Dress Fido in his Easter best for April’s most dog-friendly events. Let your pup participate in an egg hunt, commemorate Earth Day with your canine, fly a fantastically large kite, and have a hopping good time at these fabulous pet-friendly celebrations this month!
Posted by Jessica Roberts
Easter Paws at Myriad Botanical Garden
Fetch Fido’s Easter basket and hop on over to Easter Paws at Myriad Botanical Garden, a featured attraction in BringFido’s Ruff Guide to Oklahoma. Canine competitors will be divided by size to hunt for treats in the off-leash Myriad Botanical Gardens Dog Park. Furry fans can also sit for a photo session with the Easter Bunny during the event. Pre-registration is required, and spots are limited.
The Easter Paws egg hunt event will take place on April 3. Small dogs (under 35 lbs) can hunt at 11 a.m., while larger dogs will have their turn at 11:30 a.m. Stay minutes away from the gardens at 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City, where canine guests of any size are welcomed with treats.
Bark Park Bunny Bash & DogFest
In Jacksonville, you can double the doggy fun over two days in April with two events for good causes. DogFest Jacksonville is a celebration of the canine friends and heroes who bring joy to our lives. Everyone is invited for this day of fun, festivities, inspiring speakers, dog demonstrations, live music, food and more. All funds raised benefit Canine Companions for Independence and their mission of matching assistance dogs with children, adults and veterans with disabilities, free of charge.
The Bark Park Bunny Bash is a fundraising event at the Jacksonville PetSafe Bark Park which features a tennis ball-style Easter egg hunt. If Fido finds the special tennis ball, he’ll receive a prize. He can also pose for a pic with the Easter Bunny, enter a pet costume contest, and try his luck at a 50/50 raffle. Dogs are to be kept on their leash during the egg hunt, but off-leash fun within the park will resume afterward. Proceeds from the event go toward upgrades to the park.
DogFest 2022 in Jacksonville will be held on Saturday, April 9. The Bark Park Bunny Bash will take place on Sunday, April 10. Stay the weekend at this Cozy 1934 Cottage, which welcomes dogs of any size for no additional fee and makes for a perfect springtime getaway.
Dog Easter Egg Hunt & Earth Day on the Rappahannock
Strap on your pooch’s bunny ears and join the fun at Fredericksburg’s annual Dog Easter Egg Hunt. Pups can hunt for treats, and prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed dog, so come prepared to impress. Extend your stay to attend Earth Day on the Rappahannock. This pet-friendly event is filled with interactive activities, live music, delicious food, and more. From citizen science projects to art contests and live music, there’s plenty to entertain the whole family. Fido can even lend a paw sniffing out all the living species in the park for the Bioblitz, a communal citizen-science effort planned during the event.
Fredericksburg’s annual Dog Easter Egg Hunt will be held on April 9. Earth Day on the Rappahannock 2022 will take place on April 23. Cut your carbon emissions during your stay at The Black Log Cabin, a cool and cozy dog-friendly vacation rental that’s within walking distance from both events.
Adoption Event & Photos with the Easter Bunny at Bar K
Bar K Dog Bar, Kansas City’s modern eatery with an attached dog park, will be hosting an Adoption Event & Photos with the Easter Bunny this April. A day pass membership is required. After his photo session, grab brunch and a beverage, and then let your pooch run off-leash in the dog park, plummet in the tennis ball pit, and meet new friends.
The Adoption Event & Photos with the Easter Bunny at Bar K will take place on April 10. When you’re ready to leave the party behind, head back to your pet-friendly room at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. This beautiful historic hotel treats four-legged guests to use of a Westin Heavenly Dog Bed and a welcome gift.
Hop on over to Westfield, IN, for Egg-Paw-Looza! In addition to Easter egg hunts, professional photos with the Easter Bunny, and a dog toy craft station, the hound who finds the golden egg wins a special gift basket. There will be two egg hunts, one at 1 p.m. and a second at 2 p.m. Participation is $5 per pup. In between the hunts, pooches can participate in the Egg-Paw-Looza Talent Show. Showcase your pup's best or most unique talent in 30 seconds or less for a chance to win!
Egg-Paw-Looza will be held on April 10. After the parade, rest up with your pup at Candlewood Suites Indianapolis. The hotel allows two dogs of any size, and there is ample grassy space on the property for Fido to stretch his legs.
Easter Bacon Hunt
If he’s had enough of Easter eggs, Fido can round out his breakfast at the annual Easter Bacon Hunt in Dallas. He can snap a selfie with the Easter Bunny and enjoy puppy playtime until the hunt, which is scheduled for 3 p.m. There will also be large eggs filled with cool prizes for humans, so you have the opportunity to win all around. The event is hosted by Homegrown Hounds Dog Deli and Bakery, which aims to make healthy treats and save the lives of shelter dogs by donating proceeds to local nonprofit, Hound Haven. Each pup needs his own ticket to hunt, so be sure to get one for the whole pack!
The Easter Bacon Hunt will kick off on Saturday, April 16. After you’ve had your fill of bacon and fun, head to your dog-friendly room right across the street at the conveniently located and pet-friendly Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown.
Downtown Aberdeen Dog Fair
Head to the Downtown Aberdeen Dog Fair for food, raffles, games, contests, photo opportunities, freebies, live music and, of course, lots of dogs! Vendors at the 2022 event include Hatchet Brewing Company, Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique, Sleepy Dog Photography and many more. Although it’s completely free to attend, all donations and raffle proceeds are doled out to participating Aberdeen shelters and rescues.
The Downtown Aberdeen Dog Fair will be held on Saturday, April 2. Bring all the goodies you find back to The Happy Hangout - In Heart of Sandhills, where Fido can lounge by the fireplace and frolic in the fenced yard.
SPCA Tampa Bay Pet Walk
Join the hundreds of animal lovers who participate and raise money to help homeless and suffering animals at the annual SPCA Tampa Bay Pet Walk. Walkers and their pups will enjoy vendor booths, a costume contest and a lovely morning walk along the gorgeous St. Petersburg waterfront in North Straub Park. In addition to the stroll, the costume contest is one of the most popular events at Pet Walk each year. This year, walkers and virtual walkers will be able to vote on a costume contest winner on SPCA Tampa Bay's Facebook page in real-time!
The 2022 SPCA Tampa Bay Pet Walk will take place on April 2. Book a room at BayWaters Inn in St. Pete Beach, where pet bowls, waste bags and a basket of toys await Fido’s arrival.
Fly Into Spring and Easter Eggstravaganza
Along with the Easter holiday, April is National Kite Month. At the Outer Banks, where the Wright Brothers famously conducted the first successful manned, powered flight, Fido can be awestruck by the aerodynamics at Fly Into Spring and Easter Eggstravaganza. Beginning on Friday, massive kites will soar over Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Return to the park on Saturday to search for prizes at the annual Egg Hunt. To keep crowds at bay, guests will need to sign up in advance for a 15-minute time slot between 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. to gather eggs in the yard of Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. While you wait your turn, your pup can have her photo taken with the Easter Bunny.
The Fly Into Spring and Easter Eggstravaganza 2022 event will be held on the weekend of April 15 and 16. This 4-bedroom vacation rental within walking distance from local pet-friendly store Kitty Hawk Kites welcomes dogs of any size for no additional fee, and Fido will love the fenced-in yard.