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 12 and Saturday, January 13, 2018

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 12–Sunday, January 14, 2018

31st Annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend
Friday 7:30–11 pm, Saturday 9 am–11 pm, Sunday 9 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 13, 2018

Theodosii Spassov Folk Quintet Concert and Dance Workshop, 8:30 pm
ACAS Center, 29 Montvale Ave, Woburn, MA
Tickets available
The Bulgarian Center of New England presents a concert of traditional Bulgarian folk music by the Theodosii Spassov Folk Quintet: Theodosii Spassov (kaval and voice), Peyo Peev (gadulka), Ivan Georgiev (gaida), Hristyan Tsvyatkov (guitar), and Genadi Rashkov (tupan). The evening begins with a performance by award-winning Bulgarian singer Elitsa Stoyneva and a Bulgarian folk dance workshop with Peter Petrov.

Thursday, January 18–Sunday, January 21, 2018

Boston’s Celtic Music Festival
Thursday 7–8:50 pm, Friday 7–10:45 pm, Saturday 10 am–9 pm, Sunday 10 am–9 pm
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 15th 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.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

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 11th 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, February 10, 2018

An Evening of Transylvanian Folk Dancing, 7–9 pm
First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington vestry, 630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA
Donation suggested
First Parish’s Partnership Church Committee presents an evening of Transylvanian group dancing for all (no partners needed) with instruction by Dénes Takácsy, followed by a potluck dessert. This event is a benefit for a partner church in Transylvania.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Karnavali 2018, 7:30 pm–1:30 am
Dormitrion Greek Orthodox Church, 29 Central Street, Somerville, MA
Discount for advance ticket purchase
Boston Lykeion Ellinidon presents Karnavali, an annual night of music, dancing, and regional folk traditions in celebration of the carnival season of Rethymno, Crete. Local band REVMA will play Greek dance favorites.

Mondays, February 12–March 19, 2018

The Music of Greece: From Homer to Xenakis, six classes, 6:30 pm
Maliotis Cultural Center, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA
Registration fee charged
The Traditional Music Department of Boston Lykeion Ellinidon, with the support of Dr. Pantel Vokonas, presents a course by Leftis Kordis, DMA, focusing on selected topics in the music of Greece from the third century C.E. to the 1970s. Taking into account the historical circumstances at the time, the class will investigate the ways in which Byzantine and Acritic music and neighboring music traditions laid the foundation for the development of Demotic music (island and mainland), the music of the Cretan Renaissance, and other significant genres, such as Asia Minor (smyrneika, politika), rebetika, laika, entehna, and political activist songs. Participants will participate in listening to, analyzing, and playing or singing three selections representative of the themes covered.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Contra Dance, 7–10 pm
Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 188 Elliott Street, Danvers, MA
Donations suggested
Christ the Redeemer Church presents an evening of contra dancing for all ages with live music. No experience is necessary; wear comfortable shoes. Additional dances are planned for March 16 and April 20. These dances are an outreach to the community as well as fundraisers for an upcoming production of A Tale of Two Cities to be presented at the church.

Friday, February 16–Sunday, February 18, 2018

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 31st 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 17, 2018

Annual Apokriatiko Dance, 7 pm–12 am
Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church Community Center, 70 Montvale Avenue, Woburn, MA
Tickets available
The Panmacedonian Association, Inc., Phillipos O Macedon and Cleopatra Boston Chapters, present their pre-Lenten party with music by REVMA.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Folk Dance Workshop with Murray and Randi Spiegel, 7–10 pm
Temple Beth Torah, 130 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT
Admission charged
The Always on Sunday International Folk Dancers present Murray and Randi Spiegel teaching your future dance favorites – dances from Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Greece, Israel, and more.

Saturday, March 4, 2018

Celebration of Bulgaria’s National Liberation Day, 6 pm
ACAS Center, 29 Montvale Avenue, Woburn, MA
Dinner only and concert tickets available
The Bulgarian Center of New England, Inc. is honored to present the 2018 Annual Fundraising Celebration of Bulgaria’s National Liberation Day in support of our mission to purchase a home for the Bulgarian community in the New England area. Doors open at 5:30 pm; the concert starts at 6 pm, followed by a dance party and a buffet dinner at 7:45 pm.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

7th Annual Maliotis Greek Dance Workshop, 8:15 am–9:30 pm
Maliotis Cultural Center, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA
Pre-registration required by March 14
Learn a variety of regional dances from experienced and talented instructors. The workshop will include 1 1/4-hour classes, rotating through specific regions of Greece. Classes are designed for participants ages 12 and older, all skill levels. In the evening, there will be a glendi with mezedakia.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

FAC’s Balkan Music Night features music by 12 bands for dancing and acoustic listening, 7 pm–1 am at 51 Walden Performing Arts Center in Concord, MA.

Friday, March 23–Saturday, March 24, 2018

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 28th Annual DownEast Fest features contra, folk, and swing dancing, performances, dance and music workshops, music sessions, family activities, and more.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

FAC’s monthly international dance party features live music by Yaron Shragai and Friends, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Memorial Dance for Eph Weiss
Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA
Free admission
FAC, CDS-Boston, Speledans, and the family and close friends present a dance party in memory of Eph Weiss.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

FAC’s Benefit Gala 2018 celebrates 43 years, 7:30–11 pm at First Church, U.U. in Belmont, MA.

Friday, April 20–Sunday, April 22, 2018

New England Folk Festival (NEFFA)
Mansfield High and Middle Schools, 250 East Street, Mansfield, MA
Hours and admission
The 74th 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 28, 2018

FAC’s monthly international dance party presents a Milestone Birthday Celebration with music by Sladka, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.