Celebrate the 4th of July in Kokomo!

The Fourth of July weekend in Kokomo is jam-packed with family fun!  Don’t miss all the great activities going on in the city.  The best part?  It’s all FREE!

Celebrate Kokomo’s legacy of automotive heritage during the Haynes-Apperson Festival in Downtown Kokomo on June 30 through July 2, 2011.  The festival will be open on Thursday & Friday 5-11 p.m. and Saturday Noon-11 p.m.  Admission is free.  Enjoy carnival rides, food vendors, arts and crafts, and large sports festival.  Don’t miss the free cruise-ins on Thursday and Friday nights from 6-9 p.m. and Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show on Saturday from 4-7 p.m.  Other Saturday highlights include annual parade at 2 p.m. and great fireworks show at 10 p.m.  For complete schedule of events, visit the festival website at www.HaynesAppersonFestival.org

Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show in Downtown Kokomo

Don’t forget the fantastic music!  The Haynes-Apperson Festival will have a great line-up of concerts this year, including InsideOut at 6 p.m. and Here Come the Mummies at 8 p.m. on Thursday night.  Friday night concerts include Jessie Brown at 6 p.m., Paul Stout Country at 7:30 p.m., and LoCash Cowboys at 9 p.m.  The Joe Cameron Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. to open for Boyz II Men at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday.  VIP tickets are available at Palmer’s Jewelry, Granson Jewelers, and at the information tent at the festival.  All concerts are free and located on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo!

In conjunction with the Haynes-Apperson Festival, celebrate Automotive Heritage Days at the Markland Mall now through July 2, 2011.  Kokomo’s first motorized fire engine is on display, a 1915 Ahrens Fox Fire Engine.  Admission is free.    

See daring aerobatics at the Kokomo Wings and Wheels Air Show

Next, head to the Kokomo Municipal Airport on Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the Kokomo Wings and Wheels Air Show.  The event will feature the Checkertail Clan’s T-6 Texan, P-51 Mustang, and many other WWII Warbirds.  Also, Greg Aldridge in his Super Chipmunk, Mike Wild in the Super Decathlon, Bob Richards’ amazing Pitts performance, Dick Darlington in his Pitts S2, Al Hoover in his Stearman, and more!  The Air Show will feature jet acts and aerobatics, and there will also be a large static display of classic, antique, hot rod cars, and a skydiving demonstration at 10 a.m.  Tickets will be available for the pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  For more details, visit www.KokomoWingsandWheels.net.  

Finally, head to the Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display on Monday, July 4th at dusk.  Of course, during the weekend don’t forget to visit Kokomo’s attractions, museums, and beautiful parks.  For information on lodging, dining, and Kokomo attractions, visit our website  www.VisitKokomo.org.

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Don’t Miss the 2011 FREE Summer Concerts in Downtown Kokomo

If you enjoy music, you will definitely want to visit Kokomo this summer!  The 2011 line-up includes a large variety of bands and performers providing fun for the entire family throughout the summer season.  Make plans now to attend one or all of the great concerts coming to Downtown Kokomo!  All concerts listed are FREE!

Firefall

An Evening with Firefall – June 24, 2011 
Kokomo’s Performing Arts Pavilion in Foster Park – 6:30-10:00 p.m. 
www.KokomoSummerSeries.com

Kingdom Come Festival 2011 – June 25, 2011
Kokomo’s Performing Arts Pavilion in Foster Park – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
www.KingdomComeFestival.com

InsideOut in Concert – June 30, 2011
Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo – 6 p.m.
www.HaynesAppersonFestival.org

Here Come the Mummies

Here Come the Mummies – June 30, 2011
Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo – 8 p.m.
www.HaynesAppersonFestival.org

Jessie Brown – July 1, 2011
Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo – 6 p.m.
www.HaynesAppersonFestival.org

Paul Stout Country – July 1, 2011
Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo – 7:30 p.m.
www.HaynesAppersonFestival.org

LoCash Cowboys – July 1, 2011
Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo – 9 p.m.
www.HaynesAppersonFestival.org

Joe Cameron Band – July 2, 2011
Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo – 6:30 p.m.
www.HaynesAppersonFestival.org

Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men – July 2, 2011
Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo – 8:15 p.m.
www.HaynesAppersonFestival.org

Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real – July 8, 2011
Kokomo’s Performing Arts Pavilion in Foster Park – 6:30-10:00 p.m.
www.KokomoSummerSeries.com

The Finest Concert – July 15, 2011
Kokomo’s Performing Arts Pavilion in Foster Park – 6:30 p.m.

An Evening of Bluegrass with The Grascals – July 22, 2011
Kokomo’s Performing Arts Pavilion in Foster Park – 6:30-10:00 p.m.
www.KokomoSummerSeries.com

Sounds of Boston with Fran & Anton Cosmo – July 29, 2011
Kokomo’s Performing Arts Pavilion in Foster Park – 6:30-10:00 p.m.
www.KokomoSummerSeries.com   

Confederate Railroad

Confederate Railroad – August 12, 2011
Kokomo’s Performing Arts Pavilion in Foster Park – 6:30-10:00 p.m.
www.KokomoSummerSeries.com

Michael Kelsey – September 3, 2011
Kokomo’s Performing Arts Pavilion in Foster Park – 4 p.m.

Parrots of the Carribean – September 3, 2011
Kokomo’s Performing Arts Pavilion in Foster Park – 8-10 p.m.

For more information on Kokomo concerts, festivals, attractions, lodging, or dining, contact the Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971, information@visitkokomo.org, or visit www.VisitKokomo.org.

Kokomo’s 2011 Summer Festivals

The summer festival season is finally here!  Don’t miss all the great family fun in Kokomo this summer, including fantastic live music, delicious food, festive parades, car shows, fireworks & much more!      

Western Days Festival – June 3-5, 2011
Downtown Russiaville – Free Admission
Hours: Fri. 3-11 pm, Sat. 9am – 11pm & Sun. 11am-5pm 
Food, arts & crafts, car show, antique tractors, music & more.  Grab your boots and head to Western Days for a fun-filled weekend!

RibFest – June 11, 2011
Foster Park in Downtown Kokomo – Free Admission
Hours: 4 pm – Midnight
Delicious ribs, great food, kid’s activities, live music featuring Danny Seraphine and CTA.  If you enjoy ribs, this is definitely the place to be!

Haynes-Apperson Festival Parade will be July 2, 2011 at 2:00pm

Haynes-Apperson Festival – June 30-July 2, 2011
Downtown Kokomo – Free Admission
Hours: Thurs. & Fri. 5-11pm and Sat. Noon-11pm
Definitely something for everyone!  Food, vendors, car show, cruise-ins, parade, sports festival, quarter midget racing, live music by Here Come the Mummies (June 30), LoCash Cowboys (July 1) & Boyz II Men (July 2), fireworks & more!  Visit website for complete schedule.

Howard County 4-H Fair – July 11-16, 2011
Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown – Free Admission
4-H exhibits & animals, Pioneer Village, food & craft vendors, carnival rides, live music by Phil Dirt and the Dozers and Branded Bluegrass, motorcycle racing, antique tractors & more.

Grillmasters Barbeque Challenge – August 20, 2011 
Downtown Kokomo – Free Admission
During this all day event kicking off the Taste of Kokomo, teams will compete in Barbeque Cook-Off.  People’s Choice voting Noon-3pm with tickets.  Awards will be given at 4pm.

Families enjoy the Taste of Kokomo in Downtown Kokomo

Taste of Kokomo – August 20, 2011
Downtown Kokomo – Admission $3
Hours: 4-11 pm
Enjoy tastes of appetizers, entrees, desserts & drinks from over 30 local restaurants and eateries, live music from eight bands, kid’s activities & many new features during this annual Kokomo tradition. 

NEW! Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival – August 26-28, 2011
Wildcat Valley in Western Howard County
Hours: Fri. 4-11pm, Sat. 9am-11pm & Sun. 9am-4pm
Admission: Fri. $10, Sat. $20, Sun. $10 – Kids 10 & under free
Experience a true bluegrass music festival, including performances by Goldwing Express, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Kenny Stinson & Perfect Tym’n, Branded Bluegrass & many others!  Also, workshops, antique tractors, artist crafts, homemade ice cream & more.               

For more information on Kokomo festivals, call the Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971 or check out the Calendar of Events.