"In 1957, 101 exhibitors and 2,000 bargain hunters braved the wind and rain of Hurricane Audrey at the Memorial Art Gallery’s first Clothesline Festival" (via Looking Back). Back then, paintings really were hung on clotheslines, and since then, the only change has been more exhibitors and more attendees (and no clotheslines of course)!
Last year we attended while it was raining, but it didn't keep anyone away - there were plenty of rain coats, umbrellas, and happy people shopping and enjoying the festivities. Rain or shine - this is a great festival.
The Clothesline Fest takes over the grounds of the Memorial Art Gallery, all 14 acres. Peruse artwork from over 400 artists and vendors while taking in the beautiful art and sculptures that cover the grounds. Centennial Park is a favorite of ours.
...and you can even tour the museum, as admission is included in festival cost!
Don't forget to check out the used book sale or the Gallery Store's sidewalk sale.
Check out the map below (courtesy of the festival website) for more information on the event and to find out where your favorite artists will be head to the festival site.
Festival Hours: Saturday: 10am-6pm Sunday: 10am-5pm