M&T Bank Clothesline Festival

Hello Artists & Friends,
We are staying in, distancing, and staying safe here in Rochester and hoping you are all well, too. We are trying to find the silver lining in this COVID chaos. We understand all of our artists have taken a hit with spring and summer festival cancellations, and the personal sacrifices and losses have been astounding. We’re doing everything we can to make Clothesline 2020 a success!

Mark your calendars for #ClotheslineFestival on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 & 13, 2020. Always the weekend after Labor Day.

If you have already applied, we thank you. We are beginning grounds layout and Festival planning. If you have not applied yet, please do it ASAP! Here is the link to the application. We will work with you to identify booth location that best shows off your art and display. Expect Booth locations to be announced mid-June.

SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER! September 12 & 13, 2020 | 10 am–5 pm both days | rain or shine!
2020 M&T Bank Clothesline Festival Application (PDF)
2019 Merit Award Winners | *past merit award winners are highlighted in blue.

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

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 (bring your discount postcard or membership card!)

About M&T Bank Clothesline Festival:
If you’re an artisan looking to exhibit and sell your work, consider Rochester’s largest celebration of artists and makers. Clothesline showcases original work by 400+ artists from across the country, and regularly attracts 20,000+ people from Rochester and the surrounding regions. The M&T Bank Clothesline Festival continues to be a favorite Festival among the artists because the $5 admission assures an interested audience! Read more about Clothesline history in the Democrat and Chronicle.


Take $1 off Clothesline admission with your #MemberPerks coupon. Watch for it in the mail in August.

Enjoy early bird shopping at Clothesline 9:30–10 am both mornings.

Annual MAG Membership Drive:
Join or Renew and get $15 off your membership. The discount works on a gift membership as well. MAG swag included!


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.

FUA Krew | 2019 M&T Bank Clothesline T-Shirt

MandT Bank Clothesline Tshirt

This past year, our M&T Bank Clothesline Festival T-shirt was designed by FUA Krew who also created the latest work in the Hurlbut Gallery space at MAG.


Join us at the Creative Workshop area at Clothesline and we’ll help you make art! We’ll be inspired by work by local artists in the Rochester-Finger Lakes exhibition, music, and more!

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).

Brown Hound Downtown offers Brunch, takeout lunches and bakery treats all weekend.
Café & Bakery: 7 am to 5 pm
Bistro & Lounge: 10 am, last seating at 4 pm

Also enjoy eats and treats by local favorites:

Cheesed and Confused, Chef’s Catering, Daily Refresher, Effortlessly Healthy Food, Kettle Corn Shoppe, Macarollin’, The Meatball Truck, Nancy’s Fried Dough, Pittsford Farms Dairy (near the Prince St. gate), Red Osier, Rustic Taco Bar, Tom Wahl’s on the north side of the museum; and Brown Hound Downtown (inside the museum). Brown Hound will serve brunch both mornings as well as baked goods.

see map

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


11 am – 12:30 pm Uptown Latin Groove
1 pm -2:30 pm Burnt Cane
3 pm – 4:30 pm Daniel King Band

The Midnight Ramblers (a cappella group from the UR) will perform in Food Truck Alley with pop-up performances between 11 am – 1:30 pm.

11 am – 12:30 pm Chaz and the Dazzlers
1 pm – 2:30 pm Mojo Chunk
3 pm – 4:30 pm Jim E Leggs

2019 INSIDE ENTERTAINMENT: SUNDAY, September 8, 2019
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 STORE @ MAG.
Shop for bargains in the M&T Bank Ballroom 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 on Sunday at 1 & 3 pm.
ATM and restrooms inside. See map

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.

arc and flame

Matt Wolff of Rochester Arc + Flame Center will demonstrate blacksmithing, metalsmithing and glass flameworking on the Clothesline campus on both Saturday and Sunday. (Zone A, near Goodman St.)
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Clothesline is a Sample Soap Collection Location

Sample Soap

Sample Soap collects & distributes toiletries to Rochester’s neediest citizens, 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
See a map of Clothesline collection sites: look for the blue dot!

Blood Drive at the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival

Blood Drive at MAG

This year, the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive in the Bausch & Lomb Parlor during Clothesline Festival. The blood drive will run on Saturday only (9-7-19) from 10 am to 3 pm.
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At the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival you can:

  • browse and buy original artwork by more than 400 artists
  • experience 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 STORE @ MAG Sale and the art library’s used book sale
  • purchase this year’s Clothesline T-shirt by FUA Krew
  • visit the museum (included in the $5 ticket price)

Again this year, Clothesline will spill over the Memorial Art Gallery’s 14-acre campus. The Memorial Art Gallery and grounds are smoke-free. 

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?

Gallery Council volunteers The Gallery Council offers booth sitting to the artists during the Festival. Thank you, Team!

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor for 26 straight years!

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsor:

Nolans Rental

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.