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.

More Tips to Enjoy the Clothesline Festival

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Inspired by our friend Mary Chao's recent D&C post about 5 Insider Tips for the Clothesline Festival, we decided to keep the love pointed at the MAG this weekend for its annual, biggest fundraiser.

Being in its 59th year running, you can be sure that they know how to throw a good party. Here's how you can take advantage of it yourself this weekend.

Enjoy the Gallery on the CHEAP

This is a fundraiser, and it should come at no surprise that there's going to be a cost to help support the Memorial Art Gallery and all of its programs. But only $5 - for the entire day - and this includes Gallery admission. Considering that regular admission for an adult is $14, that's quite the bargain.

Rain or Shine - Hot or Cold - It's Happening

Yes it rains. And some years it can be cold in mid September, especially if it rains. Just be prepared. If this is the case (weekend forecast), you might want to know that the Java's truck and the Pour Coffee booth will be at either side of the Gallery grounds just waiting to keep you warm with their delicious, caffeinated (or decaf!) brews.

Parking - Walk to the MAG or take a FREE Shuttle

Parking is always on people's minds. "Where do I park? How far will it be? Is it free?" You can either park in the Gleason Works parking lots for free, with a free shuttle bus ride to the MAG, you can park for a fee at the East End Garage, or you can park on a side street near the MAG and walk - a few steps won't hurt you. Be mindful of which side of the road to park on though as alternate side parking rules are in effect every day.

Take time to Enjoy the Grounds

Sure there will be bargains, workshops, entertainment, food, drink, and of course, over 400 artists and their artworks on display. Not to mention the permanent collection of over 12,000 pieces of art inside the gallery.

But make sure to take time to get to know the MAG grounds, more specifically the 14-acre campus that is called Centennial Sculpture Park. Four local and internationally recognized artists were commissioned to put their stamp on this park that now serves as an anchor to the Neighborhood of the Arts.

More Information:
5 Insider Tips for the Clothesline Festival

The Clothesline Festival has become an institution in and of itself in our city. Get outdoors while you can still and enjoy the fall-like weather this weekend. Check out more @theRochesteriat or Facebook.

Amore's Italian Street Fest - Round 2


the Rochesteriat Rochester festivals are one of the many things we love about life here in the ROC, so we're quite excited to see that Amore's Italian Street Fest is back for year two.

Here's a quick peek inside last year's Fest to get you excited for this Saturday, June 6th:

Amore Italian Street Fest

Held in the parking lot in front of the restaurant (at the East Ave Wegmans), Amore transformed the area last year and filled a tent with delicious food and live music.

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There was a live demonstration on how to properly crack a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano...

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...with plenty of samples to go around at the end.

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There was a lot of cheese, but there was more than just cheese.

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There was also charcuterie, pasta, pizza, sausage, shrimp, veggies and more, but apparently we were too busy enjoying the food to actually take a picture of it!

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This year's menu and details can be found on their website. Looks like it will be another great year.

Italian Street Fest: Website Saturday, June 6th: 4-9pm

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Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She is not Italian, but could eat pasta, pizza, and Italian goodies any day of the week! Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.

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Clothesline Fest: 57 years & counting



"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)!

Clothesline Fest 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. Memorial Art Gallery Centennial Park is a favorite of ours.

Creation Myth, by Tom Otterness

Enjoy live music and entertainment all day, enjoy food and drink from local establishments...

Java's Truck ...and you can even tour the museum, as admission is included in festival cost!

MAG-Baroque-Organ Don't forget to check out the used book sale or the Gallery Store's sidewalk sale.

Clothesline-fest-book-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.

MAG Clothesline Map

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

Festival Hours: Saturday: 10am-6pm Sunday: 10am-5pm

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Spokes & Ink Fest: where bikes and art unite



Since we couldn't have said it better ourselves, Spokes & Ink Fest is "...a Monroe Ave mash-up of cycling enthusiasts, local artists, cold beer, live music, unique vendors, and stuff for the kids. So, whether you ride, want to get your hands on some killer original posters, or just want to crank up some summer fun, this festival’s for you!" (via. the event website).

On the Ave off the Chain Festival Image(Festival Image from Spokes & Ink website)

On June 7th, Spokes & Ink will be celebrating 4 years running and this year it looks to be another GREAT event! Not sure what you'll find? We'll give you a sneak peek... Genesee Center, Spokes & Ink Fest Put on by the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, you'll get to step inside this incredible educational establishment and see what it's all about. Get a taste of letterpress art and make your own postcard:

Handprinted Postcards Letterpress Postcard at Spokes & InkLetterpress Demonstration A new hands on activity this year will be clay pendant making!

Listen to the musical stylings of Hieronymus Bogs (pictured below), The Pickpockets, and The Fevertones (more information on the bands here).

Buskers at the festival View and PURCHASE awesome cycling theme posters created by local graphic artists, letterpress artists, and photographers (examples below are from last year's event)...

Spokes & Ink Posters from 2013 And even watch a trick bike demonstration put on by Rochester Action Sports Park!

Trick Bike DemonstrationTrick Bike Demonstration There may even be more surprises to be found. Last year we enjoyed watching this artwork come to life before our eyes:

Live-art-Spokes-Ink This is not an event to miss. And, Show on Monroe will be happening during this time as well - 2 awesome events on June 7th.

Event Information: Saturday, June 7th: 12pm - 6pm Spokes & Ink Website Facebook Event Page

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