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Experience the Homer Burning Basket tradition

Our tight-knit community is one of the things we love most about Homer. While we’re a united community of locals, we always welcome visitors to the area with open arms. That’s why we encourage locals from across the world to visit during the best events of the year. We invite you to join us for the annual Homer Burning Basket tradition! This year’s event is virtual, so you can stream it on your computer from anywhere in the world. Read on for more information on this one-of-a-kind event!  

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, request our Homer Vacation Guide. This free resource is filled with local insight into the best activities, events, lodging, and more in the area!  

Your Guide to the 2020 Homer Burning Basket Tradition 

History of the Tradition 

Artist Mavis Muller Homer’s annual Burning Basket tradition began in 2004. Every September, local visionaries take an entire week to create a large, woven basket made from natural materials like fireweed and grass. Participants also write notes to place inside the basket. When it’s complete, the basket is taken to the beach and then set ablaze at sundown as a form of fire art. This unique community art project is dear to many locals and we’re so happy it’s still happening in 2020! 

Watch from Home 

Due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Homer’s annual Burning Basket tradition will take place virtually on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Locals are still welcome to place their personal sentiments in the basket that weekend from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at WKFL Park. Although different than ever before, we’re thrilled to be able to safely participate in this great event in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find all the details about this year’s Burning Basket tradition here

Stay at the Driftwood Inn When You Visit Homer 

We hope you join us online for this year’s annual Homer Burning Basket tradition! Afterward, plan your trip to Homer to experience more of what this area has to offer. The Driftwood Inn is open and receiving guests, so you can still visit us under the latest travel restrictions.  

We offer a diverse selection of accommodations including Modern LodgesOld Town CottagesWoodside Lodge SuitesHistoric Inn RoomsTiny Houses, and an RV Park. All our accommodations are near Old Town Homer and the Homer Spit, which puts you close to all our area’s best local events!  

Check our availability to start planning your trip! 

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