Can’t-Miss Dog-Friendly Events in January

Posted by Lauren Barker

It’s not only the start of a new year, but the start of a new decade! Time for new beginnings and new goals, and wouldn’t it be great if they all included Fido? Kick off 2020 by running a race with your pup, meeting new furry friends, checking out a new dog-friendly place, or maybe teaching your pup a new skill. These can’t-miss events in January can help you achieve all that and more.

"Hair of the Dog" Races

Various Locations
“Come on Dad, keep up!” Photo by Hair of the DoG 5k Williamsburg

It’s never too early to commence your New Year’s resolutions. If losing that winter weight is part of your pup’s agenda, register for one of these fabulous "Hair of the Dog” runs, all of which take place on New Year's Day.

Dog-Friendly New Year's Day Brunch

San Diego, CA
"Is it New Year's Day yet?" Photo by @kdrogers

Start the new year off the right way with a Dog-Friendly New Year's Day Brunch at Fort Oak. Celebrate 2020 on Fort Oak’s patio with brunch specials, celebratory cocktails, dog-friendly treats and fun games.

Fort Oak's Dog-Friendly Brunch will take place on January 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Hair of the Dog" at Mutts Canine Cantina

Dallas, TX
All the "pawpular" pups hang out at Mutts. Photo by @pippaprincesspug

Toast the new year with other dog-loving “paw-trons” at Mutts Canine Cantina's"Hair of the Dog" event. Is there anywhere better to see in the new decade with your pooch than a restaurant with an attached dog park? Sip on a MUTTS Mosa or MUTTY Mary and enjoy Yappy Hour all day long.

Hair of the Dog will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on January 1. Admission is free.

GardenFest for Fidos at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Richmond, VA
“It’s the ‘pawfect’ night for a walk in the gardens.” Photo by

There’s still time for your merry mutt to enjoy the holiday lights this season. Bundle him up and bring him to GardenFest for Fidos at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. On this one night, leashed dogs are welcome to join their families on a stroll through half a million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations and model trains. They’re also allowed in the Robins Visitor Center and Conservatory, and around the cozy fire pit. While you’re there, grab a bite to eat with your pup in the dining area of the Garden Cafe, or at one of the outdoor tables of Robins Tea House.

GardenFest for Fidos will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on January 2 at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Admission is $5-$13. There is a $2 suggested pet admission benefiting Richmond SPCA.

Furry Friday at Museum of the Dog

New York, NY
"Looks just like me." Photo by

The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog pays artistic homage to man's best friend in a state-of-the-art setting, but visiting canines normally are not allowed inside. That changes on the first Friday of each month with Furry Friday at Museum of the Dog. It's a rare chance for Fido to see and appreciate, or critique, more than 180 pieces of dog artwork.

Furry Friday at Museum of the Dog will take place on January 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per dog.

Mutts & Marshmallows and Doggie Dash 5K

Cary, NC
“Hey Doods, wanna race?” Photo by Mutts & Marshmallows

When it’s cold outside, warm up with a 5K, a giant mug of hot chocolate and then snuggle with your furry friend. It’s all happening at Mutts & Marshmallows and Doggie Dash 5K. Four races will take place throughout the day, but the Doggie Dash 5K will kick off the morning. Run with your pup on a course of both paved and natural trails. The event is chip-timed, but all fitness levels are welcome. Once you’ve finished, grab your Mutts & Marshmallows mug and enjoy bottomless hot chocolate while mingling with other two- and four-legged runners.

Mutts & Marshmallows and Doggie Dash 5K will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 11 at WakeMed Soccer Park. Admission varies based on registration. The dog entry fee is $10, and all proceeds from furry “pawticipants” will go to SPCA of Wake County.

8th Annual Woofstock

Naples, FL
Peace, love and dogs. Photo by

Join other groovy growlers for a far-out time at the 8th Annual Woofstock. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and relax with your pup to live music by The Woodwork, purchase ice-cold craft beer from RipTide Brewing Co. and mingle with new friends, furry or not. Shop the local vendor market and find goodies from Smilin’ Dog Bakery, Paws Pet Boutique and more. Great items will be raffled off, and children of all ages will enjoy the kid zone.

Woofstock will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on January 12 at Mercato. Admission is $10 for adults if purchased in advance and $15 for adults at the door. Children 12 and under and dogs are free. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society Naples.

Pucks & Paws Night

Tucson, AZ
“Wait, we’re cheering for wild cats?” Photo by

Bring your four-legged family to a night on the ice at the Arizona Wildcat Hockey Team’s Pucks & Paws Night. Sponsors will be on-site handing out goodies for Fido, and of course he is welcome to join you in your seat to cheer on the Wildcats as they host Missouri State. The annual event is one of the most exciting games of the season and also falls on $2 hotdog night, so Fido can fill his belly.

Pucks & Paws Night will begin at 7:30 p.m. on January 17 at the Tucson Convention Center. Admission for humans varies by ticket section, and dogs are $5. Proceeds from dog tickets will benefit homeless pets at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

EDP.Vegas - Electronic Dog Party

Las Vegas, NV
“I’m ready to dance my way into a new decade!" Photo by @french_iehendrixmercury

Stop what you’re doing and start planning your Vegas trip for EDP.Vegas - Electronic Dog Party. This first-time event will be one for the books. Humans 21 and up can bring their furry dance partners to boogie the night away to electronic dance music. If Fido isn’t a fan of music and crowds, come to pet other dogs and meet new friends.

EPD.Vegas - Electronic Dog Party will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on January 18 at Barx Parx. Tickets per human and dog are $20, or $15 for humans flying solo. There is a maximum of one dog per human. A portion of every ticket goes to a local Las Vegas rescue.

St Pete Beer & Bacon Festival

St. Petersburg, FL
“Beer, bacon and belly rubs?” Photo by

Better keep this event on the down low. As soon as Fido hears that bacon is involved, he’ll be panting to go. The St. Pete Beer & Bacon Festival welcomes leashed dogs to join their owners for this annual event. Humans can sample more than 75 craft beers and 20 craft spirits and cocktails. There will also be more than 50 bacon dishes from over 20 food vendors that your pup will be happy to taste test for you. The Black Honkeys and other live bands will be performing throughout the day, and you’ll have a chance to play games and take home awesome prizes.

St. Pete Beer & Bacon Festival will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on January 18 at Vinoy Park. Admission is $15-$39. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Pet Pal Animal Shelter.

The Good Dog Show: A Dog-Friendly Comedy Show

Brooklyn, NY
"Dad ... You're embarrassing me." Photo by

Can your canine sniff out a good joke? If she's always up for howlingly good time, bring her to The Good Dog Show: A Dog-Friendly Comedy Show. Held at DSK's Haus on Hanson (a Barkeasy), the dog-friendly event attracts some of New York's funniest comedians. They have even been known to invite dogs onstage to do tricks.

The Good Dog Show: A Dog-Friendly Comedy Show will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. on January 23 at DSK’s Haus on Hanson. Admission is $7 per person.

Truffle Dog Training Seminar

Eugene, OR
“I’m so good at this, they should have named me Sherlock." Photo by

If your dog has a nose for adventure, sign her up for the Truffle Dog Training Seminar during the Oregon Truffle Festival, a weekend celebration of Oregon truffles. The two-day training event teaches hounds and their humans about the fundamentals of scent training. Participants will then have the opportunity to take their newly learned skills to the forest on an authentic hunt, where most dogs will find their first truffle. A truffle breakfast and lunch are included on both Friday and Saturday.

The Truffle Dog Training Seminar will be held from 7 a.m. on January 24 to 4 p.m. on January 25 at Graduate Eugene. The price to participate is $595 for one dog and one person, or $795 for one dog and two people.

Annual Doggie Street Festival Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ
“It looks just like me!” Photo by

The world’s largest adopt-a-thon and pet celebration is coming to Phoenix. Bring Fido to the Annual Doggie Street Festival Phoenix for yummy treats, great music, tips from veterinarians, special guests and speakers, contests and auction prizes, a kids art area and more! There will be a VIP lounge, and awesome pet products and services will be available. Many rescues will also be in attendance, so if you’re looking for a new best friend, this could be the “pawfect” opportunity to meet one.

This day of furry fun is also an informative experience for current and potential pet owners, with speakers and experts covering a variety of topics concerning pet care, health, training and well-being, and ending pet homelessness.

The Annual Doggie Street Festival Phoenix will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 25 at Steele Indian School Park. Admission is free.

Are you and your dog attending a pet-friendly event in January? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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