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Dog-Friendly events happening in Canada this May

Updated: May 12, 2023

May is here and what better way to enjoy it than to attend dog-friendly events with your furry best friend? There are many pet-friendly events happening in Canada this month that are perfect for a fun day out with your pooch. Here are seven dog-friendly events happening in Canada this May.

Victoria Pet Expo, Victoria, BC

Taking place on May 6th and 7th at Pearkes Recreation Centre in beautiful Victoria, BC, this two-day consumer event is the perfect opportunity for you and your furry friend to enjoy a fun-filled outing together. Whether you’re looking to connect with other like-minded pet owners, searching for new products to keep your pet healthy, or simply want to capture your pet’s best angle at one of our photo walls, there’s something for everyone at the Victoria Pet Expo. This year’s features include live animal entertainment, training tips and techniques, giveaways, door prizes, and much more. Plus, you won’t want to miss the live performance by Sara Carson & The Super Collies, and the popular Dachshund Dash Wiener Dog Races. Join us for an unforgettable weekend of fun, education, and connection with fellow pet lovers!

Location: Pearkes Recreation Centre, Victoria BC Date: Saturday, May 6, 2023 & May 7, 2023 Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Toronto Dog Moms are hosting a Bark & Brunch event, where you and your furry friend can enjoy a delicious meal. You can choose from a set menu including brunch favourites, while your furry friend will enjoy human-grade meats, fruits, and veggies in wholesome recipes generously provided by Mo’ Greens! You will also get to take home a little gift bag. Don't miss the chance to meet like-minded dog parents and their pooches.

Location: Fox & The Fiddle City Place - 17 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON Date: Saturday, May 6, 2023 Time: 11:00 am


Save the date for Saturday, May 6th, as the Markham Dog Alliance teams up with Sketches By Skip and Free Korean Dogs to throw a SUPAW PAWTY for all the dog moms out there! The event will take place at Berczy Square, located at 5 Nipigon Avenue in Markham, Ontario from 12-4pm, and admission is free.

Enjoy a stroll through the Mother's Day themed vendor market featuring local vendors. In addition to the vendors, the event will feature a DJ spinning a curated set of music for Mother's Day. Don't forget to take breaks at the three local dog-friendly businesses in the plaza, including The Bernese Barista, Armor The Pooch, YGO Tea and Juice Lab, which will each have an activity for your pup and you to take part in, such as a themed photo booth, giveaways, and games.

As an added bonus, Free Korean Dogs will be on hand to showcase their adoptable dogs, so be sure to stop by their booth to learn more about their organization. Although admission is free, be sure to sign up on Eventbrite if you'd like one of the 200 free gift packs of vouchers and giveaways.

Location: Berczy Square - 5 Nipigon Avenue Markham, ON

Date: Saturday, May 6

Time: 12-4pm

Price: FREE

Join Dexy Paws for a walk and brunch event, starting at the Brazen Head Irish Pub. Meet other dog-lovers and purchase any goodies at their booth outside Brazen Head from 10 am to 11 am. The walk will kick-off shortly after 11 am and after we invite you to join us for a delicious brunch at the Brazen Heads dog-friendly restaurant. They have a patio that welcomes dogs, and a special menu that is sure to delight our furry friends and ourselves too.

Location: Brazen Head Irish Pub, 165 E Liberty St, Toronto, ON M6K 3K4

Date: May 7th

Ticket Price: Free admission (brunch is optional)

Location: Ancaster Fairgrounds Concession Building

Date: Sunday, May 7th: 10 am - 4 pm

Ticket Price: $3 (children 12 & under free)

Come out and support local makers and enjoy some delicious desserts and sweet treats. With everything from BeaverTail pastries, butter tarts, gourmet marshmallows to cheesecakes and everything in between-you’ll want to try everything. Featuring top bakers & chefs, 70+ vendors & artisans, grab lunch or a snack at their food trucks, swag bags for the first 25, prizes, giveaways, free on-site parking, and so much more.

Petapolooza brings together pet owners and enthusiasts within our community. It gives our community the opportunity to meet industry professionals, rescue groups, and others in the pet industry. This event has grown in the last few years to be one of the City’s largest outdoor events, and attendance has more than doubled in the last 3 years. This year they are moving the event to a larger outdoor space as they anticipate continued growth.

Location: Esplanade Park

Date: Saturday, May 13th, 2023

Tickets: $5 donation, with free admission for seniors 55+, children under 12, and pets.

Looking for a unique and dog-friendly date night experience in Vancouver? Look no further than "Big Dog Energy," the city's best dog-friendly comedy show featuring local and international comedians at The MOTN on Thursday, May 25th from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Hosted at The MOTN located at 1826 Triumph St, Vancouver, BC, "Big Dog Energy" offers a one-of-a-kind experience for both humans and dogs alike. Ever wish you could bring your furry friend to a live comedy show? This is your chance! The event welcomes socialized dogs and humans of all shapes and sizes to enjoy the show.

The comedy show will feature strong language and adult-themed comedy, with a strict age limit of 19+ and no minors allowed. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a fun night out with your furry companion, so be sure to grab your tickets and come out for a night of laughs at "Big Dog Energy."

Date: Thursday, May 25th, 7:00–8:30 p.m

Location: The MOTN, 1826 Triumph St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1K3

Tickets: Early Bird $16, $17.50 general admission. Dogs come FREE!

A family-friendly, and fully accessible event where you can start your animal adoption journey, support local businesses by shopping for your pets, and meet celebrity pets.

There will also be other activities and attractions including:

  • doggie pools and tunnels

  • photo booth

  • treats for pets

  • displays of pet supplies, services, and goodies from an array of new and established businesses

Date: Sunday, May 28, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m..

Location: Trinity Bellwoods Park Dog Bowl, 790 Queen St. W. Toronto, Ontario.

Tickets: FREE

Reserve a Spot via Eventbrite. All donations go towards helping animals in need.

Do you know of any dog-friendly events we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

More about GoDoggo:

GoDoggo is your ultimate dog-friendly city guide, making planning days out with your pup easier than ever. With 18 different categories ranging from restaurants, coffee shops, breweries to shopping, attractions, gyms, hikes and trails, the app helps dog owners discover and explore places based on their location, read and leave reviews from the perspective of dog owners, and learn more about the dog-friendliness of each location. Soon, the app will also have dog-friendly events. Download the app here.


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