Spring has finally arrived in Omaha, and with it comes a plethora of exciting events to look forward to. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a newcomer to the area, there’s always something new to discover in and around the city. From outdoor festivals and farmers’ markets to live performances and Easter egg hunts, there’s no shortage of things to do this spring in the Omaha area.
To help you maximize this sunny season, we’re highlighting some of the top spring events in the Omaha area that you won’t want to miss. So get your calendars ready, and let’s dive into all the exciting things happening in the months ahead!
Welcome spring and celebrate Easter at Gifford Farm’s annual Spring Celebration & Egg Hunt! The event is taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and admission is $5 for each person — and free for babies 1 and under who are not egg hunting. Participants must register in advance here and pay by cash or check upon arrival.
Get ready for an Easter Extravaganza like no other at Lauritzen Gardens! This event is not your typical egg hunt, as you’ll have to search for 14 large colored eggs in the garden and match their colors and patterns. Plus, keep an eye out for golden eggs, which can be collected for special prizes! If you’re feeling creative, decorate an egg to hang on the trees or take home with you. While exploring the garden, look out for sandwich boards with fun facts and hands-free activities for the whole family. And of course, admire the spring blooms as the garden comes to life for the new growing season and take a stroll along the spring flowering walk while reading the latest installment in the StoryWalk® series. Easter Extravaganza is included with paid garden admission or membership.
Get ready for the American Lung Association’s 42nd Annual Corporate Cup, powered by Green Plains, in Aksarben Village! Whether you’re a walker or a competitive runner, this event is designed for every type of participant. Choose from the professionally timed 10K or 5K run, walk the 5K or 1-mile route, or have your kids ages 5-10 compete in the 100-yard dash. Assemble your crew for the best Corporate Cup experience, including corporate teams, family and friends teams, and more. All the while, enjoy stunning views of spring in Elmwood Park and the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus. It’s the perfect setting for a day of fun, challenge, and camaraderie. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience — space is limited, so register today and save your spot!
Join the Open Door Mission in their Breaking the Cycle Virtual 5K Run/Walk! By “virtual,” they mean you can participate in this event from anywhere that works best for you — whether it’s in your neighborhood, downtown, in a state park, or even a different city. No matter where you are, you can help them break the cycle of homelessness. Don’t forget to pick up your 5K T-Shirt starting April 10th from the Open Door Mission’s Administration Office. Register to help support this amazing organization in a fun and interactive way!
Earth Day Omaha is back at Elmwood Park! A celebration of our planet and a commitment to sustainability, this event brings together community members, organizations, and businesses to showcase their dedication to the environment. With a variety of educational exhibits, interactive activities, and informative presentations, attendees will learn about the importance of reducing waste, conserving energy, and preserving our natural resources. From local food trucks to live music, Earth Day Omaha 2023 promises to be a fun-filled day for the whole family.
After celebrating their 60th anniversary, The Temptations are teaming up with the Omaha Symphony for two unforgettable nights at the Holland Center, showcasing classic Motown hits, soulful voices, serenades, and harmonies. Ernest Richardson and the Omaha Symphony provide the perfect musical canvas for this long-beloved group to showcase hits like “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” and “The Way You Do The Thing You Do.” Purchase tickets for either the Saturday or Sunday performance.
Junkstock is back! This magical, one-of-a-kind festival takes place over the course of two weekends on an old horse farm just outside of Omaha called Sycamore Farms. This year marks the 11th anniversary of Junkstock, and the festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before. With over 200 vendors offering vintage, antique, and junk items, along with makers, food trucks, live music, and entertainment for kids, you’ll want to plan plenty of time to take it all in. Wear comfy shoes, bring cash (though credit cards are also accepted), and don’t forget to bring your four-legged friend along. You can purchase tickets online or at the gate on the day of the event.
The Renaissance Festival of Nebraska is a unique annual event that transports attendees back in time to the days of knights, fair maidens, and royalty. It’s a world where the air is filled with the sounds of minstrels and the sweet aroma of hearty food. Be sure to grab a turkey leg and enjoy the sights and sounds of full contact equestrian jousting, six unique performance stages showcasing local, regional, and national talent, and more than 100 costumed characters. Plus, the festival boasts many one-of-a-kind artisans, each showcasing their unique wares. With two differently themed weekends, featuring two different adventures, there is always something new to discover. It’s the perfect place to indulge in your passion for history and revel in the spirit of the Renaissance.
The Omaha Farmers’ Market is back for the 2023 season! This weekly market features a variety of vendors offering fresh, locally grown produce, handmade crafts, and delicious food. Whether you’re looking for fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan breads, or locally sourced meats and cheeses, you’ll find it at the Omaha Farmers’ Market. From May through mid-October, the market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Old Market and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Aksarben Village.
Cinco de Mayo Omaha is a vibrant, colorful three-day celebration of Latino culture taking place from May 12–14. The festival is a fantastic opportunity to experience the rich and diverse heritage of Mexico through live music, dance performances, and delicious authentic cuisine. Experience the festivities along the historic South 24th Street in South Omaha, which is transformed into a bustling outdoor marketplace filled with local vendors and artisans. The festival features a variety of events, including carnival rides, a parade, the MISS/Mister Program & coronation, Qué Chulo Dog Contest, games, and concerts. See the full schedule of events here!
The Wizard of Oz is making its triumphant return to the Orpheum Theater by popular demand! This captivating story ballet is choreographed by the talented Erin Alarcón, who uses dance to transport audiences down the Yellow Brick Road to the magical land of Oz. This imaginative production from American Midwest Ballet brings to life all of the beloved characters from the classic film and novel, including Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the witches, in styles ranging from classical ballet to musical theater. The show was a hit when it premiered in 2019 and promises to be one of the most sought-after performances in the city. Don’t miss your chance to experience this unforgettable spectacle! Purchase your tickets for either the Saturday or Sunday performance.
Lauritzen Gardens is offering their annual Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 14th. It’s the perfect environment for your mom to enjoy her special day, eating a delectable meal amongst the beauty of the gardens. Enjoy an array of delectable dishes catered by Hap Abraham Catering, from roast beef and chicken spinach alfredo penne casserole to fresh fruit and roasted vegetables. Click here to see the full menu of options. The brunch is $32 per person, $15 for children 6–12, $10 for children 3–5, and free for children 2 and under. This event sells out quickly every year, so make sure to grab tickets as soon as you can! Reservations are required and can be made by calling Merri at 402-346-4002, ext. 201.
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! Event admission includes access to the event and one burger sample from each competitor. There will also be beer and drinks for sale, live music, lawn games, and other fun activities. You must be 21 or older to attend.
What spring events in the Omaha area are we missing out on? Let us know in the comments below!
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