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Summer Fiesta El Rincón Flamenco!
Artistic Director, Carola Zertuche will perform her new choreographies.
Enjoy passionate flamenco dance and live music with sangria, wine, and beer.  Please join us to dance at the end of the show!

Saturday, August 24th @ 7pm
Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco
670 South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
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Non Stop Bhangra — Crash An Indian Wedding Party
Have you ever wanted to crash an Indian wedding party, where you walk into a room filled with bright beautiful outfits, arms in the air, contagious music as the dancing becomes an expression of the joyous occasion? Here’s your chance as we bring back our favorite and most popular annual theme. Kicking off the night with a “Baraat Mob” street procession with live instruments to a venue full of colors and vibe leading into interactive dance lesson, beautiful dance performances, eclectic mix of DJs spinning contagious Bhangra beats mixed with live dhol drumming.

Saturday, August 24th @ 9:30pm
The Great Northern
119 Utah Street (at 15th Street), San Francisco
9th Annual San Francisco Bay Area Lebanese Festival
There will be a line up of known Bay Area Lebanese and Arab singers, live band, musicians, and dabkeh performance by children and youth. The Festival will also have a dedicated play area for children's games. Bring your family and friends to enjoy an entire day of Lebanese music, songs, dabke, delicious food and drinks.

Saturday, August 31st @ 11am to 10pm
Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City

The 154th consecutive Scottish Highland Gathering and Games
The Grandstand Show on Saturday evening features performances from Drum Majors, Scottish Country Dancers, Highland Dances, Scottish folk singers, and the impressive massed bands with 800 pipers and drummers.

Saturday & Sunday, August 31st & September 1st @ 8am - 6:30pm
Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton
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American Bon Dancing – An Invitation to Dance
A joyous celebration of departed ancestors, Bon is a Japanese Buddhist festival that’s been marked for more than five centuries with a traditional dance known as Bon-Odori. Held in conjunction with the 16th World Buddhist Women’s Convention across the street at the Marriott Marquis, American Bon Dancing – An Invitation to Dance features an array of traditional masters including taiko pioneer and NEA Heritage Fellowship Awardee P.J. Hirabayashi, Murasaki Ensemble koto innovator Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto, and Odori dance expert Reiko Iwanaga, the leader of the San Jose Obon Odori Festival. San Jose Taiko, one of the leading taiko ensembles outside of Japan, also performs. American Bon Dancing incorporates both traditional numbers still performed in Japan and more recent dances and songs created in the United States.

Sunday, September 1st @ 1pm
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts., San Francisco

Rotunda Dance Series featuring Cuicacalli
The Rotunda Dance Series brings many of the Bay Area’s most celebrated dance companies to San Francisco City Hall for free monthly noon-time performances and is presented by Dancers’ Group and World Arts West in partnership with Grants for the Arts and SF City Hall. Cuicacalli (meaning house of culture in nahuatl dialect) Dance Company, founded and directed by Mexican native, Jesus Jacoh Cortes, is a multi disciplinary dance company that fuse various styles such as Indigenious, Folkloric, and Contemporary Latino/Indio into a unique story of their own.

Friday, September 6th @ Noon
San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco
Open seating on the Rotunda stairs; please feel free to bring your own folding chair or cushion.
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Volunteer ushers are needed, view shifts and sign up here.

Brazilian Day Sacramento Street Festival
Bumba Meu Boi!
Brazilian Bands, Folkloric Brazilian Performances, Brazilian Drumming, Food, Vendors, Samba Dancing, Capoeira, Kids Activities, Soccer Penalty Competition and more. Family Fun!

Sunday, September 8th @ 1pm-7pm
20th street between J and K St, Sacramento
Free admission

Palestine Cultural Day 
From The Bay to Jerusalem - 
41 Years Of Celebrating Culture & Building Bridges
Featuring Palestinian Dabke: Aljuthoor of the Arab Shatat
Cultural performances and workshops, live music, dabkeh, comedy, kids’ entertainment, traditional bazaar, local vendors, authentic foods, traditional sweets, and more. 

Saturday, September 14th @ 11am - 9pm
Foster City Parks & Recreation
650 Shell Blvd, Foster City
Ashavari Performing Arts presents Ashavari Cultural Day
Featuring Kathak recital by Chitresh Das Institute, as well as a tabla ensemble, sitar recital, and vocal recital by Pandit Suman Ghosh.

Saturday, September 14th @ 3:15 (doors open)
Santa Clara Convention Center Main Theater, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara
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Sahra Arabia show
Enjoy a magical Arabian-style evening under the stars featuring Egyptian, Moroccan and local dance artists. Leave the skyscrapers behind and travel with us to the Middle East. Soak up the fairy tale at Arabian Nights setting by the light of flickering lanterns. Watch a show of exotic belly dancers, ‘tannura’ whirling dervish artistes, and more, all played out to exuberant middle eastern music. 

Saturday, September 14th @ 8pm
Starbright Theater, 1770 W Campbell Ave, Campbell
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PolskaFest, Silicon Valley’s Polish Festival
A celebration of Polish culture and history, with food, music, dance, and everything Polish. Featuring performances by: Łowiczanie (Adult Folk Ensemble) and Sokoły (Children’s Folk Ensemble). Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, September 15th @ 10am to 5 pm
10250 Clayton Road, San Jose, CA

Haitian Arts & Culture Festival 2019 
Rara Tou Limen Haitian Dance Company presents Ezili Danto Tribute "Set Kout Kouto". A night of dance, music, food & photography 

Friday, September 20th @ 7pm
Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th Street, Oakland

Rhythmix Island Arts Concert Series
Gamelan Sekar Jaya - Music of Bali is presented as part of Rhythmix Island Arts Concert Series, honoring island traditions from around the world, with gamelan angklung and gamelan jegog at the Island Arts Concert Series. Both ensembles will be accompanied by a magnificent company of dancers.

Saturday, September 21st @ 8pm
Rhythmix Cultural Works 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda

Inherited Bodies presented by Hope Mohr Dance and SFMOMA
A series of lecture demonstrations by Sara Shelton Mann, Jarrel Phillips, Nadhi Thekkek, and Snowflake Towers.
The featured artists will respond to the following questions through language and movement:
- How does history/the past operate in your work?
- Who or what are the giants in your tradition (whether forgotten or celebrated) and how do they figure in your work?
- How do you navigate between traditional and experimental forms in your work?

Thursday, September 26th @ 6pm
The Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco
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Los Lupeños de San Jose
The Cashion Cultural Legacy invites you to GALA Concerts, the culmination of the Los Lupeños 50th Anniversary Season! Under the artistic direction of choreographer Samuel Cortez, experience a deep-dive into four regions of México showcasing the past, the present, and the future - all with live musical accompaniment. Over 100 performers will share the stage including Los Lupeños Juvenil, Los Lupeños Legacy, Madrigal Musical, Ensamble Folklórico de Veracruz, and more!

Saturday, September 28th @ 8pm
Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose
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Kaisahan Unidad
An evening of dance and music from Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco and LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble. A collaborative performance by two veteran dance groups from the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.

Saturday, September 28th & 29th @ 7pm
Presidio Theatre, 99 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco
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24th Annual Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival
In addition to the dragon boat race itself, performances each day:
Saturday performances: Red Panda Acrobats, Cal - VSA Lion Dance, Ong Dance Troupe, Parangal Dance Company
Sunday performances: Chinese Folk Dance Association, Yau Kung Moon Martial Arts, Chung Ngai Dance Troupe, RAHITI ‐ Polynesia Dance Company, Emeryville Taiko

Saturday & Sunday, September 28th & 29th @ 10am - 5pm
Lake Merritt Boating Center, 568 Bellevue Ave, Oakland
21st Annual San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest
For one spectacular weekend, Micaya presents the SF International Hip Hop DanceFest, an event of groundbreaking hip hop performances by professional dance companies from around the globe. 2019 marks the festival’s 21st year of presenting inspiring, electrifying and thought provoking works.

Friday, November 22nd to Sunday, November 24th

Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco