ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
1. The Iowa State Fair
While requiring a longer drive than some more local entertainment the Iowa State Fair has earned its place as a must see an-nual event in Omaha and Council Bluffs region. Each year visitors are treated with a wide selection of foods and services that are only going to found at the fairgrounds.
Some of the more noteworthy displays of the fair include the famous Butter Cow, a life size cow made entirely out of butter, and the endless performances by all musi-cians of all genres that only require a gate admission to see. The fair runs from Aug. 11 through Aug. 21.
HutchFEST is a one-day event taking place Aug. 13 at Turner Park at Midtown crossing from 10 AM to 6 PM. This festival celebrates the community and artisan crafts surrounding homemade and local products. The event will host over 100 vendors that are eager to sell and show off their product.
Additionally, HutchFEST encourages visitors to come by if nothing else to witness this lively mar-ketplace brought to life by local food, brews, and live music.
3. Dyed, Wrapped, and Woven
Those seeking a more laid back and observation-al adventure should consider attending the Dyed, Wrapped, and Woven event taking place Aug. 13 from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. This event, inspired by the artist Sheila Hicks, is an open invitation to any and all curious about the expansive world of thread based art and craft. Admission to a majority of the day’s events are free with the exception of the special exhibit: Sheila Hicks: Material Voices which requires a ticket to be purchased.
4. River Riot 2016
Concert enthusiasts should be sure to grab a ticket for River Riot at the Westfair Amphitheater in Council Bluffs before time runs out. This annual concert always brings a unique variety of artists to the area with this year’s acts including performances by Sick Puppies, Killswitch Engaged, Volbeat, and many more. This year’s River Riot will take place on Aug. 19.
5. In the Market for Blues
Those seeking a fun evening in Omaha’s beautiful old market in downtown should be sure to attend the second annual In the Market for Blues taking place on Aug. 13. This event is being hosted by the Hector Anchondo Band and the E3 Music Management at multiple venues.
The Dubliner Pub, the Hive Rock Club and Art Gallery, and Harney Street tav-ern will be serving as venues for this blues festival. $10 wristbands will get one access to all three locations or a flat $5 to attend only a single location.