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 Norfolk Botanical Gardens' Sunday Dog Days
Norfolk Botanical Gardens' Sunday Dog Days Enjoy the grounds of the Norfolk Botanical Garden with your furry friend! There are multiple spigots for freshwater throughout the garden, but bring your own bowl to keep Fido hydrated. Dogs need to remain leashed. Please note that Fido isn't permitted in the Children’s Garden, Butterfly House, or on trams or boats. See Details
Pet Friendly Pups on The Patio
Dec 25, 2023 – Nov 4, 2024

Pups on The Patio

Pups on The Patio Tails will be wagging at this pup-centered event! Mingle with other dogs and dog owners while you sip on your favorite drinks and savor delicious bites. Fido will even be able to enjoy his own treats and doggie refreshments. See Details
The Washington Pug Meetup Bring your Pug, Puggle or pug-loving four-legged sibling out for a play date! The meetup will be in front of the puppy area at Shirlington Park. Fido can run and play with his friends in the fenced area. See Details
Barkfit Doggy Yoga Spend your morning doing yoga with your favorite furry friend! This is an excellent opportunity to bond with your pup and create a deeper connection. A mat will be provided, but make sure to bring enough treats and water for your pup! All body types and exercise levels are welcome. Check their website for more information. See Details
Jan 16 – Feb 29

5 After 5

5 After 5 Walking your pup on cold winter nights can be brutal so Ruff is making it a little sweeter for the months of January and February! Bring your pup any night of the week after 5:00 pm for $5 park entry. There will be a different drink featured each night for $5. Come hang out under a heater and meet new friends while your pup gets his energy out! Be sure to register your dog online in advance. See Details
Frolick Small Puppy Playgroup Bring your puppy out for an evening of fun! There will be staff on-hand to help ensure positive play and demonstrate the low agility obstacles. Pups must have completed all vaccinations as well as be under two years old and 30 lbs or less. The playgroups will be on January 19, February 23, March 22 and May 3. See Details
All Dogs Frolick After Dark Bring your pup to have some fun indoor exercise and tire them out before the weekend. All dogs are welcome and no reservation required. A staff member will be on-hand to demonstrate the agility and exercise equipment. This event will be held on January 26, March 1, April 5 and May 10. See Details
Frolick Small Dog Playgroup Bring your small dog out for an evening of fun! There will be staff on-hand to work with your dog over the agility course as well as demonstrate the dog treadmills and balance equipment. All pups must be under 35 lbs. The playgroups will be on February 2, March 8, April 12 and May 17. See Details
Frolick Large Puppy Playgroup Bring your pup out for an evening of fun! There will be staff on-hand to work with your dog over the agility course as well as demonstrate the dog treadmills and balance equipment. All pups must be over 30 lbs. The playgroups will be on February 9, March 15 and April 19. See Details
Paint with your Pup Bring Fido out to this paw-tastic painting event! You and your canine best friend will be guided through creating a paw print painting together. More energetic pups will be able to unleash their inner Picasso and create a more abstract painting with their paws. Tickets are limited and include all materials needed to create a painting. It is recommended that you arrive 10-15 minutes early. Please wear clothing you don't mind getting paint on. See Details
Henrico Humane Society's Annual Pet Expo Bring Fido to this indoor event to enjoy a day of fun and excitement! A range of activities and exhibitors will be available for the whole family to explore. There will also be a chance to meet adoptable dogs eagerly awaiting a new family. All proceeds from the Pet Expo help Henrico Humane Society rescue dogs and cats from across Central Virginia and place them in loving, forever homes. See Details
5k Beer Run x Tradition Brewing Co Run, jog or just take a stroll with your canine friend at this 5K event! Register online in advance and check in before the race. Once you cross the finish line, you'll receive a free craft beer from Tradition Brewing Co, a choice of a collector’s pint glass or seasonal swag item from the Brewery Running Series, a chance to win sweet door prizes, and access to event festivities like live music, games, goodies and giveaways. Pups must remain leashed. After the race you and your pup can hang out on the pet-friendly patio at Tradition Brewing Co. See Details
Beer and Hot Drinks Festival Bring your pup out for a fun day of play, food and drinks! Attendees 21+ can enjoy sampling brews from over 40 breweries. You will also be able to compete in festival events for prizes, take pictures in the photo booth, hear live music and more. Fido can even run and play in the fenced dog park during the festival. Pup cups and peanut-butter filled Kongs will be provided for furry guests. See Details
All Dogs Frolick After Dark! Bring Fido for some fun indoor exercise with other pups. No reservations required, just drop in with your canine pal. Staff members will be on hand to show you how to use the agility and exercise equipment. See Details
5k Beer Run x Dynasty Brewing Run, jog or just take a stroll with your canine friend at this 5K event! Register online in advance and check in before the race. Once you cross the finish line, you'll receive a free craft beer from Dynasty Brewing, a choice of a collector’s pint glass or seasonal swag item from the Brewery Running Series, a chance to win sweet door prizes, and access to event festivities like live music, games, goodies and giveaways. Pups must remain leashed. After the race you and your pup can hang out on the pet-friendly patio at Dynasty Brewing. See Details
5k Beer Run x Steambell Beer Works Run, jog or just take a stroll with your canine friend at this 5K event! Register online in advance and check in before the race. Once you cross the finish line, you'll receive a free craft beer from Steam Bell Beer Works, a choice of a collector’s pint glass or seasonal swag item from the Brewery Running Series, a chance to win sweet door prizes, and access to event festivities like live music, games, goodies and giveaways. Pups must remain leashed. After the race you and your pup can hang out on the pet-friendly patio at Steam Bell Beer Works. See Details
5k Beer Run x Aslin Beer Co Run, jog or just take a stroll with your canine friend at this 5K event! Register online in advance and check in before the race. Once you cross the finish line, you'll receive a free craft beer from Aslin Beer Co, a choice of a collector’s pint glass or seasonal swag item from the Brewery Running Series, a chance to win sweet door prizes, and access to event festivities like live music, games, goodies and giveaways. Pups must remain leashed. After the race you and your pup can hang out on the pet-friendly patio at Aslin Beer Co. See Details
Super Pet Expo Chantilly Friendly leashed pups are welcome to join your side as you shop from over 150 local and national pet exhibitors. You'll also have the chance to meet experts specializing in training, nutrition and health. See Details
Freedom First St. Patrick's Day Parade and Shamrock Festival Bring Fido along to Roanoke's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration! Please ensure Fido is leashed at all times and that you pick up after your pups. The parade begins at 11:00 AM on Jefferson St. at Elm Ave., and continues to Campbell Ave. ending at Williamson Rd. See Details
Saint PUPtricks Day Party Join Critter Sitters and More for this fun event. If it's your first event with the group, you're asked to review their club guidelines prior to attending. The event will feature a walk, green pup cups, musical cones and more! See Details