Made in Utica event marks fifth anniversary


Made in Utica, the arts and business promotion organization, plans to celebrate its fifth anniversary with a Birthday Bash noon to 4 p.m. May 18 at Handshake City, the venue on a formerly abandoned lot in Bagg’s Square.

The event is free. From noon to 1 p.m. is the Utica Teen Sing Off, where 10 teens compete for a chance to perform at the local Levitt AMP Utica Summer Concert Series and the Made In Utica Downtown Getdown Music and Arts Festival. From 1-4 p.m. is the Handshake City Cornhole Tournament, with both competitive and social divisions. The family- and pet-friendly party will have music from Uncle Charlie and The Meatballs, beer from Woodland Farm Brewery, food trucks,vendors and games.

Made In Utica is a platform that seeks to highlight and connect businesses, artisans, organizations and people from the greater Utica area through promotions, digital media, networking and unique events. Made In Utica is supported by a team of volunteers, residents and businesses from the Utica community.

Made In Utica launched Handshake City on Whitesboro Street in Bagg’s Square in August 2018 with support from the Community Foundation. With three renovated shipping containers, Handshake City is a collaboration of green space, art gallery, urban marketplace and event venue that offers an opportunity for community, culture and commerce to come together. It is under the bridge from Union Station.

The Made In Utica Birthday Bash is supported by New York Sash, Universal Bookkeeper, Empire Cornhole and the Observer Dispatch. To learn more about Handshake City visit


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