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!

Summer’s official kick-off in Kokomo, the 2024 Strawberry Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 7, in downtown Kokomo. And nothing says summer like strawberries and whipped cream piled high atop local shortcake and ice cream.

And enjoying that strawberry dessert basking in the sun while listening to live local music is even better. And that’s what you’ll find at the 2024 Strawberry Festival & Artsapalooza Arts Market.

Presented by the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association and sponsored by First Farmers Bank & Trust, the event will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to the event is free, but tickets for the strawberry desserts are just $7. The festival’s featured desserts will be served until 7 p.m. or while supplies last. But, as always, there will be plenty of supply. This year, organizers have ordered nearly 3,500 pounds of Moore’s Pie Shop strawberries, 6,500 pieces of Tastefully Indiana shortcake, 300 gallons of Scoops ice cream and 350 cans of Meijer whipped cream to meet the festival’s growing demand.

But don’t fill up on strawberry dessert! You’ll want to leave some room for lunch. The annual festival continues to grow, again this year setting a record with more than 140 food trucks and vendors set to take part in the event. The festival will encircle the Courthouse Square and extend one block south on Buckeye Street. Also, Artsapalooza Arts Market will stretch from Walnut to Mulberry on North Main Street. The arts market will feature 29 vendors this year.

In years past, the festival has attracted around 10,000 guests during the day-long event. Organizers anticipate a similar turnout this year.

“The Strawberry Festival is a much-loved summer tradition in Kokomo, drawings thousands from near and far,” said Susan Alexander, manager of downtown initiatives for the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance. “Not only is this a great day for the community to come together, it’s a catalyst for pushing forward our public art initiatives.”

Festive attire has also been a part of the festival, with many donning strawberry-themed apparel. But, this year, festival organizers are making it official and have appointed a Strawberry Festival Knight. A festival committee member and owner of a pink suit covered in strawberries, Alec Downing will parade the festival grounds looking for guests wearing their best strawberry-themed attire. When he identifies an exemplary Strawberry Fest outfit, he will anoint the festivalgoer with a sash bestowing upon them the honor of being “2024 Strawberry Fest Royalty.”

This year’s event includes 16 food trucks, and alcoholic beverages will be available from The Coterie, Sun King Brewery, Whyte Horse Winery and Booze Buggy.

Also setting records will be the amount of free family-friendly activities planned for this year’s event. Back this year will be the Tiny Tots Motorcycle Adventure presented by ABATE of Howard County. Kids can enjoy the adventure of riding a motorcycle around a small course. Also, be sure to check out Morning Side Church’s bouncy house, pool noodle public art station, Mental Health America’s Say Something Nice station, the Kokomo Park Band’s 16-piece Street Fair Band, Kokomo Men of Note, Banner Flower House arrangement demonstrations and much more.

Sound of Music will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. followed immediately by a performance from Johnny & The Remotes.

At the corner of Main and Sycamore streets, there will be live music throughout the day and evening on the Rhum Academy Stage, with Lineage headlining at 7:30 p.m. The full line-up includes:

  • 11 a.m.: Festival welcome and national anthem
  • 11:05-11:55 a.m.: Sami and James Lightsey
  • Noon-12:30 p.m.: Zion, Darren and Darnell Smith
  • 12:30-1 p.m.: Tim Edwards
  • 1-1:30 p.m.: Averie Stone
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Jewel Jasay with Shayden, Aerie and Vivian
  • 3-3:30 p.m.: Kristen Flowers Band
  • 3:30-4 p.m.: Ione Wallsmith
  • 4-4:20 p.m.: Jen Bird
  • 4:20-4:40 p.m.: Arden Brittain
  • 4:40-5:10 p.m.: Bekah Cripe
  • 5:20-5:50 p.m.: Kokomo Park Band Street Fair Band
  • 5:55-6:20 p.m.: Erin Soutar
  • 6:25-7:15 p.m.: Student bands

Community Howard Regional Health will have its CareMobile parked on the square to serve as a feeding and changing station for parents and babies. They will also offer hands-on CPR training.

At the corner of Sycamore and Buckeye streets, the Kokomo Fire Department will have a 1935 Aherns-Fox antique fire truck for kids to sit on and take selfies.

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are on sale now during business hours at any First Farmers Bank & Trust location, all Kokomo-Howard County Public Library branches and at the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association, located in Suite 102 inside Inventrek Tech Park, 700 E. Firmin St., Kokomo.

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

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!

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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. 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. Click here to purchase a bundle.

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.

Everything you’ll find at the 2024 Strawberry Festival!

  • ABATE of Indiana
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana
  • Amazing Grace Mission
  • Amos Exteriors
  • Aperion Care Kokomo
  • Aqua Otter
  • Artic Oozie
  • Ascension St. Vincent Kokomo
  • AT&T
  • B & A Customs
  • Banner Flower House
  • Bath Experts, LLC
  • BBarts
  • Beverly Ann’s Cookies
  • Beverly M
  • Big Marie’s Tasty Treats
  • Blue.Hued.Rose
  • Bona Vista Programs
  • Boost mobile
  • Booze Buggy Mobile Bar
  • BoxDrop Mattress & Furniture of Kokomo
  • Cami’s Cookies
  • Carver Community Center
  • Catt’s Crafts
  • Community First Bank of Indiana
  • Community Howard Regional Health
  • Country Chicks Country Crafts
  • Country Corner Creations
  • Country Fun Freeze
  • Cousins Roasted Nuts
  • Crafty Sisters
  • Creative Designs by Karynn
  • Creative Prints Co.
  • CrossFit Kokomo
  • Culligan of Kokomo
  • Dad Signs
  • Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream
  • Dragonwood LLC
  • Duncans Kettle Corn and Lemonade
  • Etta’s Gooey Goodies
  • Everdry Waterproofing
  • Fierce Yoga
  • Financial Builders
  • Financial Center First Credit Union
  • Firehouse Squeezers
  • First Farmers Bank and Trust
  • Franklin ClayWorks
  • Georgia’s Kitchen
  • Gifts Unlimited
  • Giovanni’s Sweet Italian Ice
  • Glamour & Grace Boutique
  • Gram & Pap’s Sweet Treats
  • Greater Kokomo Downtown Association
  • Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau
  • Habitat for Humanity of the Kokomo Community
  • Hawg Heaven
  • Henna Forte
  • HNTB Corporation
  • Holly Osburn Art
  • HomeTeam Ice Cream
  • Hot Lips by Nena Just Kiss & Makeup
  • HotBox Pizza
  • Howard County Democratic Party
  • Howard County Historical Society
  • Imagin3d Printing LLC
  • Indiana American Water
  • Indiana Spine Group
  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Jazlyn’s Home Essentials
  • Jemmas Snuggle Buddies
  • Jessica Rhum Art
  • KCOLBERT Artworks
  • Kidz Stuff
  • Kokomo CEO Program
  • Kokomo Symphonic Society
  • Kokomo-Howard County Public Library
  • Kona Ice of Midwest Indiana
  • Kra-Z Donuts
  • Ladies in Thread
  • Lady V’s Closet
  • Littles Bow Co.
  • LJ Stone Co.
  • Lunar Kitty Crystals
  • Mama Karen’s
  • Mental Health America Wabash Valley Region
  • Merrifield Exteriors
  • Morning Star Church
  • Nana’s Gnomes
  • Ojo Weave n Wigs
  • Olde Tyme Poppin Korn
  • Olive Tree Boutique
  • Paparazzi Jewelry
  • Patsy’s Pretties
  • Paw of Doody
  • Pray on the First
  • Purple Phoenix Jewelry
  • Renewal by Andersen
  • Rhum Academy of Music
  • Rise & Grind Donuts
  • Rocks Unlimited and More
  • Sabby Studio
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sandra Villafana Designs
  • Scarlet Heart Emporium
  • Schooley’s Hots & Brats
  • SeeSister
  • Sense-Ability Creations
  • Sho-Pro of Indiana
  • Simply Dacey
  • Simply Tasty Jam & Goods
  • Sips & Co
  • Slay Clay Earrings
  • Sound of Music
  • Sparkle Me Sweet Cotton Candy
  • Stamper Concessions LLC
  • StarPlus Energy LLC
  • Still Smokin BBQ & Seafood
  • Sun King Kokomo
  • Sunshine and Water Plant Bar
  • Superior Bath System
  • Tastydawg LLC
  • Team Russell Designs
  • Teresa’s Creations
  • The Adequate witch
  • The Coterie
  • The Filling Station
  • The Local Catering Co.
  • The Prickly Lotus
  • The Vintage Pearl
  • T-Mobile
  • Torsten & Harvester
  • Travelin’ Tom’s Coffee of Lafayette
  • Unique Home Solutions
  • United Way Serving Howard and Tipton Counties
  • Wellbrooke of Kokomo
  • Wesson’s Canine Bakery
  • Whyte Horse Winery & Bistro
  • ZAIKA Indian Cuisine

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.