If you’re like me, you love taking your dog(s) out and about. As I’m always looking forward to the scorching Arizona summers to be over, I look forward to the season of pet events. The fall and winter season is a great time for pet events here because the weather is absolutely perfect. I’ve compiled a list of pet friendly events that are taking place in Arizona from October-December. Mark your calendars!
BARKtoberfest: This event is near and dear to my heart because it’s put on by Friends for Life Animal Rescue, a small local rescue in Gilbert. This year, they expect to have over 7,500 people in attendance at the event! Of course it’s all about the animals, so bring your dog! It’s one of the many fun things you can do in our dog welcoming city of Gilbert, AZ!
Dogtoberfest for Handi-dogs: This event takes place in Tucson, AZ on October 25, 2015. I’ve always wanted to go but have not yet made the hour and a half drive down south to do so. Tickets are $5 per person, with dogs being free. All proceeds to go supporting the Handi-dogs non-profit organization. Enjoy games, live music, contests and more!
AAWL Walk to Save Animals: This is a fantastic event that has been going on for several years. It happens on November 7th this year. What’s great about this event is that fact that along with tons of vendors and adoptions, it’s also a 5k walk/run! It’s always a blast to see everyone with their dogs for a nice walk around Tempe Lake. The weather is always beautiful around this time also! Wynston always enjoys the walk in his stroller 🙂
Woofstock: Woofstock is a super fun event that takes place in Chandler, AZ on November 21st. I’ve gone to this event every year for 3 years now. It gets better every time! The expansive vendor area is very impressive and they typically have fun dog sport demonstrations. It’s free to get in so bring your dog and have some fun!
Annual Doggie Street Festival: Although I’ve never been to this event, it sounds like a lot of fun! On Saturday, November 28th, you can enjoy speakers, vendors, pet products and services, food and special guests! This would be something fun to do on Thanksgiving weekend for sure.
Holiday Pet Festival: The Holiday Pet Festival put on by Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary is one of my favorites. It’s happening at Westworld of Scottsdale on December 5th. It’s free to get in and you’ll enjoy endless fun. This event was actually named one of the top 10 holiday attractions by USA Today! Enjoy photos with Santa, adoptions, vendors, on stage entertainment, vaccinations, silent auction and more. I always bring a bag of toys and food to donate while I’m there also.
Do you have any fun pet events in your area? Arizona is full of them! I plan to go to most or all of the events listed above! If you know of any other Arizona pet events going on, please leave me a comment 🙂