OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The 11th annual Maha Music Festival kicked off Friday, carrying on into Saturday when headliner Lizzo performs.
Maha Music Festival was founded in 2009, growing rapidly since its inaugural event at Lewis and Clark landing. Now, the festival has grown from one day to two, taking place at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village.
Over 700 event volunteers and street teamers help with the festival, according to Maha's website.
Friday's artists included the Esencia Latina Band, Snail Mail, Courtney Barnett and Jenny Lewis.
On Saturday, the festival grounds open at 1 p.m. and close at midnight. Tickets for Saturday have sold out.
Saturday's performers include SharkWeek, Domestic Blend, Muscle Cousins, Omaha Girls Rock, Beach Bunny, Matt Maeson, Duckwrth, Oh Sees, Matt & Kim and Lizzo.
Maha has implemented a cash and card-free system this year. Each attendee of the festival will receive a wristband with an RFID tag on it. Those who want to eat, drink or buy merch need to load up their digital wallet before making purchases.
Through an app, money can be loaded onto the digital wallet with a credit card. Any attendee without a credit card can visit an Eventbrite Pay Wallet kiosk at the festival to load cash onto the account. All vendors at Maha will accept this form of payment.
Local food vendors are a part of Maha this year, including Attack-A-Taco, Dante, Le Bouillon, Oasis Falafel, Renear Inc., Smoke is No Joke BBQ, Sweet Treats and The Blackstone Meatball. Most vendors are offering gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.
Maha is a reduced-waste event. The festival asks concert goers to be mindful of what they bring to avoid unnecessary waste at Stinson Park.
They offer a few suggestions:
- Don’t print your PDF ticket, rather, allow us to scan it on your phone.
- Be thoughtful about how you get to and from Maha. Consider biking, taking the bus, or riding with friends!
- Bring your favorite reusable water bottle for use at our FREE water refill station (thanks, First National Bank!).
- Bring a collapsible lightweight bag that can be used for merchandise and/or food purchases.
- Make an effort to place waste items in the appropriate bins on-site.
The festival also advises leaving the following items at home:
Weapons, illegal substances, pets, large bags, umbrellas, tents, selfie sticks, drones, instruments, megaphones, air horns, laser pointers, audio equipment, professional photography gear (anything with a detachable lens), roller skates, skateboards, scooters, bikes, hard coolers, glass and any outside food or beverages.
Those with tickets must pass through security which includes metal detectors and bag checks to enter the festival. Kids 10 and under get into the festival for free.
Below is Saturday's festival schedule:
Omaha Girls Rock
Matt and Kim