. The 2015 Omahawks Air Show will take place Monday from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Standing Bear Lake, 138th and Fort streets. See flying exhibitions from the best Radio Control pilots in the region. Hot dogs, chips, soda, water, popcorn and baked goods will be available. Door prize tickets are available for purchase and hundreds of dollars in prizes will be awarded. Net proceeds from the sale of door prize tickets, food and drinks will benefit Make-A-Wish of Nebraska. For more information, call Ed Paasch at 402-321-3781 or email bigedmustafa@hotmail.com. To view the website, click here.

10. See "Peanuts" on the big screen with the family. Marcus Theaters is bringing classic Peanuts films to the big screen – just in time for the new Peanuts movie this November. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock and the rest of the gang Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. for "Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown." Admission is $5. Participating theaters include Majestic Cinema of Omaha (14304 West Maple Road), Twin Creek (3909 Raynor Parkway in Bellevue, Nebraska) and Village Pointe (304 North 174th St.). Click here for more information. 

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