The Dog Days of Summer

The endless heat wave that has been this year’s summer in Richmond might be nearing the end of its reign as we slowly creep into the fall months. With the cooler months, the city comes alive with the endless festivals and events that cater to families and family pets alike. For pet owners, here is a list of fantastic events happening in the city that welcome you and your pup. 

We all love our incredible city shelter and one way to show them how much we appreciate all of their life saving efforts is to support their incredible events. Grab your swimmies because on September 15th, RACC is hosting their Paddle for the Pups event at the Huguenot Flat Water Park. There is a $30 entry fee (but it gets you a super sweet t-shirt) and you must bring your own kayak, SUP, or set of floaties. 

The Richmond Dog Festival is returning for 2019 at a new location at Chimborazo Park on September 21st. The event is hosted by Enrichmond and while there is no entry fee or ticket sale, there is a suggested donation of $1. If you haven’t heard of Enrichmond, they are a 501(c)(3) public charity and their mission is to enhance our amazing city parks. Go out and support the festival as all funds raised will go to Friends of Chimborazo Park for cleaning and maintenance of the Chimborazo Dog Park. In addition to dog and pet ownership centered vendors, there will be live music, craft beer and food trucks.

If you are booked for September and are one of those that enjoy planning ahead, there are several events on the calendar for October. If you have not already been tracking Manchester’s newest brewery, Dogtown, then you will want to make sure to put Dogtoberfest on your radar. On October 12-13, the Dogtown Brewery and The Dogtown Dish has a big Oktoberfest style party planned. There will be an oyster roast, beer and music. Does a Richmonder need anything more?

Interested in something that is a bit more consistent? Check out my Paws on the Patio event on Facebook! We try out a different brewery every third Thursday of the month and I would love to meet you and your pup.Dog snacks are provided (the fancy, all organic, super healthy ones) but people snacks are dependent on the food truck or brewery situation. 

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