There are five main festivals held in the Bay Area throughout the year.
March 28-31, 2013
ARGENTINE TANGO USA is an organization run by Andrea Monti and Hugo Valdez and a group of dedicated social dancers who are committed to celebrating Argentine culture in the USA. This event includes four days of dancing, tango workshops, guest instructors and most importantly, a Tango competition to decide the USA Tango champions in both Salon and Stage categories. For 2012, San Francisco is proud the winners in the Salon category are our very own, Ramada Salieri and Yumiko Krupenina! Brian Nguyen and Yuliana Basmajyan from Los Angeles, were the Argentine Tango USA Salon Tango Champions in 2011.
International QueerTango Festival San Francisco
June 28 – July 1, 2012
The QueerTango Festival encourages a vibrant, inclusive community of same sex and alternative tango dancers, and provides a space in which to explore the unlimited possibilities of dancing Argentine Tango when the ordinary roles attached to gender are unhooked. This festival has an incredible opening show with live music and includes many of the Bay Areas best dancers. Workshops for all levels with International Tango teachers as well as milonga’s every night are part of the festival.
July 4 – July 7th, 2013
Nora’s Tango Week has run consecutively every year since 1998 and is one of the most well-known Tango festivals in the United States. Nora invites world class tango masters from Argentina (such as the amazing Naveira family), and presents an inspirational program for tango enthusiasts of all levels. Each night of the festival has a different theme for dressing up. Make sure to check the schedule so you will be dressed appropriately.
August 2-5 2012
Anitipanico is a four-day Argentine tango festival held in the Mission district of San Francisco. They aim to link students and masters through progressive instruction, artistry, music, and the celebration of tango culture. This all-level fête includes workshops, performances, Q&A sessions, milongas, and practicas. Organized by Tango Renaissance USA.
Antipanico will not be happening in 2013
August 8-11, 2013
A brand new Tango Festival put on by a group of local Tango dancers. They promise fabulous international teachers, afternoon alternative milongas, all night milongas and world class DJ’s.
November 9-11, 2012
SF Tango Marathon is three blissful days of non-stop tango in beautiful location around San Francisco. This event is very well organized by Ayano Yoneda and Felipe Martinez and a great group of volunteers. The SF Tango Marathon attracts some of the best dancers from all over the U.S and abroad. The space is lovely, the DJ’s excellent plus a variety of delicious snacks and coffee are provided. Last year’s event included lectures and live music.