Omaha Summer Guide

CREATED Jun 19, 2014

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If you have an event in the state of Nebraska or western Iowa for the summer, fall, winter or spring guides, please send an email with all the details along with contact information to Renee DuBay, rdubay@jrn.com

There are events all around town this summer. Check out our calendar below, updated regularly with fun, new stuff happening in Summer 2014!

 

 FAMILY TIME

 

 

 

 Starlight Movies

  • WHERE:  Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th Street, Papillion, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Fridays -  August 8, 15, and 22
  • WHAT:  Free outdoor family movies
  • INFO:  sumtur.org

 

Family Fun Saturdays

  • WHERE:  Gifford Farm Education Center, 700 Camp Gifford Road, Bellevue, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  First Saturday of the month through October
  • WHAT:  Different themed event every weekend with storytelling, hayrack rides, exotic animals and more
  • INFO:  402-597-4920

 

Monday Night At The Movies

  • WHERE:  Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st Avenue and Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Monday nights at sunset through August 4
  • WHAT:  Free movies in the park
  • INFO:  www.midtowncrossing.com

 

DRINK, FESTIVALS, FIREWORKS & FAIRS

 

2nd Annual Omaha Jaycees Beer and Bacon Festival

  • WHERE:  Old Mattress Factory, 501 N 13th Street, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Saturday, August 2 at 3 p.m.
  • WHAT:  Tastings of special BREWS and BACON and live music
  • INFO:  omahbeerandbacon.com

 

Sarpy County Fair

  • WHERE:  100 Main Street, Springfield, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Wednesday, July 30 - Sunday, August 3
  • WHAT:  Carnival, 4-H exhibits, tractor pulls, demolition derby, rodeo and more
  • INFO:  www.sarpyfair.com

 

Dodge County Fair

  • WHERE:  Fairgrounds, Fairacres Road, Scribner, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Thursday, July 31 - Sunday, August 3
  • WHAT:  Carnival, 4-H exhibits, live music, animals, beer gardne, food, demolition derby
  • INFO:  dodgecountyfair.org

 

Lancaster County Superfair

  • WHERE:  Lancaster Event Center, 4100 N 84th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Thursday, July 31 - Saturday, August 9
  • WHAT:  Vendors, food, live music, beer garden
  • INFO:  www.lancastereventcenter.com

 

Wilbur Czech Festival

 

 Let It Bleed Blood Drive

  • WHERE:  Marriott Regency, 10220 Regency Circle, Omaha, Nebraska and Mid-American Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • WHEN:  Friday, August 2 
  • WHAT:  It's the area's largest and most important blood drive of the year, plus there will be live music, free t-shirts and concert videos
  • INFO:  www.z92.com

 

Cass County Fair

  • WHERE:  Cass County Fairgrounds between U.S. Highway 75 and Nebraska Highway 50 on Nebraska Highway 1, Weeping Water, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Tuesday, August 5 - Saturday, August 9
  • WHAT:  BBQ, contests, lawn mower racing, truck and tractor pulls, wildlife encounters
  • INFO:  www.cassfair.com

 

Iowa State Fair

  • WHERE:  Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 E Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa
  • WHEN:  Thursday, August 7 - Sunday, August 17
  • WHAT:  4-H exhibits, food, live music, carnival, livestock, butter cow, art, contest and more
  • INFO:  www.iowastatefair.org

 

Kool-Aid Days

  • WHERE:  Hastings, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Friday, August 8 - Sunday, August 10
  • WHAT:  Birthplace of Kool-Aid celebrates the drink with the world's largest Kool-Aid stand, pageant, games and more
  • INFO:  kool-aiddays.com

 

Sweet Corn Festival

  • WHERE:  Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft Street, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Satuday, August 9 - Sunday, August 10
  • WHAT:  Locally grown sweet corn, hayrack rides, live music, cooking demonstrations
  • INFO:  www.lauritzengardens.org

 

Arrows To Aerospace

  • WHERE:  Washington Park, 20th Street and Franklin, Bellevue, Nebraska; Parade on Mission Street in Bellevue, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Friday, August 15 - Saturday, August 16
  • WHAT:  Parade, music, pancake feed, food, pet show, art
  • INFO:  www.bokiwanis.org

 

Millard Days

  • WHERE:  Andersen Park, 136th and Q Streets, Millard, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Tuesday, August 19 - Sunday, August 24
  • WHAT:  Carnival, children's activities, parade, beer garden, live music, auto show
  • INFO:  www.millarddays.com

 

Greek Festival

  • WHERE:  Canfield Plaza, 85th Street and West Center Road, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Friday, August 22 - Sunday, August 24
  • WHAT:  Greek food, children's activities, dancing, live music
  • INFO:  www.greekfestomaha.com or 402-345-7103

 

Nebraska State Fair

  • WHERE:  Fonner Park, 700 E. Fonner Park Road, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Friday, August 22 - Monday, September 1
  • WHAT:  LIve music featuring Styx and others, exhibits, livestock, displays, contests, parades 
  • INFO:  www.statefair.org

 

Midlands Pirate Festival

  • WHERE:  Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Ranch, 11001 S. 48th Street, Papillion, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Saturday, August 23 - Sunday, August 24
  • WHAT:  characters, activities, live entertainement
  • INFO:  www.festint.com/piratefest

 

Septemberfest Omaha:  A Salute To Labor

  • WHERE:  CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th Street, Lot D, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Friday, August 29 - Monday, September 1
  • WHAT:  food, competitions, parade, live music, children's activities, car show
  • INFO:  septemberfrestomaha.com

 

La Fiesta Italiana

  • WHERE:  American Italian Heritage Society, the new Palazzo, 132nd and Fort Streets, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Friday, August 29 - Sunday, August 31
  • WHAT:  Food, fireworks, cooking demonstrations, kids activities, live music
  • INFO:  omahaitaly.com

 

Lucky Bucket 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Party

  • WHERE:  Lucky Bucket Brewery, 11941 Centennial Road, La Vista, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Friday, September 12 
  • WHAT:  BEER
  • INFO:  luckybucketbrewing.com

 

Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow

  • WHERE:  Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort Streets, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Saturday, September 13
  • WHAT:  Traditional outdoor powwow with Native American dancing, food and crafts
  • INFO:  mccneb.edu/intercultural

 

Lauritzen Antique and Garden Show

  • WHERE:  Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft Street, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Friday, September 19 - Sunday, September 21
  • WHAT:  experts for gardening, antiques, featured celebrities including Mary McDonald, Countess of Carnavon and more
  • INFO:  www.lauritzengardens.org/Antique_Show

 

German Day/Oktoberfest

  • WHERE:  German-American Society, 3717 S. 120th Street, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20
  • WHAT:  Beer, food, live music, dance performances
  • INFO:  germanamericansociety.org

 

Apple Jack Festival

  • WHERE:  Various locations, Nebraska City, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Friday, September 19 - Sunday, September 21
  • WHAT:  Apple Harvest with tons of apple recipes, crafts fair, parades, street dances, carnival, live music
  • INFO:  gonebraskacity.com/festival/apple-jack-festival

 

Aksarben's River City Rodeo and Stock Show

  • WHERE:  CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th Street, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Monday, September 25 - Sunday, September 28
  • WHAT:  Rodeo, live music, parade, BBQ contest
  • INFO:  rivercityrodeo.com

 

Artsarben

  • WHERE:  Aksarben Village, 67th and Center Streets, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Saturday, September 27 - Sunday, September 28
  • WHAT:  Art Festival with an art marketplace, live music, street performances, food
  • INFO:  artsarben.com

 

FOR THE MUSIC LOVERS

 

Sunday Acoustic Music

  • WHERE:  Soaring Wings, 17111 S. 138th Street, Springfield, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Sundays (year round) from 2-5 p.m.
  • WHAT:  Free live acoustic music 
  • INFO:  www.soaringwingswine.com

 

Stir Cove Concert Series

  • WHERE:  Stir Concert Cove, Harrah's, 1 Harrah's Blvd, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • WHEN:  Now through August 20
  • WHAT:  Concerts featuring Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson, Counting Crows, REO and many more
  • INFO:  harrahscouncilbluffs.com

 

Tempo of Twilight

  • WHERE:  Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft Street, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Tuesdays from 6 - 8 p.m., Aug 12 and 26;    Sept. 2
  • WHAT:  Outdoor concerts
  • INFO:  www.lauritzengardens.org

 

Music In The Parks - Council Bluffs

  • WHERE:  Bayliss Park, Pearl Street and Willow Avenue, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • WHEN:  Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., Now - Sept. 3
  • WHAT:  Free live music
  • INFO:  omahamusic.com

 

Tunes At The Tower 

  • WHERE:  First National Bank, 16th and Dodge Streets, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Every other Thursday at 11:30 a.m.; May 23 - Sept. 4
  • WHAT:  Free live music
  • INFO:  omahamusic.com

  

Tunes in Town Square

  • WHERE:  77th and Main Streets, Ralston, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Thursday,  August 7
  • WHAT:  Free live music 
  • INFO:  omahamusic.com

 

Sounds of Summer Concert Series

  • WHERE:  Bellevue Medical Center Amphitheater, Shadow Lake Towne Center, 72nd Street and Highway 370, Papillion, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Fridays at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., May 23 - August 22
  • WHAT:  Free live music
  • INFO:  www.shadowlakeshopping.com

 

Friday Night Music Series

  • WHERE:  Rockbrook Village Entertainment Plaza, 108th Street and West Center Road, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Fridays at 7 p.m., June 6 - Aug. 29
  • WHAT:  Free live music
  • INFO:  www.rockbrookvillage.com

 

Friday Night Music Series

  • WHERE:  Soaring Wings Vineyard, 17111 S. 138th Street, Springfield, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Fridays at 7 p.m.  Now - Sept. 26
  • WHAT:  Live outdoor music
  • PRICE:  $5
  • INFO:  www.soaringwingswine.com

 

Jazz On The Green

  • WHERE:  Turner Park, Midtown Crossing, 31st Avenue and Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., July 10 - Aug. 14
  • WHAT:  Free outdoor jazz concert series
  • INFO:  www.jazzonthegreenomaha.com

 

Vibes at Village Pointe Concert Series

  • WHERE:  Alegent Creighton Health Amphitheater, Village Pointe Shopping Center, 168th Street and West Dodge Road, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Saturdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., May 31 - Aug. 23
  • WHAT:  Free outdoor concerts
  • INFO:  www.villagepointeshopping.com

 

Saturdays at Stinson

  • WHERE:  Stinson Park, 67th and Center Streets, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Most Saturdays from 7 - 10 p.m., through Sept. 6
  • WHAT:  Live outdoor music
  • INFO:  aksarbenvillage.com

 

Music In The Parks - Council Bluffs

  • WHERE:  River's Park Edge, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • WHEN:  Sundays at 6:30 p.m., June 29 - Aug. 24
  • WHAT:   Free live music
  • INFO:  omahamusic.com

 

Courtyard Jazz

  • WHERE:  Pacific Hills Church, 90th and Pacific Streets, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.
  • WHAT:  Free live music
  • INFO:  omahamusic.com

 

Maha Music Festival

  • WHERE:  Stinson Park, 67th and Center Streets, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Saturday, Aug. 16
  • WHAT:  Outdoor festival featuring Death Cab for Cutie, The Head of the Heart, Local Natives and more
  • INFO:  mahamusicfestival.com

 

Memories for Kids Benefit Concert 

  • WHERE:  The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th Street, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Saturday, Aug. 16 at 9 p.m.
  • WHAT:  The Samples will headline the show.  Memories for Kids creates lifelong memories for children who have a parent with terminal cancer.
  • INFO:  memoriesforkids.org

 

Rock n Relief for Pilger featuring Bret Michaels

 

End Of Summer Concert Series

  • WHERE:  Turner Park, Midtown Crossing, 31st Avenue and Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Thursdays at 7 p.m., Aug. 21 - Sept. 25
  • WHAT:  Free concerts
  • INFO:  midtowncrossing.com

 

 FOODIES

 

Omaha Crush

  • WHERE:  Stinson Park, 67th and Center Streets, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Saturday, August 2
  • WHAT:  Small bites, wine and beer samples, live music
  • INFO:  omahacrush.com

 

Nebraska Wine and Balloon Festival

  • WHERE:  Coventry Campus, south of 204th and Q Streets, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9
  • WHAT:  Wine tastings, food, hot air balloons, live music and stuff for the kiddos to do
  • INFO:  showofficeonline.com/nebraskawineballoonfestival.html

 

Capital City Ribfest

  • WHERE:  Pershing Center, 226 Centennial Mall S., Lincoln, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Thursday, August 14 - Sunday, August 17
  • WHAT:  BBQ and live music
  • INFO:  pershingcenter.com/ribfest

 

Lucky Bucket 5th Annual Bluegrass Beer - BQ

  • WHERE:  Luckey Bucket Brewing Company
  • WHEN:  Friday, August 15, 6 - 11 p.m.
  • WHAT:  Live bluegrass music from the Dirty River Ramblers, beer-BQ and more food, cornhole bag tournament
  • INFO:  luckybucketbeerbq.eventbrite.com

 

Fifth Annual Great Nebraska Beer Festival

  • WHERE:  Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Satuday, August 23
  • WHAT:  Food, beer, live music, seminars
  • INFO:  greatnebraskabeerfest.com