What’s going on around Renton? | Oct. 19 edition

Oct. 19

Café Vets: Monthly gathering of veterans and guests for coffee and refreshments hosted by Renton American Legion Post 19 and Auxiliary Unit 19 on the third Thursday of every month (except December) from 10 a.m. to noon. Come for coffee and camaraderie and goodies. Legion membership is not a requirement, though most veterans are eligible for membership. Post Service Officer will be on hand, in case someone needs assistance with a VA claim. No agenda, just veterans getting together with other veterans and their friends. Post Hall is in the Renton Highlands, under the water tower (3224 NE 12th St.).

Oct. 20

Truck or Treat Halloween Drive Thru at Renton Community Center: An alternative to regular trick-or-treating, this event will allow costumed patrons to collect candy from the comfort and safety of their vehicles. Registration is open through Oct. 19 (or until sold out) and will cost $15 for Renton residents and $18 for non-residents for the time slots. The event runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m., with the 5-5:45 p.m. slot slated to have reduced noise and flashing lights. Sign up at RentonWA.gov/register with the keyword “treat.”

Oct. 21

16th Annual South County Cats’ CAToberfest: A fundraiser event to support South County Cats’ spay-and-neuter program, this free family-friendly, cat-focused event will feature a cat-themed marketplace, artist vendors, crafts, kids activities, local animal welfare exhibitors and more. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Renton Technical College. For more information, visit southcountycats.org/catoberfest-2023.

Free Museum Day at the Renton History Museum: Enjoy the wonders of the past with free admission to the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free museum days are every first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month.

Oct. 22

A Fall Family Concert featuring the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra: At Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, Allied Arts of Renton and Renton Municipal Arts Commission present the annual fall family music concert. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash, check, credit or debit card or be pre-purchased with cash or check at King & Bunny Appliance at 4608 Sunset Boulevard Northeast in Renton or L.A. Frames at 309 3rd Street in Renton. For more information, call Linda at 206-772-4010.

Oct. 24

Key To Change – A Transformative Experience: Our Students play with the Seattle Symphony at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center: Renton’s Key To Change students make their professional debuts with the Seattle Symphony with a 6:15 p.m. pre-concert recital and the symphony performance at 7:30 p.m. To RSVP and donate to the non-profit’s fundraiser, visit keytochangestudio.org/event/a-transformative-experience-our-students-play-with-the-seattle-symphony/.

Oct. 28

Senior Holiday Craft Bazaar: At Don Persson Renton Senior Activity Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy this all-ages bazaar that offers handcrafted items —perfect for Christmas and holiday presents — made by seniors 50 and older throughout the area. For more information or for information on becoming a vendor, email Donna Eken at deken@rentonwa.gov.

Olde Fashioned Halloween Party at Gateway Park: This extra fun downtown Halloween party will be from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be a costume contest (for those on four legs as well as two) games, vendors, candy and a chance to complete a riddle card game by finding all the clues throughout the downtown business fronts.

Oct. 28 & 29

KingCon at Renton Pavilion Event Center: A science, cosplay and gaming convention, KingCon is a family-oriented event that will go from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the first day and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second day. KingCon includes panels, special guests, a burlesque show, cosplay contests, prop contest, photography contest, comic book illustration contest, vendors, a video game competition and more. Tickets are available at