CroatiaFest, Oct. 4

CroatiaFest reveals this rich and distinctive culture through folk dancing, music, foods and more. The festival's theme this year, "Croatian Women: Tradition Bearers," delves into their unique and influential place in Croatian history and society.

Acclaimed folk dance ensembles, musicians and visiting artists, children and visitors celebrate Croatia and highlight the history and regional contributions of Croatian Americans at Safeco Insurance Festál: CroatiaFest, Oct. 4, 12 noon – 8 p.m., at Center House.

The festival theme this year, “Croatian Women: Tradition Bearers,” explores their extraordinary cultural place with lectures and exhibits. An exhibit in the Harrison Street Gallery, Oct. 1 – 12, features the works of noted Croatian women artists and watercolors from the Blanche Payne Costume Photograph and Drawing Collection.

Oct. 4 Center House Stage entertainment includes Dave and the Dalmatians, Dunava Women’s Choir, Jele Women’s Choir, Klapa Doowopella, Radost Folk Ensemble, Ruže Dalmatinke Orchestra, Seattle Junior Tamburitzans, Tamburaški Orkestar Kardinal Stepinac, Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, a Fashion Show – “Rites of Passage” and more.  Special musical guests Grupa ZRINSKI of Los Angeles join local favorites in a dance party Oct. 3, 7 – 10 p.m. and Oct. 4, 6 – 8 p.m.  Performance and activity times and more are found at www.croatiafest.org .

Festival-goers may purchase lavender oil and essentials from the island of Hvar, coffee and spices, unique Croatian designs, imported Dalmatian food products, lace, antiques, books, jewelry and more at the Croatian marketplace. Food Court restaurants will serve Croatian specialties. Tourist and genealogy information will help visitors discover Croatia’s rich past and exciting possibilities.