Round out the summer with a visit to the 37th annual Septemberfest.
The festival bills itself as a salute to labor. Terry Moore, chairman and founder, said it's a way to salute the working men and women in the area.
Moore said that when the event began, very few people were coming to downtown Omaha. He wanted to start an inner-city festival that people could afford to come to.
“A lot of people in our city can't go on a vacation,” Moore said.
This year's Septemberfest includes a number of events: musical performances, children's activities, a carnival, a car show and more.
On Friday night, there will be a Husker Tailgate Kick-Off Party featuring Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers and the Husker Helicopter.
Septemberfest has been holding a Battle of the Bands in area bars. The finalists will compete Saturday afternoon at the festival for a chance to win $1,000 and open for Great White, which will perform Sunday.
A new event for this year's Septemberfest is the 8K race, which will take place on Saturday. The Up and Over the River Walk and Run will take participants over the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge into Council Bluffs and back again.
Not sure what you want to do at this weekend's Septemberfest? We'll break it down for you, event by event.
5 p.m. to Midnight
» Celebrate the beginning of football season with the Husker Tailgate Kick-Off Party at 5 p.m. Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers will be there along with the Husker Helicopter. There will also be an autograph session featuring Huskers from the 1994 team.
Noon to Midnight
» Septemberfest's BBQ and Rib-Eye Steak Cook-Off Challenge kicks off Saturday evening with the first round — rib-eye steaks. Competition continues on Sunday with chicken, ribs, pork, brisket and dessert rounds. The grand champion of this Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event walks away with $1,500.
» At noon on Saturday, the Shout Battle of the Bands will feature some of the area's favorite bands battling it out for $1,000 dollars and the chance to open for Great White on Sunday. The bands are winners of contests held in several bars. A performance by 3-D in Your Face, an '80s hair metal tribute band, will rock the stage at 10 p.m.
» Septemberfest will be bringing in a track so the Omaha Rollergirls can compete against the BisMan Bombshellz at the festival. The event starts at 6 p.m. and is free with admission to Septemberfest.
Noon to Midnight
» The Up and Over the River 8K Walk and Run takes participants over the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m., the run starts at 8:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 9 a.m.
» A free Texas Hold 'Em Tournament begins at noon. Check in time is 11 a.m. All participants must be 21 to play.
» Legendary rockers Great White will round out the evening with a performance starting at 10 p.m.
» Want to meet Spider-Man? The superhero will be in Kiddie Kingdom from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m for photos and autographs.
Noon to Midnight
» Septemberfest's gigantic parade begins at 16th and Cass Streets at 10 a.m. It will continue south on 16th Street to Capitol Avenue and then head east on Capitol to 10th Street. It will then continue north on 10th Street to Webster Street. The parade features more than 100 groups, including marching bands, labor unions, businesses, floats, animals, artists and more.
» Prior to the parade, the Omaha Musicians Association Concert band will perfom alongside the parade route at 13th Street and Capitol Avenue starting at 9 a.m.
» Xiotal, a folklórico dance group, takes the stage in Kiddie Kingdom after the parade.
» Beatles tribute band Yesterday and Today will bring the Fab Four's tunes to Septemberfest starting at 5 p.m.
» Wanna see some crazy motorcycle stunts? The Koncrete Khaos Motorcycle Stunt Team will be putting on a wild show at 1 p.m. and 3 pm.
» For $10, you can enter your ride in a car show. The show starts with registration at 10 a.m. Judging is at noon, and awards will be given out at 3 p.m. If you don't enter, walk around and check out all the cool cars.
THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND
» Children's perfomers will put on various shows. Magicians, stiltwalkers and balloon artists will be performing. Princess Belle will also make appearances.
» Acrobatic performers Power Skips will be performing on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., as well as Monday at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. They will also be featured in the parade.