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 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.

Saturday, August 4–Saturday, August 11, 2018

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 12–Saturday, August 18, 2018

FAC presents Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School on Thompson Island, Boston, MA, with Visitors’ Day on Tuesday, August 14

Sunday, August 12–Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19–Saturday, August 25, 2018

Mainewoods Dance Camp sessions
Full-time, part-time, and evening party options are offered
Indian Acres, 1712 Main Street, Fryeburg, ME
Session I: Israeli, Balkan, and Polish dance, plus contras, squares, and English country dance
Session II: International, French Canadian, Scottish, Bulgarian, and Balkan dance, plus Scottish country dance

Saturday, August 18, 2018

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 24–Sunday, August 26, 2018

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.