Have you ever wanted to dance the Lion Dance? Wondered how African and Taiko drummers do what they do? Had your mouth water at the smell of fry bread? At the Renton Multicultural Festival, you’ll find answers to those questions and much more!
For two days, Renton will come alive with the sights and sounds of one of the most diverse populations in the country as we celebrate diversity and community. Admission to this family-friendly festival is free.
The festival opens on Friday, September 30, at the Carco Theatre from 6 to 9 p.m. with Performances through Art. The featured performers include:
- Entertainment by African dancers, Bollywood dancers and Ukrainian performers
- A Miss India Washington contestant fashion show
- A closing performance by a leading jazz artist
On Saturday, October 1, the festival moves downtown to the Renton Events Center and Piazza Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Power of Play.
- Two indoor stages will showcase entertainment by Filipino dancers, Lion dancers, African drummers, Sikh martial artists, jazz, Taiko drummers, Polynesian performers, Mariachi bands, Bollywood music and dance, Marimbas and Krump/Break dancing
- More activities include strolling musicians, interactive games, community booths, food, arts and crafts and storytelling
- Special appearances by former KING5 news anchor Dennis Bounds and current Miss Washington Alicia Cooper. Miss Cooper recently finished as the third runner-up at the Miss America pageant.
The Renton Multicultural Festival is presented by the City of Renton in partnership with the Mayor’s Inclusion Task Force and several local community groups and organizations.