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​Dog Friendly Summer Events 2017: Dogs Welcome!

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How many times this summer have you found yourself out with your pup looking for a little adventure? Summer is here and your dog’s ready to play! Here is our one stop shop for dog-friendly events around the United States to take your pup to. If you know of any other dog-friendly events, please post it in the comments section to share with other dog lovers. Get outside and #KurgoTogether

Photo: Kurgo Yappy Hour at Smuttynose Brewery

Outdoor Concerts:

Outdoor concerts are a great place to bring your dog for some tunes and treats! Look on your local news website for free concerts in your area or check out - BringFido.com.

From July 4th to September 2nd L.L. Bean hosts their annual Summer in the Park in Freeport, ME including free outdoor concerts with indie and folk bands, and more! Head over to Discovery Park, bring your pal, and enjoy a nice picnic or a hot summers day.

On September 2nd – the 16th annual Newburyport Riverfront Music Festival will be hosting free shows open to the public for picnics, good music, and fun place to relax with your best friend. Along with the show there will be an abundance of fun vendors, shops, and pet stores!

For concerts around California, check out OCDogFriendly.com for a ton of dog-friendly concert series around Orange County all the way from Fullerton to Newport Beach

If you’re in the Santa Monica area anywhere between June 22nd and August 17th, the Santa Monica pier will be holding its annual Twilight Concert Series in the sand and on the pier! This free concert series is dog friendly, so bring a cooler and your swim trunks to enjoy the beach, the bands, and your little bud!

Major League Baseball:

Most Major League Baseball teams have at least one, if not more, games where pets are given a warm welcome. Take your pooch along to enjoy a hot dog and cheer on your favorite team. For schedules, see GoPetFriendly.com.

Food & Outdoor Festivals:

Reflecting the eclectic and hip West Town Community in Chicago, The West Town Chamber of Commerce is bringing back WestFest on July 7th, 8th, and 9th featuring new high-profile, and current music with an emphasis on Chicago House. This pet friendly and kid friendly environment is hosting its own Petfest from 12-6 featuring a charity dog wash, obstacle course, paw painting, and more!

Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Diego are all hosting their Street Food Cinema festivals for live music, food trucks, and movies on the outdoor screens. Most of these events are dog friendly - Check the schedule, pick what you want to see, and have a blast.

Eat I See I Hear is LA’s original traveling outdoor movie series rotating venues around the city. Check out the movies playing, stop by the food trucks and bring your pup to enjoy the outdoors.

From August 2nd to the 6th, visit the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland Maine. The events there include live music, shopping, and a whole lot of fresh lobster!

Arts & Crafts Festivals:

In Massachusetts, The Boston Markets are open on the Wharf District Park of the Rose Kennedy Greenway and in Salem, Massachusetts every Friday through Sunday in October. Find artists, crafters, live music, and food trucks galore for you and your pets!

Every first Sunday of the month in the Annapolis Art District in Maryland, spend the day meeting over 130 artists, designers, and musicians at First Sunday Arts Festival from 11am to 5pm.

The 17th Annual Art Paws will be taking place on July 16th in McKinley Park in Reno, Nevada. From 10am to 5pm, come visit over 70 local vendors, artists, and animal organizations to celebrate your pet and raise money for pets in need.

On August 11th and 12th in East Nashville, Tennessee, The Tomato Art Fest will come together to celebrate… you guessed it, tomatoes! Come for the free live music, arts, parades and for the costumes (encouraged for you and your dog).

For the Wine Lover:

The website napavintners.com has a list of all the wineries in Napa Valley that welcome your pup while Sonomacounty.com has the list for Sonoma County. Hopefully the only one “wine-ing” there will be you!

Saturday, August 5th is the Wine & Woofs: Canines Uncorked Wine Tour event in north Willamette Valley. With all proceeds going to pets in need, you can buy a Doggy passport and attend the many events at the different winery hosted by the Oregon Humane Society.

In Hudson, OH on July 20th and 21st, you can bring your pup to the 10th Annual Hudson Wine Festival. With over 150 wines, craft beers, live music, fantastic food, and educational seminars, the purpose of this event is to increase awareness and support for animal welfare and military support in Northeast Ohio.

For those in the Northeast, The Grapehound Wine Tour is July 20-23rd in Seneca Lake, New York. This events goal is to raise awareness of greyhound adoption and increase the number of adoptive and foster homes for sighthounds. Enjoy music, vendors, wine, and great food at this wonderful event!

Yappy Hours:

Around the country, more and more people are allowing dogs into hotels, breweries, bars, and anywhere else with an outdoor area to host their own version of a Yappy Hour. Enjoy drinks, socializing, and playing with a whole lot of pups at these events!

Click here to find all of the events your pals at Kurgo will be attending and hosting for our Yappy Hours to raise money for the NHSPCA!

Here are a few Yappy Hours that we found around the country:

California: The Ritz-Carlton Laguna-Niguel, Thursdays 5-8pm

Massachusetts: Cape Cod Beer Yappy Hour, every 2nd Tuesday of the month 4-6pm

South Carolina: Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, Sept 14 & Oct 12, 4-8

Texas: Mutts Cantina Dallas, Monday – Friday 4-6pm

Washington DC: You can find a full list of great DC Yappy hour locations here.

Do you have a favorite dog-friendly event that Kurgo fans should know about? Post it here in the comments and we will add it to our list!

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