Welcome to our 2019/20 list of dog-related events and festivals coming up in Ontario and other parts of Canada. This page is updated regularly so if you have any you want added to share with readers, please let me know via email or in the comments section of http://www.dogtrotting.net.
Check these listings often – they are frequently updated as dates become available and new events spring up… answering the question:
What dog event can I attend near me?
(Note: please check each websites for details. Times, dates and places might have been changed since publication on this site. Also these are listings only – dogtrotting.net does not run or endorse any of these events).
February 16, 2019 – For the Love of 4-Legged Friends, Stouffville, ON
The first of maybe many educational events designed for pet parent to learn about pet behaviour and professional grooming from industry experts. Two educational sessions, one at 11:30 am about behaviour issues and one at 1 pm about grooming. Fifteen percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Ontario SPCA. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed to attend. Admission is free but it’s recommended you register in advance for the seminars. 11 am to 3 pm. Ontario SPCA Provincial Education & Animal Centre, 16586 Woodbine Ave., Stouffville, Ontario.
February 17, 2019 – Frosty Paws Canine Snowshoe Race, Collingwood
The annual Frosty Paws Canine Snowshoe Race is a 5km hike (and you don’t have to race) for you and your leashed dog, although you can participate without a dog. There’s a bonfire, cool swag and prizes for participants. 9 am to 5 pm. Entry fee is $60 and pre-registration is required because this event fills up fast. 6729 Hwy 26, Stayner (near Collingwood), Ontario. www.frostypawsrace.com
February 24, 2019 – Westie Indoor Play Day, Orangeville
Westies in Need Rescue invites you to the Westie Indoor Play Day! Most small dogs are not big fans of winter weather and Westies are no exception. This is an indoor FUNdraising event with lots of space for your dog to run around and have fun off leash while you check out the fabulous sales table. Westies in Need Rescue always have great stuff for sale. Join the group for a good run around with other Westies and Westie Wannabees on Sun. Feb. 25 from 2pm – 5pm at the Orangeville Fairgrounds, 247090 5 Side Road, Mono (near Orangeville), Ontario.
March 8 to 10, 2019 – Scarborough Kennel Club Dog Show, Mono
Can’t get to Westminster? See the breeds you love and meet the breeders at the Scarborough Kennel Club Dog Show. Family friendly and free admission, but only dogs entered in the show are allowed in. Orangeville Fairgrounds, 247090 5th Side Road, Mono, Ontario. 8 am to 5 pm.
April 13, 2019 – Barkworks2019, Toronto
Easter egg hunting, live entertainment, activities and pet-friendly vendors, the first annual Barkworks has a goal of attracting at least 350 dogs at the event. They also plan to Toronto’s largest outdoor dog festival aligned with a charity – the Toronto Humane Society. Tickets are $15. Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview, Toronto. 11 am to 4 pm.
April 19, 2019 – Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs in Oakville, Brampton, Calgary (Alberta), Guelph, Kitchener, London, St.Catharines and Windsor
A fundraiser for National Service Dogs, this annual event started in Oakville in 1998 and has spread to other cities on Good Friday every year. Participants collect pledges and are given two egg cartons to collect up to 24 plastic eggs containing dog treats. One leashed dog per participant welcome. $25 per family. www.nsd.on.ca
April 19, 20 & 21, 2019 – Spring Canadian Pet Expo, Mississauga
Organizers are promising that this year, this show is the biggest ever. This pet related trade show is held annually Easter Weekend at the International Centre near the Toronto airport. Pets are welcome and it’s host to Canada’s largest Cat Show, Ontario Cavy Club Show, Jock Dogs, Dog Lovers Days Lure Course and Air Dog performances. For advice on how to navigate the show, visit my review here. Tickets are $18. Check out previous coverage on dogtrotting.net.
April 27, 2019 – Confederation Park Fast and Furriest 5K and 1K Run, Hamilton
Join the 5th annual Fast and Furriest 5K and 1K race sponsored by Running Room and benefiting the Hamilton/Burlington Humane Society. Leashed dogs welcome (no retractable leashes or strollers). One dog per person. 1K runners and walkers start at 9:30 am and 5K runners start at 10 am (pick up race kits at 8:30 am registration pavilion). Register in advance online by April 17 or race day. Fees $20 to $55. Confederation Park, 680 Van Wagners Beach Rd., Hamilton, Ontario
May 4 and 5, 2019 – KW Pet Expo, Kitchener
Bring your dog to the dog to this expo focusing on primarily vendors but presentations too from Canine Good Neighbour, Woof Jocks and a pet costume contest. Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex, 400 East Ave., Kitchener. www.kwpetexpo.com Check out what we bought at the first KW expo.
May 11, 2019 – Park & Bark, Toronto
Park & Bark is a street party along Yonge and Davisville Streets in Toronto. Called a “puppy party,” it has dog product and service vendors, speakers, sampling, contest and music as you walk your leashed dog along a city street. Yonge and Davisville, Toronto. Free. 9 am to 3 pm.
May 11, 2019 – Mother’s Day High Tea Fundraiser, Barrie, ON
COPE Service Dogs is sponsoring a Mother’s Day High Tea at 11 am that includes High Tea with all the trimmings, live music, a fashion show and a visit from COPE Dogs. COPE Service Dogs is a charity that raises money to train service dogs and supports a reading buddy program. Unfortunately, no fur buddies can attend. Cost for people is $50. Liberty North Event Centre, 100 Caplan Avenue, Unit 1, Barrie, ON.
May 11, 2019 – Petapolooza, Pickering
The 8th annual Petapolooza is hosted by the City of Pickering to raise funds to build a permanent animal shelter in the city. The day includes WoofJock and agility demonstrations, 40 vendors and rescue groups present and food trucks. Head to the Upper Leash Free Area at Grand Valley Park, West end of Concession #3, Pickering. 11 am to 4 pm. Dogs welcome. Admission $5 per person.
May 25, 2019 – Barks by the Bay, Trenton
Barks by the Bay Canine Festival and Trade Show is a popular outdoor pet festival that’s Fido friendly and full of vendors, breeders, training aids and demonstrations, pet look-a-like contest and groomers on site. Centennial Park, Trenton, Ontario. 9 am to 4 pm. www.barksbythebay.ca
May 25 & 26, 2019 – Woofstock, Toron
Apparently, it’s earlier this year – actually in the summer Canada’s best known dog festival is celebrating 16 years this time at Woodbine Park in Toronto’s trendy beaches. Admission is free and dogs are of course welcome. Join tens of thousands of other pet lovers for this two-day event of vendors, demonstrations, fashion show and fun. Toronto, Woodbine Park, www.woofstock.ca. Admission is $10.
May 25, 2019 – Bark in the Park, Woodstock
Spend a day with your fur babies among vendors and other dogs. Free lure course provided by Run Spot Run. Proceeds going to Tiny Paws Rescue & Wienerfest. Downtown sidewalk sale too. Downtown Woodstock in Museum Square.
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June 1, 2019 – Paws for the Cause, Hamilton
The second annual Paws for the Cause local animal festival in support of Pantry Four Paws pet rescue is a go. Head to the park for a charity BBQ, vendor market and raffle prizes. Pets welcome. 10 am to 4 pm. Montgomery Park, 1570 Main Street E., Hamilton.
June 2, 2019 – Furry Friends 5K, Oshawa
One of three annual runs, Furry Friends 5K dog-friendly race (walk or run) that you can participate in with your pup. The event supports local animal rescue groups, shelters, and humane groups. (If you can’t make the event, you can sponsor someone who is participating). Cost to participate with your dog is $45. www.furryfriends5k.ca
June 2, 2019 – Fashion Dog Show, Whitby
Want to meet some shelter dogs? Check out the Fashion Dog show featuring a fashion show with adoptable dogs, along with live music, food trucks, photo booth, vendors, and games. Hosted by Dorani Real Estate Team benefitting the Humane Society of Durhan. Cullen Gardens, 300 Taunton Road West, Whitby, Ontario. 2 to 5 pm. Free parking.
June 8, 2019 – Pound Dog HOWLer fundraiser and family day, New Dumfries
This event is a family-focused fun day at the farm and fundraiser for Pound Dogs Rescue. A group walk around the grounds starts at 10:30 and there’s demonstrations, silent auction and vendors. WRPA Recreation Centre, 1128 Rife Road, North Dumfries, Ontario. 10 am to 4 pm. www.pdrhowler.ca See a previous year’s event here.
June 8, 2019 – Sarnia SPCA Dog Festival, Sarnia
A new dog festival in the area and fundraising effort for the Sarnia-Lambton SPCA. Located on the 50-acre property of Fox and Hound Retreat, the festival includes doggie activities such as agility zone, 42-foot diving pool, and Jack Russell races (move over wiener dogs). 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $10. Fox and Hound Retreat, 2437 Michigan Lane, Sarnia.
June 9, 2019 – Bark in the Park, London
The 34th annual fundraiser for the London Human Society includes: Dog lure course, Sparky’s dock diving, Ultimutts Stunt Dog performances, Cruisin’ Paws Agility shows, Off-leash pond area, Bouncy castles, Silent auction, 50/50 Raffle and dozens of unique product and food vendors. Admission is $20. Plunkett Estate, 9282 Elviage Drive, London. 10 am to 4 pm.
June 9, 2019 – Woofapalooza, Vaughan
Woofapalooza is an annual outdoor pet festival featuring pet exhibits, givaways, fashion contests, agility demonstrations and off-leash play area, so bring your dogs. Woodbridge Fairgrounds, 100 Porter Ave., Vaughan. 10 am – 4 pm. www.woofapalooza.com
June 9, 2019 – Furry Friends 5K, Bolton/Caledon
One of three annual runs, Furry Friends 5K dog-friendly race (walk or run) that you can participate in with your pup. The event supports local animal rescue groups, shelters, and humane groups. (If you can’t make the event, you can sponsor someone who is participating). Cost to participate with your dog is $45. www.furryfriends5k.ca
June 15 – 16, 2019 – Niagara Pet Expo, Niagara Falls
The Niagara Pet Expo is back for a second year (check out our experience here). Niagara Falls will see a conference centre filled with pet vendors, demonstrations and Aqua Dogs Dock Diving outside. (pre-register to participate in dock diving). Pets welcome. Scotia Bank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
June 15, 2019 – Raise the Woof, Sharon
Raise the Woof Beamer’s ultimate dog party events include agility, rally obedience, silent auction, photo booth, vendor row and good canine testing. The East Gwillimbury Sports Complex, 1914B Mt. Albert Road, Sharon, ON. 10 am to 4 pm.
June 15, 2019 – Poochie Power Walk, Cambridge
The annual Poochie Power Walk and Family Fun Day benefits the Cambridge Humane Society. Gather some pledges then you and your dog can join the fun – raffles, vendors, food trucks and Team K9 choreographed show of agility and obedience. 10 am to 2 pm. Riverside Park, King Street, Cambridge, Ontario.
June 20, 2019 – Doggy Day at Luminato2019, Toronto
Love art? Love outdoor art where you can take your dog? Here’s a new event: The annual outdoor art festival Luminato2019 has added a special dog-friendly day. Thursday afternoon, noon to 3 pm, bring your pooch along to experience the Outdoor House of Mirrors Installation at Toronto’s Harbour Front Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Cost is $10 per person to experience this optical adventure. Dogs and kids under 5 are free.
June 22, 2019 – Wienerfest, Woodstock
Wienerfest Home County Festival in Woodstock, Ontario celebrates all things dog and dachshund in the form of a fundraiser for local shelters. According to the website, Wienerfest Home County Festival is Canada’s largest breed specific event, focused on Dachshunds. It’s a free family and dog-friendly event, that provide funding for pet rescue and raises awareness for the plight of abandoned and abused animals in Canada.There will be many fun events, such as the ever popular Dachshund Races, as well as costume contests, and professional photo opportunities with the “wienermobile.” All breeds of dogs welcome at the Woodstock, Ontario. www.wienerfest.ca.
June 22, 2019 – Homeward Bound Canine Carnival, Bowmanville
Homeward Bound Rescue sponsors the annual Canine Carnival that includes Dock Diving, Dog Lovers Days Lure Course, K9 fit workouts, Agility Demonstrations, weight pulling, Annual Doggie Fashion Show and Costume Contest and of course many vendors. 2836 Holt Road, Bowmanville, Ontario. 10 am to 4 pm. www.homewardboundrescue.ca
June 22 to 23, 2019 – 3rd annual Ruff Mudder, Collingwood
The 3rd Annual Ruff Mudder Canine Obstacle Adventure 5km obstacle course for you and your dog is on again. That’s right, you can run a 5k with your dog over 80+ obstacles through forest and field. Then chill out at the largest Doga Class – yoga with your dog. This year, hopes are high to set a Guinness World Book of Records for the largest doga class. $60 per person for Mudder, 4 for $120 and a pack of 10 is $500. Participating in Doga at 1 pm is free. 6725 Hwy 26, Stayner.
June 22 to 23, 2019 – SouthPaws Pet Expo, Lemmington
The first annual SouthPaws Pet Expo includes vendors of all pet varieties – furry, feathered, scaled and even hoofed. Pets are permitted at the expo and shows include dog agility, dog tricks and costume contests. 10 am to 5 pm at the Roma Club of Lemmington, 19 Seacliff Drive, Lemmington, Ontario. www.southpawspetexpo.ca
June 26, 2019 – Grimsby Annual Mutt Show, Grimsby
An annual community event celebrating mutts, the most common family breed. Registration begins at 6 pm and the show begins at 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm. Each dog may enter up to three categories such as most unique, best trick, and best costume. Prizes for first, second and third. Dogs must be on leash. Coronation Park, Main Street West, Grimsby. 6 pm to 7:30 pm.
July 1, 2019 – Beautiful Joe Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show, Meaford
In the scenic region of Georgian Bay, The Beautiful Joe Heritage Society is hosting an Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show along with pet experts, trainers, vendors, a pet toy exchange and doggie ice cream. Also available are tours of the park named after an abused then rescued dog made famous in a series of 1940s books. Beautiful Joe Park, 162 Edwin Street, Meaford, Ontario. noon to 4 pm. Admission is free or by donation to a rescue.
July 6 and 7, 2019 – Muddy Paws Wine Festival, Vineland
Picture it: a 15-mintue walk along the Bruce Trail through the Niagara Forest and at both ends is a winery – that’s the Muddy Paws event at Vineland Estates Winery 3620 Moyer Road, Vineland and Featherstone Estate Winery, 3678 Victoria Ave., Vineland. Start at either winery, walk the trail to the other with your well-behaved leashed dog and enjoy a glass of vino at each end, along with music, food sampling, NRP K9 Unit, and obedience training demos by Dave McHahon’s Dog Academy. 12 to 5pm. Tickets are $20 plus tax. www.muddypawswine.com Check out our adventure.
July 13 and 14, 2019 – Dog Lovers Days Festival, Kitchener
Bring your dog to the dog festival and enjoy 50,000 square feet of space including a doggie play zone and Aqua Dogs Dock Diving demonstration. Sponsored by Nutram, Dog Lovers Days offers two interactive lure courses. 10 am to 4 pm both days. Admission is free. Bingeman’s Park, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener. http://www.dogloversdays.com
July 20, 2019 – Doggie Paddle Beach Fest, Sarnia
Doggie Paddle Beach Fest – what a great name for a dog event. (Check out our experience here). The third annual Doggie Paddle will include beach play zone (whawhoo!), off-leash play, food trucks and beer tent, vendors (of course), and lure course – all on the beach. Canatara Park, 1200 Lake Chipican Drive, Sarnia. www.doggiepaddlebeachfest.com.
July 20 and 21, 2019 – Dog Fest Muskoka, Bracebridge
Dog Fest Muskoka is being held in Ontario’s cottage country for the first time this year. Entertainment at this outdoor event includes Dog Lovers Days lure course, Aqua Dogs Dock Diving, RuffSports and more. Bracebridge Fairgrounds, 331 Fraserburg Rd, Bracebridge. 10 am to 5 pm. www.dogfestmuskoka.ca
July 21 and 20, 2019, Dog Days of Scugog, Port Perry Museum
The 17th annual Dog Days of Scugog, Durham’s largest dog event taking place at the museum from 9 am to 4 pm. Enter contests, let your dog try an agility course, meet breeders and rescue organizations. Check out WoofJocks Canine All-Stars, DogLovers Lure Course, Disc Dogs, Sporting Detection Dog demonstrations, and Scugog Disc Dog races. Admission is $7. The Scugog Shores Museum Village, 16210 Island Rd., Port Perry.
July 20 and 21, 2019 – Woofa Roo Pet Fest, Essex County
Promoted as Essex County’s only pet and family-friendly festival, Woofa Roo Pet Fest is down days of Dock Diving, Flex Ball, dog agility, pony rides, vendors and more. A silent auction supports local rescue organizations. Admission is only $5. The Libro Complex, 3295 Meloche Road, Amberstburg, Ontario. www.woofaroo.com
July 27, 2019 – Dog Days of Summer, Toronto
Join Global News Meterologist Anthony Fernell and weather dog Storm for Dog Days of Summer at CF Shops at Don Mills. You and your dog can participate in doggie yoga (registration required), a doggie fashion show, and ride the mini train. Fundraiser for St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. Shops at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills, Toronto, 11 am to 3 pm.
July 27, 2019 – PAWS-itively Elgin – Aylmer
Pawsitively Elgin is a dog-friendly event in support of local rescues sponsored by JettaJacks Brand Corp. Come out and enjoy Ontario Dock Dogs, Run Spot Run, Agility demos, dog trainers and more. As usual, tons of vendors promised. 8079 Springwater Conservation Area, 47719 Conservation Line, Aylmer. 9 am to 4 pm. $12 per car load or $5 per walk in. www.pawsitivelyelgin.com
July 27, 2019 – Thousand Islands Bark Bash – Gananoque
The annual Thousand Islands Bark Bash celebrates all things dogs. Meet rescue groups, vendors, dog demonstrations and displays. Admission free. 10 am to 4 pm. Gananoque Town Park, 30 King Street E., Gananoque, Ontario. www.1000islandsbarkbash.weebly.com
July 27, 2019 – Popeye’s Durham 1/4 Marathon – Oshawa
Sponsored by Progressive, the Durham 1/4 Marathon benefits homeless youth charities and you can run with your dog – if you want to. Race fee is $55 but is waived if you get more than $150 in pledges. Registration starts at 7 am. Civic Square at Oshawa City Hall at 50 Centre Street South, Oshawa, ON.
July 27, 2019 – Meaford Pet Expo, Meaford
Enjoy the Meaford Pet Expo with more than 25 vendors, samples and give-aways, pet adoptions, nail trims, pet play zone and training advice. Canadian Pet Connections, 278 Cook Street #8, Meaford, Ontario. 10 am to 4 pm. Dog-friendly.
July 27, 2019 – PAWtacular, Peterborough
Enjoy Peterborough’s PAWtacular dog fest (check out our dog-friendly Peterborough guide here) – a day of vendors and food trucks in the park, DogLoversDays Lure Course, nail trims, and doggie play zone. Nicholls Oval Park, 18 Country Road 4, Peterborough. 10 am to 5 pm. Free admission.
August 10, 2019 – Tails of the Mountain Festival, Grey Highlands
First annual Tails of the Mountain Pet Festival featuring pet related vendors and animal rescue groups – all on a The Farmer’s House, a scenic 100-acre property in the Grey Highlands area. Well behaved dogs are welcome. 10 am to 5 pm. 726325 Sideroad 22B, Grey Highlands, Ontario. www.tailsofthemountain.ca
August 10, 2019 – Paws in the Park – Toronto
At Paws in the Park is the Toronto Humane Society’s largest annual fundraiser. Bring your dog and participate in a charity dog walk, pet photo booths, face painting, training sessions, and even a scavenger hunt. According to organizers, Paws in the Park is one of Toronto’s most popular animal events. Pets available for adoption on site. Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St., E., Toronto, 9 am to 4 pm. Free admission.
August 10, 2019 – Wiener-Paw-Looza, Hamilton
A ‘wienerific’ dog event in support of Canadian Dachshund Rescue of Ontario (CDRO) including wiener dog races, games and costumes, BBQ food, raffles, silent auction and shopping. All dogs welcome, not just wieners. 11 am to 3 pm. Confederation Park, 585 Van Wagners Beach, Hamilton.
August 9 to 11, 2019 – Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival, Kingston
Three days of sheep dog events, trials and competitions herding sheep along with other doggie attractions including Canadian Canine Lure Course, zoo-like animal encounters at “Zoo to You,” Rideau River Dock Dogs, agility, K-9 demos and crafts and vendors. $15 or $10 for tickets online. www.kingstonsheepdogtrials.com Grass Creek Park, 2993 Highway 2 East, Kingston. Check out our 2018 experience here!
August 17, 2019 – London Pawlooza, London
Honouring International Homeless Animal Day and a fundraiser for a local animal shelter. Held annually at The Plunkett Estate, 9282 Elviage Drive, London, Ontario. Take your dog dock diving, go swimming in the Pawlooza pond, test your dog’s agility, run the lure course, go off-leash in the FunZone, play frisbee in our toss+catch zone, get trick advice, get obedience advice, watch agility demonstrations, visit our VIP lounge… shop from 175 vendors, www.pawlooza.com. Pets welcome. $10 per car and parking on site. (Check out our 2018 experience here)
August 10, 2019 – Hugs for Hounds, Elora, Ontario
Want to see your Greyhound Run? This fundraiser for Dog Rescue takes place inside a race track and Greyhound owners can resister their dogs for a fun run or enter any other breed for additional races organized by size. Otherwise, enjoy the festival and barbeque – advanced tickets are recommended. Pets are welcome but no retractable leashes. A silent auction and live art auction are also planned. Grand River Raceway Annex, 7445 Wellington County Road 21, Elora. www.hugsforhounds2.ca
August 24, 2019 – Mutt Masquerade, Stouffville
The third annual Mutt Masquerade dedicated to dogs and dog lovers of Stouffville takes place August 24, 11 am to 3 pm at the Stouffville Leash Free Park, Rougeview Ave. Sponsored by Free The Pooch, Whistle FM, Life Force Pet Health, Trentadue Torres Real Estate Team and Scruffy Muttz.
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September 7, 2019 – Pampered Pooches TO, Toronto
Welcome to Toronto’s only west end doggie festival (that’s specific). Pampered Pooches, a one-day festival in Liberty Village, celebrates all things dog with cool vendors, vet consults, food samples and pet photography. All leashed pets welcome. free admission. noon to 6 pm. 80 Lynn Williams Street, Toronto.
September 8, 2019 – Wiggle Waggle Walk, Hamilton
The annual Wiggle Waggle Walk fundraiser for the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA takes place from 10 am to 2 pm along Hamilton’s Bayfront Park. Always fun and plenty of participants with a dog obstacle course, police service dog demonstration, dog tattoos (temporary of course), a doggie kissing booth, dog obedience class, vendor market, food trucks, silent auction, bouncy castle,. www.hbspca.com Check out our previous year’s fun here.
September 8, 2019 – Bark & Splash, London
Bark & Splash is back on Sunday at East Park water park presented by Artcal. The park’s wave pool is transformed in the city’s largest dog pool. Purchase timed tickets for $10 in advance. All tickets for 30- minute sessions. Noon to 12:30 is for small dogs only, others 12:45 to 3:30 pm. Waves are not activated in the pool and people are not allowed in the water. East Park, 1275 Hamilton Road, London, Ontario. Benefits the London Humane Society.
September 7 and 8, 2019 – New’Bark’et Dog Festival, New Market
An annual family-friendly dog festival. Bring your dog for a swim in the Gorman Outdoor Pool ($5 per dog). Also, there’s a dog diving show, lure course thanks to Dog Lovers Days Lure Course, kids zone and 75 pet-themed vendors. Lions Park, 424 D’Arcy Street, New Market. 10 am to 4 pm.
September 14, 2019 – Precious Paws Rescue’s K9 Carnival, Alliston
Precious Paws Rescue is celebrating all things dog by inviting past adopters, current fosters, and anyone with a dog to participate in this BBQ with sport demos, raffle prizes and vendors. Admission is free or by donation. 10 am to 4 pm. Maplelane Farm Event Centre, 6311 12th Line, Alliston, Ontario.
September 14 & 15, 2019 – Canadian Fall Pet Expo, Mississauga
Another Canadian Fall Pet Festival added to the growing list of pet expos happening in Toronto. Join a conference centre full of vendors, rescue organizations and demonstrations. 9 am to 6 pm. International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga. Check out our previous experience at the festival here.
September 15, 2019 – Toronto Westies Walk, Mississauga
Registration for the Westie Walk & Fun Day begins at 10:00 am. The Westie Walk is followed by our Parade of Rescues, Races, Contests, Silent Auction, Shopping & Cake. Westies & Westie Wannabees are all invited to have a Westie-ful time & raise much needed funds for Westies in Need. Mississauga Valley Park, 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd, Mississauga.
September 22, 2019 – Fanshawe Pioneer Village A Day for the Dogs, London
Bring your dog to Fanshawe Pioneer Village for A Day for Dogs. The living history outdoor museum opens its doors to pooches and other pets providing a day of agility courses, vendors, professional photography sessions, off leash play area, and talent show. Sponsored by Crusin’ Paws Agility. Fanshawe Pioneer Village, 2609 Fanshawe Park Road E., London. 10 am to 4 pm. Admission $7.
September 22, 2019 – Strutt Your Mutt, Peterborough
A walk-a-thon in support of the Peterborough Humane Society in Beavermead Park. Walk with your dog along a 1K or 2K trail. A $5 barbeque lunch for participants is available along with door prizes and photo booth. Registration starts at 10 am and the walk starts at 11 am. Sign up on line. Peterborough Humane Society.
September 29, 2019 – Barkfest of Campbellville
Join other pups of Campbellville on September 29, 2019, for the inaugural Barkfest of Campbellville, Ontario in support of Northern Reach Rescue Network- Southern Connection. Activities include a dog costume contest, dog photographer, dog training demonstrations by Family Pet Services, dog grooming demonstration and a Mohawk Chop House and Horsemen’s Lounge BBQ. Lots of Vendor. Noon to 5 pm. Admission is free (or by donation). Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre, 9230 Guelph Line, Campbellville, Ontario.
September 29, 2019 – Wienerdog Parade, ByWard Market, Ottawa
Part of Ottawa SausageFest, the Wienerdog Parade winds its way around the Ottawa ByWard Market. Sign-up onsite at Cricket & Company at 11 am. Then parade at noon to the OTTAWA letters on York Street and enjoy a Puppy Patio Party at 1 pm. Costumes are encouraged. Best dressed wins a $50 gift card. Cricket & Company, 21 Murray Street, Ottawa. 11 am to 1 pm.
September 29, 2019 – Bark-toberfest, Grand Bend
Apparently, Bark-toberfest is Octoberfest for people and dogs with vendors, beer gardens and a Golden Kissing Booth sponsored by Golden Rescues. Get ready to polka. 8 am to 4 pm. Pinery Antiques Flea Market, (Highway 21), 10163 Lakeshore Rd., Grand Bend, Ontario.
October 5, 2019 – Dogtober Fest 2018, Elgin
Bring your dog out to a fundraiser for CanFix, Dogtober Fest will focus on activities such as a scavenger hunt, BBQ, interactive animal art area, baked goods sale, beer tent, trails, portrait sessions and doggie ball pit. Admission is $5 (plus $5 for a flight of beer). 45388 Dexter Line, Central Elgin, Ontario.
October 5, 2019 – Furry Friends 5K Run, Burlington
One of three annual runs, Furry Friends 5K dog-friendly race (walk or run) that you can participate in with your pup. The event supports local animal rescue groups, shelters, and humane groups. (If you can’t make the event, you can sponsor someone who is participating). Cost to participate with your dog is $45. 8 am to noon. Spencer Smith Park, Burlington www.furryfriends5K.ca
November 9 to 10, 2019 – Ottawa Pet Expo, Ottawa
Bring your pets to this consumer tradeshow. Top Pet Model winners in attendance, vendors, Grey Cup Pup event and win grooming for one year. EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa. Admission is $15. Ottawa Pet Expo.
October *, 2019 – Hall-o-ween Boston Terrier Meet-Up, Mississauga
This is an annual fundraising event for a Boston Terrier rescue group. Join Boston Terrier fans (you don’t have to be a Boston to participate) as they celebrate the spooky holiday with a dog costume parade and a people meet-and-greet. Barks ‘n Rec Dog Daycare, 1590 Matheson Road, Unit 8, Mississauga. Admission $10.
November 17 and 18, 2019 – Dog Show, Oakville
Established in 1951, the Oakville and District Kennel Club Inc. has been promoting kennel club values for decades. Join an international judging panel with experts from Australia, Pakistan, U.S., and Canada for the CPE Classic at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario where more than 100 breeds will compete for best in class and show status. International Centre, Airport Road, Mississauga. Free Parking. www.odkc.ca
January 26 and 27, 2019 – PetExpo, Edmonton
One of the city’s largest pet expos filled with vendors, breeders, rescue organizations and stage demonstrations. Pet Expo Edmonton is pet focused; however, not pet friendly so leave Fido at home. Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Edmonton Expo Centre. Admission $15.
April 27 to 28, 2019 – Calgary Pet Expo, Calgary
This is the weekend of the annual Calgary Pet Expo celebrating all things pets with plenty of vendors, demonstrations and shows. www.calgarypetexpo.com. People but no pets allowed. Spruce Meadows Equiplex, Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. free parking.
June 1 and 2, 2019 – Red Deer Pet Expo, Red Deer
Join the President’s Choice Dogs and vendors from across Canada for the second annual Red Deer Pet Expo featuring performers and a talent search. Live FaceBook feed for those who can’t get there. 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday; 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday. Westernern Grounds, 4847 19th Street, Red Deer, Alberta. www.reddeerpetexpo.com
July 6, 2019 – Muttstock, Edmonton
The third annual Muttstock is billed as a dog and music festival – there’s a BBQ, face painting, training demonstrations, animal rescues, waterpark and vendors. 11 am to 6 pm. Eastwood Park, 11803 86th Street, Edmonton. www.muttstockAB.com
July 27 and 28, 2019 – PetaPalooza West Tour 2019, Calgary
First stop of the annual PetaPalooza West Tour is Calgary, specifically Eau Claire. Vendors, charity and rescue booths represented along with the popular 20 foot running of the Bulldogs – both French and British. Eau Claire., Calgary. 10 am to 4 pm. www.petapaloozawest.com
August 17 and 18, 2019 – PetaPalooza Tour 2017, Victoria
Second stop of the PetaPalooza West Tour is Victoria, specifically Ogden Point. Vendors, charity and rescue booths represented along with agility demos and Aqua dogs. Bullen Park, 199 Dallas Road, Victoria. 10 am to 4 pm. www.petapaloozawest.com
May 4 and 5, 2019 – Vancouver Island Pet Expo, Victoria
The Vancouver Island Pet Expo happens annual at Pearkes Recreation Centre, Victoria, B.C. No pets allowed. www.vancourverislandpetexpo.com
August 25, 2019 – PetaPalooza West 2019, Vancouver
Final Canadian stop of the PetaPalooza West Tour is Vancouver, specifically Yaletown. Vendors, charity and rescue booths represented along with the popular 20 foot running of the Bulldogs – both French and British. 1100 Mainland Street, Vancouver. 11 am to 4 pm.www.petapaloozawest.com
November 2 and 3, 2019 – Fredericton Pet Expo, Fredericton
The 11th annual Pet Expo will have over 45 animal related vendors, and many demonstrations such as On My Go! Flyball; K9 Kapers agility, scent work demonstrations and more. Pets are allowed on leash. Admission is donations at the door. Runs from 10am to 4pm both days. Capital Exhibit Centre, 355 Smythe St, Fredericton, NB
June 7 to 9, 2019 – Newfoundland Labrador Pet Expo, Mount Pearl
At this east-coast pet expo you can bring leashed dogs to The Glacier Arena, 45 Olympic Drive, Mount Pearl, NFL. www.nlpetexpo.com
June 9, 2019 – Atlantic Canada Doggie Expo, Dartmouth
Bring your dogs to the 14th Annual Doggie Expo. The Expo will showcase the largest display of canine vendors in Atlantic Canada, dog rescue organizations, pet photography, and dog apparel suppliers. 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $5 for adults. Dartmouth 4 Pad, 261 Commodore Drive, Dartmouth.
June 2, 2019 – Manitoba Pet Expo, Winnipeg
What started as a grassroots effort by the non-profit Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba, the Manitoba Pet Expo has grown into a large annual province-focused pet expo and trade show featuring business vendors and many local rescues. Admission is $3 per person. St. Norbert Community Centre, 3450 Pembina Hwy., Winnipeg. 10 am to 3 pm.
August 31 and September 1 (Rain date September 2), 2019 – Dog Fest Montreal, Montreal
Bring your dog to Dog Fest Montreal for a day of vendors, DogLoversDays Lure Course and Dock Diving with Aqua Dogs. More sponsors and activities to be announced. John Rennie High School, 501 Bouli Saint-Jean, Montreal. 10 am to 6 pm. Admission $10.
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President’s Choice Superdogs – For over 35 years, according to the website, SuperDogs® has captured headlines across the globe as America’s most beloved feature attraction at international-level events. Touring constantly across North America, the show consists of the family pets of over 150 experienced trainers.
Tour 2018 highlights include K-days in Edmonton, July 20-29; Saskatoon Ex, August 7; The Ex in Toronto, August 17-September 3; The Great New York State Fair, August 22-September 3; and the Caledonia Fair, September 28 – 30. For a complete Canadian schedule: www.superdogs.ca and For a complete American schedule: www.superdogs.com.
If you are looking for pet events in the United States, check out our NEW Dog Events USA page on Dogtrotting.net.