Clothesline Festival

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 M&T Bank Clothesline Festival

September 8 & 9, 2018 | 10 am–5 pm both days | rain or shine!

Thank you to our Sponsors, the amazing Artists and the Greater Rochester community. Feeling the LOVE!


Admission: $5 (MAG members $4) to benefit MAG; 10 and under free if accompanied by an adult.
Helpful tip: We are only accepting cash at the admission gate.
Friendly reminder: Your M&T Bank Clothesline Festival stamp includes museum admission (a $15 value)
*Exclusive to MAG members: early bird shopping 9:30–10 am both mornings

2017 ARTIST LIST Highlighted artists are past Merit Award winners.

Click here for 2017 Clothesline Merit Award Winners

About Clothesline:
Now in its 62nd year, Rochester’s largest and longest-running fine art and crafts festival continues with original artwork by 375+ artists!

Enjoy early bird shopping 9:30–10 am both mornings.
Annual Membership Drive:
Join or Renew and get $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.

Clothesline T-Shirt

2017 Clothesline T-shirt by St Monci

Pick up your 2017 M&T Bank Clothesline T-shirt designed by Rochester artist, St. Monci.
St. Monci | b. 1981 | currently resides in Rochester, NY

We’ll have the t-shirts in two different background colors, in men’s and women’s styles This year, we will have a limited supply of children sizes as well! Sweatshirts, too! All t-shirts are $16, sweatshirts are $26. Find them at the Gallery Store’s Sidewalk Sale Tent.


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.


Join us at the Creative Workshop area at Clothesline and we’ll help you “find your superpower!” It’s Super Hero weekend in the CW!

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).

Creative Workshop activities

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 Wahl’s 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.

Download a schedule
SATURDAY, September 9, 2017

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

SUNDAY, September 10, 2017

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

Download a schedule
SATURDAY, September 9, 2017

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, 2017

Dance Stage (inside, M&T Bank Ballroom)
12:00–12:30: Ballet Afrikana Dance Prep Academy
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.

Beauty is Temporary | Temporary is Beautiful

Sand mandalas last for just a short time, but the images and messages cling to the emotions for years. Experience the beauty of this meditative art from Rochester, NY artist Katie Jo Suddaby. Each design is unique and impermanent. Once she is finished, the image is wiped away. The sand is “given back to nature” by putting it in a flowing body of water. Its blessings flow wherever the river reaches. Destruction Ceremony will be 1/2 hour before close on Sunday.

At the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival you can:

  • browse and buy original artwork by more than 375 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 2018 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, phone: 585-276-8941.