Your Summer Guide to Dog-Friendly Events Across the USA
Posted by Jen Sotolongo on 23rd May 2019
We get it. Summer is here and your dog is ready to play! You want to get out and about and enjoy some warm weather adventures together. We’ve assembled a one
stop guide to dog-friendly events around the United States to take your pup to.
If you know of any other events where dogs are welcome, please post them in the
comments section to share with other dog lovers. We hope you and your dog get
outside and #KurgoTogether this summer!
concerts are a great place to bring your dog to enjoy some live music and enjoy
tasty treats! Look up events on your local news website for free concerts in
your area or check out BringFido.com.
Historic London Town and Gardens near Annapolis, Maryland hosts a free concert series for two Sundays in August (the 4th and 18th). Kicking off the
2019 season is Dog Night, which will feature a “pupcession” stand with tasty
treats for the pups.
May 25, Salishan Resort on the Oregon Coast returns with their summer concert
series. The concerts feature
some of the best Oregon bands and admission is free. Dogs on leash are welcome.
From July 4 to September 2, L.L. Bean hosts their annual Summer in the Park in Freeport, Maine including
free outdoor concerts with indie and folk bands, and more! Head over to
Discovery Park, bring your pal, and enjoy a nice picnic on a hot summer day.
May 31 through September 1, the Allegheny Summer
Concert series hosts free
concerts at the South Park Amphitheater. The event features performances from
the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and plenty of well-known
artists. Dogs on leash are welcome and food trucks and craft beer are available
starting an hour and a half before showtime.
pet friendly concerts take place throughout Orange County, California during the summer months. Throughout the country these free concerts welcome pups for an evening of good tunes and entertainment.
Sporting and Athletic Events:
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 the 2019 schedule on the American Kennel
Not only are dogs welcome to the
GoPro Mountain Games, there are specific events just for them. From dock diving
competitions to trail runs, dogs will no doubt have a blast with their humans
at the country's largest event for adventure sports. The event takes place
June 6-9 in Vail, Colorado
number of dog-friendly running events take place throughout the summer all over
the country. Trail races often tend to allow dogs more so than road races. Take
a look at The Dog Race
Finder to locate a race near
Food & Outdoor Festivals:
the eclectic and hip West Town Community in Chicago, The West Town Chamber of
Commerce is bringing back WestFest on July 5-7 featuring new high-profile, and
current music with an emphasis on Chicago House. This pet friendly and kid
friendly environment is hosting its own Pet Fest from 12-6 on Saturday and
Sunday featuring a charity dog wash, obstacle course, paw painting, and more!
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.
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.
July 31 to August 4th, 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:
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 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
17th Annual Art Paws will be taking place on July 21st in the McKinley Arts &
Culture Center in Reno, Nevada. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, come visit over 70 local
vendors, artists, and animal organizations to celebrate your pet and raise
money for pets in need.
August 9th and 10th 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:
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!
August 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.
Hudson, OH on July 21 & 22, 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.
those in the Northeast, The Grapehound Wine
Tour is July 25-28 in
Seneca Lake, New York. The goal of this event is to raise awareness of greyhound
adoption and increase the number of adoptive and foster homes for sight hounds.
Enjoy music, vendors, wine, and great food at this wonderful event!
July 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk, Maine will
be hosting Woofstock, a dog-friendly food and beer festival to benefit AWS’s
Companions for Life Fund for pet veterinary care program. Activities include
music performances, dog agility, food and beer, bounce houses, obstacle courses
and more. The event is free.
Portland Cider Summit takes over Fields Neighborhood Park in the Pearl District
featuring more than 150 ciders, cider cocktails and apple spirits. Well-behaved
and leashed dogs are more than welcome, and the event even has a Dog Lounge
with shaded areas and water. DoveLewis is
among the beneficiaries of the event, which is a non-profit emergency animal
beers from around the world at the Portland
International Beer Fest from
June 28th through 30th on the North Park Blocks. The event showcases
hart-to-find beers and ciders in just about every style you can imagine.
Hopped Up Caribou Festival at Caribou Highland Lodge in Lutsen, Minnesota is a beer fest
combined with music, food, and adventure like canoe trips and mountain biking.
The event claims to be the most dog-friendly beer festival in the state!
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
are a few Yappy Hours that we found around the country:
New Hampshire: A series of yappy hours is held at various Seacoast
breweries to benefit the New Hampshire SPCA. Get the full schedule here.
The Ritz-Carlton Laguna-Niguel, Thursdays 5-8 p.m.
Cod Beer Yappy Hour,
every 2nd Tuesday of the month 4-6 p.m.
Monday – Friday 3-6 p.m.
DC: You can find a full list of great DC Yappy hour locations here.
Jen Sotolongo is a writer and photographer and runs Long Haul Trekkers, a blog about independent, responsible travel with a pet. Over the past few years, she and her partner have taken their dogs around the globe including a cycle tour spanning across Europe and South America, proving that adventures can include your dog, no matter where in the world they may be.
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