On the first and third Wednesday of each month, the VFSS hosts regular musical evenings that may include song circles, open stages, and feature concerts.

Song circles are casual, supportive occasions to share songs. As the circle progresses, each person in turn is given the opportunity to lead a song of their choice or pass. There is no pressure to perform or to perform perfectly.

Song circles may be open or have a suggested theme. At an themed song circle, participants are encouraged to bring songs relating to the evening’s topic. Past themes have ranged from “animals” to “the Seven Deadly Sins & Seven Holy Virtues.” For a list of some of our past and upcoming themes, visit the Song circle Themes page.

Open stages allow singers and musicians to present one or two songs in a slightly more formal atmosphere. Open-stage performers sign up at the beginning of the evening for a spot on the slate.

Feature concerts spotlight the talents of one performer or group. Featured performers are usually chosen from VFSS members and from the local musical community. If you are interested in appearing as a feature, please read our feature guidelines.

Musical evenings are held in the Friends Meeting Hall at 1090 W. 70th in Vancouver, starting at 7:30 pm. Admission is free for members, with a donation requested from nonmembers.

The VFSS also holds a yearly weekend retreat in the fall. For more information, go to our Retreats page.

The society occasionally hosts special events; for upcoming special events, visit our calendar.

To be included on our e-mail list for notices of upcoming events, send us a note at vanfolksong[at] We do not share our list with anyone else.