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Special Events in Omaha

College World Series
This annual baseball tournament to decide the best college baseball team in the United States is perhaps the most exciting annual event held in Omaha. Visitors will delight in watching some of the best young athletes in the country, many of whom will one day be playing ball in the big leagues. The tournament is held every June. It is an eight-team tournament that is played in a double-elimination format. The two winners of each four-team bracket then face off in a best-of-three series for the championship.

Summer Arts Festival
This free annual festival is held every June in downtown Omaha. Numerous streets are closed off to traffic. Over 100 of the best artists in the country show up at the festival to sell their wares and demonstrate their artistic techniques. Visitors can even attend workshops to learn how to make artworks of their own. There is also lots of great music for visitors to enjoy. The food selection is amazing, including beer and wine to wash it down.

Omaha Holiday Lights Festival
Every Thanksgiving, a million Christmas lights are turned on in downtown Omaha, turning it into a beautiful spectacle that instantly creates a feeling of holiday cheer. More than 40 blocks of downtown Omaha are part of the festival. Festivalgoers can stroll along the downtown streets and take in the splendor of the holiday lights. One of the best parts is experiencing the view of the lights from the outdoor skating rink that is set up downtown every December for visitors to enjoy.

Cathedral Flower Festival
This annual event is held in late January at St. Cecilia's Cathedral. More than 40 floral designers from around the Midwest show up every year to create some of the most beautiful floral creations imaginable. Each year there is a different theme, and the designers all create pieces to celebrate the theme. Visitors get to enjoy musicians and singers while they view the flowers. The best part is that admission is free to the public.

Taste of Omaha
Held on the banks of the Missouri River, Taste of Omaha is a celebration of Omaha food that features culinary delights from around the world. The festival features more than 40 local restaurants that set up booths to serve the best food they have to offer. There are also concerts for attendees to enjoy during the festival, including many different styles of music.

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