Hey, you want to look cool, right? Like the kind of person who knows what's up? Well, we've got you covered. Just attend some of these awesome events and we can almost guarantee you'll have a pretty OK weekend.


First Friday

Old Market and Benson

Old Market events start at 6 p.m., Benson's happy hour begins at 4 p.m., events begin at 7 p.m.

It's the first Friday of the month, and that means art galleries across the area will be opening their doors to show off some brand new exhibits. Check out two of our local celebrations. Old Market will have jewelry by Meridith Merwald-Gofta, glass works by Deb Kubik and many other works of art on display. Benson will have art displays in many of the area businesses and galleries as well as drink specials starting at 4 p.m.

Carver Bank, 2416 Lake St., and other areas around North 24th Street

4 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Native Omaha Days kicks into high gear with this evening celebration. Celeste Pratt-Butler's two-day exhibition opens tonight; she will have thread painted portrait quilts on display. There will also be live poetry and music. Saturday, the festival really heats up with a parade and a dance.


Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

6:30 p.m.


These young girls have been working hard all week learning to play a musical instrument and form a band. Check out their performances as each band performs one song. All proceeds go to next year's Omaha Girls Rock camp.

Old Mattress Factory, 501 N. 13th St.

3 p.m.


It's everything you love about beer fests, but with an added bacon twist. Chefs in the area will be putting together their best bacon recipes in hope of being named the tastiest bacon dish. Snack on some tasty meat and sample more than 40 different kinds of beer.


O'Leaver's, 1322 S. Saddle Creek Rd.

8 p.m.


Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker's side project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks plays at O'Leaver's alongside local groups The Seen and Lars and Mal. To prep, listen to Alex Bleeker and the Freaks' most recent album, “How Far Away.” It's so catchy, there's no way you'll be able to justify missing this show.

Stir Concert Cove, 1 Harrah's Blvd., Council Bluffs

7:30 p.m.


Rockers Queens of the Stone Age have been together for years, and they still put on a killer show. Catch them at Stir Cove, fresh off a performance at Lollapalooza

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