Hoop it Up in downtown Kokomo!

Hoop it up at First Friday downtown as we partner up with the Kokomo BobKats for all kinds of basketball-related activities!

Lace up your sneakers and head downtown on Friday, March 1 for First Friday’s Hoop It Up! event.

As the Kokomo Bobkats’ countdown to their season tip-off on Sunday, March 3, they’ll be all around downtown during First Friday to meet fans and build excitement and momentum for their 2024 season. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, find players at several downtown venues to shoot some hoops, take part in dribbling experiences and learn new passes. Players will also be available for autographs and have game tickets to hand out to children.

Also, team mascot Fudge will be on hand to host a drawing competition and the Bobkats’ dance team will be offering some dance instruction. Details of all planned activities for March 1 will be released as they become available at firstfridaykokomo.com or @FirstFridayKokomo on Facebook.

The Hoop It Up! event is the inaugural First Friday for 2024, a year that is bringing some exciting changes to the series. Starting with the March event, the fun of First Friday will now continue after the family-friendly portion of the evening with First Friday After Hours. Starting at 8 p.m., dive into the downtown nightlife with bars, pubs, live music, and a myriad of entertainment options tailored for adults.

See the map below for all planned activities!
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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.

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.