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Friday Night Salsa

A listing of Friday Night Salsa Events, Dance Lessons, and Socials in the Bay Area.

Note: Event times are subject to change. Always double check with the event organizer before making plans.


Albertos Salsa

Event Type: Beginner Lesson, Intermediate Lesson, Dance Party
Cost: $10 ($7 student, $15 band nights)
Location: Mountain View
Description: A cool bar & lounge located in Mountain View with a great instructor and chill atmosphere. Plenty of seating, a full bar, and live bands of Friday nights. Music is a mix of salsa and bachata, with a sprinkling of cha cha and merrengue.
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Boogie Woogie Ballroom

Event Type: Salsa Lesson, Salsa Party
Cost: $12 for lesson and dance, $10 for dance only
Location: Foster City
Description: A monthly salsa party at the Boogie Woogie Ballroom in Foster City, including salsa lessons, a heavy snack buffet, and dancing until 1am in the morning to the music of DJ Willie Martinez.
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Cheryl Burke Salsa

Event Type: Beginner Lesson, Intermediate Lesson, Dance Party
Cost: $10 Beginner, $12 Intermediate
Location: Mountain View
Description: Beginning and intermediate salsa lessons, followed by dancing in a ballroom setting at Cheryl Burke Dance studio in Mountain View, taught by Ciro and Louise.
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Cigar Bar

Event Type: Music & Dancing
Cost: $7
Location: San Francisco
Description: Salsa night at The Cigar Bar & Grill, a unique San Francisco restaurant & bar located in historic Jackson Square, featuring salsa dancing every Friday and Saturday night. Live salsa music every night, and free before 9:30pm.
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Club Fox Salsa Night

Event Type: Salsa Dancing, Live Music
Cost: $15
Location: Redwood City
Description: Salsa dancing every Friday night at Club Fox in Redwood City, sponsored by Salsa Pa'l Bailador. Dancing from 9pm-2am to the hottest salsa, bachata, merengue, and cha cha cha. Live music on some nights.
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Club La Maraca Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $20
Location: San Jose
Description: Salsa dancing and live music at Club Maraca in downtown San Jose. Grand opening on Friday, October 24th. Salsa lessons at 9pm with Hector Reyes, followed by dancing to the live music of Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad. 2 dance floors, 2 bars, and a VIP area. 21 and over.
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Club Milano Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $15 (price varies)
Location: San Jose
Description: Salsa dancing every Friday night at Club Milano in downtown San Jose. Salsa dancing lessons from 9-10pm with world renowned dancers from Grizzly Dance Company and bachata lessons by Kristin La Chinita. Live Latin music every week and separate bachata room for sensual dancing.
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Cuban Salsa and Rueda de Casino

Event Type: Cuban Salsa Lessons
Cost: $12 for one class, $45 for four classes
Location: Oakland
Description: Cuban salsa lessons held at the Malonga Casquelourd Center in Oakland throughout the week. Beginner classes cover the basic steps, with the intermediate and advanced classes focusing on improving your skills. $12 per class or $45 for four classes.
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Dancing Under The Stars

Event Type: Dance Lesson, Outdoor Dancing
Cost: Free
Location:
Description: Free dance lessons and social dancing every week in July at the historic Jack London Square in Oakland. Lessons from 8:30pm-9pm every night taught by Vanessa and Bradley Montoya of VM Dance. A different dance taught every week: 7/11 - Merengue, 7/18 - Salsa, 7/25 - Bachata.
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Deja Vu Salsa Fridays

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $15 before 11pm, $12 after 11pm
Location: San Francisco
Description: Salsa lessons and dancing every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at the Metronome Dance Collective in San Francisco. Salsa lessons by Ricardo Tellez and Tianne Frias at 8pm, followed by dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Free safe parking available for attendees. Event includes free snacks, free water, and dance performances.
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Funky Fresh First Fridays

Event Type: Salsa / Hip Hop Party
Cost: $5 Before 11pm, $10 after
Location: Oakland
Description: A monthly Fiesta series organized by Social Diversity Entertainment. Party music by Latin Sound Productionz, spinning the best hip hop, salsa, reggae, merrengue, cumbia, bachata and more. Casual / Stylish Attire. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes! For birthday & bottle service call (510) 682-8826.
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Halloween Masquerade Salsa Gala at Club Milano

Event Type: Halloween Salsa Dancing Party
Cost: $15
Location: San Jose
Description: A Halloween salsa dancing party at Club Milano in downtown San Jose. Salsa lessons by Beto and Noelani da Silva (beginning lesson at 8:30pm, intermediate at 9:15pm) followed by dancing until 2am. Two rooms for dancing salsa and bachata. Live bands, full bar, and a Halloween costume contest. No partner necessary.
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La Tropi-Cal

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $10
Location: San Francisco
Description: La Tropi-Cal is the original Timba spot in San Francisco, held every last Friday of the month at Il Pirata. Music played at the social includes Timba, classic Timba, Cuban salsa, and salsa with a splash of Reggaeton, Cubaton, and Dancehall. Music by resident DJs Walt Digz and Dark Rum.
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Latin Fever Friday – Bachata & Kizomba Night

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $15
Location: Berkeley
Description: This is an intimate and classy event - ONLY 250 tickets will be sold at the door. Kizomba lessons taught by Yasert Ortega from 9:15pm - 10:15pm followed by social dancing until 2am to the hottest Kizomba, Bachata, and Mambo beats in the Bay. Dress to impress.
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Latin Fever Fridays

Event Type: Lessons, Social Dancing
Cost: $12
Location: Berkeley
Description: One of the top dancer socials in the Bay Area, featuring an underground vibe, salsa competitions, and delicious sangria, hosted by the Afinkao Dance Company.
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Mint Leaf Salsa Berkeley

Event Type: Salsa Dance Party
Cost: $5
Location: Berkeley
Description: Salsa dancing every Friday night at the Mint Leaf restaurant ("Casa De La Musica") in Berkeley, playing the best salsa and timba Cubana spun by DJ Antonio. Smooth floor, full bar, and late night dining menu.
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Palomar Ballroom

Event Type: Beginner Lesson, Intermediate Lesson, Dance Party
Cost: $10 Classes & Party, $5 Just Dancing
Location: Santa Cruz
Description: Drop in a salsa class with Jeremy, followed by a salsa party with music from DJ Omambo at the Palomar Ballroom.
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Sabados de Rumba

Event Type: Salsa Dance Party
Cost: $10
Location: San Mateo
Description: Salsa, bachata, and merregue to the music of some of the hottest DJs in the Bay Area at Club Level 236 in San Mateo, held on the 2nd Saturday and 4th Friday of every month.
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Salsa Festival on The Fillmore

Event Type: Salsa Lessons, Live Music, Salsa Festival
Cost: See ticket website
Location: San Francisco
Description: A two night music & dance event in the Fillmore district of San Francisco. Held at multiple venues on Fillmore Street including Yoshis, The Fillmore Center Plaza, Sheba Lounge, Westbay Conference Center, the Lushlife Gallery and Brunos. Starts with a free outdoor concert and dancing under the stars to two of the best Bay Area salsa bands (Andy Callao on Friday and N'Rumba on Saturday). The party then moves to the West Bay Conference Center and Yoshi's for even more live salsa music by Pacho Orquesta Evolucion, Mazacote, Grupo Bakkan, and Avance.
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Salsa Rueda ODC

Event Type: Beginning & Intermediate Salsa Rueda Lessons
Cost: $13 a class
Location: San Francisco
Description: Beginning and intermediate Miami-style Salsa and Havana-style Casino moves taught every Thursday at the ODC Dance Commons by veteran Rueda-instructor Ryan Mead.
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Salsa With Tomaj

Event Type: Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced Salsa Classes
Cost: $120/single, $200/couple for a 10 week series.
Location: San Ramon
Description: Friday night salsa classes in San Ramon with Tomaj Trenda.
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San Francisco Bachata Festival

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: See ticket website
Location: San Francisco
Description: The San Francisco Bachata International Festival (SFBIF) is a 3-day long bachata festival held every year in the San Francisco Bay Area. This year's event will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame and will feature a weekend of dance lessons, performances, and competitions. The San Francisco Bachata Festival features dozens of professional instructors from around the world teach bachta, kizomba, salsa and more. The Festival is partnering with the SF iSemba Kizomba Festival this year to create one mega dance production. Workshops start at 10am every morning and dancing continues until 6am every night. If you love bachata, kizomba, and salsa, this is one Festival you don't want to miss!
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San Francisco Salsa Congress 2014

Event Type: Salsa Congress
Cost: See Congress Website
Location: Oakland
Description: A four-day salsa extravaganza held in the Marriott Hotel in downtown Oakland. The SF Salsa Congress features four days of workshops, performances, competitions, live music, and more, with dancing until 4 in the morning every night. Sunday night will also host the World Salsa Challenge, a salsa competition featuring some of the best salsa dancers from around the world. This year is the 13-year anniversary of the SF Salsa Congress, and the event will likely be the largest ever, with an expected attendance of more than 8,000 dancers from around the world. The Congress will feature live music from legendary Tito Rojas as well as performances and workshops by top dancers including Eddie Torres and Yamulee! This is one salsa event that is not to be missed!
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Tomaj’s 2nd Fridays Salsa, Bachata, & Kizomba Party

Event Type: Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba Party
Cost: $15
Location: Emeryville
Description: Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba party held every 2nd Friday of the month, organized by Tomaj Trenda, at the Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville. Featuring Live Salsa Bands, 3 Rooms of Dancing, 3 Classes and 3 DJ's: Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba! Classes followed by dancing to live music until 1:30am. Free food and refreshments included. Advance tickets are available on the event website.
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Tomaj’s Halloween Salsa Gala

Event Type: Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba Dancing, Halloween Party, Live Music
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Location: Emeryville
Description: Tomaj Trenda's annual Halloween Salsa Gala, held at the Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville. Bachata and cha cha lessons followed by dancing until 1:30am in the morning. 3 rooms for dancing salsa, bachata, and kizomba with music by DJ EldelaClave, DJ Willie Love, and DJ Mayky. Live music by the Grammy Award-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Free food, refreshments, and a party atmosphere. Advance tickets available at www.LiveLatinDance.com.
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Top Dance Ballroom Salsa Fridays

Event Type: Salsa & Bachata Lessons
Cost: $15 per lesson or $24 for both lessons
Location: San Jose
Description: Salsa dancing and bachata lessons every Friday with Wil Orrock at Top Dance Ballroom in San Jose. Salsa lessons are at 8pm followed by bachata lessons at 8:45pm. The cost of the class is $15 for one class or $24 for both. No partner necessary. Open to all ages.
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