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.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Balkan dance party with the Harris Brothers Balkan Band, 7:30–10pm
Edwards UCC Church Parish Hall, 39 Edwards Street (off Elm Street), Saxonville, Framingham, MA
Admission charged (your first night is free)
Framingham Folk Dancers celebrate the post-election season with a dance party featuring the Harris Brothers Balkan Band from Connecticut: Laine Harris, horns; Drew Harris, reeds; Helen Marx, drums; Ben Thomas, tuba; and Brian Slattery, trombone.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

24th Annual Concert of Scottish Music and Dance, 3 pm and 7:30 pm
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA
Tickets in advance (suggested) and at the door
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Boston Branch presents a concert featuring Alasdair Fraser (fiddle) and Natalie Haas (cello), with Campbell Webster (pipes), Highland Dance Boston, and the Demonstration Dancers of RSCDS, Boston Branch.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Concord Scout House Benefit Contra Dance, 7:30–10:30 pm
Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA
Admission charged
Concord Scout House, Inc. presents a fundraiser for this treasured venue: an evening of contra dancing featuring music by selected performers of renown from the group Childsplay with caller Lisa Greenleaf.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

FAC’s Bulgarian dance party features music by Kabilé, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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 musicians Amy and Jonathan Larkin, and caller Chris Riccioti. All ages and abilities are welcome. For more information, contact Kati, 781-259-0692.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

FAC’s monthly international dance party features music by Eine Kleine Goatmusik, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Friday, December 1–Sunday, December 3, 2017

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 Vermont Performing Arts League presents its 25th annual Vermont International Festival, an annual celebration of cultures from around the world, bringing their crafts, food, music, and dance to our doorstep.

Friday, December 1, 2017

FAC’s Bulgarian Night at the Friday dance features music by Divi Zheni and Zornitsa, 8–11 pm at Park Avenue Church in Arlington, MA.

December 8–27, 2017

The Christmas Revels, 18 afternoon and evening performances
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Tickets available
The 47th annual Christmas Revels presents “A Venetian 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, Coro San Marco, the Pinewoods Morris Men, and the Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble.

Friday, December 15, 2017

FAC’s Friday folk dance Holiday Extravaganza features music by the All Girl Band and The Next Generation plus dances performed by Mladost, 8–11 pm at Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington, MA.

Friday, December 29, 2017

New Year Folk Dance Party with Panharmonium, 7:30 pm
Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA
Contribution requested
Amherst International Folk Dancing presents Panharmonium playing mostly Balkan and Middle Eastern music. Please bring clean, non-marking shoes for dancing.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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 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.

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 folk dance party features mostly Balkan music by Balkan Fields, 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.

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 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.