Looking for a fun fall activity to enjoy with your four-legged friend? We’ve fetched information on some of the top Texas dog festivals that will take place in October!
When: October 13 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: “Central Bark” at 765 Pearl Street in the Green area between the Julie Rogers Theatre and the Public Library in downtown Beaumont
Admission: Free (although there are fees for participating in contests)
For the 11th year Beaumont will transform into BOWmont as the city celebrates Spots with:
- a Strutt Your Mutt Parade
- canine competitions including cutest dog, best dressed dog, biggest dog, most talented dog, best tail-waggin’ and a pet parent/dog look-alike contest.
- a “spa”w
- a puppy kissing booth
- a blessing of the pets
- Madam Poodle Paw’s fortune-telling
- a photo booth
- an Adoptable Dog Show
…and much more!
When: October 14 (registration at 8 a.m, event begins at 10 a.m.)
Where: Wolf Pen Amphitheater at 1015 Colgate Drive
Aggieland Humane Society’s annual salute to sausage dogs includes a blessing of the pets, costume contest, and several Dachshund dashes.
Cedar Bark Festival
When: October 13 from noon – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Veterans Memorial Park at 2525 West New Hope Drive
The day of play in the park for a higher purpose includes the following activities:
- Let your fashion-forward Fido dress up to the K-9s for the costume contest!
- Do you resemble Rover? You might win first place in the Pet/Owner Look Alike Contest!
- Clap for the cleverness of canine as they who off their skills in various demonstrations.
- Chow down on tasty treats from food concession stands.
- Peruse an array of pet vendor booths for possible purchases of products for you pup or purring pal.
…and much more!
A happening with heart, contributions including monetary donations, blankets, large towels, canned pet food, dog treats, kitten formula, heating pads and strong dog toys will be collected at the event’s information booth for The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.
Proceeds from the Cedar Bark Festival will benefit the volunteer organization Friends of Cedar Bark Park, which improves the outdoor venue though donations, service project and maintenance.
Houston Pet Expo
When: October 13 – 14
Where: Lone Star Expo Center at 9055 Airport Road in Conroe
Admission: early bird tickets $5 per adult, $3 for a child
Both the two- and four-legged members of your family can enjoy a two-day tribute to all our fiends with fur, fins and feathers. Event highlights include a pet costume contest, a pet talent contest, pet/owner musical chairs and the chance to meet adorable adoptables from various area rescues and shelters.
Dog Days of Denton
When: October 6, 2018 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Where: North Texas State Fairgrounds at 2217 North Carroll Blvd in Denton, Texas
The dog days of summer may be over, but the Dog Days of Denton are just about the get underway! Celebrating its silver anniversary in 2018, the Fido-centric festival is a golden opportunity to enjoy a day of fun with your four-legged friend!
- Your canine companion could be deemed top dog in one of the festival’s many contests! Spot can show off his skills in the Pet Tricks competition, wow the crowd with his wardrobe choice in the Canine Couture Costume Contest, prove to the world that he’s the next “Paw”varotti in the Dog Singing Contests or a budding “Bark”yshnikov in the Dancing with the Dog Contest.
- Dogs can unleash their inner “Tyra Barks” or “Cindy Clawford” when they strike a pose for a souvenir “Glamfur” photo.
- Clap for the cleverness of canines during dog and trainer demonstrations.
- Peruse an array of vendor booths brimming with pet-themed products.
- Potential pet parents can meet adoptable fur babies from several area rescue organizations.
- A festival that helps our four-legged friends in need, pet food donations for the Denton Animal Shelter will be collected at the information booth.
- …and much more!
Pit Bull Pride Day
When: October 21 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Coyote Drive In at 223 NE 4th St.
Take a trip back in time to the days before dogs dubbed Pit Bulls were hounded by prejudice as Pinups for Pitbulls hosts a day filled with celebration and education. The event will include:
- a positive training demonstration
- Q&A sessions covering dog behavior, proper training and animal-related legal issues
- a dog costume contest
- dog photos
- a raffle
- adorable adoptables from area rescue organizations
…and much more!
Proceeds will go toward furthering the efforts of free spay and neuter clinics and provide training scholarships for adoptable shelter or rescue dogs.
Strut your Mutt
When: October 13 at 8 a.m.
Where: Stude Park in Houston
Take steps toward the creation of a better tomorrow for animals with every step you and your tail-wagging walking buddy take at Strut your Mutt, the Houston edition of Best Friends Animal Society’s annual fundraising event. Join other people and pets who have a passion for compassion as they try to reach their goal of raising $300,000 for the paws cause. Along with the casual constitutional with your canine companion, the event will also include food trucks, vendors and Fido-themed fun.
When: October 27 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Huffhines Park at 300 North Plano Road
Admission: $15 “Pawkages” includes a 2018 Pawtoberfest bandana, a 20 oz. logo beer mug, a voucher for complimentary beer and $1 off all beer refills, as well as treats for your dog.
Labs in lederhosen and Dachshunds in dirndls will proudly promenade in their apparel during the pet parade/costume contest as part of Richardson’s annual ode to Rovers, Pawtoberfest! A special Fido-centric feature during this year’s Huffhines Art Trails, the event will also include toe-tapping (and tail-wagging!) live tunes from a bevy of bands, a pet look-alike contest, vendor booths selling canine-themed keepsakes, tasty German treats for two-legged attendees, craft beers, and much more!
When: October 20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: San Marcos Plaza Park at 401 East Hopkins Street
Admission: Free (although a donation of dry pet food is requested)
Celebrating its 16th year, this puppy party in the park held for a paws cause (curbing pet overpopulation through spaying/neutering) includes pooch/pet parent contests, dog races, demonstrations for police K-9s and a dancing dog troupe, an interactive AKC rally course, a silent auction, live music, kids’ activities, pet adoptions, and much more! Proceeds benefit Prevent a Litter (PALS).
When: October 6 from noon – 5 p.m.
Where: Waco Hippodrome at 724 Austin Avenue in Waco
Celebrating dogs and Deutschland, Waco canines are invited to wag their tails to an oompah beat at a street party benefiting the Animal Birth Control Clinic. The event will include outdoor games, a photo booth and a caricature artist to capture for posterity the happiness on your pet’s face, splash pools, and German food and beer for pet parents.
Photo Credit: City of Cedar Park Parks and Recreation