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2024 Pet Expos, Dog Shows & Dog Events

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Are you looking to mark your calendar with some fun dog-themed events? From pet expos to the largest dog shows and agility events to major pet adoption events, we have you covered!

Dogs are welcome at many pet expos (don’t miss our post on taking your dog to a pet expo) although generally not at dog shows, unless competing.

NOTE: Check–and doublecheck–events as you make your plans. Along with checking the official website, be sure to check social media pages for additional updates.

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Pet Expos, Dog Shows & Dog Events

United States


Cynosport Dog Agility World Games

  • When: Oct. 17-22, 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: Scottsdale, Arizona

This annual event is presented by the United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. (USDAA), the world’s largest independent authority for the sport of dog agility. The multi-day event features four agility championships:

  • The Grand Prix of Dog Agility® World Championships
  • $10,000 Dog Agility Steeplechase®
  • Dog Agility Masters® International Three-Dog Championship
  • Masters Challenge Biathlon℠


California dog events

Beverly Hills Dog Show

  • When: March 4-5, 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: Beverly Hills, California

The Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina is hosted by the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills and produced by NBC. The broadcast is hosted by John O’Hurley, David Frei and Mary Carillo.

Bark in the Park San Jose

  • When: September 16, 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: William Street Park in downtown San Jose

This one-day event ranks as the largest dog festival in the US.

New Year Classic – Kennel Club of Palm Springs

  • When: Jan. 2, 2024
  • Where: Indio, California

Held the first weekend in January, this large show is considered the largest dog show west of the Mississippi River and one of the four largest AKC shows in the nation.

Pet Health Expo

  • When: April 15-16, 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: Los Angeles

Both an in-person and virtual version of this pet health event will be hosted simultaneously. The event will include a new product showcase, exhibitors, speakers, free classes for children to teach them how to examine and care for their pets, free doggy boot camps, and more.

Photo of 2023 winner in World's Ugliest Dog contest. Owned by Eileen Tanner. Shared with Sonoma-Marin Fair Marketing.

Photo of Scooter, 2023 winner.
Photo owned by Eileen Tanner. Shared with Sonoma-Marin Fair Marketing.

World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest

  • When: June 19-23, 2024 (the Ugliest Dog contest will take place just one day during the fair, which runs for five days)
  • Where: Petaluma, California

The “World’s Ugliest Dog Contest” is an annual event held in Petaluma, California, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. It’s a light-hearted and fun competition that aims to celebrate dogs that may not fit the traditional standards of beauty, but are still lovable and cherished by their owners.


AKC National Championship

  • When: Dec. 2023
  • Where: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando

AKC Obedience Classic

  • When: December 16-17, 2023
  • Where: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando


AKC National Agility Championship

  • When: March 14-17, 2024
  • Where: Perry, Georgia

Groom’d (formerly Atlanta Pet Fair and Conference)

  • When: March 8-10, 2024
  • Where: Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, Lawrenceville


Family Pet Expo

  • When: Sept. 14, 2024
  • Where: Boise

Along with shopping opportunities for pets, this pet-friendly expo will feature services including grooming, microchipping, vaccination and more.


Great American Dog Show

  • When: Jan. 19-21, 2024
  • Where: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg

Hosted by the International Kennel Club of Chicago, this multi-day event features a dog show, agility, scent work, trick dogs, an AKC Meet and Greet, vendors and much more.



World of Pets Expo

  • When: Jan. 26-28, 2024
  • Where: Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Maryland


dogs in stroller at pet expo


Frankenmuth Dog Bowl

  • When: May 24-27, 2024
  • Where: Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Frankenmuth, Michigan

Billed as the “World’s Largest Olympic-Sized Festival for Dogs,” this event dates back to 2008. Features almost 30 events (including nearly two dozen your dog can take part in).

Novi Pet Expo

  • When: Dec. 8-10, 2023
  • Where: Novi, Michigan

Dogs over 6 months old are welcome on a fixed leash with proof of vaccination.


North America Diving Dogs National Championship

  • When: October 26-28, 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield, Missouri


AKC National Tracking Invitational

  • When: September 9-10, 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: Raymond, NE

Featuring handler and dog teams that have earned the AKC Champion Tracker Title.

New Jersey

Super Pet Expo 

  • When: March 1-3, 2024
  • Where: NJ Convention and Exposition Center, Edison

A dog-friendly expo, this event offers insight into pet training, nutrition and health through talks from animal experts; pet entertainment; the opportunity to shop among more than 150 vendor booths; adorable adoptables from area rescue organizations, and much more!

New York

Photo courtesy AKC Meet the Breeds®

AKC Meet the Breeds® New York

  • When: January 27-28, 2024
  • Where: Javitz Center, New York City

Meet over 100 different dog breeds and learn about their origins, personalities and more. This large event also features demonstrations of dog agility, working dogs and more. This is a family-friendly event and you are invited to participate in games and photo opportunities including a Kid’s Zone with crafts, fun, and more.

Long Island Pet Expo – Suffolk

  • When: March 2-3, 2024
  • Where: Brentwood, NY

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

  • When: May 11-14, 2024
  • Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York City

The longest nationally televised live dog show (since 1948!) and the second-longest, continuously held sporting event in the country, Westminster is a name familiar to all dog lovers. Along with the conformation dog show, the event includes Dock Diving, the Masters Agility Championship and Masters Obedience Championship (both open to both purebred and mixed breed dogs).


Photo courtesy AKC Meet the Breeds®

AKC Rally National Championship

  • When: June 18-19, 2024
  • Where: Wilmington, Ohio

AKC National Obedience Championship

  • When: June 18-21, 2024
  • Where: Wilmington, Ohio

All-American Columbus Pet Expo

  • When: March 8-10, 2024
  • Where: Columbus, Ohio



Lehigh Valley Pet Expo

  • When: February 2-4, 2024
  • Where: Allentown, PA
National Dog Show
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA — Pictured: (l-r) Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, Bergamasco Shepherd, John O’Hurley, Papillon, David Frei, Great Dane, Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen — (Photo by: Simon Bruty)

National Dog Show

  • When: Nov. 18-19, 2023; televised on Thanksgiving Day
  • Where: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, Oaks, Pennsylvania

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia has hosted their dog show since the 1870s–and it became a national favorite with the airing of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina®, televised every Thanksgiving Day. The show itself is held the weekend prior to Thanksgiving and includes not only the conformation dog show but also Meet the Breeds and many vendors. Dogs that are not competing are not permitted at this event.

Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo

  • When: March 8-10, 2024
  • Where: The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Pet Expo

  • When: Nov. 3-5, 2023
  • Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh

One of the largest pet expos in the nation, this event spans over two acres of exhibits and demonstrations including adoption areas, disc and trick dog demonstrations, diving dog shows, and more.


dachshund races, Buda, Texas

Buda Wiener Dog Races

  • When: April 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: Buda City Park, Buda, Texas

This massive dog festival (so big you’ll need to catch a shuttle bus to the event!) features, yes, Dachshund races as well as vendors, a barbecue cookoff and a pet parade.

Heart of Texas Dog Show

  • When: Oct. 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: Bell County Expo Center, Belton

AKC-affiliated, annual, all-breeds dog show for Central Texas including Obedience & Rally Trials, Agility Trials and vendors.

Houston World Series of Dog Shows

  • When: July 17-21, 2024
  • Where: NRG Center, Houston, Texas

This Texas-sized event typically includes not only a conformation dog show but also agility, obedience, rally, barn hunt, Frisbee and much more, along with hundreds of vendors.

River City Cluster of Dog Shows

  • When: July 13-16, 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas

This large event spans over 150,000 square feet of indoor climate-controlled space and features dog shows with international competitors and vendors.


Green Bay Pet Expo

  • When: May 10-11, 2024
  • Where: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Now in its second decade, this event features vendors, dock diving dogs, a K-9 unit demonstration and more. Leashed dogs welcome.

International Shows, Expos and Events


Canadian Pet Expo

  • When: November 18-19, 2023
  • Where: Mississauga, Ontario

Canada’s largest indoor pet event includes celebrity pet appearances, grooming demonstrations and over 300 vendors.

United Kingdom


  • When: March 7-10, 2024
  • Where: NEC Birmingham

With over 18,000 dogs entered in this canine extravaganza, Crufts ranks as the world’s largest dog show.

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