The Official Unofficial Insider's Guide to the 2017 Clothesline Festival

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The M&T Bank Clothesline Festival being held on September 9th & 10th at the Memorial Art Gallery is the last outdoor big-art-bash of the season here in the city.

Without further ado, here is your Official Unofficial (or is it Unofficial Official?) Insider's Guide to the Festival:

Admission is $5

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Ok so, it's not free, it's $5 to get in ($4 if you're a museum member or free for kids 10 and under with an adult). BUT... did you know that five bucks also gives you full access to not only the festival, but also the museum itself? Yes that's right and for the paying adult it's $15 on a normal day to enjoy the MAG - so we call that a festival BONUS.

And don't forget - the festival is a huge fundraiser for the Gallery helping it to keep all of its incredible programs and exhibitions going year after year.

Painters, Sculptures & all sorts of Makers

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The grounds of the MAG will be be overtaken by over 375 artists following their dream and pursuing their craft. The festival is open to ceramics, jewelry, metal, drawing, painting, photography, glass, digital art and more. It's time to decorate your house, shop for Christmas, and stock up for birthdays.

Did you know that there is a residency requirement to be in the festival and all exhibitors are New York State residents? It's all LOCAL.

A Library Sale, Music, Dancing, & More

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Inside the Pavilion, the Library will have stacks upon stacks of books for sale. If you're looking for something full of art to add to your collection check it out. Or pop into the Gallery Store to see what's on sale (the Store also has a large sidewalk sale outside behind the building).

In the Ballroom you'll find local dance groups performing and down in Creative Workshop free hands-on activities and demos for families.

Outside in the Centennial Sculpture Park will be a lineup of bands. Keep an eye on the festival site or snag a festival brochure when you arrive to find out who will be performing.

There will be Food & Stuff

Food trucks, kettle corn, ice cream, beer, wine, coffee and more. We hear a few of the many in attendance will be Macarollin, Cheesed & Confused, The Meatball Truck, Rohrbach's, Pittsford Dairy Ice Cream and Glen Edith Coffee... you'll just have to find out who else will be there by GOING. And don't forget about Brown Hound Downtown located inside the building.

So let's RECAP:

Outside you'll find: lots and lots of art, food, beverages, bands, the Gallery store sidewalk sale and (hopefully) beautiful weather.

Inside you'll find: the museum (don't forget: free admission), the gallery store, library book sale, dance performances, Brown Hound and maybe even a performance on the Italian Baroque Organ on Sunday if you time it right.

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So, rain or shine, you won't be the only ones in line waiting for the gates to open to get shopping.

Clothesline Fest:
Clothesline Website
Memorial Art Gallery Website
Admission: $5 (includes the Gallery)

Festival Hours:
Saturday: 10am-5pm (special member opening 9:30am)
Sunday: 10am-5pm (special member opening 9:30am)

Take a free shuttle from Gleason Works on University Ave (there is accessible parking here) or the East End Garage (East Main & Scio), the parking garage does charge a fee. Find street parking (keep an eye on all signage) or bike! Just inside the festival entrance on Prince Street you'll find bike racks.


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Stefanie is co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She LOVES our city's festivals and always has good intentions to buy for others, but often only buys herself things.... #oops. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.