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Rollin’ Through the Weekend

July 11, 2019 by

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Big Sam's Funky Nation

Thursday, July 11:

What’s fun, free, and full of funk? You know it’s Omaha’s Jazz on the Green, which takes over Midtown Crossing’s Turner Park for the next six weeks, bringing the beats to the park through August 15. Kicking things off this summer is Big Sam’s Funky Nation out of New Orleans. Stake your claim early, as their Southern charm and funky blend of  jazz, rock, and hip-hop are sure to draw a big crowd. As always, attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, sunscreen, and flat shoes. But please, no tents/tarps/stakes, open flames, or hard liquor (thought beer and wine are fine). See the full season’s lineup and get all the details here.

Douglas County Fair 2019

Thursday, July 11 to Sunday, July 14:

The Douglas County Fair is happening at Chance Ridge in Elkhorn and at Village Pointe in Omaha, with free parking and a shuttle at Metropolitan Community College in Elkhorn on hand to take you to both locations. With concerts, cows, and cake, this is one you won’t want to miss. Whether it’s a magic show or a (literal) rabbit show you’re interested in, you’ll find it at the fair. Learn about the history of the Douglas County Fair and find all the happenings here.

Woodstock River Jam 2019

Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14:

This year’s RiverJam “The Woodstock 50th Anniversary Experience” celebrates all that was glorious at the ultimate ’60s music festival. Tribute bands covering everyone from the Dead to Hendrix take the main stage at Riverwest Park on Saturday. Over 50 bands, DJs, artists, and producers will be performing throughout both days (Friday and Saturday) on three different stages. Reserved online camping is sold-out, but tent spaces will be available at the gate. For a complete list of performers and additional details, jet over here.

Ephemeral/Eternal: An Exhibition of Photography

Friday, July 12:

Each artist showing in Ephemeral/Eternal: An Exhibition of Photography brings the viewer into her world via photographs made using a disposable 35mm film camera. This group exhibition of analog (film) photography created by female artists using inexpensive disposable cameras was curated with the purpose of reflecting the roles they play in their family, community, and society. This exhibit is at the Link Gallery, in the lower level of the Blackstone Mansion Building. For more information, click here.
Above image by Sara McNeilly Ammon. Main feature image by Marie-Elena Schembri. 

Rollin' for Rabble Mill 2019

Sunday, July 14:

Get your skate on for a good cause at Rollin’ for Rabble Mill at Skate City Bellevue. Rabble Mill is a 501c3 whose mission is to create more skilled, supported, and connected communities. Head to B-town to hit the food trucks, shop the popups, and slow your roll. Or don’t. Whatever your speed is, you’re welcome at this family friendly event. Carve your way over here for more info.


 

Freedom and the Fourth

July 2, 2019 by

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veterans marching, Field Club Parade Fourth of July Highlights

Fourth of July Weekend Highlights:

  • Want to keep things healthy this holiday? Sign up for the Firecracker Flight 5k and 10k at Baxter Arena. But do it now, before it’s too late! This Fourth of July Highlights themed run starts at 10 a.m. sharp. Sign up here now.
  • The 69th Annual J.E. George Boulevard 4th of July Parade assembles at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of J.E. George Boulevard and Nicholas Street. Official start is at 10 a.m. All are welcome (including pets) at this celebration. More details here.
  • This year marks the 37th Annual Field Club Neighborhood Parade. The parade route is around the boulevard of Woolworth Avenue and starts at 10:30 a.m. Did we mention they’ll have free balloons for everyone? Find out more here.
  • The parades march on with the 59th Annual Ralston Independence Day Parade, as does the celebration in Ralston. It all starts on Wednesday with a picnic in the park, dancing, and live music, and continues all day Thursday, with a raffle drawing finishing things off on Friday. Get all the details here.
  • Two of the Omaha Storm Chasers’ Games against Nashville will include a little extra bang this weekend. The Thursday and Friday night games will end with an Independence Fireworks Extravaganza. Purchase tickets here.
  • Get wild this Fourth of July with Red, White & Zoo! Head to the zoo for a self-guided tour of all the patriotic (aka red, white, and blue) animals living there. There will be bounce houses, music, and special animal encounters. Learn more here, and be sure to download the list of animals for your own private scavenger hunt.

All of us at Omaha Magazine hope you have a safe and fun Fourth of July.
Happy Independence Day! 

audience at Don't Tell comedy show

Friday, July 5:

Want to know a secret? There’s a Don’t Tell Comedy Show this Friday in Dundee—but if you want to know the location you have to buy a ticket. Don’t Tell hosts secret comedy shows across the country, and they’re bringing the laughs to Omaha. These events are BYOB, so only those 21 and over can attend. Buy your ticket and be sure to check your inbox at noon on Friday, so you know where you’re headed that night. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Find more information and get your tickets here.

Tom Petty cover band

Saturday, July 6:

Free Fallin is a Tom Petty tribute band that travels the nation (and beyond) running down their dream of sharing Petty’s incredible body of work. This Saturday you’ll know how it feels to be a face in the crowd at one of their shows when they take over Cottonwood Cove. Show starts at 7 p.m. Get more details here, and find other Cove events here.

The Sugar Thieves

Sunday, July 7:

Want a little blues with your brunch? If you answered yes, head to Brazen Head Pub this Sunday for an Omaha Nebraska Blues Brunch with The Sugar Thieves. Serving up sultry, Delta-style blues, the Thieves are bound to run away with your love—but (probably) not your food, so at least you’ll have a full belly to comfort you. Head on down here for more info.


 

Rainbows and Flags Throwdown

June 27, 2019 by

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Gay Pride curtains and lights

Pick(s) of the Week—Thursday, June 27 to Sunday, June 30: 

With so much Pride going on this weekend, it was impossible to pick just one event on the weekend of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots. So here are a few of our favorites.
Thursday, June 27: Gay AFA Comedy Show—Pride Edition is happening at The Backline Comedy Theatre, featuring Daniel Franzese of Mean Girls fame. Danny Devito won’t be there, but don’t let that stop you from breaking your curfew. Get your tickets here now.
Friday, June 28: Heartland Youth Pride at Baxter Arena is youth-focused, but open to all ages. With several performers and a DJ, this free event is in its fifth year celebrating the young people coming up and coming out in Pride. Learn more here.
Saturday, June 29: This year marks the return of the Pride Parade to downtown Omaha. Check out the parade route here.
Saturday, June 29: Because we’re obviously into print, I couldn’t resist sharing Drag Queen Story Hour happening at Barnes & Noble on 74th and Dodge streets at 11 a.m. Learn more about story hours and other events at this location here.
Saturday, June 29: The Heartland Pride Festival at Baxter Arena has so much going on this year! Franzese makes another appearance at Omaha’s Pride as Co-Grand Marshall and Youth Pride Guest Speaker. Big Freedia, aka Queen Diva, is headlining. (You may have heard her voice in a little song called “Formation” by another queen, Beyoncé). For a full list of all the incredible talent in attendance this year, go here.
Sunday, June 30: End this weekend of all-out Pride with Pride Sunday at Urban Abbey downtown. Find details about this and other Abbey events here.
Go forth, be respectful, show your pride, and of course, have a fabulous, fun-filled weekend!

Baroness Von T, O Comic Con

Friday, June 28, to Sunday, June 30: 

It’s time for O Comic Con 2019 and, as usual, there is a little something for everyone. You can catch a Q&A session with Kate Flannery (The Office, Meredith) or snag a photo with Peter Macon (The Orville, Bortus). All attendees can watch PWP Live Pro Wrestling and peruse the numerous booths, featuring over 100 vendors, artists, and exhibitors. There are also plenty of gaming opportunities and family-friendly activities, including a Kids Cosplay Parade and my personal favorite, Corgi cuddling. Get all the nerdy details here.
Photo of Baroness Von T by Noah Smith Images

hedgehog on book, pet fest

Saturday, June 29: 

Yes, we feature a lot of dog-centric events here. But this one is for all our pets, furry, feathered, and in between. The Catered Bowl Pet Fest at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village offers the opportunity to bring them all together. Be sure to stop by all the vendors and fill up your pet-passport. This will qualify you to win a prize pack valued at over $1,000. Worried about the heat? There’s a special tent for cooling off your pet. Find out more here.

National Memorial

Sunday, June 30, to Friday, July 5: 

Remembering Our Fallen is a traveling, photographic war memorial that honors the military members who have fallen in the war on terror. The National Memorial Returns to Nebraska at Ralston Arena after touring the country for two years. Created in Omaha by Patriotic Productions, the monument includes military and personal photos of the fallen. If you can’t make it this Sunday, there are other opportunities to see this touching tribute. You can view the national schedule and learn more about the memorial here.


 

July/August 2019 Calendar of Events

June 20, 2019 by and

Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.


Exhibitions
Stage Performances
Concerts
Family & More

Exhibitions

Patriotic Perches
Through July 14 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. The beautifully hand-crafted birdhouses made by Richard Yost educate visitors about state birds and give a unique combination of art, geography, and horticulture knowledge. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-12, free for members and children under 6. 402.346.4002.
lauritzengardens.org

A Regency of Style: Cultural Changes in 18th and 19th Century Europe
Through July 21 at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. The French Revolution and technological advances provoked lifestyle, culture, and clothing changes throughout Europe, making clothing a means of individual expression rather than an indication of social status. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children ages 3-12, free for members and children under 2. 402.444.5071.
durhammuseum.org

Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
Through Sept 1 at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This exhibition showcases the dinosaurs’ newly revised family tree. The centerpiece of the exhibit is “Scotty,” a replica skeleton of what scientists are calling the largest T. rex. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children ages 3-12, free for members and children under 2. 402.444.5071.
durhammuseum.org

Scienceworks Tyrannosaurus exhibit

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design
Through Sept. 8 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. This ticketed exhibit shows the imaginative style and creativity found in this seemingly humble piece of furniture. Tickets: $10 general public adults; $5 college students with ID; free for Joslyn members and youth ages 17 and younger. Museum admission: free. 402.342.3300.
joslyn.org

Agneta Gaines, Joan Fetter, Madelaine Healey
Opening July 1 at Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th St. The woven natural-fiber art of Gaines, intensely colored paintings of Fetter, and pottery of Healey meet in this Nebraska-centered exhibition full of texture. Admission: free. 402.342.9617.
artistscoopomaha.com

Inner Ear Vision: Sound As Medium
Opening July 11 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. This exhibit is curated by artist Raven Chacon, artist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and art historian Maria Elena Buszek. Admission: free. 402.341.7130.
bemiscenter.org

Angela Drakeford: Homecoming
Opening July 11 at Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. In her solo exhibit, Omaha-born artist Drakeford explores the power of plants to preserve the human spirit and home gardens as places of temporary refuge from the everyday trauma of racial oppression. This multi-sensory installation brings a variety of plants together with rugs, textiles, vintage furniture, books, field recordings, and a new video. Admission: free. 402.933.3161.
u-ca.org

Angela Drakeford plant exhibit

Jenna Johnson, George Skuodas, David Loyd
Opening Aug. 1 at Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th St. Johnson’s paintings use size, texture, and color to represent the good and bad energies of life and the power of human figures. The figures assembled by Skuodas are filled with whimsy and make one question the definition of “junk.” The abstract work of Loyd will toy with ideas of symmetry. Admission: free. 402.342.9617.
artistscoopomaha.com

Carol Thompson
Through Aug. 2 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. Thompson is a Nebraska artist who grew up in Fremont. Her paintings depict objects and elements of nature including delicate flowers and bird nests. Thompson focuses on the painting process and uses elements and principles of design in her compositions. Admission: free. 402.595.2122.
artscouncil.nebraska.gov

Nebraska Artist Biennial
Through Aug. 4 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. The 2019 Nebraska Artist Biennial is a juried exhibition featuring 50-plus works from the best artists across Nebraska. Admission: free. 402.305.1510.
gallery1516.org

Sarah Kolar
Opening Aug. 9 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. Kolar uses everyday textiles—like old T-shirts—to explore societal and political routines in her fiber art. Admission: free. 402.595.2122.
artscouncil.nebraska.gov

Garth Williams: Illustrator of the Century
Through Aug. 11 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. The exhibit will feature artwork by Williams, including illustrations from Charlotte’s Web and Little House on the Prairie, cartoons from his time at The New Yorker, and more. Admission: free. 402.342.3300.
joslyn.org

Contemporary Textiles
Through Aug. 18 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. Marcela Diaz uses traditional fibers of henequen, cotton, and coconut to create handwoven pieces using the textile art from Yucatan. Admission: $5 adults, $4 college students, $3.50 seniors (55+) and students K-12, free for members and children under 5. 402.731.1137.
elmuseolatino.org

3 From Nebraska
Opening Aug. 25 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. This exhibit features the work of three 20th century Nebraska artists: Eugene Kingman, Augustus Dunbier, and Robert Gilder. Admission: free. 402.305.1510.
gallery1516.org

Traditional Masks
Through Aug. 31 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. This exhibition showcases a selection of masks created to be worn during annual celebrations, and festivals, and while performing traditional dances. Admission: $5 adults, $4 college students, $3.50 seniors (55+) and students K-12, free for members and children under 5. 402.731.1137.
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Stage Performances

Shakespeare on the Green: Hamlet
July 2, 3, and 6 at Elmwood Park, 411 1/2 N. Elmwood Road. After the death of his father and the wedding between his mother and uncle, Hamlet sets out to avenge his father’s death. The event includes pre-show entertainment. 8 p.m. Admission: free. 402.280.2391.
nebraskashakespeare.com

Shakespeare on the Green: All’s Well That Ends Well
July 5 and 7 at Elmwood Park, 411 1/2 N. Elmwood Road. All’s Well That Ends Well tells the story of one woman’s obsessive love. It is performed by Juno’s Swans, the all-female ensemble. Chairs or blankets are acceptable, and pre-show entertainment is available. 8 p.m. Admission: free. 402.280.2391.
nebraskashakespeare.com

Andy Woodhull
July 5-7 at Funny Bone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St. Woodhull has been featured on The Late Late Show, Conan, Comedy Central, and The Tonight Show: Staring Jimmy Fallon. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $17-$47. 402.493.8036.
omaha.funnybone.com

Plays Out Loud! Summer Reading Series: Days of Absence
July 12-13 at the Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. Plays Out Loud! is a readers’ theater series. Days of Absence by Douglas Turner Ward is a satire that speaks to race relations in an imaginary Southern town. 7 p.m. Tickets: $5 advanced, free general admission. 402.933-3161.
u-ca.org

Chris Porter
July 18-20 at Funny Bone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St. Porter was a finalist on season 4 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and has a comedy special, “Ugly & Angry.” 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $17-$47. 402.493.8036.
omaha.funnybone.com

Brit Floyd
July 19 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This Pink Floyd tribute show comes to Omaha to celebrate the 40th anniversary celebration of The Wall.  8 p.m. Tickets: $35-$155. 402.345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Brit Floyd

Omaha Under the Radar
July 24-27 at various locations. This annual event gives Midwestern and national performers the chance to connect and learn through dance and theatrical performances, art discussions, workshops, and other educational opportunities. Times vary. Tickets: $10 single event pass, $25 Saturday pass, $50 festival pass, $100 VIP pass.
undertheradaromaha.com

Eddie Ifft
Aug. 1-3 at Funny Bone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St. Ifft has made numerous appearances on late-night shows such as Chelsea Lately and Last Comic Standing, and currently hosts his own podcast, The Bingle Show. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $17-$47. 402.493.8036.
omaha.funnybone.com

Billy McGuigan’s Rock Twist
Aug. 2-18 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. This live concert experience combines classic rock ’n’ roll hits with a big band twist. The show will cover a variety of artists from The Doors to Frank Sinatra. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $42. 402.553.0800.
omahaplayhouse.com   

Jessimae Peluso
Aug. 8-10 at Funny Bone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St. Best known for starring on MTV’s Girl Code, Peluso is now a stand-up comedian. She also has two weekly podcasts, Sharp Tongue and Highlarious. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $17-$47. 402.493.8036.
omaha.funnybone.com

Jessimae Peluso

Sweat
Aug. 16-Sept. 15 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for drama, Sweat follows a group of American steelworkers who lose their economic security. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $18-36. 402.553.0800.
omahaplayhouse.com   

Squeeze My Cans: Surviving Scientology
Aug. 16-18 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. This theatrical performance takes the audience on the roller coaster ride that is Scientology. Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 6 p.m. Tickets: $20. 402.884.5707.
reverblounge.com

PAW Patrol Live!
Aug. 17-18 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The six beloved “rescue” dogs from Nickelodeon’s children’s show PAW Patrol are brought to life on a live stage. These pirate pups need all paws on deck to find the hidden treasure and save the day. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets: $22-$135. 402.345.0606.
ticketomaha.com

John Crist
Aug. 20 and 21 at Funny Bone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St. Comedian and viral sensation Crist has been named one of the “Top Five Comics to Watch.” Crist’s humor sometimes revolves around the local church. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $17-$47. 402.493.8036.
omaha.funnybone.com

Plays Out Loud! Summer Reading Series: Simply Heavenly
Aug. 23-24 at the Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. Plays Out Loud! is a readers theater series. This play by Langston Hughes follows the lead character, Simple, as he must choose between responsibility and temptation. 7 p.m. Tickets: $5 advanced, free general admission. 402.933.3161.
u-ca.org

Christian Nodal Ahora Tour
Aug. 24 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Mexican singer and songwriter Christian Nodal will perform his “mariacheño,” along with several surprises and mixes unique to this performance. 9 p.m. Tickets: $50-$140. 402.345.0606.
ticketomaha.com

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CONCERTS

Free Concerts:
This summer, several places will offer an eclectic array of live music from local musicians. These concert series, offered throughout Omaha, provide a fun night out.
Jazz on the Green (Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam St.): 7:30 p.m. Thursdays July 11-Aug. 15.
Music and Memories (Shadow Lake Towne Center, 72nd Street and Highway 370): 6:30 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 9.
Music and Movies (La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road): 7 p.m. July 19 and Aug. 9.
Music in the Park (Bayliss Park, 100 Pearl St., Council Bluffs): 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through July 24.
Music in the Park (Washington Park, 20th and Franklin streets, Bellevue): 7 p.m. Thursdays through July 25.
Rockbrook Village (108th and Center streets): 7 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 30.
Saturdays @ Stinson (Stinson Park, 2285 S. 67th St.): 7 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 24.
Vibes (Village Pointe, 17305 Davenport St.): 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 15.

Paa Kow Jazz on the Green

Paa Kow will perform at Jazz on the Green.

The Blasters
July 2 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. This group performs rock ’n’ roll, country, and blues-infused music with passion and honesty. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 advanced, $30 day of show. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Car Seat Headrest
July 3 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. This American indie rock band performs a high-energy concert that will open with a set from the Naked Giants. 8 p.m. Tickets: $23 advanced, $25 day of show. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Young the Giant
July 3 at Stir Concert Cove, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs. Los Angeles quintet Young the Giant delivers powerful arrangements with adventurous spirit on their new album, Mirror Master. 8 p.m. Tickets: $37 general admission, $152-$232 VIP packages. 712.329.6000.
caesars.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows

Nebraska Wind Symphony Summer Concert
July 4 at SumTur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St. This Fourth of July concert will feature the 2019 Nebraska Wind Symphony scholarship award winner and euphonium player Nestor Pelayo performing “The Yellow Rose of Texas.” 6 p.m. Tickets: free. 402.216.0122.
nebraskawindsymphony.com

As Cities Burn
July 5 at Lookout Lounge, 320 S. 72nd St. The progressive post-hardcore sound of As Cities Burn will be evident on their Scream Through the Walls Tour. All Get Out and Many Rooms will be opening. 7 p.m. Tickets: $18 advanced, $20 day of show. 402.391.2554.
lookoutomaha.com

Tab Benoit
July 7 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Benoit’s most recent album Medicine features an energetic sound. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 advanced, $30 day of show. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Jason Mraz
July 14 at Stir Concert Cove, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs. Mraz performs crowd-pleasing melodies, cheeky humor, and thoughtful lyrics. 8 p.m. Tickets: $42-$105. 712.329.6000.
caesars.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows

Michigander
July 17 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Michigander features a full band in their live shows performed by frontman Jason Singer. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. 402.884.5707.
reverblounge.com

Hullabaloo Music Festival
July 18-21 at Falconwood Park, 905 Allied Road, Bellevue. This music festival includes local and regional bands, DJs, artists, food vendors, and a variety of activities in an intimate setting. Guests can camp on the grounds throughout the weekend. Times vary. Tickets: $30 day pass, $80 weekend pass. 402.210.4747.
hullabaloomusicfestival.com

Chris Stapleton
July 19 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Grammy-nominated Chris Stapleton, known for “Tennessee Whiskey,” and “Parachute,” brings country, rock ‘n’ roll, and bluegrass rhythms to Omaha. 7 p.m. Tickets: $40-$90. 402.341.1500.
chihealthcenteromaha.com

Chris Stapleton

Earth, Wind & Fire
July 19 at Stir Concert Cove, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs. Critically acclaimed funk band Earth, Wind & Fire are the performers of 1970s hits such as “September” and “Boogie Wonderland.” 8 p.m. Tickets: $50-$123. 712.329.6000.
caesars.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows

Diana Ross
July 20 at Stir Concert Cove, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs. The iconic R&B superstar is known for hit songs such as “I’m Coming Out” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” 8 p.m. Tickets: $45-105. 712.329.6000.
caesars.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows

Tempo of Twilight
Tuesday evenings though July 23 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Guests can bring chairs, food, and beverages and listen to music on the manicured Lauritzen green. The café will serve a limited menu. 6 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-12, free for members and children under 6. 402.346.4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Baroness
July 26 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. This metal band from Savannah, Georgia, has seen some turnover in members since they formed in 2003, but guitarist and vocalist John Baizley and his powerful sound has not changed. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 advanced, $28 day of show. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Bush and Live
July 27 at Stir Concert Cove, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs. 1990s icons Bush and Live are joining forces with special guest Our Lady Peace. 8 p.m. Tickets: $45-$193. 712.329.6000.
caesars.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows

Rock & Roll Suicide
July 27 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. This Omaha band performs covers of full-length albums by Prince, Talking Heads, Bruce Springsteen, and more. 9 p.m. Tickets: $7 advanced, $10 day of show. 402.884.5707.
reverblounge.com

Wu-Tang Clan
Aug. 1 at Stir Concert Cove, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs. Hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan is known for hits such as “Protect Ya Neck” and “Bring da Ruckus.” 8 p.m. Tickets: $55-$110. 712.329.6000.
caesars.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows

Big Daddy Weave
Aug. 2 at Bellevue Christian Center, 1400 Harvell Drive, Bellevue. Contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave is composed of a six-person ensemble, accompanied by violinist Jonathan Chu and cellist Becca Bradley. 7 p.m. Tickets: $15-$75. 402.291.0616.
bellevuechristian.com

O.A.R.
Aug. 3 at Stir Concert Cove, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs. 1990s band O.A.R. (Of a Revolution) is best known for “Shattered (Turn the Car Around)” and “Peace.” Artists American Authors and Rozzi open. 8 p.m. Tickets: $40-$103. 712.329.6000.
caesars.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows

Stef Chura
Aug. 7 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. In Stef Chura’s debut studio album, Messes, she reflects on her experiences performing in the Michigan underground scene. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. 402.884.5707.
reverblounge.com

Gary Clark Jr. with The Peterson Brothers
Aug. 8 at Stir Concert Cove, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs. The electrifying Gary Clark Jr. is taking the stage with The Peterson Brothers. Clark is a rock-and-soul omnivore who can survey the entire landscape of American music. 8 p.m. Tickets: $39-$153. 712.329.6000.
caesars.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
Aug. 9 at Stir Concert Cove, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs. This group brings an electrifying guitar and high-wire, lyrical solos. 8 p.m. Tickets: $35-$133. 712.329.6000.
caesars.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows

The Samples
Aug. 10 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Sean Kelly and his band delight fans with music that transcends genres and ages, and shatters the rules of the established music industry. 8 p.m. Tickets: $30 advanced, $80 meet-and-greet. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Maha Music Festival
Aug. 14-17 at various locations. This summer music festival showcases a vibrant, eclectic mix of national and local musicians and artists. This year’s lineup includes Lizzo, Jenny Lewis, Courtney Barnett, Matt and Kim, Oh Sees, DUCKWRTH, and more. 4 p.m. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday, and 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $10-$320.
mahafestival.com

Pinback
Aug. 15 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. In their four albums over a dozen years, Pinback has perfected their hybrid of pop, folk, rock, reggae, and funk, growing to be one of the most popular and well-respected pop bands of the last decade. (Note: this is also the opening band for Maha.) 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Aug. 15 at Stir Concert Cove, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs. Best known for “Steal My Kisses,” Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals team up with the New Orleans-tinged rock, funk, and soul group Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue for a fun and funky summer tour. 8 p.m. Tickets: $44-$106. 712.329.6000.
caesars.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows

Opera Outdoors
Aug. 23 at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam St. This free opera concert under the stars features highlights from the coming season as well as some of opera’s greatest hits. 7 p.m. Tickets: free. 402.346.7372.
operaomaha.org

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band
Aug. 23 at Stir Concert Cove, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs. Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band features Toto’s Steve Lukather, Santana’s Gregg Rolie, Men at Work’s Colin Hay, multi-instrumentalist Warren Ham, drummer Gregg Bissonette, and Hamish Stuart. In a night of classic hits, each band member will bring songs like “Africa” and “Yellow Submarine” to the set. 8 p.m. Tickets: $55-$182. 712.329.6000.
caesars.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows

PetRock
Aug. 23 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. PetRock brings the sights and sounds of 1970s rock to life—minus the disco. 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

José González
Aug. 28 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Swedish singer-songwriter José González delivers tender, yet impactful acoustic arrangements, punctuated with soft vocals and thoughtful lyrics. 7 p.m. Tickets $30 advanced, $35 day of show. 402.345.7569.
theslowdown.com

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Family & More

Farmer’s Markets
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.

Free Movies
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
Aug. 16.

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.
midtowncrossing.com/events

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.
bensonfirstfriday.com

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.
lauritzengardens.org

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.
ralstonareachamber.org/independence-day

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.
douglascountyfair.org

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.
omahablues.com

Railroad Days
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.
omaharailroaddays.com

Toy train at Railroad Days

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.
omahazoo.com

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.
ragbraicb.com

Benson Days
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.
bensondays.com

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.
thecolorrun.com

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.
nebraskaasianfestival.com

Fairytale Ball
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.
ocm.org

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.
riversedgetacofest.com
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.
showofficeonline.com/NebraskaWineBalloon

Maha Discovery
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.
mahafestival.com

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.
omahafashionweek.com

Millard Days
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.
millarddays.com

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.
artsblockpartyomaha.com

Art Block Party

Dundee Day
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.
dundeeday.org

Loessfest 2019
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.
loessfest.com

Septemberfest
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.
septemberfestomaha.org

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Festivals, Fairs, and Fundraisers

June 6, 2019 by and

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Festivals, Fairs, and Fundraisers

Thursday, June 6 to Sunday, June 9:

Pizza, pasta, and cannolis, oh my! Bring your appetite because the 95th Annual Santa Lucia Festival, honoring the life of St. Lucia, has a wide array of delicious, hand-crafted cuisine to munch on while taking in the bocce tournament and live music at Lewis and Clark Landing. Check out the carnival rides and stick around to witness this year’s celebrity cannoli-eating competition. Learn more about it here.

Child at Summer Arts Festival

Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9:

This year’s Summer Arts Festival will be a little different due to the renovation of Gene Leahy Mall. You’ll find 135 of the nation’s juried artists and plenty of local entertainment on Mike Fahey Street, between 10th and 14th streets, alongside the baseball park. Music performances range from big-band to disco to alternative–there’s even a family entertainment stage for the kids. And what’s a festival without food? There’s food to keep you cool, such as gelato and shaved ice, and food to fill you up, from barbecue to wok-fried noodles. Get all the juicy details here.

Native American Arts/Craft Fair poster

Saturday, June 8:

If you want to avoid the crowd downtown while still getting your arts-and-crafts fix, you can head to the Native American Arts & Craft Fair at Westside Community Conference Center. This recurring event features goods such as handcrafted bags and unique jewelry from many Native American artists. For more information, click here.

Interlude flood relief Fundraiser poster

Saturday, June 8:

Golf for(e) a good cause at the Interlude Flood Relief Golf & Block Party Fundraiser, where 100% of the golf tournament proceeds will go to the Valley Days Flood Relief Foundation. Later you can party at the Interlude Lounge with live music and local eats. Swing by here for more information about the fundraiser and here to learn more about the Valley Days Flood Relief Foundation.

Cars reflected in headlight/car show Festivals, Fairs, and Fundraisers

Sunday, June 9:

The Sweet Cases Car & Bike Show helps kids in foster care get “sweet cases”— duffel bags filled with the necessities, from hygiene products to teddy bears. All of the proceeds from this show go to fund the duffel bags. The show starts at 8 a.m. and you can check out the sweet cars until 2 p.m. at Millard South High School. There will also be food and live music happening, so get out and enjoy yourself while helping a good cause. All of the cases will be donated to Project Harmony. Get your tickets here.


 

 

Memorial Day 2019

May 23, 2019 by

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Memorial Day salute

Monday, May 27:

Mondays aren’t technically the weekend, but it is Memorial Day, so here are some happenings you can attend. However you choose to spend your day, take a moment to remember what it’s really about. Find other events here.
Memorial Day at Prospect Hill Cemetery—This is the 40th Annual Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Observance and features: the Prospect Hill Preservation Brass Ensemble; a presentation of colors; some words from Omaha writer and historian Ryan Roenfeld; and a 21-gun salute. Click here for more info.
Memorial Day Run at Boys Town—Work off all those hot dogs and burgers at this annual run. With three types of runs, this kid-friendly event will be fun for all ages. Plus it’s for a good cause! Learn more here.
Slip and Slide Kickball at Memorial Park—Pretty much exactly what it sounds like, there will also be hot dogs with toppings at this one. Please bring a side or dessert to share at this event hosted by Great Adventure Ministries. Find more details here.
ICON Memorial Day Picnic—This one’s for the fierce and fabulous, hence the name. The Imperial Court of Nebraska hosts this anything-but-typical annual picnic. This one’s also kid-friendly, just don’t let them near the jello (shots)! Get the rundown here.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend and be safe!

Omaha Improve Fest graphic

Thursday, May 23 to Sunday, May 26:

Omaha Improv Fest is back to scratch that improv itch for the seventh year. With four nights of improv shows featuring top national improvisers and local teams, this is a festival comedy lovers won’t want to miss. Think improv might be for you? Be sure to check out the workshops offered on Saturday and Sunday. Stick around on Sunday for a huge cookout and catch the shows that night. There’s also after-parties every night and a social hour Friday before the shows begin. Find the fun here.

Joslyn Art Museum outdoors

Thursday, May 23:

You are invited to a Reopening of the Permanent Collection Galleries of Postwar and Contemporary Art at Joslyn Art Museum this evening. This event follows a brief closure of the exhibit that began May 7. Perhaps most exciting is the unveiling of five new acquisitions by major American artists. Oh, and the fact that it’s free. Meet up on the Strauss Bridge in Joslyn’s Conagra Brands Atrium at 6 pm., where a cash bar and light snacks will be available. Learn more here.

skull with wings tattoo graphic

Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26:

This weekend the world’s largest tattoo convention tour is coming to Council Bluff for the First Council Bluff Tattoo Arts Convention from Villian Arts. You can get tattooed some of the world’s best tattoo artists, including the top local, national, & international artists. TV celebrities from Ink Master, Tattoos After Dark, and Best Ink will also be on hand. There will be daily tattoo competitions and dynamic live performances from The Enigma Live, Olde City Sideshow, and human suspension artists. Tickets are only sold at the show. Find out more here.

The Faint After Party poster

Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25:

Yes, they’re playing for two nights in Omaha, but let’s be real—we aren’t all going to get to go to The Faint show at The Waiting Room. But we are all invited to the (free!) The Faint After Party at Reverb Lounge, thanks to Benson Soul Society. And yes, this vinyl dance party is happening both nights. So grab your Lite Brites and your stomping shoes and head to Benson. Keep an eye out for The Crepe Beyond/Pie Fairy popup for your chance to grab a bite before getting down. Check out who’s playing here.


UPCOMING:

Omaha Magazine June 2019 cover

Sunday, June 2: It’s time for another Omaha Magazine June Launch Party for The Food Issue. Come out and sign up for the watermelon-eating contest and listen to some sweet tunes from special guest, Joshua Hoffman. Stay tuned for more details.


 

June 2019 Calendar of Events

May 20, 2019 by and
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Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.


Exhibitions
Stage Performances
Concerts
Family & More

Exhibitions

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design
Opening June 1 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Pulling this familiar everyday object out from under the desk and dining table, The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design surprises visitors with the imaginative style and creativity found in a seemingly humble piece of furniture. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 college students with ID, free for Joslyn members and children 17 and under. 402.342.3300.
joslyn.org

Depth & Accumulation
Through June 2 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. 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.
artscouncil.nebraska.gov

Group show
June 4-30 at Artist’s Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th St. Multimedia artist Dwayne Adams, glass artist Marcia Joffee Bouska, ceramic artist Tom Quest, and sculptor Pete Wroblewski will present their latest artworks at this show. An opening reception will be held June 7.  Admission: free. 402.342.9617.
artistscoopomaha.com

Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
Opening June 8 at the Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This multimedia exhibit educates visitors about the newly.revised tyrannosaur family tree and includes more than 10 life.sized dinosaur specimens on display. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children, free for members and children under 2. 402.444.5071.
durhammuseum.org

Traditional Masks
Opening June 8 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. This exhibition showcases a selection of masks that have been created for use during annual celebrations, festivals, and while performing traditional dances. Admission: free. 402.731.1137.
elmuseolatino.org

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, and visual arts that visualize not having access to sound. Shtini’s painting technique uses layers of underpainting and brushstrokes while his drawings are of charcoal and graphite. Admission: free. 402.341.7130.
bemiscenter.org

Alison O'Daniel piece

Nature’s Colorful Threads
Through June 17 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This exhibit by the Omaha Weavers and Spinners Guild celebrates how the fibers and dyes found in nature can become works of art. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children, free for members and children under 6. 402.346.4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Patriotic Perches Exhibit
Opening June 18 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This exhibit showcases 51 hand-crafted birdhouses made by Richard Yost. The pieces educate visitors about state birds and give a unique combination of art, geography, and horticulture knowledge. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children, free for members and children under 6. 402.346.4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Portraits by Reagan D. Pufall
Opening June 20 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Reagan D. Pufall, originally from North Dakota, uses his exhibit to challenge the viewer to a staring contest with the mantis. The portraits are up close and personal and show the resemblance between mantis and man. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children, free for members and children under 6. 402.346.4002.
lauritzengardens.org

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Through June 23 at the Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. 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 (62+), $7 children (3-12). Free for children 2 years and under and members. 402.444.5071.
durhammuseum.org

Brent Witters
Through June 26 at Modern Arts Midtown, 3615 Dodge St. Witters is a mixed.media artist who uses discarded materials to make a social statement on environmentalism and the consumer.based society. This show also features artists Barbara Kendrick and William Loveless. Admission: free. 402.502.8737.
modernartsmidtown.com

I Remember When: An Oral History Project
June 27 at Great Plains Black History Museum, 2505 N. 24th St. Guests can stop by and learn about how to focus on collecting and documenting family history and why it is important. Admission: free. 402.932.7077.
gpblackhistorymuseum.org

2019 Nebraska Artist Biennial
Through Aug. 5 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. This juried exhibition showcases some of the best Nebraska artists. The show will include drawing, printmaking, painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics/pottery, multimedia/other, student art, and 3D art. Admission: free. 402.305.1510.
gallery1516.org

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Stage Performances

June 1 at The Backline Comedy Theatre, 1618 Harney St. This night of dirty comedy and adult stand up is for those age 21-plus and shamefully immature. The event recurs on the first Saturday of each month. Admission: $5. 402.720.7670.
backlinecomedy-com.seatengine.com

Diane Coffee
June 2 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Diane Coffee’s music is characterized by intense instrumentation and lyricism with hints of psychedelic, funk, and doo.wop. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12 advanced, $15 day of show. 402.345.7569.
theslowdown.com

The Blues of Knowing Why
June 2-16 at Union for Contemporary Arts, 2423 N. 24th St. This new play centers around 14-year-old Vivian Strong, who, on June 26, 1969, was killed by an Omaha Police officer. Her death divided a community and created a fracture that has never been resolved. Times vary. 402.933.3161.
u-ca.com

Dan Cummins
June 7-8 at the FunnyBone Comedy Club & Restaurant, 17305 Davenport St. Cummins’ unusual observations and unique autobiographical stand.up have earned him spots on The Tonight Show, Conan, and many other late-night programs. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Tickets: $20-$50. 402.493.8036.
omaha.funnybone.com

Matilda: The Musical
June 7-30 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Matilda is a youngster with an extraordinary imagination who learns to claim her destiny. The show is filled with high-energy dance numbers. Times vary. Tickets: $24.50-$29.50. 402.345.4849.
rosetheater.org

Leslie Odom Jr.
June 8-9 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Known for originating the role of Aaron Burr in Broadway’s smash hit Hamilton, Odom joins the Omaha Symphony for two performances. Times vary. Tickets: $19-$89. 402.345.0606.
ticketomaha.com

Leslie Odom Jr.

Broad Perspective Improv Show
June 13 at The Backline Comedy Theatre, 1618 Harney St. Broad Perspective is a comedy show made for women, by women. The theater invites all women, female-identifying, and gender-queer folks to these two “dude-less” comedy shows. 8 p.m. Admission: $5. 402.720.7670.
backlinecomedy-com.seatengine.com   

Tara Vaughan’s She Rocks
June 13-30 at the Howard Drew Theatre of Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Backed by an all-star band, Vaughan presents an evening of classic rock with a focus on female artists and songwriters of the 1960s to the 1980s. Thursdays-Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. Tickets: $30. 402.345.0606.
omahaplayhouse.com

Late Night at the Backline
June 13 at The Backline Comedy Theatre, 1618 Harney St. Host Cameron Logsdon presents this monthly night of local comedy and musical talent at the Backline. 10 p.m. Tickets: $8. 402.720.7670.
backlinecomedy-com.seatengine.com   

The Woodsman
Through June 16 at Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 10th St. A re-imagined tale about the origin of L. Frank Baum’s The Tin Woodman of Oz, The Woodsman gives the darkly beautiful, haunting, and heart-breaking story a new life through music, storytelling, and puppetry. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturdays, 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $35 general admission, $30 seniors (age 65+). 402.345.1576.
bluebarn.org

Shakespeare On the Green: All’s Well That Ends Well
June 20-23 at Elmwood Park, 411.1/2 N. Elmwood Road. Juno’s Swans’ all-female performance will dive into a world of mistruths, betrayal, and deceit, born of one woman’s obsessive love. Times vary. Admission: free. 402.280.2391.
nebraskashakespeare.com

Shakespeare On The Green: Hamlet
June 27-30 at Elmwood Park, 411.1/2 N. Elmwood Road. A young man returns home from school abroad to attend the funeral of his father. Soon after, he finds himself at the wedding of his mother and uncle. Shakespeare’s most popular tragedy journeys through a deep and painful inspection of humanity and mortality. Times vary. Admission: free. 402.280.2391.
nebraskashakespeare.com

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CONCERTS

This summer, local parks and other spaces will offer an eclectic array of live music, including rock, R&B, blues, jazz, and country from local musicians. These concert series, offered in some of Omaha’s most vibrant areas, will provide a fun night out.

Music and Memories (Shadow Lake Towne Center, 72nd Street and Highway 370): 6:30 p.m. Fridays

Music and Movies (La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road): 7 p.m. June 7, July 19, and Aug. 9.

Music in the Park (Bayliss Park, 100 Pearl St., Council Bluffs): Wednesdays starting June 12

Music in the Park (Washington Park, 20th and Franklin streets, Bellevue): 7 p.m. Thursdays

Rockbrook Village (108th and Center streets): 7 p.m. Fridays

Saturdays @ Stinson (Stinson Park, 2285 S. 67th St. ): 7 p.m. Saturdays

Vibes (Village Pointe 17305 Davenport St.): 6:30 p.m. Thursdays

Mozart & Mahler
June 1 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The Omaha Symphony will perform Mozart’s “Symphony No. 25” and Mahler’s “The Song of the Earth.” The performance features soloists Michelle DeYoung and Issachah Savage. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-72. 402.345.0606.
omahasymphony.org

The Strumbellas
June 8 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. The group known for dark, introspective music recently released an album of punching backbeats and positive lyrics. Listeners can expect both types of songs at this show. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. 402.345.7569.
theslowdown.com

It Don’t Mean A Thing…Music of the Swing Era
June 9 at First Central Congregational Church, 421 S. 36th St. The Master Singers, an Omaha a cappella group, presents an energetic and upbeat evening of swing music. 6 p.m. Admission: $15 adults, $12 students and seniors, free for children 12 and under. 402.937.1764.
mastersingersomaha.com

Tempo of Twilight
Tuesday evenings starting June 11 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This is an outdoor concert series that brings local entertainment to the garden, perfectly blending music and nature. Bring chairs, food, and the family for a night of fun. 6-8 p.m. Admission: included in garden admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children, free for members and children under 6. 402.346.4002.
lauritzengardens.org

The Record Company
June 11 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This Grammy-nominated band from L.A. is known for their song “Off The Ground,” from their 2016 album Give It Back To You. 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 advanced, $25 day of show. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Coheed and Cambria
June 13 at Stir Cove, One Harrah’s Blvd. Coheed and Cambria, Mastodon, and Every Time I Die will come to Stir Cove with their full rock sound. Tickets: $43-$65. 712.329.6000.
caesars.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows

Coheed and Cambria

The Rhythm of Change
June 15 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Nebraska’s largest LGBTQ arts organization, the River City Mixed Chorus, will celebrate their 35th season with the music of Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Judy Garland, Dolly Parton, and more. 7 p.m. Tickets: $15-$30. 402.345.0606.
ticketomaha.com

Harvey Brindell and The Tablerockers
June 15-16 at Havana Garage, 1008 Howard St. These blues artists from Portland are coming for two nights. On Friday night they will welcome national blues performer Mitch Kashmir from Santa Barbara, California. 8 p.m. Admission: free. 402.614.3800.
thehavanagarage.com

Paa Kow
June 19 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Ghana.born drummer and composer Paa Kow uses a custom, traditionally inspired Ghanaian drum set to share his Afro.Fusion sound with the audience. Paa Kow blends rhythm and artistry from his home with jazz and African roots. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 advanced, $20 day of show. 402.884.5707.
reverblounge.com

Zydeco Festival
June 22 at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st Avenue and Farnam Street. This regional music festival will feature artists from southwest Louisiana: Keith Frank, Chubby Carrier, and the Prairie Gators. The public is encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Cajun and creole favorites, including alligator on a stick, boiled crawfish, and jambalaya, will be available. 3 p.m. Admission: free. 402.557.6006.
midtowncrossing.com

Train and Goo Goo Dolls
June 25 at Stir Cove, One Harrahs Blvd. These two 1990s alt.rock bands are joining forces this summer. Train is known for “Drops of Jupiter,” and the Goo Goo Dolls are known for “Iris.” 7 p.m. Tickets: $62-$128. 712.329.6000.
caesers.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows

Goo Goo Dolls

Three Dog Night
June 27 at SumTur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St. These 1970s music icons are known for “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to the World,” and other songs. 7 p.m. Tickets: $35.50 advanced, $40 day of show. 402.597.2065.
papillion.org

Built to Spill
June 27 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This indie rock band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Keep it Like a Secret album. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

The Slackers
June 28 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. The Slackers combine ska, reggae, rock, and jazz. The show will open with a set from The Bishops, a ska band based in Omaha. 9 p.m. Tickets: $15 advanced, $18 day of show. 402.345.7569.
theslowdown.com

Chris Young
June 29 at Stir Cove, One Harrahs Blvd. This Grand Ole Opry member has been nominated for his songs “Gettin’ You Home” and “Think of You.” 8 p.m. Tickets: $59-$87.75. 712.329.6000.
caesers.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows

Rhett & Link: Live in Concert
June 29 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This duo, the host couple of the podcast “Good Mythical Morning,” will perform their comedic music. 8 p.m. Tickets: $40-$240. 402.345.0606.
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Family & More

Farmer’s Market
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.

Free movies
What better time than summer to kick back and watch a movie? Several parks and outdoor spaces in the metro area offer free movies that the community can enjoy watching. Bring a blanket or chair. Movies begin at dusk unless otherwise stated.
Movies in the Park (Bayliss Park, 100 Pearl St., Council Bluffs): Fridays starting June 14.
Midtown Crossing (Turner Park, 3110 Farnam St.): each Monday
Starlight Movies (SumTur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St., Papillion): Fridays twice a month

Taste of Omaha
May 31-June 2 along the Riverfront. Foodies and families can delight in this festival, which features cuisines ranging from around the world—from Mediterranean to Mexican, from soul food to salad. Entertainment includes free concerts, dance performances, and kids activities. Admission: free, but tickets must be purchased for food. 402.346.8003
showofficeonline.com/TasteHome

Benson Beer Fest
June 1 in Benson, 60th and Maple streets. This beer-lover’s festival hosts hundreds of breweries, local food vendors, raffles, giveaways, and music. 3-7 p.m. Tickets: $35.00 advance, $40 day of event, $45 early entry VIP tickets.
bensonbeerfest.com

Castlepalooza
June 1 at Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St. The community is invited to come to an evening of fun on the grounds of the castle. This festival features local music, educational activities, vendors, food trucks, and craft beers. 3-9 p.m. Admission: free. 402.595.2199.
joslyncastle.com

Omaha Potter Faire
June 1-2 at Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch, 11001 S. 48th St. Fans of the Harry Potter series will enjoy this event, which includes live owls, costumed characters, vendors, food, drink (including Butterbeer from The Garbled Owl Butterbeer Shop), and children’s activities. 402.331.5500.
omahapotterfaire.com

From Expositions to Jazz Musicians Tour
June 2 at the Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This River City History Tour will delve into the story of the Trans.Mississippi International Exposition of 1898 and how the stately homes, parks, and jazz halls that followed helped characterize the culture of North Omaha. 2-4 p.m. Admission: $20 for members, $25 for non.members. 402.444.5027.
durhammuseum.org

Blues & Balloons Festival
June 1 at Soaring Wings Vineyard, 17111 S. 138th St. The annual blues event will feature several musical guests. Visitors are encouraged to bring a chair and blanket to take in the music. A hot air balloon show will follow. 3:30-10 p.m. Admission: $25 adults, $15 ages 12 and up. 402.253.2479.
soaringwingswine.com

Countryside Village Art Fair
June 1-2 at Countryside Village Shopping Center, 8722 Countryside Plaza. The annual fair showcases a mix of styles, perceptions, and media. The artwork selection inspires casual visitors to start art collections and connoisseurs to add to existing collections. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: free. 402.391.2200.
countryside-village.com

Craft Fair
June 2 at Rockbrook Village, 2800 S. 110th Court. At this fair, attendees can find dozens of midwest makers, designers, small-batch food and drink purveyors, apothecary providers, and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: free. 402.390.0890.
rockbrookvillage.com

Urban Photography Walk
June 6 at Rockbrook Camera, 2909 S. 169th Plaza. Attendees will have the opportunity to get professional camera instruction for shooting urban photos. The group will travel to the Durham Museum for a tour and receive hands.on practice capturing images, followed by a photo walk through the Old Market. 2-8 p.m. Tickets: $45. 402.691.0003.
rockbrookcamera.com

Introduction to Hops Tour
June 6 at The Hop Yard, 18003 Club View Dr., Plattsmouth. This opportunity is perfect for those who want to learn more about growing hops or see a local hop yard. Weather permitting, groups will be able to tour the hop yard and harvest equipment on site. The ticket includes a $6 voucher for food or drink from the taproom. 6-7 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402.296.0633.
thehopyardnebraska.com

Santa Lucia Italian Festival
June 6-9 at Lewis and Clark Landing, 345 Riverfront Drive. This festival is an Omaha tradition, celebrating its 95th year. The event includes authentic Italian foods, music, presentation of the Santa Lucia festival queen, and a carnival. The festival ends with mass at St. Frances Cabrini. Times vary. Admission: free. 402.342.6632.
santaluciafestival.com

45th Annual Omaha Summer Arts Festival
June 7-9 at Mike Fahey St. between 10th and 14th streets. The festival will host 135 of the nation’s finest visual artists, three stages of continuous entertainment, including national performers, and a large, hands-on Children’s Fair on Saturday and Sunday. Admission: free. 402.345.5401.
summerarts.org

artist at Annual Omaha Summer Arts Festival

Elkhorn Days
June 7-9 throughout Elkhorn. This festival includes a parade, hot air balloon rides, and a fireworks display. Times vary. Admission: free. 402.289.9560.
elkhorndays.com

Blackstone District Walking Food Tour
June 8 at The Blackstone District, 42nd and Harney streets. This tour focuses on the rich history and food of the Blackstone District, one of Omaha’s newest and hottest spots to grab a bite or a cocktail. 1 p.m. Tickets: $45. 402.651.0047.
omahaculinarytours.com

2019 Craft Fair & Concert
June 8 at Stony Brook Church, 14345 Y St. The goods of more than 100 vendors and crafters from the Omaha area will be on display, with activities and a bounce house for the kids and food from the Teeny Weeny Wiener Wagon and Quick Bites Soul Food. The evening offers a live outdoor concert from local musicians. Craft Fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Concert 4:30-7:30 p.m. Admission: free. 402.895.9596.
stonybrookchurch.com

Mud Factor
June 9 at Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch, 11001 S. 48th St. Known as the “seriously fun 5k obstacle run,” the Mud Factor provides a challenging obstacle course that tests participants’ strength and speed while getting covered in mud. Kids ages 4-13 are suggested to participate in the shortened kids running course. 10 a.m. Admission: $65 adults, $45 kids, $10 spectator entry.
mudfactor.com

Rose Day and Show
June 9 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. The Omaha Rose Society is displaying roses to promote the culture and appreciation of this flower. Visitors can view a variety of rose blooms and arrangements, visit with rosarians, and explore the rose garden. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children (6-12), free for children under 6. 402.346.4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Papillion Days
June 12-16 in Papillion. The 72nd annual event includes a parade, fireworks, a carnival, and more. Times vary. Admission: free. 402.331.3917.
papilliondays.org

Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers
June 13 at TD Ameritrade Park, 1200 Mike Fahey St. The Royals and Tigers will play a regular season game, the first of its kind in Omaha, before CWS Opening Celebration Day. 7 p.m. Tickets: $20.$99. 402.546.1800.
tdameritradeparkomaha.com

College World Series Opening Day
June 14 at TD Ameritrade Park, 1200 Mike Fahey St. The opening day of one of Omaha’s most popular summer traditions includes a full slate of events such as Fan Fest, team autograph sessions, practices, Olympic-style opening ceremonies, a concert, and a fireworks finale. 9:10 a.m. Admission: free. 402.554.4422.
cwsomaha.com

College World Series
June 15-25/26 at TD Ameritrade park, 1200 Mike Fahey St. This annual baseball tournament offers fans the chance to be a part of a cherished tradition that includes tailgating and cheering on your favorite college baseball teams. Hours vary. Tickets: $30-$55, or $90 for a book of 10. 402.554.4422.
cwsomaha.com

High Vibe Festival
June 15 at Stinson Park, 67th and Center streets. This day.long event starts with a run at 7 a.m. and includes multiple yoga sessions, plant.based food workshops, and more. The event closes with a concert by The Confidentials. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets: $10 for the run, $25 for one yoga class, $125 for the full festival. 402.496.1616.
aksarbenvillage.com

Last Call for Alcohol Tour
June 18 at the Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This River City History Tour will teach visitors about the bootlegging history of Omaha as told through the 1931 federal indictment brought against some of Omaha’s largest bootleggers. 6-7:30 p.m. Admission: $20 for members, $25 for non-members. 402.444.5027.
durhammuseum.org

Dinosaur Egg Hunt
June 20 at Southwind Park, 8120 S. 92nd Ave. Kids of all ages can participate in this hunt, in which the object is to find giant green dinosaur eggs, otherwise known as watermelons. 3 p.m. Admission: free. 402.331.3455.
cityoflavista.org

41st Annual Quilt Show
June 20-22 at Embassy Suites-La Vista Hotel and Conference Center, 12520 Westport Parkway. Visitors can view quilts, watch demonstrations, and interact with vendors and the Omaha Quilters’ Guild during their show, Showers of Color. Admission: $1. 402.880.3559.
omahaquiltersguild.org

Junkstock: Underneath the Stars
June 21-23 at Sycamore Farms, 1150 River Road Drive, Waterloo. This vintage festival offers more than 150 junk and vintage vendors, local food trucks, live music, and activities. 4-11 p.m. Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $10 per day or $20 full weekend pass, free for children 12 and under. 402.765.8651.
junkstock.com

Polish Fest
June 22 at Crescent Moon and Huber-Haus German Bier Hall, 3578 Farnam St. A variety of Polish beers and foods will be available at this festival, including Polish sausage, glombki, and pierogis. Noon-11 p.m. Admission: free. 402.345.1708.
beercornerusa.com

Yoga in the Aquarium
Through June 23 at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, 3701 S. 10th St. Open to anyone 16 and older, these unique yoga classes are housed inside the Education and Conference Center at the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Attendees are recommended to bring their own yoga mat, water bottle, and any other equipment necessary. 9 a.m and 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: $22 non.members, $16 members. 402.738.2038.
omahazoo.com

O Comic Con
June 28-30 at the Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way. OCon is an expo-style comics and pop culture convention held annually in the metro. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $40 three.day pass. 402.915.5833.
oconexpo.com

Turner Park Night Market
June 28 at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam St. This monthly outdoor market features local vendors, food, activities, music, and attractions. 6-9 p.m. Admission: free. 402.557.6006.
midtowncrossing.com    

Heartland Pride Parade and Festival
June 29 at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St. This event is about the celebration, recognition, and integration of LGBTQ+ people and culture. 10 a.m. Admission: free.
heartlandpride.org

Old Market District Walking Food Tour
Through June 29, locations vary. This event, an Omaha Culinary Tour event, showcases restaurants in the Old Market and gives attendees a taste of the history of the locations. Times vary. Admission: $45. 402.651.0047.
omahaculinarytours.com

Omaha Beer Fest
June 29 at Horsemen’s Park, 6303 Q St. One of the largest beer festivals in Nebraska features American craft beers, ciders, hard sodas, and wines, along with live music from Lemon Fresh Day. 4-11:30 p.m. Admission: $35 general admission, $75 VIP tickets.
omahabeerfest.com


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Start the Weekend on a High Note

May 15, 2019 by
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Lizz Wright

Thursday, May 16:

Lizz Wright is a jazz and gospel singer and composer who has garnered widespread attention as one of the most venerable popular singers of her generation. Her voice has been described as smooth, velvety, and buttery. Basically everything you want in a jazz singer. She has released five critically acclaimed albums, and tonight she brings all that talent to the Holland Performing Arts Center. Get your tickets here now.

musician MICH

Friday, May 17:

Chicago-based, indie pop songwriter, MICH, is playing at Barley St. Tavern this Friday. A Bellevue native, Mich Shirey returns from Chicago to play his guitar-driven music inspired by his childhood in Nebraska. This is the first time he’ll perform his music in Nebraska since he left for Chicago 10 years ago, so get out and give him a good welcome home. The music starts at 9 p.m., and he’ll be sharing the stage that night with Greg Woods, The Sounds of Many, and Maya Duis at this 21 and over show. Get the details here, and for a taste of what you’re in for click here.

Ben Beck, Sherlock Catherine Vazquez, Watson

Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19:

It’s the last weekend to catch Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at Bellevue Little Theatre. Holmes and Watson are on the case to find who is slaying the Baskerville line. This performance is done in a “classic farce style,” so expect to see horror mingled with laughter in this tale of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome hound of supernatural origin. Reserve your tickets to the show here.
(Pictured in photo: Ben Beck, Sherlock and Catherine Vazquez, Watson)

helicopter in flight

Saturday, May 18:

Helicopter Day is an indoor/outdoor event held at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum in celebration of aviation careers and the history of helicopters. Watch in wonder as helicopters from military, law enforcement, and commercial pilots fly over the horizon and land right in front of your eyes. Activities will take place inside the museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including a drone workshop on flight and safety, free movies in the museum’s theater, free balloon sculptures, and a make-and-take project. Find out more here.

logo, graphics for EdgeOmaha

Sunday, May 19:

EveryDopeGirl is a platform for everyday women, created to support, uplift, and showcase dope girls from around the world. Every Dope Girl Omaha 2019 is an event connecting women and entrepreneurs together through professional development, networking, and philanthropy. Your ticket includes a complimentary beverage, automatic entry for the raffle, professional headshot, panel discussion, and access to the EDG global community. Learn more about the organization here, and more about the event here.


 

Bonsai and Benson

May 2, 2019 by

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Alison O'Daniel's Heavy Air exhibit

Thursday, May 2: 

Do you enjoy going to museums but sometimes wish there was someone there to help you understand the artists’ point of view? Then join Bemis Center’s chief curator (and director of programs) Rachel Adams for a lively and informative curator-led tour of Alison O’Daniel: Heavy Air. O’Daniel’s work explores what it means to not have full access to sound and transfers that experience to a hearing audience. While Bemis exhibitions are always free and open to the public, tonight’s tour offers a unique opportunity to interact with others while learning about the artist and her motivation. Register here now.

Little girl at Cinco de Mayo

Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5: 

Naturally, there are plenty of businesses celebrating Cinco de Mayo this weekend. But really, don’t you want to have an authentic experience? If this sounds ideal to you, head to South O for all the tasty food and live music you can handle, not to mention the parade and carnival. Throw in the fact thatwhile you’re experiencing and celebrating Mexican cultureyou are also helping raise funds for scholarships and other nonprofits, and how can you miss it? This (now three-day) celebration has been happening in some form in Omaha since the 1920s. If you haven’t been, get there now. Learn more about this long-running event here.

Bonsai tree

Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5: 

Bonsai trees are small trees that mimic the shape and scale of larger, full-size trees. The Nebraska Bonsai Society is dedicated to advancing this artistic, Japanese landscaping style, and Lauritzen Gardens is helping them share their passion by hosting the club’s Bonsai Exhibition this weekend. Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arrangement, and Ikebana International Omaha 60 is also hosting their spring exhibition at the garden this weekend. So if you’re looking for some decorating inspiration this spring, this is a don’t-miss excursion to Lauritzen. Find out more here.

Band Build graphic

Friday, May 3: 

Band Build is a live music showcase organized by Omaha Habitat Young Professionals. This ninth annual benefit concert features Nebraska musicians Mesonjixx and Sebastian Lane Band. Lane is the grandson of blues legend Jimmy Rogers and the son of Blues Hall of Fame artist Jimmy D. Lane and was nominated for two OEAAs this year. Mesonjixx is a soulful singer who’s been making a name for herself (quite literally). The proceeds from this show at Slowdown will go to the construction of a new Habitat Omaha home. Show your support and get your tickets here.

Kentucky Derby at Horsemen's Park

Saturday, May 4: 

Yes, the Kentucky Derby is a horse race—but anyone who’s ever gone knows it’s so much more than that. The Kentucky Derby Party at Horsemen’s Park celebrates all things Derby, complete with mint juleps and a Derby Day Hat Contest (which pays out $3,000 in prize money). Doors open at 8:30 a.m. the day of the big race and simulcast wagering from Churchill Downs begins at 9:30 a.m. Hoof it over here for more info.

Microphone stand at Benson

Sunday, May 5: 

End the weekend on a musical note at the B Side of Benson Theatre with Matt Cox, Evan Bartels, Union Specific, and Jack Hotel. It’s an evening packed with Americana, country, folk, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll music, and a full bar is available. Matt Cox is a seven-time Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award winner (in case you’ve been under a rock). Evan Bartels is an Americana storyteller of the highest caliber we featured last fall. (You can read that here.) If all this local talent isn’t enough to get you out, Union Specific is an Austin band who has showcased at SXSW, and Jack Hotel out of Lincoln opened for Willie Nelson and Neil Young. Impressed yet? Learn more here.


 

Start Your Weekend Poppin’

April 25, 2019 by

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Poetry/popcorn promo photo

Thursday, April 25:

Looking for a relaxing evening, but don’t want to stay in? Poetry and Popcorn at Emery’s Cafe will do you right tonight. You’ll get to enjoy music, poetry, drink specials, and everyone’s favorite snack to munch on, thanks to Still Poppin Gourmet Popcorn. (You can read more about them here.) The entertainment will be hosted by Shanketta Newsom, with the laid-back atmosphere courtesy of Emery’s. So head north for some spoken word, great snacks, and all the relaxation you know you need after a long week. Find your way there here

Guns & Hoses promo photo

Friday, April 26:

You know we love the feel-good events, and this Friday’s Guns & Hoses Boxing Challenge at Baxter Arena fits that bill perfectly. Every dollar from this event goes to support the First Responders Foundation, a nonprofit working directly with local police and fire departments to provide resources where they need them the most. Plus, you get to watch them fight it out to see who’s best. Learn how you can help here. And get tickets to this knock-down-drag-out match here.

Kids at Die del Nino

Saturday, April 27:

In Mexico, Dia del Niño, aka Children’s Day, is a big deal. Here in Omaha, El Museo Latino is putting on a special celebration complete with games, books, prizes, music, and dancing. Did I mention it’s free?! So think of the kids this Saturday. Get out to South O and celebrate their joy, freedom, and fun-loving attitudes. Maybe even let yourself be a kid again for awhile? Also, don’t forget to check out the delicious local cuisine. (Perhaps this little gem here?) Get the details for this family event here.

Letters to Barley book cover

Saturday, April 27:

Everyone’s favorite librarian (and a favorite writer of ours) Wendy Townley has put out another book, Letters to Barley: Personal Stories My Dog Should Know. Find out what Barley knows when you purchase the book—and get it signed—at Hardy Coffee this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Letters to Barley Book Signing. No worries if you can’t make it to this one. There are several others happening next month. Learn more about Townley and Barley here

Rider on horse at Renaissance Faire

Saturday, April 27 to Sunday, April 28:

Established in 2003, the Nebraska Renaissance Faire moves to Riverwest Park this year, due to the flooding. While there may not be dragons, there will be fire-breathing…and magic, juggling, and jousting. Oh, and pirates! This year’s event is combining the faire with the 12th Annual Midlands Pirate Festival. So bust out the feathered caps and peg legs, because this is one combo you won’t want to miss. Find out more here.


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