Omaha, Nebraska doesn’t get enough credit. The state’s largest city is home to nearly a half-million people, numerous award-winning restaurants, and four Fortune 500 companies including billionaire Warren Buffett’s multi-national conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway. In 2015, the city was named TIME’s Best Place to Live in the Midwest, namely because of its relative affordability, short commute times and growing foodie scene.
The city is rich with history and culture, from Union Station and the circa-1887 Anheuser-Busch Beer Depot to the luxury accommodations at Magnolia Hotel Omaha. Constructed in 1923 to resemble an Italian palace, Magnolia’s historic building is located at the heart of the city’s entertainment district. As the temperatures grow cooler and the days shorter, visitors can enjoy changing leaves and harvest festivals. Here are just a few of the unique events you can find in Omaha this fall.
- Huber-Haus Oktoberfest: Despite the name, Germany’s most popular festival happens in late September. Join Beer Corner USA for schnitzel, bratwurst, Bavarian pretzels and lots of beer at Crescent Moon and Huber-Haus on September 22-23, 2017. The event is open to families and includes toe-tapping music from The Barry Boyce Band, Bobby “Z” and Polka Joy. It’s only $5 for the 21-and-over crowd, which also includes an entry to win a trip to Germany.
- Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow: Less than 5 miles north of Magnolia Omaha, Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha campus hosts an annual gathering of Native Americans that’s open to the public. You’ll find everything from frybread to dancing and storytelling at this celebration of Native traditions.
- hutchFEST 2017: Need something new to put in your china hutch? A local design shop is the brains behind this artisan market, which boasts furnishings, trinkets and other design elements from more than 100 curated vendors. Also look for beer, local nibbles and music. This year’s fest takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on October 21. Admission is five bucks for adults; free for kids.
- Vala’s Pumpkin Patch: While it might be difficult to carry a pumpkin home on the plane, it’s still worth heading to Vala’s for some fall family fun. The family-owned ranch opens September 15 for their festival season, which includes more than 50 attractions. Walk through three mazes, play in Pirate’s Cove, or take a hay ride through the fields. Older kids can get spooked in the haunted house or shoot targets with a toy gun that fires real apples (additional fee).
- Midwest Coffee and Tea Festival: Those who can’t start their morning without caffeine will be in beverage heaven at this relatively new event located just 15 minutes from Omaha in Ralston, NE. It’s basically a one-stop shop for coffee and tea lovers, with free tastings and various beverages for sale. Get ready to put up your pinky and have a warm cuppa to soothe your stomach on a brisk November day.
With scenic, color-changing leaves and daytime highs around 70 degrees, autumn is the perfect time to visit Omaha. From family-friendly pumpkin patches to flea markets, food festivals and cultural events, there’s no shortage of seasonal attractions to keep you and your family busy. Call 402-341-2500 or visit our website to book your stay at Magnolia Omaha today and you’ll never be far from the action.