Covid-19 & Status of 2021 Festival
GREAT NEWS! RRDs volunteer teams of the 501c4 nonprofit and the City of Renton have been exploring partnerships and programming to create a “pop-up” style RRDs with smaller, scalable, bite-size events, in-person neighborhood-based experiences, self-guided activities, and virtual.
Starting the Week of July 19 –
In Search of RRDs_Flat Gene and Liberty
Watch for social media promoting “In Search of RRDs_Flat Gene and Liberty” This self-guided activity includes downloading, printing, coloring, and decorating your own ‘Flat’ Gene & Liberty River (the festival’s “River Kids”). Take their picture at your favorite local getaway or past RRDs event location, and in a post tell us what you miss most about RRDs and what you’d like to see in the future. #insearchofrentonriverdays
July 24 – ACBS Virtual Boat Show
Welcome to the 2021 Antique & Classic Boat Society’s Virtual Boat Show!
In lieu of being able to organize and feature their annual show at Gene Coulon during RRDs weekend, complete with free boat rides, free life jackets, boater education and water safety, the ACBS-PNW Chapter put together this highlight reel of 60+ boats you will find in the Pacific Northwest coming from several chapter’s in the area. Vote for your “Skipper’s” and “People’s Choice” Awards (send name of boat or title at top of section) can be emailed to Karl Hoffman at email@example.com. You’ll want your speakers on for this one. Vroom vroom! Oh, the sound of those engines! Learn more about the ACBS-PNW Chapter at https://www.acbs-pnw.org/.
Stop by Piazza Park in downtown Renton on July 24 between 3:00pm-8:30pm for a RRDs Pop-Up featuring “Music at the Piazza.” In partnership with Rain City Catering (Craft Beer & Wine Garden and Rain City “Too” Food Truck) and City of Renton, the inside-outside open-air event at the Renton Pavilion Event Center and Piazza Park will feature two live bands. Shop and support our local businesses, and bring your take-out to the Piazza to enjoy while listening to a bite-size dose of live music. “Off the Hook – Old Skool Kool” plays from 3:30pm-5pm, and “Benicio ‘Beni’ Bryant and Average Joe w/SoundProof” plays from 6pm-8pm. Appreciation to the following partners for this event: City of Renton, Visit Renton, Banner Bank, Renton Municipal Arts Commission, and Rain City Catering.
The City’s Recreation & Neighborhoods Division invited RRDs to partner, help plan and feature “Night Out in the Neighborhood.” On July 30, at Highlands Park and Neighborhood Center, and August 13, at Thomas Teasdale Park, enjoy “Renton Road Show” entertainment (co-sponsored by the Renton Municipal Arts Commission and Renton Civic Theatre) which begins at 7pm and movie at sunset. July 30: “Tom & Jerry.” August 13: “Raya and The Last Dragon.” The public has two choices to enjoy these free new release movies: in-person in-the-park, OR free registration to view the movies at home (registrants will be emailed link and password). Rentonwa.gov/register
September 2021 –
Fun Walk(s) organized by the Volkssport Interlaken Trailblazers
Stay tuned for more information about a Fun Walk being planned and centered in the Renton Highlands area.
Fall 2021 –
Quilt Walk in Downtown Renton organized by Cedar River Quilters
More TBD between sanctioned event partners the Cedar River Quilters and the Renton Downtown Partnership. Event will feature hand-made quilts on display inside merchant locations.
Unfortunately, again this year, Renton River Days (RRDs) was not able to occur as historically planned and experienced in its multi-day multi-faceted community family festival. The volunteer-run 501c4 nonprofit of RRDs has been impacted by a reduction in resources, funding, stakeholder support, and compliance with “Healthy Washington” timelines.
We hope you stay connected to rentonriverdays.org and the Renton River Days Facebook page for updates and information. We are helping to cross-promote various family-friendly Renton-based programming, as well as promote activities and efforts led by our longtime festival partners and sanctioned event committees.
For 36 years, the 501c4 nonprofit of RRDs has worked in partnership with the City of Renton and many community stakeholders, and has been privileged to plan and produce Renton’s community family festival, serving the greater Renton community and Puget Sound region.
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