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.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Iberi: Georgian polyphonic singing performance, 7:30 pm
First Church in Cambridge Congregational, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
Tickets available online
From the Republic of Georgia, Iberi performs one of the world’s most distinctive choral traditions, Georgian polyphonic vocal singing. From rousing drinking songs to heartbreaking folk ballads, the six-person ensemble brings new life to the gorgeous melodies and rich harmonies that have echoed for centuries across Georgia.

Thursday, April 11–Sunday, April 14, 2019

National Folk Organization Annual Conference
Brigham Young University Campus, Provo, Utah
NFO’s annual conference includes the General Membership Meeting, tours of the BYU campus, presentations, workshops, activities, performances, dancing with BYU students and local groups, and the annual NFO Heritage Awards ceremony.

Fridays, April 12–May 17, 2019

International Dance Workout series, 6–7:30 pm
The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge, MA
Admission per class $15, students/seniors/BDA members $12
Join Andy Taylor-Blenis on Friday after work or school for a workout featuring dances from around the world. Dance basics will be taught through dances from many cultures. It’s a fun and high-energy way to kick off your weekend and get some exercise after a long week. You don’t need to have previous dance experience or to attend with a partner. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes and clothes easy to move in. Basic partner and circle dance forms will be taught focusing on footwork and formations.

Friday, April 12–Sunday, April 14, 2019

New England Folk Festival (NEFFA)
Mansfield High and Middle Schools, 250 East Street, Mansfield, MA
Hours and Admission
The 75th 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 27, 2019

FAC’s monthly international dance party presents Romanian Cultural Exchange Day featuring special guests Plaiurile Dornelor, youth dance and music troupe from Romania, for an afternoon Romanian dance workshop, potluck supper, music workshop, and Romanian dance party at the Arlington Masonic Temple, 19 Academy Street, Arlington, MA.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

April MIT International Folk Dance, 8–10:30 pm
MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, 2nd floor, Room 5-234, Cambridge, MA
Everyone is welcome to join in learning dances from Eastern Europe and around the world. Teaching begins at 8 pm. This month’s programmer is Yaron Shragai.


Fridays, May 3–17, 2019

International Dance Workout series, 6–7:30 pm
The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge, MA
Admission per class $15, students/seniors/BDA members $12
Join Andy Taylor-Blenis on Friday after work or school for a workout featuring dances from around the world. Dance basics will be taught through dances from many cultures. It’s a fun and high-energy way to kick off your weekend and get some exercise after a long week. You don’t need to have previous dance experience or to attend with a partner. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes and clothes easy to move in. Basic partner and circle dance forms will be taught focusing on footwork and formations.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Cinco de Mayo folk dance, 7:30-10 pm
Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington Street, Watertown, MA
Donations suggested
Join Next Gen and the Pinewoods Band for an evening of international, contra, and English dancing. This is an event for all dance backgrounds, ages, and experience levels, so bring your friends and family!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

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

Sunday, May 19, 2019

May MIT International Folk Dance, 8–10:30 pm
MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, 2nd floor, Room 5-234, Cambridge, MA
Everyone is welcome to join in learning dances from Eastern Europe and around the world. Teaching begins at 8 pm.

Sunday, May 26–Monday, May 28, 2019

Brattleboro Dawn Dance, 8 pm-7 am
Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main Street/Route 5, Brattleboro, VT
Tickets sold online and at the door while supplies last
The Memorial Day Dawn Dance presents three sessions of New England contras and squares with three callers and bands.

Thursday, May 30–Sunday, June 2, 2019

Arlington Greek Festival
Thursday, 5–9 pm (Gyro and Pastry Night); Friday, 11 am–10 pm; Saturday, 11 am–10pm; Sunday 11 am–8 pm
Saint Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church, 4 Appleton Street, Arlington, MA
FREE admission
Saint Athanasius’ Greek Festival presents Greek food, wine, and beer, live music, and dancing, plus church tours and children’s activities.


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Family Contra Dance, 6-7 pm (light snacks served, 5:30 pm)
Carter Memorial United Methodist Church, 800 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA
Donations suggested
The Family Contra Dance features music by Fiddlers on the Groove and the Friedman Family Band, with dance calling by Marcie Van Cleave. No previous dance experience is needed. Contact: Sally Malast

Friday, June 7–Sunday, June 9, 2019

FAC and Forgás Hungarian Dance Group present Hungarian Dance Weekend at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA.

Thursday, June 6–Sunday, June 9, 2019

2019 Woburn Greek Festival
Thursday, 4–10 pm; Friday, 11 am–11 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
FREE admission
Annunciation Woburn’s Greek Festival presents authentic Greek cuisine, dancing, shopping, and much more.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Dance for World Community Festival, 12 noon-7 pm
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, 400 Harvard Street, and in and around 1151 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
FREE admission
The final day of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s eleventh annual Dance for World Community Festival Week is an all-day, indoor-outdoor festival featuring performances and classes, noon–6 pm, by dozens of New England-based dance groups – from African to Indian, from Ballet to Hip Hop. There will be food vendors and booth displays by the area’s social service/advocacy organizations.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

BarnFest 2019!, 1 pm into the wee hours
The Barn, 80 Bassett Road, Shelburne, MA
Suggested donation $35-$50
Becky Ashenden and Fabric of Life present a barn party to benefit the group’s mission. The many activities throughout the day and evening include: craft exhibitions and workshops; sampling and shopping local fare; family dancing; music workshops and jams; a potluck supper; a Balkan sing-along; a kafana; and performances and dancing with Zay-Tunes, the Tipsy Parsnips, Zdravets, Mladost Folk Ensemble, Gogofski, the Harris Brothers Balkan Band, the Tamburitza Ensemble, Gawain and Lysander Folk Orchestra, and Orkestar Banitsa.

Thursday, June 20–Thursday, June 27, 2019

FAC presents International Folk Dance and Music sessions at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

FAC’s monthly folk dance party features international music by The Goats, 8-11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.


Saturday, July 6–Sunday, July 7, 2019

New Bedford Folk Festival, 11 am-9 pm Saturday and 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 24th 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 100 emerging and well-known artists are featured on eight sound stages.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

ArtBeat 2019: Consumed, 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 “Consumed”, featuring over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food, and all-age activities.

Friday, July 26–Sunday, July 28, 2019

Lowell Folk Festival 2019, 6-10 pm Friday, noon-10 pm Saturday, noon-6 pm Sunday
Five stages and other locations in downtown Lowell, MA, rain or shine
FREE admission
The 33rd 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, July 27–Saturday, August 3, 2019

English Dance Week at Pinewoods
The Country Dance and Song Society presents English country dancing, Morris and sword dancing, and English clog dancing, plus a touch of contras, and also singing, and instrument workshops at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA.


Saturday, August 10–Saturday, August 17, 2019

Early Music Week at Pinewoods
The Country Dance and Song Society presents Early Music Week, exploring musical memories, from pieces that memorialize or recall earlier times to memory aids and skills. We’ll create new sweet memories while bringing musical styles from earlier times to life in the present at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA.