The official start of summer is just ahead. Long days, warm weather and some special seasonal events are on the near horizon. Kent has a full slate of summer fun to choose from.
- Kent Farmers Market, June 2-Sept. 29. Enjoy the bounty every Saturday, all summer long. The Kent Farmers Market at Town Square Plaza offers farm-fresh flowers, local produce, food (and food trucks) and handcrafted items. (9 a.m.-2 p.m., free)
- Food trucks, Wednesdays and Saturdays, all summer long. The food truck fad has really taken off, and now you can get your fill twice weekly in Kent at Town Square Plaza. (Wednesdays 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Kent Farmers Market)
- Third Thursday Art Walk, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16 (and all year-round). Explore art in downtown Kent, from eclectic public installations to exhibits featuring Northwest artists. Each month there’s something new to explore and discover, along with entertainment and food-truck fare. Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons is a good place to start walking. Check Facebook for more information. (5-8 p.m., free)
- Pacific Northwest Historics Races, June 29-July 1. Celebrate 60 years of Porsche racing cars at Kent’s Pacific Raceways. Along with some fast and furious racing, see more than 300 rare and vintage cars and meet world-renowned racecar driver George Follmer. ($25 single day adult ticket /$40 three-day adult ticket /$5 ages 7–16; free for kids 6 and under)
- Fourth of July Splash, July 4. Revel day to night at Lake Meridian Park. Partake in food booths, classic games, and live entertainment, and top it all off with a fireworks spectacle that can’t be beat. (12-10:30 p.m., free)
- Kent Cornucopia Days, July 13-15. Don’t miss one of the region’s oldest, largest and most popular summer celebrations. The family festival features street-fair fun, food, dragon boats and entertainment. This year’s celebration has something new: the Maple Valley Street Rats car show. (Three full days of free fun)
- Kent Downtown Wine Walk, August 10. For the 21-plus crowd, what could be better than a Pacific Northwest summer evening paired with some tasty vintages? The Kent Downtown Partnership knows how to throw a wine walk. Mark your calendar…it happens again October 12. (5:30-9 p.m., $30 for 12 tasting tokens and a glass)
You’ll also find ongoing summer events at nearby Emerald Downs. The horseracing venue has a full slate of live races, along with tons of family (and grownup) fun, including a food truck festival, Corgi races and more.