Pet-Friendly Outdoor Attractions and Events

Maryland is a doggone pet-friendly state with numerous activities to experience with your beloved four-legged family member.

By Jessica Bieber

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Frederick goes to the dogs every year with this event featuring a doggy costume contest.
Dog Days of Summer in Downtown Frederick
Photo By: DowntownFrederick.org

When you really want to treat your dog to something special, or hang out with other dog owners who love their pooch as much as you do, there’s no better place to take Fido than to a furry, family-fun outdoor event. Here’s a list of some favorite competitions, parades, and festivals that your dog will just drool over. Best of all, every one of these events benefit local animal shelters. 

Worcester County Humane Society Logo Photo By: Worcester County Humane Society

1 Boardwalkin' for Pets

April
Worcester County Humane Society annual fun event in April - the walk-a-thon on the boards! All proceeds benefit the Ocean City area's no-kill pet shelter. Bring your pet for a fun time on the boards to help the animals or "adopt" a shelter dog for the day by arrangement prior to the walk-a-thon. Registration fee.

Black Tie and Tails for Baltimore Humane Society Photo By: Baltimore Humane Society, Reisterstown

2 Black Tie and Tails

April
Bring your pup to the most unique gala event of the year, held in late April. The evening is hosted by WMAR-TV ABC2 News Anchor, Jamie Costello, and features an elegant seated dinner, tastings, live and silent auctions, and pet fashion show. Benefits the Baltimore Humane Society in Reisterstown.


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Location:
The Grand Lodge
Cockeysville, MD 21030
410-833-8848


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March for the Animals in Baltimore

3 March for the Animals

April
Join the Maryland SPCA for a walk-a-thon at Camden Yards Sports Complex outside of M&T Bank Stadium and Orioles Park in April. Costumes are encouraged for pets and owners alike.


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Location:
1101 Russell St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-235-8826


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Puppy Plunge in Annapolis

4 Puppy Plunge

April
The SPCA of Anne Arundel County hosts its annual Walk and Run for the Animals at Quiet Waters Park's measured courses during April.  Enjoy the walk and outdoor festival. 

August
In August, the Puppy Plunge  takes place at scenic Camp Letts in Edgewater in August. Owners and their four-legged friends are encouraged to participate in fun activities, including the “plunge” into the Rhode River, dog bikini contest, and puppy pie-eating contest.


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Location:
Quiet Waters Park
Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 268-4388


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Wine & Wag in Baltimore

5 Wine & Wag Happy Hours

Monthly on Friday evenings - May - September 2017
Happy Hour is even happier with man’s best friend. Head to Baltimore and join the Maryland SPCA Wine & Wag Happy Hours  for off-leash play, bobbing for hot dogs, paw painting, beer and wine (humans only) and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.  Check back often for additional dates.


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Location:
3300 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21211
410-235-8826x127


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Paws and Claws 5K at Baker Park in Frederick Photo By: Animal Welfare League of Frederick County

6 Paws and Claws 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk - Baker Park

June
Join the Annual Paws & Claws 5K Run / 1 Mile Walk at Baker Park in June.  Bring family and friends and help the animals.  Route goes through beautiful, historic Frederick. Benefits the Animal Welfare League of Frederick County.

Dog enjoying Dogfest at Baltimore Humane Society Photo By: Baltimore Humane Society

7 DogFest Featuring Paws on Parade Walkathon

September
Join the Baltimore Humane Society in Reisterstown for DogFest in September for a one-mile trail walk with your furry family member at the organization’s beautiful 365-acre wildlife sanctuary. Then, participate in dog-friendly contests and games. Enjoy demonstrations and a shelter dog showcase. 


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Location:
Baltimore Humane Society
Reisterstown, MD 21136
410-833-8848


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Bark in the Park

8 Bark in the Park - Talbot County

October
This October event in Easton features a dog show, 5K fun run, PAWrade of adoptable pets, dog trick tent, food, music, crafts, and other vendors to benefit Talbot Humane.

Ready, Set, Sniff 5K run and 1 mile walk tee shirt Photo By: Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter

9 Barcstoberfest - Patterson Park - Baltimore

October
The area's largest pet-friendly festival, Barcstoberfest attracts over 3,000 people and their pets to enjoy the Ready, Set…Sniff! 5K and one-mile walk-a-thon, great food, a beer garden, entertainment and animal activities, including the annual Howl-o-ween Costume Contest.

Dog Days of Summer Cruise on Watermark for AA County SPCA Photo By: Courtesy of Watermark

10 Dog Days of Summer Cruise

July
Get your paws wet and hop aboard Watermark's Harbor Queen for a special "dog friendly cruise" benefitting the Anne Arundel County SPCA.  Friendly on leash dogs welcome.And dogs cruise free! Enjoy a buffet donated by Graul's Market, plus music,  silent auction, cash bar and even refreshments for Fido. The top deck of Harbor Queen will feature doggie pools so "hot dogs" can cool off!


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Location:
1 Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-268-7601


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Arlo the dog looks up at his person

11 More Pet-Friendly Fun

For more pet-friendly information and fun check out Pet-Friendly Activities

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The Grand Lodge
Cockeysville, MD 21030
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Quiet Waters Park
Annapolis, MD 21403
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3300 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21211
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Baltimore Humane Society
Reisterstown, MD 21136
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1 Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
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