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We want you to enjoy exploring and discovering Kent as much as we do, so in addition to our VisitKent.com website, we'll post regular updates on upcoming events, attractions and news, and we'll introduce you to local people and businesses. Visit our blog often so you can stay up-to-date on what's happening in Kent now!
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Enjoy the Public Art Throughout Kent

Whether you are a frequent visitor to Kent or a resident, you’ll see a lot of public art throughout the city – downtown Kent, East Hill, West Hill and the Kent Valley.
September 29th, 2016
Whether you are a frequent visitor to Kent or a resident, you’ll see a lot of public art throughout the city – downtown Kent, East Hill, West Hill and the Kent Valley. In fact, we pride ourselves on the beauty of our city and enhancing it with work from local artists. Here are a few notable examples you’ll want to put on your "must see" list during your next visit to Kent, Washington. Enjoy!

Enjoy Fall Colors at Soos Creek Botanical Garden Red Barn Event

See fall colors and learn about seasonal birds firsthand at Soos Creek Botanical Garden’s Red Barn Event in Kent WA on Wednesday, Sept. 21
September 27th, 2016


Fall is such a beautiful time of year, particularly in Kent, Washington. Ideal for Outdoor Enthusiasts, Kent has a mild climate with temperatures in the 60s and 70s and our leaves change color early in the season. See fall colors and learn about seasonal birds firsthand at Soos Creek Botanical Garden’s Red Barn Event on Wednesday, Sept. 21 (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM).

Photographer Jay Galvin, a Washington native, will uncover what seasonal birds and fall colors he’s seen at the Soos Creek Botanical Garden and explain how we can help these beautiful birds have a safe journey to their winter destinations.

Soos Creek Botanical Garden is also hosting their annual plant sale on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 AM to 4 PM each day. Guests can purchase a growing selection of perennials, trees and shrubs propagated at the garden.

The WHL Seattle Thunderbirds Return to the Ice

The Seattle Thunderbirds, the 2015-16 WHL Western Conference Champions, are returning to the ice for the 2016-17 pre-season at ShoWare Center in Kent WA The T-Birds return to the ice for the 2016-17 pre-season at ShoWare Center in Kent.
September 22nd, 2016




Are you ready for some hockey, Sports Nuts? The Seattle Thunderbirds, the 2015-16 WHL Western Conference Champions, are ready for you.

The T-Birds return to the ice for the 2016-17 pre-season at ShoWare Center in Kent. They face off against the Everett Silvertips in pre-season play on Friday, September 16.

Their Home Season opener against the Portland Winterhawks is Saturday, October 1 at ShoWare. Immediately before the game which starts at 7:05 PM, the T-Birds will host a Party on the Plaza with food, music and beer garden (21+ only) and more!

Single game tickets and season tickets are on sale now. Buy tickets and download the 2016-17 Seattle Thunderbirds hockey schedule at SeattleThunderbirds.com.

Coming to Kent for the game but don’t want to drive home after the game? Check out some of Kent’s hotels, conveniently located within miles of ShoWare Center. Visit our Stay page for suggestions.

Try the New Restaurants in Kent

Here are some of the newest restaurants, taverns, and tap rooms in Kent, WA for visiting foodies to try.
September 20th, 2016
Kent is growing and, as a result, we’ve got some new hot spots for Kent visitors to try. Here are a few of the newest restaurants, taverns and tap rooms for visiting Foodies to try:

Macrina Bakery

Founded in Seattle in 1993, Macrina Bakery (19215 66th Ave. S., Kent) has moved its production facility to the Kent Valley. Along with baking the deliciously fresh breads and pastries Macrina is known for, Macina also opened a café, open weekdays from 6 AM to 3 PM. Visitors can enjoy a tasty treat off the breakfast menu like a brioche egg sandwich, café quiche or a dill scone with cream cheese, or stop by for lunch out on the patio with a carne salad, demi baguette sandwich or three-cheese macaroni with turkey.

Scotch and Vine
at Riverbend Golf Complex 

Scotch and Vine opened its original restaurant in Des Moines, but has since expanded to serve golfers and guests at the Riverbend Golf Complex (2019 W. Meeker St., Kent) just outside of downtown Kent. Serving new American cuisine and a selection of whiskey and wine, the restaurant is open daily from 11 AM to 9 PM for lunch and dinner. We recommend the bacon cheeseburger and fries or the beef and bleu salad.

Airways Brewery


Airways original Tap Room opened in Kent in March 2010, but quickly expanded to include a bistro in downtown Kent. Airways has grown again, replacing its original Brewery and Tap Room with a spacious new location at 8611 S. 212th St. in the Kent Valley. Airways serves its own craft beers. Though it doesn’t serve food, guests are welcome to bring in food from surrounding Kent restaurants and food trucks. Airways is debuting a few new brews, so this is a great time to sample their offerings: Jumbo Juice IPA and Mosaic Pale.

Togo’s

If you think you know a great sandwich, Togo’s will make you think again with its West Coast Original sandwiches. Located at Kent Station (438 Ramsay Way, Ste. 111, Kent), Togo’s has a variety of hearty sandwiches (hot, cold or toasted), signature sandwiches, veggies, salads, salad wraps, sandwich wraps, soups and sides. Open daily, 10 AM to 8 PM. Togo’s Kent location offers delivery, catering, free WiFi and an outdoor patio.

Maestro IIaiyaraaja Comes to Kent Sept. 14

Hosted by ShoWare Center, Kalalaya is proud to present Maestro Padma Bhushan IIaiyaraaja, India’s most famous music director, in Kent on Wed., Sept. 14 at 7 PM.
September 15th, 2016
Hosted by ShoWare Center, Kalalaya is proud to present Maestro Padma Bhushan IIaiyaraaja, India’s most famous music director, in Kent on Wed., Sept. 14 at 7 PM. Visiting for the first time, Maestro IIaiyaraaja will conduct a live concert in Tamil and Telugu. He is coming with popular cine singers and more than 50 artists from Symphony Orchestra.

He will be here for one show only, so get your tickets today! Tickets start at $39. VIP tickets are available and include a "meet and greet" with select performers. Doors open at 6 PM, but we encourage you to come early and enjoy dinner in beautiful downtown Kent. Visit our Dining page for dozens of options.


Celebrate Kent Pride at South King County Pride Bingo

To kick off South King Country Pride weekend, volunteers are hosting South King County Pride Bingo to benefit Kent Youth and Family Services who will use the proceeds to expand its LGBT counseling program.
September 13th, 2016
Seattle celebrates Pride month in June, but in Kent and South King County, we celebrate Pride in September. To kick off South King Country Pride weekend, volunteers are hosting South King County Pride Bingo to benefit Kent Youth and Family Services who will use the proceeds to expand its LGBT counseling program.

South King Country Pride Bingo
Friday, Sept. 9, 6 – 9 PM
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 E. Smith St., Kent, WA 98030

Come to Kent to help us celebrate South King County Pride weekend and enjoy laughs, food, drinks and fun while making a difference in the lives of vulnerable youth in South King County. Kent is proud of our diversity, and we welcome people of all backgrounds.


Great Family Fun at the Washington State Fair: Sept. 2-25

If you are a family fun seeker, you can’t miss the Washington State Fair in Puyallup from Sept. 2 through Sept. 25 (except Tuesdays).
September 8th, 2016
If you are a family fun seeker, you can’t miss the Washington State Fair in Puyallup from Sept. 2 through Sept. 25 (except Tuesdays). Just a 20-minute drive from Kent on Hwy. 167, you are in for a great day of fun in the warm fall sun. Here are a few of the activities and attractions at this wildly popular state fair:


  •  Columbia Bank Concert Series with stars including Kid Rock, Tim McGraw, Smash Mouth, Alan Jackson, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy and more!
  •  Rodeo
  • Attractions

    • Discover the Dinosaurs
    • Big Washington Meet & Greet
    • Beer Haven
    • Timber Gulch
    • SuperHero Headquarters

  •  Free Music and Shows
  •  Midway Rides and SillyVille Kids’ Rides
  •  Animals including Piglet Palace, Fair Farm and Draft Horses
  •  Arts and Culture
  •  Activities just for kids

    • SillyVille
    • Tractor Tracks
    • Cowboy Boot Camp
    • Wool Riders Only

  •  Interactive Fun
  •  Shopping
  •  Contests
  •  Fair exhibits


And, of course, there will be great fair food which is always a treat! There is so much to see and do at the Washington State Fair that you might want to make a weekend of it. Book a hotel in Kent and drive to the fair from here. We’ve got clean, comfortable, affordable family-friendly hotels eager to welcome you to Kent!

Back-to-School Shopping in Kent

Do all your back-to-school shopping in Kent!
September 6th, 2016
Whether your kids have gone back to school already or will start soon, they undoubtedly need extra clothes, shoes, backpacks and school supplies – including household items and furnishings for their dorm rooms. We’ve got it covered.

Do all your back-to-school shopping in Kent!



Big 5 Sporting Goods

Claire’s (Kent Station)

Costco (in Covington, just minutes from Kent)

Fred Meyer (2 stores in Kent, 1 in Covington)

IKEA (in Renton, 10 minutes from Kent)

Kent Station

Kohl’s
(in Covington, just minutes from Kent)

Office Depot (in Covington, just minutes from Kent)

The Outlet Collection
(in Auburn, 15 minutes from Kent)

Payless ShoeSource (Kent and Covington)

PriceCo

Ross

Southcenter Mall (in Tukwila, 10 minutes from Kent)

Staples


Target

T.J. Maxx

Zumiez

Get Away to Kent this Labor Day

Kent has so much to see and do that it is hard to do it all in one day, but it is perfect for a long weekend like the upcoming Labor Day weekend!
August 18th, 2016
Kent has so much to see and do that it is hard to do it all in one day, but it is perfect for a long weekend like the upcoming Labor Day weekend! Come for an event, stay to shop and dine, and visit our great parks, museums and other attractions. There is always something to do in Kent, and it is always more fun when you stay overnight.

We recommend the following Kent hotels for your next stay:

Hampton Inn & Suites
Best Western Plaza by the Green
Comfort Inn
Ramada Inn
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
Marriott TownePlace Suites
Red Lion Inn & Suites Hotel

Whether you are looking for a family-friendly hotel or accommodations for extending your next business trip, Kent has the right hotel for your needs and budget. Visit our Stay page for details including contact information.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Featured Park: Wilson Playfields

Located on Kent’s East Hill, Sports Nuts will LOVE the Wilson Playfields Sports Complex (13028 SE 251st St., Kent, Washington), the perfect place for baseball, softball or soccer for daytime or nighttime games.
August 16th, 2016
Located on Kent’s East Hill, Sports Nuts will LOVE the Wilson Playfields Sports Complex (13028 SE 251st St., Kent, Washington), the perfect place for baseball, softball or soccer for daytime or nighttime games. The synthetic turf is almost new, replaced in the summer of 2014. Other amenities at Wilson Playfields include:

•    3 baseball/softball fields
•    3 soccer fields
•    3 flag football fields
•    Lacrosse
•    Field lights for nighttime games
•    Bleachers
•    270 parking stalls, including disabled parking access
•    Restrooms with picnic shelters and tables
•    Drinking fountains
•    Public art
•    Playground

To learn more about the Sports Complex, click here, or to schedule your teams’ games, click here.



Kent Downtown Partnership Events: Golf Tournament and Hawktoberfest

If you love car shows or the Seattle Seahawks, you’ll love KDP’s annual Hawktoberfest held in downtown Kent on Meeker Street between First and Fourth Avenues. Wilson the Pony will make a special appearance. There will also be a live DJ, kids’ activities,
August 11th, 2016


Kent Downtown Partnership is rustling up some fun events next month, ideal for Sports Nuts and Outdoor Enthusiasts.

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016
Kent Downtown Partnership Golf Tournament
$100 per golfer, teams of 4

Games, Prizes, Raffles and a Dinner Catered by Down Home Catering

Hole-in-one prize is a chance to win a 2017 Ford Truck for two years from Bowen Scarff Ford Lincoln.
First Prize: $100 gift card to Riverbend Pro Shop per player on the winning team
Second Prize Team: $75 gift card to Riverbend Pro Shop per player on the winning team
Third Prize: gift card to Riverbend Pro Shop per player on the winning team

Proceeds will help support Kent Downtown Partnership and downtown Kent. More details here.


Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
Annual HAWKtoberfest Car Show
11 AM – 3 PM
Downtown Kent
Free to the Public

If you love car shows or the Seattle Seahawks, you’ll love KDP’s annual Hawktoberfest held in downtown Kent on Meeker Street between First and Fourth Avenues. Wilson the Pony will make a special appearance. There will also be a live DJ, kids’ activities, surprises and more.

Come discover downtown Kent at this fun, free family event! Interested in entering a car decorated for everyone’s favorite football team? Vehicle registration is $20 per car and begins at 10 AM the day of the event. Contact KDP at 253-813-6976 with questions.

Come to Kent for the event and stay for the weekend! We’ve got lots of family-friendly, affordable hotels and motels to choose from. Stay in Kent!

Kent4Health Free Trail Walks

If you are an Outdoor Enthusiast, Family Fun Seeker, or Sports Nut, you’ll Kent4Health’s Summer "Walk to Wellness" Trail Walks, held every Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning through September 28.
August 9th, 2016
If you are an Outdoor Enthusiast, Family Fun Seeker, or Sports Nut, you’ll Kent4Health’s Summer "Walk to Wellness" Trail Walks, held every Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning through September 28.

Tuesday evening walks are 6 PM to 7:30 PM and Wednesday morning walks are 9 AM to 11 AM. Trail walks are self-guided but are well-attended, so there is usually someone to accompany those new to the trails. It is toasty warm in Kent this time of year, so bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated and wear good walking shoes. Here is the schedule for the rest of the summer:

August 23: Soos Creek Trail South, trailhead at Gary Grant Park, SE 208th St. at 136th, Kent

August 24: Green River Trail North/Riverview Park, Hawley Rd. at S. 255th, Kent

Aug. 30: Clark Lake Park, entrance on 248th, 12711 SE 248th St., Kent

Aug. 31: Soos Creek Trail, trailhead near Lake Meridian, 148th Ave. SE & SE 266th St., Kent

Sept. 6: Chestnut Ridge Park, 9901 S. 203rd St., Kent

Sept. 7: Green River Trail/Three Friends Fishing Hole, 2021 Green River Trail, Kent

Sept. 13: Green River Trail/Three Friends Fishing Hole, 2021 Green River Trail, Kent

Sept. 14: Van Doren’s Landing/Puget Power Trail, 21901 Russel Rd., Kent

Sept. 20: West Fenwick Park, 3808 Reith Rd., Kent

Sept. 21: Glenn Nelson Park, 3216 S. 268th St., Kent

Sept. 27: Morrill Meadows Park, 10600 SE 248th St., Kent

Sept. 28: Morrill Meadows Park, 10600 SE 248th St., Kent

Get additional info. here including what to know before you go, download a current schedule, subscribe to the Kent4Health email list, or view photos from previous walks. Hope to see you on the Kent trails this summer! 

LFL Conference Championships in Kent August 20

August 4th, 2016


Are you ready for some football? The Legends Football League hopes so, because LFL is bringing the conference championship games to Kent on Saturday, August 20.

The four best LFL teams will battle for the 2016 Legends Cup at ShoWare Center, and Kent’s own Seattle Mist has clinched home field advantage in the Western Conference Championship.

2 PM           Doors open
3 PM           Eastern Conference Championship (teams to TBD)
6 PM           Western Conference Championship (Seattle Mist vs. TBD)

Tickets range from $15 to $65, and are on sale now. One ticket includes both games. Come cheer on the Mist!

KDP Wine Walk, Summer Edition: Friday, August 19

Join Kent Downtown Partnership for a summer evening Wine Walk on Friday, August 19.
August 3rd, 2016
Join Kent Downtown Partnership for a summer evening Wine Walk on Friday, August 19. Tickets are $25 each, including a wine glass and 12 tasting tickets. Enjoy your wine and complimentary snacks at different shops as you stroll through downtown Kent.

This is always a popular event, so grab your guy or a few girlfriends, and come enjoy our downtown with charming shops, local restaurants and lovely parks. There will also be live music by saxophone player Brandon Willis, sponsored by All Pro Maintenance.

Featured wineries include:

  •  Marcus Sophia Winery
  •  Leony’s Cellars
  •  Blackfish Distillery
  •  Michael Florentino/Gecko Cellars
  •  Stottle Winery
  •  Schilling Ciders
  •  Structure Cellars
  •  Bartholomew Winery
  •  Naches Heights Vineyard
  •  Vino Aquino Winery
  •  Davenport Winery

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. at Down Home Catering, 211 First Ave. S., Kent, WA 98032. The Wine Walk starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. Buy your tickets online now, or call KDP at 253-813-6976 with questions.

Note: Parking in downtown Kent is free, but we encourage you to bring a designated driver.

Experience Historical Kent with Tours, Open Houses, Car Show & More

If you like history, you will love this great line-up of events to help you experience the rich history of Kent, Washington.
August 2nd, 2016


If you like history, you will love this great line-up of events to help you experience the rich history of Kent, Washington. From informational booths and walking tours to open houses and car shows, Kent has a lot of history to share. Add these activities to your "things to do" list for your August trip to Kent.


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