The Kent International Festival will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the accesso ShoWare Center, starting with a World Wide Walk and Opening Ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

This great, diverse local festival is turning 10 years old this year – can you believe it?

“We celebrate being the 10th most diverse city in the United States with food, entertainment, and cultural booths which offer an activity to learn about a particular country. After completion you get your KIF Passport stamped. It fun for the entire family. Follow the tantalizing aromas, the sounds and join the excitement!”

This event is FREE (including parking) and will run until 6:30 p.m.:

  • 9:30 a.m.: World Wide Walk & Opening Ceremony
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: All booths open and entertainment on 3 stages
  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Food Court open
  • 5 – 6:30 p.m.: Festival Finale

We believe that, through coming together person to person and celebrating our various heritages with respect and understanding, we build a stronger and wider sense of community that is inclusive of all.

The Kent International Festival is one of the four committees of the Kent Sister Cities Association. Our Festival is a celebration of the cultural diversity represented in the Kent community and South King County. With more than 130 languages spoken in the Kent School District, our area is a top choice for new immigrants. In response to this growing diversity, our planning committee of volunteers along with local organizations and businesses share an interest in celebrating our community’s heritage. The Festival showcases the region’s ethnic dance, musical performances, spectacular native attire, cultural booths and delicious authentic cuisine. Our festival is held on one day every year on the first Saturday after Memorial Day weekend.

Here’s a video from 2016:

Kent’s 8th Annual International Festival from Kent TV21 on Vimeo.

For more info, visit

accesso Showare Center is located at 625 West James Street:

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