Memorial Day is fast approaching! This three-day weekend is not only the unofficial start of summer, but it’s also an opportunity for us to honor the people who have fought so bravely for our country.
In Omaha, we like to celebrate this important holiday with some of our favorite things — baseball, music and competition. That includes some anticipated summer festivals, plenty of family fun, and even a few camel and ostrich races!
So gather your family and friends, throw a party of your own or join in the fun at any of these local events!
Where: TD Ameritrade Park
When: May 22-26
Photo courtesy of TD Ameritrade Park
Since its debut in 2014, the Big Ten Baseball Tournament has been a popular staple on the annual Omaha community calendar. Every year, the tournament invites the iconic Big Ten to compete at TD Ameritrade Park. The winners will return to Omaha to compete for the NCAA College World Series in June so make sure to pay a visit to cheer on your favorite team!
Where: La Vista Central Park
When: May 23-26
Celebrate the beginning of the season at this annual summer event! The festivities will kick off with a parade (complete with plenty of dancing and local marching bands) before a community cookout, live concert and fireworks.
Where: Platte River State Park, Louisville
When: May 24, 4-8 p.m.
Kick off your summer at this exciting event for the whole family at Platte River State Park! Try your hand at archery, shooting sports, outdoor cooking, games and plenty of other activities — all for free and under the guidance of expert volunteers!
Where: 618 South 184th Street, Elkhorn
When: May 24-26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sondra Gerber, artist, and Blue Pomegranate owner will be opening her picturesque backyard to the public this year during Memorial Day weekend! You can come see it for yourself while you shop for unique, handmade garden art.
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum
When: May 25, 9 a.m.
This unique fun run is unlike any other with the addition of dragons, unicorns, royals and plenty other legendary people and creatures! The run is just a short dash down 20th Street and children are encouraged to dress up. This event will kick off summer at the Omaha Children’s Museum and the special exhibit, Enchanted Kingdom, which features dragons, unicorns and rock golem, which you and your family can visit after the run!
Where: SandBar Grille
When: May 25, 4 p.m.
Memorial Day is the day when we can finally start wearing white again! Go all out and celebrate at the annual Dress in All White Day Party at the Sandbar Grille. This year, the party falls on Africa Day Weekend so you can expect fantastic African and international music from local and guest DJs, fun games and plenty of great food.
Where: MCC Elkhorn Campus
When: May 26, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
G.E.A.R.s, or Greater Elkhorn Area Rods, will be hosting their 24th Annual Car Show this Memorial Day weekend! Enter your hot rod or just stop by to take a gander at the stunning cars. Judging will take place from 12-2 p.m. and awards will be given to the first, second and third place cars in each class. Proceeds from the event will go towards scholarships in memory of G.E.A.R.s members.
Where: Horsemen’s Park Horse Track
When: May 26, 2-6 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Horseman’s Park Horse Track
You won’t want to miss this eclectic racing event hosted by Horseman’s Park Horse Track this Memorial Day weekend! Come out and watch the nail-biting race between camels and ostriches before heading over to enjoy the free petting zoo, face painting and so much more.
Where: Miller’s Landing
When: May 26, 3-10 p.m.
Join the Blues Society of Omaha and the River City Star for their annual summer kickoff! The festivities will include tons of great music and delicious food along with beautiful views of the Missouri River. The impressive lineup will feature fantastic blues artists like the Hector Anchondo Band, Chris Ruest, Eve Moonses and Mike Buck!
Where: Midtown Crossing at Turner Park
When: May 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Midtown Crossing at Turner Park
This fun yoga class is hosted each week by the area’s most inspiring yoga teachers and is perfect for beginner and advanced yogis alike. Afterward, stay to enjoy performances from local artists and musicians! The class is free, but a $5 donation is encouraged. All proceeds will benefit Gift of Sight, a nonprofit that combats unnecessary blindness all around the globe.
Where: The Down Under Lounge
When: May 25, 12-7 p.m.
The Down Under Lounge is a great place to hang out any day of the week, full of great music, beer, local art and competitive people! Every year, they like to funnel all of that competitiveness into one friendly competition. Find a partner and compete for glory (and a little money) in foosball, pinball, speed Jenga, darts, put-put and a final, epic beer-pong showdown!
Where: Werner Park, Papillion
When: May 26, 7:05 p.m.
Celebrate Memorial Day with the Storm Chasers as they face off against the Dodgers! This special game will offer plenty of opportunities for family fun — including the ability to play catch on the field before the game, balloon artists and clowns from Wildlife Encounters, and a spectacular fireworks display!
Where: Boys Town Campus — Skip Palrang Memorial Fieldhouse
When: May 27, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Get a little exercise in for a great cause at this year’s Boys Town Memorial Day Run! Children and adults of all ages are invited to participate in one of three race options; the 400-meter fun run, the one-mile, or the five-mile walk/run. All proceeds will go to benefit the Lied Learning and Technology Center for Childhood Deafness and Vision Disorders.
Where: Memorial Park
When: May 27, 11 a.m.
Every year on Memorial Day, we honor all of the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country at an inspiring ceremony at Memorial Park, hosted by The Heroes of the Heartland Foundation.
Where: River City Star
When: May 27, 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
There’s no better way to spend a hot day than setting sail down the Missouri River in an old-fashioned riverboat, feeling the fresh air on your face and taking in all the beautiful sights! Visit the River City Star on Memorial Day for half-priced admission for the whole family.
Happy Memorial Day!
We are so grateful to our veterans and those currently serving in the military. Thank you for your service!