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, September 3, 2017

New World Festival, 12 noon-midnight
Chandler Music Hall, 71–73 Main Street, Randolph, VT
Admission charged
The 25th 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 8–Sunday, September 10, 2017

Somerville Greek Festival 2017
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 10, 2017

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.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Dance Workshop with Roberto Bagnoli, 7:30–10 pm
Edwards Church UCC Hall, Edwards Street, Framingham, MA
Admission charged
Framingham Folk Dancers presents a workshop in international folk dance with special guest Roberto Bagnoli from Italy.

Friday, September 15–Sunday, September 17, 2017

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 16, 2017

Bulgarian Music and Dance Party with Kabile, 7:30 pm
Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA
$15 contribution requested
Amherst International Folk Dancing presents a party featuring the Kabile Band playing traditional Bulgarian music on folk instruments. Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing.

Saturday, September 16–Sunday, September 17, 2017

SerbFest 2017, 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 11th annual Serbian Festival celebrates Serbian culture with food, music, dancing, and more. Several folk dance troupes from the US and Canada will perform.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

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
Register online
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 17, 2017

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, a paczki eating contest, children’s activities, appearances by beloved Polish storybook characters, and much more.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Let’s Dance Boston: Klezmer, 3–5:30 pm
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Atlantic Avenue at High Street, Dewey Square, Boston, MA
Admission FREE
Celebrity Series of Boston and the Jewish Arts Collaborative present renowned violinist Alicia Svigals and her all-star ensemble performing classic klezmer and Eastern European folk songs while Steve Weintraub, the “Pied Piper of Yiddish dance,” provides simple follow-along dance instructions for all ages, outdoors on the Greenway. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Friday, September 22–Monday, September 25, 2017

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, Zlatne Uste, Christos Tiktapanidis, and more.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Balkan Soul Fest 2017
ONCE Somerville, 156 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA
Tickets available
The Third Annual Balkan Soul Fest presents dinner, 6–8 pm, with a special menu of Balkan Soul Food, followed by a show, 8 pm–12:30 am, featuring music by West Philadelphia Orchestra, Somerville Symphony Orkestar, Cocek Brass Band, and Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

FAC’s monthly international dance party with music by Pumpkin Spice Goat, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA

Sunday, October 1, 2017

George Fogg’s 90th Birthday Open House, 2–4 pm
16 Kensington Street, Braintree, MA
The recipient of CDSS’s 2012 Lifetime Contribution Award, George Fogg has been a tireless country dance teacher, researcher, author, archivist, promoter, and volunteer. Come celebrate this milestone birthday with George! Please note that the entrance to his portion of the house is on the right side (as you face the house), not the front door.

Friday, October 6–Monday, October 9, 2017

FAC’s Oktoberfest International Dance and Music Weekend in Fairlee, VT with Alex Marković and Orkestar Banitsa

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Balkan Fields at The Burren, 4 pm
The Burren, 247 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville, MA
Tickets available
The Burren Backroom Series presents dance and concert music of the Balkans by Balkan Fields (Melinda Fields, Melinda Hunt, Ralph Iverson, Dean Brown, Melika Fitzhugh, and Henry Goldberg).

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Gogofski: Music of the Balkans, 8–10 pm
Somerville Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA
Suggested donation $10
Arts at the Armory presents a concert by Gogofski (David Golber, Gawain Thomas, Henry Goldberg, Kasia Sokalla) – The Most Beautiful Song in the World: Music of the Balkans – Macedonia, Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Greece.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Autumn Céilí, 7 pm
Maine Charitable Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress Street, Portland, ME
Admission $11
Little Sea Folk is proud to announce its first annual Autumn Céilí, a family-friendly, no-experience-required Irish social dance. Introductory lessons begin at 7 pm, with the main event starting at 7:30 pm. Dances will be called by Jackie O’Riley with music by Junior Stevens, Alden Robinson, Hanz Araki, and Janine Randall. All proceeds will benefit Little Sea Folk’s inaugural Irish Festival in June 2018.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

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

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.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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

Saturday, November 25, 2017

FAC’s monthly international dance party, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA