About Renton River Days

July 21 – 23, 2017, in Liberty Park

The 32nd 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.

2017 Festival Highlights

Date TBD

Launch & Appreciation Event for sponsors, volunteers, festival partners and community stakeholders kicks-off festival season.

Thursday, July 20

Senior Day Picnic, Renton Community Center.

Friday-Sunday, July 21-23

Main Festival Weekend, Liberty Park.

Event hours in Liberty Park will be:
July 21: 11am – 8pm
July 22: 11am – 8pm
July 23: 11am – 6pm
Featuring the festival’s KidZone (inflatables and numerous activity stations just for kids), two entertainment stages, 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 21, and Saturday, July 22

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 21, at 1:30pm and 6pm, and Saturday, July 22, at 1:30pm.   Tickets are $2/pp for children under 18, and $3/pp for adults 18 and over.  Tickets will be available for sale July 21 and July 22 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 22

Parade

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

Sunday, July 23

Rubber Ducky Derby

Launched from the Houser Way Bridge at 4:30pm

How to Participate or Apply for the 2017 Festival

Art Market – Arts & Crafts Vendor Booths in Liberty Park

The Art Market Application will be available to download in Spring 2017.            
The Art Market is the hand-crafted arts and crafts show located in Liberty Park.  Load-in and set-up will be on Thursday, July 20, and the show is open to the public Friday through Sunday, July 21-23.  Questions regarding booth fees, booth size, screening and jurying process, special considerations, and to receive an application for 2017, 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 2017, please call 425.430.6528 or Email Festival Director.

Community Booths

Download the  2017 Community Booth Application.   Application deadline is June 9, 2017.      
Community Booths (Friday-Sunday, July 21-23) 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 21, 11am-8pm, Saturday, July 22, 11am-8pm, and Sunday, July 23, 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

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. Please note, Renton River Days does not allow specialty cart food vendors.

Parade

Download the  2017 Renton River Days Parade Application. Parade Application deadline is June 28, 2017.
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 22, 2017, 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 2017 Artist Prospectus in Spring 2017.  You may also contact Vicki Faull, Committee Chair, at 425.254.9934, or email at vfaull@bannerbank.com.  Show dates are Thursday evening, July 20, through Sunday, July 23, at the Renton Community Center.

Sponsorship

If you are interested in becoming part of the Festival’s Family of Sponsors for 2017, please call 425.430.6528 or Email Festival Director.

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

Two separate entertainment stages will feature a variety of instrumental, vocal, percussion, and dance considered “family entertainment” in Liberty Park, July 21-23, 2017.

Performing artists are encouraged to submit their promotional packs (artist bios, cassettes, cds, photos, etc.) through January 2017, to be considered for the Renton River Days Festival in July 2017. Sound systems are provided on both stages. Please mail any items for review for 2017 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, 2017, to be considered for the 2017 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