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.

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”.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

NOTE: This event has been postponed to a later date, TBD, because of the coronavirus situation.
2020 Celebration of Bulgaria’s National Liberation Day
Melrose Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street, Melrose, MA
Admission charged
The Bulgarian Center of New England, The Bulgarian School “Sv. sv. Kiril i Metodii” and The Bulgarian Church “Saint. Petka” are honored to present the 2020 Annual Celebration of Bulgaria’s National Liberation Day. Divi Zheni (“Wild Women”) is a Boston-based women’s Bulgarian chorus and band founded and directed by Tatiana Sarbinska. Zornitsa (“Morning Star”), also founded and directed by Tatiana Sarbinska, is reported to be America’s first performing group of men who sing traditional and urban Bulgarian songs.

Friday, March 13–Sunday, March 15, 2020

NOTE: This event has been canceled due to the unfolding global health crisis and its impact on international travel.
Fifth International Bagpipe Conference canceled
Friday, 7 pm–Sunday, 7 pm
Paine Hall, 3 Oxford Street, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Bagpipes of the World Concert canceled
Friday, March 13, 8 pm

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

NOTE: This event has been canceled because of the coronavirus threat.
NEFFA Concert at Passim, 7 pm
Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA

Saturday, March 21, 2020

FAC’s Balkan Music Night is canceled for 2020, due to the continued and escalating threat to the health of our community from the coronavirus.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

NOTE: This event will be rescheduled for a later date.
Dance Around the World: Cultural Appreciation Through Music and Dance, 2–4 pm
Stoughton Senior/Youth Center, 110 Rockland Street, Stoughton, MA
FREE admission
Travel the world in an afternoon with the dance and music of different countries in a whirlwind tour featuring participatory dancing and live music from areas of the globe both near and far. This fourth annual program is presented by Stoughton’s Youth Commission, Council on Aging, Diversity and Inclusion Organization, Recreation Department, and the Folk Arts Center of New England.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

NOTE: This event has been postponed to Saturday, September 26, 2020 because of the coronavirus situation.
FAC’s Benefit Gala 2020 celebrates 45 years, 7:30–11 pm at the First Church in Belmont, U.U. parish hall, Belmont Center, MA.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

NOTE: This event has been postponed to a later date, TBD, because of the COVID-19 threat.

International Folk Dance Party with music by MerakKef Express, 7–10 pm
Temple Beth Torah, 130 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT
Admission $15
Always on Sunday presents a mostly Eastern European folk dance party with music by MerakKef Express (Joe Blumenthal, Kitty Kagay, Karen Klevanovsky, Barbara MacLean, Bob Schultz, and Debby Szajnberg).


Friday, April 24–Sunday, April 26, 2020

New England Folk Festival (NEFFA) canceled
NOTE: The 2020 NEFFA Festival has been canceled because of the coronavirus threat.
The 76th annual NEFFA Festival would have presented participatory dancing for all levels: contras and squares, international and regional dancing, couple and swing dancing, clogging, and more. There would have been music and dance performances, workshops, jam sessions, discussions, family events, craft and food vendors, and a folk bazaar, at the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, 36 Charter Road, Acton, MA.


Friday, May 1, 2020

NOTE: Divi Zheni’s May 1 concert has been postponed to November 21, 2020 because of the COVID-19 threat.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Tanac Ensemble from Pécs, Hungary
NOTE: The Tanac tour will be rescheduled for next year because of the coronavirus threat and the travel ban.
Performance followed by reception, 7–9 pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts, 1 Market Square, Newburyport, MA
$10 donation requested – reserve seats at www.firehouse.org
During the evening you will enjoy the music of the seven-piece tamburitzan band, twenty-one lively dancers, colorful embroidered costumes, and demonstrations of old world customs and singing.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Tanac Ensemble from Pécs, Hungary
NOTE: The Tanac tour will be rescheduled for next year because of the coronavirus threat and the travel ban.
Performance, 1–2:30 pm
Camp Denison, 84 Nelson Street, Georgetown, MA
$5 donation requested
During the afternoon you will enjoy the music of the seven-piece tamburitzan band, twenty-one lively dancers, colorful embroidered costumes, and demonstrations of old world customs and singing.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Tanac Ensemble from Pécs, Hungary
NOTE: The Tanac tour will be rescheduled for next year because of the coronavirus threat and the travel ban.
Performance and dance workshop, 8–11 pm at the
FAC Thursday night experienced folk dance
Park Avenue Congregational Church,
50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington, MA
$10 donation requested
During the evening you will enjoy the music of the seven-piece tamburitzan band, twenty-one lively dancers, colorful embroidered costumes, demonstrations of old world customs and singing, and dance teaching.