About Renton River Days

July 27 – 29, 2018, in Liberty Park

The 33rd Annual Renton River Days will be a multi-day family festival and celebration of community pride.  It is a time to gather with family, friends, and neighbors and enjoy the amenities and activities which make Renton a great community in which to live, work, and play. Originating in 1986, this celebration joins residents, businesses, organizations, and Puget Sound region tourists together for a wonderful variety of events, special features for kids, arts and crafts, recreation, food, and stage entertainment.  Liberty Park, in the heart of Renton, is the focal point for the festival. Cedar River Park is also host to many events in and around the Renton Community Center.

2018 Festival Highlights

Thursday, July 26

Senior Day Picnic, Renton Community Center.

Friday-Sunday, July 27-29

Main Festival Weekend, Liberty Park.

Event hours in Liberty Park will be:
July 27: 11am – 8pm
July 28: 11am – 8pm
July 29: 11am – 6pm
Featuring the festival’s KidZone (inflatables and numerous activity stations just for kids), the entertainment stage, Nibble of Renton, Art Market (arts and crafts booths), Renton Annual Art Show (juried fine art show at the Renton Community Center), Community Booths, Quilt Show (inside the Library), Chalk Art Contest (on the tennis courts), plus much more.

Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28

Wenatchee Youth Circus Performs at Cedar River Park.

Joining the line up of events and activities over festival weekend, the Wenatchee Youth Circus will host three performances at Cedar River Park (the park just east of I-405, by the Renton Community Center and Henry Moses Aquatics Center).  Show times will be Friday, July 27, at 1:30pm and 6pm, and Saturday, July 28, at 1:30pm.   Tickets are $3/pp for children under 18, and $4/pp for adults 18 and over.  Tickets will be available for sale July 27 and July 28 in Liberty Park at the Festival Information Booth, and 30 minutes prior to each of the three show times at the Circus seating entrance in Cedar River Park.

Saturday, July 28


Begins at 10am on South 3rd St., Downtown Renton.

Sunday, July 29

Rubber Ducky Derby

Launched from the Houser Way Bridge at 4:30pm

How to Participate or Apply for the 2018 Festival

Art Market – Arts & Crafts Vendor Booths in Liberty Park and
NEW section the Marketplace!

The Art Market and Marketplace Application processes are closed for 2018.           
The Art Market is the hand-crafted arts and crafts show and new Marketplace section located in Liberty Park.  Load-in and set-up will be on Thursday, July 26, and the show is open to the public Friday through Sunday, July 27-29.  Questions regarding booth fees, booth size, screening and jurying process, special considerations, and to receive an application for 2018, may be directed to the Art Market Committee at at rentonriverdaysartmarket@gmail.com.

Commercial Vendor/Exhibitor Booths

Renton River Days does not have a commercial vendor section.  Commercial Exhibitor Booths are reserved for festival sponsors only.  If you are interested in becoming part of the festival’s family of sponsors for 2018, please call 425.430.6528 or Email Festival Director.

Community Booths

Application process closed for 2018.  Original deadline for applications was June 8, 2018.        
Community Booths (Friday-Sunday, July 27-29) in Liberty Park will be non-profits, social service and public agencies, neighborhood associations, churches, service clubs, and festival sponsors.  Booth hours will be Friday, July 27, 11am-8pm, Saturday, July 28, 11am-8pm, and Sunday, July 29, 11am-6pm.  All Exhibitors will be providing some type of free hands-on activity for children and families.  Renton River Days does not have a commercial sales or vendor section.

Food Vendors – Nibble of Renton

Food vendor slots are full for 2018.
Renton River Days approaches local restaurants and catering services, and past participants to fill available spaces. If all spaces are not filled, additional vendors will be considered based on menu variety. All vendors operate from a 10′ x 20′ booth space provided by the festival. Electrical hook-up available. An application fee is required to the festival. Email Jace Werre, Nibble Chairman, at jace.werre@pse.com with your business name, food specialty and menu variety, address and phone.


The Parade Application process is closed for 2018.
For more information, please contact Volunteer Parade Chair Nancy Quinn at 425.572.5702 or email at parade@rentonriverdays.org. Parade will begin at 10am on Saturday, July 28, 2018, and proceed down South 3rd St. in downtown Renton.

Renton River Days may provide a modest contribution to local or visiting marching bands, or other parade entries with musicians, bands or dancers and help offset expenses. Marching bands, musicians, and dancers captivate the crowds and fill the air with music. Our Parade Committee would like more entries like this to consider.  Please call Nancy to discuss your marching band or musician-based parade entry.

Renton Annual Art Show – Juried Fine Art Show at the Renton Community Center

Visit www.rentonannualartshow.com for information or to download the 2018 Artist Prospectus in Spring 2018.  You may also contact Vicki Faull, Committee Chair, at 425.254.9934, or email at vfaull@bannerbank.com.  Show dates are Thursday evening, July 26, through Sunday, July 29, at the Renton Community Center.


If you are interested in becoming part of the Festival’s Family of Sponsors for 2018, please call 425.430.6528 or Email Festival Director.

Stage Entertainment & Performers
Bands, Dancers, Children’s Variety, Strolling & Cultural Groups

Entertainment slots are full for 2018.
The entertainment stage at Renton River Days will feature a variety of instrumental, vocal, percussion, and dance considered “family entertainment” in Liberty Park, July 27-29, 2018.

Performing artists are encouraged to submit their promotional packs (artist bios, cassettes, cds, photos, etc.) through January 2019, to be considered for the Renton River Days Festival in July 2019. A sound system is provided. Please mail any items for review for 2019 to Renton River Days, 1055 S. Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057. To leave a voicemail for Festival Director, Sonja Mejlaender, call 425.430.6528 or  Email Festival Director.   Entertainment packs must be received by January 31, 2019, to be considered for the 2019 festival.  Only entertainment being considered will be contacted.

Additionally, Renton River Days may provide a modest contribution to local or visiting marching bands, or other parade entries with musicians, bands or dancers and help offset expenses.  Marching bands, musicians, and dancers in Parade entries captivate the crowds and fill the air with music.  Our Parade Committee would like more entries like this to consider.  Please contact Nancy Quinn, Parade Chair, at 425.572.5702 or email at parade@rentonriverdays.org to discuss your marching band or musician-based parade entry.


How to Contact Renton River Days

Renton River Days
1055 South Grady Way
Renton, WA  98057
Festival Information Line and Voicemail: 425.430.6528
Fax: 425.430.6603
Email Festival Director