Maha Music Festival 2017 - Just another Maha site

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The Maha Story

Our mission is to showcase the unique heart and soul of the Midwest, collaborate with our community to provide unforgettable experiences, and position the region as the premier place to put roots down and grow.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, our focus is on community, not profit. Maha happens because of our generous sponsors and partners, passionate volunteers, and you, our beloved audience.

We’re proud to “share our stage” with fellow area-based nonprofits on-site in the Community Village and on stage with performances from organizations including Louder Than a Bomb and Omaha Girls Rock. Maha provides a platform for individuals to get involved and make a difference for the causes they care about year-round.

Showcasing emerging local artists and pulling in big national acts, the festival has drawn music fans from 46 states and counting. Our vision is to push beyond the parameters of a traditional music festival and continue to attract fans from all over the country, while celebrating local community. Each year, our lineup draws first-time attendees, but the experience keeps them coming back year after year.

COMMUNITY VILLAGE

Maha's efforts to support and promote the great city in which it resides are most evident in our Community Village. Composed of a variety of area nonprofits, the Community Village provides alternative entertainment at the festival by engaging our culturally attuned and socially aware audience in a multitude of fun and hands-on activities which appeal to attendees of all ages. Thanks to the awesome organizations involved in the Community Village, the creativity at Maha isn't limited to the stage!

Thanks to support from HDR and the University of Nebraska at Omaha as our Community Village sponsors, we're focusing our efforts on mental health awareness and education. We know it takes a village to make a difference, which is why we're proud to partner with the following organizations joining in our effort to amplify awareness and end the stigma associated with mental illness.

Did you know?

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-34 year olds on the United States. On average, 60% of Maha attendees are 34 or younger. Learn more.

- Photo by Ben Semisch

Community Village Organizations:

FYI

CODE OF CONDUCT?

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

  • 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 at the event. 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 from the festival 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 of the day!
  • 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!

RAIN OR SHINE

Maha will continue rain or shine. No refunds. Download the WOWT App for the latest Maha Music Festival weather updates!

REFUNDS

All ticket sales are final. Spread the love and give your friends an incredible summer experience. They'll owe you!

WEATHER

The average high temperature in Omaha in August is 85 degrees with light humidity and light winds. We recommend you bring sun block, even if it’s a little overcast early in the day. Midwest weather is known for its quick shifts!

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 can not 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 WOWT Information Center located near the festival entrance to be directed to dedicated viewing areas upon arrival.

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.

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 yards from the festival. Make your reservations, here.

RE-ENTRY

Arrive at any time! You may leave as many times as you want BEFORE 6:30 pm, and come back ANY TIME. If you leave AFTER 6:30 pm, you will not be allowed re-entry without purchasing a new, $65.00 ticket.

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

PARKING

Plenty of FREE parking is available in any one of Aksarben Village’s three parking garages.

WATER

Stay hydrated thanks to the FREE water station and roving water bike sponsored by our friends at First National Bank!

SMOKING SECTIONS

Smoking on festival grounds is not allowed outside of the two designated cigarette smoking areas located throughout the park. Attendees found smoking in non-designated areas may be asked to leave.

ALLOWED IN THE PARK

  • Lawn Chairs (must be positioned outside of the chair-free zone)
  • Blankets
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hats/Visors
  • Factory-sealed water bottles
  • Empty water bottles - FREE refills at the First National Bank station and roving located in the park!
  • Soft-sided coolers

NOT ALLOWED IN THE PARK

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Illegal substances
  • Hard-sided coolers
  • Outside food or beverage
  • Pets (except for service animals)
  • Umbrellas
  • Tents
  • Large or framed backpacks
  • Drones
  • Instruments
  • Laser Pointers
  • Audio recording equipment

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