The M&T Bank Clothesline Festival is Rochester’s longest-running celebration of the arts! With the Festival open to artists from across the US, the variety and creativity is astounding. The furthest artist to come to Rochester is from California and the youngest artist is 14 years old! There are 98 new-to-Clothesline artists this year with 432 artists in attendance. You are sure to find something for everyone on your list. Here are 5 helpful hints to help you do Clothesline!


The five dollar cost to Clothesline includes museum admission, a $15 value! Clothesline is our largest fundraiser with over 25,000 visitors to our grounds each year. In 1956, the first Clothesline Festival really did have artwork and paintings hung from clotheslines. At that time, there were just a handful of local artists, but the camaraderie of the Festival is legendary. Now, we cover the whole 14 acres at MAG. Wear your walking shoes and see original work in ceramics, painting, printmaking, fiber, wearable art, photography, glass, wood, metal, leather and mixed media. Helpful hint: Cash only at the gates.


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 in the garage)

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. Bike racks are available at the Prince Street Gate as well. Bring your own lock.


All day, both days, we’ll have live music in the Sculpture Park.

11-12:30 pm: Uptown Latin Groove
1-2:30 pm: Burnt Cane
3-4:30 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.

11-12:30 pm: Chaz and the Dazzlers
1-2:30 pm: Mojo Chunk
3-4:30 pm: Jim E Leggs
Fountain Court (inside, 2nd floor) enjoy a Baroque Organ mini-recital with the Eastman School of Music at 1 pm and again at 3 pm.


Brown Hound Downtown offers Brunch, takeout lunches and bakery treats all weekend. 
Also enjoy eats and treats by local favorites:

Cheesed and ConfusedChef’s CateringDaily RefresherEffortlessly Healthy FoodKettle Corn ShoppeMacarollin’The Meatball Truck, Nancy’s Fried DoughPittsford Farms Dairy (near the Prince St. gate), Red OsierRustic Taco BarTom 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.

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The Creative Workshop at Clothesline has an Open House both days from 10:30 to 4:30.  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 the latest faculty show!  Take $5 off any new Creative Workshop class during the Open House.

THE STORE @ MAG will offer special bargains inside MAG. This year, our M&T Bank Clothesline Festival T-shirt was designed by FUA Krew who also created the latest mural in the Hurlbut Gallery space at MAG. The Art Book Sale takes place inside in the M&T Bank Ballroom. You’ll find great bargains on second-hand art books. Perhaps the biggest value of all is $15 off a MAG membership. Get or gift a membership and enjoy MAG all year for free!

Follow the Memorial Art Gallery on Instagram (@MAGrochester) and search by the hashtag #ClotheslineFestival.