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....

Great news for students!! BFMS is now waiving the admission cost to our regular dances for individuals under the age of 21 and students who present at the door with a valid student ID. Looking forward to dancing with you!!

With the end of the public health emergency, we are not currently requiring vaccinations or masks for our events. By participating you are agreeing to be mindful of the safety precautions that limit the spread of disease and to treat others with consideration and respect. Please do not attend if you are not feeling well and let us know if we should let attendees know about potential illness spread at our events..
We will still be requesting payment via the BFMS Website
We look forward to singing and dancing together! We once again welcome snack contributions for our dances and your help cleaning them up :-)

Help spread the word, distribute our new dance flier. *Click Here*

Special Events

Saturday, October 28 2023 
Autumn Assembly English Country Dance Ball
Save the Date!
October 28 2023
Autumn Assembly English Country Dance Ball
12 noon-3:30 PM
Come to our afternoon ball with refreshments, beautiful dancing, and elegant music by Trio con Brio (Elke Baker, violin; Paul Oorts, strings; and Jonathan Jensen, piano).
Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210
Registration opening soon

Traditional American Dances

Wednesday Night Contra and Square Dances Details...
Wednesday, September 20 2023 
Harris Lapiroff calls to music by Larry Unger (guitar) and Caroline McCaskey (fiddle). Intro lesson at 7:30pm. Dance starts at 8pm at Lovely Lane Church. Online payment only:
New Dancer Workshops Details...
Every Wednesday at 7:30 pm
Second Saturday Dance Series Details...
Saturday, October 14 2023 
8-10:30 PM
Caroline Barnes calling to:
Wild Wombats of the Chesapeake ~ Carl Friedman - fiddle, Robin Wilson - flute, concertina, sax, Ralph Barthine - guitar, Janina O’Brien - piano, accordion, bodhran, whistle
Dance lesson: 7:30
Online payment only. Pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot.
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Admission is: $10 BFMS members & affiliates, $15 non-members. Under 21 and full-time students with ID: free
Potluck snacks at the break.
Midwinter Ball Details...
In Janury. See the Midwinter Ball page for details.

Traditional English Dances

Monday Night English Country Dances Details...
Monday, September 25 2023 
English Country Dance: 8:00 - 10:30 pm
September 25: Andrea Nettleton leads dances to the music of Becky Ross
(violin); Janina O'Brien (piano and more) and Robin Wilson (flute, concertina).

Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212.
​PLEASE NOTE: Dances are mask optional and proof of vaccination not required. Participants are welcome to bring individually wrapped snacks to share at the break. On-line payments only.
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.
2nd Tuesday (7:30 to 9:30 PM)
4th Tuesday (7:30 to 9:30 PM)
Tuesday, September 26 2023 
4th Tuesday BFMS songswap,
September 26, 7:30zoom Link at our lage
We continue our transcontinental, transnational event!
For (mobile) locals, stay tuned for monthly in person songswap update!
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