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A true mix of musical and fine artists alike are represented at the BSAF. Patrons are exposed to true craft and given the gift of live music at no cost.  Fun can be had by all at all four stages including the main stage (in the city lot behind main street), the Huntington courtyard acoustic stage (at 130 South Main street), the youth arts stage (in front of the Wood County District Public Library), and the Cla-Zel theater, a historic moviehouse first opened in 1927.  These four stages accommodate local, regional and internationally known performers. 

Some performers who provided entertainment for patrons this year are names such as The Fixx, The English Beat, guitar master Calvin Cooke, Richie Havens, Devil in a Woodpile, Ann Arbor natives Nomo, local performer Tony Papa, and long-time affiliate, singer-songwriter Tom Gorman.

Although the musical festivities start off the weekend on Friday evening of the festival, the visual arts take off on Saturday and Sunday. Running from Pearl to Court street on Downtown Main Street is the heart of the BSAF.  Of the 220 or more artists who apply to enter in the festivities of the weekend, and the numbers continue to climb, just over 100 juried fine art displays are represented. Artists presented are either part of the juried or invitational show from across the country, local artists, or students from Bowling Green School of Art.

Over 60,000 people attend to enjoy the art, music, and atmosphere, and there are no disappointments with the quality of the festival’s various visual artists ranging from pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography and much, much more.  With each year’s festival growing in number and quality of art and organization, the artists are well taken care of and appreciated for great interaction with the community.  Patrons can shop around or simply look around at art while live music plays in the background.  The combinations of the two create great satisfaction for a favorable turn out.