Renton River Days - Celebrating 28 Years in 2013
July 26 - 28, 2013, in Liberty Park
The 28th 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.
2013 Festival Highlights
Launch & Appreciation Festival Kick-Off Event - Date, Time and Location TBD.
Thursday, July 25, Senior Day Picnic, Renton Community Center.
Friday-Sunday, July 26-28, Main Festival Weekend, Liberty Park.
Event hours in Liberty Park will be: July 26, 11:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.; July 27, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; July 28, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Featuring an expanded KidZone (inflatables and numerous activity stations just for kids), two entertainment stages, 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 Library), Chalk Art Contest (on the tennis courts), plus much more.
Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27, Wenatchee Youth Circus Performs at Cedar River Park.
Joining the line up of events and activities over festival weekend, the Wenatchee Youth Circus will host three performances at Cedar River Park (the park just east of I-405, by the Renton Community Center and Henry Moses Aquatics Center). Show times will be Friday, July 26, at 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, July 27, at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $1/pp for children under 18, and $2/pp for adults 18 and over. Tickets will be available for sale July 26 and July 27 in Liberty Park at the Festival Information Booth, and 30 minutes prior to each of the three show times at the Circus seating entrance in Cedar River Park.
Saturday, July 27, Parade
Begins at 10:00 a.m. on South 3rd St., Downtown Renton.
Sunday, July 28, Rubber Ducky Derby
Launched from the Houser Way Bridge at 4:30 p.m.
Renton River Days Celebrates 15 Years with Title Sponsor IKEA
This year marks Renton’s 28th annual festival and celebrates the 15th anniversary with IKEA as the festival’s Title Sponsor.
Since 1999, IKEA has been the Title Sponsor of Renton River Days. The IKEA-Renton River Days relationship has provided annual financial contributions at the highest level, print material graphic design, and store gift cards to support the festival’s many “sanctioned” events with contest prizes, art awards, and appreciation of volunteers. Together with the support of all of the festival’s many sponsors, contributors and the City of Renton, the Title Sponsor relationship with IKEA has enabled Renton River Days to produce a quality, safe and family-oriented festival and continue its long-time tradition of offering virtually all its activities free to families and children. Please join us in thanking IKEA for 15 years of Title Sponsorship.
How to Participate or Apply for the 2013 Festival
Art Market - Artist and Arts & Crafts Booths in Liberty Park
Download the 2013 Art Market Application. Application deadline extended.
The Art Market is the hand-crafted arts and crafts show located in Liberty Park. Load-in and set-up will be on Thursday, July 25, and the show is open to the public Friday through Sunday, July 26-28. Questions regarding booth fees, booth size, screening and jurying process, special considerations, and to receive an application for 2013, may be directed to the Art Market Committee at 425.430.6518 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commercial Vendor/Exhibitor Booths
IKEA 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, please call 425-430-6528 or Email Festival Director.
Download the 2013 Community Booth Application. Community Booth Application deadline is June 7, 2013.
Community Booths (Friday-Sunday, July 26-28) in Liberty Park will be non-profits, social service and public agencies, neighborhood associations, churches, service clubs, and festival sponsors. Booth hours will be Friday, July 26, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Saturday, July 27, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. All Exhibitors will be providing some type of free hands-on activity for children and families. IKEA Renton River Days does not have a commercial sales or vendor section.
Food Vendors - Nibble of Renton
IKEA Renton River Days approaches 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. Please email Jace Werre, Nibble Chairman, at email@example.com with your business name, food specialty and menu variety, address and phone. Please note, IKEA Renton River Days does not allow specialty cart food vendors.
Download the 2013 Parade Application. Parade Application deadline is July 8, 2013.
For more information, please contact Tammy Kaiser, Parade Chair, at 425-306-8450 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013, 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 Tammy 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 2013 Artist Prospectus in Spring 2013. You may also contact Vicki Faull, Committee Chair, at 425-254-9934, or email at email@example.com. Show dates are Thursday evening, July 25, through Sunday, July 28, at the Renton Community Center.
If you are interested in becoming part of the Festival's Family of Sponsors, please call 425-430-6528 or Email Festival Director.
Stage Entertainment & Performers
Bands, Dancers, Children's Variety, Strolling & Cultural/Ethnic Groups
Two separate entertainment stages will feature a variety of instrumental, vocal, percussion, and dance considered "family entertainment" in Liberty Park, July 26-28, 2013.
Performing artists are encouraged to submit their promotional packs (artist bios, cassettes, cds, photos, etc.) through January 2013, to be considered for the Renton River Days Festival in July 2013. Sound systems are provided on both stages. Please mail any items for review for 2013 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 packs must be received by January 31, 2013, to be considered for the 2013 festival.
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 2013 Parade Committee would like more entries like this to consider. Please contact Tammy Kaiser, Parade Chair, at 425-306-8450 or email at firstname.lastname@example.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
Email Festival Director