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06.21.2010 / Mark your Calendars for the 2010 Omaha Summer Arts Festival!

You know its summertime when you venture to downtown Omaha to see art, music and taste great food at the Summer Arts Festival. This year, the 36th Annual Summer Arts Festival will be held on June 25th, 26th and 27th. There will be galleries, live demonstrations, bands and lots of stuff for the kids to do.

"This year, the 36th Annual Summer Arts Festival will be held on June 25th, 26th and 27th."

The heart of every Summer Arts Festival is the Artist’s Market – featuring the work of 135 handpicked artists. From ceramics to fiber, painting and sculpture, as well as a variety of mixed media there is something that will appeal to many tastes and budgets. To see a preview of the participating artists this year, visit the Artist’s Gallery at the official Summer Arts Festival site.

For music lovers, there’s the World Music Stage, with non-stop performances all weekend. On Friday, you can see Albert Castiglia, the 2009 Blues Blast Award winner for song of the year and Euforquestra, a 7 piece band out of Fort Collins, Colorado that plays their self-proclaimed "Afro-Caribbean-Barnyard-Funk.” Saturday brings piano playing singer-songwriter Bob Malone and Bonerama, with its four-trombone leads. To close out the show on Sunday, you can see a Johnny Mercer tribute, a tribute to Luigi Waites and the Iguanas, a New Orleans based roots-rock band.

If you plan on bringing the kids, there is plenty for them to do too! The Children’s Fair is held on Saturday and Sunday, and this year’s theme is ““Kids Around the World... No Passport Needed.” Admission to the Children’s Fair is free, and several of the activities offered are free, while other hands-on crafts and activities require a ticket priced at 50 cents each. The cost of each activity is between one to five tickets. Activities include making and launching paper rockets, face painting, beaded bracelets and more! Kids can also visit the Family Entertainment Stage with the Blues Society Kids Band, the Amazing Arthur and music from around the world with musician Dave Marsh.

Planning on going? Have a favorite artist or band? Think of something you’d like to see next year? Share your thoughts with us via a comment!

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