Things to do in the Omaha Area Over Memorial Day Weekend 2017

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Note: We hope you are gearing up for a fun weekend! This post was written in 2017. Click here to read the 2018 post. 

Memorial Day is an important time of year. It’s a day where, as a country, we take a moment to reflect and honor those who have died while serving in our armed forces. It’s also a celebration of freedom and therefore the holiday weekend traditionally includes family-friendly events, barbecues and as an unofficial first day of summer plenty of opportunities to get outside.

In true Midwest fashion, Omaha, the Metro Area and Council Bluffs will be celebrating the long weekend with patriotism, local flare and plenty of baseball.

Gather your families and friends, throw a festive barbecue of your own and/or join the fun at any of these local events, festivals and celebrations. From concert series that continue through the season to one-time blowout festivals, there’s a little something for everyone in this official guide to Memorial Day weekend in 2017!

La Vista Salute to Summer | La Vista

When: Thursday, May 25 – Sunday, May 28

Where: Events throughout La Vista

Welcome the summer in La Vista as the season settles into the midwest. Similar to years past, there will be a carnival, vendor booths, Hot Wheels races, a beer garden, live music and fireworks displays!


Take Aim at Summer | Louisville

When: Friday, May 26

Where: Platte River State Park

This free event is a great way to practice archery or get introduced to the sport. Perfect for all ages, bring your families for a fun evening on the range!


Loessfest | Council Bluffs

When: Friday, May 26 –  Monday, May 29

Where: Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park

Loessfest Council Bluffs 2017

Photo courtesy of Loessfest

Loessfest is an annual celebration of the all of the great things happening in Council Bluffs: the culture, the music, the art, the people, you name it! Since 2013, the festival has been kicking off the summer season with a wide array of free events. In the first two years, Loessfest has drawn more than 66,000 people from all over the region to the Council Bluffs riverfront.

If recreation is your game, register for the Run Loess Half Marathon and 5K on Saturday, starting and ending at the beautiful Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park. Then hop on your bike for Bike the Bluffs on Sunday!

No matter which day you go, you’ll hear plenty of local, live music. KC and the Sunshine Band opens the festival on Friday; Country Rocks the River is a classic country dancing party on Saturday; Omaha Symphony will play on Sunday and a movie in the park will wrap up the event on Monday! 


Memorial Day Weekend at Omaha Zoo | Omaha

When: Saturday, May 27 – Monday, May 29

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium  

Omaha Zoo Memorial Day Weekend

Photo courtesy of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium 

Omaha Zoo will be hosting fun-filled activities all weekend and through Memorial Day on Monday! There will be wild entertainment including bounce houses, airbrush tattoos and unique animal presentations for all ages. The zoo is already the best place to kick off the summer so why not celebrate with free extras? All activities are included in admission.


Memorial Day “Murph” Challenge 2017 | Omaha

When: Saturday, May 27

Where: Climate CrossFit

At Climate CrossFit, they believe the best way to honor America’s heroes is to test your physical and mental limits. Participate in their celebratory challenge as a team or an individual and you may win a prize! But even if you don’t you’ll get to enjoy the potluck barbecue. All proceeds from entry fees will go to the Great Plains Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America.


Memorial Day Massive Block Party | Omaha

When: Saturday, May 27

Where: Waiting Room Outdoors

Memorial Day Massive Block Party Omaha

Photo courtesy of Memorial Day Massive Block Party and @iamzoss

The Memorial Day Massive Block Party is closing down the streets of Benson on Saturday night for a lively outdoor show. Just outside the doors of The Waiting Room, you’ll find food vendors, a full bar and non-alcoholic beverages along with a full evening of electronic music. After the show, keep celebrating at the after party inside the venue! Get your General Admission and VIP tickets online.


Kids Jamboree at NEX | Gretna

When: Saturday, May 27

Where: Nebraska Crossing Outlets

Kids Jamboree is a kids’ festival series hosted by Nebraska Crossing Outlets. Starting April 15th, they’ve been celebrating the season with face painters, balloon twisters, talented magicians and stilt walkers. Festivities continue on select Saturdays through October 28th. Don’t miss the Memorial Weekend event for patriotic-themed activities!


Helicopter Day at SAC Museum | Ashland

When: Saturday, May 27

Where: Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum

Celebrate patriotism and the Omaha community with SAC Museum on Saturday! Helicopters begin landing promptly at 10 a.m. and visitors can watch while these choppers fly over the horizon and land right in front of them. Law enforcement pilots, commercial and private helicopter pilots will share information about careers in aviation and give close-up views of the machines — and maybe even a ride or two! Inside the Museum, there will be even more fun — including a drone workshop, family friendly activities and make-and-take crafts.


Vibes at Village Pointe | Omaha

When: Saturday, May 27

Where: Village Pointe

Vibes at Village Pointe kicks off their summer concert series on Saturday! High Heel will be playing a wide variety of hits and covers so everyone can dance, sing along and have a great time. The series continues throughout the summer until August 19th.


Saturdays @ Stinson in Aksarben | Omaha

When: Saturday, May 27

Where: Stinson Park in Aksarben

Aksarben Village Omaha

Photo courtesy of Aksarben Village and Lisa Bockman

Every Saturday night throughout the summer, Aksarben hosts a party in Stinson Park. On Saturday, May 27th, you can join in and dance to the sounds of Omaha favorite, Lemon Fresh Day. There will be food and drink vendors, face painting, balloon artists and more!


Yoga Rocks the Park at Midtown Crossing | Omaha

When: Sunday, May 28

Where: Midtown Crossing

This yoga and music event is a summer series in Midtown Crossing. Join the community for the fourth event on Sunday, May 28th for an all-levels 60-minute yoga class accompanied by music. Follow their Facebook page to get updates!


Omaha Farmers’ Market + Get Fit in the Park | Omaha

When: Sunday, May 28

Where: Stinson Park in Aksarben

There’s nothing better on a sunny Sunday morning than a farmers’ market — especially when it includes exercising in the park! Every Sunday this summer you can participate in a free yoga and Zumba session in Stinson Park then shop the market.


U.S. Bank Family FUNday at Werner Park | Papillion

When: Sunday, May 28

Where: Werner Park

Werner Park Omaha Events

Photo courtesy of Minor League Baseball

On Sunday, May 28th celebrate Memorial Day with the Omaha Storm Chasers! The U.S. Bank Family FUNday is the perfect day for families at Werner Park. The event will feature the return of Wildlife Encounters, clowns and balloon artists.

Before the game, you’re invited to play catch on the field and stick around after for a post-game fireworks show!


Memorial Day Service | Papillion

When: Monday, May 29

Where: Cedardale Cemetary and Veteran’s Park

On Memorial Day, stop by Cedardale Cemetary at 10 a.m. for a ceremony hosted by American Legion Post 32. Following the event, refreshments will be served at the Legion Hall. You can also attend a similar evening service at 6 p.m. in Veteran’s Park.


Memorial Day Service | Gretna

When: Monday, May 29

Where: Peterson Park

Gretna American Legion Post 216 will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. in Peterson Park. The Avenue of Flags, with more than 200 flags representing deceased veterans from the community will be on display and the ceremony will include a reading of the names on each flag. Afterward, lunch for veterans and immediate family members will be served at the post, 11690 S. 216th St. a short drive from the park.


Happy Memorial Day!  

Let us know how you’re celebrating Memorial Weekend in the area.

NP Dodge

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