There are few things in life as great as a long weekend — except maybe free concerts, plays and art. Here are just a few suggestions of awesome (and mostly free) things to do over the next few days. If you're still itching for something else to do, check out our summer calendar for a complete list of just about everything happening over the next few months.
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Gallery 72, 1806 Vinton St.
Check out the work of Carol Summers, one of only a few living master printmakers. His brightly colored prints of flowering landscapes and landscapes make it feel like summer already.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 67th and Center Streets
This outdoor festival is worth attending even if you aren't the biggest jazz fan. Bring a blanket and relax to performances by Daniel Davis, Soul School and In the Moment.
Packet pickup and signup today, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Race is Saturday, 11 a.m.
Packet pickup and race signup, Omaha Scheels, 17202 Davenport St. Race begins at Centurylink Center, 455 N. 10th St.
The self-appointed “Happiest 5K on the Planet” has made its way to Omaha. Start off the race with a clean white shirt and end it looking like you've gotten an entire paint set dumped over your head. Race participants are covered with a different color powder every kilometer. The race ends with a “Color Festival.”
2200 Dodge St.
Check out the treasures of the Joslyn without forking over five to eight bucks for admission. The museums starts its free admission program today.
Doors open at 7 p.m., plays begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Bluebarn Theatre, 614 S. 11th St.
This play festival starts off with a performance of “Wu World Woo” and “Horrocks (and Toutatis too).” The plays are two monologues, both set on asteroids. Check out free plays daily through Thursday at various locations throughout the city.
Concert begins at 4 p.m.
Loessfest actually kicks off on Saturday with a performance by The Beach Boys. But Monday's events shouldn't be missed. Grab some food from one of the area's many food trucks at the Food Truck Festival and then enjoy free performances by Satchel Grande, Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers, Vintage Trouble and others.