Various folk dance, music, & cultural events, mostly in the Pacific Northwest:

Dancing information:

Portland Dancing –– comprehensive list of dancing in the Portland, OR area

Some of my favorite festivals, dance sessions, performances and organizations: 

Astoria Scanfair–– Scandinavian festival in Astoria, OR

Balkan Night Northwest–- high-energy Balkan music & dance fest every March in Seattle

Balkanalia!–– Oregon’s annual Balkan music & dance camp

Cascade Festival of African Films –– enlightening & free festival, February & March

at Portland Community College Cascade campus

Cinco de Mayo –– Portland’s annual celebration of Mexican cultures

Folklife –– fantastic Northwest Folklife Festival every Memorial Day weekend in Seattle

Hoolyeh––International folk dancers, plus annual reunion dance party, in Corvallis, OR

Japanese Mochitsuki––Japanese festival every January in Portland, OR

Japanese Obon Fest –– Japanese festival every August in Portland, OR & other Japanese cultural events

Junction City Scandia –– Scandinavian festival every August in Junction City, OR

Kyklos –– International folk dancing at Reed College in Portland, OR

Mount Angel Oktoberfest–- German festival every September in Mount Angel, OR

National Folk Organization –– website, news & info

Norske Runddansere –– Scandinavian dancing in Portland, OR

Northwest Folkdancers –– info on folk dancing throughout the Pacific Northwest

Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education – in Portland, OR; also Holocaust Memorial

Podkrepa –– Bulgarian-Macedonian Association of Oregon (sometimes hosts lively folk dance events)

Portland Country Dance CommunityContra/English Country Dance

Portland Folk Music Society –– information on folk music in Portland, OR

Portland Israeli dancing—Israeli dancing in Portland, OR

Portland Pan-African Festival––every August in downtown Portland, OR

Portland Polish Festival–– every September in Portland, OR

Portland Taiko –– sensational rhythms inspired by Japanese traditions

QDoc–– GLBTQIA+ documentary film festival in Portland, OR

Revels –– interactive, seasonal fun for the whole family, in Portland & across the USA

Salem World Beat –– multicultural festival every June in Salem, OR

Veselo Community Folk Dancers–– International folk dancers, plus annual festival, in Eugene, OR

Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana––Woodburn’s annual celebration of Mexican cultures

A small sampling of my favorite house concert series in the Portland, OR, area
(one of my favorite ways to enjoy live music!):

Abbie Weisenbloom––

eclectic multi-genre offerings hosted by Abbie & her family in their SE Portland home

Hart House––

a variety of music hosted by Kim McLaughlin & Stan Davis in a lovely, wooded, secluded

home setting southwest of Beaverton, OR

House Concerts PDX––

mostly classical fare in the spacious SE Portland living room of Sylvia Gray & her husband Viktors

House of Doolescu––

an eclectic variety hosted by musicians Mike Doolin & Nancy Conescu in their beautiful

Laurelhurst home in NE Portland

Irish Pdx–– Portland area Irish music & dance info + house concerts hosted by Sam & Aine Keator


jazz variety hosted by musician Ben Fajen in his stunning Victorian home on Mt. Tabor in SE Portland

Various media links, mostly for the Portland, Oregon, area:

Asian Reporter –– Pacific NW’s Asians & Asian-Americans

El Hispanic –– Latino/a communities of OR & SW WA

KBOO –– 90.7 FM community radio for metro Portland, OR

Oregon Jewish Life –– Jewish communities of OR & SW WA

Oregon Live –– Oregonian newspaper’s website

Portland Observer –– African-American community

PQ Monthly ––GLBTQ info for OR & SW WA

Skanner –– African-Americans  & communities of color

Various poetry and literary links for Oregon:

Fishtrap — writing conference in beautiful Wallowa County, Oregon

Literary Arts–– literary programming for Portland and Oregon

Milwaukie Poetry Series — Sep. – June monthly reading series

Oregon Poetry Association — conferences & events throughout Oregon


LinkedIn — my online resumé