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Clothesline Festival
We’re thrilled that you’re joining us for our 62nd annual M&T Bank Clothesline Festival. Hoping this FAQ’s page will help make sure you have everything you need for a fabulous and successful show! Please call (585.276.8949) or EMAIL anytime we can assist with anything Festival related.

WHEN: Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8, 2019
TIMES: Festival Opens at 9:30 am to MAG members and 10 am to the General Public and closes at 5 pm BOTH DAYS!!
WHERE: Memorial Art Gallery | 500 University Avenue | Rochester, NY 14607

!!NEW SET UP TIMES!!: Friday, September 6 | 10 am – 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday the grounds will be open to foot traffic at 6 am, and vehicle traffic at 7 am. ALL CARS MUST BE OFF THE GROUNDS BY 9 AM UNLESS YOUR PARKING PASS SAYS “ARTIST PARKING” IN WHICH CASE THE VEHICLE MUST BE IN THE ASSIGNED PARKING AREAS. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and to ensure safety for all.

TEAR DOWN: The Festival ends on Sunday, September 8 at 5 pm. However, no vehicles will be allowed back on the grounds until all guest pedestrians have left the property. Please take a breather, you can start packing up at your booth and give our guests a chance to leave the MAG grounds safely. MAG staff will let you know when you are able to drive your vehicle back on the grounds to pack up.


What is my booth number? Booth locations have been assigned. Find your name on the ARTIST LIST and you will find your booth number. Here is a BOOTH MAP.

Where is my parking pass? Parking assignments will also be posted on the website prior to the festival. An email will be sent that will have a generic load-in pass for you to print and place on your windshield. ALL ARTISTS MUST CHECK IN AT HEADQUARTERS UPON ARRIVAL. THERE YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR ARTIST PACKET THAT WILL INCLUDE YOUR PERMANENT PARKING PASS FOR THE DURATION OF THE FESTIVAL. PARKING PASSES WILL NOT BE REISSUED.

What is an artist’s packet? The artist packet contains your parking pass, maps, the festival program, coffee coupons, name badges, discount coupons for the Gallery Store, our restaurant Brown Hound Downtown info for breakfast and lunch, and more! ARTISTS MUST CHECK IN AT HEADQUARTERS UPON ARRIVAL.

Do we (the artists) have to provide a tent? Yes, a 10×10 tent. All tents must be properly weighted. To rent a tent, tables, pipe, and drape etc. please call Nolan’s Party Rental at 585.787.2555. They will walk you through the process and are the exclusive provider for the Clothesline Festival. Nolan’s crew will set the tents up on Thursday and take them down on Monday. EZ ups are not recommended.

How do we weight our tent? 40 pounds per tent leg is advised. Weights and stakes should be contained within the footprint of the booth. Should you need to fill your weights, water is available near the blue awning on the north side of the building.

Does my tent have to be white? White is suggested. The sun is very strong, so most artists prefer white or light-colored tents. All tents must be fire rated.

Is there power or water? No power available. Generators are not allowed. There is water available near the blue awning on the north side of the building.

Do I have to tear down and reset between Saturday & Sunday? No. Booths may remain in place for the duration of the Festival. It is up to the individual artists whether to remove all or some of the booth contents overnight.

Do you have security? Yes. The grounds are locked and we provide overnight security on Friday & Saturday. By submitting and signing your application to the Festival you acknowledge that property is brought to the Festival at your own risk and you agree not to hold the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, its officers, agents or volunteers responsible for loss or damage of any kind at any time.

Do I have to be open and in my booth the entire time? Yes. Booths must have the exhibiting artist present in the booth throughout the entire festival. Short breaks are permitted. You may have as many helpers as you wish, however only 1 Assistant is allowed admission by wearing their name badge and showing our gatekeepers upon arrival. Any additional helpers/assistants/family members must pay the 5$ admission to access the Festival. Only 1 parking pass is issued per booth; any Assistants are responsible for finding and paying for their own parking. Parking passes will not be re-issued.

Do you have booth sitters? Please speak to the staff at Clothesline Headquarters upon check-in if you have a concern about bathroom breaks or grabbing a bite to eat. We have volunteers for that!

Can I bring my pets? Pets are not allowed at Clothesline unless they are service animals. The festival is crowded, noisy, and often hot. Not a great experience for any pet.

Where do I get lunch? Multiple food vendors and food trucks are on-site as well as Brown Hound Downtown inside the museum.

Oh No! I have to withdraw – what do I do? Please notify the Clothesline team by calling 585.276.8949 or EMAIL. In order to accommodate gaps in the setup, it is very much appreciated that you let us know if you cannot make the show. Your fellow artists will also appreciate keeping the festival staff informed as the traffic flow is dependent on consecutive rows of booths. Unfortunately, the deadline for refunds has passed, so you will forfeit the booth fees if you do cancel.

I have a question that has not been answered – who do I contact for help? Prior to the Festival please contact Tricia or Anthony in the Events Office by calling 585.276.8949, or via email at EMAIL.


  • MAG Headquarters is located on the southeast corner of the grounds (see map for RED HQ)
  • MAG Security Ambassadors will be stationed throughout the Festival with shirts that say SECURITY
  • In addition, University of Rochester Public Safety Officers are also on site
  • First Aid providers will be located at the Prince Street entrance on the west side of the grounds
  • Rochester Fire Department service personnel will be on site to handle any fire safety issues
  • The Rochester Police Department monitors the exterior of the Festival
  • MAG Staff can be identified with their MAG Lanyards and nametags. Just ask!
  • Any MAG Staff carrying a radio can assist in getting the proper assistance to you

Can I have awnings or signs or displays outside of my booth? No.

  • MAP of the grounds
  • What happens if it rains? The Festival happens rain or shine. You will be notified of any weather emergencies or updates. But, we’ve ordered up a gorgeous weekend so no worries!

    Where do I find lodging? Look here for special Clothesline discounts at nearby hotels or here for the Visit Rochester tourism office.

    I want to ship something. What address do I use? We cannot accept packages here at MAG for Clothesline Artists.

    I want to use GPS/WAZE/Google Maps for my trip. What address do I plugin? MAG address for GPS: 500 University Avenue / Rochester NY / 14607

    What is the best hashtag? #ClotheslineFestival Follow us here on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.