Spring is here and with sunshiney days and moderate temperatures, it’s the perfect time of year to spend time with your pup outside. If your dog loves long walks and lots of new people and things to sniff, the festival life might be barking your name! Virginia is home to many fun pet-friendly festivals and celebrations, but always check festival guidelines to be sure. Also, remember to keep your pup leashed while you’re walking around so he or she doesn’t wander off to explore all of the new sights, smells, and sounds.
For The Daredevils
Dominion Riverrock is more than just a festival. It’s an all-out celebration of the Richmond riverfront complete with outdoor sports and fun musical acts. Put your pup’s athletic prowess to the test with the Ultimate Air Dogs competition or get some bonding time in with the SUP with your Pup event.
For The Clever Pups
If you love a good challenge and you own a “My corgi is smarter than your honor roll child.” bumper sticker then the Third Annual Dog Scavenger Hunt in Old Town Winchester, VA may be for you. Not quite a festival, but still a blast for you and your fur baby. Join other dog owners and their pet detectives on a quest to collect doggy treats around the town. Bring the whole family, there’s no additional admission charge for extra two-legged explorers.
For The Social Butterflies
Looking for a place to commune with fellow dog lovers while your pup makes new friends? Pet Fiesta at Reston Town Center is the place to be on Saturday, May 6th! This all day event is jam-packed with special dog events and awesome vendors. Bring the whole family and spend your Spring Saturday walking your dog along the W&OD trail, getting your faces painted, or taking in the Dog House of Style Fashion Show. Who knows, you may even leave with a new member of your happy family.
With so many pet-friendly events there’s no need to look into your dog’s pleading eyes as you whisk away to have fun or leave the fun early to race back to a lonely pup. Many Virginia, DC, and Maryland festivals and events are pet-friendly but always check the guidelines or FAQs. Finally, make sure you pack a leash, plenty of water, and snacks for you big spring festival adventure.