CROATIAFEST OCTOBER 6, 2024
CROATIAFEST OCTOBER 6, 2024
SEATTLE CENTER ARMORY
CROATIAFEST OCTOBER 6, 2024
CROATIAFEST OCTOBER 6, 2024
SEATTLE CENTER ARMORY
CROATIAFEST OCTOBER 6, 2024
CROATIAFEST OCTOBER 6, 2024
SEATTLE CENTER ARMORY
 CROATIAFEST OCTOBER 6, 2024
CROATIAFEST OCTOBER 6, 2024
SEATTLE CENTER ARMORY
 CROATIAFEST OCTOBER 6, 2024
CROATIAFEST OCTOBER 6, 2024
SEATTLE CENTER ARMORY
 CROATIAFEST OCTOBER 6, 2024
CROATIAFEST OCTOBER 6, 2024
SEATTLE CENTER ARMORY
Brenda Huber
Brenda Huber
2023 Outstanding Croatian Award
Video Highlights
Video Highlights
2021

Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble and Klapa DooWopella

Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble and Klapa DooWopella

Folk Life Festival

Enjoy performances by both Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble and Klapa DooWoPella at the 53rd Annual Folklife Festival.

May 26, 2024, 1:45-2:30, Exhibition Hall

Enjoy the glorious voices of Klapa DooWoPella as they serenade you with lyrical and mesmerizing tunes.

Vela Luka will perform:

Vrlicko Kolo: A silent dance, showing the strength of the people of Vrlika and the virtuosity of the male dancers.

Dances of Konavle: Two dances will be performed from the Dubrovnik region. Potkolo will be danced by the village (ensemble) and Poskocica is the time for the young girls to show off. Both are performed to the voice of a single instrument, the lijerica. Lijerica player: John Lovric

Lindjo-Poskocica: Performed in towns and villages in the Dubrovnik Region. Vela Luka's poskocica is from the town of Doli, high above the Adriatic Sea. Poskocica is danced to the voice of the lijerica, a three-string instrument. Lijerica player: John Lovric

Photo by Jal Schrof


MAKE CROATIAFEST A STAYCATION

MAKE CROATIAFEST A STAYCATION

SPEND THE WEEKEND TO CELEBRATE CROATIAFEST’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Celebrate 20 years of CroatiaFest! Come Saturday, October 5th for the dance party and stay for the festival the next day. This year, two hotels are eager to be your overnight host during CroatiaFest weekend.

The Mediterranean Inn, located at 425 Queen Anne Ave. N., is offering CroatiaFest attendees a 15% discount off of their best available rate. Please use the code CroatiaFest when booking online at www.mediterranean-inn.com, or by calling 206-428-4700. The offer is valid from October 1st through October 15th.

The Maxwell Hotel, located at 300 Roy St. (one block north of the Seattle Center), is also offering a 15% discount off their best available rate. Please use the code CRF when booking online at www.staypineapple.com, or by calling 866-866-7977. The offer is valid from October 4th through October 7th.


SATURDAY NIGHT

SATURDAY NIGHT

KICK OFF DANCE AND SING-ALONG

Your Croatiafest planning committee is proud to announce that our 20th annual festival is growing to be bigger and better than ever!  Our team often mentions at our monthly meetings that we are “bursting at the seams”.  We will feature content that is familiar from past festivals and will introduce new additions to keep our event fresh and interesting. 

SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE AND SING-ALONG IS BACK

By high demand, the CroatiaFest Kick Off Dance and Sing Along will return on Saturday, October 5th  featuring the music group Rakija Bend from Chicago.  With their expansive repertoire, the highly talented Rakija Bend will entertain you by performing your favorite popular and old time Croatian songs and kolos for your dancing pleasure.  Our own Sinovi of Seattle will share the stage and will lead you all in the very delightful sing-along. 

The Kick Off Dance will be held in West Seattle at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Parish Life Center 7000 – 35th Ave SW.  The venue is easily accessible from I-5 and Hwy 99 and has ample off street free parking in the adjacent lot.   Admission is only $20.00.  Doors open at 7:00pm.  A traditional Croatian ala-carte menu, catered by Seattle Jr. Tamburitzans parents, will be available for purchase as well as a wine and beer no host bar.  

Mark your calendars!  Bring your friends and family!  Have fun dancing and singing to Rakija Bend and Sinovi!  Enjoy delicious food and drink at the beautiful new venue! 

 


MERCHANT VENDORS

MERCHANT VENDORS

Croatian Themed Gift Items

If you're looking for gift items, imported Mediterranean foods, crafts, or Croatian-themed apparel, come to the main floor of the Armory. Our vendors have unique and hard-to-find items as well as Croatian candies, cookies, ajvar, and Dalmatian olive oil. We are excited to welcome back five of our favorite Croatian vendors and will welcome a few new ones this year as well.

Balkan Store: Imported Croatian and Mediterranean food and beverage products

Drusk Trading Company: Olive oil from Croatia

Croatian Fixation: Croatian-themed apparel and gifts

Andy's Fine Woods: Bowls, platters, and gifts made from exotic woods

Croatia Gifts: Handcrafted ceramics and gift items

CroatiaFest Souvenir Booth: One-of-a-kind CroatiaFest souvenir apparel

Candles by Tina: Candles and gifts

J.P. Designs: Croatian themed items - cutting boards, boxes, and trivets

SABS: Cookies, cookbooks, and gifts

The merchants are located on the main floor of the Armory. Come visit -- you will be pleased with the variety of offerings. You are certain to find something with that special Croatian touch to take home and enjoy or give as a unique gift.


Consular Days

Consular Days

CroatiaFest October 6, 2024

Consulate General of Croatia from Los Angeles, California will be available for Consular Days Sunday October 6th  from 12:00 – 4:00 pm on the 3rd floor of the Seattle Center Armory for passport renewal, citizenship applications and notary services. Please make sure to bring copies of all required documents. We will not be able to accept incomplete applications.

Citizenship applications require two packets with all required documents: one original set and one complete copy for each individual applying. Copies cannot be made on site.

By appointment only! 

The office will start taking appointments September 1st.   Please call or e-mail the Consulate at 310- 477 -1009 or losangeles@mvep.hr.  Appointments are available on a first come first served basis. Please note we only accept personal checks or money orders payable to the Croatian Consulate. 




Mission

The mission of CroatiaFest is to promote and preserve Croatian culture and to educate future generations of Croatian Americans and the general public with the richness and beauty of Croatian Culture and Croatian American contributions to the building of the United States of America. CroatiaFest is a federally approved non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

CroatiaFest is part of the Seattle Center’s Festal Series of ethnic festivals. Although the theme of the festival is specific to the country of Croatia, her people and history, the festival is ethnically diverse with performers and attendees of many nationalities and age groups. The festival is presented annually in October and is organized by a committee of volunteers with additional groups of community representatives and volunteer workers.

CroatiaFest Sponsors

Balkan Store
Maxwell Hotel
Mediteranean Inn
Big John's PFI
25th Anniversary
King County 4 Culture
Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Ancestry Cellars
Croatian National Tourist Office