Maha is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on bringing people together. We curate and produce cultural experiences with the goal of positively impacting the economic vitality of our home city, Omaha.

Our main event, Maha Festival, is a four-day celebration of music and discovery that takes place in August every year.


Founded as Maha Music Festival in 2009, the event has grown steadily since its inaugural fest, which took place in front of a humble crowd at Lewis and Clark Landing on the Omaha riverfront. Since then, the festival has grown from one day to four, moved its main stage to Aksarben Village, and expanded a ton by incorporating a number of celebrated and creative community partnerships into the mix.

Maha Discovery was established as the Big Omaha conference in 2009. Over the next decade, this unprecedented event hosted names like Gary Vaynerchuk and Marc Ecko, representing industries ranging from journalism to software development — all with the backdrop of the burgeoning Silicon Prairie. In 2018, Big Omaha permanently joined with Maha Music Festival and hosted the “10th and final” event of its kind. Now, the core of Big Omaha will live on at Maha: its celebratory spirit, infectious enthusiasm, and commitment to the future of our region.


Maha is evolving into an annual collection of experiences that reflect the diverse cultural aspects of our community and region — a broad mix, ranging from live music to food & drink showcases, art installations to film screenings, speaker events to fashion shows, and the many creative ventures in between.


There are no open positions at this time. 



80+ Key Volunteers and Captains
700+ Event Volunteers and Street Teamers


Emily Cox, Operations Manager
Rachel Grace, Marketing & Communications Manager
Lauren Martin, Executive Director
Matt Pollard, Graphic Designer

Board of Directors

Tre Brashear, Chair
Chad Brough
Rosey Higgs
Sherry Huffman, Secretary
John Henry Muller
Blake Richards
Leslie Spethman, Vice Chair
TJ Twit, Treasurer

Founders & Advisors

Mike App
Mike Battershell
Jeff Beck
Tre Brashear
Julie DeWitt
Pat Lazure
Tyler Owen
Vic Padios
Aaron Shaddy
Bill Sweet
Mike Toohey
Bill Wardell