Baltimore Folk Music Society


Welcome to the Baltimore Folk Music Society

The Baltimore Folk Music Society is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to preserving and promoting folk music, dance, and tradition. BFMS sponsors regular dances, concerts, family events, and related activities year-round. Members are eligible for discounts to Society events by showing their membership card.

BFMS is a member of the Country Dance & Song Society and shares reciprocity arrangements with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, and the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society.

Tellabration! The Baltimore Edition:

"Storytellers Are An Odd Bunch"--and you'll love 'em. For the twentieth year in a row, BFMS and Fourth At Four Storyfolk will put on a show. Tales, myths, personal stories, sketches, etc. Tellabration! is an annual world-wide storytelling event begun by the National Storytelling Network of Jonesborough, TN. This year's local edition will be Sunday November 22nd, 2:00 PM, at the Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117. A separate children's story area will get underway at 2:30 PM. It's FREE, but donations for the Center and/or BFMS are welcome. Crafts will be on display for window-shopping and purchase. Refreshments on sale. Don't miss it!
This year, BFMS is participating in the CDSS Centennial Passport to Joy! If you are a member of CDSS then come to one of the BFMS events listed here and get a sticker for your Passport.

Contra dancing: One Person's Perspective

Check out this great video of Contra dance at Lovely Lane on the Wednesday Night Dance page.

Visit the BFMS Folk Events page for a list of some of the other folk events in the area.

Special Events

Saturday, January 30 2016 
2016 MidWinter Ball
Save the date for the 2016 Midwinter Ball at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple.
Details to follow.

See our Events page for a complete listing of events and details.

Attention BFMS Members

  • New By-Laws Adopted Check the By-laws page for related informaton.
  • Recently moved or changed your email address? Wondering why you aren't getting anything from BFMS? Please contact BFMS Membership (membership @ and update your contact information.
  • If you have recently joined BFMS or renewed your membership and did not get anything in the mail (such as a membership Card) please contact the Membership Chair at membership @ Thank you.

How to Contact Us

By E-mail - use our Contact page.

We can also be reached by conventional mail at

Baltimore Folk Music Society, P.O. Box 7134 Waverly Station, Baltimore, MD 21218-0134.

Call the Baltimore Folk Music Society's Music & Dance Hotline! (888) 646-BFMS
or email president at

Membership expired? Renew on-line! See the Membership page for details.