Design Find coming Friday, August 2!

Family-friendly set from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in downtown Kokomo

Solve an artistic mystery!

The sixth First Friday of 2024 is set for 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 2 in downtown Kokomo. August’s First Friday will be themed around the diverse architectural and artistic designs downtown.

The main activity surrounding August’s First Friday is a special scavenger hunt based on art and architecture in or around some of downtown local businesses.

The story of the scavenger hunt revolves around Detective Cynthia Firsts, a master of solving artistic mysteries. While on her travels across Indiana, she made a stop in downtown Kokomo because she received a mysterious message from a fellow artist. However, the artist left the message blank and hid letter clues in different artistic and architectural designs throughout downtown. Detective Firsts realized this was not a mystery she could solve alone, so she is asking YOU to uncover the mystery message! You can find clues and locations on the First Friday map.

Here’s what you can expect on First Fridays!

Every First Friday is themed to either an upcoming holiday or special occasion, or the strong and growing art scene in Kokomo.

Expect to see some of your favorite downtown businesses open past their regular business hours giving casual open houses to highlight what they do and how they serve the community. Businesses such as restaurants and shops might give out special discounts or have sales in honor of First Friday.

You might even see some of our local artists and crafters displaying and selling their artworks and creations. You can find them all over downtown and at some of the downtown art venues and galleries.

This year, First Fridays are including First Friday After Hours which begin after 8 p.m. Experience the night life of downtown Kokomo with bars, pubs live music, and exciting happenings designed for the adult crowd. First Friday After Hours is a great way to celebrate the end of a long work week.

Announce Plans for Businesses

Announce your plans for this and upcoming First Fridays! Fill out the form here.

Plan for parking

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

Download a Map

Each month, a new map will be created corresponding to the month’s themes. When the map is updated, it will be here for you to download. Stay tuned!

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.