Local Dance Events

Hi Dancers!    I try to pick out the events best suited to ballroom, latin and swing dancing. 

Let me know if there is anything you would like to add!

On-going Events in the Community:

Please note:  I’m not sure if these on-going dances have resumed yet in 2021.   I suggest calling the contact information.

Fridays, on-going, 7:00-9:00 p.m.:  Sonora Ballroom Dancing meets at the Aronos Club, 37 E. Elkin Street, Downtown Sonora for community ballroom dancing.   Lessons at 7 p.m. followed by open dancing at 8 p.m.  $10 donation.  (not meeting yet)

Second Saturdays:  Second Saturday Art Night in historic downtown Sonora offers art shows, music and refreshments, at no charge from 5 to 8 p.m.   Visit www.2ndsaturdayartnight.org  for details for each month.

Third Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.:  Contra Dancing at the Aronos Club, 37 E. Elkin Street, Sonora.  Live music; no experience necessary.  Adults $7, Children $3.  For more information, call 532-6025.

Some Fridays (see “classes” for dates), 6 p.m.:  Folk Dancing with Carlos at The Dance Castle, 23496 Gold Springs Drive, Columbia.  All levels; free!

Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.:  Line Dancing with Carolyn Silva at First Presbyterian Church of Columbia (aka 49er Church, 11155 Jackson Street) in Faith Hall.  Free.


2021

Events are popping up; looks like a wonderful year for dancing!   I’m not sure what kind of “dance” music these bands play, so look them up on google or youtube.
 
 
Saturday, July 31, 6-8 p.m.:  Western Bound at Concert in the Pines, Eproson Park, Twain Harte.
 
Saturday, July 31, 7:00 p.m.: Town Square Street Dance with Rod Harris and the Columbia Kicks Big Band at Copper Valley (Copperopolis) Town Square.  Includes 40’s Costume Contest, Vintage Cars, Vendors and Raffles.
 
Wednesday, August 4, 6-8 p.m.:  The Guy Dossi Band at the Tuolumne Music in the Park. Plenty of room to dance and enjoy the Farmer’s Market.
 
Friday, August 6, 5 – 8 p.m.:  Magic of the Night, downtown Sonora.  Lots of bands and music . . . . Blues Box Bayou Band will be at Coffill Park . . . . . Rusty Rockers will also be there;  oh my, so much dancing going on! 
 
Friday, August 6,  5:30 – 7:00 p.m.:  Mario Flores Latin Jazz Band at Inner Sanctum Cellars BaseCamp, Columbia.  Tickets $10 online at innersanctumcellars.com/events
 
Friday, August 6, 4:30 p.m.:  Lucky Cuzn Brass Band at Peaceful Valley Farmers Market, 14888 Peaceful Valley Road, Sonora.  Produce, craft and food vendors at 4 p.m.
 

Saturday, August 7, 6-8 p.m.:  Jim Anderson and the Rebels, Elvis tribute,  at Concert in the Pines, Eproson Park, Twain Harte.

Wednesday, August 11, 6-8 p.m.:  Leilani and the Distractions at the Tuolumne Music in the Park. Plenty of room to dance and enjoy the Farmer’s Market.

Friday, August 13, 4:30 p.m.:  Love Camp at Peaceful Valley Farmers Market, 14888 Peaceful Valley Road, Sonora.  Produce, craft and food vendors at 4 p.m.

Friday, August 13, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.:  Swing Gitane at Inner Sanctum Cellars BaseCamp, Columbia.  Tickets $10 online at innersanctumcellars.com/events

Saturday, August 14, 6-8 p.m.:  After Dark at Concert in the Pines, Eproson Park, Twain Harte.

Saturday, August 14, 8 p.m.:  Stomp Box at Coffill Park, downtown Sonora.  Bring your own chair!

Saturday, August 14, 9 p.m.:  Blues Box Bayou Band at Black Oak Casino.   Make reservations at blackoakcasino.com/show/     NOTE:  Black Oak Casino’s new format is to purchase a table for four ($90-$120, depending on location) booth for six ($160) or standing room only (for $15).   booooooo

Wednesday, August 18, 6-8 p.m.:  Swing Gitane at the Tuolumne Music in the Park. Plenty of room to dance and enjoy the Farmer’s Market.

Sunday, August 22, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.:  Jana and Leroy at Inner Sanctum Cellars BaseCamp, Columbia.  (not sure if tickets are needed as of 6.14.21)

Wednesday, August 25, 6-8 p.m.:  Stompbox at the Tuolumne Music in the Park. Plenty of room to dance and enjoy the Farmer’s Market.

Friday – Sunday, August 27 –  August 29, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.:  Sierra Bigfoot Music Festival, First Annual at Eproson Park, Twain Harte.  Three day Music Festival, Art Show, Open Air Market and Bigfoot Symposium.  Free Admission. 

Wednesday, September 1, 6-8 p.m.:  Sky Kings at the Tuolumne Music in the Park. Plenty of room to dance and enjoy the Farmer’s Market.

Thursday, September 2, 4-7 p.m.:  Love Camp at Mountain Air Market, Eproson Park, Twain Harte.  Free.

Friday, September 3, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.:  Jana & Leroy at Inner Sanctum Cellars BaseCamp, Columbia.  Tickets $10 online at innersanctumcellars.com/events

Saturday, September 4, 6-8 p.m.:  Threshold at Concert in the Pines, Eproson Park, Twain Harte.

Saturday, September 11, 6-8 p.m.:  Kinland Station at Concert in the Pines, Eproson Park, Twain Harte.

Saturday, September 11, 8 p.m.: Chains Required at Coffill Park, downtown Sonora.  Bring your own chair!

Friday, September 24, 4:30 p.m.:  Keith Burrows Band at Peaceful Valley Farmers Market, 14888 Peaceful Valley Road, Sonora.  Produce, craft and food vendors at 4 p.m.

Friday, October 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.:  Columbia Big Band at Inner Sanctum Base Camp in Columbia

Saturday, October 9, 8 p.m.:  The Hot Dark at Coffill Park, downtown Sonora.  Bring your own chair!

Friday, October 29, 9 p.m.:  Tom Rigney and Flambeau at Black Oak Casino, Willow Creek Lounge.   Make reservations at blackoakcasino.com/show/   (not posted as of 6.14.21)

Friday, December 31, Rusty Rockers at the Elks Lodge.  Happy New Year!