There are so many upcoming celebratory events in the area, including Easter egg hunts, festivals, brunches and more. Many of them have been reimagined to allow for social distancing and now require masks or other facial coverings to attend. Here are a few we are looking forward to in the Omaha area!
When: March 17-19, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
If you’re looking for something fun for your kiddos to do while they’re out of school for spring break—sign them up for Fontenelle Forest’s Spring Break Camp! Activities will include hiking or snowshoeing (weather permitting), nature-themed crafts, archery competitions, building a campfire and more. The camp will run from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 17-19 with aftercare available with a separate registration. Masks will be required while inside the Nature Center or whenever participants cannot maintain a 6-foot distance from one another.
Believe it or not, but Omaha has quite an incredible fashion scene! Omaha Fashion Week is one of the largest fashion events in the country, drawing designers, models and other fashion lovers from all over the Midwest. This year, due to COVID-19, the 2021 Omaha Fashion Week is going virtual, offering showcases, conversations with industry experts and shopping events all online! And did we mention all events are completely free to attend? Click here for the full 2021 schedule.
When: March 27, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Join the Benson American Legion for a fun Easter egg hunt on March 27th! They’ll have games, prizes, and aged-based egg hunts for the whole family—all completely free. Donations are appreciated and social distancing is encouraged.
When: March 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
For a fun, safe Easter egg hunt this year, head to Gifford Farm! This year’s event is reservation-only, so they can make sure it isn’t too crowded to social distance. Guests will be able to explore animal presentations, take a photo with select Gifford Farm animals, explore the Outdoor Nature Classroom, visit the Goat Play area and so much more. Click here for all the information and to register!
When: March 27, 12-3 p.m.
Lauritzen Gardens’ Easter Extravaganza is a spring event we look forward to every year! Enjoy pictures with the Easter Bunny, candy-filled eggs, crafts, an egg hunt and so much more. Due to COVID-19, they will be limiting attendance, which means you’ll want to get registered as soon as possible! Standard garden admission rates apply but an additional charge of $3 is required to participate in the egg hunt and children’s crafts.
Kids ages 12 and under are invited to hunt for eggs and meet the Easter Bunny at Papillion Landing on March 27th! After the hunt, which includes several different age categories, families are welcome to stay and enjoy some Easter fun like game booths, drinks, snacks and so much more. No registration is required and admission is completely free.
It’s time once again for The SAC Museum’s annual Spring Fling! Come out and enjoy pictures with the Easter Bunny, coloring sheets, a take-and-make activity with their Education Department and participate in a scavenger hunt. Masks and social distancing are required upon entry.
When: April 4, 5:30-6:30 a.m.
If you’re planning on heading to church on Easter Sunday, why not do it in a new, interesting way? Join Urban Abby on Jackson Street outside on the curb with candles, prayer and song to welcome Easter morning. If you’d rather attend from home, they will also be streaming their services over Facebook live. Click here for all the information!
When: April 18, 8 a.m.
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2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the American Lung Association’s Corporate Cup—one of Omaha’s longest “running” traditions! Join them on April 18th for an exciting race that allows families, corporate teams and individual runners to participate for the Corporate Cup. In light of COVID-19, much of this race has been reimagined, including the addition of a virtual Cup to Go program. Click here for all the information and to register.
When: April 24, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Who says that all spooky things have to be saved for October? Haunticon is a convention consisting of all things paranormal in April! While the inaugural event in 2018 was held in an abandoned slaughterhouse in the Union Stockyards, this year will be slightly less scary in the incredible Sokol Auditorium. Join them to learn more about haunted locations around the Midwest; hear from well-educated paranormal teams; shop for oddities; enjoy keynote speeches on important paranormal topics and attend live music performances in the evening! Please note: this event could be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We recommend visiting their website for the most up-to-date information.
When: April 30-May 2 & May 7-9
Shop junk, collectibles, furniture, antiques, gifts, crafts and so much more at this vintage and artisan craft market held at the Sarpy County Fairgrounds, April 30-May 2 and May 7-9! This year, you can expect over 75 vendors selling everything from memorabilia to handmade and repurposed pieces. Masks are heavily encouraged; spaces will be cleaned regularly; hand sanitizer will be available all around the property; and social distancing is required. Click here for a full list of Junkstock’s current COVID-19 policies.
Jousting, historical and fantastical creatures, a majestic parade, pageantry, peasantry and more will all be available for your enjoyment at the annual Renaissance Festival. Don your best medieval attire (with a mask too, of course!) and head over to Bellevue Berry Farm to join in the socially distanced fun. Be sure to dig into some fresh turkey legs and funnel cakes to fuel your adventures.
When: May 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lauritzen Gardens is offering their annual Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 10th. It’s the perfect environment for your mom to enjoy her special day, eating a delectable meal amongst the beauty of the gardens. This event sells out quickly every year, so make sure to grab tickets as soon as you can!
At this unique food festival, Omaha’s best grill masters will be representing their local neighborhood and fighting to the finish as they battle it out for best burger in the city. Each competitor will be providing a gourmet slider with up to five toppings for you to judge. Votes will be counted, and the winner will be crowned with the esteemed title of ‘Omaha Burger Battle’ first place winner and holder of the area’s best burger! There will also be great drinks, music and other fun activities. You must be 21 or older to attend.
Which events are you planning on attending this season? Let us know in the comments below!