Kent Sidewalk Festival

  • j Main Street and Route 341, Kent, CT
  • m 860.592.0061

2016 Dates:
Thursday August 4 through Sunday August 7

The dog days of August? Not in Kent!  If your idea of fun is great sales, fabulous food, toe-tapping tunes and jaw-dropping vintage cars, Kent is the place to be the first weekend of August.


Running from Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 7 this year, admission to the Festival is free and offers super-sized retail therapy as well as entertainment for the whole family.  Special activities for kids will include a balloon artist, games and activities sponsored by Club Getaway, as well as the Annual Sidewalk Chalk Mural contest sponsored by the Kent Memorial Library and face painting at the Fife ‘n Drum Gift Shop (helping to raise money for the CT Alzheimer’s Association).

Other activities include henna tattoos at Terston, product tastings at The Covered Wagon Country Store, and knife sharpening, “cheeseburgers in paradise” night, caricature drawings and local musician Tom Hanford at Backcountry Outfitters/Annie Bananie Ice Cream.  Enter to win a $50 gift certificate, along with free homemade gluten-free cookies and homemade shopping bags at Rolling River Antiques.  Local guitarist Levon Ofgang will perform on the deck at the Kent Station Pharmacy. The Kent CT Farmer’s Market will be open Friday August 5 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM as well as 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday August 6 and will feature the Falls Village Fiddler & Friends on Saturday. More events are in the planning stages, so check back for further updates as the festival draws closer.

The Kent Park & Recreation will present the last in a series of Free Summer Concerts on the Lawn at the Kent Town Hall on the opening night of the Sidewalk Festival. The concert features “Mojo Nectar”, a reggae band with a whole lot of soul, and will take place on Thursday August 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The concerts are sponsored by the Kent Chamber of Commerce.

On Saturday August 6 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Joe Brien of Lost Art Workshops will offer a "Build a Paddle Boat" Workshop at the Kent Farmer's Market.  Joe will set up his "workshop wagon", a 12 foot long portable shop/studio/classroom with workbenches and awnings.  Kids can build simple rubber-band-powered paddle boats (takes about 20 minutes) and race them in a kiddie boat.  What fun!!

Grand Opening Celebration at the new location of Black Sheep Yarns will take place Saturday August 6 from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Located now at 17 Kent Green Blvd. (on the Kent Green), there will be plenty of food for everyone, tours of the new classroom space and selling floor and discounts on yarn:  10-50% off select varieties.  Bring your latest project and stay awhile!!

Vintage cars parade through town and park on the Kent Green on Saturday August 6 starting at 4:00 PM during the 6th Annual Kent Car Cruise Night.  Stop by to check out the cars, enjoy some music and great food, provided by the Fife ‘n Drum Restaurant.

Come to Kent to play Pokemon Go!  Featuring our own local long-time Pokemon enthusiast, Emily VanValkenburg.  Emily will host a Pokemon Roundtable and information booth at Backcountry Outfitters on Sunday, August 7 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.  All ages are invited to come and discuss strategies, have their questions answered and share tips & stories.  Fun for all!

Enjoy the pictures (below) of last year's festival and car show.

10 North Main Street, Kent, CT 06757