The festival of Holi (also known as Dhulandi) is celebrated every year in early spring, typically on the day after the full moon in early March. The Holi festival celebrates good over evil and is to remind us to always keep faith in ourselves. It’s one of the best ways to welcome spring.
At the fervent celebration, people may throw powdered color (gulal) or water balloons at each other, accompanied by Bollywood beats, dancing, and a general sense of wild abandon and unbridled joy. At some Holi celebrations, the color craziness is optional–it can be a very messy celebration.
If you plan to participate in throwing colors, wear something comfortable that you are willing to stain (an inexpensive white t-shirt is perfect). Colors are cornstarch based and safe natural colors. They can be (mostly) dusted off. There may not be water available at the event for wash up, but soap and water at home will do the trick.
To assist in cleanup, you may want to apply a moisturizer to skin and coat your hair with a small amount of coconut or olive oil before heading to a Holi event. And don’t forget to bring something to protect your car seats for the ride home.
Seattle Holi Festivals 2018
The following Holi festivals take place throughout the Puget Sound region during the month of March. Most are family-friendly, but some are 21+ only as noted.
March 3, 2018, 12:00pm. Holi – Festival of Colors at Bellevue Downtown Park. The Northwest’s biggest HOLI withMusic, Food, Colors and Masti. Tickets: $15 entry only, $20 with color. Kids under 12 are free.
March 3, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00 pm. Holi – Festival of Colors at Crossroads Park in Bellevue is when powdered color flies, a DJ plays dance music, and Indian food is sold. All tickets include one free powdered color packet. Children younger than 15 are free. Tickets: $15 at the door. Discount: $12 online advance purchase. $10 group tickets (10 or more tickets).
March 3, 2018, 8PM-2AM. 21+ only. Holi at The Crocodile in Seattle. BollyGrooves annual Holi event sells out every year. Enjoy performances, playing with colors (designated areas outside), the best Bollywood music in the city, and guest Dhol player. Admission includes playing with color powders in designated area outside (optional and not required), where colors glow in the LED lights. Tickets: Advance tickets through February 26, $15. Discounts: First 50 ladies to register get in FREE. First 100 tickets purchased enjoy no fees.
March 03 2018, 9pm to 1:45am. 21+ only. Seattle Holi Hai at The Crocodile, the most colorful party in Seattle at Nectar Lounge in Fremont. This event has always sold out in advance. Ticket price includes color packets. Tickets: $22. Discounts: $17pp groups of four.
March 4, 2018, 12:00PM. Holi Celebration in Kent at Sanatan Dharm Mandir Temple, 27123 104th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98030.
March 4, 2018, 3pm to 7pm. All Ages. Seattle Holi Hai at The Crocodile, the most colorful party in Seattle at Nectar Lounge in Fremont. This event has always sold out in advance. Ticket price includes color packets. Tickets: adults $20 , kids (6-13) $10. Discounts: $15pp groups of four.
March 10, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Holi Festival of Colors in Phinney (Seattle). Celebrate this traditional Indian festival with music, dance, storytelling, food, and a fun color fight at Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N. Tickets: $10 supports the cost of the event. Kids under 5 free. Discounts: a pay what you can option is available.
March 11, 2018, 12pm – 4pm. Family friendly. Eastside Holi in Issaquah at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 NW Sammamish Rd, Issaquah, WA. Note: a Discover Pass is required for parking at this state park. Tickets: Adult (age 10+) $25/door, Kid (3 – 9 yrs) $20/door. Discounts: Advance purchase online Adult (age 10+) $20, Kid (3 – 9 yrs) $15.
March 15, 2018, 8PM. 21+ only. RED BARAAT FESTIVAL OF COLORS in Seattle at the Tractor Tavern is a celebration of HOLI. Bandleader and dhol player Sunny Jain curates a night of music highlighting the South Asian Diaspora in America. Tractor, 5213 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107. Tickets: $18.
March 24, 2018, 12pm-5pm. Holi – Festival of Colors in Redmond at Marymoor Park Concerts, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond, WA 98052. Hosted by the Vedic Cultural Center.