Enjoy a great summer festival with your dog

Summertime is a great season to get our beloved dogs to enjoy the great outdoors but in some cities, they have awesome dog-themed festivals where your furry friend can have a blast, if you’re lucky to be in one of these towns, check them out!

Make sure to plan ahead and pay close attention to your pet, during these events with so many people and distractions, we can omit something that can cause harm to our dogs.

dog with clown in festival

According to the American Kennel Club, the following tips can help you keep your pooch safe:

Avoid exercising your dog strenuously on extremely hot days. Take walks in the early mornings or evenings, when the sun’s heat is less intense.

Avoid exposing your dog to hot asphalt or sand for any prolonged period; it can burn his paws.

Be mindful of your dog’s breed. Dogs that are brachycephalic (have a short head and snout), such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Japanese Chin, and Pekingese, have an especially hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-nosed dogs. Keep your brachycephalic dog inside with air-conditioning. “

Popular Summer Festivals That Are Dog-Friendly

food at summer dog festival

Sommerville Dog Festival – Sommerville, MA

Typically happens in mid-September just outside of Boston, bring your dog to enjoy great activities and participate in contests. Don’t forget to let your pooch to make some new friend too!

According to the Sommerville official site:

The Somerville Dog Festival is organized by the Somerville Foundation for Animals, which works to make sure no one ever has to choose between feeding themselves and their pets. Through your activity donations and through our sponsors’ generosity, the Festival raises money for the Foundation’s Somerville Pet Food Bank, providing pet food to food banks and outreach programs throughout Eastern Massachusetts. The Foundation also purchases one K9 protective vest for local law enforcement K9 officers each year through Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog.

Bark In The Park – San Jose, CA

Save the date: September 19th, 2020 is when you can come to this great event and let your dog have a blast 🙂

As per their official website, these are some of the awesome activities offered:

Low Cost Vaccines and $5 Microchipping, provided by PAWS 4 SJACS (Pet Awareness and Welfare Society for San Jose Animal Care Services)

Kids’ Zone Dog-themed bounce house, face painting, Doga, DIY dog toy making, storytime, dog owners in training resource tent, and kid’s agility course.

Contests, including the popular Dog Costume ContestDog/Owner Look-Alike Contest and Tail Wagging Contest

Demonstrations of dog agility and specialized dog training

More than 75 vendors with dog-specific goods and services.

Delicious food and drink at the Gordon Biersch Refreshment Garden

Misting Tent, courtesy of San Jose Water

West Fest Chicago

Although not only for dogs, this great summer festival packs a ton of entertainment, be mindful that this event is very popular so expect a lot of people but also a lot of fun!

This is what they say in their website:

West Fest Chicago is an annual street festival in Chicago’s West Town Community on Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street (1800W – 2000W Chicago Ave. Chicago IL 60622) presented by the West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce.

What makes West Fest Chicago so unique? Since 2004 West Fest Chicago stands out from the rest because it is locally planned and managed by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, thus the emphasis is on local offerings and local talent. West Fest Chicago features neighborhood retailers and restaurants, fine artists, crafters, and more. The event reflects the eclectic and hip West Town community and is also known for cutting edge live music and Chicago House DJs.

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