New music, good food, fine arts, dynamic sports, the great outdoors – and endless opportunities for your future. You’ll find it all in Omaha, Nebraska.
Omaha has no shortage of options for entertainment. Just a short walk or drive from campus, you’ll find dynamic districts and neighborhoods with a variety of activities.
A short walk from campus:
- The Old Market District offers shopping, dining and nightlife for all ages.
- Take in downtown views from the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge (“The Bob”) and stand in two states at the same time.
- Midtown Crossing has a variety of year-round events, including free outdoor group exercise classes, movie nights and Jazz on the Green.
A quick 10-minute drive:
- Immerse yourself in nature at Lauritzen Gardens – Omaha’s Botanical Center.
- Encounter animals from around the world at our 130-acre, award-winning Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.
- Take a trip to Aksarben Village, which features annual festivals, fairs, farmers markets, shopping, dining and nightlife.
Omaha has a vibrant art scene with something for everyone. Take in a traveling Broadway show, visit one of our many museums, experience and create your own masterpiece, and find something that gets your creative juices flowing:
- The Joslyn Art Museum features permanent and temporary exhibitions, sculpture gardens and traveling events, all in a building that is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the nation.
- The Omaha Creative Institute provides artists with opportunities and professional development to build a sustainable career in the arts.
- Hot Shops Art Center includes four anchor studios – each built around a fiery artistic discipline – as well as 58 artist studios and three art galleries. Check out their monthly gallery showings, or sign up for a class to create your own molten masterpiece.
- The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts supports today’s artists through an international artist-in-residence program, temporary exhibitions and commissions, and innovative public programs.
- Omaha Performing Arts is the largest arts institution in Nebraska, dedicated to enriching the lives of citizens in Omaha and beyond. See world-class performances at its two venues, the Orpheum Theater and the Holland Center.
- The Backline Comedy Theatre is primarily a long-form improv training center that hosts a variety of stand-up comedy shows. Stop in for some laughs, or sign up for some classes to perfect your one-liners!
Creighton’s connection to Omaha, and our drive to help students succeed, help explain why 91 percent of our students complete at least one internship during their time here. Omaha is home to several Fortune 500 companies, including Berkshire Hathaway, Union Pacific, Mutual of Omaha, and Peter Kiewit Sons’. In addition, First National Bank, Gallup, Oriental Trading Company, Paypal and First Data all have headquarters or significant operations here. Our community connection and our commitment to education are why 99% of our graduates are employed, volunteering or enrolled in graduate school within nine months of graduation.
If you’re looking for the land of opportunity, you’ve found it.
Omaha has long enjoyed a diverse and thriving music scene, both for homegrown talent and as a regular tour stop for internationally known artists. Local, up-and-coming and big-name acts – from rock, country and folk, to jazz, hip-hop and everything in between – play in clubs all over town.
Slowdown, adjacent to campus, is a popular indie music venue operated by Saddle Creek Records, with three to four shows a week and the ever-popular “Pub Quiz.” Just a short drive west, at the Benson district in Midtown, you’ll find a collection of intimate clubs and live music every night of the week, featuring the best of Omaha’s local bands as well as touring acts.
Omaha’s Maha Music Festival convenes each summer and features an eclectic mix of artists to suit any musical palate. National and international acts perform year-round throughout the Omaha metro area, at CenturyLink Center, Mid-America Center, Stir Cove amphitheater, Orpheum Theater and others. Jazz and blues take center stage at a pair of outdoor concert series, both at Midtown Crossing: Jazz on the Green and Playing with Fire.
Creighton fields 14 NCAA Division I teams in eight sports, competing in the BIG EAST Conference. Needless to say, there’s plenty of athletic action taking place on and around campus.
Root Root Root for the Home Team
The Creighton men’s basketball team earns regular bids to the NCAA Tournament, including in the 2016-17 season. The Bluejays play in the 17,000-seat CenturyLink Center, just a brief walk from campus. The games are a major sporting and social event for Jays fans around the area. The women’s basketball team also has been steadily building a winning tradition, having played in either the NCAA or WNIT tournaments in each of the last 10 years.
The Bluejays men’s and women’s soccer teams have several NCAA Tournament appearances to their credit. Their home field, the 7,500-seat Morrison Stadium, is in the top tier of on-campus soccer facilities in the nation.
Beyond the Bluejays
Beyond college athletics, Omaha has twice played host to the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. The Omaha Storm Chasers are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. PGA Tour and PGA Senior Tour events have been held in the city, which boasts dozens of public and private golf courses. The Omaha Lancers USHL hockey team offers the chance to see the budding stars of the ice. There are also hundreds of amateur and recreational sporting leagues in myriad sports at many venues around the community.