Here is the 2018 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.
(Note: please check each websites for details. Times, dates and places might have been updated since publication on this site)
February 10 & 11, 2018 – Dog Lovers Days Festival, Kitchener
Bring your dog to the dog festival and enjoy interactive dog activity such as a paper zone and agility and speed tracks. Sponsored by Bullwinkles and Nutram, Dog Lovers Days offers three interactive lure courses to get your dog active, along with a Doggie Play Zone, Pamper Zone and Health and Wellness Centre. Bingeman Park, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener. 10 am to 4 pm. Admisison is $10. www.dogloversdays.com
Dog Lovers Days Video
February 25, 2018 – Westie Indoor Play Day, Richmond Hill
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 Richmond Green Sports Centre, 1300 Elgin Mills Rd E, Richmond Hill.
March 30, 2018 – 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
March 30 to April 1, 2018 – 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, 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.
May 5 and 6, 2018 – 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.
Apparently, it’s earlier this year – actually in the summer Canada’s best known dog festival is celebrating 15 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.
June 2, 2018 – Dog Lovers Days, Woodstock
Come on out to this free event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Your dog can enjoy a run on the lure course for free, visit an energy healer at the Animal Healing Touch booth for free healing touch, play in the fenced in leash free Doggie Play Zone or participate in the Best Dressed Dog contest at 2:00 pm. Museum Square Downtown, 466 Dundas Street, Woodstock.
June 9 & 10, 2018 – Ottawa Dog Festival, Ottawa
This second annual dog festival in the nation’s capital features Rideau River Dog Dogs, Disc Dog and Flyball demonstrations, Dog Lovers Days lure course, Nutram play zone and doggie splash pool, and Pet Psychics and Therapists in the VIPooch area. Admission and parking is free. RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa. www.ottawadogfestival.ca
June 9 to 10, 2018 Canadian Pet Expo Niagara – Niagara Falls
For the first time, the organization that brings us one of the biggest pet expos in Canada has added an event in Niagara this year. Join the Canadian Pet Expo near the Falls and meet rooms of vendors and celebrity social media pet personalities. Pets welcome but a waiver is necessary. ScotiaBank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls. www.niagarapetexpo.ca
June 9, 2018 – Paws for the Cause – Hamilton
The first annual Paws for the Cause benefiting Pantry for Paws Cat Rescue and pet food bank promises activities in the park including BBQ, vendors and more. 10 am to 4 pm. Montgomery Park, 1575 Main Street East. www.pantryforpaws.com
June 9, 2018 – HOWLer Dog Walk and Fundraiser
The fourth annual HOWLer fundraiser for Pound Dogs Rescue includes 2.5 km dog walk, vendor tent, raffles and BBQ. 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at WRPD Recreation Centre in Cambridge. Tickets are $15 per person, $40 for a family. 1128 Rife Road, RR 2, Cambridge. www.pdrhowler.com
June 10, 2018 – Woof-a-Palooza, Vaughn
City of Vaughan”s Premiere Dog Festival Woof-a-Palooza promises fun for you and your dog. Contests and Prizes. Amateurs Welcome: The Pup’A’Razzi Fashion Show starts at 12 pm and The Dogs of Vaughan Got Talent Contest 2 pm. Registration the day of the event. Vendors and free doggie swag bags – limited quantities so arrive early. 10 am to 4 pm. Woodbridge Fairgrounds, 100 Porter Ave., Vaughn, Ontario. Parking is $10.
June 10, 2018 – 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, WestJet “Gift of Flight” Raffle and Dozens of unique product and food vendors. Parking is $15. Plunkett Estate, 9282 Elviage Drive, London. 10 am to 4 pm.
June 23, 2018 – HBR Canine Carnival, Oshawa
Homeward Bound Rescue sponsors the annual Canine Carnival that includes DogLoversDays’ Lure Course, K9 Central’s Agility Demonstrations, Emergency Medical Consultant’s First Aid Demonstrations, HBR’s Annual Fashion Show and Costume Contest and of course many vendors. Lakeview Park, Oshawa. 10 am to 4 pm. http://www.homewardboundrescue.ca
June 16, 2018 – Dogs 4 Youth in Grimsby, Grismby
Dogs 4 Youth claims to be the biggest dog marketplace in Niagara, featuring vendors from across the region. Live entertainment, delicious food, and everything your furry friend could ever want. Admission is FREE! All proceeds go to helping the FORT youth centre, an organization that provides free programming for youth ages 11-18 in Grimsby, Smithville, and Caistor. It runs 9 am to 3 pm at the Peach King Centre, 162 Livingston Ave., Grimsby, Ontario.
June 23, 2018 – Wienerfest, Embro
Wienerfest Home County Festival in Embro, 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 Embro Community Rec Centre, 355644 35th Line, Embro, Ontario. www.wienerfest.ca.
June 9, 2018 – Pound Dog HOWLer fundraiser and family day, Ayr
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 on the Synder’s Family Farm, 936685 Blenheim Road, Ayr, Ontario. 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. www.pdrhowler.ca See a previous year’s event here.
June 9, 2018 – 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 30 – July 1, 2018 – Pawz in the Park, St. Catharines
Year four and Pawz in the Park is happening in Lakeside Park in historic Port Dalhousie (now part of St. Catharines). The idea is to enjoy the beach with your dog, ride the carousel and participate in Dog Lovers Days activities such as lure course. Aqua dog events are also there and organizers are asking participants to register by May 20. Pawz in the Park.
June 30 – July 1, 2018 – Aqua Dogs, St. Catharines
Aqua Dogs comes to Lakeside Park in St. Catharines. This is a full competition and will include all three disciplines. GoHigh, GoLong and GoFetch. Come one, come all. See who will be the best of the best and secure themselves a position for the National Championships 9 am to 5 pm. 1 Lakeport Road, St. Catharines.
July 7, 2018 – Dog Lovers Days Festival, Milton
Bring your dog to the dog festival and enjoy interactive dog activity such as a paper zone and agility and speed tracks. Sponsored by Bullwinkles and Nutram, Dog Lovers Days offers three interactive lure courses to get your dog active, along with a Doggie Play Zone, Pamper Zone and Health and Wellness Centre. 10 am to 4 pm. Country Heritage Park, 8560 Tremaine Road, Milton. http://www.dogloversdays.com
July 7 and 8, 2018 – 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 21, 2018 – Doggie Paddle Beach Fest, Sarnia
Doggie Paddle Beach Fest – what a great name for a dog event. 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 21, 2018 – 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, Woofjocks Canine All Starts, and Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show. Morrison Meadows at 1177 Fraserburg Rd, Bracebridge. 10 am to 5 pm. www.dogfestmuskoka.ca
July 21 & 22, 2018, Dog Days of Scugog, Port Perry Museum
The 16th 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, Disc Dogs, Sporting Detection Dog demonstrations, and Scugog Disc Dog races. Admission is $7. The Scugog Shores Museum Village, 16210 Island Rd., Port Perry. firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 21 & 22, 2018 – 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 28, 2018 – PAWS-itively Elgin – Aylmer
JettaJacks Brand Corp. and K9 Ground Search Elgin/Middlesex are host a dog event in support of local rescues. Come out and enjoy Ontario Dock Dogs, Run Spot Run, Agility demos, dog trainers and more. As usual, tons of vendors promised. 8079 Springwater Road, Aylmer. 10 am to 5 pm. www.pawsitivelyelgin.com
August ?, 2018 – 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.
August 18, 2018 – 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 offleash 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.
August 18 and 19, 2018 – 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 ?, 2018 – Paws-a-Palooza, Peterborough
Hosted by Burnham Mansion Veterinary Services and Jackson Creek Veterinary Service from 10 am to 2 pm, this event open to four-legged friends is free to enter. Entertainment includes WoofJock Canine All Starts and dance numbers from Paus-N-Train and of course there’s a vendor alley and doggie play zone. Burnham Mansion Vets, 2235 Keene Road. www.vetvisionaires.com.
August 25, 2018 – Mutt Masquerade, Stouffville
The second annual Mutt Masquerade dedicated to dogs and dog lovers of Stouffville takes place August 25, 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.
No event in 2018 – Dog Tales Festival, King City
Hosted by Dog Tales rescue, a beautiful horse and dog rescue facility north of Toronto, this event promises to be ‘a completely unique festival experience in celebration of rescued animals’ featuring live music, gourmet vegetarian and vegan food, and interactive games for you and your dog. 1405 19th Sideroad, King City. 11 am to 5 pm. www.dogtalesfestival.ca
September 6, 2018 – Wiggle Waggle Walk, Burlington
The annual Wiggle Waggle Walk fundraiser for the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA takes place from 10 am to 3 pm along Burlington’s Bayfront Waterfront. Always fun and plenty of participants (including a goat one year) with vendors and food trucks. www.hbspca.com Check out our previous year’s fun here.
September 9, 2018 – 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 16, 2018 – Ottawa Westies Fest, Ottawa
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. Dogz Canine Sports Centre, 3859 Carling Ave., Nepean, Ontario.
Bark-toberfest, Sept. 16, 2018 – Grand Bend
Apparently, this 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.
November 10 to 11, 2018 – 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.
November 24, & 25, 2018 – Toronto Christmas Pet Expo, Toronto
Bring your pets (mostly dogs and maybe a pig) to this holiday consumer pet show no doubt feature all the gifts you can buy your pup, kitten and others. 10 am to 5 pm. International Centre, Airport Road, Toronto
November 23, 24 & 25, 2018 – 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
April 21 to 22, 2018 – 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.
July 7, 2018 – 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 28 and 28, 2018 – PetaPalooza Tour 2017, Calgary
First stop of the PetaPalooza Tour 2016 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. 200 Barclay Parade S.W., Calgary. 10 am to 4 pm. www.petapaloozawest.com
August 18 and 19, 2018 – PetaPalooza Tour 2017, Victoria
Second stop of the PetaPalooza Tour 2016 is Victoria, specifically Ogden Point. Vendors, charity and rescue booths represented along with agility demos and Aqua dogs. 199 Dallas Road, Victoria. 10 am to 4 pm. www.petapaloozawest.com
April 16 and 17, 2016 – 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 26, 2018 – PetaPalooza Tour 2017, Vancouver
Final stop of the PetaPalooza Tour 2016 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
October ?, 2018 – Pacific Pet Expo, Surrey
This west coast pet expo features vendors and entertainment at the Cloverdale Agriplex, 17798 62 Avenue, Surrey. www.pacificpetexpo.com 10 am to 5pm.
June 9 and 10, 2018 – 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
ON-GOING SHOWS AND TOURS
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. In 2015, Superdogs will appear at the Calgary Stampede, Saskatoon Ex and the Canadian National Exhibition (The Ex) in Toronto. For a complete Canadian schedule: http://www.superdogs.ca and For a complete American schedule: www.superdogs.com.
If you are in the Northwest Region of the United States, check out the list of Family Pet Shows going on throughout the year: Family Pet Shows.