The festive English Fête returns Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Renton.

Festive village fêtes are fairs, a perennial tradition in the UK, complete with their own style of carnival games like Splat the Rat, Smash the Crockery, Wet Sponge Throwing, Coconut Shy, Welly Wanging and more. Other staples of these annual events include live music, cake stalls, car shows, raffles and of course beer, tea and lots of traditional English foods.

You will find all this plus an abundant silent auction, grand prize raffle featuring drawings for a new Traeger Pellet Grill, an instant Wine Cellar and a $250 dining gift card at Acua/El Gaucho Restaurant.

This fun event will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in historic old Renton on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.!

Along with all the above elements they have two unique acts performing – ‘Sound and Fury Morris Dancers’ and ‘Celt Check’ playing lively traditional Olde English songs.

Here’s a video of the ‘Sound and Fury Morris Dancers’ in action in 2017:

Now in its fifth year, there are are even more activities to delight the kids, including a spinning wheel and wool carding demonstration with hands-on opportunities, along with ice cream sales.

Adults can enjoy a Beer Garden attached to the charming pub and/or all ages guessing game to win tickets to UW Huskies Homecoming Football game versus the Colorado “Buffs.”

This festive event draws a variety of British motor enthusiast who compete in the Boutique Car Show sponsored by Geoff Bell Real Estate. Vote for your favorite as exhibitors compete for people’s choice, best in Show and best everyday driver. Have a Brit-mobile you would like to bring? Be sure to register by sending an email here.

Drawing on their Anglican roots, St. Luke’s 5th annual English Fête will offer sales of traditional English foods such as Bangers & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie, Ploughman’s Lunch, along with Sausage rolls, Scotch Eggs, and meat and veggie pies.

High Tea offers a select few the opportunity to enjoy finger sandwiches, sweets and tea, served in St. Luke’s brimming vegetable and flower garden, whose bounty is offered to the wider community each week at their Sunday Farmers Market, through harvest season. Reserve now to snag one of the few seats available for the two seatings at 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Cost is just $15 per person for adults and $10 per child. For more information or to reserve please contact

All proceeds from this event benefit the operation of St. Luke’s and, supporting their work feeding the hungry, helping the homeless and partnering with Communities in Schools in Renton to meet the needs of local youth. Proceeds also support St. Luke’s Community Garden feeding Renton’s needy, and warm-up breakfasts on various weekday mornings.

Admission is FREE and open to all (please contact for special accommodations or information).

Here are some photos of last year’s Fête (click images to view larger versions/slideshow):

More information is available here:

St. Luke’s is located at 99 Wells Ave South in Renton, 98057:

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