The Kent State Folk Festival
The Kent State Folk Festival, one of the oldest in the nation, brings in top musicians for a weeklong series of concerts, workshops and other events. It also brings folk and other music fans to the university and to the more than 30 performance venues throughout the community. Kent has become an international center for folk music appreciation through the annual festival, in its 43rd year, and through WKSU’s Folk Alley, which seeks out new folk artists and plays classic folk music for fans around the world. The festival is estimated to have more than $350,000 in economic impact to the city of Kent.