The grounds may be undergoing a substantial remodeling, but the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival will still be taking place Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9, at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.). Clothesline is one of the premier arts and crafts festivals in the region, with more than 400 artists from 40 counties in New York State. You'll find everything from woodwork to photography to ceramics to paintings for sale as you walk around the MAG grounds. Take the time to check out the progress on the Centennial Sculpture Park being built outdoors to honor the gallery's 100th anniversary.
Admission to the festival also includes free family art activities, free admission to the gallery's exhibits (including the new Tiffany stained-glass show in the Grand Gallery), and a variety of music and dance performances taking place throughout both days. New this year is an after-hours party on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., with Nik and the Nice Guys performing rock and pop tunes. Food will also be available for purchase, with vendors including Sticky Lips Pit BBQ, Jon-John's Bakery, Pittsford Farms Dairy, Simply Crepes, and others.
The festival runs Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets cost $5, children 10 and under free. Tickets include admission to the Saturday Clothesline After Hours event; you can also buy tickets for that show only for $3. Note that, due to construction around the MAG and the Neighborhood of the Arts, parking and traffic will be tricky. Check mag.rochester.edu/clothesline/ for parking and shuttle-bus details, or for more information on the festival.