The summer months are drawing to a close, but September is still packed full of dog-friendly fun! Don’t miss the pools and parks hosting four-legged paddlers for an end-of-summer celebration, as well as a pooch prom for a cause, a canine party in a sculpture garden, and much more!
Posted by Jessica Roberts
Knoebels Doggie Dive
Knoebels Doggie Dive is a pet-centric pool party held at one of the world’s most pet-friendly amusement parks. Enjoy a relaxing train ride together, drive an antique car, or ride on the historic carousel before heading to Crystal Pool. Knoebels welcomes dogs year-round, but pups are only allowed access to the pool during this special event. The Doggie Dive includes free rein of the pool for canines, gourmet dog treats to sample and purchase, and a chance to meet a few heroes from local animal rescue organizations. Knoebels donates all of the event proceeds to the rescues.
This year, Knoebels Doggie Dive will be held on September 11, and the nearby Red Roof Inn Danville is an affordable place to stay after your day of fun.
SCBG Prom Night
Small dogs who like to strut their stuff will have a tail-wagging good time at SCBG Prom Night. This dog-friendly event will be held at Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Los Angeles, and proceeds benefit the National Brussels Griffon Rescue. This year’s event is themed “A Night in LA LA Land,” and dressed up attendees on two legs and four are certain to dazzle. The event will feature a live stream red carpet, professional photographer, DJ, contests and raffles, food for humans and canines, a cash bar, and a bacon water fountain.
SCBG Prom Night 2022 will be on September 4. Stay in the modern, relaxing rooms at Luskin Hotel in the heart of La-La Land. As part of the Pup, Pup And Away welcome package, guest pooches receive a tasty treat, water bowl, and waste bags at check-in.
Puppapalooza is a beach stroll and pool party for all fun-loving pups at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, NJ. The event begins with a one-mile walk touring the pier while it’s closed to the public. After the stroll, Fido will receive a canine-themed goody bag full of Morey’s Puppalooza swag and entry into the exclusive 10:30 a.m. slot at the Doggie Pool Party at Raging Waters water park. Inside the park dogs can paddle along the river adventure, frolic in the fountain pool, and fetch tennis balls in the activity area. Pups not participating in the morning walk can still purchase admission for a one-hour time slot to the Doggie Pool Party throughout the day.
The 2022 Puppapalooza will be held on September 10. Nearby, The Sand Box Motel welcomes four-legged guests with a treat, food mat, and bowls to use during their stay, and rooms have hardwood floors for easy cleanup. There’s a pet relief area on the property, or you can take an evening stroll to the famous giant red fire hydrant of Wildwood Dog Beach, one of the most dog-friendly beaches on the East Coast.
Waggin’ at the Waterpark
Greenville gives South Carolina dogs two bites at the tennis ball with its Waggin’ at the Waterpark events, hosted at Discovery Island and Otter Creek. The Splash Days are split into two categories with separate times for small and large dogs, giving nervous little pups the chance to get comfortable in the water. Furry friends can play on the splash pads, paddle in the pool, or charm the vendors for free goodies.
Waggin’ at the Waterpark will be held at Discovery Island on September 10, and at Otter Creek on September 17. Worn-out doggy paddlers can rest up at My Place Hotel Greenville, and visit The Unleashed Dog Bar nearby.
Canine Con "Harry Pawter"
Is your pup a fan of the magical world of Harry Potter? Bring him to Jefferson L. Sugg Farm Park, where pups and their families are invited to dress in their best wizard and witch garb for a magical event, Canine Con This fun day at the park will feature professional dog demonstrations, agility course demos, local rescues, pet-friendly businesses, food trucks, and rabies vaccine and micro-chipping opportunities.
The Canine Con will be held September 17. Stay nearby at the pet-friendly Siena Hotel in beautiful Chapel Hill. Pet beds, treats, and a dog room service menu are available for four-legged guests.
Bark in the Sculpture Park
Bark in the Sculpture Park is a free event celebrating the end of summer at the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park outside of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO. This fantastic dog-friendly event gives pups and their humans the opportunity to tour the sculpture park with art guides, all while indulging in plenty of pet and human treats. There will also be live music and meet and greets with the Great Plains SPCA adoptable dogs. Tito’s Handmade Vodka will offer American Bulldog "puptail" samples and swag to promote Vodka for Dog People, a program to better the lives of pets and their families.
Bark in the Sculpture Park will be held on the afternoon of September 17. Keep Fido’s trip to Kansas City full of art and culture at the pet-friendly Hotel Indigo Kansas City Downtown. Located in a beautifully renovated 1930s-era Brookfield Building, the hotel’s guest rooms are styled with travel-themed touches and the lobby features a train mural.
Held in different cities across the country, DogFest is a fundraising event that supports the mission of Canine Companions®. The organization enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing expertly trained service dogs free of charge. These service dogs make a profound impact through the jobs they do like opening doors, picking up dropped items, alerting to sounds, and much more. At each event, canine friends and their families are invited for a day of fun activities, inspiring speakers, dog demonstrations, and live entertainment.