Diwali: Lights of India, Oct. 21, Seattle Center; Holiday Food and Gift Festival, Oct. 19-22, Tacoma; Sons of Norway Bazaar, Oct. 21-22, Seattle; Friends of Seattle Library Cookbook Sale, Oct. 21, Seattle; Duwamish Native Arts and Crafts Market, Oct. 20-22, Seattle.
The Seattle Center Festál series hosts Diwali: Lights of India with music, dance, vegetarian food and activities celebrating the festival of Diwali on Saturday, Oct. 21. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.
Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci and state Sen. Patty Kuderer are among the guests scheduled at the opening ceremony. It’s followed by entertainment throughout the day featuring the Rajasthani Caravan traditional folk dance and music group from Rajasthan, India, 4-6 p.m. Saturday. Festival activities include a fashion show featuring Diwali dress-ups, a display of traditional dolls, cooking and craft demonstrations, and games for children.
Looking ahead to another holiday, the Tacoma Dome hosts the Holiday Food and Gift Festival Oct. 19-22 with hundreds of vendors, cooking demonstrations and — dare I say it — Christmas decorations and Santa visits.
Diwali: Lights of India
Time: noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21
Location: Seattle Center Armory, Seattle
More info: 206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/festal
Holiday Food and Gift Festival
Time: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 19-21; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22
Cost: $15.50, ages 12 and younger free
Location: Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma
More info: 800-521-7469 or holidaygiftshows.com
Sons of Norway Bazaar
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21-22
Location: Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle
More info: 206-682-7567 or lelodge.sharepoint.com/Pages/default.aspx/ChildrensEvents.aspx
Friends of Seattle Library Cookbook Sale
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21
Location: Tavolata, 501 E. Pike St., Seattle
More info: 206-682-7567 or friendsofspl.org
Duwamish Native Arts and Crafts Market
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 20-22
Location: Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W., Seattle
More info: 206-431-1582 or duwamishtribe.org
For a more low-key shopping experience, head to the Sons of Norway Bazaar in Seattle on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22. A local tradition celebrating its 111th year, the event features a sale of crafts by Lodge members, raffles, a rummage sale, Book Nook, and lots of Nordic food, pastries and strong Norwegian coffee to fuel your day at Leif Erikson Lodge.
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Other interesting shopping options this weekend include the Friends of Seattle Public Library’s Cookbook Sale Saturday, Oct. 21, which is expected to be so popular — prices start at $4 — that there may be a wait to get in; and the Duwamish Native Arts and Crafts Market on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-22, at Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, Seattle.