Download the Visit Kokomo Mobile App – for local information at your fingertips!

The Visit Kokomo mobile app now has a NEW design!  Check out our newly updated and redesigned app that has a fresh, new look and is more user-friendly than ever.  Find information on local attractions, local restaurants, tours, upcoming events, walking & biking trails, and much more.  The Visit Kokomo app is FREE and available on both Apple & Android devices.

Kokomo mobile app screenshot - Things to Do

 

The Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market Opens Soon!

kokomo farmers market photo

Spring has finally arrived!  Take time to check out the Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market, opening for the season on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  Open weekly on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (through October 18), the market will offer fresh produce, eggs, handmade gifts, flowers, fresh breads, home-baked goods, and much more.  You can even meet local artists and musicians and watch fun demonstrations.

Did you know the market is a producers’ market?  This means the vendors sell only products they have grown or made themselves, which makes it a truly LOCAL  experience!

NEW this year is the Little Sprouts’ Market club!  Program sign-up starts the first day of the season, and “little sprouts” will receive a market passport and a reusable market bag and can begin the fun weekly activities right away.  The Little Sprouts’ Market club is free, and children ages 5-12 are invited to participate.  Visit the market for more details!

Open rain or shine, the Market is located in Downtown at the corner of Mulberry & Washington Streets.  For more information or to see the upcoming schedule of weekly activities, visit www.KokomoFarmersMarket.com.

The Performing Arts are Alive in Kokomo! Check out Upcoming Shows …

Photo provided by Kokomo Civic Theatre

Photo provided by Kokomo Civic Theatre

No need to travel far to find fantastic concerts, musicals, comedy shows, and plays.  There are plenty of opportunities to experience great performing arts in Kokomo!  Below are just a few of the upcoming shows.  Plan to attend one (or more!) for a great evening of fun with family or friends.

Plus stay tuned for even more live music this summer as the Kokomo Summer Concert Series kicks off at the Performing Arts Pavilion in Foster Park in Downtown, and Kokomo Park Band concerts, held in Highland Park, will also start in June!

For a complete calendar of upcoming events, check out www.VisitKokomo.org/events.

Kokomo Curtain Call presents “The Twelve Daughters of Hercules”
February 28 – March 2, 2014
Sycamore Elementary School Auditorium, Kokomo
Performances: Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m.
For tickets & upcoming shows, visit www.KokomoCurtainCall.com

Kokomo Civic Theatre presents “The Odd Couple” (Female Version)
February 28 – March 2, 2014
IU Kokomo Havens Auditorium, Kokomo
Performances: Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m.
For tickets & upcoming shows, visit www.KokomoCivicTheatre.com

Hoosier Heartland Comedy Series presents: Mike Armstrong
February 28, 2014
Elite Banquet & Conference Center, Kokomo
Doors open at 7 p.m. & show at 8:30 p.m.
For tickets & more info, visit www.EliteBanquet.com

Kokomo Community Concerts present “Tom Gustin Big Band” Swing to Light Rock
March 15, 2014
Kokomo High School Auditorium – 7:30 p.m.
For tickets & upcoming concerts, visit www.KokomoCommunityConcerts.org 

Student Night at Rhum Academy of Music (held monthly)
March 15, 2014 – 7 p.m.
For tickets & upcoming shows, visit www.RhumMusic.com 

Hoosier Heartland Comedy Series presents: Ms. Pat 
March 28, 2014
Elite Banquet & Conference Center, Kokomo
Doors open at 7 p.m. & show at 8:30 p.m.
For tickets & more info, visit www.EliteBanquet.com

First Friday Brings Family Fun to Downtown Kokomo!

Enjoy First Friday, a free, self-guided arts tour in Downtown Kokomo, on the first Friday of every month from 5:30-9:00 p.m.  Many downtown businesses offer free activities, treats, music, and local artists.  The event is free and family-friendly!

Themes vary by month.  The theme for February is “Fall in Love Downtown.”  See map and list of activities below.

For more information about First Friday, call 765-457-5301 or visit www.FirstFridayKokomo.com.

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Activities for First Friday on Feb. 7, 2014

Activities for First Friday on Feb. 7, 2014

Kokomo’s Chocolate Celebration … A Chocolate Lovers Paradise!

Make your next visit to Kokomo extra sweet by attending the 12th Annual Chocolate Celebration on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

Sponsored by J. Edwards Fine Chocolates, Gourmet Cakes & Gifts, the event will be held at Kokomo First Church of the Nazarene from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Arrive early for best selection!  Tickets are only 2 for $5 and can be redeemed for one chocolate item of your choice while quantities last.  Chocolate selections vary from year to year and usually include a variety of cakes, brownies, candy, chocolate-dipped fruit, fudge and other delicious and decadent creations.  I have never had a chocolate dessert that I did not enjoy!

Chocolate Celebration 2013

During the event, Grace United Methodist Church will be selling soup and sloppy joe sandwiches (for eat-in or carry-out) and several businesses will offer chocolate items and gifts to purchase – right in time for Valentine’s Day!  Chocolate Celebration is held annually and proceeds benefit Samaritan Caregivers.  For more information about the event, call 765-453-7611 or visit their website.

Trike Wars, Doughnut Throwdown, Music, Fireworks & More during Kokomo’s 2013 New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Got plans for New Year’s Eve?  Come to Downtown Kokomo!  There will be music, fireworks, contests, lighted ball drop, and tons of fun from 10:30 p.m. – Midnight on December 31, 2013.  Admission is free.  Join us Downtown to ring in the New Year!  Visit website for more details.

Kokomo New Year's Eve poster

Angels are coming … to the Seiberling Mansion!

Christmas at the Seiberling MansionThe Seiberling Mansion is about to be home to one of the largest gatherings of angels ever seen in Howard County – big angels, tiny angels, glass angels, and paper angels are appearing in every room of the Mansion!  They’re part of the traditional Christmas at the Seiberling celebration in Kokomo.

Lighting Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 6-9 p.m.  Come witness the official arrival of Santa and countdown to 6 p.m., when the glorious display of outdoor lights is illuminated.  After the lighting, visit the Elliott House (located next door) to warm up with cookies & wassail and give the kids and grandkids the chance to see Santa.  For the first time this year, take your own picture with Santa for free.  Be sure to bring your camera!

In the Seiberling Mansion, tour a true vision of holiday beauty, created by dozens of volunteers.  Twenty rooms on all three floors are decorated, and the third floor ballroom features ornaments from the former Blasius Christmas Tree House in Kokomo.  Vote for your favorite room!

Christmas at the Seiberling stairs

There will be musical entertainment and a contest for kids 12 & under: “How Many Angels Are in the Mansion?” Opening night tickets are available in advance for $7 or at the door for $10.  Kids 12 & under are $3 and Howard County Historical Society members are free. Advance tickets are available online.

Christmas at the Seiberling holiday tours will continue through December 22, 2013.  Hours are Tuesday through Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Daytime tour admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, and $2 for kids 12 & under.

The Seiberling will also be open on December 6th from 6-9 p.m. during First Friday.  Enjoy an evening of holiday fun with Mansion tours, along with many family-friendly activities in Downtown!

Carriage rides will be available on both November 30th and December 6th from 6-9 p.m.  The cost is $50 and includes up to six people. Advance reservations are required.

The Seiberling Mansion is located at 1200 West Sycamore Street in Kokomo.  For more information on tours and special events, call (765) 452-4314 or visit www.howardcountymuseum.org.  See a sneak preview of the angels at www.facebook.com/hchistory!

 

Get in the holiday spirit at the 2013 We Care Trim-A-Tree Festival!

Where can you see 80 beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths in one place?  The We Care Trim-A-Tree Festival!  Originally started in 1993, this event has become an annual tradition in Kokomo for many families, businesses, and organizations.

The display is located at the Kokomo Town Center (1700 East Boulevard Street) and is open now through November 17, 2013.  Hours are Monday – Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday & Saturday 10am-9pm, and Sunday 12-6pm.  Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays, and vote for your favorite!  Admission is free.

All trees and wreaths will be auctioned off at 3pm on November 17th.  Proceeds will benefit We Care.  Below are a few of my favorites from this year’s festival!

2013 We Care Trim A Tree Festival

2013 We Care Trim A Tree Festival 2

2013 We Care Trim A Tree Festival 3

Explore Kokomo’s Haunted Houses, Corn Mazes & Fall Family Events!

It’s fall!  Explore the many fall & haunted attractions in Kokomo & Howard County this season!

Guffey Acres

Guffey Acres

Guffey Acres – open through October 27, 2013
Enjoy farmtastic fun with 3 corn mazes located in 7 acres of paths – ranging from easy to advanced.  Other farm activities include hayrides, corn popper, barnyard barrel train, tube slide, corn box, pumpkin tether ball & much more! Kids will also enjoy seeing the barnyard buddies in the Big Red Barn.
Hours: Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 11am-8pm & Sunday 1-6pm
Admission is based on activities selected.  Visit www.guffeyacres.com.

Guffey Acres Field of Screams Haunted Maze – open through October 26, 2013
Feeling brave?  Try to find your way out of this haunted maze!
Hours: Friday & Saturday 9pm-Midnight
Admission: $10 per person & R.I.P. Pass $5 per person (allows you to skip the line)
Visit www.guffeyacres.com.

Guffey Acres Field of Screams corn maze

Twisted Darkness Haunted House & Twisted Illusions 3D Fun House – open through November 2, 2013
Get ready to scream!  Thrills and chills are waiting at every turn.  Twisted Illusions offers a fun, visual, mind-bending addition to the haunted house and will have Kid’s Night (No Haunt Thursdays) on October 24 & 31.
Hours: Friday & Saturday 7:30pm-Midnight (plus Thursday, October 24 & 31 from 7:30pm-Midnight)
Admission: $10 per person, $15 per person for both attractions, or $25 VIP Pass for both attractions
Visit www.twisteddarkness.com.

Easy Acre Farm - 2 great events! – open October 19, 26 & November 2, 2013
The Haunt at Easy Acre Farm is intended for teens and adults … this ain’t Old MacDonalds Farm!  Visit their Facebook page for SHARE the SCARE coupon for $2 off.  Hours: 8-11pm.  Admission: $10 per person.
Halloween Hoot at Easy Acre Farm is a family-friendly event for kids of all ages.  Activities include ghost hunt, crafts, the Monsanto Maze, barrel train ride, fun fall photos & Boo Barn!  Hours: 1-4pm.  Admission: $15 per family. Both events are rain or shine and cash only.
Visit www.easyacrefarm.com.

The Haunt at Easy Acre Farm

The Haunt at Easy Acre Farm

Edge of Insanity Haunted House – open through October 27, 2013
Be prepared … you never know what you will find in Dr. Weitle’s Asylum!
Hours: Saturday & Sunday 8-11pm
Admission: $8 per person
Visit www.weitlesasylum.com.

Haunted Trail Walk – October 26, 2013
Take a spooky walk through Kokomo’s Jackson Morrow Park!  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Hours: 6:00-8:30pm
Admission is FREE!
Visit website.

Kids Community Halloween Party – October 26, 2013
Bring the kids to this free community event featuring costume contest, games & entertainment at the Ivy Tech Kokomo Event & Conference Center.
Hours: 1-4pm
Admission is FREE!

First Friday in Downtown Kokomo “Day of the Dead” & Zombie Walk - November 1, 2013
Enjoy this arts-based event in downtown Kokomo with businesses offering open houses with music, artists, and family activities.  Costumes are encouraged during the event on Nov. 1st. There will also be a Zombie Walk (cost is only $5.)
Hours: 6-9pm
Admission is FREE!
Visit www.firstfridaykokomo.com.

 

For more events in Kokomo/Howard County this fall, visit www.VisitKokomo.org/events or download the Visit Kokomo mobile app!

Experience ART ON FIRE: Hot Glass & Class on October 18-20th

Experience amazing glass tours, unique exhibits & glass shops in Kokomo/Howard County!  Join us as we celebrate the art of glass on October 18-20, 2013 during this special Indiana Glass Trail Art on Fire weekend.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Start your adventure at Kokomo Opalescent Glass, America’s oldest art glass company.  Go “behind the scenes” on this fascinating tour to experience the glass-making process.  Watch as hot glass is ladled from a 12-pot furnace, hand-mixed, cooled, and shipped all over the world.  Also, see glass blowers create amazing glass art in the Hot Glass Studio and purchase beautiful glass items made by local artists in The OP Shop.  Don’t miss the special tours & demonstrations on Saturday, October 19th!  Located at 1310 S. Market St., KOG has been making glass in its original location since 1888.  The cost is only $5 to take the tour.

  • Glass Factory Tours & Glass Blowing – October 18 & 19 from 9am-Noon 
  • Glass Bead & Suncatcher Demonstrations – October 18th 9am-5pm & October 19th 9am-1pm
  • The OP Shop hours – October 18th 9am-5pm & October 19th 9am-1pm
Seiberling Mansion

Seiberling Mansion

The discovery of natural gas in the late 1800’s in Indiana led to an explosion of creativity and glass-making.  From plate glass to stained glass and cookware to art glass, Howard County was a leader of the industry.  That history is on exhibit at Kokomo’s Seiberling Mansion at 1200 W. Sycamore St.  Explore their newest exhibit produced in cooperation with Kokomo Opalescent Glass, a selection from the museum’s huge collection of Jenkins glass, along with Greentown glass, a unique Bournique chandelier, and the Seiberling’s wonderful stained glass windows.  Admission is $5 adults & $2 children.

  • Seiberling Mansion & glass exhibits open October 18-20th from 1-4pm
Greentown Glass Museum

Greentown Glass Museum

Don’t miss a visit to the Greentown Glass Museum.  The museum’s permanent exhibit houses over 2,000 pieces of glass on display, including a vast number of pieces of glassware produced by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown between 1894-1903.  The extensive display features various glass patterns and highly collectible pieces, such as Chocolate Glass, Golden Agate and Rose Agate.  Admission is free.  The museum is located at 112 N. Meridian St. in Greentown.

  • Greentown Glass Museum open October 18th 12-4pm and October 19 & 20th 1-4pm

IGAA exhibit
Recognized as the best contemporary glasswork being made in the Midwest, 28 pieces from 21 glass artists have been selected for this year’s Indiana Glass Arts Alliance (IGAA) annual exhibition, which is titled “GATHERING: Contemporary Glass from the Heartland.”

Featuring exceptional glasswork from artists in six states, this unique exhibit will open Oct. 19, 2013 at the Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery with an Opening Reception from 2-5 p.m. (open to the public.)  The Art Gallery is located on the campus of IU Kokomo at 2300 S. Washington St.  Admission is free.

IGAA Glass Exhibit Opening Reception – October 19th 2-5pm

 

 
Finally, purchase local, handmade glass items at Crystal Wand Creations, including glass jewelry, stained glass ornamentals, panels, suncatchers & wind chimes in this unique retail shop located at 206 N. Buckeye St. in Downtown Kokomo.  The shop will be open October 18th from 10am-6pm and October 19th from 10am-4pm.

Crystal Wand Creations in Downtown Kokomo

Crystal Wand Creations in Downtown Kokomo

In addition, take a class or see the work of glass artists in Lafayette/West Lafayette and Logansport during this glass weekend.  Full itinerary available here.

Special rates are available at the following Kokomo hotels (based on availability.) You must mention “Art on Fire – Hot Glass & Class” to receive the discounted rate!

Comfort Inn – (765) 452-5050
Courtyard by Marriott – (765) 453-0800
Fairfield Inn – (765) 453-8822
Hampton Inn & Suites – (765) 455-2900
Holiday Inn Express – (765) 453-2222

For more information, call the Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971 or go to www.VisitKokomo.org.  For more details on the Indiana Glass Trail and Art on Fire weekends, visit www.IndianaGlassTrail.com.