August Trip Ideas in Kokomo

Kids are starting to go back to school, but there are still plenty of warm summer days left this month.  Check out these Kokomo trip ideas!

1.  Attend the Taste of Kokomo and see David Cook in concert!  Enjoy local cuisine, fun food competitions, kid’s activities, and great live music all evening including  American Idol winner, David Cook.  Admission is FREE!

2. Get a double dip ice cream cone or fro-yo and indulge in one of the simple pleasures of summer!  Check out our website or mobile app to find ice cream shops in Kokomo.

3. Check out a live comedy show at the Laugh House.  Visit www.laughkokomo.com for a list of upcoming shows and ticket prices.

4. Enjoy a picnic in Highland Park or take a walk or bike ride on the trails in Kokomo.  Have kids?  Make it fun by creating a scavenger hunt!  See who can find the most items on your list.

5. Shop for fresh produce and baked goods at the Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market.  Weekly activities also include live music, demonstrations, and kid’s activities.

6. Experience local racing action at the Kokomo Speedway or Kokomo Quarter Midget Racing Club.  (Kokomo Speedway will have fireworks after the race on Sunday, August 31, 2014!)

For more ideas of things to do and great upcoming events, check out our website at www.VisitKokomo.org.  Connect with us on Twitter @VisitKokomo and share your Kokomo summer fun ideas and photos!

 

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.

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.

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!

Don’t Miss All the New Activities at the 2011 Taste of Kokomo

Get your taste buds ready for the Taste of Kokomo!  New features have been added to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever.  Held on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo, the event will run from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2011.  Admission is $3.

The Taste of Kokomo will offer a large selection of a variety of foods from over 30 local restaurants, drinks from Mid America Beverage, and great live music with eight bands playing throughout the night on two different stages.     

The Kid’s Corner will feature kid’s games, inflatables, sand art, crafts, and special appearances by a few superheroes.  In addition, a new Big Top event center will be set up on the corner of Main and Sycamore Streets.  Learn to make your own beer or watch as professionals and amateurs compete for the glory in cooking competitions and mixology.  Here is the schedule of special events and competitions:

10:00 a.m. Backyard Grillmaster Challenge
This event will kick-off the Taste of Kokomo with a barbeque cook-off in Downtown Kokomo.  Cooking teams will fire up the grills at 10 a.m.  People’s Choice voting will be open to the public from 12-3 p.m.  The best in burgers, ribs, and chicken will be announced at 4 p.m.  

4:00 p.m. Chopped Cooking Competition
This is an amateur cooking contest, and entries will be given a “bag” with several cooking ingredients that must be combined to make the best entree. Judges will determine the winner.

5:30 p.m. Homebrew 101 with Half Moon
Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery will bring their brewmaster to the Taste of Kokomo to teach the fine art of making a great beer at home.  Samples will be sold.

7:00 p.m. Throw Down Competition
Two teams of local cooks led by two local professional chefs, JoAnn Rozzi and Angie Martino, will compete in the best of Italy.  “Viva Italia” will have four judges and samples of the great fare will be sold.

9:00 p.m. Mixology Competition
Come down and support your favorite bartender as they compete in speed, accuracy and finesse.  Watch as bartenders make a layered drink called the Kokomo Wildcat Cocktail, made popular by Da Roux House.

Both Hoops on the Square and Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub will each host an afterparty starting at 10 p.m.  Both bars will offer great late night specials and music.

You won’t want to miss this fun annual event!  Plan to bring the entire family to the 2011 Taste of Kokomo!  For more information, call United Way of Howard County at 765-457-6691 or visit their website.

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.