Thanks to its college town atmosphere and quaint, local feel, Kent is an eclectic city that offers great entertainment and a place to call home to both students and families. Kent State University — with roughly 29,000 students, about 6,500 of whom live on campus — helps put the city on the map, offering added perks for residents and attracting businesses.
Whether your family is considering a move to Kent, staying for just a day or taking part in a campus visit, there is plenty to see and do in the city.
Culture and Education
Located in the heart of downtown, the Kent Free Library (kentfreelibrary.org) caters to both children and adults through its materials, programming and special events. From adult book recommendations and discussion groups to separate programs dedicated to a range of children’s age groups, the library makes a point to meet the needs of all residents.
When it comes to live theater performances, downtown’s Kent Stage Theater (thekentstage.com) hosts roughly 150 concerts and events each year, including the Kent Folk Festival, the Kent Blues Fest, Kent Reggae Fest, the Kent State Around Town Music Festival, film festivals and numerous plays.
If art piques the interests of your family members, Kent does not disappoint. Several art galleries are located on Water and Main streets downtown, including Downtown Gallery, FJKluth Gallery and Group Ten Gallery. Standing Rock Cultural Arts (standingrock.net) brings art to the community through exhibitions, poetry readings, workshops, performances, festivals, public art projects and special events.
Open to the public, the KSU Museum (kent.edu/museum) is dedicated to the study and presentation of historic and contemporary fashion, textiles and related art forms. The special collections and exhibits housed in its eight galleries are unique resources for KSU students and the general public when it comes to historic and contemporary fashions, as well as costumes representing many of the world’s cultures....