Step into the swamp

. September 5, 2012.

Take a day trip south and join in a late-summer tradition, as the Black Swamp Arts Festival returns to Bowling Green September 7-9. The festival, now in its twentieth year, brings the best in fine arts, crafts and performing arts to downtown BG, turning the cozy college town into a destination that has something for everyone. The heart of the festival may be the juried art show, which brings in fine artists from across the country, and the music stage featuring acts like Booker T. Jones, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, and the Bright Light Social Hour. But there’s plenty of fun aimed squarely at kids, too, with supervised artsy activities like tye-dying, face painting and sidewalk chalk drawing. A family entertainment stage on Main Street near the library features special performances with a kid-friendly flair by festival performers. And of course there’s plenty of great local food on hand, from your standard greasy festival favorites to the best international cuisine BG has to offer. Downtown BG, Friday, September 7, 5pm-midnight; Saturday, September 8, 10am-midnight; Sunday, September 9, 12-5pm. 419-354-2723.