Clothesline Festival

2017 M&T Bank Clothesline Festival

September 9 & 10, 2017

Saturday, September 9, 10 am–5 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 9:30–10 am both mornings


NOTE: This is not a complete list as we are still accepting applications. Highlighted artists are past Merit Award winners.

2017 M&T Bank Clothesline Festival Application now online!

Download the PDF application here

About Clothesline:
Now in its 61st year, Rochester’s largest and longest-running fine art and crafts festival continues with original artwork by more than 375 New York state artists!

Click here for 2016 Clothesline Merit Award Winners

Enjoy early bird shopping 9:30–10 am both mornings.
Annual Membership Drive:
Join or Renew and save a full $15 off your membership. The discount works on a gift membership as well. You’ll also receive a cool retro MAG tote bag as our gift to you.


Shuttles run 9 am–6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Park and ride our free, fully accessible shuttle buses.

  • Gleason Works University lot
  • East End Garage at 475 East Main and Scio (parking fee applies);

Accessible parking (by permit only) is available near the shuttle stop at the Gleason Works on University. Shuttle bus pick up/drop off is at the MAG Prince Street gate.


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.

Bicyclists should enter at Prince Street. There will be a self-serve bike rack available to lock bikes.

Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM, 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).

Enjoy eats and treats by local favorites Cheesed and Confused, Daily Refresher, Effortlessly Healthy Food, Hal’s Country Kettle Corn, Macarollin’, Nancy’s Fried Dough, Red Osier, the Meatball Truck, Tom Wahls and Tuscan Wood Fired Pizza in back of the museum; Pittsford Farms Dairy (near
the Prince St. gate); and Brown Hound Downtown (inside the museum). Brown Hound will serve brunch both mornings as well as baked goods (inside the museum.)

Outside, enjoy local craft beers from Rohrbach Brewing, wines from Casa Larga Winery and coffee from Glen Edith Coffee Roasters.

Outside Entertainment

SATURDAY, September 9

Music Stage (Centennial Sculpture Park)
11–12:30: BombaRoc
1–2:30: The Lonely Ones
3–4:30: Starting off Red

SUNDAY, September 10

Music Stage (Centennial Sculpture Park)
11–12:30: Light Blue
1–2:30: Element 36
3–4:30: Meghan Koch and the Gentlemen Callers


SATURDAY, September 9

Dance Stage (inside, M&T Bank Ballroom)
12:00–1:00: Sword and Scarab
1:30–2:30: Grupo Cultural Latinos in Rochester
3:00–4:00: Dunwoody Dance 5678

SUNDAY, September 10

Dance Stage (inside, M&T Bank Ballroom)
12:00–12:30: Ballet Afrikana Dance Prep Acadamy
12:30–1:00: Garth Fagan Dance School Student Ensemble
1:30–2:30: Fire & Spice Belly Dancers
3-4: RAPA: A Year with Frog and Toad the Musical

Fountain Court (inside, 2nd floor)
1 & 3: Baroque Organ mini-recital


Your Clothesline admission also gets you into the museum—a $15 value!
Find more works of art for purchase in the Gallery Store.
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.
Baroque Organ mini-recital in the Fountain Court at 1 & 3 pm.
ATM and restrooms inside.

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
  • 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. The Memorial Art Gallery and grounds are now smoke-free. SEE: the 2017 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?

Thank you to our Presenting sponsor:

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsors

Nolans and URMC

Thank you to our Media Sponsors

city newspaper AND wxxi

Calling all sponsors!

Interested in supporting the Gallery’s biggest fund-raiser?
Contact Joe Carney,