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Past Events

Below is a listing of past salsa events collected for archival purposes. For a listing of current events in the Bay Area, see our Salsa Events Calendar.


Halloween Masquerade Salsa Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Saturday, October 29th 2016
Description: Live salsa music and dancing at the La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. Salsa lessons at 8pm followed by dancing until midnight. Make sure to bring cash for the beer & wine bar!
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San Jose’s Epic Halloween Salsa Bash

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Saturday, October 29th 2016
Description: A Halloween salsa party at the Broken Spoke in San Jose featuring salsa dance lessons, performances, and a Halloween costume contest. Over $300 in cash prizes, so bring your best costume!
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Halloween Salsa & Rueda Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, October 28th 2016
Description: 3rd Annual Halloween Salsa & Rueda Party hosted at the ODC in San Francisco. Four levels of salsa and rueda lessons starting at 7:30pm followed by dancing until midnight. Bring food and drink to share for the potluck. Costumes are encouraged, but not required!
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Jimmy Bosch Live at Club Milano

Event Type: Salsa Lesson, Dance Social, Live Music
Date: Friday, August 26th 2016
Description: For one night only, the world-renown Jimmy Bosch playing live at Club Milano in downtown San Jose. Salsa lessons from 8-9:30pm with world salsa champion Luis Aguilar, followed by dancing until 2am. Two rooms for dancing salsa and bachata. Live music by Jimmy Bosch and special dance performances.
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San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

Event Type: Outdoor Salsa Festival
Date: Friday, August 12th - Sunday, August 14th, 2015
Description: The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (formerly known as the “San Jose Jazz Festival”) is the largest outdoor music festival in San Jose. Held every year in downtown San Jose by the Plaza de Cesar Chavez, the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is a massive music event that spans multiple city blocks, and features musicians from around the world playing a wide variety of genres including Jazz, Swing, Blues, and Salsa. The salsa dancing takes place at the Salsa Stage, and is one of the largest outdoor salsa dancing events of the year. The music spans the gamut of salsa genres from Latin Jazz to Salsa Dura and Cuban Salsa. This year’s lineup of salsa musicians include: Avance, Visión Latina, La Mixta Criolla, Jesus Diaz y su QBA, Pirulo y La Tribe, Danilo y Orquesta Universal, La Máquina Insular, Ricky’s Villanueva Show, and the Bay Area Salsa All Stars.
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San Francisco Bachata Festival

Event Type: Salsa & Bachata Festival
Date: Friday, July 15 - Sunday, July 17, 2016
Description: The San Francisco Bachata International Festival (SFBIF) is a 3-day long dance festival held every year in the San Francisco Bay Area. The event is held at the gorgeous Hyatt Regency hotel in Burlingame and features a weekend of dance lessons, performances, and competitions. The San Francisco Bachata Festival features dozens of professional instructors from around the world teach bachata, kizomba, salsa and more. Workshops start at 10am every morning with top instructors from around the world 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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Jake’s “Cocomo Reunion” Salsa Class & VibraSON!

Event Type: Salsa Lesson, Dance Social, Live Music
Date: Saturday, July 30th
Description: Club Fuego/Space550 hosts a very special night on Sat, July 30! Start with a "Cocomo Reunion" Salsa dance lesson by Jake at 8:30pm. Many of you know Jake taught Thur/Sat at the legendary Cafe Cocomo for over 15 years in San Francisco. This class will follow that lead with great technique, musicality, humor, and danceable patterns for Beginners and Intermediate Salsa dancers. To top off the night, Jake's hot band VibraSÓN plays at 10:15pm for a night of great LIVE salsa music to dance to on the large dance floor at this club. Bachata room/DJ too! Full bar, free street parking. Gonna be a great night! See Facebook and promotional flyers for discounts, etc. Club is 21+ since it serves alcohol. Large Dance Floor and 3 rooms. Coat check. Street parking available for free.
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Salsa Wednesday San Jose

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Wednesday
Description: Salsa dancing every Wednesday night at Miami Beach Club in downtown San Jose. Beginner salsa lessons at 8pm with veteran salsa instructor Edmundo & Alyssa, followed by dancing until 2am. Full bar and free street parking.
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iHeartMambo’s NYE Mambo Bash

Event Type: New Years Salsa Party
Date: Thursday, December 31st 2015
Description: Celebrate the New Year's Eve in SF with the iHeartMambo family. Dance your heart out to the music of hard swinging Dj Mayimbe from LA who will be spinning his kickass Mambo selection all night. Hosted at the Genesis DanceSport Studio in San Francisco, all ages welcome!
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Salsamania 15 Year Anniversary Party at Space 550

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Saturday, October 24th 2015
Description: A salsa party hosted at Space 550 in San Francisco celebrating the 15-year anniversary of Salsamania, one of the top salsa dance companies in the Bay Area. Salsa lessons from World Champions John Narvaez and Liz Rojas at 8:30pm followed by dancing until 2:30am. (more…)
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San Francisco Salsa Congress 2015

Event Type: Salsa Congress
Date: Thursday, November 19th - Sunday, November 22nd 2015
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 4am in the morning every night. This year is the 14-year anniversary of the SF Salsa Congress, and the event will likely be the largest ever, with an expected attendance of thousands of dancers from around the world. The Congress will feature live music from top salsa musicians including Fruko y Sus Tesos as well as performances and workshops by top dancers including Griselle Ponce and Yamulee! This is one salsa event that is not to be missed!
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Grand Opening Dance Spot

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson & Social, Live Music
Date: Every Friday
Description: The Dance Spot is a weekly salsa social organized by Sabroso Presents at the Mariani's Inn & Restaurant in Santa Clara. The event features salsa, bachata, and kizomba lessons from professional instructors; live music; and 5 party rooms for dancing. Plenty of free parking.
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Tomaj’s Hot Salsa Friday

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, September 11th 2015
Description: A salsa dance party hosted by Tomaj Trenda at the Orinda Masonic Hall in the Easy Bay on Friday, September 11th, 2015. Salsa and bachata lessons from 8pm-9pm, followed by dancing until 1am in the morning. Music by DJ Willie Love and live music by Orquesta Bembé.
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San Jose Jazz Festival Salsa After Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, August 7th - Sunday, August 9th
Description: Salsa after party for the 2015 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest at the Agenda Lounge in downtown San Jose. Dance lessons by Francisco Junior and Ruth Caspary from 9:00-10:00pm. Live music by Orquesta Salson and Saboricua and Dj's Felipe El De La Calve, Adrian Mayen from Portland and Ron S Palma spinning the hottest salsa, bachata, and merengue.
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San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

Event Type: Outdoor Salsa Festival
Date: Friday, August 7th - Sunday, August 9th, 2015
Description: The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (formerly known as the “San Jose Jazz Festival”) is the largest outdoor music festival in San Jose. Held every year in downtown San Jose by the Plaza de Cesar Chavez, the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is a massive music event that spans multiple city blocks, and features musicians from around the world playing a wide variety of genres including Jazz, Swing, Blues, and Salsa. The salsa dancing takes place at the Salsa Stage, and is one of the largest outdoor salsa dancing events of the year. The music spans the gamut of salsa genres from Latin Jazz to Salsa Dura and Cuban Salsa. This year’s lineup of salsa musicians include: Vibrason, Somos El Son, Rumbaché, Doug Beavers' Titanes Del Trombón, Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, Orquesta Bembé, Conjunto Karabali, Orquesta Dharma, and Ritmo y Armonia.
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San Francisco Bachata Festival

Event Type: Salsa & Bachata Festival
Date: Friday July 17th - Sunday July 19th 2015
(pre-party on Wednesday & Thursday night)
Description: The San Francisco Bachata International Festival (SFBIF) is a 3-day long bachata festival held every year in the San Francisco Bay Area. The event is 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 bachata, kizomba, salsa and more. Workshops start at 10am every morning with top instructors from around the world and dancing continues until 6am every night. There is also a pre-party at Caribbean Gardens across the street from the hotel on Wednesday & Thursday night, for those who want to start dancing earlier. If you love bachata, kizomba, and salsa, this is one Festival you don't want to miss!
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Los Boleros LIVE at RHYTHMIX with Felix Samuel

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, May 15h 2015
Description: Los Boleros playing live at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda. Dance the night away to traditional salsa, cumbia, cha cha, merengue, danzon, son cubano, and bolero. Los Boleros invoke a cross between the spirit of Ricky Ricardo’s Tropicana Havana and the Buena Vista Social Club. (more…)
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Sabroso Presents Taste Thursdays

Event Type: Salsa Lesson & Dancing, Live Music
Date: Every Thursday
Description: Sabroso Presents salsa lessons, dancing, and live salsa music at Taste Restaurant Nightclub in Santa Clara every Thursday night. Salsa and bachata lessons at 8:30pm followed by dancing all night long. Doors open 8:30pm, full bar and plenty of free parking.
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Salsaholic Thursdays

Event Type: Salsa & Zouk Lessons, Salsa/Bachata/Zouk/Kizomba Social
Date: Every Thursday
Description: Salsa & Zouk lessons every Thursday at 8:30pm followed by dancing in a fun and casual atmosphere at the Balançoire Restaurant & Club in SF (formerly at El Valenciano). Salsa Holic Ron teaching West Coast style salsa on the main floor and Anthony & Collyane teaching Zouk upstairs, no partner or experience necessary. 2 rooms for dancing, with salsa/bachata room downstairs and a kizomba/zouk room upstairs. Food served until midnight and new drink specials at our full bar every week until 2am.
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Yerba Buena Saints of Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every 2nd Saturday of the Month
Description: Yerba Buena Social Club is delighted to launch a NEW MONTHLY SOCIAL on 2ND SATURDAYS at an EXQUISITE NEW VENUE - Saint Gregory of Nyssa in the Potrero neighborhood of San Francisco! A Delicious Octagonal Sprung Hardwood Dance Floor, Dancing Saint Motifs (including MLK, Cesar Chavez and Anne Frank). You get to be in Church first thing on Sunday morning, and still get to sleep in late ;) Coming up from LA for Opening night is none other than the legendary DeeJay JoJo with his dancer's blend of Salsa, Mambo, Guaguanco and more!
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Afinkao 10th Anniversary Dance Showcase

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday May 8th - Saturday, May 9th, 2015
Description: Afinkao Dance Company is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a bang! Join our a 2 day event filled with Grammy winning musicians, amazing Salsa and Bachata DJs, and amazing dance performances. Performers and instructors include World Renowned Salsa dancers Junior and Emily Alabi, America’s Got Talent Jhon Freddy Narvaez and Andrew Cervantes, On2 World Champion Luis Aguilar, One of the best Bay Area Afro Cuban instructors Royland Lobato, the Godfather of Bachata Rodney Aquino, Bachata phenoms Francisco Junior and Kathy Reyes, and many more
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Mambonova Spring Social

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Saturday, March 28th 2015
Description: The annual Mambonova Spring Social, hosted by Mambonvoa Dance Company and Hector Reyes at Dance Boulevard in San Jose. Beginner and Intermediate dance lessons from 8:15pm-9:45pm, with dancing until 1:30am. Special guest, international salsa performer Shani Talmor.
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San Jose Salsa Spring Break Festival

Event Type: Salsa, Bachata, & Kizomba Festival
Date: Friday, March 20 - Saturday March 21, 2015
Description: Salsa Spring Break Festival hosted at Club Milano in San Jose from March 20-21. Salsa, bachata, and kizomba lessons and workshops from top instructors, shows from international performances, and live salsa music by Herman Olivera and Jimmy Bosch. This will be the last event at Club Milanos so come and celebrate one last time!
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Southbay Hot Bachata, Salsa, Kizomba

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: 2nd & 4th Sundays of the Month
Description: Salsa lessons and dancing every 2nd Saturday of the month at Susan's Dance Studio in San Jose. Dance lessons by Montuno Dance Company. Multiple dance studio floors for bachata/salsa and kizomba rooms, featuring beginner-friendly social dancing until 1:30am. All ages welcome, free parking. Important: The event on Saturday, June 13th will be at the CPAA Arts Center, 6148 Bollinger Road, San Jose.
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El Toro Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Thursday
Description: "Good Vibrations" hosted at El Toro Night Club offers salsa & bachata lessons and dancing every Thursday night in SF. Every week there is a free beginner salsa lesson taught by Marianna Pristupa, followed by a free bachata lesson taught by Fernando Del Baile, which starts at 8pm. The event is free for the month of February.
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Capone’s Salsa Thursdays

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Thursday
Description: Salsa lessons at dancing every Thursday night at Capone's Speakeasy in Alameda. Dance lessons by John Narvaez & Liz Rojas from 8-9:30pm followed by dancing until 12am in the morning. Live bands on some nights. Discount available for students with valid student ID.
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Tomaj’s Latin Fridays

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Friday
Description: Levitate Latin Fridays hosted by Tomaj Trenda every Friday night at the Just Dance Ballroom in Oakland. 3 different dance classes taught by Tomaj & Tiffany, Jeffery & Rebecca, Hebert & Mellissa followed by dancing until 1:30am. 3 rooms for dancing, 3+ DJs and live salsa bands. Salsa, bachata, timba, and kizomba. Free parking.
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The Salsa Lounge

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Friday
Description: Salsa dancing every Friday night at the Giant Artichoke Restaurant in Monterey. Beginner friendly salsa lesson at 8:30pm (no partner necessary) followed by dancing until 1:30am. Music by DJ Willi, playing the best salsa, bachata, merengue, and more. Full bar with drink specials. Dress to impress!
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Latin Social Dance Classes

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Every Sunday
Description: Social dancing classes for beginners taught by Donald & Elena Webb at the LINES Dance Center in downtown San Francisco. The class offers lessons in popular Latin club dances including bachata, salsa, and cha cha in one place. The class focuses on differentiating common styles of Latin dance music, timing, musicality, footwork and partnerwork. No partner necessary. Monthly packages available.
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Fantasy NYE Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Wednesday, December 31st 2014
Description: A Latin themed New Year's Eve party hosted by Club Roccapulco in San Francisco. Live Salsa, Cumbia, and Reggaeton music all night by Myna y su Sonora Dinamita, Fuego Latino, and Dos Four. Pre-sale tickets available here.
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