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 Note

The BFMS Monday night English Country Dance, and the Gentle English series, will raise their admission rates to match the other BFMS dances, starting on February 5, 2018. New rates are $9 for members, $13 for nonmembers. Under 21 and full-time students with IDs: $4 members, $6 non-members.

Free Friends February!

Do you have a friend you’ve been trying to convince to try contra dancing? This month only, bring them with you to the Wednesday night dance and they will get in free! Take advantage of this special 2-for-1 deal today! You don't have to be a member, but your friend must be new to the Wednesday night dance. As always, newcomers will receive a coupon for a second dance free.

Contra dancing: One Person's Perspective

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

Please download our Welcome Brochure

Special Events

Saturday, March 10 2018 
Annual State of the Society Meeting
It is time once again for the Annual State-of-the-Society meeting of the Baltimore Folk Music Society. All members are invited to join us to hear about the past year's activities, and plans for the future. The evening's agenda will include a report from our President, Brenna Hogan; a report from our Treasurer, Tom Bryson; and a proposed slate of BFMS Board candidates from our Nominating Committee. After that, the floor will be open for additional nominations, and board members will be available to answer questions about BFMS events and operations. All BFMS members who attend the meeting will get into the evening dance FREE. You can join on the spot! You must arrive by 7:15 pm to take advantage of this once-a-year offer! At St Marks-on-the Hill in Pikesville.
Friday, June 15 2018 
33rd Annual BFMS Spring Catoctin Music and Dance Weekend
Join dancers and musicians of all ages for a participatory intergenerational weekend of dancing, singing, workshops, jamming, crafts, hiking and more in a beautiful mountain setting from $89 per person. Ticket sales to open soon.

Memorial Concert for Orrin Star

A Tribute Concert for Orrin Star.
March 25, 2017 at 7:30 PM
St Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville.
Free Admission -

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 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.