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Black Swamp Festival

Celebrating 30 years of arts, community, and entertainment in Bowling Green, OH

The Black Swamp Arts Festival (BSAF) is a free outdoor art and music festival held annually in downtown Bowling Green, Ohio, on the first weekend after Labor Day (September 8-10, 2023) and celebrates art, music, and culture that offers visitors of all ages a unique and authentic experience. Each year, the festival draws artists, musicians, and visitors from across the region and beyond, creating a vibrant and diverse community that celebrates the richness and beauty of human creativity.

Art. So much talent in one place at one time.

According to TripAdvisor, visitors rave about the Juried Art Show, which features a stunning array of paintings, sculptures, and other artworks. One visitor says, "The talent on display blew me away at the Juried Art Show. In addition, the quality of the artwork was truly exceptional."

But the festival is much more than just an art show. With live music performances by some of the region's top musicians, the festival offers diverse musical genres that appeal to a broad audience. TripAdvisor reviewers also praise the festival's family-friendly activities, with one visitor stating, "My kids loved the children's art tent and all the fun activities. We spent hours exploring and having fun together as a family."

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A Community Celebration

Perhaps the most important aspect of the Black Swamp Festival is the sense of community and connection that it fosters. TripAdvisor reviewers frequently mention the welcoming and inclusive atmosphere of the festival, with one visitor stating, "I felt like I was part of a big family. The festival brought together people from all walks of life, creating a sense of connection and community I will never forget."

Around Town

In addition to the festival, visitors can explore the surrounding area and experience all that Bowling Green offers. The downtown district features a variety of unique shops and boutiques, while the dining options range from casual cafes and diners to upscale restaurants serving gourmet cuisine. And for those who want to explore the region's natural beauty, there are great outdoor activities, from boating and kayaking on the nearby Maumee River to hiking and birdwatching at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark.

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History and Heritage

The Black Swamp Festival is a cultural and historical landmark in the Bowling Green area, offering a glimpse into the rich history and heritage of the region. For visitors who want to learn more about the area's past, the festival provides a unique opportunity to explore local history and culture. Bowling Green, Ohio, has a rich history, culture, and heritage. From museums and theaters to festivals and events, there are countless ways to explore and experience the best of what the city has to offer


A "one of a kind" festival should be included on your "must experience" list. With a wide range of activities, attractions, and things to do, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you're an art lover, a music fan, a family looking for fun activities, or simply someone who wants to connect with others and experience the richness of human creativity, the Black Swamp Festival offers a unique and authentic experience that will stay with you long after the festival is over.

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