October marks the continuation of Arizona pet events, as the weather finally begins to cool down! It’s starting to feel like fall, and we can actually get outside to enjoy more time with our dogs. Here’s a list of upcoming Arizona pet events for fall and winter 2016.
Arizona Pet Events
BARKtoberfest: The 17th annual BARKtoberfest, put on by Friends for Life Animal Rescue, takes place on Saturday, October 8th from 9am to 3pm at the Gilbert Civic Center. BARKtoberfest is “a party in the park for dogs and their human families. The East Valley Tribune’s 2015 “Best Annual Event” in Gilbert, this event has grown each year and we expect to have over 7,500 people in attendance!” All fixed, leashed and vaccinated dogs are welcome. Enjoy dog adoptions, contests, games, food and demonstrations. Free admission.
Strut Your Mutt: Put on by Best Friends Animal Society, Strut Your Mutt is a nationwide event. It comes to Freestone Park in Gilbert on October 15th from 8:30am to 12pm. The walk route is about 1.5 miles and afterwards you can enjoy fun games, exhibitors and kids crafts. Click here to register!
AAWL Walk to Save Animals: This event is at the top of my list of pet events to attend every year. It takes place at Tempe Town Lake and you can register for a 2k or 5k walk. Not only is the walk a breathtaking one, with views of Tempe Town Lake surrounding you, but the pet fest is just as fun! Your pet can get blessed, have their photo taken with Santa and get lots of free samples! You can sign up as an individual or as a team. See you there!
Dogs’ Day in the Garden: This dog-friendly event takes place at the Desert Botanical Garden on November 5th from 8am to 2pm. You must pay general admission which includes activities, dog treat samples and special presentations. There is an additional $4 admission fee per dog, which benefits the AZ Humane Society. See all of the details here!
Woofstock: Woofstock is an event that I enjoy going to every year. It takes place in Chandler at Tumbleweed Park from 9am to 1:30pm on November 19th. Admission is free, and you can enjoy a plethora of vendors, pet adoptions, entertainment and demonstrations. You won’t want to miss this fun event!
Holiday Pet Festival: This is my favorite fall/winter pet event! The 7th annual Holiday Pet Festival is a MASSIVE pet event that takes place at WestWorld of Scottsdale on December 3rd from 10am to 6pm. Have fun indoors in comfortable, heated conditions. At this pet-lovers paradise you can take advantage of endless vendors, pet care professionals, demonstrations, arts & crafts and adoptions! There will be discounted vaccinations and microchips. See you there 🙂 Free admission.
12k’s of Christmas: Into running? Want to hit up another pet event? Looking for some family Christmas fun? Look no further than the 12k’s of Christmas! Taking place at Freestone Park in Gilbert on December 10th, the 12ks of Christmas offers a 12k run, 6k run and 1.2k run. Get the full Christmas experience with Santa’s Pet Village, Christmas caroling and Christmas Bazaar. Register and get more info here!
Have any Arizona pet events to add to the list? Let me know of them so I can include them! Do you plan on attending any pet events in the upcoming months?
*Please use caution when bringing your dog to pet events. Be sure they are comfortable in crowded areas with other dogs. Sometimes it’s better to leave your dog at home if you’re not sure how they will act in such a situation.*