• Get ready for a great neighborhood event!

    The 4th Annual Rust to Green One World Flower Fest (OWFF) District will once again bring people, creativity, beauty, character and positive energy to Oneida Square on May 12, 2018, 11am-3pm – Mother’s Day weekend. The event is made possible by a consortium of local businesses, organizations and neighbors working together.


    This year, Utica Love is coordinating the festival and hoping to grow its success by engaging the ideas and contributions of an ever-enlarging set of spirited people and groups from throughout the neighborhood and city. At its core, the One World Flower Festival is a creative placemaking event celebrating flowers, mothers, Mother’s Day and the ‘One World’ diversity of Utica arts, culture and community. As a welcoming and celebratory outdoor event, free to all, the festival is contributing to Oneida Square’s revitalization by attracting more activity, users, and investment to this vital center of downtown neighborhood life, arts and culture. Above all, by bringing beauty, creativity, music and performances – love– to Oneida Square, the OWFF is playing its part in making the Square a more vibrant and attractive place to shop, meet friends and call home.

    Festival goals:

    • Transform the Square, making it a beautiful physical environment and lively social space 
    • Encourage people to linger in the Square
    • Bring patrons to local businesses
    • Let there be music, dance, and art—everywhere!
    • Invite all generations to the Square
    • Whet an appetite for permanent art
    • Inspire neighborhood pride
    • Give everyone something to take home
    • Have fun and create a 'buzz'
    • Build momentum for doing it again next year!
  • Information and schedule of activities from One World Flower Fest 2018

    FREE activities for the whole family in the Oneida Square arts and business district!

    Times and locations will be filled in as our planning comes together!

    • Live art mural and artists working throughout the neighborhood
    • Sidewalk chalk contest
    • Artisans Marketplace in Kopernik Park featuring some of your favorite local artists
    • A very cool vegetable flower live sculpture on MWPAI's yard that we'll be getting drone footage of, compliments of Ryan Miller of the thINCubator

    • An art display by students at Albany School in Utica

    • Other art throughout the area!

    • Main music act
    • Drum circle by The House of the Good Shepherd
    • Live remote by Anthony "Zee" Donaldson of the Disruption Networks

    • FREE walk-in Hip Hop dance classes at Utica Dance: 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm
    • Dance demos at Utica Dance at 1:00pm and 2:00pm
    • Dance performances and surprises from Dance with Utica
    • Dance by Karen hip hop group TOXIK from the Midtown Utica Community Center

    • Flower pot painting
    • Fruit and veggie stamp art


    • Mother's Day photos

    • Salon One will help you get ready for your photos!

    • PrattMWP School of Art & Design (see inside the world class art school and see some student work!)
    • Steamworks Ability Lab maker space in Cornerstone Church

    • With Dented Bumper Yoga


    • Food Waste Education with our friends from the Compassion Coalition



    • Jane Jacobs walks to explore Oneida Square and learn about history, architecture and more!



    • Coming soon!


    A Pop Up Art Show at Tiny's Grill on State Street, starting at 3:00pm
    Live Poetry at The Tramontane Cafe from 5-8pm (they will be open all day as well with tea specials, lunch, snacks and more!)



    Music! Dance!
    Performance venues

    Enjoy the delicious food around Oneida Square!

    Look for food specials at all the restaurants in the square: Palermo's Pizzeria, Mi Casa, and Joel's Spanish Food. Take a walk to Swifty's, Tiny's, Ancora or the Tramontane Cafe.

  • 2017 Sponsors



    Bank of Utica




    Salon One

    Sparagna Serve-All Co.

    Vintage Furnishings

    Palermo Pizzeria



    Casa Imports



  • Look what we created together! Thank you!

    2018 Planning Committee:


    Chair: Angela Johnson, Utica Love


    Derek Crossman
    Jerry Dischiavo
    Rebecca Spataro Kearns
    Gina Murtagh
    Diane Shoemaker
    Alex Samorary
    Michelle Truett
    Caroline Williams



    Oneida Square Neighbor Spotlight

    Meet Bob Donnelly, owner of Body Alive Gym. Bob was born and raised in Utica and, at age 18, the young bodybuilder left for “Muscle Beach,” Venice, California and to Gold's Gym, where the Greats like Arnold and Ferrigno trained. He accomplished his dream, racking up bodybuilding titles, starting a family and, along the way, building a clothing business (“Body Alive”) of sportswear designed for bodybuilders. Twenty-five years later, Bob moved back home with his young family and established Body Alive Gym in Oneida Square, in the spirit of the original Gold's. Here he shares his passion and knowledge with others desiring self-improvement, weight-loss, and even those aspiring to become, like Bob, a champion.  
     (Pic: Bob Donnelly, center, with some of his morning crew. Photo and article by Joseph P. Caruso)

    Jerry Dischiavo, owner of Vintage Furnishings

    Meet Jerry Dischiavo - One World Flower Fest committee member, and owner of Vintage Furnishings, (337 Genesee Street). The store, "a finely curated antique and furniture store" since 1981, is a trip through at least a century of Americana, while specializing in 1940s mahogany bedroom and dining room sets.

    Jerry is an Oneida Square business person, squared (OSqB2) because his store opens on both Genesee Street and Park Avenue. He is a veritable fountain of history about Utica. (Photo & article by Joseph P. Caruso)

  • Festival Map

    Below is a map of festival event locations for 2016. Everything is in walking distance. There is plenty of street parking and a parking lot behind the public library on Park Avenue. Check the Activities section above for what will be happening where.

    Locations on the map
    1. Monument @ Oneida Square

    2. Plant Street (first block closed)

    3. Palermo's park (mural painting, etc.)

    4. Vintage Furnishings

    5. Kopernik Park

    6. Eagle St. N / S (block closed)

    7. DeSales Center lot / sidewalk

    8. Utica Public Library front / back

    9. Unity Garden South and Gazebo

    10. D&O Print Solutions, 287 Genesee Street

    11. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and Fountain Elms

    12. Utica Dance

  • Have an idea? Want to get involved? Let us know!

    We are always looking for interested artists, local organizations, and community members to join in creating of the festival.

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  • Resources

    We've found inspiration in these documents, pictures, and videos—we hope you will, too!

  • Here's a look at 2015's One World Flower Fest from prep to finish.