Music floats in the breeze in all corners of the city this summer as Omaha hits a high note with a handful of signature live music festivals, events, and music series. Read on for this summer’s must-have musical experiences and begin planning your summer itinerary filled with the sweet sounds of jazz, blues, rock and roll, and more.
The 14th annual Maha Festival takes over Aksarben Village July 29-30, 2022. The music-heavy event is a two-day affair with shopping, comedy, community booths, and food and drink options sandwiched in between. Fifteen national, regional and local artists/bands will take to the festival’s two stages, and this year’s lineup includes Beach House, Princess Nokia, Car Seat Headrest, PUP, Indigo De Souza, Sudan Archives, Bartees Strange, Geese, Sweeping Promises, Marcey Yates, The Real Zebos, Dominique Morgan, Las Cruxes, Bad Self Portraits, and DJ Shor-T.
City of Omaha Celebrates America
The popular free summer concert at Memorial Park returns July 22 with another stellar set list featuring headliner Sheryl Crow and local favorites Da Crabby Blues Band and Dave Mason. The musical evening culminates with a fireworks show at 10pm sharp.
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Omaha Jazz Festival
Grammy-Award winning jazz guitarist Norman Brown will headline this year’s concert in Stinson Park on June 24, 2022, with Brian Simpson and Steve Oliver also hitting the stage.
Jazz on the Green
A beloved Omaha tradition, Jazz on the Green presents free concerts every Thursday from July 7 to August 11 in 2022. Bring your blankets, chairs, leashed pets, bug spray, charcuterie fixings, and beer and wine, and settle in for an evening of cool music. Enhance your visit with refreshments from a nearby business and check out the Sunny & Chair art pieces on display.
In The Market for Blues Festival
Take in fourteen hours of blues music during Omaha’s annual blues festival on August 6, 2022. From noon to 2am, over ten venues will host musicians during this non-stop blues fest in Omaha’s Old Market Entertainment District.
Tempo of Twilight
Music and nature intertwine to create a magical evening of entertainment at Omaha’s botanical gardens, Lauritzen Gardens. Guests are invited to bring chairs, blankets, and their own food and beverage to round out their experience.
More intimate, free outdoor live concerts can be found in all corners of the city in the summertime. Music returns to North Omaha with Dena’s Place’s summer concert series and Music at Miller Park. Aksarben Village comes to life on Saturday nights with Saturdays at Stinson Park. Live on the Lawn at Zorinsky Lake Park features live music every Friday in July beginning July 8.
From Shawn Mendes to Matchbox Twenty, find info on more concerts and festivals happening in Omaha this summer here.