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.

Saturday, August 4–Saturday, August 11, 2018

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 12–Saturday, August 18, 2018

FAC presents Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School on Thompson Island, Boston, MA, with Visitors’ Day on Tuesday, August 14

Sunday, August 12–Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19–Saturday, August 25, 2018

Mainewoods Dance Camp sessions
Full-time, part-time, and evening party options are offered
Indian Acres, 1712 Main Street, Fryeburg, ME
Session I: Israeli, Balkan, and Polish dance, plus contras, squares, and English country dance
Session II: International, French Canadian, Scottish, Bulgarian, and Balkan dance, plus Scottish country dance

Saturday, August 18, 2018

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 24–Sunday, August 26, 2018

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 25, 2018

FAC’s monthly folk dance party features international dancing for all with music by The Goat Days of Summer, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Bulgarika Band Folk Dance Party, 7:30 pm
Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA
$15 contribution requested
Amherst International Folk Dancing presents a folk dance party featuring music by Bulgarika. Enter by the door at the top of the ramp on the right side. Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

New World Festival, 12 noon-11 pm
Chandler Music Hall, 71–73 Main Street, Randolph, VT
Admission charged
The 26th annual New World Festival presents Celtic and French Canadian music and dance, performed on five stages simultaneously in historic Chandler Music Hall and in other all-weather facilities (the Chandler Center, Bethany Congregational Church, and a colorful complex of walled tents). More than 50 musicians from Northern New England, Canada, and the British Isles perform. The Dance tent offers participatory contra, French quadrille, Cape Breton, and free-style dancing. Also featured are vendors of food, brews, and crafts.

Friday, September 7–Sunday, September 9, 2018

Somerville Greek Festival 2018
Friday 11:30 am–11 pm, Saturday noon–11 pm, Sunday noon–9 pm
Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 29 Central Street, Somerville, MA
Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church presents its annual festival featuring great food, live music every night, and dancing.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Trinity Armenian Family Festival, noon–5 pm
Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Talanian Cultural Hall and church grounds, 145 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
Admission FREE
Holy Trinity Church of Greater Boston presents an afternoon of food, fun, and fellowship with delicious Armenian dinners (take-out available), Armenian music and dancing, games and activities for children, a raffle drawing, and more.

Friday, September 14–Sunday, September 16, 2018

Greek Festival
Friday noon–11 pm, Saturday 11 am–11 pm, Sunday noon–8 pm
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England, 162 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA
Admission FREE
Annunciation Cathedral’s Greek Festival features authentic Greek cuisine, dancing, and live music, plus family activities and more.

Saturday, September 15–Sunday, September 16, 2018

SerbFest 2018, Saturday noon–10 pm, Sunday noon–5 pm
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 41 Alewife Brook Parkway, North Cambridge, MA
Admission FREE
St. Sava’s 12th annual Serbian Festival celebrates Serbian culture with food, music, dancing, and more. Several folk dance troupes from the US and Canada will perform.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Dance Workshop and Party with Bulgarika:
Workshop 3–6 pm, party 8–11 pm
Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA
Admission charged
FAC presents an afternoon workshop in Bulgarian and Macedonian folk dancing with Michael Ginsburg and an evening folk dance party with music by Bulgarika: Donka Koleva, vocals; Nikolay Kolev, gadulka; Stoyan Kostov, tambura; and Michael Ginsburg, tapan.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Boston Dance Alliance Dancer Health Day, 10 am–5 pm
Studio 7 at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge, MA
FREE; $5–$15 contribution encouraged
Recreational and professional dancers are invited to participate in a Dancer Wellness Screening. Learn about your own physical strengths and weaknesses, and receive immediate, personalized education about how to address your individual needs as a dancer. Connect with local health professionals who specialize in dance medicine and treating dancers. Help to pilot an assessment tool to collect information about dancer injuries across the country.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Boston’s Polish Harvest Festival, 11 am–6 pm
Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 655 Dorchester Avenue, South Boston, MA
Admission FREE
Boston’s Polish Harvest Festival features traditional Polish food, music, dancing, performances, raffles and prizes, children’s activities, vendors’ tables, and more.

Thursday, September 20–Sunday, September 25, 2018

World Music and Dance Camp
Iroquois Springs, 66 Bowers Road, Rock Hill, NY
Ahmet Luleci’s World Camp presents classes in Balkan, Greek, and Turkish dance, and music by Edessa, Christos Tiktapanidis, and more.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

FAC’s monthly folk dance party features international dancing for all with music by Shiny Happy Goats, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Friday, October 5–Monday, October 8, 2018

FAC’s Oktoberfest International Dance and Music Weekend in Fairlee, VT features Tineke and Maurits van Geel teaching Eastern European and Asian folk dance, and the Pinewoods Band, directed by Tom Pixton, playing international music for the evening dance parties.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Hungarian and Transylvanian Concert and Dance (Táncház), 7:30 pm
Music by Beth Bahia Cohen (violin), Mimi Rabson (three-string viola), and Michael Harrist (bass)
First Unitarian Society in Newton (FUSN)
1326 Washington Street, West Newton, MA
Admission charged
Forgás Hungarian Dance Group presents a concert, 7:30 pm, with a dance performance by Dénes Takácsy, followed at 8:45 pm by a táncház with teaching circles.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Campton Contra Dance, 7–9 pm, and jam, 9–10 pm
Dole Mill, 1249 Route 175, Campton, NH
Admission FREE
The Campton Contra Dance features caller Byron Ricker and musicians Amelia Mason, Glen Loper, and Bethany Waickman. Bring your instruments for the jam, and a snack or beverage to share. Contact: Jessye Bartlett

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Memorial Dance for Cal Howard, 2–5 pm
Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA
Admission FREE
FAC, Country Dance Society Boston Centre, Boston Branch Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Boston area contra dancers, and the family and close friends present a dance party in memory of musician and dancer Cal Howard.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

FAC’s Halloween folk dance party features international dancing for all with music by the All Girl Band, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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 17, 2018

Balkan Dance Extravaganza!, 7–11 pm
First Unitarian Society in Newton (FUSN), 1326 Washington Street, West Newton, 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 the Pixton and Shragai Band, plus a dance performance by Mladost Folk Ensemble.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

FAC’s monthly international dance party on Thanksgiving weekend features music by Tom Pixton and Friends, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.