St. Louis Pet Festivals
The biggest and coolest pet festival of the year is this weekend: The Humane Society of Missouri’s Annual Bark in the Park at Cricket Field in Forest Park.
Bark in the Park is the perfect place to bring your animals out to enjoy some outdoor time and friendly sniffing, as well as to get some free treats!
When: This Saturday, May 19th from 10am to 3pm.
Cost: Registration is $25 for adults and $5 for children (15 and under) and gives you access to all the fun activities happening throughout the day as well as a 2012 Bark in the park t-shirt. You can register online in advance or on the day of the event.
Activities: Enjoy performances by the Purina Incredible Dog Team at 10:15am, 12:15 and 2:15pm. The dog walk starts at 11am. There is a silent auction at 1pm and the fun pet contests start at 1:30pm. Additionally, there will be fun events for the whole family: such as bounce houses and inflatable mazes, agility games for your pets, live Bluegrass bands and face painting.
Food: Just what every dog loves – plenty of small children running around with delicious foods like kettle corn and funnel cakes, just waiting to be dropped so they can snatch it up. Also check out Kenrick’s Meat and Catering and more.
Who will be there:
- The Humane Society of Missouri will have their mobile adoption trailer there with dogs and cats available for adoption
- Longmeadow Rescue Ranch’s Barn Buddy Ambassadors will be there with Twister the miracle horse, Calypso the mini horse and Juniper the mini donkey, along with other farm animals
- Pet rescue groups Mutts-n-Stuff, Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, and Support Dogs, Inc
- Local Missouri vendors will have tents for shopping
Where to Park: There is plenty of free parking near Cricket Field at the Forest Park Visitor’s Center Lot, on the street and at the Upper Muny Lot.
Can’t make it to Bark in the Park, but want to take your dog out to a fun pet event in St. Louis this Summer? Check out some of these other pet events happening in St. Louis this Summer:
Yappy Hour at the Boathouse in Forest Park on Wednesday, June 6th from 5-7pm. The cost is $5 and benefits Forest Park Forever.
Corgi Jubilee at the AKC Museum of the Dog on Saturday, June 9th from 11am to 3pm. It is the annual fundraiser event for Faery Tails Corgi Rescue of St. Louis. There will be shopping, silly contests, a silent auction, and raffle ticket prizes. All corgis, corgi mixes and other well behaved and leashed pooches are welcome to attend.
The Dina and Doggie Dash on Thursday, June 28th from 6-9pm. This is a fundraiser event to help benefit Tenth Life Cat Rescue. Bring your family, friends, and dogs to Murdoch Perk Restaurant (corner of Murdoch & Macklind). Eat, drink, chat, and learn what the event’s theme will be before heading down the street to Pawsitively Fintastic Pet Supplies to enjoy complimentary desserts and fun activities.
Paddle with your Pooch boat races at the Boathouse in Forest Park on July 15th from 1pm to 4pm. Register to compete online in advance for $40 or just come out and enjoy the festivities with your pet for free.
St. Louis Pet Lovers Expo at the St. Charles Convention Center on October 20th from 10am to 6pm. This is a free event with over 150 exhibits, from Rescue groups to pet spas and doggie daycares to vet referral centers, pet bakeries, grooming businesses (including mobile), pet portrait artists, and stylish and unique pet accessories, along with items for you the pet owner and your home, including Scentsy, The Flower Petaler, Diamond and Jewelry Brokers and more. There will also be prize giveaways, a mega adoption event, discounts on vaccinations, medications such as flea and heartworm preventatives, free nail trims, agility and obedience demonstrations, live entertainment and fun activities. Bring your pet and enjoy a day of fun!
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