The dog days of summer are here. It’s time for Fido to groove to live music, compete for big prizes on land and sea, and cool off in the water at the best pet-friendly events this August.
Posted by Billy Francis
Drool in the Pool
Drool in the Pool is an annual pool "pawty" in Bloomington, IN. For two evenings only, pups can take a plunge and play games with other water-loving canines. Hosted by the City of Bloomington, your pooch can compete in diving competitions, dive for toys or just enjoy a leisurely doggy paddle in the water. Drool in the Pool will be held on August 4 and 5. Admission is $5 per dog.
Dog Mountain Summer Dog Party
What better place for a dog party than Dog Mountain, one of our favorite dog parks in the country? The 150-acre farm and playscape for pups hosts its annual Dog Mountain Summer Dog Party this month. Four-legged attendees are invited to run and play off leash and swim in the pond. There will be live music by Gulf Coast Blues artist Shrimp Tunes, delicious fare from the Tacos Del Reino food truck, and a bounce house and lawn games for families. Four-legged athletes can test their skills on the agility course and enter dog contests. You can have family or pet portraits made while you’re there, and don’t leave without visiting The Dog Chapel. Take a moment to reflect and post messages for furry family members who have crossed the rainbow bridge. Dog Mountain Summer Dog Party kicks off on August 7.
Outer Banks Watermelon Festival
Fido’s allowed to attend this festival? You’re twisting my melon, man! Sponsored by local pet-friendly chain store Kitty Hawk Kites, Outer Banks Watermelon Festival will host watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, serve up watermelon-inspired food, and offer face painting and other fun. The festival takes place on August 5 and is free to attend, but you’ll need a ticket to play and eat. Dogs who are extending their stay in the beautiful Outer Banks can also pay a visit to Nags Head for the Outer Banks Pirate Festival from August 11 to 12. This swashbuckling event pays homage to the region known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic and Blackbeard’s Backyard.
The Marshall Tucker Band at Dr Pepper Park
If your pooch loves to headbang and crowd surf, bring her along to The Marshall Tucker Band at Dr Pepper Park. Helping to establish the southern sound of the 70s, The Marshall Tucker Band have been performing their blend of blues, country and jazz since 1973, and now your rockin’ dog has the chance to experience it for herself. Bring along a blanket, chairs and treats for an evening of entertainment on Friday, August 20. This awesome pet-friendly live music venue welcomes dogs to most events in the general admission area.
World Dog Surfing Championships
Grab your board and catch some waves with your pooch at the World Dog Surfing Championships. This annual event offers humans and their pups the chance to compete for the top prize in a tandem surfing contest, or Fido can go it alone in the solo competition. Their two extra legs might give dogs an unfair advantage, but we dare you not to cheer as you watch them balance on boards and coast through the calm surf. In addition to watching the four-legged surfers, you and your pooch can attend a pet wellness fair, a dog disc competition, a costume contest, and more. The World Dog Surfing Championship will be held on August 28 at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica. Attendance is free, and a portion of the proceeds go to dog-related non-profits.
WAG! A Dog Friendly Festival
WAG! A Dog Friendly Festival will be taking over Hilliard’s Prairie Oaks Metro Park on August 28 for splashy games, fun contests and more. Take a walk along the park's winding trails, but don’t forget to stop off at booths hosted by the area's best dog-related product and service providers along the way. If you’re feeling the heat, take a dive into one of the lakes to cool off. WAG! A Dog Friendly Festival offers tons of fun and is free to enter.
Doggy Con pays homage to one of the world’s largest pop culture events. Dress Fido up as “Labra-Thor'' or “Harry Paw-ter” and join a parade of colorful costumes with drool-worthy prizes up for grabs for the best-dressed dogs. Before the main event, explore the vendor village full of goods and activities. Doggy Con kicks off on August 28 and is free to attend, but entry to the costume pageant is $20. The first 50 pups to sign up will also receive a 2021 Doggy Con tote bag stuffed with goodies. Money raised will go toward creating a new ATL dog park named WoodRUFF Park.
Canine Classic at The Resort at Paws Up
You and your pooch are cordially invited to attend dog-centric happenings at The Resort at Paws Up, an exclusive resort in Montana. Wine & Bitch Dinner at The Resort at Paws Up kicks off the proceedings on the evening of August 28 with fine gourmet cuisine and dog treats from Paws Up’s Senior Executive Chef, Sunny Jin. You and your pooch can get a seat at the table for $95. Reserve a room and rest up before the Canine Classic at The Resort at Paws Up, which takes place the following morning. This trail hike/run winds through the scenic trails of the property. Participants can choose from Half-Marathon, 5-Mile or 2-Mile races. For a slower pace, sign up for the Untimed Picnic Hike. Admission is $40 and benefits Working Dogs for Conservation.
Cruise with Roo
Join Mercury's Canine Cruise for a Cruise with Roo on August 29. The experienced crew and “furst” mate Roo are setting sail on their annual boat cruise, offering amazing views of the city via Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. The tour departs from the Southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Cruisers also receive Roo-themed swag and dog treats. Tickets are $30 for two-legged passengers and $20 for four-legged passengers.
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