Strawberry Festival coming Friday, June 7!

Family-friendly set from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Kokomo

Here’s what you can expect at the Strawberry Festival!

Locally made shortcake, ice cream, strawberries and whipped cream piled high in a bowl. What could be better?

Well, enjoying that strawberry shortcake under the sun while listening to live music! And that’s what you’ll find at the Strawberry Festival in beautiful downtown Kokomo. There will be vendors and activities all around the Courthouse Square.

Be sure to also check out Artsapalooza Art Market on North Main Street. You’ll find artists, makers and lots of demonstrations.

Admission is free, and tickets to receive a dessert (Strawberries, Moore’s Pie Shop Shortcake, Glover’s Ice Cream & Whipped Cream) are $7. You can purchase tickets at the event. To avoid the line, you can also purchase your tickets in advance at the following locations:
• First Farmers Bank & Trust locations
• Kokomo-Howard County Public Library’s Main Branch, 200 N. Union St., Kokomo
• Greater Kokomo Downtown Association at Inventrek Tech Park, 700 E. Firmin St., Kokomo

This Greater Kokomo Downtown Association event is sponsored by First Farmers Bank & Trust. 

Fundraising event T-shirts on sale now

One of the community’s most anticipated days of the summer, the Strawberry Festival is a fundraising event that supports the many public spaces and placemaking initiatives in downtown Kokomo.

“More than just a day of fun, this festival serves as a crucial fundraiser for the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization and enhancement of our community’s city center,” said Susan Alexander, manager of downtown initiatives for the Greater Kokomo Alliance.

The festival unveils this year a new addition to its fundraising efforts with the release of its first-ever event T-shirt. Bearing the Strawberry Festival logo, T-shirts will be available in advance and at the event, while supplies last.

Available in sizes small to 3X, shirts are $20 each with all proceeds benefiting the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association. You can also bundle your advance ticket purchase (a $7 value) with a shirt for $25.

Shirts are on sale now during business hours at First Farmers Bank & Trust at 101 W. Sycamore St. and the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association in Suite 102 at Inventrek Tech Park, 700 E. Firmin St.

Get your advance tickets!

Admission to the festival is free but tickets are available for the event’s signature strawberry shortcake desserts! Tickets are $7 and on sale now during business hours at the following locations:

• Any First Farmers Bank & Trust location
• All Kokomo-Howard County Public Library branches
• Greater Kokomo Downtown Association, located in Suite 102 inside Inventrek Tech Park, 700 E. Firmin St., Kokomo

Plan for parking

There’s plenty of free parking in downtown Kokomo! Click here for a map of all the public parking spots!

All the details!

Click the image for a printer-friendly PDF!

What is First Friday?

On 10 First Fridays of the year, the community gathers for this arts-based, open house tour of beautiful downtown Kokomo. We hope you’ll join us!

Each event features a theme with downtown venues catering their activities to the month’s theme.

During each event, visitors to the downtown area will find discounts and activities at shops and restaurants, as well as live music, public art, family-friendly activities and more.

It’s easy to get involved with First Friday!

Opportunities for businesses and organizations throughout the community … not just those located downtown!

On the months with First Friday events, we’ll announce a list of businesses that plan to participate, along with that business’s contact information.

Those wishing to set up downtown may use this list to coordinate a place to set up for the event.  If you’re a vendor that would like to participate but do not have a downtown location, we ask that you coordinate with a downtown business to host your activity. Click here to view a map of downtown Kokomo venues.

2024 First Friday themes announced!

On 10 Fridays in 2024, the community will gather for this arts-based, open house tour of beautiful downtown Kokomo. Each month features a theme with downtown venues catering their activities to the month’s theme. Visitors to the downtown area during the event will find discounts and activities at shops and restaurants, and live music, public art, family-friendly activities & more. The fun of First Friday continues with First Friday After Hours. Dive into the downtown vibe with bars, pubs, live music, and a myriad of entertainment options tailored for adults.
The following will be the themes for the 2024 events:
(Events are 5:30 to 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.)

March 1, 2024 – Hoop it Up!
Hoop it up at First Friday downtown as we partner up with the Kokomo BobKats for all kinds of basketball-related activities!

April 5, 2024 – Eclipse
From light to dark, black to white, join us downtown as we celebrate the coming total eclipse.

May 3, 2024 – Art Walk
Explore the art scene in downtown and engage in artistic activities.

June 7, 2024 – Strawberry Fest (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Summer officially kicks off in downtown Kokomo as thousands come together to enjoy a strawberry shortcake dessert as well as live music, vendors and activities for the whole family. Also, Artsapalooza Art Market returns for its third year.

July 5, 2024 – Freedom Friday
Celebrate Independence Day with patriotic-themed activities.

August 2, 2024– Design Find
A hunt for a variety of designs in architecture and art.

September 6, 2024 – Art Task
Styled after the British comedy game show “Task Master,” take part in wacky art tasks and receive ratings and prizes from station masters.

October 4, 2024 – Masquerade
Get your Halloween costume ready early and enjoy trick-or-treating.

November 1, 2024 – Shop & Stroll
Head downtown for a night of shopping and open houses ahead of the holiday season.

December 6, 2024 – Ugly Sweater
Wear your warmest, ugliest sweater and head downtown for a holiday celebration.