Diwali, the fall Hindu festival of lights that avows the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness, officially falls on October 27 this year, but there are local celebrations taking place throughout the season. Below, we’ve rounded up all the places to eat traditional food, dance to Bollywood music, and learn more about the holiday around Seattle, from a Diwaloween dance party to a gourmet supper club to lots of family-friendly festivals. You can also see them all on our complete Diwali calendar.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
Asha Diwali Dhamaka
The Seattle chapter of Asha for Education will celebrate the Hindu fall festival with music from DJ RKay, Bollywood karaoke, live and silent auctions, and festive food and drinks.
Microsoft Building 92, Redmond
North Seattle Diwali Festival
Learn the history behind Diwali traditions during a family-friendly storytime, then stick around for themed games, crafts, music, and food.
Lake City Community Center
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
Bellevue Collection Diwali
Light will prevail over fall darkness both literally and figuratively at this Diwali celebration with live performances, henna, and crafts.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
YMCA Diwali Celebration
Enjoy sweets, make crafts, and get a henna tattoo at this family-centered Diwali event hosted by the India Association of Western Washington.
Bellevue Family YMCA
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
Diwali Happy Hour
Lift your fall spirits by stuffing your face with gulab jamun, fried chili peppers, and mini samosas with chutney, getting a henna design on your hand, sipping special lassi cocktails, and grooving to a mix of Bollywood and EDM with DJ praVes.
Bar Moxy, South Lake Union
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
Bollywood Diwali Dance Party
DJ SZNaina will blast Bollywood all night long and free swag will abound at this Diwali dance party.
STAGE Seattle, Pioneer Square
Eastside Diwali Ball
This classy party for the Hindu festival of lights promises Bollywood jams from DJ Kapil, games, tasty food, and a cash bar.
Hilton Hotel, Bellevue
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
BollyGrooves Annual Diwaloween
Kill two birds with one very festive stone by celebrating Halloween and India’s festival of lights in the same night. Hear music from Canadian dhol player 2faanmusic, dance to Bollywood music from DJ Aanshul and DJ TAMM, enter a costume contest, wear free glow necklaces, and eat free candy.
This traditional Diwali celebration will raise money for the Kent Hindu Temple with music, dancing, food, and fireworks.
Welcome Palace, SeaTac
Diwali with Heartfulness
Celebrate Diwali with food, music, and a guided meditation.
Microsoft Commons, Redmond
Diwali Indian Fusion Bollywood Boat Party
Cruise along Lakes Union and Washington on a huge cruise ship decked out with Bollywood- and Bhangra-spinning DJs and lots of alcohol.
The Islander Cruise Ship, South Lake Union
Diwali: Lights of India
Experience Diwali by seeing classical Odissi, Bharatanatyam, and Kathak dances, admiring a mandala (rangoli) decorative arrangement, getting a henna tattoo, eating Indian vegetarian food, and more.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Diwali Supper Club
Chef Preeti Agarwal of the Indian pop-up Meesha will prepare a Diwali feast, with dishes like braised goat stew, malai prawns, and a surprise thali for dessert.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Diwali Family Festival
At this celebration of the Hindu festival of lights, take a tour of the special exhibition Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum and take in live performances.
Seattle Art Museum, Downtown
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
When you’re not dancing to Bollywood spin by a live DJ, fill up on sweet and savory Indian-inspired food and drinks and watch dance performances.
Interlake High School, Bellevue