FYI

About Maha

WHAT IS MAHA?

Maha began as a single-day music festival back in 2009. As a nonprofit, it’s always pushed beyond what is normally thought of for a festival — devoting an entire section to fellow nonprofits at the Maha Community Village every year is just one differentiator. In 2018, Maha began incorporating the well established Big Omaha conference into its lineup, providing a cohesive experience reflective of the culture and creativity percolating within the region. To date, the events have attracted thousands of attendees from all 50 states.

WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY VILLAGE?

A vital part of the Maha experience since 2012, the Community Village features nearly two dozen partner nonprofit organizations each year. In the “village,” each organization offers a ridiculously fun, entertaining, and educational activity for attendees of all ages. It’s an opportunity to connect with the nonprofits doing great work in the region. Maha is proud to share the stage.

Volunteering

WHAT DOES A VOLUNTEER AT MAHA OR BIG OMAHA DO?

What don’t they do?! Seriously, these events have been powered by volunteers since the start, and we couldn’t do it without you. Want to help set up or tear down? Interested in jobs like Thirst Quencher, Shopping Specialist, and Welcome Crew? We’ve got a spot with your name on it.

VOLUNTEER PERKS?

Glad you asked. When you help out during a four- to seven-hour shift, you earn free admittance to the event you’re volunteering at. You also get a limited-run volunteer T-shirt, and legit bragging rights.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

It takes less than five minutes, all online. Registration opens annually in April for the August events. There may be other opportunities available throughout the year, too. Check GET INVOLVED for the latest news. Please contact volunteer@mahamusicfestival.com with additional questions.

WHY DO YOU TAKE A DEPOSIT WHEN I SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER?

If you’re new to volunteering with us, we may ask for a credit card deposit to hold your spot. You are guaranteed to receive it back right away once you come to your shift, or let us know in advance if you can’t make it. It’s one way to protect the fairness and integrity of the system, so that all volunteers receive a free pass when they come out to help!

Attending Maha Music Festival

MAHA CODE OF CONDUCT?

Let’s be good to each other. We’re all friends here and want everyone to have an enjoyable experience. Keep these guidelines in mind so we can keep the good vibes flowing.

  • Conduct yourself well. Be kind and respectful with both your words and actions.
  • Do not interfere with a guest’s ability to have a good time. We have a zero tolerance policy toward harassment. Fighting, threatening words, or unwanted advances will result in expulsion from the park without a refund.
  • Irresponsible consumption of alcoholic beverages or the facilitation of underage drinking is prohibited. Intoxicated belligerence or other signs of impairment related to substance abuse within the park will result in expulsion without a refund.
  • Maha would not be possible without our volunteers’ time and dedication to the event. We ask you to remember that the individuals so kindly scanning your ticket, pouring your drink, and keeping the park clean are here on their own time to ensure that everyone has an amazing experience. Patience, “thank yous,” and high-fives go a long way in contributing to your enjoyment!
  • We appreciate your cooperation in respecting fellow attendees by smoking in designated areas only.

We are 100% committed not only to hosting a top-notch festival, but ensuring that Maha is a safe and enjoyable space for all who attend. Thank you for your support, and for doing your part to make this a successful experience for everyone!

DAY OF SHOW UPDATES

For the most recent updates on August 17–18, follow us on Twitter @MahaFestival or on Facebook.

REFUNDS

All ticket sales are final. This includes the Maha rain or shine policy. The show must go on!

WEATHER

The average high temperature in Omaha in August is 85 degrees with light humidity and light winds. We recommend you bring sunblock, even if it’s a little overcast early in the day. Midwest weather is known for its quick shifts. Even on a mild day, be sure to visit our water station or roving bike and stay hydrated!

CHILDREN

All ages are welcome and children ages 10 and under do not need a ticket as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult. Maha offers entertainment for the whole family, but we cannot guarantee that the music will be suitable for all ages. Things might get a bit rowdy up front, and as a general rule, the area directly in front of the stage is rarely kid-friendly. However, there’s plenty of space for everyone in much calmer areas throughout the park.

ACCESSIBILITY

Please contact info@mahamusicfestival.com with questions or to coordinate specific arrangements. Stinson Park is handicap accessible and we will work to accommodate a variety of needs. Please visit the Information Center located near the festival entrance to be directed to dedicated viewing areas upon arrival.

ACCEPTED METHODS OF PAYMENT

Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express are accepted at the merchandise tent and the Maha Money tent, where you can purchase Maha Money (good for drinks and Maha-specific merchandise). Our food and retail vendors accept various forms of payment. ATMs will be on site. We recommend utilizing cash as the fastest, most convenient means of exchange at Maha!

LOST AND FOUND

If you lose or find an item on festival grounds, visit our Volunteer Headquarters located directly outside the festival entrance/exit to report or turn in a missing item. Or, email lost@mahamusicfestival.com.

SAFETY & SECURITY

Everybody entering the festival site will be subject to search. Our primary goal is to create a safe and secure environment for all attendees. To ensure this, event security will be located throughout the grounds for the entire duration of the event. If you are experiencing any problems whatsoever, locate festival security, go to the First Aid tent, or find a Maha volunteer and they will get you to appropriate personnel.

WHAT ABOUT EVENT SECURITY?

Event security will be located throughout the grounds for the entire duration of the event. If you have an emergency, see a volunteer, go to an information or medical tent, or tell one of the roving security personnel.

SCANNING TICKETS FROM PHONES

We are able to scan tickets from your phone, but please be sure your screen “brightness” is turned all the way up when you enter/exit the gates.

CAMERA POLICY

Small or disposable cameras are allowed. Professional cameras are NOT allowed. If it has a detachable lens, it’s a no-go. Video and audio recording are NOT allowed. We also ask that attendees leave the selfie sticks at home! Maha security makes the final call on what is and isn’t allowed in the park. Pro-tip: photos without flash typically turn out better.

WHERE TO STAY

Omaha is a very friendly town. You can probably find someone willing to share a floor with you. If you’d prefer more private accommodations, Maha has negotiated special “Maha Rates” with the Aksarben Marriott (just a few steps from the festival) and Holiday Inn Express (3.9 miles from the festival). Book ’em soon to secure these special rates! 

RE-ENTRY

Arrive at any time! You may leave as many times as you’d like BEFORE 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and come back ANY TIME. If you leave AFTER 7:00 pm, you will not be allowed to re-enter the festival without purchasing a new ticket at the Day-of price.

VIP ticket holders may leave and re-enter at any time.

Attending Big Omaha

WHEN WILL YOU ANNOUNCE THE SPEAKERS AND SCHEDULE?

For the 2018 Big Omaha season, we’ll release this information in June.

CONFERENCE UPDATES

For the most recent updates on August 16–17, follow us on Twitter @BigOmaha or on Facebook. Don’t forget to use #BigOmaha!

BIG OMAHA CODE OF CONDUCT?

To promote this spirit of inclusivity, we ask that our staff, speakers, attendees, and volunteers follow a few basic principles at our conference — online, at the venue, and around the event. These include but are not limited to:

  • Be welcoming, friendly, and patient.
  • Be considerate. Your decisions will affect others. Whether listening to a keynote, eating lunch, or attending a party, your actions will have consequences. You should take those consequences into account when making decisions.
  • Be respectful. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into aggression towards another. Give yourself grace if you feel frustrated with another attendee or with yourself (because conferences can be long and tiresome in the midst of all that you are learning and all the people you are meeting).
  • Be mindful of vocabulary. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Be kind to others, and do not insult or put down another person. Thoughtfulness often means reevaluating what we consider permissible.

REPORTING INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR

Big Omaha is meant to be a safe, inclusive space. That includes the venue, the parties, and all of our online realms. Please approach a staff member or trained volunteer if you’ve experienced anything less than that. In return, we promise to take all harassment reports seriously, to respect your privacy, and to remove the source of harassment. This begins with a warning to the offender, followed by physically removing them from the area if harassment continues.

WHERE TO STAY

We’ve partnered with Marriott to offer reduced rates at the brand new Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District (0.8 miles from the conference venue) as well as the Courtyard by Marriott Omaha Downtown/Old Market Area (1 mile from the conference venue). Book soon to secure these special Big Omaha rates!

WHAT IF I HAVE DIETARY RESTRICTIONS?

We’ve got you covered! Just get in touch at info@mahamusicfestival.com to let us know what you need. If you already indicated your dietary needs at the time of registration, you do not need to reach out again.