San Francisco is arguably the most dog-friendly city in the country. A place where dogs outnumber kids is bound to have some outrageously fun events for dogs, and we’re highlighting some of the best the Bay Area has to offer.
Golden Gate Park
- Hosted by San Francisco Animal Care & Control
- Pet costume contest and parade
- Meet SFPD’s K9 units and watch their demonstration
- Lots of adoptable pets!
- Every October in Golden Gate Park—this year marks the 23rd annual event!
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107
- Take your furry friend out to the ballgame!
- Strut your stuff at the pre-game costume contest
- Advance registration required and space is limited—$90 gets you a bleacher seat and admission for your dog
- A portion of the benefits go to the San Francisco SPCA
- One dog per adult, and dogs must be at least 6 months old
- Fundraiser for non-profit organization PAWS
- 21st annual event held in May at the swanky Fairmont Hotel
- Reception, including hors d’ouevres for dogs and humans
- Silent auction and live entertainment
- “Top Dog” attire suggested
- Fundraiser for the Best Friends Animal Society to save homeless pets around the country
- Prizes for top fundraising teams
- 5k walk or run with your pooch
- Vendor booths, food, and music
- Nationwide fundraising goal: $3 million
- Part of the Sonoma-Marin fair
- World-renowned event applauds imperfections
- Appearances by radio and TV personalities
- This year’s winner was a Chihuahua/Chinese Crested dog from Van Nuys, California
- Pet festival, carnival, and parade in Duboce Park
- A number of contests, including: best trick, best costume, best ears, best bark, and more!
- Free to attend $20 registration fee for competitors
- Proceeds benefit San Francisco Unified School District
201 Alabama St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
SF SPCA Mission Campus
- Runway show for the dogs
- Fabulous prizes available for the winners!
- Proceeds benefit the San Francisco SPCA
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
- Tons of exhibitors and giveaways
- Obedience and agility demonstrations
- Live entertainment
- Free nail trims and discounted vaccinations
- Latest and greatest pet products
- Dozens of rescue groups and adoptable dogs!
The Bottom Line
If you want to go to a dog event done right, you’ve got to go to San Francisco! These dog lovers go all out for costume contests and fundraisers to help our furry friends, so you’re guaranteed to have a blast.