2013 Taste of Kokomo brings food, fun & music to Foster Park!

LoCash Cowboys will perform at the 2013 Taste of Kokomo in Foster Park

LoCash Cowboys will perform at the 2013 Taste of Kokomo in Foster Park

Where can you experience food from 25 local restaurants, kid’s activities, beer garden, 5 bands, and fun contests, including: Coney Dog Throwdown (vote for the best coney in town!), Hot Wing Contest, Pie Eating Contest, and a Gourmet Burger Cook-Off?  Don’t miss the Taste of Kokomo in Foster Park on Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 5-11 p.m.

Bring the entire family out for an evening of fun and live music featuring headliner LoCash Cowboys with special guests Uncle Boozie, Paul Stout Country, Jason Skaggs Band, Rewind, and Inside Out.  Admission is free!  For more information, call the United Way of Howard County at (765) 457-6691 or visit their website.

Don’t Miss WeberFest 2013

weberfest 2013

WeberFest 2013 returns to Kokomo on August 2-3, with Kid’s Day on August 4.  Hours: Friday 5-11 p.m., Saturday 4-11 p.m. & Sunday 1-8 p.m.  Foster Park in Downtown Kokomo will be filled with non-stop music, entertainment, food & family fun.  All concerts are FREE!

Headliners include: Rich Mahan & the Cocktail Heroes (Aug. 2),  The Original Wailers (Aug. 3), and Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players (Aug. 4.) For the complete list of bands, visit www.KokomoSummerSeries.com. Rock on!

Celebrate the 4th of July in Kokomo with Haynes-Apperson Festival & Fireworks!

Haynes Apperson Festival banner

The Fourth of July holiday brings fun, fireworks, and the annual Haynes-Apperson Festival in Kokomo!  We invite you to join us as we celebrate our community’s history and automotive heritage.  Admission is free.  Enjoy food, rides, car show, cruise-ins, sports, parade, and fantastic outdoor concerts in Downtown Kokomo’s Foster Park on July 4-6, 2013.

All concerts are free, and headliners include Blue Oyster Cult (July 4), Here Come the Mummies (July 5), and Night Ranger (July 6.)  Parade will be held Saturday, July 6 at 2 p.m.  Fireworks will be Saturday night around 10 p.m.  For a  complete schedule of activities, including parade route, amusement ride bracelets, and entertainment line-up, visit www.HaynesAppersonFestival.org.

Also, celebrate the Fourth during the annual fireworks show at the Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown on July 4, 2013 at dusk.

For more information on special events, tours, and family fun in Kokomo, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or download the Visit Kokomo Mobile App!

Free Summer Concert Series Returns to Foster Park

2012 RibFest

2012 RibFest

Visitors and residents alike will again enjoy free concerts in Downtown Kokomo’s Foster Park – all summer long!  All concerts are FREE, which is truly amazing considering the well-known headliners set to perform this season at the Kokomo Performing Arts Pavilion.  Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy these free open-air concerts.  Find detailed information at www.KokomoSummerSeries.com or follow updates on Facebook.  Here is the 2013 summer line-up!

June 8, 2013 – RibFest featuring An Evening of Motown with The Contours with Sylvester Potts with special guests 23-10, The Pummels, 26 West, Token Blue, and Shiny Penny.

June 14, 2013 – Georgia Satellites with special guests Rodney Collins Band and The Easthills.

June 22, 2013 – Symphony in the Park featuring 1964: The Tribute to the Beatles with the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra

June 28-29, 2013 – Kingdom Come Festival featuring over 20 bands (visit website for complete list)

July 4-6, 2013 – Haynes-Apperson Festival featuring Blue Oyster Cult (Thursday) with special guest Misfit Toys, Here Come the Mummies (Friday) with special guest Shiny Penny, and Night Ranger (Saturday) with special guest the Eric Steckel Band.  VIP tickets are available – info at www.HaynesAppersonFestival.org.

July 20, 2013 – Family Day in the Park featuring Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits with special guest Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Terry Sylvester, formerly of the Hollies.

July 27, 2013 – Cyclefest featuring The Kentucky Headhunters with special guests Roger’s Ritual and the Troy Stone Band. 

August 2-4, 2013 – Weberfest – 3 days of great music.  Friday: Rich Mahan & the Cocktail Heroes with special guests Two Cow Garage, Grifters and Shills, Nashville Regulars, Walker County, and Dicky James and the Blue Flames.  Saturday: The Original Wailers with special guests Jason Skaggs Band, Hannah’s Pocket, Fossil Generation, No Coast, and Rodeo Ruby Love.  Sunday is Kids Day at the Park featuring Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players.  In addition, Food Truck Revolution held Saturday during concerts with several gourmet food trucks on site.

August  10, 2013 – Rhumfest featuring Kokomo’s own Sylvia with many of Rhum Academy of Music’s finest

August 17, 2013 – Taste of Kokomo featuring LoCash Cowboys with special guests Uncle Boozie, Paul Stout Country, Jason Skaggs Band, Rewind, and Inside Out.

August 24, 2013 – Pink Droyd Laser Light Spectacular performing “Dark Side of The Moon” in order followed by their greatest hits with special guest the Pete Flores Band.

Besides outstanding concerts, Kokomo offers unique local dining, shopping, walking trails, parks, interesting museums, tours, recreation, and a full schedule of summer events! Download the Visit Kokomo mobile app or check out our website for fun getaway ideas in Kokomo/Howard County.

Weberfest & Food Truck Fest Coming to Kokomo

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will be the headliner at the 2012 Weberfest in Foster Park

Looking for new ideas for family activities this summer?  Check out Weberfest and Kokomo’s First Food Truck Fest!  Weberfest will feature many great bands and musicians performing at the Kokomo Arts Pavilion in Foster Park, including Shiny Penny and the Critical Shoes, Broken Arrow, The Pummels, David Ralston Band, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, and many others.  Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets!  Concerts will be held Friday, August 3, 2012 from 4:00-11:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.  Foster Park is located in Downtown Kokomo near the intersection of Washington and Superior Streets.  Admission to all concerts is free.

Kokomo’s First Food Truck Fest will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 4:00-10:00 p.m. in Foster Park.  Come hungry and then stay for great music at Weberfest!  For more information on both events or to see a complete line-up of concerts, visit www.KokomoSummerSeries.com.

For more information on events going on in the Kokomo area this year, call 800-837-0971 or check out www.VisitKokomo.org!

Free Summer Concert Series & Festivals Rock Downtown Kokomo (Revised)

Downtown Kokomo will be rockin’ this summer with free concerts throughout the season!  Most performances will take place at the Kokomo Arts Pavilion in Foster Park (located at the corner of Washington & Superior Streets in Downtown.)  All concerts are family-friendly and perfect for a date night or spending time with family or friends.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and even a picnic for a free activity packed with fantastic entertainment.  For more details, visit KokomoSummerSeries.com.

Kokomo Arts Pavilion in Foster Park


Concert headliners include:

June 22, 2012 – Poco with special guest Paul Stout Country (Foster Park)

June 23, 2012 – Kokomo Symphony Summer Fun Concert (Foster Park)

June 28, 2012 – Here Come the Mummies with special guest Shiny Penny and the Critical Shoes (Courthouse Square)

June 29, 2012 – Foghat with special guest Fran Cosmo, former lead singer of Boston (Courthouse Square)

June 30, 2012 – Dennis DeYoung: Music of Styx with special guest InsideOut (Courthouse Square)

July 6, 2012 – An Intimate Evening with Rik Emmett of Triumph with special guest Pete Flores & Friends Local Talent in Concert  (Foster Park)

July 20, 2012 – John Waite with special guest Pink Torpedoes (Foster Park)

July 28, 2012 – Pat Travers Band with special guest Misfit Toys (Foster Park)

August 3-4, 2012 – Weberfest featuring Shiny Penny and the Critical Shoes and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, along with over ten other bands and performers (Foster Park)

August 17, 2012 – Pink Droyd Laser Light Spectacular with special guest Dave DeMaggio (Foster Park)

There are also many unique festivals in Kokomo for visitors to experience this summer.  All ages will enjoy celebrating Kokomo’s automotive heritage with food, arts & crafts, sports, car show, daily cruise-ins, parade, carnival, and live music at the Haynes-Apperson Festival in Downtown Kokomo on June 28-30, 2012.  Also, visit one of Indiana’s largest county fairs at the Howard County 4-H Fair held at the Howard County Fairgrounds on July 9-14, 2012.

Experience the best of Kokomo cuisine at the Taste of Kokomo, an annual favorite in Downtown on August 18, 2012. Sample local food & drinks from hometown restaurants and enjoy live music, food contests, and kid’s activities throughout the event!  Bluegrass lovers will want to mark their calendars for August 24-26, 2012 to attend the Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival in Wildcat Valley (Western Howard County) for a multi-day music festival with bands performing the best in bluegrass throughout the weekend.

For more information about concerts, festivals & events in Kokomo, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or download the Visit Kokomo Mobile App!

Kokomo’s 2012 Summer Concert Series Kicks Off This Weekend During RibFest


The Kokomo Summer Concert Series will kick off this weekend with The Average White Band headlining the concert on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the Kokomo Arts Pavilion in Foster Park.  The Pavilion is located at the corner of Superior and Washington Streets in Downtown Kokomo.  The concert on Saturday will be held in conjunction with Kokomo RibFest, also in Foster Park from 4-11 p.m.   Music starts at 4 p.m.  Admission is free.
Other concerts coming to Kokomo this summer include: Poco with special guest Paul Stout Country (June 22), Here Come the Mummies with special guest Shiny Penny and the Critical Shoes (June 28), Foghat with special guest Fran Cosmo former lead singer of Boston (June 29), Dennis DeYoung: Music of Styx with special guest Inside Out (June 30), An Intimate Evening with Rik Emmett of Triumph (July 6), John Waite (July 20), Pat Travers Band (July 28), Shiny Penny and the Critical Shoes (August 3), Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (August 4), and Pink Droyd Laser Light Spectacular (August 17.)

All concerts throughout the season are free!  For complete details, visit www.KokomoSummerSeries.com.