Festivals/Annual Events

Press release:

Discover Burien is now accepting applications for their Event Partnership Program.
Discover Burien will partner with up to two new or established nonprofit organizations each year. The relationship will be as a supportive partner, not as the lead or event organizer. The partners will be selected by the Board of Directors at its November meeting.

The partnership may include but not be limited to:
Color and black-and-white copies at the Discover Burien office-- For an amount determined by the Board. (Additional copies can be made at the Discover Burien office and paid at the established rate.)
Promotion-The event will be listed on the annual Event Calendar, newsletter announcements, Facebook, etc.
Marketing-Assistance will be provided on a case-by-case basis.
Event logistics
Supplies-Tent, tables, chairs, etc.
Flat dollar amount sponsorship option
Other assistance

To apply for the event support opportunity, send a letter describing your event, how you would like Discover Burien to be a partner and why you believe your organization should be selected.

Interim label taken off city manager's title

Fireworks will explode over Angle Lake this Fourth of July, partially funded by a $10,000 donation from the city of SeaTac.
SeaTac lawmakers voted 5-2 on April 12 to approve the controversial contribution. Councilman Rick Forschler and Councilwoman Pam Fernald voted against the donation to the Angle Lake Shore Club, which puts on the display. About $7,000 is also being raised from private donations.
Lawmakers made it clear that this is the last year the city will contribute. Several council members urged the club in future years to seek private donations for the entire cost.
Deputy Mayor Gene Fisher said the contribution had already been earmarked in the budget for this year. The International Festival parade had previously been cancelled to free up money in the budget for the fireworks, according to city officials. City Manager Todd Cutts noted the festival will go on without the parade.
Councilman Tony Anderson said the council began approving the fireworks subsidy several years ago after discharging of private fireworks was banned in SeaTac. He added that public displays with permits are allowed.


SeaTac lawmakers are expected to vote April 12 on whether to contribute $10,000 in city funds for a Fourth of July fireworks display at Angle Lake.
The show is put on by the Angle Lake Shore Club, a homeowners and renters social association. Angle Lake Park is kept open on the holiday night so the public can view the display from the park.
If the funds are approved, indications from the March 22 council meeting are that 2011 will be the final year for the city's contribution. Lawmakers and audience members suggested that a vigorous fund raising effort be undertaken in subsequent years in involving SeaTac residents and business people. Currently, about $7,000 is raised through private donations.
Mayor Terry Anderson suggested a decision on the funds be delayed until the April 12 meeting after Councilwoman Pam Fernald maintained that the council had previously banned all fireworks in SeaTac.
"It is ludicrous to give money for something deemed illegal," Fernald declared.


The Normandy Park Arts Commission is sponsoring a contest for the best slogan and logo indicative to Normandy Park. Logo designs should be kept simple, limited to one color and the slogan short, original and catchy. No limit to number of entries per person.
Contest deadline is May 16th. Forms are available at City Hall, 801 SW 174th St., Normandy Park on the city's website www.normandyparkwa.gov and can be mailed or emailed upon request to artscomm@ci.normandy-park.wa.us or by calling 206-248-8248.
The Arts Commission will post the top logos and top slogans at the Arts Festival on Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th for judging by the public. The Arts Commission reserves the right to make the final selection, to slightly modify a submission and to use a combination of a logo and slogan entered by multiple candidates.
The winner or winners will receive a free T-shirt. Shirts will be sold from City Hall and on Sundays at Marvista Park during the Summer Concert Series


The city of SeaTac will host the 16th Annual International Festival Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 at Angle Lake Park.
Other event sponsors include the Rotary Club of SeaTac, Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce and the Matt Griffin YMCA.
The festival features a new Cultural Village, live entertainment, craft and food vendors, a play area for children, a volkswalk (an organized “people’s walk”) and more.
“With more than 83 languages spoken throughout the city, SeaTac is a growing, vibrant and diverse community,” said Kit Ledbetter, SeaTac Parks and Recreation Director. “The International Festival is an annual tradition that officially kicks off the summer and celebrates our diversity as a community.”
The SeaTac Rotary is creating the all new Cultural Village that will highlight entertainment and booths that present and share special traditions from each country, religion or culture.
Festival Hours are as follows: Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Craft and food vendors will be open throughout the festival.


On Saturday, March 5th Hospitality House is having its annual Spring Fling Buffet Dinner.
This year it is being held at Highline Community College Student Union, 2400 S. 240th St. in Des Moines. The doors open at 6 p.m. The tickets are $50. Tickets may be purchased by calling 206-242-1860 or at Hospitality House’s website http://www.hospitalityhousesouthking.org/2011springfling.html.
Hospitality House is a homeless women’s shelter, located at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church in Burien.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Erin Hennessey, news director of KPLU FM radio. Mary Magdalene Choir of Seattle will provide music. The church of Mary Magdalene is a Christian community of homeless and formally homeless people. There will be a silent auction of Beds for Boats as well as a Raise the Paddle auction.
This year marks the shelter’s 10-year anniversary. In the 10 years, over 700 women have been served, and over 45,000 bed nights with an equal number of home-prepared evening meals were delivered. Residents, with staff assistance, prepared detailed weekly plans to take them from homelessness to stable housing and hope.


Before Thanksgiving dinner this year, Ballardites are invited to build up an appetite and do some good by participating in the fourth annual Seattle Turkey Trot, a 5K walk, jog or run to benefit the Ballard Food Bank.

Signups are now open for the 9 a.m. Nov. 25 event, which culminates at Golden Gardens. Last year, 1,100 participants raised more than $19,000 for the Ballard Food Bank.

The 2009 Turkey Trot, which featured participants in running attire or elaborate costumes and was won by New Yorker Nick Roosa in town visiting his sister, saw a huge leap in popularity in the event, with five times as many participants than in 2008.

For more information or to sign up, visit www.seattleturkeytrot.org.

Do good before digging in with 2010 Turkey Trot
Photo credit: 
Michael Harthorne

A trio of pilgrims prepares for last year's Turkey Trot. The Thanksgiving Day benefit for the Ballard Food Bank takes place Nov. 25.

It won’t be the celebration they had back in 1935, when Seattle’s 6,000-seat Civic Auditorium was the setting for an early Oct. 9 Leif Erikson Day celebrations. But, Leif Erikson Day 2010 will contain many of the same elements.

In fact, the Seattle Civic Auditorium has changed more than the local celebration has. This landmark built in 1928 became the Seattle Opera House in the early 1960s and was then gutted and reconstructed as McCall Hall in 2003.

Leif Erikson Day, on the other hand, still includes a gathering, a dinner, a speaker, Scandinavian music, the governor’s proclamation, and all the Nordic pride the participants can muster.

Washington’s Gov. Clarence Martin issued the state’s first proclamation of Leif Erikson Day and Gov. Chris Gregoire followed 75 years later with a very similar proclamation. Both mentioned Leif Erikson as the first of many Scandinavians who journeyed to America.

Martin’s message reported that local Scandinavians were making plans for a suitable memorial to Leif Erikson, and Gregoire’s brags that the Ballard statue of Leif Erikson has been replicated and given to Norway and Greenland.

75 years later, still celebrating Leif Erikson Day
Photo credit: 
Courtesy of Elisabeth Ward

Icelander and Viking expert Elisabeth Ward will give the keynote speech at this year's Leif Erikson Day celebration Oct. 9. CLICK IMAGE TO SEE PROCLAMATION.

Westfest, the annual festival put on by Holy Rosary Church and School had a "surprising number of people" appear even during a very rainy Friday evening, Sept. 17 and hundreds who were more than happy to visit Saturday Sept. 18 when the event was blessed with some glorious sunshine.


Hundreds gobbled down the barbecued ribs and other great food outside and still more spent their time on the rides, watching the dancers and other performers or took part in the fun and games in the school and the gymnasium where an array of activities were up and running.

The event raises more than $30,000 to support the Holy Rosary School and is now in its 21st year.

It features rides, kids’ games, an entertainment stage, specialty food booths, beer garden, BINGO, a used book sale, a raffle and much more on the Holy Rosary School grounds, between 41st and 42nd s.w. on Dakota Street.

SLIDESHOW: Scenes from WestFest at Holy Rosary
Photo credit: 
Patrick Robinson

WestFest is now in its 21st year at Holy Rosary and the proceeds from the event go to help Holy Rosary School.

The bumbershoots came out Sept. 6 as the rain set in for the final day of the 2010 Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival.

The wet weather couldn't dampen enthusiasm as festival-goers kept dry inside the Experience Music Project for local acts like BOAT and People Eating People or bounced up and down under a canopy of umbrellas for Bomba Estéreo.

This slideshow from day three of Bumbershoot 2010 features:

  • Japandroids
  • The Moondoggies
  • The Whigs
  • BOAT
  • JEFF The Brotherhood
  • Trampled By Turtles
  • People Eating People
  • Victor Shade

Click the image above to the view the slideshow.

Photo credit: 
Michael Harthorne

Vancouver, B.C., duo Japandroids apologized for bringing the gloomy weather with them before proceeding to distract from the rain with their frenzied aural assault. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

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