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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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Allegro Valentine’s Party

Event Type: Salsa, Bachata, & Kizomba Lessons, Dance Social
Cost: $10 or two for $15
Location: Emeryville
Description: A Valentine's Day social hosted by Garry & Isabelle at Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville. Beginning salsa, bachata, and kizomba workshops by top Bay Area instructors followed by a night of dancing. Three rooms for dancing and plenty of free parking. No partner or experience necessary.
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Beginner Salsa y Rueda Classes

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $12/ person
Location: San Jose
Description: A beginner salsa lesson and intermediate rueda lesson is hosted at Starlight Ballroom in San Jose, once a month on Friday. These classes are taught simultaneously from 8pm-9pm, followed by a social dancing party from 9pm-12am. The beginner salsa lesson is taught by Giulio and the intermediate rueda lesson is taught by Ken/Julius. The cost is $12 for both the lesson and social dancing.
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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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Cigar Bar

Event Type: Music & Dancing
Cost: $10
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 at 10pm every night. For complete line-up and more information please visit our website cigarbarandgrill.com See also Chevere Sundays for their Sunday event.
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Club Fox Salsa Night

Event Type: Salsa Dancing, Live Music
Cost: $15 ($10 w/ student ID)
Location: Redwood City
Description: Salsa dancing every 1st & 3rd Friday of the month (every Friday during the summer!) 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: $20
Location: San Jose
Description: Salsa and bachata dancing every Friday night at Club Milano in downtown San Jose, hosted by Sabroso Presents. Beginner dance lessons, followed by an evening of social dancing. Regular live Latin music as well as special guest instructors and performances and two rooms for dancing.
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Dance Fridays

Event Type: Salsa & Bachata Lesson, Social Dancing, Live Music
Cost: $20
Location: San Francisco
Description: Live music and dancing every Friday night at Space 550 in San Francisco. Doors open at 7:30pm followed by a beginner salsa and bachata lesson at 8pm. No experience or partner necessary. There are two rooms for dancing with a different live salsa band every week. Dancing until 2:30am every Friday night with a full bar for drinks. 21+.
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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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Janu-Rally Pre-Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $7 General, $5 Students
Location: San Jose
Description: Pre-party for the Janu-Rally Salsa Festival, organized by the salsa clubs from SJSU, CSULB, and Cal Poly. Come dance the night away to the music of DJ Stylez and support the next generation of salsa dancers!
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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 Fridays

Event Type: Lessons, Social Dancing
Cost: $15
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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Martin Franco Mambo Soul Latin Funk Dance Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: Free
Location: Oakland
Description: Martin Franco and his band Mambo Soul returns to the Plank on June 23, 2017. Their set includes Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Reggaeton, Latin Rock, Latin Jazz, Heavy Funk and Roots Reggae. This event is free to the public.
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Metronome Salsa Social

Event Type: Salsa Lesson & Dancing
Cost: $15
Location: San Francisco
Description: The Metronome Salsa Social is typically held every 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month at the Monte Cristo Club in San Francisco. Salsa, Mambo, and Bachata played by popular Bay Area DJs. Simultaneous beginner and intermediate group classes at 4PM, followed by social dancing until 8PM. Classes are included with cover. Catering to all levels of dancers, beginners warmly welcome!
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Palomar Ballroom

Event Type: Beginner Lesson, Intermediate Lesson, Dance Party
Cost: $12 Classes & Party, $6 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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Sabor Salsa at La Peña

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $12 for lesson, free social dancing
Location: Berkeley
Description: Salsa, merengue, cha cha and other Latin dance lessons every Friday night at La Pena’s Lounge in Berkeley. Doors open at 7pm followed by lessons from 8pm-9pm. From 9pm-11pm the floor is open for social dancing to practice your new skills.
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Salsa & Bachata Social

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $10
Location: Monterey
Description: Salsa & Bachata dancing social held every last Friday of the month at Move Studios in Monterey. All levels welcome.
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Salsa Bachata Social Fridays

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $15
Location: Pleasanton
Description: Salsa dancing every Friday night at the Mark Ballas Dance and Performing Arts studio in Pleasanton. Beginning salsa & bachata lessons from 7pm, followed by social dancing from 8:30pm-10pm. Dancers of all skill levels are encouraged to come! Bachata lessons (Newcomer and Beginners) w/Danielle and Miguel 7pm-7:45pm Salsa lessons (Newcomer, Beginner and Intermediate) w/Danielle, Miguel and Eric 7:45pm-8:30pm Discount Salsa Night Passes available, see front desk for details.
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Salsa Festival Fillmore

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: Free!
Location: San Francisco
Description: The Fillmore Salsa Festival is an annual, outdoor salsa festival held in the Fillmore Center Plaza in San Francisco. The festival features salsa lessons, live salsa music by Koketos All Star Band and Oskar Ly & Rumbalu as well as music from DJ Carlitos Way, and dancing under the stars until 10pm. All ages welcome.
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Salsa Marin

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Cost: $15 drop in, discounts for more
Location: San Francisco
Description: Beginner class in front studio - no experience necessary. Intermediate/Advanced class in back studio - learn interesting patterns Very comfortable atmosphere, nice teachers, friendly class. Class often goes out dancing to a club in Marin after class.
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Salsa Room at CPAA

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $10
Location: San Jose
Description: Salsa dancing at the CPAA Performing Arts Center in San Jose. Salsa lessons from 8:30pm, followed by social dancing. Separate room for ballroom dancing (tango, waltz, foxtrot, and more). Free parking. All ages welcome.
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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 rueda moves taught every Thursday at the ODC Dance Commons by veteran Rueda-instructor Ryan Mead.
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Salsa with Esme

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Cost: $15
Location: San Francisco
Description: Salsa lessons every Friday with Esme Leon at Igurukul Studios in Santa Clara. Class starts with basic footwork, followed by partnerwork. All ages welcome. No partner necessary.
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San Francisco Salsa Festival

Event Type: Salsa Festival
Cost: See Ticket Prices
Location: San Francisco
Description: The 10th Annual San Francisco Salsa Festival is one of the largest salsa events of the year, organized by Salsamania Dance Company. The event is a 2-day extravaganza of dance workshops, performances, live salsa music, and dancing until 4am in the morning. The 2018 SF Salsa Festival will feature all-star salsa instructors and performers from around the world, including world salsa champions Jefferson & Adrianita of Colombia, Alma Latina Dance Company, Omambo Dance Project and local Bay Area dance instructors. Live salsa music by Grammy Award winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra and the legendary Jimmy Bosch & Herman Olivera. Tickets for the SF Salsa Festival can be purchased on the Event Website.
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San Francisco Social Club

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $20 Drop In / $60 Four Week Series
Location: San Francisco
Description: Beginner salsa lessons every Friday. 4 week series, with a social on the last Friday of the month. See the event website for the latest class schedule.
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San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2017

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $20-150
Location: San Jose
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: Angélique Kidjo's Tribute to Salsa with Pedrito Martinez, Cabanijazz Project, Carlitos Medrano Band, Brian Andres and the Afro Cuban Jazz Cartel, Conjunto Karabali, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Somos el Son, Manny Martinez y La Rebeldia, Lily Hernandez & Orquesta Featuring Calixto Oviedo, and Bay Area Salsa All-Stars ft. Jimmy Bosch. Info and tickets available at summerfest.sanjosejazz.org.
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SFSBK Congress 2018

Event Type: Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba Congress
Cost: See event website
Location: San Francisco
Description: The San Francisco Salsa Bachata Kizomba (SFSBK) Congress is a three day long dance festival featuring 16-hours of dance instructions, world-class dance performances, and dancing until 6am every night. Held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel, the 2018 SFSBK Congress features such renowned artists such as Yamulee, Karel Flores, and Eddie Torres Jr from New York, Alma Latina Dance Company from Mexico, Alex & Desiree from New Jersey, Manuel Dos Santos from Montreal, G-YA from Korea, Markinson Johnson from Paris, and many more.
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