About Renton River Days

July 24 – 26, 2020, in Liberty Park

The 35th 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.

2020 Festival Highlights

Thursday, July 23

Senior Day Picnic.

Friday-Sunday, July 24-26

Main Festival Weekend, Liberty Park.

Event hours in Liberty Park will be:
July 24: 11am – 8pm
July 25: 11am – 8pm
July 26: 11am – 6pm
Featuring the festival’s ActivityZones (low-cost attractions and free activity stations for kids, teens, and adults), 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 Renton Community Center), Chalk Art Contest (on the tennis courts), plus much more.

Saturday, July 25

Parade

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

Sunday, July 26

Rubber Ducky Derby

Launched from the Houser Way Bridge at 4:30pm

How to Participate or Apply for the 2020 Festival

Art Market – Arts & Crafts and Marketplace Vendor Booths in Liberty Park

Application for NEW VENDORS will be available to download in April 2020. 
The Art Market is the hand-crafted arts and crafts show and Marketplace section (i.e. franchise/independent distributors) located in Liberty Park.  Load-in and set-up will be on Thursday, July 23, and the show is open to the public Friday through Sunday, July 24-26.  Questions regarding booth fees, booth size, screening and jurying process, special considerations, and to receive an application for 2020, 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 2020, please call 425.430.6528 or email Festival Director Sonja Mejlaender at Email Festival Director.

Community Booths

Application will be available to download in March 2020.
Community Booths (Friday-Sunday, July 24-26) in Liberty Park will be 501c3 non-profits, social service and public agencies, neighborhood associations, churches, service clubs, and festival sponsors.  Booth hours will be Friday, July 24, 11am-8pm, Saturday, July 25, 11am-8pm, and Sunday, July 26, 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.  If you are interested in becoming part of the Festival’s Family of Sponsors for 2020, please call 425.430.6528 or Email Festival Director.

“Information Only” Community Booths: Nonprofits (501c3) which will be creating awareness for their agency and promoting their programs and services.  Application will be available to download in March 2020.

“Fundraising” Community Booths: Nonprofits (501c3) which will be creating awareness for their agency and promoting their programs and services.  These nonprofits are also permitted to accept donations and fundraise for their organization or charity of choice.  Application will be available to download in March 2020.

Food Vendors – Nibble of Renton

Renton River Days welcomes 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.

Parade

Parade Application will be available to download in April 2020.
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 25, 2020, 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 2020 Artist Prospectus in Spring 2020.  You may also contact Vicki Faull, Committee Chair, at 425.254.9934, or email at vfaull@bannerbank.com.  Show dates are Thursday evening, July 23, through Sunday, July 26, at the Renton Community Center.

Sponsorship

If you are interested in becoming part of the Festival’s Family of Sponsors for 2020, please call 425.430.6528 or email Festival Director Sonja Mejlaender at smejlaender@rentonwa.gov.

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

The entertainment stage at Renton River Days will feature a variety of instrumental, vocal, percussion, and dance considered “family entertainment” in Liberty Park, July 24-26, 2020.

Performing artists are encouraged to submit an electronic promo kit (website, artist bios, sound files, photos, etc.) through January 2020, to be considered for the Renton River Days Festival in July 2020. A sound system is provided. Please mail any items for review for 2020 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 submission must be received by January 31, 2020, to be considered for the 2020 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