After weeks of behind-the-scenes preparation, we are ready to welcome the American Idol Small Town Audition Bus Tour to Bowling Green this Friday! The audition location will be in historic downtown BG at Fountain Square Park. Auditions will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full details including rules and facts can be found at on the Small Town Bus Tour page, but here are a few specifics including parking information and directions.

There is quite a bit of on-street parking in the downtown Bowling Green area, but a new parking garage on 8th Avenue between College and Center Streets is available for free parking. Enter off of 8th Avenue. A short walk up College St. takes you to Fountain Square Park. No parking will be allowed on the square (Park Row and Main Ave.) after 2 a.m. on Friday morning. Cars will be towed at the owner's expense.

Information directly from American Idol: There is no pre-registration for the Small Town Auditions registration will take place on-site Friday. There will be no overnight camping allowed. Those auditioning MUST have two forms of ID that show proof of your age and a photograph, and the Personal Release Form.

There will only be a limited number of releases at the audition site. Full details concerning what to bring, what to sing, what happens next, etc. are available at


PLEASE NOTE: If you are under 18 years of age, you must be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian. If your parent or legal guardian is not available, they may appoint a guardian who is at least 21 years of age to accompany you. Your parent or legal guardian must complete, sign and have notarized the Guardian and Medical Authorization for Minors form, also available at the link above.

Food will be available at multiple downtown restaurants, several of which are located on the square. For a full list of restaurants in the downtown area, visit our “Eat” section here and filter your search by ‘downtown.’

A local volleyball team will be selling beverages as a fundraiser, including bottled waters.

Public restrooms will be available at some businesses surrounding the square, but porta-potties will also be on-site.

DIRECTIONS FROM I-65: Take exit #26, Cemetery Road, towards Bowling Green. Continue forward across US 31W By-pass. The road splits as you approach downtown, just continue forward on the one-way street. At the third intersection, turn left onto College Street. Turn right onto 8th Avenue. The parking garage will be on your right.

DIRECTIONS FROM SCOTTSVILLE ROAD: Take Scottsville Road into town, crossing US 31W By-pass. The road becomes Broadway as you approach downtown and ends at State Street. Turn right (one-way) onto State Street. Pass the square and turn left onto 8th Avenue. The parking garage will be on your right.

DIRECTIONS FROM HWY 68/80: Follow 68/80 (Russellville Road) into downtown Bowling Green. Turn right on 8th Avenue by the Bowling Green Ballpark. The parking garage will be on your left.

Click here for the official American Idol release announcing the Small Town Audition Bus Tour.