The Thirty-Fourth Annual


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Santa Barbara Harvest Moon Dance Festival

October 11–13, 2019

~ One incredible venue ~

Join us in Santa Barbara at the newly air-conditioned Historic Carrillo Ballroom on our legendary sprung floor at one of the best contra weekends on the West Coast!!

~ Two incredible bands ~


~ Three incredible callers ~

Nils Fredland & Lindsey Dono plus Emily Rush (Rush Fest)

Elixir brings great sound and the best dance music ever! Members are Anna Patton (clarinet and vocals), Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Jesse Readlynn (trumpet and flugel horn), Owen Morrison (guitar and foot percussion), and Brian Bender (trombone and melodica). Elixir blends driving fiddle and guitar with the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section, deftly weaving brassy riffs and daring solos in and out of traditional Irish, French Canadian, and New England tunes.

Pete’s Posse is Vermont’s own trad-roots power trio, featuring Pete Sutherland, Tristen Henderson, and Oliver Scanlon. Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high powered guitar and foot percussion with mandolin, claw-hammer banjo, jawharp, rockin’ keyboard, and soaring vocals add color to Posse’s sonic landscape. High energy contra at its best!

Nils Fredland is not only a master caller, he’s also superb on the trombone, adding another wonderful layer to Elixir’s talented band. He is an expert at creating a welcome environment, delivering immense joy on the dance floor with his engaging dances.

Ever since Lindsey Dono came on the scene, dance weekend organizers have been scrambling to book this fantastic caller. She has a friendly manner, calling clear and concise contras, and because she’s a dancer herself, she knows just what the dancers want.

Special guest Emily Rush with “Rush Fest”. Emily calls contra dances to DJ'd music, playing pop, rock 'n' roll, tango, oldies, jazz, and everything in between! Super Wild Fun!

Registration started Monday, May 6!

Cost: $170  Friday evening through Sunday evening!
Sliding scale for under 35 ($70- $100)! 

Meals:  There will be an ongoing snack table with lots of goodies throughout the weekend, plus a scrumptious catered lunch on Saturday and Sunday. (We will do our best with a variety of food; however, please be aware that not all diets will be accommodated.) Dinner is on your own on Saturday and Sunday, with many nearby restaurants to choose from, as well as a big supermarket.

Facility:  Harvest Moon will be held entirely at the Carrillo Recreation Center located at 100 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. The Historic Carrillo Ballroom is located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. This ballroom has a spring-loaded, maple floor, and it is one of the finest in the country for dancing. There is also a landscaped front and rear courtyard, a wonderful balcony in the dance hall, a large snack room, a lunch room, and the Moon Lounge, which will have fun raffle items, a place to get a massage, and an area for music jams.

Accommodations:  There are many hotels and airbnb’s around Santa Barbara. Campgrounds are available at El Capitán, Refugio, and in Carpinteria. If housing is requested, every attempt will be made to house or tent participants from out of town with local dancers.

Harvest Moon is a Zero-Waste Event

For more info: contact Kelli Butler at:

or call 805-649-5189

For housing questions, please contact Donnalyn at:

or call 805-682-1877






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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