Kokomo Fireworks Rescheduled

Kokomo’s fireworks were postponed due to inclement weather last weekend.  The fireworks show has been rescheduled for Friday, July 8, 2011.  Fireworks will be held after the Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real concert in Foster Park.  Concert will start at 6:30 p.m.  For more information on the summer concert series in Foster Park, visit www.KokomoSummerSeries.com.

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.

Downtown Kokomo is More Vibrant Than Ever

If you haven’t been to Downtown Kokomo lately, you are definitely missing out!  From function and beautification to new retail and restaurants, Downtown Kokomo has undergone a real transformation over the past several months.  

People have been talking about the beautiful flower baskets in Downtown Kokomo for years now.  The hanging baskets lining the streets are so big and overflowing this year, sometimes I wonder how they even stay up on the posts!  They are truly stunning!  Flower-filled bump outs now frame the courthouse square, decorative crosswalks have been added, and new plantings and ground coverings add vibrant color throughout the downtown.  

Kokomo's Courthouse Square

The list of changes does not stop there!  Convenience and function have also improved.  Several stoplights have been taken out and replaced with 4-way stops.  Sycamore and Walnut were converted into 2-way streets, providing ease when traveling in and out of the downtown.  Parking meters have been removed (although 2-hour parking is still enforced.)  In addition, the recently built Kokomo Arts Pavilion in Foster Park has been the venue for many free concerts this summer and fall, giving downtown another great attraction.   

Beautification is not the only change you will see in downtown.  Twelve new businesses have opened since January, including five restaurants and eateries.  Below is the current list with others planning to open soon.   

Al’s Hot Dogs on the Square
Angie Meyers Design Studio
Baja Burritos
BNB Custom Collision Center
Da Roux House
Hoops on the Square
JoTis Accessories
Host Design
Sweet Poppin’s
The Pointy Pencil
The Vault Coffee & Connections
Timeless Pieces & Treasures

Downtown Kokomo is more vibrant than ever.  Make plans to stop, take a walk, dine, and shop during your next visit!  A special thanks to the Kokomo Downtown Association for sharing these great photos taken this summer!

Concerts Continue to Rock in Foster Park

The newly built Kokomo Arts Pavilion in Foster Park has been rockin’ this summer with a variety of free concerts.  The great line-up is not over yet!  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and head to Foster Park (located at the corner of Washington & Superior Streets in Downtown Kokomo) for a wonderful night of music in the park!  Here are the upcoming concerts:

August 28 – Atlanta Rhythm Section in Concert – 7:00 p.m. – Free

September 3 – Fortune Friday Free Family Concert featuring Michael Kelsey (acoustic guitarist & singer) – Free – 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Kids concert at 5:30 p.m.

September 18 – The Tides in Concert – 7:00 p.m. – Free

October 1 – Fortune Friday Free Family Concert featuring the band Rewind – Free – 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Kids concert at 5:30 p.m.

Kokomo Parks Offer Free Family Fun

Summer is a great time to load up the family, grab a picnic lunch, and head outdoors!  Kokomo has a great selection of community and neighborhood parks.  Here are three suggestions for family outdoor recreation in Kokomo. 

Highland Park

Highland Park – 1402 W. Defenbaugh
The sights of this scenic, 80-acre park include “Old Ben” (World’s Largest Steer), the giant Sycamore Stump, Vermont Covered Bridge, and Kokomo Creek.  Plenty of playground and picnic areas make this a great place to spend the day! The park offers tons of shade and is perfect for biking, hiking, and running.  In addition, Kokomo Park Band concerts are held every Wednesday night at 8 pm in Highland Park now through July 28. Admission is always free!  

Foster Park – Located at the corner of Washington & Superior St.
Foster Park is located near downtown Kokomo and is a short walk from Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center.  The Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence also winds through the park and is great for walking, biking, and running.  A variety of free, family concerts are held throughout the summer and fall at the Kokomo Arts Pavilion located in Foster Park.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening in the park!   

Kirkendall Interpretive Nature Center in Jackson Morrow Park

Jackson Morrow Park – 4200 S. Park Rd.
The Kirkendall Interpretive Nature Center and Kokomo Pipeline Skate Park (fun for skateboards, bikes, and blades) are both located in Jackson Morrow Park. The Nature Center offers a variety of programs throughout the summer for kids and is a great place to learn about native Indiana wildlife.  This park also has a 1.3 mile paved walking trail that winds through several wooded areas in the park.  As Kokomo’s largest park, Jackson Morrow offers lots of space for kids to play and run outdoors.

Enjoy a visit to one of Kokomo’s great parks this summer for outdoor recreation and family fun! For more information on all the parks located in Kokomo, call 765-456-7275 or visit the Kokomo Parks & Recreation Department website.