Summer Sun, Family Fun

Summer is a great time to visit Kokomo!  Check out these family fun activities to plan your summer getaway.

Enjoy fun festivals, food, and fantastic live music during the Kokomo Summer Concert Series with great performers and bands all summer long! Upcoming headliners include The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robby Krieger of The Doors, and Hotel California “A Salute to The Eagles.” All concerts are free! See full concert schedule on their website.

Kokomo Municipal Stadium aerial

Hit a “home run” with your family with a visit to Kokomo Municipal Stadium to watch the Kokomo Jackrabbits baseball team. Tickets start at only $8. Themed game nights, giveaways, pre-game festivities, and Kid Zone for youngsters create a fun game-day experience. And best of all, it’s all within walking distance to Kokomo’s revitalized downtown, full of unique dining, shopping, art galleries, and adjacent to beautiful walking and biking trails along the Wildcat Creek!

Want to stay active during your visit? Canoe or kayak in the Kokomo Reservoir or down the Wildcat Creek. Kokomo Canoe & Kayak Rentals offer on-site delivery. Or bike, walk, or run on the Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence or Industrial Heritage Trail. Both trails intersect Downtown Kokomo, and watch for colorful murals painted by local artists!

Kokomo Beach

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. Show off your skills at Kokomo Pipeline Skate Park, a world-class facility in Jackson Morrow Park with 9,800 square feet of concrete – open for boards, bikes, and blades.

Other must-see events this summer include the 2016 Kokomo Air Show on Saturday, July 23, thrilling racing action at Kokomo Speedway, weekly Kokomo Park Band concerts in Highland Park, First Fridays (held year-round) in Downtown, the Cole Porter Classic “Kiss Me, Kate” performed by Kokomo Civic Theatre and Kokomo Symphony Orchestra on August 26-27 at the Kokomo Arts Pavilion, and the new Indiana University Kokomo Union Street Gallery.

For more information on Kokomo, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or download the free Visit Kokomo mobile app.

 

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First Friday Brings Family Fun to Downtown Kokomo!

Enjoy First Friday, a free, self-guided arts tour in Downtown Kokomo, on the first Friday of every month from 5:30-9:00 p.m.  Many downtown businesses offer free activities, treats, music, and local artists.  The event is free and family-friendly!

Themes vary by month.  The theme for February is “Fall in Love Downtown.”  See map and list of activities below.

For more information about First Friday, call 765-457-5301 or visit www.FirstFridayKokomo.com.

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Activities for First Friday on Feb. 7, 2014

Activities for First Friday on Feb. 7, 2014

Trike Wars, Doughnut Throwdown, Music, Fireworks & More during Kokomo’s 2013 New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Got plans for New Year’s Eve?  Come to Downtown Kokomo!  There will be music, fireworks, contests, lighted ball drop, and tons of fun from 10:30 p.m. – Midnight on December 31, 2013.  Admission is free.  Join us Downtown to ring in the New Year!  Visit website for more details.

Kokomo New Year's Eve poster

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!

It’s Howard County Fair time!

Howard County Fair

The Howard County Fairgrounds are once again filled with families enjoying 4-H exhibits and live entertainment, fun amusement rides, and the wonderful smells of delicious fair food.  The Howard County Fair runs July 8-13, 2013.

Highlights include the WWKI/Texaco Country Showdown, Motocross, Demo Derby, Talent Contest, Great Little Bear Show, ITPA Truck Pull, and performances by Aaron Kelly, Cook & Belle, and BritBeat – A Tribute to the Beatles (plus lots of other great live entertainment and demonstrations all week long!)

New this year, The City of Fists Rollergirls will battle it out with the Dire Skates of Richmond during their first roller derby home bout on July 13th at 2 p.m.

For a complete schedule of events all week long, visit www.howardcounty4-hfair.org.

 

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.

Your Guide to Fun Holiday Events & Spectacular Light Displays in Kokomo!

Light Up Your Holiday will feature Santa’s arrival on the train in Downtown Kokomo among many other fun activities for kids of all ages!

Visit Kokomo Indiana for great tours and family-friendly events that will make your family’s holiday season merry and bright!  Christmas at the Seiberling is an annual holiday tradition in Kokomo held at the Seiberling Mansion, beautifully decorated both inside and out!  The Opening Night Ceremony will be held November 24, 2012 from 6-9 pm with Santa visits, carriage rides (by reservation), entertainment, and museum tours.  Christmas at the Seiberling tours will continue throughout the season Tuesday-Sunday from 1-4 pm through December 30th (closed December 24-25.)  Don’t miss this chance to experience the Seiberling Mansion in its full holiday splendor!  This is also a great tour idea for groups of all sizes or a women’s holiday outing.  Admission is $4 for adults & $1 for kids.  Visit website or call (765) 452-4314 for information or to schedule a group tour.

Christmas at the Seiberling tours are sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

If you have kids, make plans now to attend Light Up Your Holiday!  Downtown Kokomo will be bustling with holiday cheer on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 4-7 pm with the arrival of Santa on the train, live reindeer, Christmas stories & crafts, letters to Santa, holiday treats, downtown lights & much more.  Admission is free.  Downtown art galleries and boutiques will also be open for holiday shopping.  Kids of all ages will have a blast at this event!  My son especially enjoyed the live reindeer last year …

Kids can pet a real reindeer during Light Up Your Holiday in Downtown Kokomo!

Enjoy a drive or stroll through several spectacular light displays in the Kokomo area.  These include We Care Park (Kokomo’s largest holiday light display with over 1,000,000 lights and dozens of animated displays), Highland Park and Pioneer Village at the Howard County Fairgrounds.  Most light displays will be open nightly starting Thanksgiving weekend.
Take a step back in time and enjoy A Country Christmas at Easy Acre Farm. Visit Santa, see his sleigh, and meet live reindeer from 1-4 pm on December 15-16 & 22-23, 2012.  Located at 3347 East 50 North (less than 2 miles east of Kokomo), Easy Acre Farm has several fun family-friendly events throughout the year and boasts their farm attraction as agri-tainment!  This is a great opportunity to visit a local farm and learn about history and old-fashioned values.  Visit their website for more details.

All ages will enjoy the annual light display at We Care Park!

Enjoy theater and music?  Here are a few more ideas to enjoy the holiday season!  Kokomo Civic Theatre will present the heart-warming musical “The Gifts of the Magi” on November 30 – December 2, 2012 at IU Kokomo Havens Auditorium.  Performances will be held Fri. & Sat. 8 pm and Sun. 2 pm.  Visit their website for ticket information.  The  We Care Christmas Concert will be held on November 16, 2012 at IU Kokomo Havens Auditorium at 7 pm.  Concert will feature several local musicians and performers, and admission is $2.  Also, don’t miss the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra Youth Winter Concert.  KSO Youth will perform at Grace United Methodist Church in Kokomo at 7:30 pm on December 14, 2012.
In between holiday baking, shopping, decorating, and gift wrapping, we hope you take some time to enjoy this holiday season with your family and friends!  For more information on special events, tours, shopping & dining in Kokomo, visit our website at www.VisitKokomo.org or download the Visit Kokomo Mobile App, available on both Apple & Android phones and devices.  Happy Holidays from the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau!