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COMING EVENTS -- October 2018

Compiled by Susan Schaeffer

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Saturday, September 22, 5:30-10:30 pm -- Folk Dance Reunion Party Admission: Donation $7.00-$10.00; bring a dish or beverage to share for potluck Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St, (near Pine), Chico


Sunday, October 7, noon to 4:30 PM -- Mel Mann's 90th Birthday Celebration!!

Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

There will be dancing!! No gifts, but bring some food or drink to share RSVP required (

Saturday, October 13, Noon-10 pm -- El Cerrito Free Folk Festival

Admission: Free!!

El Cerrito High School, 540 Ashbury Avenue, El Cerrito Information:

(Note: at the Bulletin publication deadline, the program had not yet been posted on their website, but they promise it will be up soon. This event always includes dancing!)

Saturday, October 13, 7-11:00 pm -- October Peninsula Dance Party

Admission: $9.00

Garden House, 400 University Ave., Los Altos

Information:, October 14, noon-8 pm -- Croatian Heritage Festival Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, tickets available online Croatian Cultural Center, 60 Onandaga Avenue, San Francisco

Live music, food, dance (kolo) and singing (klapa and Croatian singing workshops, and various performances. Formerly known as the Marko Polo Festival.


Friday, October 19, 8-10:30 pm -- Bulgarian Folk Dance Party with Bulgairka

Admission: $15

Strawberry Recreation Center, 118 E, Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley Information:,


Saturday, October 20, 1:00-10:30 pm - Officers Ball 2018

Admission: $40 (register by October 12 to sign up for the dinner meal) Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton

This year’s theme is “Oktoberfest.” On the program are afternoon dance workshops, dinner with entertainment by Bill Cope, and evening dance and celebration! Workshop teachers are listed at the link below.

Information and online registration:

Friday, October 26, 7:30-10:00pm – Member Selection Night & Halloween Party

Live Oak

Pick new Trial Dances for this year, then dance in costume! Information: Ruthie Gasser

Friday, October 26, 7:30-10 pm -- Halloween Dance Party with Bulgarika

Admission: $15

Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park Bring snacks for snack table, Halloween costumes encouraged!


Sunday, October 28, 1pm-7pm - Bulgarian Workshop and Party w/Michael Ginsburg and Bulgarika

Admission: $25

First Baptist Event Hall, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto


Camps and Workshops:

December 24, 2018-January 2, 2019 -- Winter Seminar of Macedonian Folklore

Price: 795 euros

Location: Mavrovo and Skopje, Macedonia Only 30 spots available.

Information: or

Other Events:

Friday - Sunday, September 21, 22, & 23 -- San Francisco Greek Festival (Friday: noon-10pm; Saturday: 11am-7pm; Sunday: noon-9pm) Admission: Free (with pass printed from website)

Annunciation Cathedral, 245 Valencia St., San Francisco Live music and dancing are a part of the program!


Dancing in the Streets -- On some Sundays, from July to October, the BAM/Pacific Film Archives will be showing free dance movies on their outdoor screen at the rear of the building, on Addison and Oxford (in Berkeley.) Here’s the remaining show, at 4:00 pm.

October 15 - The Young Girls of Rochefort


Wednesday, October 31, 7:30 pm -- “Spirit of Hungary - 1848” (Revolution and Roots in Dance and Music) performed by the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble (Magyar Nemzeti Táncegyüttes).

Admission: $35-$45

Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville Information and tickets:

As usual, a list of Other Places to Dance on a regular basis as well as other Dance Camps and Festivals can be found on the Berkeley Folk Dancers website at

For a listing of local dance venues, please visit the "Places to Dance" section on the "Links" page. 

Copyright 2018 Susan Schaeffer.

BFD is a 501c(3) non-profit. We rely on membership dues and donations to pay for our dance space and to keep the club running 5 days a week. Your donations are fully tax-deductible, and help keep folk dancing alive in our community. Please consider making a donation.

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