Welcome to dogtrotting’s guide to Dog and Pet Events and Festivals throughout the USA. We are continually updating this page, so please check back frequently.
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DOG FRIENDLY EVENTS BY U.S. STATE:
November 21 & 22, 2020 – PetaPalooza West – Scottsdale
2nd Street, Scottsdale, Arizona
Final stop of the PetaPalooza Tour (that starts in Canada) is Scottsdale, apparently the city with the highest percentage of dog-owners in the state. Vendors, charity and rescue booths represented along with the popular 20 foot running of the Bulldogs – both French and British. . 11 am to 4 pm.
February 8, 2020 – Bay Area Pet Expo – Richmond, CA
The Craneway Pavillion, Richmond, CA
The Bay Are Pet Expo is an all-indoor event sure to be a great time for the whole family. Dogs can enjoy spa treatments, sample treats, and try on the latest in dog fashion. There will also be an agility demonstration, pet talent and costume shows, as well as a Pet and Owner look alike contest. Runs from 10 am to 6 pm.
May 10, 2020 – Dog Film Festival, San Francisco, CA
Roxie Theatre 3117 16th St San Francisco, CA.
The NY Dog Film Festival comes to San Francisco to celebrate films about dogs and everything wonderful about them. Donations to animal welfare groups. All Day.
August 1, 2020 – World Dog Surfing Championships, Pacifica, CA
Linda Mar Beach, Highway One and Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, California
Head to the California’s North Coasts – specifically Linda Mar Beach – to see the World Championship for Dog Surfing. Join participants, spectators and partner tents, while The Norcal World Dog surfacing event celebrates the sport’s best. Admission is free. 9 am to 2 pm.
October ? , 2020 – 20th Annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair – Santa Clarita
William S Hart Park in Santa Clarita, 24151 Newhall Ave., Santa Clarita, CA
The Annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair will feature many activities such as Kyra Sundance, the world-acclaimed Stunt Dog Show, a Dog show, an array of food trucks, many vendors containing dog related foods and items, a Pet psychic, and many raffles. Dogs must be over 18 weeks old, leashed (non retractable), and fully vaccinated to attend. Admission is free, runs from 11 am to 4 pm.
October ?, 2020 – DogFest Walk ‘n Roll Bay Area – Oakland
Jack London Square, 472 Water Street, Oakland, CA
Join this fun day and enjoy many of the activities such as dog festivities, graduate speakers, dog demonstrations, music, food and more. Involves fundraising in support of people with disabilities. Admission is free, runs from 11 am to 4 pm.
September 25, 2021 – Annual Doggie Street Festival – Los Angeles
Location is TBA
Bring your dog (if it’s friendly), to the Annual Doggie Street Festival and shop for great pet products, enjoy food, drinks, and music. There will be special guests, awards and raffles to be won. Encouraged to bring your whole family. Admission is free, runs from 10 am to 4 pm.
January 12, 2020 – Woofstock – Naples, FL
Mercato, 9132 Strada Place, Suite 1103, Naples. Fl.
Dogs are welcome at the 8th Annual Woofstock, a dog-friendly festival at Mercato in Naples. Enjoy live music by Patchouli & Kraig Kenning, craft beer from RipTide Brewing Company, raffles. other rescue organizations and of course a local vendor market. All proceeds benefit Humane Society Naples. 11 am to 2 pm. Tickets are $10.
February 8 to 9, 2020 – Bo’s Dog and Pet Festival – Miami, FL
Coral Gables, 355 Alhambra Circle, Miami, Florida
Bo’s Dog and Pet Festival is one of five events taking place at the 6th Annual Coral Gables Are and Mega Festival. More than 50-pet related vendors and exhibits are part of this outdoor free event. 11 am to 6 pm each day.
January 18, 2020 – Fit 4 The Dogs, Healthy Dog Festival, Kahului, HI
Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, 275 W Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului, HI
The Fit 4 The Dogs, Healthy Dog Festival is a day of dog-themed activities and exercise walk for your pooch inside a shopping mall. Well behaved dogs welcome.
July 25, 2020 – Idaho Family Pet Expo – Boise, ID
Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenood, Boise, ID
The 15th annual Idaho Family Pet Expo features local and national pet products, pet services and crafts from Idaho. Petting zoo, groomers, trainers and face painting. Admission is $5. 9 am to 5 pm.
January 25 to 26, 2020 – Husky Heros – Lisle, IL
Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL-53, Lisle Township, IL
Husky Heros is an event all about Huskies promoting Husky adoption. Demonstrations include dog sledding and skijoring. Enjoy winter at the arboretum grounds. Noon to 5 pm.
June 20, 2020 – PETCON 2020 – Chicago, IL
Location: 1215 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL
PETCON is two days of panels, activities, and chances to meet celebrity pets are all included in this event. There is many different dog related brands and items to find at their vendors. Bring your family and your dog. Tickets start at $44 for individual tickets.
October 16, 17 & 18, 2020 – Chicagoland Family Pet Expo – Arlington Heights, IL
Arlington International Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, IL
Chicagoland Family Pet Expo, long-running show, returns for its 28th year. More than 200 exhibitors and services. Friday night is two for one admission. Admission is $10 and parking is $7.
January 12, 2020 – Dog Film Festival, Baton Rouge, LA
Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The NY Dog Film Festival comes to Baton Rouge to celebrate films about dogs and everything wonderful about them. Donations to animal welfare groups. 3 to 6 pm.
January 29 – 31, 2021 – World of Pets Expo, Timonium, MD
Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD.
One big pet-loving festival, the World of Pets Expo is in its 18th year and this year promises to be the biggest yet filled with both vendors and entertainment. This is one of the state’s largest family and dog-friendly events. Friday, 2-8 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday 10 am to 7 pm. Admission $10.
May 19, 2020 – Dog Film Festival, Williamston, MA
Image Cinema, 50 Spring Street, Williamston, MA
The NY Dog Film Festival comes to Williamston to celebrate films about dogs and everything wonderful about them. Donations to animal welfare groups. 3 to 6 pm.
January 16 to 19, 2020 – Michigan Winter Dog Classic, Novi, MI
The Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Av., Novi, MI
The Michigan Winter Dog Classic claims to be the state’s largest dog show representing 170 breeds, some getting ready to compete at Westminster. There are vendors, agility courses (including a training session your dog can try), dock diving, duck herding and police K9 demonstrations. 9 am to 5 pm (judging starts at 7:30 am some days).
March 16, 2020 – Paws, Claws & Corks – Grand Rapids, MI (unfortunately cancelled in 2020)
DeVos Place 303 Monroe Ave. NW., Grand Rapids, Michigan
Social fund-raiser for a pet rescue, Paws, Claws & Corks features the hottest restaurant , breweries, and wineries from West Michigan. Guests enjoy beer and wine samples benefiting the Humane Society of West Michigan.
April 4 & 5, 2020 – West Michigan Pet Expo, Grand Rapids (Postponed until later date)
Deltaplex, 2500 Turner Avenue Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI
Come enjoy the animals, including those up for adoption at the West Michigan Pet Expo, but this is not a pet-friendly event. Vendors, petting zoo, goat yoga, flying hounz frizbiee, reptile exhibits and free samples. 10 am to 5 pm. $12 admission.
May 23 to 24, 2020 – Dog Bowl, Frankenmuth
River Place Shops, 925 South Main Street D-2, Frankenmuth, MI
Billed as The World’s Largest Olympic Style Event for Dogs, Frankenmuth’s Annual Dog Bowl is a showcase of high energy events such as running, jumping, diving and retrieving. There are 29 events to watch, 22 your pet can participate in and even Hot Air Balloons. Even an annual canine cruise on the Cass River. Free admission for spectators (Various fees to enter events).
June 19 & 20, 2020 – Bark on Biddle, Wyandotte
Bishop Park, Downtown Wyandotte, Wyandotte, MI
Bring your dog downtown, to shop, eat and walk the pup along under the shade trees of Bishop Park for Bark On Biddle. Dogs can compete in the Ultimate Air Do dock jumping competition and/or the Lucky Dogs Lure Course. Pre-registration is recommended, not required, for the Ultimate Air Dog competition. Music in the “Bark Garden” starts at 6 pm. $5 admission and kids under 12 are free.
July 10 to 12, 2020 – Farmington Fido Fest, Farmington, MI
Shiawassee Park, Power Road, Farmington, MI
Farmington Fido Fest is a festival within a festival – it’s part of Michigan’s Founder’s Festival. Here your dog can participate in the Lucky Dog Lure Course or the Disc Dogs of Michigan frisbee competition. Pet-related vendors, craft beers and Tito Vodka’s ‘Bark Gardens’ will be part of the fun. Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm. Sunday noon to 5 pm.
September 12 & 13, 2020 – Barktoberfest RO- Royal Oak
Royal Oak Memorial Park, 31050 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, MI
Locally craft beer, music, food, a Howl-a-een dog costume competition at Barktoberfest RO. Expect an array of vendors for both humans and dogs, this is everything you’d expect from an Oktoberfest plus more. Bring your best friend – whether they walk on two legs or four to this fall event (yes…dogs are allowed). Admission is $5 and kids under 10 are free. ID is required. Runs on Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.
November 13 to 15, 2020 – Novi Pet Expo, Novi, MI
The Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi, MI
One of the biggest pet expos in terms of entertainment, the annual Novi Pet Expo will host a conference center of vendors along with Rock and Roll K-9s show, Sara Carson from America’s Got Talent with Stunt Dog Productions and Canada’s Dog Lovers Days Lure Course. Parking is $5 and admission is $10. Dogs are welcome, but no other pets.
February 27, 2021 – The New England Dog Expo – Milford, NH
308 Elm St, Milford, New Hampshire
With tons of Exhibitors and live entertainment, you are encouraged to attend the New England Dog Expo and to bring your pet as well. There is many giveaways and events to take place in, as well as free nail trims. Admission is free. 10 am to 5 pm, and 11 am to 4 pm.
February 12 to 14, 2021 – Super Pet Expo Edison, New Jersey
The New Jersey Convention & Expo Centre, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, NJ
Shop and play with your dog at the Super Pet Expo Edison – this one in New Jersey. As at the sister event in Virginia, you can participate in seminars about training, nutrition and health. Try the lure course (well, your dog can) for an extra fee. Friday 3 – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $13 for one day and $20 for a weekend pass.
May 30 to 31, 2020 – The World Dog Expo – New Jersey (Postponed until later date)
Meadowlands Exposition Center, 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ
Head to The World Dog Expo with multiple stages, attendees will enjoy caliber events, such as dock diving, disc dog, lure coursing, weight pulling and schutzhund, and more. The show will also promote dog rescuing, fostering, and adoption. There will be a large array of dog related products during the trade event. Tickets are currently not being sold (as of August 9th 2018). It will open at 10 am on both days, and close at 6 pm the first day, and 5 pm the second.
February 1, 2020 – Dog Film Festival, Schenectody, NY
Proctors, 432 State Street, , Schenectody, NY.
The NY Dog Film Festival comes to Schenectody to celebrate films about dogs and everything wonderful about them. Donations to animal welfare groups. 3 to 6 pm.
February 9 to 11, 2020 – Westminster Dog Show – New York City, NY
Known as the “Olympics for Dogs”, the Westminster Dog Show has been running since 1877, it has been sold out for 18 straight years. Attend the Masters Agility Championship, and The Westminster Kennel Club best in breed, best in class, and best in show dog shows. Tickets Start at $32 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Events start at 8 am and run all day. Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY.
March 7 to 8, 2020 – Long Island Pet Expo 2020 – Brentwood, NY (unfortunately cancelled)
Suffolk Community College Expo Center, 1001 Crooked Hill Rd., Brentwood, NY
One of many Family Pet Shows, the Long Island Pet Expo is full of vendors along with special attractions such as Diana Frohman and her performing dogs, agility demonstrations, Dog Lovers Days Lure Course, Parade of Breeds and the Rainforest Reptile Show. Admission is $13 and well behaved leashed pets welcome.
February ?, 2021 – 11th Annual Cupids & Canines – Concord, NC
Cabarrus Brewing Company, 329 McGill Aveune NW, Concord, NC
This is the 11th Annual Cupids & Canines event hosted by Camp Bow Wow and Cabarrus Brewing Company. Raffle auction, dessert bake sale, Kissing Booth, and good food and beer. 100% of proceeds are donated to the attending rescues. Noon to 4 pm.
July 11, 2020 – Coon Dog Day – Saluda (Near Asheville)
Main Street, Salude, NC
A celebration of the state’s national dog, the Coon, this traditional hunting dog has been honoured for over 50 years with a quirky parade, a street fair with live music, and WKC dog judging competition. The winner of a ‘treeing contest’ is the one who bays longest at a fake raccoon. There’s also a Coon Hound rescue fundraiser because many of these animals aren’t considered pets on farms and need rescuing when abandoned. 11 am to 11 pm.
October 23-35, 2020 – PumpkinFest Take Your Dog Along Rally – Rutherfordton
Lure courses, winery, social events – this is an annual rally/social get together for dogs and their people at 4 Paws Kingdom Campground and Dog Retreat in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. Book a campground and join the fun. (Check out our summer experience at 4 Paws here). www.4pawskingdom.com
March 12 to 14, 2021 – Columbus Pet Expo – Columbus, OH (unfortunately cancelled in 2020)
Ohio Expo Center, Multi Purpose and Ohio Building, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH
Welcome to the 23rd Annual All American Columbus Pet Expo full of vendors, pet entertainment, seminars and demonstrations. Also happening is the All About Cats Expo TICA cat show. Enjoy the Dog Lovers Days Lure Course and free inside dog park installed by Gyms for Dogs. Admission is $12 and parking is $5. Pets welcome if you sign a waiver.
June 13, 2020 – Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade – Put in Bay, OH
DeRivera Park, 341 Bayview Ave., Put in Bay, OH
Make this day part of a longer river-side holiday, the Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade starts at the DeRivera Park gazebo at 10 am. Enter the parade for $10 per dog and that includes a goodie bag and opportunity to enter competitions.
August ? – 2020 Safari Pet Expo and Grooming Competition – Columbus, OH
Ohio Expo Center, 717 E 17th Ave., Columbus, OH
The New Safari Pet Expo claims to be all the fun of animal in one event. Dog competitions include the AKC Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog Testing, vendors and a grooming competition. Petting Zoo and pony rides. Admission TBA.
August ?, 2020 – Wag! – Hilliard, OH
Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Darby Bend Lakes Area
Wag! A Dog-friendly Festival claims to be the coolest dog day ever, which is as hard to prove as it is disprove. So check it out for yourself – trails lead to the lake to splash in, agility courses are open to Fido friends and there’s vendors. Dog friendly and free admission.
August 26, 2020 – Mutt Strut 2020 – Kirtland, OH
Lake Metroparks Farm park, 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd., Kirtland, OH
Mutt Strutt has many activities including the one-mile walk, dog games and prizes, raffles, agility courses and rally training. There will be many vendors selling dog related items and products. Food is available for purchase and entry is free. Runs from 10 am to 2 pm.
August ?, 2020 – CHA 29th Annual Dog Jog – Columbus, OH
Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH
Pre-register online for the CHA Animal Shelter Dog Jog fundraiser. $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event. Bring your dog.
September ?, 2020 – Woofstock – Chagrin Falls, OH
Cleveland Metroparks Polo Fields, 3841 Chagrin River Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH
Woofstock is the biggest dog and family friendly event in Northeast Ohio. This show will feature a celebrity run “Best Look” contest and parade, many family and dog games, contests, vendors, and more. Entry is free for kids 10 and under and for dogs. Admission is $5 – $25.
January 8 – 10, 2021 – Great Philadelphia Pet Event – Philadelphia, PA
100 Station Ave., Phoenixville, PA
The Greater Philadelphia Pet Event is complete with rows of vendors and demonstrations including Barn Hunt demos, Dynamo Dog Shows, and Johnny Peers and the Muttville Mix. Also, a lure course for your dog and TICA Cat Show. Tickets are $13 at the door or $20 for a weekend pass. Friday 4 to 9pm; Saturday 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Philadelphia Pet Event,
January 24 to 26, 2020 – Lehigh Valley Pet Expo – Allentown, PA
The Ag Hall at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Chew Streets, Allentown, PA
Another in the Family Pet Expo well… family, this expo in Lehigh Valley features Gail Mirabella and the Dynamo Dogs, parade of breeds, Kan Do K9’s Sport Association, Dog Lovers Days Lure Course, Illusion Ranch Alpacas and Neverland K9 Institute and of course plenty of vendors. Admission is $11.
March 28 to 29, 2020 – Morgantown Pet Expo – Morgantown (Cancelled)
The Morgantown Center, 6180 Morgantown Road, Morgantown, PA
Morgantown Pet Expo is a consumer pet show full of vendors and performances from Dynamo Dogs, dog training demos, and police dogs. The rabbit hopping competition is at noon and lure courses available all day for an additional charge. Saturday 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $8. Dogs welcome but must sign a waiver.
November 6 to 8, 2020 – Pittsburgh Pet Expo – Pittsburgh
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Dunquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA
A consumer show, the Pittsburgh Pet Expo claims to be the largest of its kind on the East coast. There’s a pet costume contest, grooming rodeo, North American Diving Dogs, and Steel City Reptile Expo and of course many vendors. Hours are Friday, 5 to 9 pm; Saturday 10 am to 8 pm; and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $10.
August 22 & 23, 2020 – Austin Pet Expo – Taylor, TX
Williamson County Expo Center, 5350 Bill Pickett Trail, Taylor, Texas.
Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Austin Pet Expo. Pet activities, free nail trims, obedience demonstrations, pet products and author book signings. Enter the Red Roof Pet photo contest too. Admission is $6 at the door (save $2 by bringing a pet food donation). Pets welcome. Williamson County Expo Center, 5350 Bill Pickett Trail, Taylor, Texas..
December 3, 2020 – GardenFest for Fidos – Richmond, VA
Dogs can enjoy the holiday lights at GardenFest for Fidos at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Dogs are allowed on these special Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights night: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. All dogs must be leashed and current on rabies vaccinations. 5 to 10 pm. Regular admission applies. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Henrico, VA
February 19 to 21, 2021 – Virginia World of Pets Expo, Hampton, VA
Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Dr, Hampton, VA.
One big pet-loving festival, this 7th annual World of Pets Expo is a sister event to the Maryland World of Pets Expo. This year in Virginia, a record turnout is expected – enjoy both vendors and entertainment such as DockDogs, Johnny Peers Muttville Comix, and Cat Agility. Friday, 2-8 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday 10 am to 7 pm. Admission is $10. Free parking.
June 12 to 14, 2020 – Super Pet Expo – Chantilly, VA
Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Drive, Chantilly, VA
Shop and play with your dog at the Super Pet Expo. Meet experts in training, nutrition and health. Try the lure course (well, your dog can) for an extra fee. Friday 3 – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $13 for one day and $20 for a weekend pass.
September 13, 2020 – Loudoun Pet Expo – Purcellville, VA
Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Drive, Purecellville, VA
Loudoun Pet Expo dog-friendly festival with vendors, demos, adoption, dog swim, dog races, and wildlife ambassadors. Franklin Park. 10 am to 4 pm.
February 1, 2020 – The Great Lakes Pet Expo – Milwaukee, WI
Wisconsin State Park, 8200 W Greenfield, Milwaukee (West Allis), Wisconsin
The 16th annual Great Lakes Pet Expo will showcase hundreds of exhibits and feature animal acts on the Main Stage. Also, many interactive educational areas and presentations, and the newest pet products on the market. Produced by a non-profit organization benefiting rescues. Admission $7. 10 am to 5 pm.