BSAF is a free arts & live music festival held annually the first full weekend after labor day. We hope to see you here.


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Experience three days of free concerts and fine art shows in historic downtown Bowling Green, Ohio. The Black Swamp Arts Festival is an award-winning art festival and the largest free live music festival in Ohio. Fun fact: The Black Swamp Arts Festival is a non-profit run entirely by volunteers. 

Admission is free. Seriously, there are no tickets. It's a great time for all.


If you like art, music, and great memories, this is for you.

Great Eats

At the Black Swamp Arts Festival, you'll find a diverse vendor selection with something for everyone. Food trucks are located next to the Main Stage.


2019 Food Lineup


J&K Sirloin Tips: Sirloin Tips, Mushrooms, Mashed Potatoes

Marsh Concessions: Shaved Ice-110 flavors

Cindy’s Concessions: Funnel Cakes, Elephant Ears, French Waffles

McDonald Concessions: Philly Cheese Steak, Italian Sausage, Burgers, Ham & Cheese, Hot Dogs

PoMo’s Ribs: Ribs, Rib tips, Pulled Pork, Turkey, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Cobbler

Thai Thai: Chicken on a stick, Veggie Pad Thai Noodles, Veggie Lo Mein Veggie Spring Rolls

Eric's Ice Cream: Floats, Milkshakes, Malts, Flurries, Scoops, Sundaes and Freezes

Rusty's Road Trim: Perch, Walleye, Salmon, Shrimp, Crab Rolls, Fries, Chilled Cheese, Mac & Cheese

A&M Concessions: Fresh Lemonade, Hungarian Sausage, Grilled Chicken, Chicken Chunks, Hot Dogs, Ribbon Fries, Fries

Quinn's Concessions: Gyros, Hamburgers, Brats, Fried Veggies, Onion Rings, Corn Dogs, Kid’s menu

Pisanello’s Pizza: Pizza Slices

Rosie's Rolling Chef: Hot Mama Bread, Stromboli, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Lamb Chops, Meatball Sandwich, Lasagna


North Food Vendors by Youth Arts


Go-n-Nuts: Roasted Nuts

Wurks-a-Poppin: Kettle Corn

The Cookie Jar: Homemade Cookies

Roe Concessions: Fresh Lemonade




Vendor Application 

Only artists and food vendors can have booth space at the Black Swamp Arts Festival. No outside sales, or marketing displays are accepted. Take a day off to enjoy the Festival with us. 

We strive to be sustainable. With your help, we recycle the plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and glass used at the festival. Please dispose of these items in the recycling bins located throughout the festival. Thank you!



On Tap


Beer Garden

1. Go to ID Check

2. Purchase Festival Tickets

3. Purchase Beverage of choice, and enjoy responsibly.

The Beer garden is open to all ages, but only people with checked ID and festival-issued ID bracelets may purchase or consume alcohol.

Alcohol may not leave the Beer Garden area (orange snow fencing).


Bottled water and Coca-Cola products may be purchased with Festival tickets or cash.

2018 Beverage Lineup


Draft Beer
Coors Light
Blue Moon
Great Lakes, Dortmunder
Great Lakes, American IPA

Mike's Hard Lemonade
Angry Orchard Cider
White Claw, Mango
White Claw, Black Cherry

Cabernet Sauvignon


Art of Beer

Saturday, 12 - 6 pm
$10 for 6 tastes 
$18 for 12 tastes

The Black Swamp Arts Festival is shining a light on the art of making a fine pint. Join us in the Beer Garden Saturday afternoon to sample some great beers from a selection of outstanding breweries.


2018 Art of Beer Menu

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest
Rhinegeist Cheeetah
Odd Side TBD Dank Juice
Deschutes Hopzeit (IPA)
Sam Adama Sam '76
Ballast Point Fathom IPA
Royal Docks Leatherhead
Deschutes Obsidian
New Belgium Hemperor
Cidergeist Wowie
Anderson Valley Gose
Lindeman's Strawberry Lambic


We also have water and pop. At the Festival, you're close to a quality beverage.

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Purchase annual Festival merchandise at two locations:

1) Info Booth/ID Check behind the Food Court across from the Main Stage

2) Information Booth on Main Street near the 4 Corners/Community Stage

Beer and wine glasses can also be purchased at each beer trailer.

*Tickets can be used for purchasing merchandise.

2019 Merchandise coming soon. We can't wait to show you!


Help support the Black Swamp Arts Festival (a 501 c-3 non-profit) by purchasing annual glass wares. Festival beer is served in a 14 oz plastic cup unless you purchase a Festival 16 oz pint glass which is then filled for the same ticket fee. You do the math.

Posters are usually available for a welcome donation.

Thank you for supporting the Black Swamp Arts Festival.





Juried Art Awards

Best of Show ..... $1,600

Best 2D .............. $1,100

Best 3D .............. $1,100

2nd Place .......... $850

3rd Place ........... $600

Honorable mention (3 Awards) ..... $200


2018 Juried Art Show Winners:

Best of Show: JBird Cremeans, digital images

First Place, 3-D art: Gint and Regina Sabaliauskas, ceramic

First Place, 2-D art: Nicholas Ringelstetter, painting

Second Place: Ellen Smith, furniture

Third Place: Chris Plummer, wood cuts and monoprints

Honorable mention: Peggy Schuning, slate mosaics
Honorable mention: Dave Thompson, metal found object sculptures;
Honorable mention: Robin Lauersdorf, hyper-realistic drawings.


Past Art Show Awards


Annual scholarships to students majoring in performing arts and visual arts.

2019 College Scholarship Awardees:

$500 Visual Arts: Etta Gallaway

$500 Performing Arts: Charlotte Perez 


2018 Scholarship Awardees: 

$500 Visual Arts: Natalie Avery

$500 Performing Arts: Stephanie Bell


Past Scholarship Awards



Chalk Walk Awards

Awards to Chalk Walk teams benefit their High School Art Programs.


Past Winners


1st Place - Northview HS, Sylvania

2nd Place - Eastwood HS, Pemberville

3rd Place - Otsego HS, Tontongany


1st Place - Bowling Green HS, BG

2nd Place - Holgate HS, Holgate

3rd Place - Wayne Trace HS, Haviland


1st Place  - Eastwood HS, Luckey

2nd Place  - Anthony Wayne HS, Whitehouse

3rd Place - Bowling Green HS, BG


1st Place - Bowling Green HS, BG

2nd Place - Notre Dame Academy, Toledo

3rd Place - Otsego HS, Tontongany


1st Place - Anthony Wayne HS, Whitehouse

2nd Place - Toledo School for the Arts, Toledo

3rd Place - Lake HS, Millbury


1st Place - Eastwood HS, Luckey

2nd Place - Penta Career Center, Perrysburg

3rd Place - Ada HS, Ada


1st Place - Toledo School for The Arts, Toledo

2nd Place - Bowling Green HS, BG


Congratulations to all the competing teams!  

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The Mission of the Black Swamp Arts Festival:

To connect art and the community by presenting an annual arts festival and by promoting the arts in the Bowling Green community.

The Black Swamp Arts Festival’s purpose is to:

  • provide programming that celebrates the Arts
  • provide opportunities for artists
  • foster pride and involvement in our community
  • develop an audience for the arts


This is our Why. Why we as decades of passionate volunteers all work so hard to put on a free arts and music festival. It's for you, your family, and your friends. For the love of the arts. It's for community access to the arts. For our history. For our future. 





Volunteer on the year-round committees. The festival doesn’t magically appear overnight. Okay, it kinda does, but we need lots of great community-builders to make magic with us.

Committee meetings dates:

Meet Above Ace Hardware at 7 pm on the following 2019 Tuesdays: June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30, August 13, August 20, August 27, September 3, September 17, October 15 Annual Meeting

Festival by-laws 


Artists At Work - Chris Gajewicz

Artist Hospitality - Gloria Gajewicz

Budget and Finance - Todd Ahrens

Concessions - Kate Kamphuis / Amy Craft Ahrens

Development - Greg Rich (Claire Semer)

Marketing/PR - Co-Chairs: Carmen Cano/Jessica Gibson (Erin Holmberg , Deb Weiser, Katrina Ewing)

Performing Arts - Cole Christensen / Tim Concannon

Site and Logistics - Alex Hann /Doug Cubberley / Deanna Vatan / Dave Ensing (Mark Strang, Dave Hollinger, Sean Brennan. Safety: Dave Donley)

Teen Engagement - Lorena Perez / Tom Perez

Visitor Engagement/Info Booth - Erica Pax

Visual Arts - Stacy Poca / Gretchen Rohm (Brandon Briggs, Mark Strang)

Volunteers - Wynn Perry

Youth Arts - Katie Beigel

Future of the Festival Ad Hoc Committee - Jamie Sands

Executive Committee

Bill Donnelly, Festival Chair

Jamie Sands, Vice Chair

Melanie Edwards, Festival Secretary 

Michael Richter, Treasurer (Assistant Treasurer, Kalin Brown)

Todd Ahrens, Past Chair