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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.

“Rakija Bend” Headlines CroatiaFest 2014

Rakija BendCroatiaFest is pleased to welcome the Rakija Bend from Chicago as the headline tamburitza band for this year's festival. They will be performing Saturday night at the Russian Community Center for the dance and sing-along starting at 7:00, then again on Sunday on the main stage of the Armory. Plan on joining us Saturday night and all day Sunday....you won't want to miss listening and dancing to the very talented Rakija Bend.

2014 T-shirts and Note Cards

"The Fremont Tamburitza Troll" designed by Joanne Abdo and artwork by Hilton Herrin. This image is the inspiration for note cards and the 2014 CroatiaFest T-shirt. Both items can be purchased at CroatiaFest October 5th at the CroatiaFest apparel booth on the main floor of the Armory next to the main stage. See more note card designsTammy Troll .

Wine Tasting

Join Richard Kinssies for winetasting at 3:00 in Quincy's Bar. Learn about the origin of the Croatian Plavac Mali grape. Purchase prepaid tickets here. A prepaid list will be checked at the entrance. $10 ticket includes entrance fee and 4 pours. Space is limited.

Prepaid Wine Tasting Tickets

Festival Schedule

October 5, 2014

12:00 PM
Opening Ceremonies - Main Stage
Author's Corner - Main Floor
Bobbin Lace - Main Floor
Croatia Today - Main Floor
Croatian Costume Photo Booth - Main Floor
Cutout Photo Opportunity - Main floor
Food Booths - Main Floor and Outside the Southwest Doors
Genealogy - Main Floor
Kid's Activity - 3rd floor
Marketplace - Main Floor
Translators - Main Floor
Wool Spinning - Main Floor
Art Gallery - 3rd Floor Loft
Historical Display Panels - 3rd Floor Loft
12:30 PM
Zavicaj - Main Stage
12:50 PM
Dave & The Dalmatians - Main Stage
1:00 PM
Hrustule - Food Stage
"Like the Old Vine" (Kao Stara Loza) - 3rd Floor Lecture Room
1:10 PM
Tamburaški Orkestar Kardinal Stepinac - Main Stage
1:30 PM
Croatian Travel from Rick Steves Tours - 3rd Floor Lecture Room
Ženska Klapa Ruzmarin - Main Stage
1:55 PM
Tamburaški Orkestar Kardinal Stepinac - Main Stage
2:00 PM
Komiska Pogaca - Food Stage
Bonaca - Quincy's Music Corner
2:15 PM
Rakija Bend - Main Stage
2:30 PM
"Coal Wars" Roslyn Coal Miners Strike - 3rd Floor Lecture Room
“The Priest’s Children (Svecenikova Djeca)” - 3rd Floor Lecture Room
2:45 PM
KlapaDooWopella - Qunicy's Music Corner
2:50 PM
Seattle Junior Tamburitzans - Main Stage
3:00 PM
Uskrsnica - Food Stage
Wine Tasting - Quincy's Bar
3:10 PM
Outstanding Croatian Award - Main Stage
3:20 PM
Koraci Croatian Dance Ensemble - Main Stage
3:35 PM
Rakija Bend - Main Stage
4:10 PM
Ruže Dalmatinke Orchestra - Main Stage
Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble - Main Stage
5:00 PM
Bonaca - Main Stage
5:20 PM
Radost Folk Ensemble - Main Stage
5:35 PM
KlapaDooWopella - Main Stage
6:00 PM
Tamburaski Orkestar Kišobran - Main Stage
6:20 PM
Sinovi Tamburitza Orchestra - Main Stage
6:35 PM
Jam Session - Quincy’s Bar

Festival Highlights

Saturday, Oct. 4 - 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 Tamburitiza 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 Sinovi.

Sunday, Oct. 5 - All-Day Festival

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

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 10 am 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: At least three different Croatian cooking demonstrations will take place at the new cooking stage in the west wing of the Armory.

History: Exhibition panels will feature the history of our Croatian communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

Barbara Stakey - geneologistGeneology: Are you interested in your Croatian roots? Want to find out more about your family lineage? Genealogist Barbara Starkey will be at CroatiaFest 2014 to answer all of your questions. Visit her booth on the main floor of the Armory.

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. Featured again this year will be grilled ćivapčići, meat sausage served on a pita bread with red pepper sauce: Ajvar. Sister Cities Association of Anacortes will be grilling these delightful sandwiches outside the Southwest entrance to the Armory. Follow your nose and make your way to their booth to enjoy this traditional and popular entrée, then bring it inside the Armory and enjoy a Karlovačko Pivo (or your favorite beverage) in the newly expanded Quincy’s Bar.

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

KarlovačkoQUINCY’S CORNER AND EXPANDED BEER GARDEN Head into Quincy’s to enjoy live music with your meal or just have a Karlovačko Pivo or your favorite beverage in the newly expanded beer garden. Bonaca will be performing in Quincy’s Corner from 2 – 2:30 and Klapa Doowapella will be singing from 2:45 – 3:15. You may purchase food at anyone of CroatiaFest’s seven food booths (4 outside and 3 inside the Armory) and take your entrée into Quincy’s to enjoy the music.

Our merchant vendors will be back with a variety of Croatian goods and souvenirs for your shopping pleasure. And, of course, there will be activities and crafts for the youngsters.

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