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.

Friday, June 2–Sunday, June 4, 2017

FAC’s Cape Breton Music and Dance Weekend at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA

Friday, June 9, 2017

FAC’s FREE Memorial Dance in honor of Phil Bainbridge at the Friday dance with music by Sladka and by Matt Fichtenbaum, 8–11 pm at Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington, MA

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dance for World Community Festival, 12 noon-8 pm
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, 400 Harvard Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
Admission FREE
The final day of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s ninth annual Dance for World Community Festival Week is an all-day, indoor-outdoor festival featuring performances and classes, noon-6 pm, by more than 90 New England-based dance groups – from African to Indian, from Ballet to Hip Hop, from Baroque to Modern – followed by a community dance party, 6-8 pm. There will be food vendors and booth displays by the area’s social service/advocacy organizations. The Demo Team of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Boston will perform at 12:25 pm on the Mass. Avenue Stage; Mladost Folk Ensemble will perform at 4:45 pm on the Mass. Avenue Stage; and the Krakowiak Polish Dancers of Boston will perform at 4:55 pm on the Parking Lot Stage.

Monday, June 12, 2017

At the Boston Early Music Festival:
Musica Globus: 17th- and 18th-century folk and dance music from Middle Europe, 5 pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA
Tickets available
Melding classical and folk traditions for toe-tapping performances, the eight musicians of Solamente Naturali (including percussionist Baykal Dogan), led by world-renowned violinist Miloš Valent, take their audience on a journey across Europe’s folk music traditions featuring Polish and Slovak dances, pieces by Telemann based on Middle European melodies, and much more.
Will You Walk in the Woods So Wild: Renaissance Music from the British Isles, 11 pm
Fenway Center at Northeastern University, 77 St. Stephen Street at Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA
Tickets available
Ayreheart will perform captivating selections by Dowland and Byrd, as well as anonymous ballad tunes and folk songs from England, Scotland, and Wales.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

At the Boston Early Music Festival:
Laberinto en la guitarra, 5 pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA
Tickets available
Embark on a vivid journey with Tembembe Ensamble Continuo through the musical traditions of Spain, Africa, and indigenous America that showcases the evolution and legacy of Baroque music in Mexico’s musical culture.

Thursday, June 15–Sunday, June 18, 2017

Greek Festival
Thursday, 5 pm–9 pm; Friday, 11 am–10:30 pm; Saturday, 11 am–11pm; Sunday 11 am–7 pm
Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of Woburn, 70 Montvale Avenue, Woburn, MA
Annunciation Woburn’s Greek Festival presents authentic Greek cooking, baking, and music. Bands featured are The Salonica Boys, Orfeas, Ta Dilina, and Revma.

Friday, June 16–Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hellenic Festival 2017
Friday and Saturday, 11 am–11pm; Sunday 11 am–9 pm
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 14 Magazine Street, Cambridge, MA
Saints Constantine and Helen Parish celebrates its 100th anniversary with Greek food, music, and dancing. Featured is music by the Makredes Ensemble.

Thursday, June 22–Thursday, June 29, 2017

FAC’s International Folk Dance and Music sessions at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA

Saturday, July 8–Sunday, July 9, 2017

New Bedford Folk Festival, 11 am-9 pm Saturday-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 22nd 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 70 emerging and well-known artists are featured on seven sound stages.

Friday, July 14–Saturday, July 15, 2017

ArtBeat 2017, 6–10 pm Friday, 11 am-6 pm Saturday
Two outdoor stages, the Somerville Theatre, and streets in Davis Square, Somerville, MA, rain or shine
Admission FREE
The Somerville Arts Council presents the annual arts festival ArtBeat with the theme "Voice," featuring music, dance, and interactive performances, plus craft and food vendors as well on Saturday.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

FAC’s monthly folk dance party with music by Shining Moon, 8-11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA

Friday, July 28–Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lowell Folk Festival 2017, 6:45-10 pm Friday, noon-10 pm Saturday, noon-6:30 pm Sunday
Five stages and other locations in downtown Lowell, MA, rain or shine
Admission FREE
The 31st 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, August 5–Saturday, August 12, 2017

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 13–Saturday, August 19, 2017

FAC’s Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School on Thompson Island, Boston, MA, with Visitors’ Day on Tuesday, August 15

Sunday, August 13–Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20–Saturday, August 26, 2017

Mainewoods Dance Camp sessions
Full-time, part-time, and evening party options are offered
Indian Acres, 1712 Main Street, Fryeburg, ME
Session I: Armenian, Israeli, and Balkan dance, plus contras, squares, and English country dance
Session II: Scottish, Balkan & Beyond, and Macedonian dance

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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 25–Sunday, August 27, 2017

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 26, 2017

FAC’s monthly folk dance party with music by Sladka, 8-11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA

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.

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 2016, 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.

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.