Are you looking for a few pet friendly activities to get out to this summer? Look no further and check out these pet events across Minnesota! If you have any events we should add please leave us a comment below!
UPDATE: Minnesota is experiencing a canine influenza outbreak. Some events may be canceled or may require you to leave your dog at home. Please check each website before attending.
Humane Society Walk for Animals
When: Saturday, May 6, at 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: International Bazaar on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds
What: Join thousands of animal lovers and their pets to make more second chances possible for animals in need — one step at a time. Walk for Animals is back at our new home, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, to bring you and your pets even more fun, food, and chances to make a difference.
The Canine Carnival
When: Saturday, May 20, 2023 11:00 AM
Where: Wildlife Science Center, 22830 Sunrise Rd NE, Stacy, MN 55079, USA
What: Join WSC as we honor the working and playing dogs of the community! Learn about dogs and their wolf relatives, meet dog related service providers, and visit with an eclectic group of vendors while enjoying a variety of impressive dog demonstrations. Hungry? PJ’s Grill will be on-site with a delicious meal selection, and Bent Brewstillery will be providing beverages. Feel free to bring your own dog but please bring a leash.
Adult - $15.00
Child (ages 5-17) - $10.00
Ages 4 and under are free!
All About Dogs Day
When: Saturday, June 3, 2023 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr Chaska, MN 55318
What: Though dogs aren’t allowed in the main gardens at the Arboretum, on this day they’re the stars of the Arboretum’s 65-acre Dog Commons, an on-leash dog trail designed by the Nature-Based Therapeutics experts at the University of Minnesota. Dog owners are invited to come together to walk the trails, heel for photos and meet other dog-lovers. A Pet Expo features 40 pet vendors while events include a scavenger hunt, contests (cutest dog, best trick, best costume, dog-owner look-alikes), doga (dog yoga), agility demos and prizes.
Arboretum members with a dog-added membership: $5.00
Arboretum members: $15.00
Coco's Heart 5K Doggie Day
When: Saturday June 10, 2023 AT 9:45 AM
Where: Colby Lake Park, 9715 Valley Creek Rd, Woodbury, MN, US, 55125
What: Launch into summer by joining us at Colby Lake Park in Woodbury. We are thrilled to be kicking off the summer season with a fun way to support your furry friends! There will be an adoptable dog area, a kid's race, scavenger hunt, and more!! Join us at our new, "old" location and start the summer off right by enjoying a new race route, new scenery, and old friends. The new race route will start and end in Colby Lake Park this year, and we are excited to have a new area for vendors and the start/finish line. We will be using the elementary school parking lot for parking only - all events will be in the Colby Lake Park parking lot.
When: Saturday, June 10 2023, 9:30 AM
Where: Mission Animal Hospital
What: The second annual Mission Paw-looza is a community event to raise money to increase access to veterinary care for pets in need. At the Paw-looza, you and your furry companion can be part of a two-mile Fun Run/Walk and enjoy the pet and family-friendly Carnival right outside Mission Animal Hospital's front doors.
Coon Rapids - Love My Pet Event
When: Saturday, September 16, 2023 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Riverview Park, 2420 105th Ave, Coon Rapids, MN
What: This annual event features fur-tastic events such as a pet/owner costume contest, kids games and more! Event goers browse dozens of vendor booths offering pet-related products, services and resources. There's even a Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest to show off your creativity! Demonstrations, entertainment and more! Come to the pet fair with your well-behaved, leashed furry friend and have a great time meeting other pet owners!
Lakes and Legends adoption event
When: September 17th, 2023, 2-4pm
Where: Lakes and Legends Brewery 1368 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
What: Once a month, Healing Hearts Rescue brings puppies into the taproom for a "pet the stress away" adoption event! From 2-4 pm you can pet, cuddle, play, and even adopt HHR puppies and foster dogs right here in our taproom. This event is completely free and open to everyone!
Written by: Helen North
Animal Care Foundation
Providing elderly and disabled community members access to veterinary care for their beloved pet.