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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 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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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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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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Taste Fridays

Event Type: Bachata & Salsa Lesson, Dance Party, Live Music
Cost: $15
Location: San Francisco
Description: Taste Fridays is an event held every Friday at Cafe Cocomo in San Francisco, combining gourmet food tasting, salsa & bachata lessons, live music, performances, and dancing until 2 in the morning. Taste aims to be more than just a dance event, but a party for all your senses.
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Tomaj’s 2nd Fridays Salsa & Bachata Party

Event Type: Salsa & Bachata Lesson, Live Music
Cost: $15
Location: Emeryville
Description: A salsa and bachata party held every 2nd Friday of the month, organized by Tomaj Trenda. The event is held at the Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville, and features bachata and salsa classes followed by dancing to live music until 1am. Free food and refreshments included. Advance tickets are available on the event website.
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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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