The 21st annual Black Swamp Arts Festival will be held Sept 6-8 in downtown Bowling Green. Hours are Friday 5 p.m. through Sunday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m.
The festival will feature a variety of visual artists from across the country, local and national musical acts and an interactive youth art area – all free of charge.
It will open Friday with live music on the Main Stage located off Main Street directly behind Panera Bread and Sam B’s restaurants. The Main Stage will feature national, regional and local music performances spanning a variety of music genres. This year’s headliners include The Bright Light Social Hour, The Slide Brothers, Elvin Bishop, The Aggrolites, Ruby Valle and the Soulphonics and Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang. A complete stage schedule can be found at www.blackswamparts.org.
Entertainment will also be featured at a number of venues throughout the festival. The Family Entertainment Stage, located near the Wood County Library, will be geared toward a younger audience with musicians and live entertainment for the entire family. The Acoustic Stage on Main will feature many of the Main Stage acts performing acoustic sets, as well and other area musicians.
On Saturday and Sunday, patrons can enjoy the two fine art shows. The Juried Show will feature more than 100 artists in varied mediums ranging from watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, photography, multimedia and glass. Along with past festival winners and familiar favorites, many new artists will display and sell their work.
Additionally, 50 local artists display their work in the Wood County Invitational Art Show. Other artists showcased will include Bowling Green State University student artwork and Artists at Work, a demonstration/participation area. All art shows will be open Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. In the Youth Art area, children of all ages can express their creativity by making a variety of kid-friendly art projects. Musical and theatrical performances geared toward children will be featured on the Youth Arts Stage. The Youth Art area will be open Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Throughout the weekend, a large variety of food and drink will be available in the Concessions Garden situated adjacent to the stage.