Can’t-Miss Dog-Friendly Events in March

Posted by Lauren Barker

On February 2, Fido’s distant cousin Punxsutawney Phil predicted that spring was just around the corner, and cooped-up dogs everywhere howled with excitement. To help you and your pup overcome the winter blues and cabin fever, we’ve rounded up the most exciting pet-friendly events happening in March.

Winter Park Bark Skijor Race

Minocqua, WI
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Spring may be on the horizon, but there’s still time for Fido to put his paws in the snow. Enter the Winter Park Bark Skijor Race for an intense workout and opportunity to bond with your pup. Choose between the 5K or 10K skijor loops with either one or two dogs. Racers will begin in 30-second intervals, and awards will be given to the top finishers in each distance and dog class. Your hard-working hound will be rewarded with treats at the finish line, and an award ceremony will take place immediately following the race.

Winter Park Bark Skijor Race will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 1 at Minocqua Winter Park. Admission is $25-$30.


Gardena, CA
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How creative is Fido? Find out by bringing him to Fur-Casso, the world’s first painting class curated specifically for and hosted by dogs. Supplies will be provided, along with a continental breakfast with mimosas, tea and coffee. Furry artists will also have access to Camp Run-a-Mutt South Bay’s outdoor play section. Owners will be able to guide their painting pooches, and doggy assistants will also be available to help. At the end of the event, take your canine’s masterpiece home to display with pride!

Fur-Casso will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 7 at Camp Run-A-Mutt South Bay. Tickets are $25. If you can’t make the event, check out these other dog-friendly art studios where you can paint with your pet.

Hoops N Hounds With the Austin Spurs

Austin, TX
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Lace up Fido’s hightops and head to Hoops N Hounds With the Austin Spurs as they take on the Oklahoma City Blue. Four-legged dribblers are welcome to join their owners in a special dog-friendly section of the stands. Your pup won’t have to wait in line to use the pet relief stations set up outside, so he won’t miss a shot on the court. During half time, visit pet-focused nonprofits set up in the concourse. Your furry fan will likely pick up some yummy treats and awesome swag.

Hoops N Hounds With the Austin Spurs tips off at 4 p.m. on March 8 at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Tickets begin at $15.

Mardi Gras Festival By the Sea

Oak Island, NC
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Mardi Gras may have come and gone, but you can still celebrate it “the island way” at Mardi Gras Festival By the Sea. Dress Fido in a New Orleans-inspired costume, or his most flashy green, purple and gold. Just don’t forget his beads! Pets can show off their style in the parade and in the pet costume contest. There will be a human costume contest, too, so dress up together. The day also will include live music, food trucks, carnival games, a car show, market and more.

Mardi Gras Festival By the Sea will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 7 at Middleton Park. Admission is free.

Woofstock - A Lowcountry Dog Music Festival

Hanahan, SC
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There are dog festivals and there are music festivals. And then, there’s Woofstock - A Lowcountry Dog Music Festival. Combine your love of furry faces with catchy tunes and join other pups and their humans for live music, food trucks, local vendors and more. Bring your lawn chair and blankets and find a spot to relax with your best friend. Folk rock band Drivin N Cryin will be headlining the show.

Woofstock - A Lowcountry Dog Music Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 7 at Hanahan Amphitheater. Tickets are $26. Proceeds will benefit eight local rescues.

Food Truck Rally Goes to the Dogs

Nampa, ID
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Food Truck Rally Goes to the Dogs isn’t your average food truck festival. It’s dedicated to four-legged friends! This year’s event will have a St. Patrick’s Day theme, so dress your pup in green and tell her to bring her appetite. Humans can enjoy delicious fare, live music and green beer while their hungry hounds snack on tasty treats and sniff out new friends.

Food Truck Rally Goes to the Dogs will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March 14 at Lloyd Square Park. Admission is free. A portion of the proceeds from food truck sales will benefit the continued development of Nampa’s dog parks.

Dog-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Multiple Locations
“Pet me, I’m an Irish Wolfhound.” Photo by Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club / Junko Ishihara

Fido doesn’t have to be of Irish descent to celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick. Bring your pooch to one of the shamrockin’ pet-friendly parades happening across the country. Walk him through the historic streets of Savannah, GA, at one of the largest and most recognized St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world, or trot him down Peachtree Street at one of the country’s oldest celebrations in Atlanta. See the Chicago River turn green at one of three dog-friendly St. Paddy’s Day parades in Chi-Town, or enter your pup in a pet costume contest at San Francisco’s March 15 event. At festivals around the world, you can raise a pint and cheer "Erin Go Bark!"

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington, DC
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The National Cherry Blossom Festival teamed with Mars Petcare and the Better Cities for Pets program to ensure our best friends get to enjoy Washington D.C.’s cherry blossom season as much as we do. Pet comfort services will be provided during the festivities, including hydration stations, shade areas, and pet relief areas with waste bags. Dog treats and pet swag will also be available at various locations throughout the event. Bring the whole family, including Fido, to enjoy the Blossom Kite Festival, Parade, Petalpalooza and the Tidal Basin Welcome Area, where you can see a range of cultural performing arts on the ANA Stage.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held from March 20 through April 12 throughout Washington D.C. Admission is free, but some activities may charge a fee.

Running for the Bulls 5K

Birmingham, AL
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There’s no need to travel to Spain if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush; the Running for the Bulls 5K is enough excitement for you and Fido. Bring your pup along for a 5K or 1-mile Fun Run and save bully breeds in the process. If running isn’t your thing, you have the option to walk your dog instead. But if getting up early and exercising doesn’t sound fun at all, choose the “sleep-in” option. You’ll get a t-shirt in the mail and you can stay in bed, cuddling with your pup. Of course, that’s not as exciting.

Running for the Bulls 5K will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on March 28 at Red Mountain Park. Registration starts at $30, but the 1-mile Fun Run is free. Proceeds will benefit Bama Bully Rescue.

Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl

Dallas, TX
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Dallas’ most historic football field will turn into a giant dog park for Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl. Fido can mix and mingle with other well-behaved dogs, run the field and cool off in the “dip and sip” splash bowls. Human attendees will enjoy concessions and refreshments, including beer. They also can learn about nonprofits and rescue organizations, and shop from local vendors.

Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 29 at Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park. Admission is free, but there is a $10 parking fee.

Dog Egg Hunt & Pet Pictures With the Easter Bunny

Glen Rock, PA
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Wrap up March by hopping over for a Dog Egg Hunt & Pet Pictures With the Easter Bunny. Fido will have the opportunity to have his pic taken with his favorite hare, before joining other pups in a quest to find the most hidden eggs in the dog park. Bring your pup’s bunny ears and an Easter basket for egg collecting.

Dog Egg Hunt & Pet Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on March 29 at Glen Rock Dog Park. Admission is free.

Are you and your dog attending any events in March? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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