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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Kokomo on FOX59’s “Your Town Friday”

Photo Credit: FOX59

Photo Credit: FOX59

FOX59’s Kristin Kane and Scott Jones came to Kokomo today for their Your Town Friday segment.  In case you missed it, a recap of their visit and videos can be seen at: http://fox59.com/2014/08/15/your-town-friday-heads-up-to-kokomo/.

Three great local businesses were highlighted, including Kokomo Opalescent Glass, Martino’s Italian Villa, and Kokomo Toys & Collectibles.  They also previewed the Taste of Kokomo, one of Kokomo’s largest events featuring lots of great local food, live music, kid’s activities, and fun food contests and competitions (like the Hot Wing Eating Contest and Taco Throwdown!)  Benefiting the United Way of Howard County, the Taste of Kokomo will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 5:00-10:30 p.m. in Downtown’s Foster Park.  Admission is free.

Thanks FOX59 for making Kokomo “Your Town Friday!”

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 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. 

Visit Strawberry Festival For Family Fun!

The Greater Kokomo Downtown Association’s Annual Strawberry Festival will be held on Main Street in Downtown Kokomo on Thursday, June 2, 2011.  From 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (or while quantities last) enjoy delicious strawberry shortcakes made with Amish-baked shortcake and topped with vanilla ice cream, sweet strawberries, and whipped cream donated by Meijer of Kokomo.

2010 Strawberry Festival in Downtown Kokomo

New to the festival this year, McDonalds® of Central Indiana will be providing samples of their new Frozen Strawberry Lemonade.  Also, kids will enjoy a fun show presented by Ronald McDonald® starting at noon.  In addition, free activities and crafts will be offered during the festival at Planet Mind, 108 N. Main St. and Angie Meyers Design Studio, 104 W. Walnut St. (kids must be accompanied by an adult.) 

Live music by Rhum Academy of Music will be featured from 1:30-3:00 p.m.  Make plans now to attend Strawberry Festival with friends, family, or co-workers for a sweet start to the summer festival season in Downtown Kokomo!  For more information, call 765-457-5301.

2010 Kokomo Summer Festivals

Visit Kokomo to get your fill of food, music, fireworks, and great family fun at one of our fantastic summer festivals!  Starting this weekend with the Western Days Festival, enjoy non-stop fun throughout the summer festival season in Kokomo and Howard County.  I can hardly wait for my first elephant ear and lemon shake-up!  Here is a preview of the festival line-up this summer.

Western Days Festival – June 4-6
Downtown Russiaville (8 miles west of Kokomo)
Hours: Fri. 3-11 pm, Sat. 9 am – 11 pm & Sun. 11 am – 5 pm
Celebrating 150 years of the “Pony Express”, this annual festival has it all — craft vendors, tons of festival food, car show, parade, antique tractor show, carnival rides, demonstrations, live music, contests, and fireworks.

Kokomo RibFEST

Kokomo RibFEST – June 12
Downtown Kokomo – 4:00 pm – Midnight
Even the largest appetite is no match for the endless variety of ribs, pulled pork, and other great food offered during RibFEST!  Live music, kid’s activities, a beer garden, and contests will also fill the evening.

Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show

Haynes-Apperson Festival – July 1-3
Downtown Kokomo
Hours: Thurs & Fri. 5-11 pm and Sat. Noon – Midnight
This annual festival celebrates Kokomo’s proud automotive heritage and as the Home of America’s First Car (invented by Elwood Haynes in 1894.)  Enjoy car shows, food, crafts, carnival rides, fantastic bands, sports tournaments, large parade, and fireworks!  Some of the entertainers this year include LoverBoy, Amanda Overmyer, Wang Chung, LoCash Cowboys, and the Joe Cameron Band.

Howard County Fair – July 12-17
Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown
Festival-goers will get their fill of food, great music, carnival rides, vendors, 4-H animals & exhibits, stunt driving entertainment, antique tractors, Pioneer Village demonstrations & much more.  Visit their website for a full schedule of events!

Taste of Kokomo

The Taste of Kokomo – August 21
Downtown Kokomo – 5:00-11:00 pm
Great food is the highlight of this popular festival!  Kokomo restaurants will feature a variety of local specialties, including appetizers, entrees, and desserts!  A variety of bands will perform throughout the night.  A beer garden and kid’s activities will also be offered.  A great way to try a little taste of it all!

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