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

Dance Around the World in Stoughton, 6:30–8:30 pm
Stoughton Senior Center, 110 Rockland Street, Stoughton, MA
FREE admission
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.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Collage and BoSoma’s spring performance, UNITED, 4 pm
Blackman Auditorium, Northeastern University, 342 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
Tickets available
Collage Dance Ensemble, with its roots in Turkish and Eastern European folk dance, and BoSoma Dance Company, rooted in American modern dance, each speak to today’s audience with creative, new techniques and choreography to enhance these cultural foundations. They join their artistic talents in UNITED.

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 6, 2017

Greek dance workshop with Joe Kaloyanides Graziosi, 2–5 pm
Church of Our Saviour, 21 Marathon Street, Arlington, MA
Admission charged
Tuesday Night Revival Balkan Dancing presents a workshop in traditional Greek village dance, led by expert instructor Joe Graziosi. There will be a regular Tuesday Night Revival dance at the same location that evening, 8–11 pm.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

International Potluck Dinner and Dance, 6:30–10 pm
Parish House of First Parish in Framingham, 24 Vernon Street, Framingham, MA
Admission charged
Framingham Folk Dancers present their annual Potluck Dinner and Dance Party with music by the All Girl Band.

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).

Sunday, May 28–Monday, May 29, 2017

Brattleboro Dawn Dance, 8 pm-7 am
Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main Street/Route 5, Brattleboro, VT
Tickets sold online and at the door
The Memorial Day Dawn Dance presents New England contras and squares with three callers and three bands. An English Country Dance precedes the Dawn Dance, 2:30-5:30 pm across the street at The Stone Church, 210 Main Street.

Friday, June 2–Sunday, June 4, 2017

FAC’s Cape Breton Music and Dance Weekend at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA

Friday, June 9, 2017

FAC’s FREE Memorial Dance in honor of Phil Bainbridge at the Friday dance with music by Sladka and by Matt Fichtenbaum, 8–11 pm at Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington, MA

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dance for World Community Festival, 12 noon-8 pm
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, 400 Harvard Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
Admission FREE
The final day of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s ninth annual Dance for World Community Festival Week is an all-day, indoor-outdoor festival featuring performances and classes, noon-6 pm, by more than 90 New England-based dance groups – from African to Indian, from Ballet to Hip Hop, from Baroque to Modern – followed by a community dance party, 6-8 pm. There will be food vendors and booth displays by the area’s social service/advocacy organizations. The Demo Team of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Boston will perform at 12:25 pm on the Mass. Avenue Stage; Mladost Folk Ensemble will perform at 4:45 pm on the Mass. Avenue Stage; and the Krakowiak Polish Dancers of Boston will perform at 4:55 pm on the Parking Lot Stage.

Monday, June 12, 2017

At the Boston Early Music Festival:
Musica Globus: 17th- and 18th-century folk and dance music from Middle Europe, 5 pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA
Tickets available
Melding classical and folk traditions for toe-tapping performances, the eight musicians of Solamente Naturali (including percussionist Baykal Dogan), led by world-renowned violinist Miloš Valent, take their audience on a journey across Europe’s folk music traditions featuring Polish and Slovak dances, pieces by Telemann based on Middle European melodies, and much more.
Will You Walk in the Woods So Wild: Renaissance Music from the British Isles, 11 pm
Fenway Center at Northeastern University, 77 St. Stephen Street at Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA
Tickets available
Ayreheart will perform captivating selections by Dowland and Byrd, as well as anonymous ballad tunes and folk songs from England, Scotland, and Wales.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

At the Boston Early Music Festival:
Laberinto en la guitarra, 5 pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA
Tickets available
Embark on a vivid journey with Tembembe Ensamble Continuo through the musical traditions of Spain, Africa, and indigenous America that showcases the evolution and legacy of Baroque music in Mexico’s musical culture.

Thursday, June 15–Sunday, June 18, 2017

Greek Festival
Thursday, 5 pm–9 pm; Friday, 11 am–10:30 pm; Saturday, 11 am–11pm; Sunday 11 am–7 pm
Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of Woburn, 70 Montvale Avenue, Woburn, MA
Annunciation Woburn’s Greek Festival presents authentic Greek cooking, baking, and music. Bands featured are The Salonica Boys, Orfeas, Ta Dilina, and Revma.

Friday, June 16–Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hellenic Festival 2017
Friday and Saturday, 11 am–11pm; Sunday 11 am–9 pm
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 14 Magazine Street, Cambridge, MA
Saints Constantine and Helen Parish celebrates its 100th anniversary with Greek food, music, and dancing. Featured is music by the Makredes Ensemble.

Thursday, June 22–Thursday, June 29, 2017

FAC’s International Folk Dance and Music sessions at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA

Saturday, July 8–Sunday, July 9, 2017

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 22nd 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.

Friday, July 14–Saturday, July 15, 2017

ArtBeat 2017, 6–10 pm Friday, 11 am-6 pm Saturday
Two outdoor stages, the Somerville Theatre, and streets in Davis Square, Somerville, MA, rain or shine
Admission FREE
The Somerville Arts Council presents the annual arts festival ArtBeat with the theme "Voice," featuring music, dance, and interactive performances, plus craft and food vendors as well on Saturday.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

FAC’s monthly folk dance party, 8-11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA

Friday, July 28–Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lowell Folk Festival 2017, 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
Admission FREE
The 31st 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 5–Saturday, August 12, 2017

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 13–Saturday, August 19, 2017

FAC’s Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School on Thompson Island, Boston, MA, with Visitors’ Day on Tuesday, August 15

Sunday, August 13–Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20–Saturday, August 26, 2017

Mainewoods Dance Camp sessions
Full-time, part-time, and evening party options are offered
Indian Acres, 1712 Main Street, Fryeburg, ME
Session I: Armenian, Israeli, and Balkan dance, plus contras, squares, and English country dance
Session II: Scottish, Balkan & Beyond, and Macedonian dance

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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 25–Sunday, August 27, 2017

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 26, 2017

FAC’s monthly folk dance party, 8-11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA