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Gardening season is open in Omaha, and those desiring fresh produce will find plenty of options in the area, along with artisan cheeses, farm-raised meats, freshly baked breads, assorted treats, and craft items.
Council Bluffs (Bayliss Park) 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Old Market (11th and Jackson streets) 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays.
Village Pointe (168th and Dodge streets) 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays.
Aksarben Village (67th and Center streets) 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays.
Papillion (84th and Lincoln streets) 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays starting May 29.
Night Market (Turner Park @ Midtown Crossing) 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Last Friday of the month starting May 31.
Florence Mill (9102 N. 30th St.) 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays starting June 2.
Rockbrook Village (108th and Center streets) 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays starting June 5.
Gifford Park (33rd and California streets) 5-8 p.m. Fridays starting June 7.
Laugh, cry, and relax with classic and current movies on starry summer nights. Bring a blanket or a chair, and the whole family. All movies begin at dusk.
Monday Night Movies at Midtown Crossing (Turner Park, 3110 Farnam St.): through July 29.
Music & Movies in the Park (Bayliss Park, 100 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, IA.): Fridays through July 26.
Starlight Movies (SumTur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St., Papillion, NE.): July 5, Aug. 2, and
Turner Park Night Market
May 31-Sept. 27 at Turner Park, 3110 Farnam St. The Omaha Farmer’s Market and Turner Park bring visitors family-friendly activities, vendors, food, entertainment, and more. 6-10 p.m. last Friday of each month. Admission: free.
Summer Street Series
July-September in Benson, Military Avenue & Maple Street. Benson First Friday takes to the street for the summer months. This fresh take on the monthly community event will feature interactive and live artists, an artist’s market, performers, food vendors, and activities for all ages. 5 p.m. Admission: free.
Leashes at Lauritzen
July 1 and 8, Aug. 5 and 12 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Canines are invited to walk the grounds and enjoy the great outdoors. This is an informal, fun way to enjoy and explore Lauritzen’s 100 acres and miles of trail with the family and four-legged friends. 6 p.m. Tickets: $10 for non-members, $5 for dogs, free for members. 402.346.4002.
Ralston’s Annual Independence Day Celebration
July 4 in Downtown Ralston, 7400 Main St. This year’s theme is “Independence Day the Ralston Way,” as this community tradition continues with a fun run, live music, parade, fire department water fight, chicken dinner, beer garden, and a spectacular firework show. Times vary. Admission: free. 402.339.7737.
Douglas County Fair
July 11-14 at Village Pointe, 17305 Davenport St. This is a celebration of the county where urban and rural meet, with something for everyone—live music, a parade, and a livestock show at Chance Ridge Event Center. Times vary. Admission: free.
RiverJam, “The Woodstock 50th Anniversary Experience”
July 12-14 at Riverwest Park, 23301 West Maple Road. RiverJam will pay tribute to the greatest music festival of all time—Woodstock—with more than 40 DJs, bands, and artists performing on three stages; food trucks; a beer garden; vendors; and more. Times vary. Tickets: $15-$325. 402.953.4731.
July 13-14 at various locations. Visitors can explore the exhibits and collections at five of the area’s railroad-themed attractions—Lauritzen Gardens, the Durham Museum, RailsWest Railroad Museum, Union Pacific Railroad Museum, and the Historic General Dodge House. One pass includes admission and transportation between all five locations. 9 a.m. Tickets: $15 family pass, $5 single pass. 402.501.3841.
Brew at the Zoo
July 13 at Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. Guests can stroll through the upper part of the zoo, listen to live music, eat, and play games while sampling unique brews from local breweries. 8 p.m. Tickets: $70 for members, $80 for non-members, $120 VIP admission. 402.733.8401.
UNleash Council Bluffs
July 20 in downtown Council Bluffs. This Missouri River city will host a party for the 20,000-30,000 bicyclists as the starting point for this year’s RAGBRAI. The public is welcome to this event, which includes opening ceremonies, food, and music by Taxi Driver and the Polka Police. Noon. Admission: free. 712.256.2577.
July 27-28 along 60th and Maple streets. Benson Days is a family-friendly summer festival that celebrates the neighborhood’s creative culture. Saturday’s activities include a pancake breakfast, parade, street festival, and beer garden. The Indie 5K/10K Race will be held Sunday morning. Times vary. Admission: free.
The Color Run 5K
July 27 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. The popular traveling 5K returns to Omaha. Participants run the route while paint powder colors the streets—and the runners. 8 a.m. Tickets: $25-$50 adults, $15 children ages 5 and under.
Nebraska Asian Festival
July 27 at Lewis and Clark Landing, 515 N. Riverfront Drive. This family-oriented event celebrates, promotes, and educates the public on Asian heritage. Guests can enjoy food, fun activities, and cultural performances throughout the day. 11 a.m. Admission: $5, free for children under 12. 402.216.9081.
July 27 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. This enchanting night at the museum is filled with encounters from princesses and princes, horse-drawn carriage rides, a wishing well, and activities including crafts and archery training. Dinner is included and costumes are encouraged. 6 p.m. Tickets: $20 for members, $35 for non-members. 402.342.6164.
New American Arts Festival
Aug. 2 in Benson at Military Ave. and Maple St. This festival celebrates the arts, ideas, and cultures of Omaha’s refugee and immigrant communities with workshops, performances, art, food, and music. 4 p.m. Admission: free. 402.342.6164.
—@BensonFirstFriday on Facebook
River’s Edge Taco Fest
Aug. 3 at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, 4200 Avenue B, Council Bluffs. Fifteen of the area’s best taco-centric restaurants will offer a wide range of mouthwatering taco creations. The day will include national and local musical performances, live Lucha Libre wrestling matches, and the Chihuahua beauty pageant and race. 11 a.m. Tickets: $20 advanced general admission, $30 general admission, $100 VIP pass.
Please note: This event was cancelled on June 17, 2019 due to flooding.
Nebraska Balloon and Wine Festival
Aug. 9-10 at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park, Elkhorn. As the name implies, guests can sip Nebraska wines and view hot air balloon launches. 5 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $19 wine tasting package at the gate, $15 wine tasting package in advance, $14 general admission, $7 children under 12, children 5 and under free. 402.346.8003.
Aug. 15 at MCC Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology, 5300 N. 30th St. This conference, formerly known as Big Omaha, celebrates entrepreneurship and innovation. Speakers include media theorist and author Douglas Rushkoff, Partpic co-founder Jewel Burks Solomon and Martha Legg Miller, a small business advocate for the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Tickets include entry to Maha Music Festival. 8 a.m. Tickets: $135-$240.
RIVER FEST 2019
August 16-17 at American Heroes Park, Bellevue. This festival will include helicopter rides, a pancake breakfast, carnival, car show, beer garden, a fireworks display, and performances by Red Delicious and High Heel. 5 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday. Admission: $1. 402.898.3000.
—@Bellevuemusicfestival on Facebook
Omaha Fashion Week
Aug. 18-24 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. Omaha Fashion Week is the nation’s fifth-largest fashion event, showcasing 65-plus designers each year on the runway and providing mentoring, educational opportunities, and a professional showcasing platform. 6 p.m. Tickets: $40-$80. 402.937.1061.
Aug. 20-25 at Andersen Park, 136th and Q Streets. This full week of activities includes a parade, a carnival, a beer garden, horse shows, tractor pulls, and live music. Times vary. Admission: free, $25 for carnival. 402.679.5258.
Arts Block Party
Aug. 24 at Cass St. between 72nd and 69th streets. Guests can tour the Omaha Community Playhouse, Omaha Conservatory of Music, and Omaha Academy of Ballet, eat, watch live performances, and more. 10 a.m. Admission: free.
Aug. 24 in Dundee, 50th Street and Underwood Avenue This street festival celebrates and highlights the Dundee neighborhood with a parade, 5K run, art and craft vendors, book sale, pancake breakfast, food trucks, live music, and a beer garden. 8:30 a.m. Admission: free.
Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, 4200 Avenue B, Council Bluffs. LoessFest is a weekend extravaganza featuring musical performances, family attractions, food vendors, and open-air movie screenings.
Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This “Salute to Labor” festival offers four days of entertainment, educational and artistic displays, a carnival, parade, beer garden, and food. Times vary. Admission: $7 per person per day, parade is free.
This calendar was printed in the July/August edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.