Dog Events in Virginia

When you want to really spoil your dog, or just meet other dog owners in Virginia who are as crazy about their pets as you, there’s no better place to bring Fido than a dog event. Attend any of the dog shows, agility competitions, costume parades, festivals or fundraisers in Virginia on our Dog Events Calendar and you’ll meet hundreds, maybe even thousands, of dog lovers. And since 70% of the events listed benefit humane societies, attending one is a great way to help homeless pets too.

Pet Friendly Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland
Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland Experience the magic of Christmas with Fido! Visitors receive a free 4x6" photo with Santa. Other photo packages available for purchase. Advance reservations are highly recommended and can go quickly. Hours vary by store. See Details
Pet Friendly Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland
Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland Experience the magic of Christmas with Fido! Visitors receive a free 4x6" photo with Santa. Other photo packages available for purchase. Advance reservations are highly recommended and can go quickly. Hours vary by store. See Details
Nov. 11, 2022 –
Jan. 1, 2023

Illuminate Light Show

Illuminate Light Show Bring Fido along to Central Virginia's largest drive-thru Christmas light show, all synchronized to music. The Light Show entrance is GATE 1 on the right hand side of Rt. 30 if you are heading East. Look for the tall purple lit Christmas tree! The time it takes to complete your journey through the light show will vary based on the volume of guests, but typically between 20 and 45 minutes. See Details
BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights at the Beach Guests drive their vehicles on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk through holiday, nautical, and adventure-themed light displays, listening on their radios to a soundtrack playing traditional holiday music. Festive fish, musical crabs, and hard-working elves – all in brightly colored lights against the moonlit Atlantic Ocean - are the stars of the show. They are joined by Surfing Santa and a 40-foot tall dancing light Christmas tree! The magical light display features fish swimming overhead, color-changing archways, and light fixtures that pay tribute to the region’s Armed Forces community. Please ensure Fido is kept in the car with you at all times. Pedestrians are not allowed on the boardwalk during this event. See Details
The City of Roanoke Christmas Parade The City of Roanoke Christmas Parade begins on Jefferson Street at Elm Avenue, turning onto Campbell Avenue, going past Market Square, and ending at Williamson Road. See Details
Pet Photos with Santa Bring Fido to have his picture taken with Santa! You will leave with your pet photo in a display frame, and the photographer will also email you an enhanced photo that you can print more copies of and share with friends and family. See Details
Santa Paws at Fair Oaks Mall Bring your furry canine friend during these special hours to meet Santa in Grand Court! Reservations are recommended and can be made on their website. Photo package prices vary. See Details
Dickens of a Christmas RVSPCA Pet Costume Contest Dress your pet(s) in holiday outfits and come join the fun and laughter at this annual event. Contest check in is at 5:30 PM for participants and there will be great prizes for winners. The categories are the following: Best Holiday Theme, Crowd Favorite, Most Creative, and Funniest Costume. See Details
Grandin Holiday Lights Extravaganza Stroll or jog with Fido along the beautiful holiday light displays in and around Grandin Village businesses and residences. Afterwards, enjoy the 7-11 hot chocolate station. Registered participants will receive a goodie bag. Event benefits scholarships for local Girls on the Run chapters. See Details