Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights that celebrates the victory of good over evil, officially falls on October 19 this year, but there are many Seattle celebrations before and after that. From family-friendly festivals to 21+ dance parties, we've rounded them all up below.

OCT 13
Diwali Dance Party
Celebrate India's festival of lights with Boom Swara's Diwali-themed Bollywood dance party. Dance to Bollywood music while Diwali videos are projected on the walls, drink, eat, and learn about the history of the festival.
Hard Rock Cafe

OCT 14
Diwali Ball
SAM's 10th annual event (which is currently sold out) features henna, fortune tellers, dance performances, live music, tours of SAM's collection, food, drinks, and dancing.
Seattle Art Museum

OCT 20-21
Diwali Dinner
Celebrate Diwali with Chef Nirmal Montiero, who has crafted a special dinner in honor of the Hindu festival of lights. The menu features Gobhi Mussalam (cauliflower braised in a fruit and nut sauce), Charga (grilled chicken breast seasoned with tandoori spice, topped with cilantro chili and fennel sauce), and Mithas (carrot pudding puffs and guava ice cream drizzled with orange caraway seeds) for dessert.

OCT 21
Diwali Bollywood Boat Party
Dance to Bollywood music from DJ Sats on a cruise ship. Costumes aren't required but are very much encouraged.
The Islander

Diwali: Lights of India
This event showcases Indian arts and culture in celebration of India's autumn festival of lights. See performances from local and international artists, learn classical dances like Odissi, Bharatanatyam, and Kathak, get a henna tattoo, sip tea in the chai corner, eat vegetarian Indian food, and much more.
Seattle Center

OCT 28
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, and eat free candy.
The Crocodile

Diwali Family Festival
If you're looking for a daytime gig and want to learn about the history of the festival, this event promises dance performances, art activities, a fashion show, and traditional music.
Seattle Art Museum