Want to have an active social life, attend lots of events, but don’t want to leave your furry best friend at home? Here is a list of events you can attend WITH your beloved pup, and get to spend quality time with them too!
Sunday, Sep 2: Summer Dog Swim
We may have said goodbye to the hot summer months but the heat remains, and our furry pals are dying to splash about in the water! Thankfully, the city is working with swimming pools across the city to open their doors to our furry companions and have the best day ever!! The Blantyre Park Outdoor Pool, Halbert Outdoor Pool, Knob Hill Outdoor Pool, Goulding Outdoor Pool, Ledbury Outdoor Pool, High Park Outdoor Pool, and Rotary Park Outdoor Pool will be welcoming doggos THIS SUNDAY from 4 pm to 5 pm, while Greenwood Outdoor Pool, Monarch Outdoor Pool, and Stanley Outdoor Pool will do so from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
All dogs must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older, and there is a limit of two doggos per adult. Owners are told to bring proof of current vaccinations for their dog and encouraged to bring their dog’s favourite toy and bring another toy to donate to Toronto Animal Services Shelters. We have never heard of anything more heart-warming. Tell your friends! Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/936678793185972/
Monday, Sep 3: PROMISE Cherry Beach Summer 2018 Finale
PROMISE on Cherry Beach is hosting its finale to give Summer 2018 one last goodbye on Monday, September 3 from 3 pm to 11 pm. This music and socializing event is for those who enjoy dancing to the DJ spinning house, techno, dub, disco, electro, and beach party grooves on the beach. This event is for owners and pups who aren’t easily overwhelmed by loud music and big crowds, so you have been warned!
That being said, four-legged friends are totally welcome, and participants are encouraged to bring their picnics, hammocks and anything else that will make their beach experience perfect. Tickets cost whatever you can spare, but a $20 donation is encouraged.
Reserve your ticket online (in case the event reaches capacity), see more info on the food, the DJs playing, and more here: https://cherrybeach.ilovepromise.com/
Friday, Sep 7 – Sunday, Sep 9: Taste of the Kingsway 2018
What a perfect opportunity to discover international cuisines, enjoy some live entertainment, and eat some delicious food with your faithful doggo by your side. You may have heard of this event from previous years, as it gets bigger and better every year, with over 100 vendors and exhibitors to participate this year. Stretched across Bloor Street West, from Prince Edward Drive to Montgomery Road, this event will also host demonstrations and interactive exhibits for you to enjoy.
Now for the best part: the Scotiabank Dog Show!! Pups will take front row and center at this event from 1 pm to 3 pm, where all of the proceeds go to the Etobicoke Humane Society. Some of the categories to be competed in include: Best Costume, Best Groomed, Best Looking, Best Trick, Cleanest Teeth, Owner/Pet Look-A-Like, Truest to the Breed, and Waggiest Tail!
For more information: http://thekingsway.ca/event/taste-of-the-kingsway-2018/
Saturday, Sep 8: Zen Dogs Wellness DOGA Class at Veg Fest
Join ZEN DOGS WELLNESS for their special dog yoga session FOR FREE at the Veg Food Fest! This is a great food festival at the Harbourfront Centre where entrance is free and dogs are a-plenty. Starting at 12:30 pm on Saturday, participants need to bring their own yoga mat and a non-retractable leash for their pup.
ZEN DOGS WELLNESS host several great events that we have featured before, and this is a special one that you shouldn’t miss. The Doga classes are all about showing your furry best friend the love, appreciation and attention that they deserve.
Sunday, Sep 9: Blair’s Run 2018 in Cabbagetown
Don’t let the title intimidate you, this is a 2 km walk through the streets of Cabbagetown, so walk or run at your own pace with your pupper by your side. ALL of the proceeds from this event will be used for children’s programming at Riverdale Farm and the revitalization of Riverdale Farm’s poultry barn. Every dollar donated up to $30,000 will be matched by Burnbrae Farms. So join the lovely folks at Riverdale Farm on this special occasion for a good cause, at the corner of Carlton and Parliament, rain or shine!
Registration is at 8 am for $25 on the day or $20 in advance, while the actual walk/run starts at 9 am. There will be awards and prizes to give away at the finish line, so for a full list of the sponsors, prizes and more info, visit: http://blairsrun.ca/
Sunday, Sep 9: Doggy Paddle at Cherry Beach
This is the last doggy paddle event they are hosting this year so attendance is sure to be high, get your tickets ASAP! If tickets are sold out, come along anyway to watch what will surely be a fun session.
This is a 2-hour exercise for your pupper to build their core strength, ,balance and get a great workout on the paddleboard and in the water! Beginners and experienced folks and pups are all welcome to enjoy the most out of the rest of the summer. This event is hosted by Surf the Greats instructors certified by Paddle Canada, the International Surfing Association and Yoga Alliance. More info on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/127331584805859/?active_tab=about
Sunday, Sep 9: Senior Dog Seminar
This one is a very specific event, but one that we thought was important to include, for those with senior dogs who might be slowing down, or having difficulty getting up and moving about. While it is priced at $259 plus tax, it will be a very informative course about your beloved dog’s health conditions such as arthritis, hind end weakness, canine dementia, orthopaedic and neurological disorders, amongst others. Participants will gain hands-on practice after the lecture in order to approach their dog’s conditions proactively in the future. They will learn about pain assessing, exercises for the home, massage and acupressure techniques, senior proofing the house, assistive devices for pets, and more.
Your senior doggo is lucky to have you as their owner, and knowledge is power! More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2146622655570035/
Saturday, Sep 15: Park & Bark Dog Show
This outdoor event at Yonge & Davisville earlier this year was a big hit, so now it’s back from 9 am to 3 pm! Bring your pupper to this big puppy party at 1943 Yonge Street, in the east side parking lot. This is a FREE event that focuses on community and neighbourhood bonding, together to be enjoyed with dogs, families, and dog lovers alike. It is put together to exchange information with participants, exhibitors, shop, hear about great new products, learn about new pet services, make friends and more!
Expect to see free giveaways, contests, exhibitors, speakers on pet topics, experts, food, and friendly faces all around. For more info, visit: www.parkandbarkdogshow.com
Sunday, Sep 16: Toronto Artisan Market in Christie Pits Park
Hosted by the same folks that organize the arts market at Trinity Belwoods Park, this event is for arts & crafts lovers who wish to admire works from local artists and artisans with their pup in tow. Taking place at Christie Pits Park from 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday, it is always a fun and lively event that brings in lots of art lovers from all around Toronto and beyond.
If you’re looking for a chill atmosphere and are in the mood to shop for beautiful, unique, local pieces, then this is the event for you! For more info: https://www.torontoartisan.com/
Saturday, Sep 22: Park & Bark Show in Leslieville!
Same event as the Saturday before, but in Leslieville this time! Taking place at 1151 Queen Street East from 9 am to 3 pm, join at this location or at Yonge and Davisville the week before, but whatever you do, make sure you don’t miss it. www.parkandbarkdogshow.com