Selected regional events

This calendar lists concerts, dance performances, festivals, dance parties, workshops, and other events that are of special interest to the FAC community. See Folk Dancing in New England for lists of the regularly scheduled social dance series of recreational folk dance groups in the New England states. See This month at FAC for the full schedule of FAC-sponsored dance and music programs. You may email the FAC web editor about calendar listings. If you do not have a website or other link for your event, please include your information in a pdf or jpeg.

Saturday, July 7–Sunday, July 8, 2018

New Bedford Folk Festival, 11 am-9 pm Saturday-Sunday
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 33 Williams Street; Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase Street; and other venues in downtown New Bedford, MA
Admission charged
The 23rd annual New Bedford Folk Festival is an international folk music and arts festival with juried local and imported handcrafts, fine arts, food, and family activities. More than 70 emerging and well-known artists are featured on seven sound stages.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

ArtBeat 2018: Flip, 11 am-10 pm
Two outdoor stages, the Somerville Theatre, and streets in Davis Square, Somerville, MA, rain or shine
FREE admission
The Somerville Arts Council presents the annual arts festival ArtBeat with the theme “Flip”, featuring over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food, and all-age activities.

Friday, July 27–Sunday, July 29, 2018

Lowell Folk Festival 2018, 6:45-10 pm Friday, noon-10 pm Saturday, noon-6:30 pm Sunday
Five stages and other locations in downtown Lowell, MA, rain or shine
FREE admission
The 32nd Lowell Folk Festival presents concerts on five stages by traditional and ethnic performers from all over the US and the world, plus parades, family activities, crafts demonstrations, food vendors, and merchandise sales. Dancing is encouraged throughout the Festival, particularly at the Dutton Street Dance Pavilion.

Saturday, August 4–Saturday, August 11, 2018

East Coast Balkan Music and Dance Workshops
Iroquois Springs, 66 Bowers Road, Rock Hill, NY
Full-time, part-time, and evening party registration options are offered
East European Folklife Center’s Balkan Camp East presents daily classes in Balkan vocal, instrumental, and dance technique, plus folklore presentations, children’s programs, staff and student concerts, jam sessions, and evening dance parties.

Sunday, August 12–Saturday, August 18, 2018

FAC presents Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School on Thompson Island, Boston, MA, with Visitors’ Day on Tuesday, August 14

Sunday, August 12–Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19–Saturday, August 25, 2018

Mainewoods Dance Camp sessions
Full-time, part-time, and evening party options are offered
Indian Acres, 1712 Main Street, Fryeburg, ME
Session I: Israeli, Balkan, and Polish dance, plus contras, squares, and English country dance
Session II: International, French Canadian, Scottish, Bulgarian, and Balkan dance, plus Scottish country dance

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Boston Harbor Sottish Fiddle School Redux, 8 pm
Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
Tickets available online
Faculty from this year’s FAC Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School perform a collaborative concert.

Friday, August 24–Sunday, August 26, 2018

American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront, 6:30-10:30 pm Friday, noon-10:30 pm Saturday, noon-6:30 pm Sunday

Four sound stages and other locations in downtown Bangor, ME
Donation suggested
The annual American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront presents four stages of music and dance from the many cultures that make up America today, plus traditional craft demonstrations and exhibits, a folk art and craft marketplace, food vendors, and children’s activities.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

FAC’s monthly folk dance party features international dancing for all, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Bulgarika Band Folk Dance Party, 7:30 pm
Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA
$15 contribution requested
Amherst International Folk Dancing presents a folk dance party featuring music by Bulgarika. Enter by the door at the top of the ramp on the right side. Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

New World Festival, 12 noon-11 pm
Chandler Music Hall, 71–73 Main Street, Randolph, VT
Admission charged
The 26th annual New World Festival presents Celtic and French Canadian music and dance, performed on five stages simultaneously in historic Chandler Music Hall and in other all-weather facilities (the Chandler Center, Bethany Congregational Church, and a colorful complex of walled tents). More than 50 musicians from Northern New England, Canada, and the British Isles perform. The Dance tent offers participatory contra, French quadrille, Cape Breton, and free-style dancing. Also featured are vendors of food, brews, and crafts.

Friday, September 7–Sunday, September 9, 2018

Somerville Greek Festival 2018
Friday 11:30 am–11 pm, Saturday noon–11 pm, Sunday noon–9 pm
Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 29 Central Street, Somerville, MA
Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church presents its annual festival featuring great food, live music every night, and dancing.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Trinity Armenian Family Festival, noon–5 pm
Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Talanian Cultural Hall and church grounds, 145 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
Admission FREE
Holy Trinity Church of Greater Boston presents an afternoon of food, fun, and fellowship with delicious Armenian dinners (take-out available), Armenian music and dancing, games and activities for children, a raffle drawing, and more.

Friday, September 14–Sunday, September 16, 2018

Greek Festival
Friday noon–11 pm, Saturday 11 am–11 pm, Sunday noon–8 pm
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England, 162 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA
Admission FREE
Annunciation Cathedral’s Greek Festival features authentic Greek cuisine, dancing, and live music, plus family activities and more.

Saturday, September 15–Sunday, September 16, 2018

SerbFest 2017, Saturday noon–10 pm, Sunday noon–5 pm
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 41 Alewife Brook Parkway, North Cambridge, MA
Admission FREE
St. Sava’s 12th annual Serbian Festival celebrates Serbian culture with food, music, dancing, and more. Several folk dance troupes from the US and Canada will perform.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Boston Dance Alliance Dancer Health Day, 10 am–5 pm
Studio 7 at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge, MA
FREE; $5–$15 contribution encouraged
Recreational and professional dancers are invited to participate in a Dancer Wellness Screening. Learn about your own physical strengths and weaknesses, and receive immediate, personalized education about how to address your individual needs as a dancer. Connect with local health professionals who specialize in dance medicine and treating dancers. Help to pilot an assessment tool to collect information about dancer injuries across the country.

Thursday, September 20–Sunday, September 25, 2018

World Music and Dance Camp
Iroquois Springs, 66 Bowers Road, Rock Hill, NY
Ahmet Luleci’s World Camp presents classes in Balkan, Greek, and Turkish dance, and music by Edessa, Christos Tiktapanidis, and more.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Dance Workshop and Party with Bulgarika:
Dance workshop 3–6 pm
Dance party 8–11 pm
Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA
Admission charged
FAC presents an afternoon workshop in Bulgarian and Macedonian folk dancing with Michael Ginsburg and an evening folk dance party with music by Bulgarika: Donka Koleva, vocals; Nikolay Kolev, gadulka; Stoyan Kostov, tambura; and Michael Ginsburg, tapan.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

FAC’s monthly folk dance party features international dancing for all, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Friday, October 5–Monday, October 8, 2018

FAC’s Oktoberfest International Dance and Music Weekend in Fairlee, VT presents Tineke and Maurits van Geel teaching Eastern European and Asian folk dance, and the Pinewoods Band, directed by Tom Pixton, playing international music for the evening dance parties.