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, January 9, 2019

Concert of Scottish Fiddle and Cello Music, 7:30 pm
The Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville, MA
Tickets available
Elizabeth and Ben Anderson, Scottish-style fiddle and cello duo, will hold a release concert for their first full-length CD at The Burren Backroom Series, hosted by Brian O’Donovan of WGBH’s Celtic Sojourn.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

International Folk Dance Beginners’ Classes for IAP, 8–10:30 pm
MIT room 5-234 (enter by the main campus entrance at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, then turn right), Cambridge, MA
Donation requested
Artists Beyond the Desk sponsors international folk dancing at MIT with live music. There will be teaching at 8 pm, with dancing continuing until 10:30 pm.

Thursday, January 17–Sunday, January 20, 2019

Boston 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 16th 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.

Friday, January 18–Saturday, January 19, 2019

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 sixty plus bands and acts from the Balkans and beyond, performing on five stages.

Friday, January 18–Sunday, January 20, 2019

32nd Annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend
A decision was made to *CANCEL* the Ralph Page Dance Weekend. The projected timing of the weather events, causing difficulties with driving and the facility, made canceling the entire weekend as good a decision as possible. It’s profoundly disappointing considering all the effort that went into this year’s planning and the long history. Please spread the word. –Tod Whittemore
University of New Hampshire Memorial Union Building, 83 Main Street, Durham, NH
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.

Saturday, January 26–Sunday, January 27, 2019

Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival
Locations in Brattleboro, VT
Tickets available
The Brattleboro Music Center presents the 12th annual Northern Roots Festival, featuring Irish, Scottish, Scandinavian, and French Canadian music in intimate settings. Daytime participation and performance activities include 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.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

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

Sunday, January 27, 2019

International Folk Dance Beginners’ Classes for IAP, 8–10:30 pm
MIT room 5-234 (enter by the main campus entrance at 77 Masschusetts Avenue, then turn right), Cambridge, MA
Donation requested
Artists Beyond the Desk sponsors international folk dancing at MIT with live music. There will be teaching at 8 pm, with dancing continuing until 10:30 pm.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine’s Day Contra Dance, 7–10 pm
Cressey Road United Methodist Church, 81 Cressey Road, Gorham, ME 04038
Admission $10
The Valentine’s Day Contra Dance features caller Maggie Robinson and music by Don and Cindy Roy, winners of the National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor in the country in the folk and traditional arts. Bring (or meet) your Valentine! New and experienced dancers are welcome; refreshments are provided. Proceeds support Young Life Sebago, an outreach to teens in the Gorham and Windham area.

Friday, February 15–Sunday, February 17, 2019

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 32nd 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 16, 2019

Balkan Beat Party, 7–10:30 pm
Somerville Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA
Admission $20
Balkan Beat Party celebrates the music and dance of the Balkans with dance instruction, 7–8 pm, and dancing, 8–10:30 pm, featuring music by Sarma and Gogofski.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

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


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Karnavali 2019, 7:30 pm–1 am
Dormitrion Greek Orthodox Church, 29 Central Street, Somerville, MA
Tickets available online and at the door
Boston Lykeion Ellinidon presents Karnavali, an annual night of music, dancing, and regional folk traditions in celebration of Apokries, the Greek carnival season. Local band REVMA, joined by acclaimed clarinetist Lefteris Bournias, will play Greek dance favorites.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

2019 Annual Celebration of Bulgaria’s National Liberation Day, 5:30 pm
Melrose Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street, Melrose, MA
The Bulgarian Center of New England, the Bulgarian School Sv. Sv. Kiril and Metodii in Boston, and the Bulgarian Church St. Petka present the 2019 Celebraion of Bulgarian Liberation Day: a dance performance and concert at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner and a dance party at 7 pm.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Circles Lines and Squares Community Folk Dance, 7–9 pm
Ipswich Town Hall Gym and Stage, 25 Green Street, Ipswich, MA
Admission FREE
Ipswich ReCreation presents an evening of traditional American folk dancing with callers Anna Laguarda and Alex Edwards and music by Egrets Only. The 7–8 pm session is family friendly; all ages and abilities are welcome. After 8 pm, the calling is for adult dancers, but the dancing is still fun and forgiving.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

FAC’s Balkan Music Night features music by many bands for dancing and acoustic listening, 7 pm–1 am at 51 Walden Performing Arts Center in Concord, MA.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

NEFFA Preview Show, 7 pm
Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
Tickets available online
Club Passim hosts the fifth “NEFFA Night,” a showcase of a few of the excellent performers playing at the New England Folk Festival, April 12–14 in Mansfield, MA. The night will feature The King’s Busketeers (folk and traditional music), Zdravets (traditional music of Bulgaria and FYR Macedonia), and The Vinegar Flies (a modern twist on American roots music).

Saturday, March 23, 2019

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

Friday, March 29–Saturday, March 30, 2019

DownEast Country Dance Festival
7:30 pm Friday, 10 am – 10 pm Saturday
Orion Performing Arts Center, Mount Ararat Middle School, 58 Republic Avenue, Topsham, ME
Discounts for advance registration
The 29th Annual DownEast Fest features contra, folk, and swing dancing, performances, dance and music workshops, music sessions, family activities, and more.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

FAC’s Benefit Gala 2019 celebrates 44 years, 7:30–11 pm at First Parish Church in Weston parish hall, Weston, MA.


Thursday, April 11–Sunday, April 14, 2019

National Folk Organization Annual Conference
Brigham Young University Campus, Provo, Utah
NFO’s annual conference includes the General Membership Meeting, tours of the BYU campus, presentations, workshops, activities, performances, dancing with BYU students and local groups, and the annual NFO Heritage Awards ceremony.

Friday, April 12–Sunday, April 14, 2019

New England Folk Festival (NEFFA)
Mansfield High and Middle Schools, 250 East Street, Mansfield, MA
Hours and Admission
The 75th 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.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

FAC’s monthly international dance party features special guests Plaiurile Dornelor, youth dance troupe from Romania, for an afternoon Romanian dance workshop, supper, and evening dance party at the Arlington Masonic Temple, 19 Academy Street, Arlington, MA.