M&T Bank Clothesline Festival

September 11 & 12, 2021 YES! IN PERSON! – on MAG Grounds

2021 M&T Bank Clothesline ArtistsFESTIVAL MAPGet the app

Purchase tickets for MAG members or general admission: Saturday Morning Tickets | Saturday Afternoon Tickets | Sunday Morning Tickets | Sunday Afternoon Tickets

For more than 65 years, the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival has been Rochester’s biggest art festival and MAG’s largest annual fundraiser and celebration of artists. We are looking forward to returning to an in-person festival this year.

New York State guidelines for festivals and events change frequently. Most likely, some things will be different, but most importantly, Clothesline will still be the place to browse and buy amazing art. It is our goal to offer this experience while making safety a primary consideration.

  • We recommend all vaccinated guests wear a mask at all times at Clothesline
  • We require non-vaccinated guests to wear a mask inside and outside at Clothesline
  • We require all visitors regardless of vaccination status to wear a mask when they are inside the Museum and on our Clothesline shuttles
  • View University of Rochester mask policy

By controlling capacity through timed tickets MAG is able to produce the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival that we are all accustomed to. There will be four timeslots available for tickets. Tickets are available for morning or afternoon time slots on both days and are non-refundable. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the gates but can be purchased online during the festival weekend. Simply click on the preferred time slot below.

For questions regarding tickets, email maginfo@mag.rochester.edu or please contact Guest Services Manager, Katie Nguyen at 585-276-8955.


  • $6 for members | $3 for member kids 12 and under
  • $7 for general admission | $4 for kids 12 and under

2021 M&T Bank Clothesline ArtistsClick here for the PDF

2021 Merit Award Winners Announced

Parking and Shuttle Busses

Masks are required on the Shuttle Busses.

  • Park & ride our free, fully accessible shuttle bus from Gleason Works lot. Available 8:30 am-6 pm on both Festival Days. (1000 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607)
  • East End Parking Garage at East Main and Scio streets – available 8:30 am-6 pm on both Festival Days. (The garage charges fees for parking)
  • Village Gate will have parking available for a fee as well as other NOTA locations.

Both shuttles drop off and pick up at the Prince Street Gate.

Please: No pets (Service Animals excluded) | No bicycles on festival grounds | No skates or skateboards | Political or religious preaching or campaigning is prohibited | Thank you

Questions? Call MAG Events 585-276-8949 or Festival email

READ: Clothesline Festival returns to in-person format, but with COVID-related changes ~ Marcia Greenwood for Democrat and Chronicle

Membership Special—only during M&T Bank Clothesline Festival

Save $15 on MAG membership | September 11 and 12, 2021

Special MAG Membership pricing will become available during the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival beginning 9:30 am on Saturday, September 11 and ending at midnight on Sunday, September 12, 2021. Available online or in person at the Membership Table on the north side of MAG grounds. (Student and Out-of-Town memberships are not eligible for this promotion. UR Employee memberships are 50% off for Individual and Family memberships—year-round!)

shown above: Glass by Siox Glass, Ltd., demos from Creative Workshop, Artemis by Cynthia Iannaccone, Richard Aerni’s booth ca. 2018.

M&T Bank Clothesline Festival

Clothesline app

Stay Connected!

This year, the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival will offer a smartphone app to guide your festival experience with artist booths, map, music, food, what’s going on in the museum, and the ever important photo booth!

Get the app

  • HEADQUARTERS is your place for directions, get help with the app, get extra masks
  • Food trucks will offer lunch and snacks. Rohrbach will serve beer and wine to the 21+ crowd
  • Brown Hound Downtown will be open through the day for coffee, breakfast sandwiches, brunch, wraps, and take-out
  • We’ll have MUSIC both days in the Sculpture Park (see MAP)

Saturday, September 11
11 am-12:30 pm ★ Chiticalla Duo/Latin Duo
1-2:30 pm ★ Burnt Cane
3-4:30 pm ★ Nate & Mary’s World Music

Sunday, September 12
11 am-12:30 pm ★ Big Eyed Phish
1-2:30 pm ★ Mojo Chunk
3-4:30 pm ★ Steve Grills-Blues


Visit the Artist Toolbox Page for additional information and marketing materials to download.

Here is a link to the latest move-in information.


Clothesline is happening and we need YOU. All volunteers receive free admission to the Festival after their designated shift. Please fill out the Volunteer form found HERE. Questions? Contact our Guest Services Manager Katie Nguyen.

MAG is a Sample Soap Collection Site

Sample Soap collects & distributes toiletries to Rochester’s neediest citizens all year, including:
Homeless, refugees, runaway children, women and families in transition, AIDS survivors, people burned out of their homes, survivors of domestic and sexual violence. WANTED: sample-size, travel-size & full-size unused toiletries for children, women, and men. Here’s a flyer.
More information: www.samplesoap.org

Sample Soap Collection site

See the 2020 Merit Award winners!

Clothesline Through The Years

For more than 60 years, Clothesline Festival has been our largest annual fundraiser. In 1994, M&T Bank offered to join us and has continued to support us for 27 straight years. Even today, our goals are the same. We aim to highlight and support the arts and artists. Thank you to the MAG Archives for helping us take a look back.

Clothesline Online: Clothesline Through The Years

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor for 27 straight years!

In addition to their Clothesline Festival sponsorship, M&T Bank has also helped MAG bring high-profile exhibitions such as Degas, O’Keeffe, and Monet to Rochester. Without M&T’s support, these exhibitions may not have been possible. As one of the leading philanthropic corporations in Western New York, M&T Bank’s philanthropic support at MAG, other cultural institutions, and across our community is inspirational.

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsor:

Nolans Rental

Thank you to our Media Sponsors:

Thank you to CITY Newspaper and WXXI

Interested in supporting the Gallery’s biggest fund-raiser?
Contact Joe Carney, phone: 585-276-8941.