On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Discover Burien released an update on its extensive 2020 event cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic – including what would have been the 99th annual Independence Day Parade, the Olde Burien Block Party, Burien UFO Festival, Strawberry Days & Father’s Day Car Show and more.

However, the local non-profit business organization is continuing its weekly Burien Farmers Market – with approved safety precautions – every Thursday until Oct. 29, 2020.

Discover Burien said that “if it is unsafe to gather, events are being postponed or cancelled at the discretion of Discover Burien and/or the City of Burien. These decisions have not been made lightly and we recognize the profound sadness and disappointment some of you might feel. Please trust us when we say: we feel it, too. But it is the right thing to do at this time.”

“The safety of our community is our top priority here at Discover Burien as we navigate to find creative programmable solutions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” Executive Director Debra George added. “Things may look and feel a bit different this year as our event models transition to make space for adequate social distancing, but rest assured: we are still here for you – and we’re not going anywhere.”

Here’s the full list of changes:

Here’s the most current list of events being cancelled, as of Wednesday, May 27, 2020:

    • Burien UFO Festival (BUFO)
    • Carnival & Flea Market
    • Strawberry Days & Father’s Day Car Show
    • 99th Annual Independence Day Parade
    • Olde Burien Block Party
    • Awesome Kids Day

Here’s the most current list of events being postponed or altered (think: virtual or smaller groups) as of Wednesday, May 27, 2020:

    • Best of Burien Awards & Gala
    • Clean Sweep
    • Taste of Burien
    • Burien Pride
    • Movies in the Park
    • Boulevard Park Block Party

Events occurring after July 31, 2020 will be reevaluated and any decisions will be communicated to the community when it is the appropriate time to do so.

“We simply do not have the answers for those events at this time.”

Discover Burien is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association, and adds:

“If you are a sponsor or vendor of any of the cancelled events listed above, we are offering a roll-over to 2021 so that we can continue the important programming done year after year. If you have purchased tickets to any of the postponed events above, please know we will be contacting you soon with proposed new dates. There is nothing you need to do at this time.”

For more information, contact Discover Burien at [email protected], or (206) 433-2882.