Upcoming Dog Events in the Washington, DC Area


So many fun and interesting events are occurring around this time in the Washington, DC area. If you live near there, or are planning on visiting with your dog, there are some great Halloween events going on, as well as information sessions, adoptions and giveaways.

Free Treat Giveaway

Alexandria PETCO

Alexandria, Virginia

October 24

If you bring your dog to the grooming salon on this day, you’ll receive a free bag of dog treats. They have different types of treats that could suit different types of dogs. It will occur all day, from 7:00 AM-7:00 PM. Good reason to finally get that dog groomed, as they offer baths, haircuts, nail trims ear cleaning and more.

DogCentric’s Spooktacular Canine Happy Hour and Costume Contest

Tommy Joe’s Restaurant

Bethesda, Maryland

October 27

This event is a benefit for the Washington Animal Rescue League. There will be dog treats and water for the dogs, and happy hour specials on food and drinks for owners 21+. The event is going to occur rain or shine, but they will provide outdoor heaters if it’s cold. Dogs must be on leash and vaccinated. It will start at 6:30, but the costume contest starts at 7:30 and goes on until 8:30. It is $10 cash at the door, and you can RSVP by emailing: [email protected].


Mutts Masquerade

Candy Cane City at Meadowbrook Park in Rock Creek Park

Chevy Chase, Maryland

October 31

This is a fun Halloween event, which will include a 2-mile fundraising walk, trick or treating for dogs, vendors of upscale pet products, dog costume contest, microchips and veterinary booths. Very informative but also in the season’s spirit! This will occur from 8-11 AM, and it costs $25 to register an individual, or $15 for children under 12. Usually around 400 people show up. Click here for more information on registration.

Pawfest 2009

The Washington Animal Rescue League

Washington, DC

November 1

This is a post-Halloween event, and will hold a shelter open house, a haunted medical center, red-tag adoption specials, refreshments, a community yard sale, live music and assorted family activities. It is free, and will occur from 12:00-4:00 PM.

New Dog Guardian Orientation Class

The Washington Animal Rescue League

Washington, DC

November 6, 20

This is a free lecture that will feature the league’s certified trainer, who will teach you all about house, chew, training, socialization and more. It will occur from 6:00-7:30 PM, and you must RSVP, as space is limited: [email protected]. This is a humans-only talk, no dogs!

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  1. There is also this event in NW DC:

    2009 Petworth Dog Walk Halloween
    a costume celebration of dogs and owners
    Wednesday, October 28, 7pm
    @ Domku Restaurant
    821 Upshur St NW

    We’ll have prizes for each of these categories:

    * Best Doggie Costume – the classic, dress ’em up!
    * Best Twins – Celebrating how dogs and owners can look alike
    * Best Trick – Costume or not, show your dog’s skills

  2. Announcing the 5th annual BowWow PowWow on Saturday, October 15, 2011
    11am-5pm ON 18TH St. NW in Adams Morgan:

    In continuing partnership with the Marie Reed Learning Center, the
    AdamsMorgan MainStreet Group and the Washington Humane Society are
    excited to announce the 5th annual BowWow PowWow to the DC community.
    This fall festival offers a fun, family friendly environment designed to educate
    and appreciate the Adams Morgan animal-centric community.

    This year we will begin the festival with the DC Walk for the Animals at Marie
    Reed Learning Center, located at 2200 Champlain St. NW, Washington DC
    20050. 100% of the proceeds of this walk will be used for pet programs and
    services for the DC metro area. To register for the walk, please visit this
    website http://www.dcanimalwalk.org. The walk is from 12-2pm.

    Following the walk, attendees can enjoy the rest of the BowWow PowWow pet
    festival, including several educational components on pet health, pet first-aid,
    and general training. There will be K-9 exhibits, information on cat and dog
    adoption, and pet-related workshops. Pets can participate and win prizes in
    interactive dog contests, like cutest puppy, least obedient, biggest dog, best dressed etc. In addition to the many pet related showcases, you will have the opportunity shop for unique pet products and accessories, as well as other specialty arts and crafts from local vendors.

    Whether you are a pet lover or not, this event has something for everyone: kids,
    adults, families, and spectators. Join us on Saturday, October 15th and tell
    your friends!

    Saturday, Oct 15, 2011
    At the Marie Reed School on 18th Street at Wyoming Ave NW
    Zip code 2009