Summer is almost here and while we are definitely looking forward to farmers’ markets, ice cream and outdoor exploration—we are even more excited to see the return of outdoor concert series to the Omaha area! After many events were canceled last year due to COVID-19, with the rise in vaccinations and a little creativity from event organizers, many are returning for 2021.
So today, we’re taking a look at some of our most–anticipated outdoor concerts, concert series and music festivals returning to the Omaha area this summer! From the iconic Maha Festival to smaller community events like Rockbrook Village’s Friday concert series, you’ll find them all right here. Have fun!
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Community Events & Festivals
Opera Omaha is delivering snackable opera bites to River’s Edge this summer! Head over to Tom Hanafan’s River Edge Park on June 5th for a lineup of “bite-size” performances from local artists. The event is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. sharp but may change due to weather and other factors. Click here to stay updated.
Join the Omaha Symphony Ensemble for a free family-friendly concert at River’s Edge Park this summer! This special event will feature violinists Bozhidar Shopov and Keith Plenert, violist Thomas Kluge, and cellist Sam Pierce-Ruhland performing a string quartet repertoire with commentary for the audience in both English and Spanish.
On Juneteenth 2021, head out to the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation Amphitheater for an open-air festival featuring education, entertainment and other resources for the community. The Keeshea Pratt Band, the 2018 Blues Challenge winner from Houston, TX, will be performing at the evening concert and the Bruce Katz Band and the John Primer Band at the free festival in the afternoon.
Where: Various Locations Around Omaha
The Maha Music Festival is one of the biggest independent music festivals in the country, and one of the most popular Omaha events of the season! This year, the event will be split up over the course of five days to allow for social distancing. Enjoy music from national and local acts; talks and panels discovering topics of innovation, food, wellness and more; a brand-new regional craft beer experience; the Omaha Lit Fest; Community Village; comedy; art and so much more—all at various locations around Omaha. Click here for all the information.
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 Mammel Courtyard. While their official lineup isn’t up yet, tickets are available on their website.
When: August 14, 12:30 p.m.
Photo courtesy of River Riot
When: August 28 & 29, 12-7 p.m.
Hippie Fest is a grassroots festival where free-spirited people from across the country gather to celebrate peace, love, and all things groovy! This special event coming to Falconwood Park in Bellevue will feature live music, Bohemian shopping, a vintage hippie car show, DIY tie-dye, a giant bubble garden, cirque performers, kids’ activities, drum circles, delicious food, a tipsy-hippie cocktail bar, beer, dancing, and more. All ages are welcome and kids ages 10 and under get in for free. Click here to get your tickets!
When: September 4, 2-10 p.m.
Afromaha is excited to bring you ACFO2021, the third annual African Cultural Festival that promises to be the best one yet! In addition to showcasing live music, performances of both traditional and modern dances, they will be enhancing the festival with educational components, a larger kids’ area, and even more exciting activities. Come out and learn about the different subsets of African art, history, culture and games! General admission tickets are $10; Kids 12 and under are free.
When: Fridays, May 14 through September 17, 6-8 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Midtown Crossing
Midtown Crossing is bringing live music back to the Omaha area! Join them on Friday evenings this summer to see live performances from local and national musicians. You’ll be able to stretch out and social distance throughout their 16 acres of space. Don’t forget to pick up some tasty grub from one of the local Midtown Crossing restaurants while you’re at it!
When: Select Dates, May through July
Live music is returning to HCO this summer! Join Omaha Performing Arts on The Holland Center’s east lawn where they’ll feature live performances May through October, showcasing a variety of national touring and local performing artists. Enjoy live music outside while taking advantage of warm summer evenings with food and drinks from O-pa’s food services and catering. These events are rain or shine, and tickets are available through Ticket Omaha.
Falconwood Park’s large outdoor stage and intimate indoor venue have fast become the area’s most popular locations for producers or national acts to book their shows in the Omaha market. They are known as the Falconwood Park Campitheater as most of their events also allow camping! This summer, they have several incredible performers taking the stage for you to enjoy. Click here to see the current lineup and to buy tickets!
When: Select Dates May through August
From The Powell Brothers to Switchfoot—Woodcliff Lakes’ Marina has so much in store for you this summer! Featuring a variety of country and rock concerts outdoors by the picturesque lake, we promise you want to miss any of these summer events. Click here to see their current lineup, to learn more about Woodcliff Marina and to purchase your tickets!
When: Fridays, June through August, 7-8 p.m.
This family-friendly concert series, which plans to run every Friday night from June through August, covers a wide range of genres, including rock, jazz, pop, blues and Latin! Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and let the music from local talent sweep you into the weekend.
When: Fridays, June 4 through August 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Shadow Lake Towne Center‘s Music & Memories Summer Concert Series is almost here! This series, which you can enjoy on Friday nights from 6:30-8:30 p.m., features an incredible local lineup, bites and beverages from local eateries, and plenty of chances to dance your way into the weekend. You can find the full lineup and schedule on the Shadow Lake Towne Center‘s events page.
When: Saturdays, June 5 through August 21, 7 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Askarben Village
Face painting, food and drink vendors, balloon artists, and free live music await you at Stinson Park this summer! Come enjoy a different artist every week on Saturdays during June, July and August. Follow them on Facebook for the full lineup!
When: Thursdays in July, 5 p.m.
Every Thursday during July, Omahans have the opportunity to enjoy warm nights alongside cool grooves from talented jazz bands. The concerts are completely fre5e and take place at the Midtown Crossing Pavilion in Turner Park, surrounded by some of the best local shops and restaurants in the city. All you have to bring is yourself, a blanket or a chair, and an appetite for the local food vendors!
When: Fridays, July 9-30 6-9 p.m.
Because of the construction on the Riverfront, Bridge Beats has been turned into Live on the Lake! From jazz to rock, Omaha Parks and Recreation has curated a perfect list of local and regional bands for us to enjoy for free this summer. Bring your entire family to take part in the fun as you enjoy live performances set against the scenic Zorinsky Lake.
This premier free concert series at the Capitol District will return in 2021 with three fantastic shows, each featuring brilliant artists from near and far. The series was established in 2004 to bring people together, and in its 17th year, will provide more fun than ever before! Music will include blues, rock, funk, R&B and soul music alike, so sit back on the lawn, soak in the summer air and enjoy the show. The lineup for all three days can be found here.
We couldn’t be more excited for music to return to Omaha this summer! Did we miss your most anticipated concert or outdoor music series? Let us know in the comments below!