Omaha is home to several vibrant and thriving neighborhoods that are full of things to do and see. While we love visiting our local areas any day of the year, summer is one of our favorite times to go exploring!
Not only are our neighborhoods home to some amazing shops, restaurants and parks — they also happen to feature some incredible events throughout the summer season. We rounded up 18 of our most anticipated neighborhood summer events this year. On this list, you’ll find everything from massive music festivals to small-town Fourth of July spectaculars. Happy summer!
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The High Vibe Festival is back again, bringing plenty of “good vibrations” to the Omaha area! At this unique event, you can run or walk in their annual 5K, enjoy yoga all day, try delicious plant-based foods from local vendors, or experience a free evening concert. Get $10 off your ticket using the promo code: DODGEVOICE.
Get ready for one of the most popular Omaha events of the season! The Maha Music Festival is one of the biggest independent music festivals in the country, featuring an impressive selection of local food, drinks, games, rides and activities along with some live performances from plenty of remarkable bands.
Benson Days is a family-friendly summer festival that celebrates Benson’s creative culture. This year’s festivities include a pancake breakfast, a parade, a 10/5K race, and a street festival full of vendors, art and live music. As an added bonus, all proceeds from the event will go to support the neighborhood’s projects!
Photo courtesy of Heartland Pride Parade & Festival
Omaha’s Heartland Pride Festival is one of the largest LGBTQIA+ festivals in the region. This year, you can expect an incredible lineup of performers, a festive parade and so much more. So put on your colorful outfit, grab a flag and celebrate love in all its forms!
Send summer off with a bang with a rib cook-off, a Labor Day parade, some live music, local vendors, exhilarating rides, family-friendly games and more!
Bonus tip: Grab a discounted Mega-Ride Pass at any area Hy-Vee store starting August 13th so you can ride any ride at the festival as many times as you’d like.
This year, the Dundee Merchants Association and the Dundee Memorial Park Association will be hosting their 27th annual Dundee Day street festival. Head to Downtown Dundee on August 24th, and enjoy a fantastic parade, a 5K run, art and craft vendors, a book sale, a pancake breakfast, food trucks, live music and a beer garden.
This family-oriented festival began in 1987 and has been providing endless fun for Omaha area residents ever since. With festivities including history encampments, historical tours, a car and bike show, sporting events, a craft fair, food courts and more — there’s a little something for everyone!
Gretna Days was started over 50 years ago to promote Gretna and the local businesses that call this neighborhood home. This year, the event will feature a whimsical carnival, a softball tournament, a remarkable fireworks show, a craft show, water fights and a tractor pull!
Head to Gretna this August and enjoy one of Omaha’s most anticipated events of the year. The Nebraska Balloon and Wine Festival will feature multiple colorful balloon launches, nighttime balloon glows, live performances, wine tastings and delicious bites!
What started out as a simple barbecue in the park in 1964 has turned into a full week of activities that help support local organizations and projects. By visiting 136th and Q Street in Omaha, August 20-25, you can have a blast at a carnival, parade and auto show, all while supporting those who make Millard great!
Photos courtesy of Jadee Marquez Photography via Midtown Crossing
Grab your lawn chairs and soak up some summer air in Midtown Crossing this season! This free concert series will feature blues, rock, funk, R&B, soul, and pretty much any other genre you can imagine — all performed by incredible artists from around the region.
Omaha’s second annual Chalk Art Festival will return to Farnam Street in Midtown Crossing this year! Over the course of the weekend, local artists will transform sidewalks into pastel chalk masterpieces. In addition to watching the artists work, you can also enjoy live music, grab some lunch, and browse your favorite neighborhood shops.
Since 1976, the Native Omahan Club has been promoting the welfare of the inner city through scholarships and local activities. Their most popular event is the Biennial Homecoming of the Native Omahans Club, which occurs every two years and features a wide range of events, including a parade, social mixer, boat ride and live music. Proceeds from this event go to provide scholarships and financial assistance to Omaha students in need.
In the Market for Blues is the largest blues festival this side of Chicago. This year, the popular event will feature several venues around Old Market and Downtown, with one large outdoor venue in the brand new Mammel Courtyard. While their official lineup isn’t up yet, they have announced that the Blues Beatles from Brazil will be headlining! Stay up to date with all of their act announcements by visiting their website.
This local festival has it all, including a spectacular parade, beer festival, carnival rides, fireworks and, of course, plenty of food! You can find the full, packed schedule on their website.
Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall at this fun, family event in Cass County! Featuring carnival rides, parades, music, chicken chariot races, an egg toss, a cornhole tournament, a tractor pull, fireworks and more — you’ll have a hard time running out of things to do at this special Plattsmouth festival.
The quaint community of Ralston knows how to throw a good party! The Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration is a festival you won’t want to miss due to the incredible parade (which is the largest Independence Day parade in the state), fun booths, costumes and a family street dance.
Have a great summer!
Did we miss your favorite neighborhood summer event? Let us know in the comments!