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, July 6–Sunday, July 7, 2019

New Bedford Folk Festival, 11 am–9 pm Saturday and Sunday
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 33 Williams Street; Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase Street; and other venues in downtown New Bedford, MA
Admission charged
The 24th annual New Bedford Folk Festival is an international folk music and arts festival with juried local and imported handcrafts, fine arts, food, and family activities. More than 100 emerging and well-known artists are featured on eight sound stages.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

MIT International Folk Dance, 8–10:30 pm
MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, 2nd floor, Room 5-234, Cambridge, MA
Everyone is welcome to join in learning dances from Eastern Europe and around the world. Teaching begins at 8 pm.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

ArtBeat 2019: Consumed, 11 am–10 pm
Two outdoor stages, the Somerville Theatre, and streets in Davis Square, Somerville, MA, rain or shine
FREE admission
The Somerville Arts Council presents the annual arts festival ArtBeat with the theme “Consumed”, featuring over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food, and all-age activities.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

MIT International Folk Dance, 8–10:30 pm
MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, 2nd floor, Room 5-234, Cambridge, MA
Everyone is welcome to join in learning dances from Eastern Europe and around the world. Teaching begins at 8 pm.

Friday, July 26–Sunday, July 28, 2019

Lowell Folk Festival 2019, 6–10 pm Friday, noon–10 pm Saturday, noon–6 pm Sunday
Five stages and other locations in downtown Lowell, MA, rain or shine
FREE admission
The 33rd Lowell Folk Festival presents concerts on five stages by traditional and ethnic performers from all over the US and the world, plus parades, family activities, crafts demonstrations, food vendors, and merchandise sales. Dancing is encouraged throughout the Festival, particularly at the Dutton Street Dance Pavilion.

Saturday, July 27–Saturday, August 3, 2019

English Dance Week at Pinewoods
The Country Dance and Song Society presents English country dancing, Morris and sword dancing, and English clog dancing, plus contras, singing, and instrument workshops at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA.


Friday, August 2, 2019

Advanced Fusion Waltz Innovations with Ari Levitt
Park Ave Congregational Church parish hall, 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington, MA
Admission $25 • FAC members $23
FAC and Mostly Waltz for Boston present a workshop for advanced-level dancers exploring some of Ari Levitt’s creative fusion waltz patterns, using energy and connection for smooth partnering.

Thursday, August 8–Monday, August 12, 2019

Nahant Vintage Dance Week 2019
Nahant Town Hall and Nahant Country Club, Nahant, MA
Daily a la carte and full week registration available; student discount
The New England Vintage Arts Society presents an unforgettable week of vintage dancing and amusements in one of America’s oldest summer resort towns with enchanting period venues amidst refreshing ocean breezes. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a summer holiday as it might have been during the Victorian, Gilded, Ragtime, and Jazz ages, with a silent film evening, Gatsby dinner dance, Victorian Ball, formal tea and seaside promenade, dance classes, and more, with live music each night, including Spare Parts, Jeff Rapsiss, Dan Levinson, and Dan Gabel.

Saturday, August 10–Friday, August 16, 2019

Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School
FAC presents Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School, starting on August 10 in Arlington, MA and continuing from August 11 to 16 on Thompson Island, with Visitors’ Day on Tuesday, August 13.

Saturday, August 10–Saturday, August 17, 2019

Early Music Week at Pinewoods
The Country Dance and Song Society presents Early Music Week, exploring musical memories, from pieces that memorialize or recall earlier times to memory aids and skills. We’ll create new sweet memories while bringing musical styles from earlier times to life in the present at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA.

Saturday, August 10–Saturday, August 17, 2019

EEFC’s Balkan Camp 2019
Iroquois Springs, 66 Bowers Road, Rock Hill, NY
The Iroquois Springs Balkan Music and Dance Workshop presents instrumental, vocal, ensemble, and dance classes at all levels, plus folklore presentations, panel discussions, group sings with musical accompaniment, and a fun auction. Dance parties feature world-class staff musicians in the dance hall, and the party continues late into the night in the more intimate cafe-bar, the kafana. Part-time attendance and evening party-only options are available.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

FAC’s monthly folk dance party features mostly Balkan music by Orkestar Banitsa, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Friday, August 30–Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Labor Day Weekend at Pinewoods
FAC and CDS-Boston present Labor Day Weekend at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Bulgarian Music and Dance Party with Bulgarika Band, 7:30–10:30 pm
Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA
$10-$20 sliding scale contribution
The members of Bulgarika Band are all highly regarded musicians and teachers of traditional Bulgarian music for dancing and listening. Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Enter the buiding by the door at the top of the ramp on the right.


Sunday, September 1, 2019

New World Festival, 12 noon-11 pm
Main Street, Randolph, VT
Admission charged
The 27th 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 6–Sunday, September 8, 2019

Somerville Greek Festival 2019
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.

Saturday, September 21–Sunday, September 22, 2019

SerbFest 2019, 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 13th annual Serbian Festival celebrates Serbian culture with food, music, dancing, and more.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

FAC’s monthly folk dance party features international music by Shining Moon, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.


SAVE THE DATE: 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