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.

Please take the time to review the BFMS suggestions and policy on reducing risk of COVID-19.

BFMS Memberships have been updated to reflect the time we weren't having in-person events. if your membership had expired March 2020, it was extended until May 2022. If you renewed your BFMS in July 2020 for 3 years, the new expiration for that membership is September 2025. If you want to confirm your membership to see if you are a current member or when your membership expires, send an inquiry to

BFMS is now hosting in-person events! Initial plan includes biweekly contra and english dances and monthly 2nd Saturday dances. To protect those most at risk of infection from Covid-19 we are currently requiring pre-registration and proof of vaccination. We hope to see you soon!

Please help support our Callers and Musicians

BFMS encourages our members to donate to musicians and callers who had their BFMS sponsored gigs cancelled due to coronavirus. We are no longer accepting donations through our website, but CDSS has established a website for donations to musicians and callers.

If you cannot find contact info for specific performers, please contact our dance chairs, who can provide contact info.

Please download our Welcome Brochure

Virtual and Live Community Events

Friday, May 27 2022 
Showtime 7:30 pm, Doors open at 7:00 pm, Tickets $25.00

Sunday, May 29 2022 
Waltz at Glen Echo
Music by Terpsichore. No partner required. The waltz lesson begins at 2:45 p.m. with a half-hour of beginner instruction and 15 minutes for an intermediate or advanced move. Dancing follows until 6 p.m. Proof of fully vaxed status is required. Mask requirements change; please bring one. Admission is $15, $5 for full-time students with ID.
Wednesday, June 01 2022 
Contra Dance
Kappy Laning calls to the Jumping Sharks - Emily Aubrey (fiddle), Michael Raitzyk (guitar), and Robin Wilson (concertina, flute, sax). Beginner's lesson at 7:30.

Preregistration, N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks, and proof of vaccination are required. Registration link:
Thursday, June 02 2022 
Showtime 7:30 pm, Doors at 7:00 pm, Tickets $25.00,
Monday, June 06 2022 
English Country Dance
Ann Fallon calls with music by Elke Baker (violin), Robin Wilson (flute/concertina), and Francine Krasowska (piano). Preregistration required: click
Saturday, June 11 2022 
2nd Saturday Dance
8 - 10:30 PM
Venue: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter,
6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Caller: Steve Gester
Band: Rebekah Geller - fiddle and J Raitzyk - guitar
Pre-registration required. Click here:
Wednesday, June 15 2022 
Contra Dance
TBD. Stay tuned for details!
Monday, June 20 2022 
English Country Dance
Jeff Steinberg (violin), Mark Vidor (accordion), and Judy Meyers (piano) make music to the calling of April Blum
Wednesday, June 22 2022 
Ceili Dance
4 PM to 8 PM with the Irish Inn Mates and Friends. 3 PM lesson on the Rinkinstown Set taught by Molly Rehbehn. Even if you don't dance, come listen to the great music. Lyceum, 17801 Meeting House Road, Sandy Spring, MD, $15 members, $20 non-members, under 20 half price, under 11 free. Pot luck dinner at the first break. Proof of vaccination, including booster, and masks are required.
Saturday, July 02 2022 
Baltimore Square Dance
7:30pm doors, 8-11pm dance. Mobtown Ballroom - Live music and dance calling. No experience needed.

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

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

Attention BFMS Members

  • 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 65144, Baltimore, MD 21209.

Call the Baltimore Folk Music Society's Music & Dance Hotline! (888) 646-BFMS or (888)646-2367

or email

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