Three dog-friendly events this weekend

Update!  Dogtoberfest has been rescheduled for October 29, due to weather.

October is the premier month for dog-friendly events in the Kansas City area.

This weekend, you and you family can choose from three dog-friendly events.

The Pooches and KC Kids Compassion Project Pet Expo

Begin your weekend on Saturday morning, October 21,  at the Penn Valley Off Leash Dog Park near the Liberty Memorial.  The Downtown KC Optimist Club, Kansas City Parks and Recreation and DIG (Dog Park Improvement Group) are sponsoring the Pooches and KC Kids Compassion Project Pet Expo from 9 am to 3  pm.  Show off your dog in the  Pet Parade or Pet Costume Contest.  Get photos with Santa for your family holiday cards.   Shop at local vendors, share lunch at  Food Trucks, and enjoy the  entertainment.  Learn more about local  shelter and rescue groups.  The Pooches and KC Kids Compassion Project is a project of the Optimist  Club of Kansas City. This group has been helping the kids of Kansas City since 1916 and is now helping the animals of Kansas City too!

Howl-o-Ween Patio Party

While you are out, your next stop should be the Howl-o-Ween Patio Party at KC Bier from 1 pm to 5 pm on Saturday.  Everyone will enjoy fun activities and treats in the KC Bier Biergarten. This event benefits Wayside Waifs. Wayside Waifs is the largest adoption campus in Kansas City.  Each year, it places over 5400 animals in loving homes.


On Sunday, October 22, Dogtoberfest will finally be here.  You don’t want to miss this action-filled day.  The event takes place from 10 am to 4 pm at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center in Fleming Park.  Register online for demonstrations and workshops, including dock diving, sheep herding, frisbee dog demonstration, and more.  You and your pet can enjoy costumes and games for people and animals, like  bobbing for biscuits, sack races, musical frisbees, and a dog-owner look-alike contest, among others.  Take part in the 24th Annual Tails for Trails walk, a 1-mile fun walk, or relax and browse the vendors.

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