Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts (DEFFA) is a non-profit membership organization whose goal is to nurture and promote the living traditions of folk music and dance in Maine. We publish a monthly newsletter with news, calendar listings, information, and other items of interest to the Maine folk art, music, and dance community. DEFFA also hosts the annual Down East Country Dance Festival in March of each year, a weekend long celebration of traditional and international music, dancing, and fun! 


DEFFA's annual afternoon contra dance celebration to raise funds to support our mission, including the DEFFA Scholarship fund. Two bands (T.B.A.) and Two callers (T.B.A.) in an afternoon of dancing and visiting with friends. Finger food and desserts potluck, bring snacks to share! $15 at the door, $12 for students/seniors, $3 discount for DEFFA members! We need volunteers so if you’re interested in volunteering to help set up, clean up, or sit at the entrance table, let us know! Contact

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Upcoming Events

Thu 27

Portland Intown Contra Dance Costume Ball

October 27, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Portland ME
Fri 28

Brunswick – Int’l Folk Dance

October 28, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Brunswick ME
Fri 28

Hiram – Concert

October 28, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hiram ME
Fri 28

North Whitefield Contra dance

October 28, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
North Whitefield ME
Fri 28

Newfields – Contra

October 28, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Newfields NH
Sat 29

East Vassalboro Contra dance

October 29, 6:30 pm
east Vassalboro ME
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