Omaha is a vibrant, thriving city. This spirit is rarely more evident than it is in summer when thousands of people from across the country descend upon Omaha to explore the "Big O."
The city of Omaha is a center of creativity, business and philanthropy. This is where Fortune 500 companies, visionary nonprofits, award-winning arts and culture, and innovative start-ups flourish, and attract a range of world-class talent—from entrepreneurs to artists.
You can take in a concert at the CenturyLink Center or the world famous Holland Performing Arts Center, catch an art house film at the internationally recognized Film Streams, stroll the more than 100 acres at the Lauritzen Gardens, or shop and dine to your heart's content in the Old Market, Midtown Crossing or Aksarben Village. Take a walk from Nebraska to Iowa—and back again on the Bob Kerrey Bridge. This landmark offers a memorable view of Omaha's skyline and is a prominent feature of our newly reinvigorated waterfront.
In the "20-minute city," there's no need to travel an hour to enjoy the best a metropolitan city has to offer.
Read on below for events and activities exclusive to our hometown that you may enjoy this summer.
Omaha has been home to the College World Series (CWS) NCAA Division I Men's Baseball Championship for more than 60 years. Join in the fun and celebrate one of Omaha's longest running traditions. Graphic courtesy the CWS.
An Omaha tradition returns Thursday, June 19, as Shakespeare on the Green returns for its 28th season with productions of "The Tempest" and "The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare" on the UNO campus.
The two professional productions, presented by the Nebraska Shakespeare Company, will run through Saturday, July 5, and are presented for free to the Omaha-metro community. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. with free parking at UNO.
Omaha Performing Arts presents Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing, an Omaha summer staple.
The FREE outdoor concert series will occur each Thursday, from July 10 to August 14. Concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the stage of The Pavilion at Turner Park. Grab a seat on the lawn starting at at 5 p.m. each Thursday! On July 17, the lawn will open following a landing by the United States Navy Parachute Team at 5:45 p.m. See below for additional details on the special event.
Does the music move you? Omaha Ballroom will offer FREE dance lessons prior to two performances. The first class will be salsa dancing on July 24, and the second will be swing dance on August 7. Lessons will begin at 6:45 p.m. and will last 30 minutes. Photo courtesy Jazz on the Green.
What's better than free concerts and free parking?
Start the weekend early! Every Thursday night in September, we’re showcasing some of the area’s most exciting, live musical talent during the End of Summer Concert Series, presented by the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO)!
Stake out your spot in Turner Park, kick back – and move ahead to the weekend. Local acts from UNO will also be featured.