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20+ Things To Do In Omaha For Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to summer in Omaha. Most years, you can expect at least one parade, one fun run, and a lot of concerts and exhibit openings. Here’s what planned for May 28-30, 2022 around Omaha area.

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Things to do on Friday

Hot air balloon glow
  • There will be a balloon glow at Baxter Arena, 67th and Center streets, on Friday, May 27 starting at 7 p.m. (event has been moved from original location, Memorial Park). The event features the world’s largest American flag hot air balloon, music by the U.S. Army Fife & Drum Corps and a performance by Fort Riley Mounted Patrol. FREE
  • The ARENA at the Backline Comedy Theatre, 1618 Harney St., has improv shows every Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.
  • Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St., opens “Kinky Boots” on Friday, with the show running through June 26. Shows this weekend are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • Los Dos Carnales perform at Liberty First Arena, 4300 Q St., on Friday, May 27, at 8 p.m. General admission tickets start at $70. 
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts perform at Stir Concert Cove, 1 Harrahs Blvd., Council Bluffs, on Friday, May 27, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $34.50.

Things to do on Saturday

Namaste India will open at Omaha Children's Museum on May 28, 2022
Photo courtesy The Magic House via Omaha Children’s Museum
  • Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St., has two notable special exhibits open on Saturday, May 28: “Moon to Mars” and “Namaste India.” Included with museum admission, which is $14 for ages 2+ and free for members.
  • The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St., opens “Dinosaur Revolution” on Saturday. Included with museum admission.
  • There will be a patriotic parade on Saturday, May 28, starting at 10 a.m. in the Old Market (along Jackson and Howard streets), followed by a concert at 12th and Jackson streets. FREE
  • The final Saturday Family Time activity at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St., is Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. FREE
  • The Salute to Summer Festival is held in La Vista on Saturday, May 28, and includes a parade at noon, a Kid’s Zone at City Hall with games starting at 1:30 p.m., and a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. over Central Park Lakes. (can be viewed from City Hall).
  • The Omaha Burger Battle is Saturday, May 28, from noon to 4 p.m. at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 2285 S. 67th St. Must be 21+. Admission is $25 per person.
  • Big Wade & Swan Theory perform at The Jewell, 1030 Capitol Ave., on Saturday, May 28, at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.
  • Hotel Desperado plays outdoors at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village on Saturday at 7 p.m. FREE
  • Reggae on the Missouri River featuring Rhythm Collective is Saturday, May 28. Gates open at the River City Star, 151 Freedom Park Road, at 8 p.m. and cruise leaves at 8:30 p.m. Must be 21+ for the party cruise. Tickets are $37.50. 

Things to do on Sunday

Things to do on Monday

Participants in a fun run
  • Boys Town National Research Hospital Memorial Day Run is Monday, May 30, starting at the Boys Town campus, 13628 Flanagan Blvd. Three race options: Kids can participate in the 400 meter Fun Run at 8 a.m.; a 1-mile walk/run at 8:15 a.m., and a 5-mile walk/run at 8:45 am. (run/walk races are open to all ages and abilities). Plus face painting, music, and more. Registration is $25, and then increases to $30 on May 20.
  • The Elkhorn VFW will have a Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30, in downtown Elkhorn starting at 10:30 a.m., followed by a special service at Veterans Park. FREE

More things to do over Memorial Day Weekend

  • Visit “Orchid” interactive playscape at Millwork Commons, 1111 N. 13th St. it’s a part of the Common Senses Festival. FREE
  • The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St., has the special exhibit “Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition.” Included with museum admission, which is $11, adults; $8, seniors; $7, kids ages 3-12; and free for members.
  • Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St., has two shows to see: “Kinky Boots” (Main Stage) and “Stick Fly” (Howard Drew Theatre). Tickets for “Kinky Boots” are $25-$45 and for “Stick Fly,” they are $20-$36.
  • El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St., has two exhibits to see “Francisco Mata Rosas: En Linea / In Line” and “Paradise on Earth: The Art of Marcel Mouly.” Included with museum admission, which is $5, general; $4, college with ID; $3.50 for students K-12 and seniors; and free for members.
  • There are a lot more ideas on things to do in the summer in Omaha. Check out the Omaha Summer Guide.

Are city pools open on Memorial Day Weekend?

The aquatic center at Mahoney State Park
Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism

Yes and no. City of Omaha pools will not be open starting Memorial Day Weekend 2022. Some of the pools will open on June 6 and some will open on July 6. All City of Omaha pools will have reduced hours this summer.

Public pools that will be open:

  • At least one public pool in Council Bluffs will be open May 28-30, Katelman Water Park, 1230 16th Ave., on Saturday Sunday and Monday from noon to 4 p.m. Pirate Cove Water Park, 915 N. 21st St., is TBD.
  • The Municipal Swimming Pool in La Vista, 7529 S. 85th St., will open on Saturday, May 28.
  • Papio Bay Aquatic Center, 815 E Halleck St., Papillion, anticipates opening on Saturday, May 28. Hours are TBD.

Swimming at Nebraska state parks:

Nebraska State Parks typically open their seasonal activities over Memorial Day Weekend. The aquatic center at Mahoney State Park near Ashland, Neb., opens on Monday, May 30. Swimming at the beach at Louisville State Recreation Area in Louisville, Neb., opens on Monday, May 30 (the floating playground opening is TBD).

Fun events, festivals, parades, and other activities happening around Memorial Day Weekend in Omaha (and nearby)

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