You’re in for a surprise if you haven’t visited Renton in a while. New businesses, more community events and improved streetscapes make Renton your new must-see destination.
1. Visit new shops and events
SipStop, Rain City Market and Macadons are three new places that opened their doors in recent months. This summer the monthly Renton Night Market drew after-hours shoppers and encouraged people to linger after the farmers market closed. At Wine Walk events in June and September, hundreds of people sampled dozens of locally made beverages.
The momentum continues as the Renton Downtown Partnership and its partners plan for the annual Halloween scavenger hunt. Then comes Small Business Saturday and Santa House to kick off the holiday season.
2. Support local businesses with a prepaid gift card
Speaking of holidays … shopping is now easier with the new Downtown Renton Community Gift Card. From salons to restaurants, gift shops to theaters, the prepaid card can be used at 80 businesses downtown. The card makes a wonderful gift and is a great way to support local businesses before and after special events.
3. Linger longer with downtown’s new sidewalks, artwork
The city recently completed construction projects on streets and sidewalks in Downtown Renton. Hanging flower baskets, new murals and more painted fire hydrants add color and interest throughout the city.
4. Apply for funds to support your event
Have an event that would be a good fit for Renton? Looking to boost an existing event in town? Consider applying for funds through the city’s Lodging Tax Grant Program. Public and nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for funds to support events in 2023. Applications are due October 21, 2022.
Make room on your calendar for the many fun events Renton, including:
- Sept. 27: Renton Farmers Market (last day of the season)
- Sept. 27: Renton Night Market (last one of the season)
- Sept. 28: Valley Medical’s GoldenCare Virtual Health & Wellness Event (virtual)
- Oct. 5: Renton History Museum free admission (first Wednesday and third Saturday every month)
- Oct. 7: First Friday
- Oct. 8: Downtown Fall Coffee Crawl
- Oct. 8: Downtown History Tour
- Oct. 19: “Harnessing Hope” fundraiser (virtual) for Valley Medical Center
- Oct. 29: Olde Fashioned Halloween Scavenger Hunt
- Nov. 4: First Friday
- Nov. 26: Small Business Saturday and Tree Lighting
- Dec. 3, 10 and 17: Santa House – free photos with Santa!
Plan an overnight stay to make the most of your visit to Renton!