Dog Events in Illinois

Mark your calendars! There are 7 upcoming events in Illinois. Use the links below to get details on each event, print directions, look at pictures, and even read reviews of last year's event. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Illinois, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with one of our pet travel experts!


2017 Spring Expo

*Pets available for adoption *Pet related and local businesses *Pet Rescues *Music *Raffles *Food *Fun activities for kids ​*Aurora Animal Control & Care Open House 12:00-3:00 **Free microchips and vouchers for $15 spay/neuter for Aurora residents! (limited quantity) Want to be a vendor? Email [email protected] for more information. Want to sponsor our event?? Email [email protected] for sponsorship opportunities.

Spring 2017 Pug Party

-Kid/Family Friendly Event -Hundreds of Pugs expected to attend! -Pass this email along to nice family and friends! -No need to bring a Pug to attend. You are invited. -P.O.P. Pugs only please! -Dress up your Pug (if they enjoy dressing up) -Please clean up after your own Pug/Pugs.

1972 Mercedes Roadster Raffle

A collaboration between Waukegan Animals Getting Saved (501c3) and Waukegan Arts District (501c3) to support animal welfare and pet-friendly tourism through the installation of pet-friendly services and amenities throughout Waukegan, IL Raffle begins September 22, 2016. Winners will be announced at Waukegan Scoop 2017 in Downtown Waukegan, IL.
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Windy City Pet Expo - Amazing Pet Expos

The Windy City Amazing Pet Expo is the ultimate pet event! Check out tons of pet-friendly exhibitors and rescues, see live demos in positive-reinforcement obedience training, and let your pet take a spin with the latest pet sports! Learn about pet care & activism, great giveaways and prizes, amazing discounts on your favorite pet products, talent and costume contests, and fabulous retailers. Plus shopping, adoptions, free nail trims, low-cost vaccinations, agility and much more fun for the whole family! Admission is FREE! Bring your pet! If you’re a pet guardian – or would love to be one – you’ll find everything you need under one roof, so you and your pet can Play, Shop, Learn, and Adopt in comfort.

Sunset Doxie Derby

Wiener takes all! Whether your tiny racer is a sure-bet hot dog, a real long shot or a Weenie Wannabee register for the Sunset Doxie Derby. Pet donations of food and care products will be accepted for local pet shelters and rescues. This event is in conjunction with the Summer Sunset 5k Run/ 2 Mile Walk and takes place before the humans race at Sunset Park, Lake in the Hills, IL. All spectators welcome! DERBY CATEGORIES/DIVISION Adult Doxie Race: -Course 35 feet in length -Open to adult Doxies 1 - 8 years old Adult Male Doxie Division (Under 15 lbs) Adult Female Doxie Division (Under 15 lbs) Adult Male Doxie Division (16 lbs+) Adult Female Doxie Division (16 lbs+) Senior Doxie Race -Course is 20 feet in length -Open to Doxies (male/female race together) 9 years+. Senior Doxie Male/Female Division (9 yrs+) Weenie Wannabees -Course is 35 feet in length -Open ANY breed of adult dogs 1-8 years old & under 30 pounds. Adult Male ALL BREEDS (1-8yrs; Under 30lbs) Adult Female ALL BREEDS (1-8yrs; Under 30lbs)

7th Annual Pet-A-Palooza “Pawrates of the Caribbean”

Ahoy Mateys, does your pet yearn for a “Pawrate’s Life?” Does your pet love to Grrrrrrrrr and be silly? Do you want to walk a plank? Come join us for our 7th Annual Pet-A-Palooza and pawtcipate in the “Pawrates of the Caribbean” themed event - - ALL PETS ARE WELCOME! A “Doggie Dash” kicks off the event and prizes will be awarded to the best time for: Senior Dogs (ages 10 & up), Large dogs, Medium dogs & Small dogs. Our Pet contests will include: “Best Pet Costume,” “Best Pet & Owner Costume,” and “Uniquest Pet Trick.” Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each of the three categories. Remember this is a fun-filled day and is all about you and your pet(s). Enjoy music with our DJ, vendors, pet caricatures, crafters, vendors, and food. Various Rescue Groups will be on-site with adoptable pets. Andy’s Frozen Custard will be handing out pupcones. The event is free, and if you wish to donate blankets, towels or kitty litter for our rescued friends, PupScouts Troop 8 will be collecting for our rescue friends located near the DJ booth. PupScouts Troop 8 will also be hosting “Bobbing for Hot Dogs” and a miniature “Scavenger Hunt.” Remember: SAFETY FIRST -- ALL dogs must be leashed, tagged & well mannered.

DogFest Walk 'N Roll Illinois

Bring Fido and get ready to have a tail-waggin' good time! This family- and pet-friendly event will include activities, music and a chance to bid on great prizes! Walk or roll along the beautiful riverfront at your leisure, or enjoy a quick walk/roll around the historic pavilion! Earn an EARLY Fundraising Gift! Anyone who raises $125 or more by September 14th will receive a commemorative DogFest t-shirt on event day! Qualify for the Fundraising Recognition Program by raising at least $250 and receive a special DogFest gift!