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.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Transylvanian Hungarian Youth Folk Dance Troupe and Band performance, 7:30 pm
First Church in Belmont parish hall, 404 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA
Donations requested
The Vadrózsák Néptánccsoport (Wild Roses Folk Dance Group) is a native Hungarian folk dance group from Székelykeresztúr, in the Transylvanian region of Romania. The group includes 17 dancers and musicians (15 youth and two adults) and are accompanied by the youth folk dance band “Lelkes Zenekar” (Enthusiastic Band). The dances feature an exuberant display of intricate moves and patterns; the members of the group are eager to share their excitement about their native dances and music with a New England audience.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Balkan Dance Extravaganza, 7–11 pm
Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA
Admission charged
Boston’s Bulgarian women’s chorus and band, Divi Zheni, directed by Tatiana Sarbinska, presents a Balkan dance party featuring music by Divi Zheni, Zornitsa, Balkan Fields, and Gogofski, plus a dance suite performance by Mladost youth dance ensemble.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Israeli Folk Dance Workshop with Eyal Ozeri, 2:15–6 pm
AL/VFW, 386 Washington Street, Brookline, MA
Admission charged
Hakesher presents well-known Israeli choreographer Eyal Ozeri teaching new dances from the recent Carmiel and Ashdod festivals, 2:15–5 pm, followed by open dancing till 6 pm. There will be a Pre-Workshop Party on Saturday, November 16, 7–11 pm at 386 Washington Street, Brookline, MA.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Night Contra Dance, 7–10 pm
Smith School, Ballfield Road, Lincoln, MA
Admission charged
Lincoln First Parish presents its annual Thanksgiving Night Contra Dance featuring caller Chris Ricciotti and musicians Larry Unger (guitar) and Carol Bittenson (fiddle). All ages and abilities are welcome. For more information, contact Kati Winchell.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

FAC’s monthly international dance party on Thanksgiving weekend features music by the Pinewoods Band, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Friday, December 6–Sunday, December 8, 2019

Vermont International Festival
5–8 pm Friday, 10 am–6 pm Saturday, 10 am–5 pm Sunday
Champlain Valley Exposition Center, Pearl Street/Route 15, Essex Junction, VT
Admission charged
The 27th annual Vermont International Festival presents an annual celebration of cultures from around the world, bringing their crafts, food, music, and dance to our doorstep.

Friday, December 6, 2019

FAC’s Friday folk dance Holiday Dance Party features a concert of holiday music by the All Girl Band and dance performances by Mladost Folk Ensemble, followed by dancing for all, 8–11 pm at Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington, MA.

December 13–29, 2019

The Christmas Revels, 18 afternoon and evening performances
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Tickets available
The 49th annual Christmas Revels presents "An American Celebration of the Winter Solstice." Expect plenty of audience involvement and many other annual Revels traditions, including the signature piece, the joyous and participatory Lord of the Dance. Performers include musician/song leader David Coffin, Carolyn Saxon, Tui, Squirrel Butter, the Pinewoods Morris Men, and the Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

FAC’s New Year’s Eve international dance party features music by The Pinewoods Band, 8:30 pm–12:30 am at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Friday, January 10, 2020

New Year Folk Dance Party with Orkestar Banitsa, 7:30 pm
Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA
Donation requested
Amherst International Folk Dancing presents Orkestar Banitsa playing traditional music for dancing from the Balkan region. Please bring clean, non-marking shoes for dancing.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

New England Contra Dance, 7:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Sharon, 29 North Main Street, Sharon, MA
$15 donation requested
The Unitarian Church of Sharon’s Not Just Another Coffeehouse presents a contra dance called by Paul Wilde with music by The Resemblance.

Friday, January 17–Sunday, January 19, 2020

32nd Annual Ralph Page Dance Weekend
Friday 7:30–11 pm, Saturday 9 am–11:30 pm, Sunday 9:15 am–4 pm
Ballroom at the University of New Hampshire Memorial Union Building, 83 Main Street, Durham, NH
Admission charged; 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 participatory dancing and workshops in music, dance, and calling.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

FAC’s monthly international dance party features music by the All Girl Band, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Balkan Beat Party, 7–9 pm
The Burren Back Room, 247 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville, MA
Tickets available online
Gogofski (vocalist Kasia Sokalla, clarinetist Dave Golber, accordionist Gawain Thomas, and drummer Henry Goldberg) brings you great music from the Balkans, from the complex dance rhythms of Macedonia to the heart-wrenching Sevdah songs of Bosnia.

Friday, February 14–Sunday, February 16, 2020

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 33rd 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 22, 2020

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

Looking ahead:

Thursday, March 5–Sunday, March 8, 2020

2020 National Folk Organization Conference
presented in conjunction with the 50th Laguna Folk Dance Festival, Laguna Woods, CA

Friday, April 24–Sunday, April 26, 2020

New England Folk Festival (NEFFA)
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School,
36 Charter Road, Acton, MA
Hours and Admission
The 76th 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.