• CroatiaFest's 13th Anniversary

    October 1 & 2, 2016

  • Palačinke

  • Alma Plancich

    Outstanding Croatian Award

  • Video Highlights


CroatiaFest is held in the Seattle Center Armory and features continuous live performances on the main stage. In addition to the wonderful music, dance and food that make our culture so unique, there are food demonstrations and vendors selling Croatian merchandise.
The festival will feature:

  • Music & Dance Performances
  • Croatia Travel Today
  • Historical Exhibits
  • Souvenirs of Croatia
  • Market Place
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Authentic Food
  • Crafts for Kids


Croatia Wine Tasting Event

Wine TastingWine Tasting THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Croatian Wines! These wines are on the rise around the globe. We will concentrate on three of the twelve wine growing regions of Croatia: Dalmatia, Istria and Slavonia. We will taste three white wines, Grasevina, Posip and Malvasia. Then we will move onto five reds, Plavac Mali, Babic, Teran, Crljenak and Zinfandel. These Croatian wines are all indigenous and all 100% of the varietal. We will then learn of Croatia’s wine relationship with Italy and California based on recent discoveries by UC Davis. We are fortunate to have these wines in our area to enjoy with food, especially with seafood and grilled meats. Come to the tasting and enjoy Croatian wines and discover the Mediterranean area surrounding Croatia the way it once was. Prior to and following the tasting you will be able to meet Washington State and California vintners that have Croatian roots similar to the Croatian roots of Mike Grgic(h) of Grgich Hills Estate, Rutherford, CA. Other attractions will take place in the Wine Cellars room during the day including the opportunity to purchase wines. The Croatian Wine Tasting Event begins at 2:30 pm on Sunday, October 2nd at the Seattle Center Armory. Doors will open at 2:00 pm. With your $15.00 ticket, you will enjoy private klapa performances, wandering musicians to set the tone, and a Croatia Fest souvenir wine glass. You must be 21 years of age and must have ID to be admitted to the event.

CroatiaFest Welcomes Rakija Bend

RakijaBend Back by popular demand , Rakija Bend from Chicago Il., will be the headline orchestra for CroatiaFest 2016! They will be performing at both the Saturday night kick off dance and sing-along at the Russian Community Center and on the main stage of the Armory on Sunday, October 2nd.
The orchestra is made up of six very talented singers and musicians: Ivan Mulac, Ryan Werner, Steve and Dan Ovanin on tambura, Mate Mulac on accordion, and vocalist Petar Naumovski. Their repertoire consists of a large selection of traditional Croatian kolos as well as modern songs that are popular with both young and old. They are not to be missed! Be sure to set aside the entire weekend of October 1st & 2nd to enjoy this fun and talented band.

Croatian Vigil Mass

vigil mass
Please join us in the celebration of a traditional Croatian Tamburitza Mass on Saturday, October 1st, 5:00 PM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 732 18th Ave East, Seattle. Croatian liturgical music will be provided by Sinovi and Žumberčani Tamburitza Orchestras.

Croatian Genealogy

BarbaraStarkeyCroatiaFest welcomes our beloved genealogist, Barbara Starkey from Utah. Barbara is a professional genealogist specializing in all types of genealogical research in Europe (Croatian, Italian, German, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, French, and Scandinavian) and US research. She has over 30 years of experience. Barbara is offering a “pre-CroatiaFest” package to our community!
For a pre-paid amount of $100 (50% off of her regular rate!) she is offering four hours of research for you and will schedule time with you during the festival, in person, to go over her researching findings. Click here to download a esearch request form.
Interested in doing research on your own? Join Barbara at CroatiaFest this year as she will be giving a presentation on Croatian marriage records “Marriage Records: The Link Across Generations” at 2:00 and 4:00 pm in the 3rd Floor Gallery.

Festival Schedule

October 2, 2016

12:00 PM
Opening Ceremonies - Main Stage
12:20 PM
Zavičaj - Main Stage
12:30 PM
CroatiaFest Information Booth - Main Floor
Consular Days - 3rd Floor Room 310
Marketplace - Main Floor
Cutout Photo Opportunity - Main floor
Letters and Personal Documents Translations and "Kako Se Kaže" - Main Floor
Croatia Today - Main Floor
Kid's Activity - Main Floor of the Armory
Croatian Costumes - Loft Art Gallery 3rd Floor of the Armory
Rodoslovlje - Loft Art Gallery 3rd Floor of the Armory
Historical Display - 3rd Floor
Bobbin Lace - Main Foor of the Armory
Hrvati, a Documentary - 3rd Floor Art Gallery
Children of Ellis Island, a Documentary - 3rd Floor Art Gallery
12:40 PM
Tamburaški Orkestar Kardinal Stepinac - Main Stage
1:00 PM
Dave & Dalmatians - Main Stage
Croatian Immigrant Experience - 3rd Floor Lecture Room East Loft #4
1:15 PM
Seattle Junior Tamburitzans - Main Stage
1:30 PM
Live Skype Tour of Coral Business - 3rd Floor Lecture Room Loft #3
1:35 PM
Tamburaški Orkestar Kardinal Stepinac - Main Stage
1:55 PM
Skalinda - Main Stage
2:00 PM
Brudet Sa Kumpirima - John Sarich Memorial Cooking Stage sponsored by Chateau Ste. Michelle
Croatian Wine Cellars - 3rd Floor Lecture Room Loft #2
2:10 PM
Outstanding Croatian Awards - Main Stage
2:15 PM
Bonaca - CroatiaFest Wine Cellars 3rd Floor West Loft #2
2:20 PM
Rakija Bend - Main Stage
2:30 PM
Genealogy - 3rd Floor Art Gallery
Live Skype with Costume Maker - 3rd Floor Lecture Room Loft #3
2:40 PM
Koraci - Main Stage
2:55 PM
Participatory Kolo Dancing - Main Floor
3:00 PM
Puzi - John Sarich Memorial Cooking Stage sponsored by Chateau Ste. Michelle
Dave & Dalmatians - CroatiaFest Wine Cellars 3rd Floor West Loft #2
3:15 PM
Ruže Dalmatinke - Main Stage
Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble - Main Stage
Bonaca - Main Stage
3:30 PM
Book Reading & Lecture - Art Gallery, 3rd Floor
Croatian Cinema - 3rd Floor of the Armory East Loft #4
3:40 PM
Žumbercani Tamburitza Orchestra - Main Stage
4:00 PM
Genealogy - 3rd Floor Art Gallery
4:10 PM
Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble - Main Stage
4:35 PM
Radost Folk Ensemble - Main Stage
4:55 PM
Skalinda - Main Stage
5:15 PM
Rakija Bend - Main Stage
5:40 PM
Sinovi Tamburitza Orchestra - Main Stage
5:50 PM
Tamburaški Orkestar Kišobran - Main Stage
6:00 PM
Sinovi Tamburitza Orchestra - Quincy's Bar
Tamburaški Orkestar Kišobran - Quincy's Bar

Festival Highlights

Saturday, Oct. 1 - Saturday Evening Events

Croatian Mass - Join us for mass 5:00 PM at St.Joseph Catholic Church, 732- 18th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112. Traditional Croatian Catholic hymns will be played and sung by Sinovi and Žumbercani Tamburitza Orchestra .

Croatian Dance Party - Dance and Sing-along at the Russian Community Center (across the street from St. Joseph). Admission is only $10, and there will be Croatian food available for a la carte purchase catered by the Seattle Jr. Tamburitizan parents. A no-host bar will feature a variety of wines and imported Croatian Karlovacko Pivo. Come dance and sing along to new as well as the old standard Croatian songs and kolo dance to the music of Rakija Bend of Chicago, IL and Sinovi of Seattle.

Sunday, Oct. 2 - All-Day Festival

Festivities begin at Seattle Center Armory with opening ceremonies at noon. The festival will include:

Fun for Kids: kids crafts CroatiaFest invites families with children to stop by Kids Activity Booth on the main floor of the Armory to engage in one of the many crafts that will be available for the young ones. Planting žito (wheat) on the feast of St. Lucia, Dec. 13., is a Christmas tradition in Croatia. We will have special planting pots for the children to decorate as well as žito planting packets with instructions for the kids to take home with their masterpiece. It is fun for families to watch their žito grow during the Advent season. Children can also create their own Licitar Hearts or decorate wooden picture frames.

Croatian Consular Day: Don't miss this chance to get or renew your important Croatian documents, passport or citizenship in Seattle. By appointment only, from noon until 3 pm. more info

Culture: Experience the music, exquisite costumes and traditional dances performed all day on the main stage by various Croatian musicians, dance ensembles and singing groups.

Traditions: Two different cooking demonstrations will take place in the new John Sarich Memorial Cooking Stage located upstairs on the 3rd floor of the Armory sponsored by Chateau St. Michelle.

History: Exhibition panels will feature the history of Croatia inspired by the book "Croatia Land and People" and exhibits of Croatian Americans who have contributed to the building of the United States of America., immigrant stories and photo display. 

Homeland: Plan your next trip to Croatia by spending some time at the Croatia Travel Today booth. Once again a representative from Adriatic Tours from Los Angeles will be on hand to answer your questions, book your flight and give you guidelines to help with your travel plans.

cevapciciFOOD ! FOOD! FOOD! CroatiaFest will have seven food booths at this year's festival, four outside and three inside the Armory. Outside: Traditional BBQ lamb on the spit, grilled čevapčići with ajvar, Croatian style sausages and cheese & meat filled burek. Inside: Sarma (cabbage rolls), povitica (walnut roll) palacinke (crepes). Follow your nose and stop by each booth to enjoy traditional and delicious Croatian cuisine. You are welcome to bring your entree into the newly expanded Quincy's Bar to enjoy a Karlovacko Pivo (or your favorite beverage).

The Armory food vendors around the perimeter of the building are planning a special Croatian themed item on their menu.

CROATIAN WINE CELLARS Wine presentation and tasting of imported Croatian wines 2:30 – 3:30, cheese and crackers, music, souvenir CroatiaFest wine glass. Doors open 2:00 – 4:00. Admission $15.00 each. Must be 21 years and older with ID for admittance. See “Events” link for more details

KarlovačkoQUINCY’S EXPANDED BEER GARDEN You are welcome purchase food at anyone of CroatiaFest’s seven food booths (4 outside and 3 inside the Armory) or from anyone of the Armory food vendors along the perimeter of the Armory and take your entrée into Quincy’s to enjoy a Karlovačko Pivo or your favorite beverage in the newly expanded beer garden.

Our merchant vendors will be back with a variety of Croatian goods and souvenirs for your shopping pleasure.

INFORMATION BOOTH: Stop by the CroatiaFest Information booth to pick up the beautifully designed souvenir program, take a handout of the schedule of the day’s activities, or purchase tickets to the wine tasting. Our staff of volunteers are ready to answer your questions.

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