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, 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.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

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 13–Sunday, September 15, 2019

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 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 21, 2019

FAC presents a special Bulgarian Music and Dance Party with Bulgarika, 8-11 pm at Payson Park Church, Belmont, MA.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

International Folk Dance at UMass Lowell with music by Tom and Barbara Pixton and Julia Poirier, 7:30–10 pm
UML Campus Recreation Center, 322 Aiken Street, Lowell, MA
Admission FREE for UMass students, $10 for non-students

The UMass Lowell International Folk Dance Club presents its first dance with live music, open to the public.

Thursday, September 26–Sunday, September 29, 2019

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, Niva, Christos Tiktapanidis, Izumi Fairbanks, and Hasan Isakkut–Merve Sari.

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.


Friday, October 11, 2019

Ensemble Zornitsa from Bulgaria performance, 7:30–9:30 pm
Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street, Melrose, MA
Tickets: general admission $35, age 10 and under $10
Bulgaria’s largest non-professional dance ensemble, Zornitsa, will start their US tour with an electrifying show in Melrose, MA, bringing you the joy of music and dance from all regions of Bulgaria. Thirty-five exquisite performers will fill the stage with their talent, colorful costumes, and vibrant energy.

Friday, October 11–Monday, October 14, 2019

FAC’s Oktoberfest International Dance and Music Weekend in Fairlee, VT features Gergana Panova teaching Bulgarian dances, Jeremy Carter-Gordon calling contras, leading singing, and teaching Bal Folk dances, and the Pinewoods Band, directed by Tom Pixton, playing international music for the evening dance parties.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

FAC's Halloween folk dance party features international dancing for all with music by the All Girl Band, 8–11 pm at the Arlington Masonic Temple in Arlington, MA.


Looking ahead:
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