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.

Friday, January 10, 2020

New Year Folk Dance Party with Orkestar Banitsa, 7:30 pm
Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA
Donation requested
Amherst International Folk Dancing presents Orkestar Banitsa playing traditional music for dancing from the Balkan region. Please bring clean, non-marking shoes for dancing.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

New England Contra Dance, 7:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Sharon, 29 North Main Street, Sharon, MA
$15 donation requested
The Unitarian Church of Sharon’s Not Just Another Coffeehouse presents a contra dance called by Paul Wilde with music by The Resemblance.

Thursday, January 16–Sunday, January 19, 2020

Boston Celtic Music Festival
Thursday 7 pm, Friday 7 pm, Saturday 10 am, Sunday 10 am
Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street; The Atrium, 50 Church Street; Passim School of Music, 26 Church Street; and The Sinclair, 52 Church Street; all in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
Tickets available
The 17th annual BCMFest celebrates the variety of music, song, and dance from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic-related traditions found in the Greater Boston area. All ages are welcome at concerts, workshops, participatory sessions, and more.

Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18, 2020

Zlatne Uste Golden Festival
Friday 7:30 pm–12:30 am, Saturday 6 pm–2 am
The Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets available
Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band presents GoldenFest, New York’s largest Balkan and Romani music event, featuring ecstatic listening, dancing, and partying with fifty bands and acts from the Balkans and beyond, performing on four stages.

Friday, January 17–Sunday, January 19, 2020

32nd Annual Ralph Page Dance Weekend
Friday 7:30–11 pm, Saturday 9 am–11:30 pm, Sunday 9:15 am–4 pm
Ballroom at the University of New Hampshire Memorial Union Building, 83 Main Street, Durham, NH
Admission charged; pre-registration discounts available
NEFFA (the New England Folk Festival Association) presents the traditional music and dance of New England – contras, squares, and more – at this weekend of participatory dancing and workshops in music, dance, and calling.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

FAC’s monthly international dance party features music by the All Girl Band, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Balkan Beat Party, 7–9 pm
The Burren Back Room, 247 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville, MA
Tickets available online
Gogofski (vocalist Kasia Sokalla, clarinetist Dave Golber, accordionist Gawain Thomas, and drummer Henry Goldberg) brings you great music from the Balkans, from the complex dance rhythms of Macedonia to the heart-wrenching Sevdah songs of Bosnia.

Friday, February 14–Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Flurry: A Festival of Traditional Dancing and Music
Friday 7 pm–1 am, Saturday 9 am–1 am, Sunday 9 am–5:30 pm
Saratoga City Center and Saratoga Hilton, 522–534 Broadway, Saratoga, NY
Discounts for advance ticket purchase online
The 33rd Annual Dance Flurry Festival presents music and dancing from America and around the world, performances, dance and music workshops, open jams, crafts, and much more, in over 200 events for all ages.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

FAC’s monthly international dance party features music by the Pinewoods Band, 8:15–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Wednesday, March 4–Sunday, March 8, 2020

2020 National Folk Organization Conference, March 4–6 is presented in conjunction with the 50th Laguna Folk Dance Festival, March 6–8, in Laguna Woods, CA. Yves Moreau and France Bourque-Moreau are teachers at the festival and presenters for the NFO conference; Susan Janet Reineck will give the NFO keynote speech, entitled “From Dance Ethnology to Humanitarian Aid”.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

FAC’s Balkan Music Night features music by thirteen bands for dancing and acoustic listening, 7 pm–1 am at 51 Walden Performing Arts Center in Concord, MA.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

FAC’s Benefit Gala 2020 celebrates 45 years, 7:30–11 pm at First Church in Belmont, U.U. parish hall, Belmont Center, MA.

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Friday, April 24–Sunday, April 26, 2020

New England Folk Festival (NEFFA)
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School,
36 Charter Road, Acton, MA
Hours and Admission
The 76th annual NEFFA Festival presents participatory dancing for all levels: contras and squares, international and regional dancing, couple and swing dancing, clogging, and more. There are music and dance performances, workshops, jam sessions, discussions, family events, craft and food vendors, and a folk bazaar.