Pick up a copy of this week's Go.
Think Omaha's a lifeless burg, where the streets are empty and attractions are few? Well, you're wrong. Especially this summer.
Our streets will be teeming with locals and out-of-towners when the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials come to town in June. Add the College World Series around the same time in virtually the same place, and you have one hopping city. And those events are surrounded on the summer calendar with scores of festivals, concerts and sports competitions.
Face it. You'd need at least three summers to do it all, so you need a plan. That's where we come in.
Listed below are some of the biggest events of the season. To see a full list of all you can do this summer, pick up a copy of Thursday's Omaha World-Herald. Inside you'll find an expanded Go, each page bursting with suggestions for family outings, date nights and staycation activities.
Here are a few of the highlights.
OMAHA ADVENTURE FAMILY FESTIVAL
When: May 19
Where: Village Pointe, 168th Street and West Center Road
What: Face painting, balloon art and music by Dino O'Dell from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pick up a coupon book with $50 in discounts at museums, the zoo and other entertainment.
OMAHA HERITAGE FESTIVAL
When: May 25-27
Where: Lewis and Clark Landing, 515 N. Riverfront Drive
What: Celebrates the cultures and countries that have contributed to Omaha's growth and vitality. Parade, ethnic foods, fireworks and music.
Information: www.midlandslatinocdc.org, 402-933-4466
SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL
When: June 8-10
Where: Gene Leahy Mall, Farnam Street from 10th to 15th Streets
What: Outdoor festival showcases the work of visual artists. Plus live music, children's activities and food.
Information: www.summerarts.org and 402-345-5401
When: July 20-22
Where: Gretna, Neb.
What: Community festival
NEBRASKA STATE FAIR
When: Aug. 24-Sept. 3
Where: Fonner Park, 700 E. Stolley Park Road, Grand Island, Neb.
What: Entertainment, livestock shows, midway rides and food. Concerts to be announced.
Information: www.statefair.org and 308-382-1620
RED SKY MUSIC FESTIVAL
When: July 18-21
Where: TD Ameritrade Park, 1200 Mike Fahey St.
What: Outdoor music festival featuring Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Def Leppard and more.
Information: www.redskyfestival.com; ticketmaster.com; (800) 745-3000
MAHA MUSIC FESTIVAL
When: Aug. 11
Where: Stinson Park, Aksarben Village, 67th and Center Streets
What: Outdoor music festival featuring Desaparecidos, Garbage, Josh Rouse, Icky Blossoms and more.
STIR SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
When: May 31 through Sept. 28
Where: Harrah's Casino, Council Bluffs
What: Outdoor concerts. Scheduled are The Shins, May 31; Michael Bolton, June 2; Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang, June 24; Chicago, June 29; The Avett Brothers, July 3; 311, July 6; Heart, July 7; Jamey Johnson, July 13; Gladys Knight, July 21; Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, July 22; Gavin DeGraw (pictured left) and Colbie Caillat, Aug. 5; The Last Summer on Earth Tour 2012, Aug. 9; George Thorogood, Aug. 14; Creed, Aug. 17; and Dwight Yoakam, Sept. 28.
FOOD & DRINK EVENTS--------------------------------------
OMAHA BEER FEST 2012
When: May 18-19
Where: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 67th and Center
What: More than 100 craft beers from 25 breweries for tasting from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday. Seminars, food pairings and live music.
Information: www.omahabeerfest.com; 402-850-6776
TASTE OF OMAHA
When: June 1-3
Where: Heartland of America Park, Eighth and Farnam Streets; and Lewis & Clark Landing, 515 N. Riverfront Drive
What: Outdoor festival showcases menu items from about 50 area restaurants. Entertainment on five stages, cooking demonstrations, amusement rides and children's entertainment. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Information: www.tasteofomaha.info and 402-346-8003
When: July 20-21
Where: Bellevue University, 1000 Galvin Road South Bellevue
What: Outdoor festival of barbecue and live music.
Information: www.bellevuenebraska.com and 402-898-3000