Barks & Brews in Bagg’s Square to be held Sunday, Sept. 23


UTICA — Barks & Brews, a dog-focused and friendly event presented by A Dog’s Day Out Doggie Day Care, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon to 4 p.m. at Handshake.City container park in Bagg’s Square.

Barks & Brews will offer locally-made beer and coffee and tons of fun for humans and dogs alike, say event organizers. The event will also feature music, dog photography, a Utica Yard Dogs meet-and-greet, dog paw painting, dog costume contest, nail trims, adoptable pups, food trucks, games and special raffles and giveaways. Also at Handshake.City will be a curated vendor market featuring unique products and services for dogs and their owners, organizers added.

Located on a formerly vacant lot on Whitesboro Street in Bagg’s Square, Handshake.City is using recycled and renovated shipping containers to create flexible, leasable spaces for crafters, entrepreneurs, start-ups and anyone that wants to bring their small business into the community.

Handshake.City’s local shopping experience will include continuous and diverse programming, events and entertainment such as Barks & Brews. The park officially launched in August 2018 with the Downtown Getdown festival.

“It was exciting to see how many people brought their pets to our first Handshake.City event,” said co-founder Katie Reilly. “We realized people want to be able to enjoy what Utica has to offer without having to leave their four legged friends at home. So our goal is to create a unique experience with Barks & Brews that shows what Handshake.City is able to offer for everyone in the community, especially dog-owners,” Reilly continued. 

Barks & Brews is free to attend, but V.I.P (Very Important Pup) tickets are available and come with an exclusive event Doggy Bag. This purchase is only for those who want exclusive, commemorative goods while also making a charitable contribution to the continuous improvement of Handshake.City.

More information and VIP tickets are available at To learn more or get involved with Handshake.City, visit


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