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.

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.

Dance Free on Saturdays

As part of the BFMS 40th Anniversary Celebration we are haveing FREE second Saturday dances in May, June, July, August and September. Come join us for the fun and dance for FREE. See the Second Saturday dance page for details.

Contra dancing: One Person's Perspective

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


Register on-line for the 30th Annual Spring Catoctin Music and Dance Weekend

Couples, singles, families. Young folk, old folk, and those in the middle all become part of the Catoctin community. Enjoy an unplugged time with real people! That's the magic of the BFMS Catoctin Weekend.

The Catoctin music and dance weekend getaway gives dancers and musicians of all ages a changce to attend a family-friendly weekend featuring folk music, crafts and dancing in a beautiful mountain setting.

See the Catoctin page for more information.

Special Events

Saturday, July 11 2015 
2nd Saturday Dance
Cajun/Zydeco dance featuring the music of Nutalusa. This is a Free dance as part of the BFMS 40th Anniversary celebrations. Nutalusa is Baltimore/DC based dance band that plays a dynamic and heart- warming mix of traditional and inventive Cajun & Zydeco dance music. They promise to get your dance bones going with sweet melodies and raw beats that you can dance two step, waltz, Cajun or zydeco style.

The band is composed of 6 members that playa variety of instruments, including accordion, fiddle ,electric, acoustic guitar, drums, electric base, standup base, ukulele, triangle, and rub board.
Picnic & Jam Outside 4:30 ~ Dance lessons 7:00 to 8:00, Steve Gester and Sharon Lampron ~ Dance 8:00-11:00.
More info -

Saturday, August 08 2015 
2nd Saturday Dance
This is a Free dance as part of the BFMS 40th Anniversary Celebrations. Band: Cardinal Direction Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle), Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens (clarinet) and Jon Cannon (guitar/foot percussion) Caller: Dave Eisenstadter -
Friday, October 09 2015 
Oct 9-11, 2015
2015 marks the 40th Anniversary year for BFMS. A committee is planning a wonderful celebration for all on the second weekend in October.

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.