If you’re willing to brave the heat and humidity with your four-legged friend, you can take advantage of this list I’ve put together of the must-do, dog events in Washington DC and the greater DC area this summer:
- Pups in the Park, Apr 31 – Oct 1, 2016
- D.C Walk for Animals & Pet-a-Palooza, Sep 18, 2016
- Capitol River Cruises, Apr – Oct, 2016
- Barrel Oak Winery TGI Sunset Specials, every Friday this summer
- Doggy Happy Hour at Hotel Monaco Alexandria, every Tuesday
- Dog Days Bloom Festival, Apr 23 – 24, 2016
Pups in the Park
1500 South Capitol St SE, Washington, DC
For certain games, The Nationals allow dogs. Click here to purchase tickets. $10 from every ticket will benefit the Washington Humane Society.
D.C Walk for Animals & Pet-a-Palooza
5000 14th Street NW, Washington, DC
This event starts with a 1-mile, untimed walk around the neighborhood. After the walk, you can enjoy a variety of activities. Bring your dog and enjoy live music, pet entertainment, activities for kids, pet adoptions, and meet the local exhibitors. The walk benefits the Washington Humane Society and seeks to end pet homelessness in the community.
Capitol River Cruise
31st and K St. NW, Washington, DC
Take a Capitol River Cruise and enjoy a narrated history of many popular sites along the Potomac River. Bonus, you can bring your dog along, for no extra charge! Cruises run from April through October. They depart every hour starting at 11am and run 45 minutes in length. To buy tickets and for more details visit their website.
Barrel Oak Winery TGI Sunset Specials
3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane, VA
Every summer Friday from 4-9pm while weather permits, this winery hosts TGI Sunset Specials. They offer $4 off all bottles of wine that you can enjoy while watching the sunset. Dogs are invited to join, and are welcome inside the winery and throughout the grounds, but they must be on-leash at all times. Learn more and starting planning your Friday visit to Barrel Oak.
Doggy Happy Hour at Hotel Monaco Alexandria
480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Enjoy dog-friendly happy hour at Hotel Monaco Alexandria every summer Tuesday through the early fall, and enjoy cocktails and tavern bites while your pooch mingles with the other dogs.
Dog Days Bloom Festival
18780 Foggy Bottom Road Bluemont, VA 20135
About an hour and 15 minutes north west of D.C., you’ll find Great Country Farm. In late summer, they host the Dog Days Peach Festival. There’s fun for the whole family: Kids can play in the play area, everyone can enjoy finding u-pick peaches in the orchard, and dogs have everything from an agility course to Doggie Olympic Games and demonstrations to keep them engaged. Dogs are also welcome to swim in the farms pond throughout the day. The first hundred pups to visit the farm will receive a doggie bag of goodies and coupons to bring home! Admission is $10 per child, $12 per adult, dogs are free! For more info, visit their website.