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New England Folk Festival

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Official Website:New England Folk Festival
Location:250 East Street, Mansfield, MA, 02048
Dates:Friday, April 21, 2017 - Sunday, April 23, 2017
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$$ see below
Category:Fairs & Festivals

The Festival attracts approximately 3,500 attendees from all over the country and overseas and features upwards of 1,000 performers. NEFFA is unique because of the participatory nature of the events. Not only are there concerts and performances, but there are also opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with music, dance, and folk arts culture.

Music: There is music everywhere! You will find jam sessions in the halls, instrument workshops, group singing, and performances of folk music throughout the Festival…turn the corner and music greets your ears. Bring your instruments; free instrument checking is provided (but no overnight storage). Practice rooms in the Middle School will be available on a sign-up basis for rehearsals and jam sessions.

Participatory Dance: The Festival is known for its varied social dance program, which includes: A lot of contra and traditional square dancing, international folk dancing, couple dancing, swing dancing, English country, Scandinavian, and more. A particular favorite is the contra dance medley, originated at the NEFFA Festival. There are plenty of introductory workshops as well as sessions geared towards intermediate and advanced dancers.

Dance Performances: Costumed ethnic performing groups have been a part of NEFFA since the beginning. We pride ourselves on hosting a huge variety of performances on stage from different cultures such as Middle Eastern, Serbian, Bulgarian, Egyptian, Chinese, and Scandinavian, to name a few. Also, about a dozen morris teams dance outside of the High School during the day on Saturday and Sunday — a welcoming sight to new and returning Festival-goers alike.

Family Events: NEFFA is a great place to bring your family. There are many family-oriented programs at the Festival, from dancing and singing to storytelling and puppets. Here is more information that families with young children might need.

Activity Room: A hands-on room for kids, teens, and adults to enjoy arts, crafts, and puppet play.

Food: Vendor booths and food trucks are open throughout the day and have a variety of offerings, including kid-friendly and vegetarian meals. Breakfast foods are available Saturday and Sunday AM. Take a look at our list of vendors to see the diversity of tasty eats. Come hungry!

Crafts: Handmade items are for sale in the crafts room from a juried selection of vendors. Demonstrations of craftsmanship happen frequently.

Performer Sales Table: Books and recordings by NEFFA performers are for sale, as well as NEFFA souvenirs and T-shirts.

Discussion Sessions: Thought-provoking dialogues provide a great opportunity to network with other Festival attendees with similar interests. These moderated discussion sessions cover a wide range of topics.

The NEFFA Annual Meeting: NEFFA is an all-volunteer run organization. Come meet the Board, provide feedback, and ask questions.


(per session) $20 adults, $16 seniors, young adult (13-24) $10, $6 kids, preschool free; NEFFA Members pay less... full weekend rates available


250 East Street, Mansfield, MA, 02048 map

Mansfield, Mass., Middle and High Schools.

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