Grab your favorite four-legged friends and your human friends too. It's the newest happening at Downtown Utica's Handshake City.

'Barks and Brews' is a free, family friendly event on September 23, that shows off what Made in Utica is creating with 'Handshake City' on Whitesboro Street in Utica.

You'll be able to bring your dogs for a day full of man, and man's best friend bonding.

There will be beer from Woodland Brewery, coffee, food and lots of activities.

  • Music from MNRX Doggy Style
  • Dog Photography by Alison Sbiroli
  • Utica Yard Dogs
  • Dog Paw Painting by BB Designs
  • Costume Contest by Mad Props
  • Nail Trims from Shaggy Chic
  • Adoptable pups from Paws for the Cause Rescue, Inc
  • Special raffles and giveaways

You'll also be able to shop local vendors and get food from some of the area's best food trucks.

All dogs must be leashed and licensed per City ordinance. This event is all ages and open to the public.

Made in Utica is also offering a VIP ticket that goes to support Handshake City and gets you a 'Doggy Bag' of goodies. Find out more at


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