Hit a Home Run with Family Fun this Summer in Kokomo!

This summer is the perfect time to discover all the new and fun, family-friendly activities Kokomo has to offer!

Kokomo’s 2015 Summer Concert Series kicked off last weekend at the Kokomo Arts Pavilion in Downtown’s Foster Park. Enjoy fun festivals and fantastic live music with great performers and bands all summer long!  All concerts are free and family-friendly. Summer headliners include:

June 27 –  The Rat Pack is Back! live from Las Vegas with the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra
July 2-4 – Haynes-Apperson Festival with parade, food, car shows, fireworks, and concerts featuring Pink Droyd with Laser Light Spectacular (July 2), Bret Michaels (July 3), and Here Come the Mummies (July 4)
July 25 – The Mark Farner Band
August 1 – Rhumfest featuring David Cook
August 8 – Weberfest featuring MiniKiss
August 15 – Taste of Kokomo featuring Danny Seraphine, Bill Champlin & CTA
September 25 – Octoberfest featuring The Lovin’ Spoonful on their 50th Anniversary Tour

Kokomo Jackrabbits game

The Kokomo Jackrabbits (named after the Apperson Jack Rabbit, an early automobile manufactured in Kokomo in 1907) play their inaugural season of baseball this summer at the city’s new Kokomo Municipal Stadium. Post-game fireworks, themed game nights, pre-game festivities, Kid Zone for youngsters, and strong community partnerships create a fun game-day experience.  And best of all, the Jackrabbits’ home turf is within walking distance to Kokomo’s revitalized downtown, full of unique dining, shopping, and entertainment options, and adjacent to beautiful walking and biking trails along the Wildcat Creek!  For ticket information, visit www.KokomoJackrabbits.com.

Plan to check out Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center, the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer afternoon, with its large leisure pool, high energy water slides, splash pad, kiddie slides, and relaxing lazy river.

Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center

Other must-see events this summer include Kokomo Wings and Wheels Air & Car Show on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Kokomo Municipal Airport, thrilling racing action at Kokomo Speedway, Kokomo Automotive Museum’s new exhibit “The Life and Times of the Ford Thunderbird” on display through October 9, 2015, and First Fridays, held year-round in Downtown Kokomo.

Love history?  Check out the Elwood Haynes Museum, Seiberling Mansion, and Kokomo Opalescent Glass (with glass factory tours offered at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.)

For more information on Kokomo or to see a full list of summer events, visit our website or download the free Visit Kokomo mobile app!

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Plan a Summer Getaway to Kokomo!

Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center

Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center

 

Kokomo is a short drive for a fun (and very affordable) family-friendly weekend getaway.

Spend the day enjoying high-energy water slides, riding on the lazy river, playing in the splash pad, and swimming at Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center.  Admission is only $5 for adults and $4 for youth (ages 2-11.)

For a local experience, make sure you visit one of Kokomo’s local restaurants. Several are located Downtown in unique, historic buildings!  These include The DistrictFoxes TrailCook McDoogal’s Irish PubDrakes Bar & GrillPepperwhistle Bakery & CafeMain Street Cafe, and Jamie’s Soda Fountain.

Learn more about Kokomo’s rich history at the Elwood Haynes Museum, Seiberling Mansion, Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory, or Kokomo Auto Museum.  Or explore the Historic Downtown Architecture Walking Tour!

Elwood Haynes Museum

Elwood Haynes Museum

Check out fun-filled festivals and the Summer Concert Series at the Kokomo Arts Pavilion in Downtown’s Foster Park.  Enjoy FREE admission to all concerts and festivals!  Many genres are represented with a great line-up of talented musicians and well-known bands, including rock, country, and blues.  For a list of all concerts this summer, go to www.KokomoSummerSeries.com. Upcoming festivals include:

Haynes-Apperson Festival – July 3-5, 2014
Parade, car show & cruise-ins, food, fireworks, rides, and concerts featuring Molly Hatchet, Here Come the Mummies, and 38 Special.  To see a full schedule of events, visit their website at www.haynesappersonfestival.org.

WeberFest – August 2, 2014
Food, medieval festival, and afternoon KidsFest.  Evening concerts will feature Cracker along with several opening bands.

Taste of Kokomo – August 16, 2014
Enjoy the tastes of local Kokomo cuisine from over 30 restaurants, beer garden, food competitions, kid’s activities, and concerts featuring American Idol winner David Cook.

While visiting Downtown, take time to explore local shops and trails.  The Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence and Industrial Heritage Trail are perfect for walking, running, and biking.  Don’t miss the colorful murals created by local artisans located along the trails and throughout Downtown!

Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence

Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence

Love comedy?  Laugh House Kokomo just opened this month bringing premium, live comedy to Downtown Kokomo.  Upcoming summer shows include Donnie Baker, Steve-O, and Jamie Kennedy. Visit their website for ticket information.

To plan your summer getaway, call the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or download the free Visit Kokomo mobile app!

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.

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.