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. Here are 5 things you should know before exploring the Clothesline Festival:



The $7 cost to Clothesline includes museum admission, a $20 value! Clothesline is the museum's largest fundraiser with art by over 300 artists 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. Wear your walking shoes and see original work in ceramics, painting, printmaking, fiber, wearable art, photography, glass, wood, metal, leather and mixed media.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.



Shuttles run 9 am–6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Park and ride on free, fully accessible shuttle buses.

Parking for those with an Accessible Parking Permit 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, there will be live music in the Sculpture Park.

11 am-12:30 pm: Deepak Thettu & Friends
1-2:30 pm: TBA
3 pm-4:30 pm: Nate & Mary’s World Music


11 am-12:30 pm: Gems Of The Nile
1-2:30 pm: Mojo Chunk
3-4:30 pm: The Gate Swingers


4. Food & Drink

Brown Hound Downtown offers brunch (reservations required), as well as bakery treats all weekend. 

Also enjoy eats and treats by local favorites:

Agatina's Italian EatsEffortlessly Healthy, Cheesy Eddie'sKettle Corn ShoppeMacarollin’The Meatball TruckRed Osier, Rob's KabobsTom Wahl’s, and Wraps on Wheels.



The Memorial Art Gallery will offer $15 off of MAG memberships during the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival beginning 9:30 am on Saturday, September 10 and ending at midnight on Sunday, September 11, 2022. (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, the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival T-shirt 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!


Follow the Memorial Art Gallery on Instagram (@MAGrochester) and share your experience with the hashtag #ClotheslineFestival.