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River City Roundup
Neighborhood: Downtown Omaha
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Omaha’s River City Roundup is no normal way to spend a weekend. Part rodeo, part livestock show, part exposition, and part fair, the Roundup is billed as a “celebration of the Midwest’s heritage.”

Dreamed up on the back of a napkin during a meeting of Omaha civic group, the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben, the Roundup has been held since 1982, currently at the Qwest Center in Downtown Omaha. 

(402) 554-9600

Downtown Omaha Lit Fest
Neighborhood: Downtown Omaha
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During one long weekend in the final days of the Midwestern summer, the (Downtown) Omaha Lit Fest brings together authors and readers for a celebration of the written word. The festival will be celebrating its sixth year in 2010, look for it (you guessed it!) in Downtown Omaha during the middle of September.

Each year, the Festival, managed as a a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, applies a loose theme that helps unite the many discussions, readings, and exhibitions that take place over the weekend. In 2005, the Lit Fest dealt with Banned Books,and included panel discussions on crime writing, screenwriting, telling secrets in memoirs, and more.

Rose Rutherford

Neighborhood: Downtown Omaha
Business Type: Jewelry

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Joslyn Art Museum

Neighborhood: Downtown Omaha
Business Type: Museums

(402) 342-3300

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Omaha Symphony

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Omaha Symphony
Neighborhood: Downtown Omaha
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OmahaSymphony.org

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(402) 342-3560

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Formed in 1921, the Omaha Symphony gives over 200 concerts a year, performing in both Nebraska and Iowa. Counting radio broadcasts, almost 300,000 people hear the Symphony’s music annually. The Symphony performs at two venues in Omaha: The Holland Performing Arts Center (a 2000 seat concert hall at 13th & Douglas) and at the Willis A. & Janet S. Strauss Performing Arts Center (on the UNO campus at 60th & Dodge).

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The Durham Museum

The Durham Museum in Omaha, Nebraska
Neighborhood: Downtown Omaha
Business Type: Museums
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DurhamMuseum.org

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(402) 444-5071

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The Durham Museum, formerly the Western Heritage Museum, probably represents the millionth or so time a train station in America has been named Union Station. Don’t hold that against the museum, which also doubles as the historical site of Omaha’s largest train station, as the exhibits there present a surprisingly thorough account of not only the history of trains in Omaha, but the entire spirit of Manifest Destiny that created the American West.

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Levi Carter Park

Carter Lake at Levi-Carter Park
Neighborhood: Downtown Omaha
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Carter Lake is probably the only town in the Nebraska-Iowa area whose ownership was decided by a Supreme Court case. In 1892, Iowa got the town, but residents from Omaha, Council Bluffs, and beyond enjoy the lake, located in Levi Carter Park, to this day.

Named after industrialist Levi Carter following a $1 million gift from his widow, Levi Carter Park is located directly next to Eppley Airfield, in the only stretch of Iowa located west of the Missouri River. Despite it’s unusual location, the park is an expanse of lush grass fields and old growth, centered around the ox-bow shaped Carter Lake.