Kent Arts Night

  • j Main Street and Route 341, Kent, CT
  • m 860.592.0061
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2016:  Come mingle with a mix of live entertainment, special retail, fashion, and art in downtown Kent Saturday, August 20th from 6:00 PM till 9:00 PM as we celebrate the Kent Arts Night. Running in conjunction with KentPresents, the Kent Arts Night includes over 30 participating stores, galleries, and restaurants on and near Main Street. The streets will be illuminated, music will fill the air, and a selection of delicious dishes will be available by local chefs throughout the evening.

Local merchants will stay open until 9:00 PM to highlight the best and brightest of downtown Kent. Certain shops and retail outlets will be offering open invites to visitors with refreshments and special items to peruse. Galleries will be showcasing artists from all over the world, while the Kent Memorial Library (32 North Main St) has an opening reception planned for Rex Brasher’s bird portraits.

History buffs can explore the Kent Historical Society’s postcard exhibit “Greetings from Kent,” showcasing the local landscape as seen through the lens of postcard photographers (12 Maple St).

Visitors can enjoy live music at FIVE separate venues: Kent Town Center, the Kent Village Barns, W. David Herman Gallery (23 Kent Green Blvd.), Richard Lindsey Bookseller (15 North Main St.) and at the Fife ‘n Drum Restaurant (53 North Main St). There will be string ensembles and bluegrass, so be prepared for some lovely tunes.

Improv enthusiasts can come check out The 17 Debacles, an improve troupe from The Brookfield Theater of Arts, performing at 6:00 PM on the porch of Kent Station Pharmacy (38 North Main Street).

Additional performances include Kent Cabaret’s show tunes selection, also at Kent Station Pharmacy, as well as Smiles at Sunset’s performance of a modern dance piece at 7:15 PM on the Golden Falcon lot on Main Street.

And make sure to stop into participating local restaurants as they prepare special menus and dishes for the event. And if you didn’t catch this part before, here’s a quick reminder: Kent Arts Night is free and open to everyone, so there’s no need to buy tickets or anything like that. Just show up at downtown Kent on Saturday night for all the activities and enjoy a perfect summer’s eve.

Main Street, Kent Ct 06757