The Kent Stage was constructed in 1927 as a silent movie and vaudevillian theater and is the sole surviving downtown theater in the county. In 2002, the Western Reserve Folk Arts Association took over management of the venue and the rest is history. The Kent Stage was named the Best Acoustic Venue in Northeast Ohio by The Plain Dealer when Nickel Creek stepped out in front of the mics and sang an encore.

Along with the concert venue, The Kent Stage is also the home of All Folked Up – a full service bar equipped to satisfy your desire for an adult beverage or two. Yes, you can take your drink into the theater.

The Kent Stage is the host of approximately 150 concerts a year, the Kent Folk Festival, the Kent Blues Fest, Kent Reggae Fest, the Kent State Around Town Music Festival, film festivals and numerous plays.

The capacity of The Kent Stage is 642

If you are a band interested in playing here, please contact wrfaa@yahoo.com.

Yes The Kent Stage can be rented for events. We have been the host to: weddings, wakes, birthday parties, movie screenings, corporate training, government meetings, community theater, school activities, ghost hunts, lectures, movie filming, fundraisers, Earth Day events, and of course concerts. Please contact us at wrfaa@yahoo.com to discuss.


When does the show start? Generally; 8PM. Sunday and “school night” shows may start earlier. Check your tickets or our website for that night’s start time.

Are there restaurants/bars nearby? There are a number of restaurants and bars within walking distance of The Kent Stage. Please click on our Sponsors’ Block for links and deals.

Is there a taxi service in Kent? There are a number of services. Please click on our Sponsors’ Block for links and deals. We suggest making reservations prior to the concert, especially when Kent State is in session.

Where can I stay? There is one hotel within walking distance, six within three miles and eight within six miles. Please click on our Sponsors’ Block for links and deals

When is Box Office open? Our Box Office opens 1 hour prior to showtime on concert nights.

Can I buy tickets at The Kent Stage? We are usually open M-F 1p – 6p for in person ticket sales. Call ahead 330-677-5005.

Are minors allowed into shows? Usually. The majority of our events are all-ages. Occasionally there are 18 & over or 21 & over events. Please check when purchasing your ticket.

Where can I get tickets to The Kent Stage shows? Tickets can be purchased online at www.kentstage.org , at the box office Bodega, or via the phone at 877-987-6487.

Can I go backstage and meet the band? – NO!

Can I come early and check out sound check? Only if that act is having a sound check party. Usually, no.

Will the band come out and sign? Most do, but it is 100% up to the individual.

Do you have a lost and found? Yes. Check with the bar staff of box office person. We are not responsible for items lost or stolen at The Kent Stage If it is valuable, leave it in your car or at home.

Where can I park? Please see the Parking page. There is a new 365 space parking deck within half a block on Depeyster Street.

You can also park in the lot behind The Kent Stage or on any public street. After 5 PM, the parking restrictions do not apply. More parking is being built as we speak.

Is The Kent Stage haunted? Ask Richele at the ticket counter or at hauntedkent@gmail.com