Welcome to the NEFFA Festival!
The NEFFA Festival

(also known as The New England Folk Festival) is a fabulous blend of dance, music, crafts, and food from many lands. The 2017 Festival, our 73rd annual Festival, is tentatively scheduled for April 21-23, 2017 in Mansfield, Massachusetts (near Boston).

One of the things that makes the Festival special is that all performers donate their talents as volunteers.

When: April 21-23, 2017 The Festival performer list will be announced in February
Where: Mansfield, Mass. Festival Events
Hours and Prices Volunteer Opportunities
Lost and Found Form Vendor Opportunities
Advance Sale Tickets Festival Maps
Evaluation Form

What happens at the Festival?

Daily Schedules

The schedules for the Festival are available here.

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Where: Mansfield, Mass., High and Middle Schools. How to Get There

If you are willing to carpool or need a ride, then check this out!

When and how much: Check this out

Why: Because it's fun!

Special notes

Other Important Details

Getting Involved

NEFFA works year-round for Festival planning, dance productions, grants and a number of other purposes. There are frequently positions available on the Festival Committee and the NEFFA Board for interested people. Contact "President ATSIGN neffa DOT org" if you are interested in getting involved.

As a Festival Performer
If you are interested in performing on a volunteer basis at the Festival, you can fill out an on-line application. Applications are available here in early September with different deadlines based on performer type; dance demo groups have a few months to apply and other performers have a deadline in early October. Email chair Linda Leslie (laleslierjg ATSIGN comcast DOT net) if you have specific questions.

As a Festival Volunteer
The Festival runs as well as it does because of the efforts of hundreds of Festival volunteers. You can earn free admission by volunteering. Check out our volunteering page!

As a Housing Host
You can rescue of out-of-towners looking for a place to stay. Register with our on-line Housing Form. If it is after the application deadline, just stop by the Information Table at the Festival.

Vendor Opportunities

The Festival has several areas for people who want to sell their wares. Please contact the appropriate person for that area.

Arriving Early?

On Wednesday, there's an English Country Dance in Arlington.

On Thursday, there's a contra dance in Concord, Scottish Dancing in Salem, and an Experienced International Folk Dance in Arlington.

Hanging Around?

On Monday, there's Contras in Concord (MA), and Scottish in Watertown (MA). Consult Folk Dancing 'Round Boston for more details on these and other dances in the area.
New England Folk Festival Association