The Art of Growing
Opening May 3 at Anderson O’Brien Fine Art Gallery, 3201 Farnam St. Come see the work of Susan Puelz, Shelly Bartek, Kristin Pluhacek, Rein Vanderhill, Carol Thompson, Stephen Dinsmore, Susan Tinker, and Jan Christensen as they explore the art of growing. Admission: free. 402-884-0911.
May 3-5 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This exhibition features arrangements from both classical and contemporary schools of Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 6 to 12, free for garden members and children under 6. 402-346-4002.
The Black Interior
Through May 4 at the Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. Through the use of colorful marked papers, graphites, and painting, Glyneisha Johnson explores the notion of collage as a metaphor to describe black culture through domestic interior spaces and public black spaces related to home. Admission: free. 402-933-3161.
UNO BFA & BASA Thesis and Senior Shows
Through May 4 at UNO Criss Library and Weber Art Gallery, 6001 Dodge St. Thesis students in the art program and BASA graduating seniors from the University of Nebraska-Omaha showcase their work. Admission: free. 402-554-3206.
Through May 4 at Kaneko, 1111 Jones St. An immersion in the human condition provides audiences with a range of creative encounters that explore the physical and psychological experiences that we all face as human beings. Captivating sculptures, dance performances, and lectures encourage visitors to immerse themselves in how we define what it means to be human. Admission: free. 402-341-3800.
Garth Williams: Illustrator of the Century
Opening May 4 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Williams was the illustrator of dozens of children’s classics, including E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, and many Golden Books. Admission: free. 402-342-3300.
Through May 5 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Over 60 works by contemporary African-American artists focus on important issues of racial, gender, and sexual identity; ongoing narratives of racial inequality in the United States; poverty; racial stereotyping; and the power of protest. Admission: $10 adults, $5 college students, free for members and ages 17 or younger. 402-342-3300.
Through May 12 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This exhibit will feature 20 life-sized dinosaur installations positioned throughout the garden. Massive creations by Guy Darrough will appear right at home nestled among jungle-like landscapes and plant fossils. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 6-12, free for children under 6 and garden members. 402-346-4002.
Nebraska Artist Biennial
Opening May 16 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. The 2019 Nebraska Artist Biennial is a juried exhibition featuring 50+ works from the best artists across Nebraska. Admission: free. 402-305-1510.
Straight Out of Omaha
Opening May 19 at Douglas County Historical Society, 5730 N. 30th St. In a snapshot of local history and success, this exhibit will explore the inventions, celebrities, businesses, and noteworthy achievements that have grown from Douglas County. 2 p.m. Admission: free, donations accepted. 402-455-9990.
Opening May 25 at the Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Get ready for a magical adventure into the Enchanted Kingdom, an exhibit filled with diverse creatures and characters. Explore the Market Place and pretend to be a blacksmith, a tailor, or a farmer. Admission: $13 adults and children, $12 seniors, free for children under 2 and members. 402-342-6164.
Face-To-Face With Black History
Through May 31 at Great Plains Black History Museum, 2505 N. 24th. St. In 2018, the Black Votes Matter organization took a group of high school students on a Civil Rights tour, putting them face-to-face with black history. This exhibit showcases their journey. Admission: free. 402-932-7077.
Depth & Accumulation
Through June 2 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. Two painters, Carolyn Albrecht and Jennifer Radil, sift through the ebb and flow nature of their medium, the self, the stories they create, and the balance of depth and frivolity. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
Alison O’Daniel’s Heavy Air and Lui Shtini’s Tempos
Through June 15 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. O’Daniel creates cinema, performances, sound-dampening textiles, sculptures, mobiles, and large-scale installations that intend to visualize what it means to not have complete access to sound. Shtini is presenting his first solo institutional exhibition in the United States. His painting technique engages his surfaces through layers of underpainting and brushstrokes while his drawings extend how one might look at charcoal and graphite. Admission: free. 402-341-7130.
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Through June 23 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Inspired by a permanent exhibit at the National Museum of American History, this exhibit explores America’s “of, by, and for the people” government. It features multimedia experiences, immersive design, and artifacts from the Smithsonian and state historical organizations. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors, $7 children 3-12, free for children 2 years and under and members. 402-444-5071.
Dragons Love Tacos
May 3-5 & 10-12 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. In this hilarious adaptation of Adam Rubin’s giggle-generating book, Boy and his faithful fido, Leroy, are swept up into the “Dos & Don’ts” of serving tasty treats to big beasts. Times vary. Tickets: $22.50. 402-345-4849.
Men on Boats
May 3-26 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Led by an all-female cast, this is the “true-ish” story of 10 explorers charting the course of the Colorado River in 1869. Guided by a one-armed captain, the outlandish but loyal crew encounters various disasters, conflicts, and harrowing adventures along the way. Times vary. Tickets: $30. 402-345-0606.
Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert
May 3-4 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The Star Wars saga begins in Omaha with the groundbreaking blockbuster screened with John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score performed in its entirety. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0202.
The Wizard of Oz
May 4 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. In a world premiere production, American Midwest Ballet takes us dancing down the Yellow Brick Road in this imaginative full-length ballet. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $27-$67. 402-345-0606.
One Man, Two Guvnors
Through May 5 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. When out-of-work Francis becomes employed by two men, he goes to great lengths to serve both employers without them finding out about each other. But soon, cases of mistaken identity and the introduction of several unusual characters begin to thwart his plan. Times vary. Tickets: $36. 402-345-0606.
May 9-25 at the Apollon, 1801 Vinton St. It’s 1969 and the U.S. is embroiled in the Vietnam War. Private George Andrews has been killed in action, but before his spirit can move on, he has some unfinished business that needs to be completed. Times vary. Tickets: $30+. 402-884-0135.
May 11 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Celebrated actor Alex Gemignani brings his talent to the intimate setting of the 1200 Club in the Holland Center. This actor, director, and composer (who you may know from his work in Carousel, Chicago, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, or Hamilton) brings the glitz of Broadway to Omaha. 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $40 advanced, $45 day of show. 402-345-0202.
Imomsohard: Mom’s Night Out Round 2
May 12 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Moms, best friends, and funny ladies Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley are the creators of the web series, #IMOMSOHARD. 8 p.m. Tickets: $49.25-$199.25. 402-345-0202.
May 16-June 16 at Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 10th St. A re-imagined tale of the origin of L. Frank Baum’s The Tin Woodman of Oz, The Woodsman gives the darkly beautiful, haunting, and heartbreaking story a new life through music, storytelling, and puppetry. Thursday-Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sundays 6 p.m. or 2 p.m. Tickets: $35 general admission, $30 senior. 402-345-1576.
Samuel J. Comroe
May 16 at FunnyBone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St. A Los Angeles native and winner of Rickey Gervais’ comedy competition, “Just Sayin,’” Comroe’s comedy is made up of the trials and tribulations of living with Tourettes syndrome after being diagnosed at age 6. Tickets: $20-$30. 7:30 p.m. 402-493-8036.
May 21 at the Orpheum Theatre, 409 S. 16th St. Fans will journey through a true fusion of dance and music as Derek Hough explores styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hip-hop and everything in between. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $49.50+. 402-345-0606.
Omaha Improv Fest 2019
May 23-26 at multiple locations. This seventh annual event will host over 70 shows with teams and performers from all over the U.S for four nights of improv fun, including Katie O’Brien and her group the Katydids, who produce the hit sitcom Teachers, and Bob Wiltfong from The Daily Show. Times vary. Tickets: $5-$20 per show. 402-720-7670.
May 24 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Highly praised actress and singer Marilyn Maye brings her talent to the intimate setting of the 1200 Club in the Holland Center. This Grammy-nominated recording artist, actress, director, arranger, and educator brings her art of song and performance to Omaha. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. 402-345-0202.
Love & Laughter Comedy Show
May 26 at Jesse’s Place, 2311 N. 24th St. Laugh with Vanessa Fraction of Def Comedy Jam and Tony Woods of BET’s ComicView at their upcoming show. Live music from Enjoli & Timeless, an R&B band from right here in Omaha. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets: $25 advanced, $30 day of show, $45 VIP. 402-819-7773.
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May 28-June 2 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Experience the acclaimed new production of this legendary musical. This is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who meets an American G.I. and changes her life forever. Times vary. Tickets: $35-95. 402-345-0606.
May 31-June 30 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Set in the melting pot of New York City at the turn of the century, the lives of a wealthy white couple, a determined Jewish immigrant, and an African-American ragtime musician intertwine, creating a rich tapestry of American life. Times vary. Tickets: $42. 402-345-0606.
My Fair Lady
May 31 & June 1-9 at Chanticleer Community Theater, 830 Franklin Ave. Known as “the perfect musical,” My Fair Lady is based on the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. Classic characters Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins illuminate this story of a poor flower girl’s rise to royalty. Times vary. Tickets: $80 adults, $64 seniors, $40 students. 712-323-9955.
The Tallest Man on Earth
May 1 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground is a five-part series with each song as a new, original studio recording with an accompanying video. Shows will take place worldwide. 9 p.m. Tickets: $30. 402-884-5353.
May 5 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Acclaimed musician, Ray Bonneville, strips his bluesy Americana down to its essentials and steeps it in a humid Southern vibe. Bonneville’s deep voice works in rhythm with rich guitar and harmonica to create compelling poetry of hard living and deep feeling. 5 p.m. Tickets: $17 advanced, $20 day of show. 402-884-5707.
Jack & Jack
May 5 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson bring their Los Angeles-based fame back to their hometown of Omaha. The pop duo are not only gold-selling but also lifelong friends. Their music infuses tropical grooves, electronic expanse, and hip-hop attitude to bring bright and bold bangers. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 advanced, $28 day of show. 402-346-9802.
P!NK: “Beautiful Trauma World Tour”
May 7 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. International pop icon Pink is bringing her world tour to Omaha in the spring. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $47.50+. 402-341-1500.
May 7 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This American hardcore punk band from Kentucky incorporates slow-tempo breakdowns into their metal music. 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $18 advanced, $20 day of show. 402-884-5353.
May 8 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. Dirty Heads writes songs with no expectations or plans; the boundless environment fosters their inspiration, and their music thrives on freedom. Without boundaries or blueprints, their music comes to life. 8 p.m. Tickets: $29.75. 402-346-9802.
May 10 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. With a fiery pyro show, smoke machines, costumes, big hair, and an ever-evolving playlist of hit songs, Hairball puts on a rock concert like nothing ever seen before. The musicians bring some of music’s most iconic bands to life, from Guns N’ Roses to Poison. 8-11 p.m. Tickets: $25 advanced, $35 day of show. 402-934-9966.
May 10 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Experience the soulful sounds of “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues,” backed by her band of Detroit musicians. Thornetta Davis uses her strong voice to tell stories through song with incredible delivery. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40. 402-345-0202.
Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony
May 10-11 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This symphony combines moments of beauty and serenity with passages of epic struggle—ending triumphantly in a blaze of brass and percussion. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$72. 402-345-0202.
May 10 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. The Australian singer-songwriter’s new album, Crushing, embodies every possible meaning of its title word from sheer intensity of feeling to smothering closeness. The album reveals how our physical experience of the world shapes and distorts our inner lives. 8 p.m. Tickets: $13 advanced, $15 day of show. 402-884-5707.
River Riot 2019
May 10 at Westfair Fairgrounds and Amphitheater, 22984 U.S. Highway 6. This year’s show will feature Halestorm, In This Moment, I Prevail, Sevendust, Through Fire, Palaye Royale, Beasto Blanco, and The Impulsive. 1 p.m. Tickets: $25. 712-322-3400.
The Prince Experience
May 11 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. A tribute to Prince, the performance includes all of Prince’s most famous hits including songs from the Purple Rain era. 9 p.m. Tickets: $20 advanced, $25 day of show. 402-345-7569.
Luke Combs: “Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour”
May 11 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This breakthrough country music artist will perform his platinum-certified debut album, This One’s For You, in his first ever headline arena tour. 7 p.m. Tickets: $25+. 402-341-1500.
May 13 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. Elle King brings her “Shake The Spirit Tour” to Omaha with Barns Courtney as the opener. 8 p.m. Tickets: $35. 402-346-9802.
Cher: “Here We Go Again Tour”
May 14 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Multi-award winning singer, actress, and show-stopping performer is crossing the U.S. for the first time in five years! Following the recent global success and rave reviews for her role in Mamma Mia 2, Cher will be performing all of her hits along with new songs from the Dancing Queen album. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $37.95+. 402-341-1500.
Hatebreed: 25th Anniversary Tour
May 14 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. The American metalcore band celebrates their 25th year by performing with special guests Obituary, MADBALL, Prong, and Skeletal Remains. 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. 402-346-9802.
The Temptations & The Four Tops
May 15 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Two Motown Legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame groups entertain with an evening of their hit songs that defined a generation. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $49.50-$70. 402-345-0606.
May 15 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The platinum-selling band is on the brink of a momentous year with the release of their first new music in three years. Their tour will travel through 35+ cities. 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 advanced, $22 day of show. 402-884-5353.
May 16 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Acclaimed jazz vocalist Lizz Wright brings her smooth and vibrant alto sound to original works and well-known compositions. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$35. 402-345-0202.
May 17 at Stir Cove, One Harrah’s Blvd. Formed in 1967, Chicago is one of the longest-running and best-selling groups of all time with an impressive 47 albums that have earned gold and platinum certifications. 8 p.m. Tickets: $50-$78. 712-329-6000.
May 17 at Forte Music Hall and Bar, 4727 S. 96th St. Lil Flip will be performing in support of his second album, U Gotta Feel Me. 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 advanced, $30 day of show. 402-614-3382.
May 22 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Shortly after the release of their acclaimed self-titled debut album, Camp Cope launched the “It Takes One” campaign against sexual and physical assault at shows. 7 p.m. Tickets: $12 advanced, $15 day of show. 402-345-7569.
May 25 at Winchester Bar & Grill, 7002 Q St. This is the last date of Cursive’s May U.S. tour, featuring mewithoutYou and The Appleseed Cast. 7 p.m. Tickets: $20. 402-331-9933.
May 25 at O’Leaver’s, 1322 S. Saddle Creek Rd. This power-pop group from Wichita is promoting their new album, Laugh It Off. Local bands Seymour and Garst will open. 8 p.m. 402-556-1238.
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Secrets, Awaken I Am, Your Last Chance, No Loss No Regrets & From This Day Forward
May 26 at Lookout Lounge, 320 S. 72nd St. Secrets, a band based out of San Diego, California, brings their post-hardcore sound to Omaha for their “Fragile Figures Anniversary Tour.” Awaken I Am, Your Last Chance, No Loss No Regrets, and From This Day Forward will also be performing. 7 p.m. Tickets: $13 advanced, $15 day of show. 402-391-2554.
May 26 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The Arizona-based band fuses pop, alternative, and rock styles together to make their unique sound. With their newest independent release, Lovely Little Lonely, they push genre boundaries. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 advanced, $28 day of show. 402-884-5353.
May 26 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This multi-platinum selling pop-rock quartet constantly raises the bar for quality music and explosive live shows. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 advanced, $28 day of show. 402-345-7569.
May 31 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Humble beginnings, a cultivated work ethic, and the influences of classic country legends synchronized together in perfect harmony make up this singer-songwriter’s soulful music. 9 p.m. Tickets: $12 advanced, $15 day of show. 402-884-5353.
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 starting May 2.
Old Market (11th and Jackson streets) 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays starting May 4.
Village Pointe (168th and Dodge streets) 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays starting May 4.
Aksarben Village (67th and Center streets) 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays starting May 5.
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 (110th 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.
Namaste Goat Yoga
May 1 at Honey Creek Creamery, 25593 Old Lincoln Highway, Honey Creek, IA. Come get your zen on and share your yoga practice with the baby goats of Honey Creek Creamery. Bring a yoga mat and water to the location just 10 minutes from Omaha. Photos are encouraged! Classes are offered Wednesdays and Fridays-Sundays during the month of May. Times vary. Admission: $25. 402-690-9252.
The Ranch Taco Ride-Run
May 2 at Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Patch, 11001 S. 48th St., Papillion, NE. Come to the Bellevue Berry Farm for a bike ride and run with live music, food, and drink. Families are welcome and there is a play area for children. 5-10 p.m. Admission: free. 402-331-5500.
Friday Night Music Series
May 3 at Soaring Wings Vineyard & Brewing, 17111 S. 38th St., Springfield, NE. Enjoy live music on summer nights at a local winery and brewery, happening every Friday night through October. 6-9:30 p.m. Admission: $5. 402-253-2479.
Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder’s Weekend
May 3-5 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Shareholders in the company created by Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffet, can learn about the year’s earning at this annual meeting. Events include the 7th annual “Invest in Yourself” 5k, a shareholder shopping day, and more. Times vary. 402-341-1500.
Cinco de Mayo Parade
May 4 along 24 St. from D to L streets. This dazzling parade—one of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the Midwest—features floats, marching bands, and more. Other event festivities (including a carnival, fiesta, and boxing tournament) take place May 3-5, rain or shine. 10 a.m. Admission: free.
Saturdays @ Stinson Concert Series
May 4, 11, 18 & 25 at Stinson Park, 2285 S. 67th St. Food, drinks, face painting, and balloon artists will all be available during these live concerts, which feature talented bands from Omaha. This event takes place each Saturday from May to August. The first concert of the season features Taxi Driver, an Omaha band that provides an interactive show with music from the ’50s until now. 7-10 p.m. Admission: free. 402-496-1616
Kentucky Derby 2019
May 4 at Horsemen’s Park, 6303 Q St. Join fellow horse race lovers on Derby Day at Horsemen’s Park to watch, wager, and win. Attendees can also enter to compete in the annual hat contest with $3,000 in prize money. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: free. 402-731-2900.
Renaissance Festival of Nebraska
May 4-5 & 11-12 at Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch, 11001 S. 48th St. Step back in time to the days of knights in shining armor with full contact swordplay, equestrian jousting, six unique performance locations, 100+ costumed characters, and free make-and-take crafts. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: $13 adults, $8 children. 402-331-5500.
Yoga Rocks the Park
Starting May 5 at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam St. This healing arts festival takes place on Sundays and combines yoga and live music as a way to heal your mind and body. This event occurs each Sunday through the end of June. Registration starts at 3:30 p.m., yoga starts at 4 p.m. Admission: free, donations accepted. 402-557-6006.
Omaha Festival of Music
May 5 at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, 15050 W. Maple Road. The Nebraska Brass Band, the Omaha United Methodist Mass Choir, and the Omaha Children’s Choir celebrate music together at this event. 4-6 p.m. Admission: free, $10 VIP. 402-704-6322.
Leashes at Lauritzen
May 6 & 13, June 3 & 10 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Bring your canine friends to explore the grounds and enjoy the outdoors. Heel for family photos, learn about local dog-related nonprofits, and enjoy treats and samples with your pup. 5-8 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 dogs, free for garden members. 402-346-4002.
Sip Nebraska Wine, Craft Beer & Spirits Festival
May 10-11 at Mahoney State Park, 28500 W. Park Highway. Celebrate spring and wine at the 6th annual wine event highlighting vintages from Nebraska wineries and craft breweries. Live music, unlimited wine, hard cider, craft beer, food, art, and more will be available. Friday 4-10 p.m., Saturday 1-10 p.m. Admission: $25+. 402-882-2448.
Children’s Business Fair
May 11 at Kaneko, 1111 Jones St. Children will develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers and receive awards at this one-day marketplace. 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $20 fee per business, free entry for customers. 402-341-3800.
Omaha Brew Tour
May 11 at Farnam House Brewing Company, 3588 Farnam St. Tour some of Omaha’s craft beer breweries and bars by bicycle with Nebraska Beer Ride. The event will begin and end at Farnam House Brewing Company with prize drawings at the end of the event. Participants will receive a ticket for a beer at each stop. The event is scheduled rain or shine and riders are expected to bring a helmet, a bike lock, and bike lights. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tickets: $33, $38 day-of-event.
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May 11-12 in downtown Florence, 30th St. between State St. and I-680 Historic Florence retains its own small-town feeling with this annual event. Get in the spirit with the Florence Days Parade on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. from Miller Park to McKinley St. Other activities include art displays, a melodrama, talks about the historic Florence Mill, and more. 10 a.m. Admission: free.
Mother’s Day Brunch
May 12 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Make your plans now to visit the gardens for a wonderful brunch among the flowers. Reservations are required. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $30 adults, $13 children 6-12, $8 children 3-5, free for children under 2. 402-346-4002.
May 14-18 in Council Bluffs, various locations. Hop across the river to celebrate Council Bluffs. Their community pride week begins with the Clean Sweep in Bayliss Park, followed by a special Farmers Market on May 16 and a Spring Cookout on May 17. The week ends with the Celebrate CB Parade and the Children’s Activity Faire on May 18. The 5th annual Selfie Contest will begin May 6 and run through the end of the event. Times vary. Admission: free. 712-396-2494.
Akoben Art & Social Justice
May 16 at Great Plains Black History Museum, 2221 N. 24th St. This community workshop focuses on anti-oppression art and responsibility by sharing absent narratives and building awareness through cultural art. 5:30-7 p.m. Admission: free. 402-932-7077.
Toast Nebraska Wine Festival
May 17-18 at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, 12102 S. 180th St. This two-day wine festival includes a souvenir glass, tastings of 150 wines from 20 Nebraska wineries, a wine tote, admission to education sessions, live music, artisan food vendors, and yard games. Friday 4-10 p.m., Saturday 1-10 p.m. Tickets: $45-$55. 402-310-7264.
March for Monarchs
May 18 at Wildlife Safari Park, 16406 N. 292 St., Ashland, NE. Flutter over to the Wildlife Safari Park for a family fun walk where attendees undergo a migration around the park trails and learn about the monarch’s journey. Guests are encouraged to wear butterfly costumes. 8-11 a.m. Tickets: $25 for non-members, $20 for Wildlife Safari Park and Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium members, $35 day of event. 402-738-2092.
Land Stewardship: Volunteer Work Day
May 18 at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N. Volunteer with the Land Stewardship crew on selected Saturday mornings. Lunch is provided and anyone is welcome to join. Bring the family and get some hard work done. 8:30-11:30 a.m. 402-731-3140.
May 18 at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway. Visitors can watch helicopters fly away and land right in front of them. Inside the museum, workshops and family-friendly activities await visitors. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $12 adults, $6 children. 402-944-3100.
Food Truck Extravaganza
May 18 at Infusion’s Southwest Tap Room & Production Brewery, 6271 S. 118th St. Come enjoy the makings of eight food trucks alongside games, beer, and root beer floats at the 3rd Annual Food Truck Extravaganza. This event is great for family fun and dog-friendly. Noon-7 p.m. Admission: free.
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Elkhorn Antique Flea Market
May 19 at Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St. This Elkhorn event, held four times a year, hosts over 500 vendors, each with their own unique treasures. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain or shine. Admission: $5. 414-525-0820.
Rock The Yard 2019
May 19 at School of Rock, 13270 Millard Ave. This yearly music jam helps raise funds for the students’ summer trip. Noon-6 p.m. Admission: $5 adults, free for children 18 and under. 402-691-8875.
2019 Big Ten Baseball Tournament
May 22 to May 26 at TD Ameritrade Park, 1200 Mike Fahey St. Take your family and friends out to the ballgame for a weekend of baseball at the Big Ten 2019 tournament. Times vary. Tickets: Youth $7 single day, $30 all-session; Reserved $12.50 single day, $55 all-session; Club $15 single day, $60 all-session. 402-546-1800.
Salute to Summer Festival
May 23-26 in downtown La Vista. Old-fashioned fun will be available at this annual event, which takes place on Memorial Day weekend. There will be a carnival in Central Park, a parade down Park View Blvd., and more. Times vary. Admission: free. 402-331-4343.
First Annual Council Bluffs Tattoo Arts Convention
May 24-26 at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way. This three-day convention will feature artists from reality competition series Ink Master. 2 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $20 per day, $40 three-day pass, children under 12 are free. 215-423-4780.
International Conference on Human Trafficking
May 28-30 at Mike & Josie Harper Center, 602 N. 20th St. This conference serves as a forum for outstanding cross-disciplinary research in human trafficking, with the long-term goal of a professional association dedicated to the study of human trafficking. Featuring keynote speaker Fabrizio Sarrica. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets: $100-$150. 402-280-3850.
Omaha Sports Commission Awards
May 30 at Holland Center for Performing Arts, 1200 Douglas St. Join the Omaha Sports Commission and the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame for their inaugural award ceremony as they recognize local sports stars. 6-10 p.m. Tickets: $60. 402-502-2216.
Taste of Omaha
May 31-June 2 at Omaha Riverfront and Heartland of America Park, 800 Douglas St. An annual food-filled festival that features eats from nearly 50 restaurants. Accompanied by live music, entertainment, and activities at Heartland of America Park, Lewis & Clark Landing, and River’s Edge Park. Times vary. Admission: free. 402-346-8003.
Turner Park Night Market
May 31 at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam St. Come to Midtown Crossing for an evening market with local vendors, food, activities, music, and attractions. This event occurs the last Friday of each month, May-September. 6-9 p.m. Admission: free. 402-557-6006.
Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.
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