The Thirty-Second Annual


Santa Barbara Harvest Moon Dance Festival

October 13–15, 2017

The Carrillo Ballroom is once again going to ROCK all weekend long!
Join us in Santa Barbara, California, with its “best in the west” legendary Sprung Floor, on October 13-15th, 2017, for an amazing contra time…

Featuring Wild Asparagus, a premier band from Massachusetts, with special guest Mark ‘Pokey’ Hellenberg. For the last 10 years, Kelli has flown to Oregon every year to hear this band… a true contra-high every time! They are famous for their lively, hypnotic rhythmic dance tunes that will absolutely heat up the dance floor.

And Riptide, one of the most energetic contra bands on the scene today, with most of this foursome hailing from Maine. They love the music they play, and their repertoire contains literally hundreds of tunes from New England, Quebec, Ireland, Appalachia, and more.

Calling by George Marshall whose specialty is teaching and calling the New England-style contra dances he has collected throughout the country. He is renowned for his knack of matching music to dance and for his smooth, concise teaching and presentation.

Addition calling by TBA!

To attend this amazing weekend, please download and fill out the Harvest Moon flyer/application, which will be found here by the end of April.

Registration starts May 1. This dance weekend often fills very fast, but please do not send registration forms postmarked before this date.

Cost is $175 Friday evening through Sunday evening!

Includes catered lunch, many delicious snacks, and opportunities for local housing.

Special deal: If you are an experienced contra dancer age 30 or under, we are offering a $100-off youth scholarship, bringing the price down to only $75. Please enclose a note with your registration if you are interested in this offer.



You can request accomodations with fellow dancers on the application form. Alternatively, if a motel room or B&B is within your budget check here for reviews of local properties.

Join fellow dancers in Santa Barbara, CA, with its "best in the west" legendary Sprung Floor for an amazing contra time...

A weekend definitely not to be missed.

Fantastic music, scrumptious food, and amazing dance energy!

For more information, contact Kelli Butler at:


The Harvest Moon Dance Festival is brought to you by the Santa Barbara Country Dance Society & the City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Department.

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