Kent to celebrate 16th-annual Heritage Festival


Photo courtesy of MCT Campus.

SKS Staff

Downtown Kent will come alive from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday for the celebration of Kent’s 16th-annual Kent Heritage Festival, an event featuring food, fireworks, train rides and more.

Main Stage Performance Schedule:

10 – 10:30 a.m.: Roberts Conservatory of Dance

10:30 – 11 a.m.: Buckeye Dance Steps

11 – 11:30 a.m.: Franklin School of Dance

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Welcome & National Anthem

12 – 12:45 p.m.: Rio Neon

1 – 1:45 p.m.: Free Spirit Cloggers

2 – 2:45 p.m.: Winslow

3 – 3:45 p.m.: Hillbilly Idol

4 – 4:45 p.m.: Rachel and the Beatnik Playboys

5 – 5:45 p.m.: Brad & Peggy

6 – 6:30 p.m.: Jaycees Duck Drop

6:30 – 7 p.m.: World champion Juggler Charles Peachock

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Voices of Ohio

8:30 – 9 p.m.: Speakers & race results

9 – 10 p.m.: Danjo Rock Orchestra

10 – 10:30pm: Fireworks

10:30 – 11 pm: Danjo Rock Orchestra

Check out our comprehensive list of the day’s events and be sure to follow KentWired for live updates from downtown.


Three stages downtown will simultaneously host performances throughout the day. Events on the main stage will begin at 10 a.m. and run through 11 p.m. The two side stages, on Erie Street and North Water Street, will begin hosting performances an hour later.

For a schedule of performances at the North Water Street and Erie Street stages, click here.


Main and Water streets and College Ave will be packed with over 130 vendors selling food, artwork and other goods. Area businesses and organizations will also join in the action with informational tables and promotional item giveaways.


The 5K Tree City Race will begin at 7 p.m. The course will begin at Dix Stadium, go through campus and end at South Lincoln Street near the former DuBois Book Store. Registration before Saturday is $18 and race day registration is $23. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit The United Way. 157 Lounge will host an after-race party where runners over 21 will receive a free beer.

For more information, visit the race website.


Fireworks are set to begin at 10 p.m. and will be launched at the old RB&W site on Mogodore Road. The fireworks have traditionally been launched from the Redmond Bridge, but construction required the launch site be moved this year. Best views of the fireworks will still be on the Main Street Bridge.


Parking could prove difficult because of downtown construction. Drivers can park their cars in the Rockwell, Terrace and White hall parking lots and PARTA will provide downtown shuttles.

There will be no car show on Franklin Street this year, and instead parking will also be available on Franklin.

For more information about the festival visit