Baltimore Folk Music Society


BFMS Events and Schedules

Please check the individual pages for details!

You can see a Complete list of Events here or follow the links on this page to the individual event pages.

Ever wonder who the band or caller was a few weeks ago?
Check the listing of Past Events to find out....

BFMS is having in-person events again! Being mindful of the need to protect those most at risk of infection from Covid-19, we are requiring pre-registration and proof of vaccination for many events. These requirements may be adjusted depending on the venue (indoor vs outdoor) and the trends of Covid-19. Pre-registration links for each event will lead to both a waiver and payment capability. We look forward to seeing you in-person 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.

Special 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.
Thursday, June 02 2022 
Showtime 7:30 pm, Doors at 7:00 pm, Tickets $25.00,
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.

Traditional American Dances

Wednesday Night Contra and Square Dances Details...
Wednesday, June 01 2022 
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:
New Dancer Workshops Details...
Every Wednesday at 7:30 pm
Second Saturday Dance Series Details...
Saturday, June 11 2022 
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:
Midwinter Ball Details...
In Janury. See the Midwinter Ball page for details.

Traditional English Dances

Monday Night English Country Dances Details...
Monday, June 06 2022 
Ann Fallon calls with music by Elke Baker (violin), Robin Wilson (flute/concertina), and Francine Krasowska (piano). Preregistration required: click
New Dancer Workshops and Classes Details...
First Monday of the month
Gentle English Country Dance Series Details...
Gentle English" are English country dances from all periods selected to be gentle on the knees, hips, feet, and backs of the dancers. BFMS plans to hold three or four Gentle English dances a year.
Autumn Assembly Ball Details...
In October. See the Autumn Assembly Ball page for details.
Gala New Year's Eve English Country Dance Details...
December 31st. See the New Year's Eve Gala page for details.

Other BFMS Events and Activities

Song Swap Details...
The Song Swap is a place for folks to come together and share songs, community, and keep the live singing tradition thriving. Now at two different locations on two different dates:
2nd Tuesday (7:30 to 9:30 PM) at the Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter.
4th Tuesday (7:30 to 9:30 PM) at the Four Hour Day Lutherie.
Friendly Coffeehouse Details...
The Friendly Coffeehouse Open Mic is a BFMS-sponsored event, taking place on Third Fridays each month at 7 pm. It offers a friendly, supportive atmosphere for acoustic musicians, poets, storytellers and other folkies.
J. Patrick's All-Stars Details...
A community of musicians, dancers, and listeners who love the traditional music of Ireland.
Catoctin Weekend Details...
The Catoctin music and dance weekend getaway gives dancers and musicians of all ages a chance to attend a family-friendly weekend featuring folk music, crafts and dancing in a beautiful mountain setting.
BFMS Board Meeting
BFMS board meetings are almost always on the first Tuesday of the month and are open to BFMS members. If you would like to attend, please contact the BFMS President via email. president at

To list a BFMS Event
Send the Date, Time, Location, Address, Type of event, Contact Information and Details of the event to events at