Creative Escapes to Kent

3 Artsy Trips to Take this Summer

Summon your inner creative in Kent, Washington. As our state lifts pandemic restrictions and businesses safely reopen, it’s time to check in to Kent. As one of the most diverse mid-sized cities in the U.S., Kent is infused with culture, art and experiences from around the world. Find yourself among bright murals and funky art shops. Kent is the ideal overnight basecamp, with Seattle just up the road.

Colorful mural in downtown Kent, Washington

1. Visit Rusty Raven Studio is downtown Kent. This eclectic gallery showcases local artisans in contemporary mediums. Study their gallery wall space or shop a wide selection of crafty gifts. Rusty Raven is also offering free kids art projects, Grab & Go the second Saturday of every month.

While you’re in downtown Kent, head to the streets to wander through bright, colorful public murals. Take a self-guided art tour. Stop by the hand carved red cedar log outside the Kent Historical Society. This is Kent’s newest public art piece, and was created by the Blue Heron Canoe Family of the Snohomish people in indigenous tradition.

Artsy Fartsy art studio provides lessons and more

2. Swing by Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons for a private art session. Study under the guidance of Susan, a longtime Kent resident and artist! The quirky studio has become a home to many-from paint and sip nights to dedicated artistic pursuits. Bring your family and paint together.

In Kent, art isn’t confined to the wall. Visit Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park, an internationally renowned collection of landscape art. Pack a picnic and relax among the sculpted earth. For more tactile fun, head to the new West Fenwick Park playground. It’s a real-life Chutes and Ladders board game! And completely ADA accessible.

Project Feast chef prepares global dish

3. Seek culture in cuisine. Taste Kent’s global fare, with mouthwatering dishes and delights from around the world. Embark on the International Eats Food Trail, which stops at Project Feast-a nonprofit that empowers immigrant chefs for jobs in U.S. kitchens. Or dine at Afghan Kebab House, one of the only Afghan restaurants in Washington state. Bring your appetite and sense of adventure!

With Seattle just a short drive or Sounder train away, you can stay in Kent and spend more in the city. Seattle is an art hub, with the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Seattle Art Museum and renowned Frye Art Museum easily accessible.