Quality of Life: Special Events and Entertainment
Renton has a variety of special events that take place throughout the year, including a Kids Fishing Derby, an old fashioned Fourth of July community picnic and "Clam Lights", a spectacular display of waterfront holiday lights at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. The highlight of the year is IKEA Renton River Days. This community festival takes place in late July and early August and includes a parade, sports events, golf tournament, live music, art shows, crafts and vendor booths, food galore and much, much more.
For year-round entertainment, Renton has three theatres, the new 550-seat Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center (a Renton School District facility on the campus of Renton High School), the 300-seat Carco Theatre (a City-owned facility) and the 312-seat Renton Civic Theater (a private, nonprofit facility). The Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center provides a state-of-the-art performance venue for both Renton High School students and the community to showcase performing talents. Carco Theater is used by a variety of performing arts groups. Both the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center and Carco Theatre have many amenities and flexible hours and are suitable for business meetings, seminars, receptions and other activities. Renton Civic Theater presents six top-quality shows per season, featuring three musicals, balanced with three other shows, a variety of comedies, mysteries or dramas.
Renton hotels provide great opportunities and rates for both business and pleasure travelers. Given Renton's central location, close proximity to two airports, and access to regional businesses, recreational and tourist attractions, visitors are choosing Renton hotels. Comprised of ten hotels with almost 1,300 rooms, the Renton Visitor’s Connection promotes the tourism and hospitality industry in Renton. The hotels provide quality services and amenities with a variety of choices for business and leisure travelers, including guest rooms and/or suites for both value-conscious and upscale travelers. For example, the member hotels of the Renton Visitor’s Connection include both full-service business-class hotels and boutique-style all-suite hotels. Most of the hotels are new or recently modernized.
The current initiatives of the Renton Visitor’s Connection include coordinated marketing and advertising for member hotels and informational tours for regional meeting planners. The Renton Visitor’s Connection also has membership affiliations with the East-King County Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as, the Seattle-King County Convention and Visitors Bureau. In addition, the Association helps sponsor the Renton School District's Travel and Tourism Program.