Festival Update

May 22, 2020


The Black Swamp Arts Festival is important to our sense of place and to our community spirit. That is why it is with heavy hearts we announce that the Black Swamp Arts Festival is postponed until September 10, 11, & 12, 2021. 

Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, we were planning a great festival with an additional evening of art on Friday. After thorough research and analysis, we have come to the conclusion that it is not possible to guarantee the health and safety of our guests and volunteers. 

We love the festival and volunteer all year to make it happen, but the health and safety of our community is paramount. 

All artists who have applied will receive a full return of their fees. 

The Festival Committee is eagerly looking forward to next year when we can celebrate live music and great art together. Until then, we will continue to support and promote the arts in our community, and we are already planning a fantastic Black Swamp Arts Festival for September 10, 11, & 12, 2021.

Be well, be safe, and support the arts.

With Appreciation, 

The Black Swamp Arts Festival Planning Committee


BSAF is a free arts & live music festival held the first full weekend after labor day. Ride the shuttle - it makes parking a breeze. 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. 


2020 Food Lineup, tba


Vendor Application 

2019 Past Food Lineup

Food trucks are located next to the Main Stage behind the East side of the street to the South Main Street businesses .

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

Marsh Concessions: Shaved Ice-110 flavors

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

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

Mo's Mexican: Tostadas, Tacos, Burritos and excellent Mexican fare.

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

Rusty's Road Trip: 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

Manny's Munchies: Pretzel Calzones

Pisanello's Pizza: Fresh Handmade Pizza

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

Rosie's Italian Grill: Hot Mama Bread, Stromboli, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Lamb Chops, Meatball Sub


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

Sno 2 Go: Shaved Ice 


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 and we are proud of our recycling program. 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!

Visitors are welcome to bring reusable water bottles and eating utensils.



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.

2019 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.


2019 Art of Beer Lineup

Black Swamp Beer Tasting 2019

1 Blake's Traffic Jam Cider  fruited cider

Lively hints of blackberry, raspberry, strawberry cider. All berries grown on Blake's farm in Michigan.

2 Deschutes Li'l Squeezy Pale Ale

New item release. Pale Ale brewed to reduce gluten.

3 Earnest Brew Works Oktoberfest Oktoberfest

 Traditional marzen style oktoberfest.

4 Earnest Brew Works Crunchy Hippie Granola Brown Ale

Granola bar brown ale w/ flax, chia, granola, and berries.

5 Funkwerks Tropic King Imperial Saison

Imperial saison with nice tropical fruit notes from the hop additions.

6 Great Lakes Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale

Ruby red in color with a toasty malt body lurking beneath a stunning hop bite.

7 New Belgium Mural Aqua Fresca

Watermelon/Lime/Hibiscus agua fresca inspired ale.

8 Odd Side Sweet Potato Soufflé Rye BA Strong Ale

Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner.  Rye Barrel aged strong ale w/ sweet potato pie spice.

9 Old Nation M-43 NE IPA

World renowned hazy IPA.

10 Rhinegeist Knowledge double IPA

Well-balanced double IPA.

11 Sierra Nevada Sierraveza Lager

New Release!  Easy drinking, but flavorful American style lager.

12 Victory Twisted Monkey Fruited Belgian Blonde

New Release!  Belgian style blonde with mango.

 Please drink responsibly. 

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 Lineup

2019 Festival Tee $20
2019 Long Sleeve Tee  $30
Past Festival Tee $10
Past Festival Hoodie $15
Hat $20
BSAF Bracelet $5
BSAF Sticker $1
Tote Bag $10
Stained Glass $15
Beer Glass $4
Wine Glass $4


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 $1,500

Best 2D $1,000

Best 3D $1,000

2nd place $800

3rd place $500

Honorable Mention (3 awards) $200 each


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.


Awards are announced on Saturday after the competition that runs from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

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 volunteer work to put on a free arts and music festival. It's for us all, our families, our visitors, and friends. Arts for our culture, community, and future.




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

2020 Committee meetings dates:

Meet Above Ace Hardware, 136 S Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402. Elevator access inside For Keeps Gifts next door to Ace Hardware.

Tuesdays at 7:00 pm: January 21, February 18, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, June 30, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 11, August 18, August 25, September 1, September 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm

FESTIVAL: September 11, 12, 13, 2020  
Review: September 29
Annual Meeting October 20


Festival by-laws 


2020 Festival Committee

Artists At Work - Chris Gajewicz

Artist Hospitality - Gloria Gajewicz

Budget and Finance - Mark Strang

Concessions - Kate Kamphuis / Amy Craft Ahrens

Development - Abhishek Bhati, 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 - Deanna Vatan, Doug Cubberley, Alex Hann, Dave Ensing, Mark Strang, Dave Hollinger, and Sean Brennan. Safety: Dave Donley

Teen Engagement - 

Visitor Engagement/Info Booth - Erica Pax

Visual Arts - Gretchen Rohm, Brandon Briggs

Volunteers - Wynn Perry

Youth Arts - Katie Beigel

Future of the Festival Ad Hoc Committee - Dave Ensing

2020 Executive Committee

Jamie Sands, Festival Chair

Todd Ahrens, Vice Chair

Bill Donnelly, Past Chair

Katlin Lancaster, Festival Secretary 

Michael Richter, Treasurer (Assistant Treasurer, Kalin Brown)

Budget and Finance, Mark Strang