Chalking on Sunshine

*Weather Update: Festival activity now planned for Sunday only, due to the forecast for inclement weather on Saturday.

We’re #ChalkingOnSunshine this weekend and it feels good!  Enjoy these last few days of summer by taking a leisurely stroll along Farnam Street, from Turner Boulevard to 33rd Street, during the 4th Annual Omaha Chalk Art Festival, presented by Emspace + Lovgren.  The Festival runs this Sunday, September 11* from 10am-6pm. Talk with the talented chalk artists – 40 in total! – this weekend and find out more about their creative masterpieces.  You’ll see colorful, family-friendly designs like tigers, abstract pictures of people sitting in Turner Park enjoying Jazz on the Green and our fabulous Nebraska landscape.  And be sure and check out a heartfelt design of a Ukrainian woman surrounded by beautiful sunflowers.  These designs will inspire you, give you enjoyment and maybe even put a smile on your face. Special thanks to presenting sponsor Emspace + Lovgren and in-kind sponsor Blick Art Materials for their support of the festival.

For more chalking fun along the Market-to-Midtown Bikeway, Bike Walk Nebraska is inviting locals to “Chalk the Bikeway” from 3-6pm and enjoy the neighborhood while you’re out.

While you’re here for the festival, explore the neighborhood in Omaha’s eclectic urban core.  Sunday is Family Day at Corky Canvas. Maybe an ice cream cone is calling your name; check out Cold Stone Creamery‘s newest creations “Brown Sugar Cookie Dough Sensation” and “The Apply of My Pumpkin Pie”.  Yum.  That’s all.  Yum. But wait, there’s more.  Pizza pizza pizza at Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza is just the spot for an early fall lunch or dinner.  Yes, cheese bread.  Yes, cinnamon glazed knots, too.  And, the pizza is the very best in town. Not kidding.  Rays Wings, Pizza and Drinks is serving up Buffalo-Style chicken wings, burgers, daily specials and so much more.  Make sure you order a cold beverage, too.  Steps away is seriously the freshest, most delicious guacamole you’ve ever had.  Pa Mas Taqueria and Grill will knock your socks off with their fabulous fajitas and best-ever tacos.  Did we mention their margaritas? 

The best news is that the news keeps coming to Midtown Crossing.  Our latest news is that Sofra Kitchen is now open in Midtown Crossing.  Located in the former Grey Plume space, Sofra kitchen is a full-service eatery now serving breakfast and lunch items.  Check out the Truffle Shrimp Roll made with a French brioche.  Other fan favorites include the Lox Avocado toast and the BLT Benedict.  All of their dishes are being curated by Mikel Fane, a European chef with over a decade of experience working in such regions as Italy, Greece and the Mediterranean coast. There are so many restaurants and places to explore.  Check out our full listing here.

As you walk around the energetic neighborhood, be sure and check out Omaha’s BEST natural pet food store Long Dog Fat Cat.  Grab your buddy’s favorite meal and explore the wide variety of natural pet foods.  Grab some shade inside Omaha’s most fabulous gallery Anderson O’Brien Fine Art.  Check out the expansive collection of modern and contemporary art, sculpture, fine art and photography. 

Some surprises on the way, too, in Midtown Crossing.  Be sure and stay informed and sign up for our e-newsletter. 

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