Norwegian Cultural Heritage Day, March 20; Vegfest, March 20-21; French Fest, March 22.

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Party with Norwegians, vegetarians and French-speaking cultures this weekend at Norwegian Heritage Day, Vegfest and French Fest.

Norwegian Cultural Heritage Day kicks off Saturday, March 21, with the Leif to Leif run/walk from the Leif Erikson bust at Leif Erikson Lodge to Shilshole Marina and back, complete with your own Norwegian mini-flag and a finish line waffle with jam. Or skip the run and come for the Vafler (waffles), lefse, Krumkaker and open-face sandwiches, among an array of traditional Norwegian food and entertainment at Tastes of Norway. There’ll be Norwegian music, crafts and folk costumes, vendors, kids activities and information on Scandinavian genealogy; admission is free and all are welcome.

On Sunday, March 22, learn about French language and culture around the world at French Fest: A Celebration of French-speaking Cultures, at Seattle Center. Cooking demonstrations, vendors, music and dance performances, career fair and children’s activities are among the day’s events. A new feature this year, the French Fashion Show, showcases the creations of professional French designers with models parading the catwalk accompanied by French music.

Norwegian Heritage Day

Taste of Norway: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21

Location: Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle

Leif to Leif Run/Walk: 9 a.m., registration open 8 a.m., $5-$10

More information: 206-783-1274 or


Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 21-22

Cost: $8, ages 12 and younger free

Location: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle

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French Fest

Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, March 22

Location: Seattle Center Armory, Seattle

More info: 206-684-7200 or

Also at Seattle Center, Vegetarians of Washington host their annual healthy vegetarian food festival, Vegfest, Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, at Exhibition Hall. Samples of vegetarian foods from around the world, including a special tasting area for kids, are one of the event’s main attractions and being a vegetarian isn’t required, since everyone’s interested in tasty, healthy food. Watch cooking demonstrations, learn about health and nutrition and check out the cookbook sale for all the inspiration and information you need to add some tasty new dishes to your menu, whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or simply looking for healthy food options.