October’s Best Dog-Friendly Events

Posted by Caitlin Tolliday

The chill of fall is in the air, Halloween is right around the corner, and Fido knows the best way to celebrate the season is by attending a dog-centric event with his human! From canine costume parades to a puppy pool party, you and your pooch will be sure to have a tail-wagging good time at these dog-friendly October events!

Chase Away Canine Cancer - Dirty Dog 5K

Park City, UT
Photo by Chase Away Canine Cancer

Leash up your pup and lace up your running shoes for the Chase Away Canine Cancer - Dirty Dog 5K in Park City, UT. Participating human/dog teams are welcome to dress up in costumes and will receive a race bib and doggie bandana at registration. Afterward, local vendors and food trucks will be onsite in the Bark City Festival Vendor Village so you can refuel while you shop. Prizes will be given to top finishers and all proceeds from the race entry fee benefit local adoption agencies, shelters and charities.

Chase Away Canine Cancer - Dirty Dog 5K will take place on October 1 at Trailside Park and registration is required. After racing, you and your pup can rest at The St. Regis Deer Valley.

Fall Fido Festival

Chapin, SC
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Celebrate all things fall and all things Fido at the annual Fall Fido Festival in Chapin, SC. This Sunday afternoon event at Crooked Creek Park will feature photo ops and agility courses. Local vendors will be selling items for both humans and canines and food trucks will be available to serve up delicious snacks and drinks. Be sure to check out the adoptable pets and enter to win raffle prizes and much more!

Fall Fido Festival will take place on October 1 and both humans and canines must be registered to attend. After such a fun-filled day, you can spend the night nearby at this waterfront vacation rental with a beautiful outdoor space for pups.

Splish Splash Doggie Bash

Atlanta, GA
"You've never looked better, Maude." Photo by Facebook.com/GoldenDogNH

Your water-loving mutt can make a splash at Splish Splash Doggie Bash at Piedmont Park Aquatic Center in Atlanta, GA. This puppy pool party will offer different swim session times, so you and Fido can choose the time that works best for you. Hundreds of dogs will leave with wagging tails over the course of three days and the event is likely to sell out, so advanced ticket purchase is encouraged. The pool is closed for the season for humans, so only canines will be allowed to swim.

Splish Splash Doggie Bash will take place at varying swim times from October 7-9. After a day of fun in the water, you and your pooch will be ready to spend the night nearby at La Quinta by Wyndham Atlanta Ballpark.

The Fast and the Furriest 5K Fun Run/Walk

Maryville, MO
Photo by New Nodaway Humane Society

Burn off some energy at The Fast and the Furriest 5K Fun Run/Walk in Maryville, MO. This race at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park will offer both a 5K course and a 1-mile fun run option for humans and their leashed pups. Dogs of all breeds, sizes and skill levels are encouraged to participate. Proceeds from race registration will benefit local rescue animals. Be sure to register in advance so you and Fido will receive your race day T-shirt and bandana.

The Fast and the Furriest 5K Fun Run/Walk will take place on October 7 and tickets are required. After race day, you and your pup can lay your heads for the night at America’s Best Value Inn & Suites Maryville.

Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade

Battle Ground, WA
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Dress Fido in his best Halloween costume for the Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade in Battle Ground, WA, one of several Halloween pet parades taking place this month. This second annual event at Battle Ground Community Center is sure to be a blast for both two- and four-legged attendees. Costumed canines will receive plenty of treats and prizes will be awarded for best dressed.

Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade will take place on October 26 and admission is required for each canine contestant. After making friends with other mutts strutting their stuff, you and Fido can relax at this lovely and spacious farmhouse for the rest of the weekend.

Doggie HOWL-O-Ween Trunk or Treat & Raffle

Photo by Getty Images/KarinaBost

Celebrate Halloween with Fido at Doggie HOWL-O-Ween Trunk or Treat & Raffle at Funk Brewing Company in Emmaus, PA. In addition to a dog-friendly trunk-or-treat, pups will have a chance to win “pawsome” prizes, march in the doggie parade and compete in a pet costume contest. Prizes will be given to the best-dressed canine and the best-dressed family! Your admission gets you a goodie bag to use as you visit each decorated car to collect toys and treats.

Doggie HOWL-O-Ween Trunk or Treat & Raffle will take place on October 28 and admission requires a donation to the Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley. Make this a weekend trip and stay at this nearby retreat with a backyard Fido will love.

Have you been to a Halloween pet parade with your dog? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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