First Avenue South in downtown Kent will be closed every Saturday from July 10 through Aug. 28 for the Inside OUT Open Air Dining & Marketplace.
The Kent Downtown Partnership announced that restaurants will offer both indoor and outdoor dining and retail shops, artists and vendors will use sidewalks and the adjacent street for a dynamic marketplace.
The marketplace will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday. A special Friday night market is set for 5 to 8 p.m. on July 23.
Two outdoor mini wine walks featuring Washington wineries and food samplings from local businesses are planned for Saturdays July 17 and Aug. 14. Tickets will be limited to 150 people per event with reserved tasting times for guests. Sanitization and COVID-19 safety measures will be in place in accordance with Washington Covid protocol.
Parking is available at the corner of West Titus Street and First Avenue South. Parking is free and without time limits on market Saturdays.
Participating restaurants include Thai Chili, Wild Wheat Bakery & Cafe, Iron Pot, Afghan Kebab House, Rafiki, Maggies, Altha’s Louisiana Spices & Deli, Feast & Foliage, Pied Piper, Airways, Burritos El Incapaz and Nashville Pub. Retail shops on First Avenue will be open along with those on Meeker Street, Railroad Avenue, and the surrounding area.
Masks are required when social distancing is not possible and while dining. Restaurants will maintain compliance with Washington State Safe Start regulations.
For more information, go to downtownkentwa.com.
The Kent Downtown Partnership is a 501c3 non-profit organization. The mission of the KDP is to strengthen commerce and promote growth in historic downtown Kent through programs and events that celebrate Kent’s unique and diverse community and culture.