Frederick goes to the dogs every year with this event featuring a doggy costume contest.

Pet-Friendly Outdoor Attractions and Events

By Jessica Bieber

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

Frederick goes to the dogs every year with this event featuring a doggy costume contest.

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. 

Pawject Runway with Five-Star Lineup, Virtually, Baltimore
dog on fashion runway

This year the fashion show featuring “Softies,” animal-loving professional athletes, entertainers and activists, won't strut their stuff on the runway “modeling” a range of adorable and adoptable dogs and cats in need of a home from BARCS.  Instead, see them modeling with their pals from BARCS on the website.  They are hoping you'll be moved to make an on-line donation.  Who can resist these "Softies" with their "Softies?"

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Walk for the Animals, Annapolis
MD flag puppy design

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

Bark in the Park, Frederick
A dog sits in downtown Frederick

These annual events provide your pooch a chance to run free in one of our off-leash areas, test and sharpen his or her skills on the agility course and make new fur-friends. Bark in the Park provides wonderful opportunities for families to adopt a dog, learn different training methods, sample dog related products, and visit exhibit booths. Dog owners must bring a collar, leash, and proof of rabies vaccination for entry. Limit two dogs per owner.  Stay tuned for details.

Woof-Stock Beer, Wine and Music Festival, Cumberland
poster with singing dog

ACAS’s Beer, Wine and Music festival will be a day filled with great wine and craft beer, music, food, and raffles as well as craft and artisan vendors. Woof-Stock benefits homeless pets at the Allegany County Animal Shelter.
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Paws and Claws 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk, Frederick
Paws and Claws 5K at Baker Park in Frederick
Animal Welfare League of Frederick County

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.

DogFest Featuring Paws on Parade Walkathon, Baltimore
Dog enjoying Dogfest at Baltimore Humane Society
Baltimore Humane Society

September  21, 2020
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. 

Canine Cruise, Annapolis
Canine Cruise on Watermark for AA County SPCA
Courtesy of Watermark/Sabrina Raymond

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!

Bark in the Park, Easton
Bark in the Park Talbot Humane
Talbot Humane

October 2020

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.

Maryland DogFest, La Plata
Maryland DogFest

October 10-11, 2020

Maryland DogFest is the premier, family and dog-friendly event focused on dogs. From entertainment to dog adoptions to quality exhibitors, this two-day event has something for dog lovers of all ages.

Barcstoberfest, Baltimore

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.

More Pet-Friendly Fun
Arlo the dog looks up at his person

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