M&T Bank Clothesline Festival

September 10 & 11, 2022

Hours: 10 am-5 pm
Special MAG Member shopping begins at 9:30 on both days

For more than 60 years, the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival has been MAG’s largest annual fundraiser and biggest celebration of artists. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on MAG grounds this year to feature creativity and art by over 300 artists.

Tickets: maginfo@mag.rochester.edu | 585.276.8900
Artist Booths: clothesline@mag.rochester.edu | 585.276.8949

Sunday, September 11

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are required in advance! They will not be available for purchase at the entrance gates during the festival. Guests may purchase tickets online leading up to and during the festival, and are welcome to purchase tickets in-person at the admission desk leading up to the festival if they are having trouble purchasing tickets online.

Enjoy the following activities:

  • Browse and buy original artwork by local artists and makers
  • Experience live entertainment
  • Shop the art book sale in the M&T Bank Ballroom
  • Enjoy free family art activities at the Creative Workshop
  • Indulge in food & drink from ROC’s favorite food trucks
  • Purchase this year’s Clothesline t-shirt
  • Visit the museum – included in your Clothesline admission!

Clothesline App

This year, MAG has a mobile app to navigate the Clothesline Festival! It’s available for iOS and Android, and you can also find it by searching for “Memorial Art Gallery” in the app store.


  • Agatina’s Italian Eats
  • Brown Hound Downtown*
  • Effortlessly Healthy
  • Kettle Corn Shoppe
  • Macarollin’
  • Meatball Truck
  • Red Osier/Cheesy Eddie’s
  • Rob’s Kabobs
  • Tom Wahls
  • Wraps on Wheels

Music & Entertainment

  • Deepak Thettu & Friends
  • Nate & Mary’s World Music
  • Gems Of The Nile
  • Steve West
  • Mojo Chunk
  • The Gate Swingers

*Brown Hound Downtown will be open for coffee and take-out, but reservations are required for sit-down dining during festival weekend. Those who dine under a reservation will receive free access to the festival and will not need to purchase a ticket. Walk-ins will be subject to the festival admission fee.

Our goal is to offer a great Clothesline experience for all while making safety a primary consideration. Make sure to check our museum guidelines for visiting the art inside, here are some additional guidelines:

  • Service Animals are always welcome. Emotional support animals and pets will not be allowed
  • No bicycles
  • No skates or skateboards
  • Political or religious preaching or campaigning is prohibited

Parking will be free at Gleason Works’ south parking lot on University Avenue and will offer a free shuttle to and from MAG. The shuttle service will from from 9 am to 5:30 pm on both days.

Parking with shuttle service is also available at East End Garage, but there is a fee. Masks are optional on the shuttles, according to New York State COVID guidance, and also at the festival.

Headquarters is your place for directions, get help with the app, and festival information. It will be located near the Sculpture Park across from Cutler Union, and is also marked on our grounds map.

There will be tables for dining and relaxing located by the blue awning door on the back of the museum and at Prince Street. In addition, there will be tables in the B&L Parlor in Cutler Union if you need some quiet or to get out of the weather.

Membership Special

Save $15 on MAG membership | September 10 and 11, 2022

Special MAG Membership pricing will become available during the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival beginning 9:30 am on Saturday, September 10 and ending at 5 pm on Sunday, September 11, 2022. 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!)

This year’s t-shirt, titled the “Clothesline Muse,” was designed by local artist Cordell Cordaro. The t-shirt ($25) will be available exclusively at the festival at the outside location of THE STORE @ MAG under the Tour Entrance. Stop by early to ensure you get yours before they sell out!

Congratulations to all accepted artists!

Please note: for this year’s festival only, the expansion of our sculpture park on the west side of the grounds will affect artists in Zone D with a booth numbered in the 500s and 600s. Pavement requests will be relocated to another pavement area and grass requests will be relocated to another grass area.

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

Sample Soap Collection

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

Clothesline Through the Years

Event Clothesline June 1957

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.

Presenting Sponsor:

M&T Bank logo

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.

Supporting Sponsors:

Nolan's Rental
MVP healthcare logo

Media Sponsors:

city newspaper and wxxi logos