Clothesline Festival


2017 M&T Bank Clothesline Festival: Visitor Info

Saturday, September 9, 10 am–6 pm*  |  Sunday, September 10, 10 am–5 pm  |  rain or shine!
Admission: $5 (MAG members $4) to benefit MAG; 10 and under free if accompanied by an adult.
*Exclusive to MAG members: early bird shopping Saturday, 9:30–10 am
2016 MandT Bank Clothesline Festival


Highlighted artists are past Merit Award winners

2016 Clothesline Merit Award Winners announced


About Clothesline: Now in its 60th year, Rochester’s largest and longest-running fine art and crafts festival continues with original artwork by more than 400 New York state artists!

M and T Bank Clothesline FestivalPARKING/SHUTTLE BUS:
Park and ride our free, fully accessible shuttle buses from
• Gleason Works University lot
• East End Garage, E. Main and Scio (parking fee applies);
Accessible parking (by permit only) is available near the shuttle stop at the Gleason Works University lot. Shuttle bus pick up and drop off is at the Prince Street gate.
Shuttles run 9 am – 7 pm on Saturday and 9:30 am – 6 pm on Sunday.

M and T Bank Clothesline Festival PETS:
Service Animals are always welcome, but please remember that pets are not allowed at Clothesline. The crowds, the shopping and the weather are too much for them to enjoy themselves. So leave your furry friends at home. We welcome them back to the Sculpture Park on a quieter day.

M and T Bank Clothesline Festival BIKES:
Bicyclists enter at Prince Street and check bikes at the Rochester Cycling Alliance Bicycle Valet.

M and T Bank Clothesline FestivalFAMILY ART ACTIVITIES:
Saturday from 10:00 to 5 and Sunday from 11 to 4:30, visit the Creative Workshop (lower level of Cutler Union) to learn about fall art classes for all ages. Enjoy family art activities—including free, supervised activities for ages 4–12 (sign up for up to an hour). Watch drawing, painting, clay and jewelry demos and see our latest faculty show! Get $5 off any new class registration (during Clothesline only).

M and T Bank Clothesline FestivalHUNGRY?:
Enjoy eats and treats by local favorites Nancy’s Mediterranean and Tom Wahl’s (in Food Court A); Cheesed and Confused, Hal’s Kountry Kettle Korn, Nancy’s Fried Dough and Red Osier (in Food Court B); The Daily Refresher & Macarollin’ (in back of the museum); Pittsford Farms Dairy & Bakery (near the Prince Street gate); and Brown Hound Downtown (inside the museum).
Enjoy wines provided by Heron Hill Winery; local craft beers from Rohrbach Brewing and coffee from Glen Edith Coffee Roasters.

M and T Bank Clothesline FestivalENTERTAINMENT: 2016 Festival Schedule
Music Stage (Centennial Sculpture Park)
11–12:30: The Lonely Ones
1–2:30: Jim E Leggs
3–4:30: Lisa Winter & The Blue Cactus Jazz
Music Stage (Centennial Sculpture Park)
11–12:30: Rain & Leaves
1–2:30: Roscoe’s Basement
3–4:30: The Crooked North
Fountain Court (inside, 2nd floor)
1 & 3: Baroque organ concert
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: “Kimo & Kaʻiulani” performing everything Hawaiian all day in the Hawaiian tent near the Prince St. gate

M and T Bank Clothesline Festival2016 INSIDE MAG:
Your Clothesline admission also gets you into the museum—a $14 value! Don’t miss the thought-provoking War Stories exhibitions, and the new Indian Miniatures exhibit.
Shop for bargains in the Pavilion at our art library’s once-a-year sale of used art books and magazines. BROWN HOUND DOWNTOWN will serve brunch both days and the bakery will be open. ATM inside.
2016 ENTERTAINMENT: Festival Schedule

Dance Stage (inside, M&T Bank Ballroom)
11:30–12:30: RAPA, Disney’s Pinocchio
1–2: Fire and Spice Belly Dance
2:30–3:30: Papalotl Mexican Folklore Dance School
4–5: Bombshell Belly Dance
Dance Stage (inside, M&T Bank Ballroom)
11:30–12:30: Daughters of ArT
1–2: Denim & Lace
2:30–3:30: Garth Fagan Dance School Student Ensemble
4–5: La Luna Belly Dance
Fountain Court (inside, 2nd floor)
1 & 3: Baroque organ concert

More Festival 2016
At the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival you can:

  • browse and buy original artwork by more than 400 New York state artists  2016 artist list
  • experience all-day live entertainment
  • sample food & drink from some of Rochester’s favorite vendors
  • enjoy free family art activities at the Creative Workshop
  • search for bargains at the Gallery Store’s Sidewalk Sale and the art library’s used book sale
  • purchase this year’s Clothesline T-shirt
  • visit the museum (included in admission)

Again this year, Clothesline will spill over the Memorial Art Gallery’s 14-acre campus. SEE: the grounds map

Admission: $5 (MAG members $4) to benefit MAG; 10 and under free if accompanied by an adult.
Want to Volunteer? It’s more than free admission to Clothesline. Volunteers are our high-octane fuel to keep things running smoothly! Click here to fill out an application.
Clothesline through the years: What’s in a name?

Presenting sponsor:

Supporting Sponsors

Nolans and URMC

Media Sponsors

city newspaper AND wxxi