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Annual Events

A year-round schedule of performing, visual and youth arts programs here in Kent, as well as festivals, movies and fun runs.

Performing Arts Series

 

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Spotlight Series
Music, dance, theater and family entertainment are all featured in this stellar program
Occurs annually, September through April 
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Summer Concert Series  

Featuring a wide variety of free, outdoor peformances. 
Occurs annually in July and August at the following locations:
 

Republic Services Wednesday Picnic Performances, 12 noon - 1:00pm, Town Square Plaza, 2nd & Harrison

Thursdays at the Lake, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd Street
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Gallery Programs

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Centennial Center Gallery   

Award winning artists from throughout the Puget Sound region display artwork at the Centennial Center Gallery. Free and open to the public, all ages welcome.
Location: Centennial Center Gallery, 400 W Gowe St, Kent

Gallery Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, closed holidays
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Summer Art Exhibit  

Large group show that features a wide variety of original artwork by Puget Sound area artists. Free and open to the public, all ages welcome.
Applications for this juried show are due in March of each year. 
Occurs annually June through August, with the reception on Wednesday, June 4
 

Location: Centennial Center Gallery, 400 W Gowe St, Kent 

Gallery Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, closed holidays 

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Youth Arts Programs

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Kids' Arts Day - March  

A wide variety of hands-on arts projects makes this a favorite annual event for elementary school children and their families. $10 admission for kids; adults and children 2 years old and younger are free. 
All hands-on projects are free with admission!
 
Occurs annually on the 1st Saturday in March in celebration of Youth Arts Month.
 

2014 Date: Saturday, March 1

Location: Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Avenue North, Kent 

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Student Art Walk - March  

Highlights the creativity of over 450 students from the Kent School District.  Artwork is displayed in twenty downtown Kent businesses and the Centennial Center Gallery.
Occurs annually during the 2nd and 3rd weeks of March, with the reception on the 2nd Friday.
 

2014 Dates: March 10-21
Reception: Friday, March 14, 5-7pm
Cost: Free and open to the public, all ages welcome.

Location: Centennial Center Gallery, Historic Downtown Kent and Kent Station 

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Festivals & Fun Runs


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4th of July Splash  

The Splash takes place on July 4th at scenic Lake Meridian Park from 12 noon until the last firework is lit.
An annual event.
 

2014 Date: Friday, July 4

Cost: Free and open to the public, all ages welcome.

Location: Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd St, Kent 

Transportation: Shuttle buses available from 3 locations 

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Cornucopia Days 5K Fun Run & Walk - July   

Both serious runners and casual walkers enjoy this event!  

Occurs annually in conjunction with the Kent Lions' Cornucopia Days. 

2014 Date: Saturday, July 12

Location: Three Friends Fishing Hole, located at 20025 Russell Road 

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Christmas Rush Fun Run & Walk - December 

Random prize drawings, live music and awards for top 5 finishers in each age group make the Christmas Rush a fun family event. Both the 5k and 10k are certified out and back courses.  Last year, over 1,800 people participated in the event. 
This event occurs annually on the 1st or second 2nd Saturday in December. 

2014 Date: Saturday, December 12
Location: Russell Road Park 24400 Russell Road

Times: 10k @ 9:50 a.m. -and- 5k @ 10:00

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For a full list of Kent activities, please visit the the Kent Community Events Calendar.

Contact: (253) 856-5050, artscommission@kentwa.gov   

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