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Downtown Getdown brings music, arts and entertainment back for sixth year

Posted 9/18/22

Handshake.City is hosting the sixth annual Downtown Getdown on Saturday, Sept. 24 at its park and event space in Bagg’s Square.

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Downtown Getdown brings music, arts and entertainment back for sixth year

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UTICA — Handshake.City is hosting the sixth annual Downtown Getdown on Saturday, Sept. 24 at its park and event space in Bagg’s Square.

Since 2016 the Downtown Getdown festival has brought together creators, businesses and community organizations to highlight all that Utica has to offer.

The festival starts at 9 a.m. with Yoga in the Park, a free all-levels yoga class taught by Sara Miller Yoga. No registration required.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is Touch-A-Truck, a hands-on experience for children and families to see and touch fire trucks, police cars, construction trucks and more, including a fire safety puppet show and helicopter landing. Touch-A-Truck is supported by MVP Health Care and put on with coordination from the Utica Fire Department.

Also for kids, Utica University Pioneers men’s hockey team will be playing street hockey from noon to 2 p.m.

Utica Vintage Club will be coordinating a vendor marketplace from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. featuring shops selling unique, homemade and vintage goods alongside community partners.

There will also be food trucks and craft beer available from Woodland Brewery and Bagg’s Square Brewing Company.

A staple of the festival is a local music showcase from 2 to 6 p.m. supported by AmeriCU Credit Union:

  • 2 p.m. — Uncle Charlie and the Meatballs
  • 3 p.m. — Carson Murphy Band
  • 4 p.m. — Pepper on the Salad
  • 5 p.m. — Seth and Nash

The festival is also giving back to the community with a food drive raffle to benefit the Utica Food Pantry. Attendees who bring a non-perishable food donation will be entered to win a prize, including gift cards to local businesses and a pair of tickets to the Disco Biscuits concert the following weekend at Saranac Brewery.

The Downtown Getdown is free and dog-friendly, and supported by the Brindisi Family, Eggan Environmental, Candella’s Farm and Greenhouses, Universal Bookkeeper and PJ Green.

 

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