The Can't Miss Dog Event in Every State

Posted by Billy Francis

From “grrr-uelling” races that will put you and your pooch to your paces to black-tie events where Fido can dress to impress, dog-centric gatherings are hard to beat. Bring your pup along to mingle with other mutts at these can’t-miss dog events in every state.


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Since 2009, yellow Labs in the Yellowhammer State have taken part in the Mutt Strutt to raise money for Hand in Paw, a nonprofit organization that trains volunteer handlers and animal therapy teams to work with local medical centers, schools and human service organizations. Held in April, the popular event includes a competitive 5K race and a not-so-competitive 1-mile fun run. After the race, pick up Fido’s bandana and your T-shirt, listen to live music and visit booths at Mutt Strut Vendor Village while you wait to see who wins the coveted “Slowest Dog” award and the “Best Human + Dog Costume.”

Collapse into bed with your canine in your cozy pet-friendly room at Drury Inn & Suites Birmingham Lakeshore Drive.


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The Iditarod is the world’s most famous long-distance sled-dog race. Known as the “Last Great Race,” hardy mushers and teams of 12-14 dogs built for wintery conditions start the race in Anchorage and take on an exhausting 1,000-mile course across Alaska before finishing in Nome on the southern Seward Peninsula coast of Norton Sound. You and your pooch can join spectators in Alaska’s largest city to watch around 100 teams set off on the challenge of a lifetime.

If you don’t feel like racing in the snow, put your feet up and relax at The Lakefront Anchorage instead.


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The world’s largest adopt-a-thon and pet celebration takes place in Phoenix, AZ every year. The Annual Doggie Street Festival Phoenix is a chance for you and your pooch to scoff yummy treats, listen to great music, get tips from veterinarians, meet special guests and speakers, and take part in “pawsome” contests all day. Sign up for the VIP lounge and Fido will receive 5-star treatment all day, too.

Stay within strolling distance of the festival at Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Downtown North.


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Bark Bar in Little Rock is the first indoor/outdoor dog park bar in Arkansas, and one of the most pet-friendly attractions in the state. So it’s no wonder the venue plays host to the can’t-miss event, Bark Bar’s National Dog Day Party. Join revelers for a day of fun to celebrate man’s best friend and the bar’s birthday, which has included doggy pools, a huge fire hydrant sprinkler, a festive selfie station, doggy specials on the menu and free Spaniel Sundaes in the past. How will they treat your terrier this year?

Book a room for two at Homewood Suites by Hilton Little Rock Downtown, home to a grassy relief area outside for dogs to use before bedtime.


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The annual World Dog Surfing Championships on Linda Mar Beach outside of San Francisco is a world-famous canine event. This unforgettable competition brings together top contenders and happy amateurs alike to surf for the tandem or solo grand prize. If riding the waves isn’t his thing, Fido can try his paw at the Dog Disc or Ball-Fetch-in-Water Competitions instead.

Book this studio apartment overlooking all the action on Linda Mar Beach.


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Want to dance with your dog in the spring air? Get your tickets to the Wüffstock Music Festival in Grand Junction, CO. The annual event aims to celebrate the human-canine bond with live music, food and drink, and, of course, dogs! VIP Tickets are available and include early entrance, drinks in the VIP tent, a Wüffstock poster signed by the band, and a limited edition Wüffstock T-shirt. All proceeds benefit Roice Hurst Humane Society.

If your mutt is a maverick, then there’s no better place to stay than Hotel Maverick. Dogs of all sizes can enjoy a stroll through the grassy area outside.


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Bring your Wolfhound to Pucks & Paws Night at the XL Center to cheer on the Hartford Wolf Pack. At one of a whole host of dog-friendly minor league hockey games held around the country, Fido can catch the action from the designated pet section, then help pick out a new brother or sister at the on-site pet adoption area. Pucks N’ Paws dates vary each year and typically take place in the spring and fall.

After the action, skate back to Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown for a cozy night in an affordable hotel.


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Held every Columbus Day weekend, Greyhounds Reach the Beach is an annual event that celebrates Greyhounds and Sighthounds. Vendors, trainers, behaviorists, adoption professionals and experts on the breed flock from all over the world to take part. Local restaurants and businesses welcome the hounds, and dogs are allowed to play on the beach. Don’t miss the Greyhound parade on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk on Sunday. If you’re looking for a new pooch, Greyhounds are a great breed for new pet owners.

Greyhounds love to nap, so be sure to reserve a room for your best friend at the popular pet-friendly hotel, Atlantic Oceanside Resort.


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Mark your calendars for the Annual Jupiter Golden Jubilee, Florida’s “fur-most” Golden Retriever gathering. The event raises awareness for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, which aims to identify risk factors for cancer and other diseases in dogs. Many of the pups taking part in the study will be in attendance, but all pooches are welcome. Revelers with retrievers can soak up the sun and surf off-leash on Jupiter Beach in the morning.

Goldens of all sizes can stay at nearby Holiday Inn Express North Palm Beach Oceanview. This beach hotel has easy access to an outdoor area and is just a short walk from the pet-friendly patio at Hurricane Cafe.


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The Doggie Carnival at Forsyth Park, the largest annual fundraising event by the Humane Society for Greater Savannah, is filled to the brim with fur-raising fun every year. Four-legged guests can partake in the doggie derby, try out agility equipment, make arts and crafts projects, and much more. Held in May, organizers provide dog pools for cooling off in the Lowcountry heat and homemade treats from Woofgang Bakery to fill hungry puppy tummies.

Scope out the action from your park-view room at Mansion on Forsyth Park. Four-legged guests receive treats, waste bags and a toy at check-in.


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Sign your dashing Dachshund up for the annual Hawai’i Wiener Derby in Kaneohe. This can't miss dog event of the year invites sausage dogs to compete for the title of Grand Champion by racing in multiple heats and eventually, the finals. Separate races for puppies and senior or disabled Doxies are also held. Other breeds are welcome to attend the event and cheer on their four-legged friends, dress in costume, participate in the pup parade and shop from local vendors.

The Hawai’i Wiener Derby is held annually at various times throughout the year. Stay nearby at this Hauula Home just steps from the beach.


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Kicking off with a parade of lights, Sandpoint Idaho's Annual Winter Carnival celebrates all the things we love about the chilly season. Eichardt’s Annual K9 Keg Pull is one of its signature events. Held in the Granary District, named for the 75-foot grain storage building still occupying the site, this intense battle through the snow draws large crowds every year. Dogs of all sizes take turns running full-pelt down the snow-packed course, dragging a keg or can of beer in their wake.

Stay for a long weekend in The Gem State at Cedar Street Hotel & Suites. Dogs receive a welcome bag with treats and waste bags at check-in.


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Get ready for Chicago’s premier pet-friendly black-tie gala, PAWS Chicago Annual Fur Ball. Held at the legendary Drake Hotel, the event invites more than 800 guests and their canine plus ones to walk the red carpet, participate in live and silent auctions, enjoy a dinner buffet and dance into the night. Four-legged guests can expect an indulgent evening of excess, including crystal goblets at the dog buffet, paw-dicures, massages and pet-friendly spritzes in the Dog Spa.

You won’t have to walk far after the gala if you secure a pet-friendly room at The Drake. Fido will be pleased to see his complimentary dog bed when he gets back to his room.


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Hop on over to Westfield, IN, for Egg-Paw-Looza, an unforgettable Easter event. 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. 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.

While you’re in the area, be sure to check out pet-friendly Indianapolis, and spend the night at Staybridge Suites Indianapolis Carmel.


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Located on the outskirts of Des Moines, the Renaissance Faire at Sleepy Hollow is a vibrant blast from the past. Each year, the pet-friendly renaissance festival welcomes a wide variety of animal companions from bearded dragons and ferrets to dogs. The full street cast might even make your pet part of their story. Her Royal Majesty, Queen Catherine, is very fond of dogs and has been known to knight the ones she finds especially gallant. The fairies and gypsies invite two- and four-legged visitors into dancing circles, and vendors often leave bowls of water out to keep pets hydrated.

Sleepy Hollow lives up to its name, especially after a long day of medieval fun. Rest up for another day at the faire at the Sleep Inn & Suites Pleasant Hill.


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Help your canine companion set a new PR with the challenging but festive Psycho Wyco Run Toto Run. The 50K course consists of three 10.4-mile loops on rocky, root-bound, hilly bridle and single-track trails. Participants can sign up for a 10-Mile, 20-mile, or full 50K race. As is typical of February events, some years the course is muddy, and sometimes it is frozen solid, but the run is always a good time.

Clean up with your pup at Comfort Suites Speedway. Pet-friendly rooms are located on the ground floor for easy access to the grassy area outside.


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Catch the big game with your ball-loving best friend at Dog Days at the Park at Louisville Slugger Field. Fido is invited to join you in the pet section to watch the Louisville Bats flap their wings and hit home runs for the hounds in attendance. Proceeds from canine tickets go directly to the Kentucky Humane Society.

Treat your Terrier to a relaxing night at the 21c Museum Hotel next to the Ohio River. This downtown hotel loves welcoming canine guests to stay.


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The Mystic Krewe of Barkus is the only krewe in the Big Easy for four-legged Orleanians. In the days leading up to Mardi Gras, bring Fido to Louis Armstrong Park to join a crowd of furry friends at the Mystic Krewe of Barkus Pawty in the Park. There will be family-friendly entertainment, food vendors and more. The party culminates in the Mystic Krewe of Barkus Parade through the famous French Quarter.

Pet-friendly rooms book up early during festivities in NOLA, so act fast and reserve a room for you and your pooch at Aloft New Orleans Downtown.


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Enjoy a day playing on the frozen pond with Fido and sign him up to participate in the Dog Keg Pull race at Winterpaloozah! Additional events at this winter festival in Rangeley, ME, include wagon rides, a cardboard sled race, a firewood toss competition, pond hockey, curling, snowkiting demos, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, snow castle building, and a campfire & marshmallow roast.

Before you saddle up with your pup, rest up at the Rangeley Saddleback Inn. Four-legged guests receive treats at check-in and are free to explore the grassy relief area outside.


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Pooch Palooza Dog Festival in Berlin, MD is a day-long event entirely focused on fun for Fido. Does your pup want to give dock diving a try? Or maybe you think he’d be a total ace at lure chasing. Agile canines will surely want to dash over to the FastFetch game. If your furry best friend is a little less spry, he may prefer to enter the dog cover model search, the canine pie eating contest, the costume contest, or the tennis ball lottery.

Afterward, head up the coast to nearby Ocean City, MD. Grab a bite to eat at one of the best beachfront eateries in the country, Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill, then spend the night in a pet-friendly room at The Safari Motel Boardwalk.


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With its haunted history, Salem, MA is one of the most enchanting places to celebrate Halloween. The city’s Howl-o-ween Pet Parade is unlike many of Salem’s frightful festivities, as it’s much more cute than creepy. Dress up your pets in their best individual or group costumes, and let them parade around Derby Wharf for the chance to win exciting prizes.

Learn more about the haunted history of Salem with Witch City Walking Tours, then creep back to your cozy room at Salem Inn where Fido is provided with pet bedding, food and water bowls and treats at check-in.


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The largest Olympic-style dog event in the world is held each May at River Place Shops in Frankenmuth, MI. The Frankenmuth Dog Bowl invites guests to cheer on canine athletes as they jump, dive and retrieve with events like disc dog competitions, a barn hunt, sheep herding, and agility courses. You can also register your pet to compete in some of the 22 events, enjoy a canine cruise on the Bavarian Belle Riverboat, or let them loose in the on-site doggie play park and kiddie pool.

Watching all those canines compete can be exhilarating and tiring for you and Fido. Book a pet-friendly room at Drury Inn & Suites Frankenmuth to catch your breath and some sleep.


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Benefiting Minnesota’s Animal Humane Society, the annual Whisker Whirl is an unmissable evening of fun for dogs and humans alike. Dress Fido up in his best bowtie and pull on your glad rags for this glitzy ball to raise money for a great cause. Look out for volunteers handing out pupcakes while you eat a meal of your own, then bid on items in the silent auction. If your pooch needs a break from the action, hand him over to a canine concierge who will take him for a jaunt outside. With specialized pup props, take plenty of snaps, and be sure to tag #bringfido.

Spend the night in the mix at nearby Hyatt Centric Downtown Minneapolis, where dogs stay for free.


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Part of FestivalSouth, an annual, multi-week festival in Hattiesburg, MS, Dog Days 5K invites leashed pups to run alongside their owners in both the 5K and 2-mile races. Water stations for canines and humans are scattered along the routes. Join other “pawticipants” at the Finish Line Festival for food trucks, photo ops and a pet pageant. The event raises money for Hub City Service Dogs, one of the only training organizations in Mississippi with a Certified Service Dog Coach.

If you’re passing through town on a road trip, La Quinta Inn & Suites Hattiesburg I-59 is conveniently located to hit the road after the race.


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Billed as the world’s largest costumed canine promenade, the Purina Pet Parade combines all the fun of Mardi Gras with all the “awwws” of dogs in outrageous outfits. The best-dressed pets will be honored as court members of the Mystical Krewe of Barkus. They'll also be invited to the Coronation Pageant at Soulard Market Park, where a King and Queen of Barkus will be crowned.

March all the way to Magnolia Hotel St. Louis, where dogs stay for free.


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The Resort at Paws Up is one of our favorite pet-friendly all-inclusive resorts, but for one weekend every year the property goes entirely to the dogs. Kick off the first weekend of October with Fido at the Wine & Bitch Dinner. Paws Up’s Executive Chef will prepare a meal complete with wine pairings and dessert. Your pup can even get in on the gourmet action with some fancy dog treats. While you’re savoring the food, your pooch gets to enjoy supervised playtime with his pals at the resort’s indoor arena.

Get a good night's sleep so you can wake up and burn off those calories at the Canine Classic. Choose between a two- or five-mile hike, five-mile race or a half marathon with Fido. Your dog can participate on- or off-leash along scenic trails throughout the resort. After the events, enjoy a barbeque lunch with beer and wine.


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Take a stroll through The Cornhusker State on the Annual Walk for the Animals, Omaha’s largest dog-friendly event which raises money for Central Nebraska Humane Society. After your walk down The Keystone Trail, pay a visit to the Vendor Village and chat with local rescue groups, take part in a silent auction, check out the adoption parade and refuel with a pint and a bite to eat at the beer garden.

For an affordable stay nearby, book a room with your pooch at Days Inn Grand Island I-80. Outside, Fido can sniff out the grassy relief area.


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Calling all big dogs in the Battle Born State to attend Big Dog's Dogtoberfest in Las Vegas. Purchase a Dogtoberfest pint glass to sample a selection of more than 50 different beers, then soak it up with something from the Wisconsin brat cookout. Humans and dogs are invited to dress up in seasonal and spooky outfits to try to win prizes. Live music provides the soundtrack for attendees to enjoy and a portion of the proceeds goes towards The Animal Foundation, one of the highest-volume single-site animal shelters in the United States.

Discuss your favorite pours with your paws up at nearby La Quinta Inn & Suites Las Vegas Summerlin Tech.

New Hampshire

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For breathtaking views of the White Mountain region during the festive season, ‘pawsengers’ should climb aboard a Christmas train ride with the Conway Scenic Railroad. Santa’s Holiday Express is an hour-long seasonal journey for families to enjoy along Conway Branch. Santa and Mrs. Claus ditch the sleigh and arrive by train to delight the passengers on board. Or, buy tickets for the Bartlett Holiday Special, which rolls through the Saco River Valley in under two hours. All four-legged passengers receive a green ‘Doggy Ticket’ to keep as a souvenir.

Call in at Adventure Suites for a homely stay with your adventurous Alsatian in a pet-friendly cabin.

New Jersey

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Peace, Love and Pups. Each September, Home for Good Dogs Rescue hosts a two-day Wooftock Food and Music Festival for four-legged flower children and their people. Enjoy live music all day, food trucks, craft vendors, beer and wine, children’s activities and best of all, dog adoptions. During the event, festivalgoers can enter to win cool raffle prizes or the jackpot from the 50/50 raffle. Proceeds benefit the Home for Good Dogs Rescue.

After day one, recuperate at the Sonesta Hamilton Park Morristown Hotel nearby. Fido will enjoy the PAWS amenity package and you’ll both get a good night’s rest so you’re refreshed for the second day of the festival.

New Mexico

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Be sure to pencil Albuquerque’s Doggie Dash and Dawdle into your canine’s calendar for next year. Located at Balloon Fiesta Park, this fun gathering claims to be “New Mexico's biggest party for pets and the people who love them.” Register to run the 5K course with your pooch or stroll around the field with other dog lovers on the 1-mile dawdle instead. Then, head to the Barketplace and Beer Garden to check out vendors and toast the success of a tail-wagging day.

Before you dash out of town, catch 40 winks at Tru by Hilton Albuquerque North I-25. Accessible rooms are available with hardwood floors for easy cleanup.

New York

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The fashionistas of the furry kind hit the runway at the annual New York Pet Fashion Show in February each year. The world’s largest pet fashion show and animal rescue benefit raises money for NYC's animals with themed costume competitions, which in the past have included Country Couture and Western Wear. Beautiful Bichons and gorgeous Goldens strut their stuff on the catwalk in an attempt to win The Gold Paw Awards.

If Vogueing up and down the boardwalk isn’t enough exercise for Fido, take an evening stroll around Central Park before relaxing for the night at the pet-friendly Stewart Hotel.

North Carolina

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Get your promposals and fancy attire ready for Puppy Prom at Doggos Dog Park & Pub in Greensboro, NC. Featuring a 10,000-square-foot indoor dog park full of obstacles, a bar and more, Doggos is always a fun place to hang out, but this throwback annual event is arguably the best day to visit. Relive your high school years with your furry best friend in tow. The premier “pawty” on the canine calendar features music, drink specials, a photographer, and the crowning of a prom king and queen.

Book a charming room at the historic Biltmore Greensboro Hotel. Dogs receive treats at check-in and have room to explore outside.

North Dakota

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Travel to the Flickertail State to West Fargo for the can’t-miss dog event, Bark in the Park. Pups should dress to impress or have their best skills ready for the big show, where your talented Terriers could win prizes for best dressed, best trick, biggest ears, longest tail or join forces with you to win a lookalike contest.

For an affordable stay with lots of grass to sniff, book a room at Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham West Fargo.


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Fido is sure to have a doggone good time at WAG! A Dog Friendly Festival, an event aimed at providing fun and entertainment to all pups and the people who love them. Head to the Darby Bend Lakes area of Prairie Oaks Metro Park in Hilliard for pet-centric games, contests, and exhibits. There are trails to wander and lakes to splash in, and the route to activities leads past booths for shopping from some of the area's best dog-related product and service providers.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Columbus West is one of the area’s most popular pet-friendly hotels on BringFido thanks to a low pet fee and convenient grassy areas.


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Fetch Fido’s Easter basket and hop on over to Easter Paws at Myriad Botanical Garden. 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, and explore one of the country’s most pet-friendly botanical gardens, a verdant gem in the heart of Oklahoma City.

Walk back to the Colcord Hotel after the event and hang out with your pup in your spacious pet-friendly room.


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If sunshine, an ocean breeze and the waddle of a Corgi are some of your favorite things, don’t miss Oregon Corgi Beach Day! Your pup can dig his paws in the sand and meet new friends at Cannon Beach, one of our favorite dog-friendly beaches on the West Coast. You can shop for Corgi gifts, purchase raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items. Prizes will be given for Best Beach Bootie, Celebrity Impersonations and an owner and dog Dynamic Duo.

Land's End at Cannon Beach fills up with Corgis and their loved ones for the beach day. Book a room with an ocean view and introduce your four-legged friend to the crew.


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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 local rescues.

Seek “ruff-uge” with Fido at Fish and Loaves Bed and Breakfast. Dogs stay for free at this historic B&B.

Rhode Island

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Take on the challenge of the BoldrDash DoggieDash in Exeter, RI with your talented best friend. This 5K trail run weaves around 10 obstacles, or people and pups can take on a shorter course with five obstacles along the route. If you register early, your pup will receive a doggie bag containing a surprise inside, while humans can slip on a commemorative T-shirt to celebrate the day. In addition to prizes for best times, awards will be given for dogs in costume, too.

Explore peaceful pastures and woods at Honey Rock Farm. This pet-friendly guest house was built in the 1850s and offers a secluded stay for you and your dog.

South Carolina

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“Pawty” on at the Dog Gone Good Time Festival in Fort Mill, SC. This annual event to benefit the Humane Society of York County delivers games, a scavenger hunt, treats, vendors, music, a parade and more to dogs and dog lovers in the Upper Central region of The Palmetto State. Bring your pooch along to join in the fun at Walter Y. Elisha Park and raise money for a great cause.

Four-legged guests receive treats at check-in and are free to explore the grassy relief area outside at Wingate by Wyndham Rock Hill.

South Dakota

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Bring Fido to learn about Deadwood’s checkered past, explore the historic downtown and take part in the K9 Keg Pull on Deadwood Street. Every January, Deadwood Street is cleared of traffic for the annual event. Canine contestants are cheered on by excited crowds and owners who run beside them. Dogs are assigned a division and keg size based on their weight.

Warm Fido’s bones at Holiday Inn Resort Deadwood Mountain Grand, where ground-floor rooms are pet friendly and canines receive a treat at check-in.


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Support homeless and adoptable pets while enjoying a unique rave party and a plant-based dinner with your two- and four-legged friends at Unleashed: Dinner With Your Dog. The event includes fantastic entertainment by a runway of lovable NHA shelter dogs guided by Nashville celebrities, friends and supporters. In addition to the dinner and celebrity dog walk, Unleashed includes a silent and live auction with some of the finest Nashville-themed gifts and services benefiting homeless and adoptable animals all throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

After a 5-star gala, continue to pamper your pooch with a stay at Loews Vanderbilt Nashville.


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Put your game-face on and hustle over to the Annual Puppy Bowl at Yard Bar. This epic event begins at the Austin Humane Society with an abundance of tailgating snacks, goods from local vendors, drinks by Tito's Handmade Vodka and, of course, lots of adoptable dogs available for meet and greets. The party will continue at one of Austin’s favorite pet-friendly restaurants, Yard Bar, which hosts the annual Puppy Bowl. This game before the Big Game pits teams of “fur-ociously” cute pups taking to the gridiron in an epic display of uninhibited adorableness. The pooches go head to head to secure the coveted championship title, chosen by celebrity “ruff-erees” and VIPs (Very Important Puppy-fans).

When the final whistle blows, head back to the Renaissance Austin Hotel for a meal in the pet-friendly restaurant and a relaxing night.


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Home to about 1,600 rescued dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and farm animals on any given day, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, located in Kanab, Utah’s scenic Angel Canyon, is a place we’re truly “mutts” about. Each year, the rescue hosts a walk and fundraiser in different locations across the country including Salt Lake City and Kanab. The event brings together thousands of dog lovers to stroll for a great cause and help save animal lives.

The nonprofit also provides a place for pups to stay after they find their forever home. Designed with furry guests in mind, Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile features 40 rooms with unique pet-centric features like pull-out dog beds and pet cubbies.


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August is the month for the Dog Mountain Summer Dog Party, an annual canine-centric celebration held at one of the most epic dog parks in the country. Bring Fido to the 150-acre off-leash farm to run, play, and swim with friends on two legs and four. There will be live music by The Barnyard Incident, delicious fare from local food trucks, and a bounce house, scavenger hunt, and lawn games for families. Your pup can participate in the Doggie Walk of Fame with Pup-arazzi, and four-legged athletes can test their skills on the agility course, or enter contests. Of course, don’t leave without visiting the famous Dog Chapel.

Book a courtyard room at the nearby Fairbanks Inn, and Fido will receive treats at check-in.


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Dominion Energy Riverrock is an action-packed outdoor sports and music festival at Brown’s Island and Historic Tredegar Iron Works. Dogs are welcome throughout the weekend, but they can also star in two of the festival’s main events. The Filthy 5k Mud Run involves slogging through a massive mud pit, and you can enter your pooch in the Dog Wave. He will be thrilled to romp over trails, across a river, and finally, splash into the mud. If racing in the mud is not his thing, your pup can test his dock-diving skills at Subaru Ultimate Air Dogs.

The Commonwealth is a great place to recuperate after a day of chasing tails in the mud. Just be sure to rinse your pup off before he curls up in his complimentary dog bed.


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Held every February in Washington, the Methow Valley Doggie Dash is a spectacle to behold. Costumed dogs and their humans ski a short loop together to the delight of the crowd. A panel of experts will select one participant as the Best in Show Costume, and that winner is awarded the coveted Golden Poodle Trophy. Additional category prizes include Methow Trails Dog Passes and goodies from local businesses.

Share scenic views at Winthrop’s Mt Gardner Inn. Ask for a room with a private covered porch to share with your pooch.

West Virginia

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Who doesn’t want to celebrate hot dogs with their wiener dog? Held during National Hot Dog Month in July every year, WV Hot Dog Festival in Huntington, WV celebrates the area's unusually large amount of hot dog businesses and the local people’s devotion to dogs with a variety of fun activities like a hot dog-eating contest for humans, a pooch parade, a canine costume contest and the ever-popular wiener dog races.

Take your hot doggy bag back to Delta Hotels by Marriott Huntington Downtown for a midnight feast in your cozy room.


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Enter the Winter Park Bark Skijor Race for an intense workout and opportunity to bond with your pup. Choose between the 5K or 10K skijor loops with either one or two dogs. Racers will begin in 30-second intervals, and awards will be given to the top finishers in each distance and dog class. Your hard-working hound will be rewarded with treats at the finish line, and an award ceremony will take place immediately following the race.

Warm up with your pup at Cove View. This pet-friendly vacation rental has hardwood floors throughout and, most importantly, heating.


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If you didn’t get enough Corgi action in Oregon, bring your vertically-challenged canine to the Annual Corgi Derby in Pine Bluffs, WY. Hosted by Cheyenne Animal Shelter, this event on Kentucky Derby day will crown the fastest canine with a very special Corgi trophy. Pet parents with different breeds can still enter pups into the Mutt Round, which sees up to 50 dogs racing for a prize. If you are planning a longer stay in the area, head to Dogtoberfest at Freedom's Edge Brewing Company in Cheyenne a few days later, another event that raises money for the shelter.

Between events, enjoy a spacious room at Best Western Plus Frontier Inn, where winning and losing Corgis are all rewarded with treats at check-in.

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