The streets and sidewalks of the Kent village center are busier than usual this week.

The Kent Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its annual Kent Sidewalk Festival on Thursday through Sunday in and around downtown Kent.

Offerings include food, music, sales and activities for all ages. The festival features:

Sales under tents at Terston Home Accents & Apparel, Country Clothes, Foreign Cargo, Main Street Antiques, Riedel Glassware at Kent Wine & Spirit, Earth Lore and Black Sheep Yarns.

Sales at Black Sheep Yarns, Kent Wine & Spirit, House of Books and Sundog Shoe and Leather, and at Kent Memorial Library's book sale.

Patrons of Rolling River Antiques give customers who spend $100 or more an opportunity to enter a daily drawing for a $50 gift certificate.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church at routes 7 and 341 will kick off its annual tag sale Friday, Aug. 2.

Early bird admission will be offered that day from 8:30 to 10 a.m. for $10. Free admission will begin at 10 a.m.

The sale will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A variety of food is sold along Main Street from Kent Pizza Garden, Fife 'n' Drum Restaurant, Panini's, Annie Bananie's, The Villager, Kent Coffee and Chocolate, Kent Wine & Spirit, J.P. Gifford Market and Catering and Bull's Bridge Inn.

Children's activities include face painting, courtesy of the Kent Children's Center, visits with baby goats and Goat Boy Soap at The Primitive Home and henna tattoos Aug. 2; a sidewalk chalk art contest at the library Aug. 3 at 10:30 a.m.; fire truck rides at the Kent Green on Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and a petting zoo at Three Monkeys and Me, baby goats and the sale of Goat Boy Soap at The Primitive Home, and carnival games provided by Club Getaway on the Kent Green, all August.

A demonstration by the AKC of several dog breeds will be given Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Musical offerings will include performances on stage by members of the TriArts Sharon Playhouse cast of "Damn Yankees" Saturday at 11 a.m. and the cast of "13, The Musical" Saturday at 1 p.m.; music by Improper Judgment Saturday at 1 p.m.; music by the True Jenson band Saturday at 3 p.m.; music by The Nice Ones Sunday at 2 p.m.; a drum circle with George Werner Saturday at noon at Foreign Cargo; and a dance and hula hoop party Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and a limbo competition at 3 p.m. at Annie Bananie and Backcountry Outfitters.

Annie Bananie Ice Cream and Backcountry Outfitters will have activities throughout the weekend, along with their outdoor barbecue.

In addition, Cheeseburger in Paradise will be held over the weekend.

Art offerings will include an exhibit featuring works by cardboard sculptor Henry Klimowicz at the Morrison Gallery; the president's show at the Kent Art Association; an exhibit of works by Edward Little at The Good Gallery; African, Asian and Pacific island art in the gallery at Foreign Cargo; local art at the new Gallery Platform 8 in the caboose; oil and watercolor landscapes by Paul Zimmerman at Scott and Bowne; metal roots by Steve Tobin, installed by the Morrison Gallery, up and down the streets of Kent; and pastel demonstrations by Clayton Buchanan Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Kent Art Association on Route 7; and a talk about his work at The Good Gallery.

Cruise Night will be held Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. on the Kent Green, featuring vintage cars, a disc jockey and a barbecue provided by the Fife 'n' Drum Restaurant.

Club Getaway will offer a mini-carnival Saturday starting at 11 a.m.

A variety of authors will visit the library Sunday: Michele Dwyer, Judi Barrett and Betty Krasne from noon to 1 p.m., Ann Jamieson, Joanna Kelly and Sergio Troncoso from 1 to 2 p.m., Georgianne Kent, Harmon D. Smith and Karen Chase from 2 to 3 p.m. E. Barrie Kavasch, Joanna Kelly and Dan Kellams from 3 to 4 p.m., and Frank Delaney and Diane Meier from 4 to 5 p.m.

The House of Books will host Roxana Robinson, author of "Sparta" Saturday from 2 to 4 and Joanna Kelly, author of "Hooligan's Alley," Aug. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Not all events take place all hours each day.

Parking is available on the street, at the Kent town center and on the Kent Green property.

For information, call 860-592-0061 or visit