Family & More
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.
This calendar was printed in the March/April edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.