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2009 IKEA Renton River Days - Renton’s Community Family Festival and Celebration

July 21, 2009

For more information contact:

Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569
Sonja Mejlaender, Festival Coordinator 425-430-6514 or smejlaender@rentonwa.gov

“Explore the Heart of Renton”

Events in Liberty Park: July 22 and July 24 – 26, 2009

Renton: “Explore the Heart of Renton” is more than a theme for 2009 IKEA Renton River Days.  It’s an invitation to explore the diverse offerings that highlight Renton’s passion for music, art, food and an active lifestyle.  With various events and activities for all generations, the festival brings the community together for a mid-summer showcase of family fun and entertainment.  Originating in 1986, this celebration unites families, residents, businesses, organizations, and Puget Sound region tourists for a wonderful variety of events, stage entertainment, food, arts and crafts, recreation, special features for kids, plus much more.  Come “explore” for yourself!

Renton River DaysWeekend festival highlights include the Parade on Saturday, July 24 at 10:00 a.m. and the Rubber Ducky Derby on Sunday, July 25 at 4:30 p.m. Other festival favorites include Kids’ Day, Senior Day Picnic, stage entertainment, Nibble of Renton, Art Market, Renton Annual Art Show, Quilt Show, Chalk Art Contest, Petting Zoo, and the Pancake Breakfast.  For the active, don’t miss the Golf Tournament, Volkssport Fun Walks, Canoe and Kayak Regatta, Tennis Tournaments, and the youth Six-A-Side Soccer Tournament.

Many events and activities are featured especially for kids of all ages:  Wenatchee Youth Circus performances, Pacific Science Center Exhibit, photo ID cards, LEGO Playzone, inflatables, Junk Chimes, Ms. B Hooping Allure, Dizzy’s Tumble Bus, Toymaker’s Workshop, Sound of Culture booth, Coloring Contest, face-painting, and craft and activity booths. 

For the complete list schedule of festival events with dates, times, and locations call 425-430-6528 or visit www.RentonRiverDays.org.

 

Street Closures and Shuttle for IKEA Renton River Days

2009 Festival Street Closures Begin Wednesday, July 22, 2009

  • Houser Way between Mill Avenue and Bronson Way will be closed at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, and will reopen on Monday, July 27 at approximately 1:00 p.m.
  • The River Days Parade will proceed down South 3rd Street from Shattuck Avenue to Liberty Park beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 25. In order to form the Parade, South 3rd Street between Rainier and Bronson will be closed to all traffic and parking from 7:00 a.m. until completion of the parade at approximately 1:00 p.m. All side streets adjacent to or leading to South 3rd Street will be restricted to local access only during the same time period.

2009 Festival Shuttle Service Information:

Free, continuous shuttle service will be available Saturday, July 25, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 26, noon to 7:00 p.m., as follows:

  • Renton Memorial Stadium, 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 sandwich signs that read, "River Days Shuttle Stop."