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.

There is still time to make a donation to the organization that brings so much pleasure to your life and to the cultural life to ALL ages in Baltimore! For over 44 years the Baltimore Folk Music Society has been the go to place for dances, live music, concerts, festivals, not to mention the annual get away weekend in the Catoctin Mountains! We never turn anyone away for financial reasons, and most of our events do not break even. If wish to see BFMS continue and grow as a shining light in Baltimore, please consider a donation to support BFMS. It is fast and easy on the BFMS website.
Or, donate to BFMS through purchases on Amazon Smile. Select Baltimore Folk Music Society from the list of charities.
You can also suggest what events you would like to see in 2020. The entire BFMS Board is made up of volunteers, who are ready and willing to work with you, and to make your ideas a reality!

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, February 01 2020 
A Mid-Winter Nights Dream
The BFMS MidWinter Ball at the Church of the Reedemer. Galling by Gaye Fifer. Music by The Ripples. Mind Blowing, Gender free Contras in the afternoon. Contra and Couples dancing in the evening. Tickets are on sale now.

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 (888)646-2367

or email

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

The Baltimore Folk Music Society is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.