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  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

 

Runza's Great Books for Great Kids Fundraiser

  • WHERE:  Runza restaurants everywhere
  • WHEN:  Tuesday, Sept 16
  • WHAT:  On this day, eat at any Runza restaurants and help purchase children's books for local schools and libraries and 15 percent of sales all day long will be donated to the effort.
  • INFO:  https://www.runza.com/community

 

DRINK, FESTIVALS, FIREWORKS & FAIRS

 

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

 

Let It Bleed Blood Drive

  • WHERE:  Marriott Regency, 10220 Regency Cirlce, Omaha, Nebraska and the Mid-America Center, One Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • WHEN:  Friday, August 22nd from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. (make an appointemnt at 1-800-Red Cross or redcrossblood.org
  • WHAT:  Join the American Red Cross, Z-92 and KMTV Action 3 News and GIVE BLOOD
  • INFO:  www.z92.com/articles/268507382.html

 

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 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.; Now - Sept. 4
  • 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., Now - 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., Now - 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:  Thursday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • 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., Now - 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., Now 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., Now - Aug. 24
  • 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church's Annual Greek Festival

  • WHERE:  Canfield's Plaza, 8425 West Center Road, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHEN:  Friday, Aug. 22nd from 5 - 11 p.m., & Saturday Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 24 from11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • WHAT:  Greek food and beer, authentic Greek music, Greek folk dancing and more
  • INFO:  www.greekfestomaha.org