Hello, Summer! Can't-Miss Dog-Friendly Events in June

Posted by Miranda Risser

With the days getting longer, there’s plenty of time to enjoy the warm summer weather with your dog. From “beauty” pageants to Corgi conventions, humans and dogs alike can enjoy a variety of pet-friendly events happening across the country this month. Check out our top picks and enjoy some quality time with your pup this June!

World Dog Expo

Secaucus, NJ
Getting some serious air at the Expo. Photo by Facebook.com/WorldDogExpo

If you’re looking for an educational and fun way to escape the summer heat, head to the Meadowlands for the World Dog Expo. This massive gathering of pet lovers and pooches features a stunning variety of events, from dock diving and lure coursing to dog CPR certification and Schutzhund (a sport that tests if your pup has what it takes to be a police dog). You can also meet celebrity dogs and attend presentations from top veterinarians. The trade show is the main event, where thousands of vendors showcase the latest toys, treats and innovative products that will benefit you and your pup.

The World Dog Expo takes place on June 1-2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ. The weekend pass is $25 and daily passes are $15. Admission for kids and dogs is free.

PAWS Chicago 5K

Chicago, IL
You can't miss Chicago’s largest dog-friendly event for charity. Photo by Facebook.com/pawschicago

Chicago’s largest dog-friendly event for charity celebrates 19 years in 2019. PAWS 5K raises funds for PAWS Chicago, the Midwest's largest no-kill animal shelter. Beyond the dog walk, attendees can enjoy live entertainment, food and drinks, and free giveaways. Note that dogs are not allowed in the run portion of the race. Even so, all that walking will tire any pup out. Fortunately, you can pamper your pet at the on-site St. Clair Hotel Doggy Oasis, which features dog pools, complimentary dog massages and doggy smoothies.

PAWS 5K takes place on June 2 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Montrose Harbor, Grove 16 in Chicago, IL. Registration is $50 online and $60 on race day for adults, $20 for children, and free for dogs.

An Adirondack Woof Stock

Chestertown, NY
"This is my hippie look." Photo by Facebook.com/TriLakesBusinessAlliance

Break out your tie-dye for Woof Stock! At this "weekend of peace, paws and music," your dog can try dock diving or race through an agility and lure chasing course, which is guaranteed to get his tail (and tongue) wagging. On Saturday night, bring Fido to the pet-friendly outdoor concert that pays homage to the original Woodstock. Throughout the weekend, you and your family can shop at a variety of vendors, listen to live music, tie-dye your own t-shirt, and even attend a blessing of the animals.

An Adirondack Woof Stock will be held on June 8 and 9 starting at 9 a.m. at Town Hall in Chestertown, NY. Admission is $1 for adults and free for children and leashed dogs.

The Great Global Greyhound Walk

Greyhounds around the globe go for a walk. Photo by C. Armstrong

This annual dog walk for a cause was created in 2010 to raise awareness about rescued and retired racing greyhounds. While the event’s epicenter is in the U.K., participants are joined by greyhound lovers and owners around the world in hundreds of walks. It’s truly an international show of support and solidarity for these beautiful dogs.

The Great Global Greyhound Walk takes place on June 9. Click here to find a walk near you.

"A pirate's life for me?" Photo by Facebook.com/CorgiCon

One of the most adorable events in NorCal, Corgi Con is a wildly popular gathering of Corgi owners in the Bay area. If the Corgi Ninja Warrior isn’t enough to get you here, surely the Corgi costume contest or derby will convince you to attend. The magnificent backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge doesn't hurt, either. The event takes place on Ocean Beach and promises enough Corgi cuteness to last until next year!

Corgi Con gets Corgi butts wagging on June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ocean Beach in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA. Admission is free.

Georgia Dachshund Races

Lawrenceville, GA
"I'd be faster without him." Photo by Facebook.com/GeorgiaDachshundRacesPage

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, the Georgia Dachshund Races gives wiener dogs the chance to show off their racing chops. The event also includes doggie weddings, fastest nose contests, talent shows and more! Don’t worry, non-Dachshund owners can get in on the fun, too; all dogs 30 pounds and under can participate. The races take place indoors, so pups will be safe from the Georgia summer heat.

The Georgia Dachshund Races takes place on June 15 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville, GA. Admission is $5 for humans and free for dogs. Registration fees start at $10 per race.

Dancing With the Dogs Prom

Chicago, IL
"Will you be our prom dates?" Photo by Live Like Roo Foundation

Is there anything cuter than a dog in a tuxedo? Dancing With the Dogs Prom invites humans to relive their high school years with their pooches, and it's all for an amazing cause. Proceeds from this event go to the Live Like Roo Foundation, which provides support and financial assistance to families whose pet is diagnosed with cancer. So break out your dancing shoes and Fido’s bowtie collar!

Dancing with the Dogs Prom kicks off on June 15 at 7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at Row 24 Chicago in Chicago, IL. Human tickets are $95 and canine tickets are $25.

UltiMutt Race

Greer, SC
This race will challenge two- and four-legged athletes. Photo by Facebook.com/ultimuttrace/

There are many dog walks and runs for charity, but the UltiMutt Race is a unique challenge for pets and their parents. The event combines a series of races and obstacle courses that will have you and your pup jogging through mountain and forest trails, crawling through dirt fields and probably having the time of your lives as you strengthen your bond. You can choose to compete in a 2.5K or 5K course. If Fido isn't the ultra-competitive type, you can also opt for a fun run instead.

The UltiMutt Race takes place on June 15 from 8 a.m. to noon at Greer High School, 3000 East Gap Creek Road in Greer, SC. Registration fees start at $45, and a portion of all proceeds goes to a local animal shelter.

World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

Petaluma, CA
Beauty is in the eye of the Bulldog holder. Photo by Facebook.com/SonomaCountyFair

When it comes to these mutts, true beauty is on the inside. A 30-year tradition, the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest invites dogs from all over the world to show off their unconventional beauty. The day begins with a Pet Fest featuring pre-contest entertainment and information on pet care and adoption. The contest kicks off at 6 p.m., with a $1,500 prize, a trip to New York and international news coverage up for grabs. Note that the event is open to all pet parents, but only dogs who are competing can attend the contest.

Pet Fest and the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest will be held June 21 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, CA. Admission starts at $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors.

"Is this a trick? I think it's a trick." Photo by Facebook.com/PetConOfficial

Billed as the world’s premier conference dedicated to our furry friends, PetCon brings together pet lovers and their pooches, celebrity animals, and a variety of industry experts. Seminars throughout the weekend focus on everything from pet health to how to grow Fido’s Instagram followers. The event annually draws thousands of vendors and suppliers who showcase new and innovative products, foods and fashions for your canine companion.

PetCon takes place on June 22 at City Market Social House in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets start at $45. Children under 5 and dogs attend for free.

Fremont Fair Sunday Dog Parade

Seattle, WA
Costumes are optional but always welcome. Photo by Facebook.com/FremontFair/

The Fremont Fair is Seattle's largest summer craft market. Leashed dogs are welcome at the two-day festival, but they really get to strut their stuff at the Sunday Dog Parade. A more fetching (in our opinion) follow-up to the human parade, the dog walk benefits Citizens for Off-Leash Areas, or COLA. This year's parade will be led by the Seattle Seahawks Drumline, Blue Thunder.

The Fremont Fair Sunday Dog Parade begins on June 23 at 2:30 p.m. The parade route crosses six blocks in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, WA. To participate, register your pup at the COLA tent on 34th Avenue between 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registration costs $20 per dog family, with all proceeds going to COLA.

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