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 13 and Saturday, January 14, 2017

Boston’s Celtic Music Festival
Friday 7–10:45 pm, Saturday 10 am–5 pm, 7:30–9:30 pm
Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street; The Atrium, 50 Church Street; and First Parish Church, 50 Church Street, all in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
Tickets available
The 14th annual BCMFest presents a kick-off concert at Club Passim and a dance party at The Atrium on Friday night; Saturday morning and afternoon concerts, participatory dancing, jam sessions, and family entertainment at Club Passim and First Parish Church; and a finale concert at First Parish Church on Saturday night.

Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14, 2017

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 more than sixty bands and acts from the Balkans and beyond, performing on four stages.

Friday, January 13–Sunday, January 15, 2017

30th Annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend
Friday 7:30–11 pm, Saturday 9 am–11:30 pm, Sunday 9:15 am–4 pm
University of New Hampshire Memorial Union Building, 83 Main Street, Durham, NH
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 dancing and workshops in music, dance, and calling.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival
12–5:30 pm at McNeill’s Brewery; 7:30 pm concert at New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT
Tickets available
The Brattleboro Music Center presents the 10th annual Northern Roots Festival, featuring daytime participation and performance activities including workshops, panels, mini-concerts, pub sessions, and a dance band workshop that leads to playing for a family dance. The festival concludes with an evening performance with musicians representing the best of the northern musical traditions.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

FAC’s monthly folk dance party with mostly Balkan music by Balkan Fields, 8-11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Celebration of Life: Angela Taylor, 2–5 pm
Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA
All are welcome to join the Taylor family and friends for a memorial and contra dance celebrating the life of Angie Taylor (1915–2016), sister of FAC co-founder Conny Taylor and long-time volunteer for NEFFA, Year End Camp, and FAC’s Oktoberfest.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Renaissance Valentine’s Ball, 7:30–10:15 pm
Introductory dance instruction 6:30–7 pm
Brown Hall, New England Conservatory of Music, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
Donations accepted
Renaissonics’ Valentine’s Ball features caller Aaron Macks and music by Renaissonics, the Boston Recorder Orchestra, and guests. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Friday, February 17–Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Flurry: A Festival of Traditional Dancing and Music
Friday 7 pm–1 am, Saturday 9 am–1 am, Sunday 9 am–9 pm
Saratoga City Center and Saratoga Hilton, 522–534 Broadway, Saratoga, NY
Discounts for advance ticket purchase online
The 30th 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 250 events for all ages.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Karnavali 2017, 7:30 pm–1 am
Dormitrion Greek Orthodox Church, 29 Central Street, Somerville, MA
Tickets at the door
Boston Lykeion Ellinidon presents Karnavali, an annual night of music, dancing, and regional folk traditions in celebration of Apokries, the Greek carnival season. Music is provided by DJ Meleti and local band Revma. This year the BLE dance troupe will showcase traditions from the island of Kalymnos.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Celtic concert with Hanneke Cassel, 8 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, 239 Woburn Street, Reading, MA
Tickets available
The Ivy Chord Coffeehouse, hosted by the U.U. Church of Reading, presents former US National Scottish Fiddle Champion Hanneke Cassel, virtuoso contemporary cellist Mike Block, and guitarist Keith Murphy for an evening of innovative Scottish and Irish fiddle music and songs from Eastern Canada and Quebec.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

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

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Magic of Bulgaria, 5–9:30pm
ACAS Center, 29 Montvale Avenue, Woburn, MA
Tickets available
In honor of Bulgarian National Day, Bulgarian-American Cultural Center MADARA presents its annual fundraising celebration featuring a concert, dance party, and buffet dinner. Special guests include “The Voice” 2013 semi-finalist Vasya Popova, Bulgarian folk dance ensemble Ludo Mlado, the Berklee Bulgarian Band, and Zdravets folk ensemble.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Balkan Dance Party with music by Balkan Fields, 7–10pm
Temple Beth Torah, 130 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT
Donation requested
Always on Sunday International Folk Dancers present a dance party featuring Balkan Fields: Melinda Fields, Melika Fitzhugh, Dean Brown, Melinda Hunt, Henry Goldberg, and Ralph Iverson.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Macedonian dance workshop with Milo Destanovski, 8:30–9:30 pm
Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington, MA
Admission charged
The FAC Friday night folk dance, 8–11 pm, presents a workshop in Macedonian, Romany, and Albanian Macedonian dance, led by expert instructor Milo Destanovski with Jessica Ruiz.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sayat Nova dance performance, 7 pm
Robinson Theater, Waltham High School, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA
Tickets available
Sayat Nova Dance Company of Boston, North America’s leading Armenian dance company, presents its 30th anniversary production, “The Journey Continues,” a performance dedicated to its Boston community.

Saturday, March 18–Sunday, March 19, 2017

Maliotis Greek Dance Workshop and Glendi
Workshops 8:15 am–3:30 pm Saturday and 1–3pm Sunday; Glendi 7:30–10:30 pm Saturday
Maliotis Cultural Center, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA
Pre-registration required by March 14
The Maliotis Center's Sixth Annual Greek Dance Workshop presents workshops by experienced teachers, each focusing on a specific region of Greece.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

FAC’s Balkan Music Night, 7 pm–1 am at 51 Walden Performing Arts Center in Concord, MA

Sunday, March 19, 2017

NEFFA Preview Concert: Gogofski et al., 7 pm
Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
Tickets available
Gogofski plays traditional and modern Balkan songs and instrumental music in a NEFFA Preview Concert that also features The Vox Hunters (duo presenting driving dance tunes and songs inspired by English, American, and Irish folk music) and Outrageous Fortune (acoustic vintage jazz and blues trio).

Friday, March 24–Saturday, March 25, 2017

DownEast Country Dance Festival
7:30 pm Friday, 10 am – 10 pm Saturday
Orion Performing Arts Center, Mount Ararat Middle School, 58 Republic Avenue, Topsham, ME
Discounts for advance registration
The 27th Annual DownEast Fest features contra, folk, and swing dancing, performances, dance and music workshops, music sessions, family activities, and more.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

FAC’s Benefit Gala 2017, 7:30–11 pm at First Church, U.U. in Belmont, MA.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

CANCELED: Greek village dance workshop with Joe Kaloyanides Graziosi
presented by Tuesday Night Revival Balkan Dancing
TNR hopes to reschedule this workshop for a later date, possibly May 6.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Dance Around the World in Stoughton, 6:30–8:30 pm
Stoughton Senior Center, 110 Rockland Street, Stoughton, MA
FAC, with the help of the Stoughton Cultural Council and Council on Aging, invites you to an evening of international folk dancing for all ages with leader Marcie Van Cleave and musicians Tom Pixton, Barbara Pixton, and Catherine Miller. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Stoughton Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Friday, April 21–Sunday, April 23, 2017

New England Folk Festival (NEFFA)
Mansfield High and Middle Schools, 250 East Street, Mansfield, MA.
Hours and admission
The 73rd 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.

Friday, May 5, 2017

FAC’s Romanian Night at the Friday dance with music by Tom Pixton and Friends, 8–11 pm at Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington, MA.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Balkan Dance Party Extravaganza!, 7–11 pm
First Unitarian Society in Newton, 1326 Washington Street, West Newton, MA
Admission charged
Boston’s women’s Bulgarian chorus and band, Divi Zheni, with Artistic Director Tatiana Sarbinska, present their third annual Balkan Dance Party Extravaganza featuring music by Divi Zheni (Bulgarian), Gogofski (pan-Balkan), Revma (Greek), and Zornitsa (Bulgarian).