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, April 14, 2018

FAC’s Benefit Gala 2018 celebrates 43 years, 7:30–11 pm at First Church, U.U. in Belmont, MA.

Friday, April 20–Sunday, April 22, 2018

New England Folk Festival (NEFFA)
Mansfield High and Middle Schools, 250 East Street, Mansfield, MA
Hours and admission
The 74th 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 28, 2018

Vimata: A Greek Dance Workshop, 8:30 am–3 pm, and Glendi, 9 pm–1 am
Greek-American Political Club, 288 Green Street, Cambridge, MA
Pre-registration and advance payment required
Instructors Stefanos Sakkas and Katerina Stefanou, visiting from Ioannina, Greece, will teach dances from various regions of Greece. The workshop is intended for intermediate and advanced-level dancers. The $35 registration fee includes the all-day workshop, lunch, and evening glendi (Greek-style dance party).

Saturday, April 28, 2018

FAC’s monthly international dance party presents a Milestone Birthday Celebration with music by Sladka, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Friday, May 4, 2018

FAC’s Romanian Night at the Friday dance features music by Tom Pixton and Friends, 8–11 pm at Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington, MA.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Balkan Dance Party Extravaganza!, 7–11 pm
Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA
Admission charged
Boston’s women’s Bulgarian chorus and band, Divi Zheni, with Artistic Director Tatiana Sarbinska, present their fourth annual Balkan Dance Party Extravaganza featuring music by Divi Zheni (Bulgarian), Zornitsa (Bulgarian), the Pinewoods Band (Romanian), and Gogofski (Macedonian), plus a Greek dance suite performed by Mladost.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Renaissonics CD Release Party, 8 pm
First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
FREE admission; donations welcome
Renaissonics music ensemble presents a gala CD release concert: Such Stuff as Dreams – A Celebration of Renaissance Imagination, joined by acclaimed Renaissance dancers Maris Wolff and Mark Mindek, who will be presenting lavishly costumed Renaissance Court Dance as well as fantastical characters from the Italian Commedia dell’Arte and English Masque.

Sunday, May 27–Monday, May 28, 2018

Brattleboro Dawn Dance, 8 pm-7 am
Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main Street/Route 5, Brattleboro, VT
Tickets sold online and at the door
The Memorial Day Dawn Dance presents New England contras and squares with three callers and three bands.

Thursday, May 31–Sunday, June 3, 2018

Arlington Greek Festival
Thursday, 5–9 pm (Gyro and Pastry Night); Friday, 11 am–10 pm; Saturday, 11 am–11pm; Sunday 11 am–8 pm
Saint Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church, 4 Appleton Street, Arlington, MA
FREE admission
Saint Athanasius’ Greek Festival presents Greek food, wine, and beer, live music, and dancing, plus church tours and children’s activities.

Friday, June 1–Sunday, June 3, 2018

FAC presents Cape Breton Music and Dance Weekend at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA.

Thursday, June 7–Sunday, June 10, 2018

Woburn Greek Festival
Thursday, 11 am–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
FREE admission
Annunciation Woburn’s Greek Festival presents authentic Greek cooking, baking, and music. Bands featured are Orfeas, Tadilina, and Revma.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Dance for World Community Festival, 12 noon-8 pm
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, 400 Harvard Street, and in and around 1151 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
FREE admission
The final day of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s tenth annual Dance for World Community Festival Week is an all-day, indoor-outdoor festival featuring performances and classes, noon–6 pm, by dozens of 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. Performing on Stage 2 (Parking Lot Stage) are the Demo Team of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Boston at 12:05 pm; the Krakowiak Polish Dancers of Boston at 1:25 pm; and Mladost Folk Ensemble at 2 pm.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

BarnFest 2018!, 1 pm into the wee hours
The Barn, 80 Bassett Road, Shelburne Center, MA
Suggested donation $35-$50
Becky Ashenden and Fabric of Life present a barn party to benefit the group’s mission. The many activities throughout the day and evening include: craft exhibitions and workshops; sampling and shopping local fare; family dancing; music workshops and jams; a potluck supper; a Balkan sing-along; a kafana; and performances and dancing with Zay-Tunes, the Tipsy Parsnips and Friends, Zdravets, Mladost Folk Ensemble, Gogofski, Tamburitza, the Harris Brothers Balkan Band, and Orkestar Banitsa.

Thursday, June 21–Thursday, June 28, 2018

FAC presents International Folk Dance and Music sessions at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

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

Saturday, July 7–Sunday, July 8, 2018

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 23rd 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.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

ArtBeat 2018: Flip, 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 “Flip”, featuring over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food, and all-age activities.

Friday, July 27–Sunday, July 29, 2018

Lowell Folk Festival 2018, 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
FREE admission
The 32nd 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.