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.

Directions to Main Festival Event Locations


Main festival grounds for our 3-day festival weekend (July 24-26) features the Nibble of Renton food vendors, Art Market – arts and crafts, entertainment stage, community information booths, Sponsor-only commercial booths, several low-cost and free activities for kids, teens and adults, and Saturday’s Chalk Art Contest.

From Northbound I-405 (from I-5 and the Southcenter area) and from Hwy 167:

Take Exit #4 Bronson Way (the Maple Valley Hwy Exit, follow the Bronson Way off ramp).  At the end of the ramp turn right, stay in the middle lane going under the freeway.  Proceed straight approximately two blocks and you will see Liberty Park on your left.

From Southbound I-405 (from I-90 and Bellevue):

Take Exit #4, Maple Valley/Enumclaw Exit and follow the off-ramp merging with Sunset Blvd. to the second light.  Take a right onto Bronson Way and Liberty Park will be on your left.


German Car Show (July 26), Renton Annual Art Show (July 24-26) and Quilt Show (July 25-26).  Cedar River Park is also home to the Henry Moses Aquatics Center.  Parking at Cedar River Park and the Renton Community Center is limited.  Renton River Days recommends parking at “Narco,” a former mill site at the base of Renton Hill and underneath I-405, accessed at the intersection of S. 3rd St., Mill Ave. and Houser Way.  You can park and then cross the foot bridge (under I-405) and go over the Cedar River.  Cedar River Park is also easily accessible on foot from the main festival grounds of Liberty Park by walking underneath I-405.

From the South:

Follow I-405 North.  Take Exit 4 (the Maple Valley/Enumclaw Exit).  At the end of the off-ramp take a right.  Go straight for approximately 200 feet.  At the stop light, a sign for the Renton Community Center/Cedar River Park will be visible on the right-hand side of the street.

From the North:

Take I-405 South.   Take Exit 4 merging onto Sunset Blvd.  Proceed straight through the first stop light.  At the second stoplight, take a left, onto Maple Valley Hwy.  It will lead you back under I-405.  Continue going straight, approximately 500 feet.  The Renton Community Center and Cedar River Park are on the right-hand side of the street.

Public Parking

Public parking is available at the Renton Community Center, in the downtown, and local area adjacent side streets.  Ample parking is available at the downtown parking garage, City Center Parking, located at the corner of South 2nd Street between Burnett and Logan, or at Renton Memorial Stadium with a short three block walk down the beautiful Cedar River Trail that will lead you directly to Liberty Park.  Parking is also available at what is locally referred to as “Narco,” a former mill site at the base of Renton Hill and underneath I-405, accessed at the intersection of S. 3rd St., Mill Ave. and Houser Way.  You can park and then cross the foot bridge (under I-405) and go over the Cedar River.  Go left back towards Liberty Park and you’ll see the Skate Park and Liberty Park.

Avoid Parking Hassles – Take the Free Shuttle!

Shuttle provided by the Festival’s Transportation Sponsor – First Student!

Avoid downtown parking hassles and congestion by taking advantage of the free festival shuttle service which will connect you to parking at Renton Memorial Stadium and our main festival grounds at Liberty Park.  Stay all day, but leave time to get back to your car at the end of the day.

Free, continuous shuttle service will be available:

  • Friday, July 24, 10am-9pm
  • Saturday, July 25, 9am-9pm
  • Sunday, July 26, 10am-7pm

From the following two locations:

  • Renton Memorial Stadium located on Logan Ave. N., next to the Cedar River (Parking)
  • Liberty Park on Bronson Way N., near the tennis courts (Stage entertainment, food, arts and craft booths)

Look for the signs that read, “River Days Shuttle Stop.

STREET CLOSURES during Renton River Days

  • Houser Way N. between Mill Avenue and Bronson Way N. will be closed at 5am on Thursday, July 23, and will reopen at approximately 1pm on Monday, July 27.
  • The Renton River Days Parade, beginning at 10am, will be on Saturday, July 25 and travels down South 3rd Street from Shattuck Avenue to Liberty Park. In order to form the Parade, South 3rd Street between Rainier and Houser Way N. will be closed to all traffic and parking from 7am until completion of the Parade at approximately 1pm. All side streets adjacent to and leading to South 3rd Street will be restricted to local access only during the same time period.
  • A section of Wells Ave. S., between S 3rd St. and S.2nd St., will remain closed Saturday afternoon, July 25, for the Pacific Northwest Art & Music activities.  Festivities on Wells Ave. S. will begin as soon as the Parade has concluded.  Wells Ave. S. will reopen by approximately 7:00 p.m.
  • There will be no downtown street closures on Sunday, July 26.