• 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

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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 Genealogy

BarbaraStarkey CroatiaFest 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.

Croatian Events

Bellingham Croatian Picnic
08/27/2016 12:00 PM
Hovander Homestead Park 5299 Nielson Ave, Ferndale, WA 98248
more info
Tamburitza Association of America Extravaganza
Westin Hotel 6100 N. Rider Road, Rosemont, IL 60018
more info
Contact phone: 847-698-6000
Croatian Vigil Mass
10/01/2016 5:00 PM
St Joseph Catholic Church 732 - 18th Ave E, Seattle, WA
more info

Music by Sinovi Tamburitza Orchestra.
CroatiaFest Kick Off Dance and Sing-Along
10/01/2016 6:00 PM
Russian Community Center 704 - 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA
more info
10/02/2016 12:00 PM
Armory at the Seattle Center 305 Harrison St. Seattle,WA
more info
Contact email:
Festa Tri Kralja
01/08/2017 10:30 AM
Holy Rosary Catholic Church 4210 SW Genesee St. Seattle, WA 98116
more info

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 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 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 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 volunteers 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 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, 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.

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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