Internationally known dance company Pilobolus is a major draw at the second Guilford Performing Arts Festival Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 26-29, but there’s intrigue in events of all kinds.

Based on the Guilford Green and in nearby venues, the festival aims to energize the shoreline community and bring people together through a celebration of American arts and culture — not to mention showcase the area’s artistic talent and contribute to the region’s economy. Oh, and one larger point: The arts can change lives.

Familiar names performing include the United States Coast Guard Band and the Latin-Grammy Award-winning Afro Bop Alliance. But regional and local favorites included in the 73 free performances and workshops include author Carlos Eire (“Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy”), Phil Rosenthal and the Ramblers, Air Temple Arts and the NHSO Brass Quintet.

As for education, Pilobolus (performing Saturday at 7:30 p.m.) is in residence for a week and is holding dance/movement classes; other teaching artists include brass ensemble Dingonek Street Band from Brooklyn (led by Guilford native Emily Pecoraro), hip-hop violinist DBR (Daniel Bernard Roumain) of New York and gospel/R&B singer Angela Clemmons.

Guilford Green, Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 26-29. Thursday 1-9 p.m., Friday 12:30-10 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free.

Connecticut Media Group