Dick Major










2013 Highlights






  • CroatiaFest's 12th Anniversary

    October 3 & 4, 2015

  • Palačinke

  • Dick Major

    Outstanding Croatian Award

  • 2013 Highlights Video


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



Family Tree

This year, our gallery's theme is: Family Trees (Rodoslovlje). We are inviting all Croatians who possess a picture of their family tree, to participate in the exhibit. As an example, we are featuring a picture of the Ruljancich family tree, which Mark found in a home in the town of Vis, on the Island Vis. It shows the family origins from the 17th century. The deadline for submission of your family tree picture is September 15th. We are very flexible on dimensions and framing. For all details and information please contact Dunja at familytree@croatiafest.org.



For more than 20 years, Zrinski has delighted audiences all over North America with their energetic and entertaining performances of traditional and modern Croatian music. CroatiaFest is pleased and honored to welcome back this very talented group of singers and musicians to Seattle.

The band consists of two brothers, Nick (keyboards and accordian) and Jonathan (drums) Barbic, Martin Kolega (vocals) Tommy Bele (bass) and Emil Jakovcevic (guitar).

Zrinski will headline the main stage performances at CroatiaFest on Sunday, October 4th and will be the featured dance band to kick off CroatiaFest at the Sing-Along party on Saturday October 3rd at the Russian Community Center from 6 - Midnight.

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting with Richard Kinssies will be held in Loft #2 lecture room upstairs on the 3rd floor of the Armory. "Welcome Pour" will be provided by local Croatian wine vintner, Jason Morin of Ancestry Cellars. 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 4, 2015

12:00 PM
Opening Ceremonies - Main Stage
12:20 PM
Hrvstski Vitezovi - Main Stage
12:30 PM
Bobbin Lace Making - Main Floor
Consular Day - 3rd Floor Room 310
Croatia Today - Main Floor
Croatian Costume Photo Booth - Main Floor
Cutout Photo Opportunity - Main floor
Food Booths - Main Floor and Outside the Southwest Doors
Kid's Activity - Main Floor of the Armory
Letters and Personal Documents Translations and "Kako Se Kaže" - Main Floor
Marketplace - Main Floor
Croatian Costumes - Loft Art Gallery 3rd Floor of the Armory
Rodoslovlje - Loft Art Gallery 3rd Floor of the Armory
Historical Display - 3rd Floor
12:40 PM
Dave & The Dalmatians - Main Stage
12:55 PM
Tamburaški Orkestar Kardinal Stepinac - Main Stage
1:00 PM
Rizi Bizi - John Sarich Memorial Cooking Stage sponsored by Chateau Ste. Michelle
Croatian Travel - 3rd Floor Loft #2 Lecture Room
1:15 PM
Ženska Klapa Ruzmarin - Main Stage
1:30 PM
Seattle Junior Tamburitzans - Main Stage
1:50 PM
Tamburaški Orkestar Kardinal Stepinac - Main Stage
2:00 PM
Squid Salad - John Sarich Memorial Cooking Stage sponsored by Chateau Ste. Michelle
Bonaca - Quincy's Music Corner
Croatian Cinema - Loft Art Gallery 3rd Floor of the Armory
2:05 PM
Participatory Kolo Dancing - Main Floor
2:30 PM
Zrinksi - Main Stage
3:00 PM
Gibanica - John Sarich Memorial Cooking Stage sponsored by Chateau Ste. Michelle
Wine Tasting - 3rd Floor Loft Lecture Room #2
3:15 PM
Outstanding Croatian Award - Main Stage
3:25 PM
Radost Folk Ensemble - Main Stage
3:45 PM
Anar Dana - Main Stage
4:05 PM
Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble & Ruze Dalmatinke & Bonaca - Main Stage
4:30 PM
KlapaDooWopella - Qunicy's Music Corner
5:10 PM
KlapaDooWopella - Main Stage
5:25 PM
Tamburaski Orkestar Kišobran - Main Stage
5:45 PM
Sinovi Tamburitza Orchestra - Main Stage
6:35 PM
Jam Session - Quincy’s Bar

Festival Highlights

Saturday, Oct. 3 - 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. 4 - All-Day Festival

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

Fun for Kids: kids crafts In keeping with the recent year’s “Heart” theme, children of all ages will be able to decorate and paint either a frame with a heart insert for a photo or a bird house to hang on a Christmas tree. Bring the kids to the fun booth of the Armory where Lorraine and Elisabeth Emerson will be on hand to furnish the art supplies for their creativity.

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: Three different cooking demonstrations will take place in the new John Sarich Memorial Cooking Stage located upstairs on the 3rd floor of the Armory.

History: Exhibition panels will feature the history of Croatia inspired by the book "Croatia Land and People". 

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. Live Skype presentation with travel representatives from Lux Travel in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Adriatic Travel and REI Adventures upstairs in Loft #2 lecture room.  

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, fresh wild caught salmon grilled to perfection. 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.

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 4:30 - 5:00. 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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