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, March 4, 2018

Celebration of Bulgaria’s National Liberation Day, 6 pm
ACAS Center, 29 Montvale Avenue, Woburn, MA
Dinner only and concert tickets available
The Bulgarian Center of New England, Inc. is honored to present the 2018 Annual Fundraising Celebration of Bulgaria’s National Liberation Day in support of our mission to purchase a home for the Bulgarian community in the New England area. Doors open at 5:30 pm; the concert starts at 6 pm, followed by a dance party and a buffet dinner at 7:45 pm.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Dance Around the World in Stoughton, 6:30–8:30 pm
Stoughton Senior/Youth Center, 110 Rockland Street, Stoughton, MA
FREE admission
The Stoughton Diversity and Inclusion Committee invites you to an evening of international folk dancing for all ages with leader Marcie Van Cleave and musicians Barbara Pixton, Suzanne Costanza, and Vince O’Donnell. This program is supported in part by the Folk Arts Center of New England and by a grant from the Stoughton Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Contra Dance, 7–10 pm
Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 188 Elliott Street, Danvers, MA
Admission: adults $10, children under 16 with their parents FREE
Christ the Redeemer Church presents an evening of contra dancing for all ages with music by Cammy Kaynor, John Hicks, and Tracy Scott Lucky. No experience is necessary; wear comfortable shoes. This dance is an outreach to the community as well as a fundraiser for an upcoming production of A Tale of Two Cities to be presented at the church.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

7th Annual Maliotis Greek Dance Workshop, 8:15 am–9:30 pm
Maliotis Cultural Center, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA
Pre-registration required by March 14
Learn a variety of regional dances from experienced and talented instructors. The workshop will include 1 1/4-hour classes, rotating through specific regions of Greece. Classes are designed for participants ages 12 and older, all skill levels. In the evening, there will be a glendi with mezedakia.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

FAC’s Balkan Music Night features music by 13 bands for dancing and acoustic listening, 7 pm–1 am at 51 Walden Performing Arts Center in Concord, MA.

Friday, March 23–Saturday, March 24, 2018

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 28th Annual DownEast Fest features contra, folk, and swing dancing, performances, dance and music workshops, music sessions, family activities, and more.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

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

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Memorial Dance for Eph Weiss, 3–6 pm
Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA
FREE admission
FAC, CDS-Boston, Speledans, and the family and close friends present a dance party in memory of Eph Weiss.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Contra Dance, 7–10 pm
Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 188 Elliott Street, Danvers, MA
Admission charged
Christ the Redeemer Church presents an evening of contra dancing for all ages with music by Cammy Kaynor, John Hicks, and Tracy Scott Lucky. No experience is necessary; wear comfortable shoes. This dance is an outreach to the community as well as a fundraiser for an upcoming production of A Tale of Two Cities to be presented at the church.

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.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Contra Dance, 7–10 pm
Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 188 Elliott Street, Danvers, MA
Admission charged
Christ the Redeemer Church presents an evening of contra dancing for all ages with music by Cammy Kaynor, John Hicks, and Tracy Scott Lucky. No experience is necessary; wear comfortable shoes. This dance is an outreach to the community as well as a fundraiser for an upcoming production of A Tale of Two Cities to be presented at the church.

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).