The M&T Bank Clothesline Festival is Rochester’s longest-running arts festival. We are now in our 62nd year and this is the first year that we have opened the Festival to artists outside of New York State. With over 400 artists in attendance, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list.

Clothesline Art Festival

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

11-12:30 pm: Meghan Koch & The Gentleman Callers
1-2:30 pm: Chaz Hearne
3-4:30 pm: Up2Something

11-12:30 pm: Ryan T. Carey
1-2:30 pm: Jim E Legg Trio
3-4:30 pm: The New Gospel Times
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. Check out the menu here.

Also enjoy eats and treats by local food trucks and favorites:
Rustic Taco Bar food truck, Cheesed and ConfusedDaily RefresherEffortlessly Healthy FoodMacarollin’Nancy’s Fried DoughCinnamon Roasted NutsRed Osierthe Meatball TruckTom Wahl’sBarb-B-Que food truck 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).

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). We’ll be inspired by Claude Monet and music. 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’s T-shirt is by Rochester artist, Sarah C. Rutherford. Here is a link to the 2018 design. The Art Book Sale takes place in the Pavilion. You’ll find great bargains on second-hand art books. Perhaps the biggest value of all is $15 off a MAG membership. Following Clothesline, our next exhibition will be Monet’s Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process and with your membership you will be able to see this exhibition, unlimited, for free. Save the $5 surcharge! Look for Membership near the food trucks.

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