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Most Drool-Worthy, Must-Do Dog Events in Denver 2024

From fun-runs to doggy meetups to gala extravaganzas, we’ve dug up this year’s best, most drool-worthy, must-do dog events in Denver. Be sure to bookmark this page — we will update it frequently as new canine-friendly events come up throughout the year!


We’ve fetched our top picks for this year’s dog-friendly events in Denver, so you can enjoy all the city has to offer you and your four-legged best friend!

Tails of Hope

Organized by Soul Dog Rescue held in Denver Science Museum, known for its dedicated efforts in animal welfare, especially in underserved communities, promises an evening filled with dining, dancing, and, most importantly, making a difference.

Every ticket purchase lights the way for sustainable change, ensuring that every animal gets a chance at a better life. The goal of this event is to support Soul Dog Rescue’s efforts, as indicated by the fundraising activities. They aim to raise $75,000 to help countless animals in need.

Location: Denver Museum of Nature & Science | Date: April 5, 2024 | View Website

Firehouse 5k at Station 26 Brewing | 2024 CO Brewery Running Series

Gather your furry friends and join the celebration at the Firehouse 5k at Station 26 Brewing, a pinnacle of the 2024 CO Brewery Running Series in Denver. This dog-friendly extravaganza welcomes pet parents and their four-legged companions to a 5k-ish run that promises not just a burst of endorphins but a hearty swig of local craft beer at the finish line.

The event is not only a perfect place to stretch your legs but also to mingle with adoptable dogs, offering a chance to expand your family.

Embrace the joy of live music, food trucks, and an array of local vendors, all while contributing to a noble cause, with proceeds supporting local non-profits including the Retired Firefighters Association of Denver.

Location: Station 26 Brewing Co. | Date: April 13, 2024 | Buy Tickets

The BK Pets Book Tour at Furry Friends

First weekend of May, dog owners and their beloved pups are in for a treat with The BK Pets Book Tour at Furry Friends. This heartwarming event is a fantastic opportunity to socialize and partake in dog-friendly activities, nestled in the charming setting of Furry Friends.

Attendees will experience an engaging blend of readings, discussions, and the chance to connect with future furry family members. It’s an idyllic occasion for pet enthusiasts to bond over shared interests and create lasting memories.

The BK Pets Modern Dog Parent Book Tour represents a movement towards informed, compassionate pet ownership, where every aspect of a pet’s well-being is considered, from nutrition and healthcare to mental stimulation and emotional support.

Location: Furry Friends Hartsel Drive, Colorado Springs | Date: May 4, 2024 | Buy Tickets

Adoptable Puppy Yoga at the Dog House Denver Sponsored by Spirit Hound 

This unique event invites attendees to find balance and joy alongside adorable, adoptable puppies from Lola’s Rescue. As you flow through yoga poses, these furry companions will enhance your experience, offering laughter, cuddles, and the chance for a special connection.

Post-yoga, relish in a social hour featuring tastings and a cocktail courtesy of Spirit Hound Distillers, fostering a sense of community among dog lovers and yogis alike. Whether seeking a new furry friend or simply a memorable morning, this event promises an uplifting blend of wellness, compassion, and fun.

Location: Dog House Denver | Date: May 12, 2024 | Buy Tickets

Donut Dash 5K

Join the Donut Dash 5K on April 7, 2024. It’s a celebration of fitness and is a fun and engaging event that combines running or walking with the enjoyment of donuts, often held to support local charities or community initiatives. 

But the excitement doesn’t end there! Immerse yourself in a lively, party-like atmosphere, complete with race logo shirts, coveted finisher’s medals, and complimentary photo downloads to capture the joyous moments.

Come for the donuts, stay for the fun, and leave with memories of a morning well spent in the company of fellow donut lovers.

Location: Washington Park Franklin Street | Date: April 7, 2024 | Buy Tickets

Flamingo Day 5K

Get your sneakers and your pup’s leash ready because the Flamingo Day 5K is no ordinary jog in the park! Set for June 2024, this event promises more than just a race; it’s a lively gathering where participants, donned in flamboyant hues, can jog, walk or prance through the scenic course.

The event is dog-friendly, allowing participants to enjoy the experience with their furry companions, fostering a sense of community and inclusivity among dog lovers and promoting physical activity for both owners and their pets.

Location: Sloan Lake | Date: June 2, 2024 | Buy Tickets

Cookie Chase 5K Run/Walk

The Cookie Chase 5K Run/Walk promises a blend of playful competition and heartwarming community spirit. Participants can look forward to a vibrant, party-like atmosphere, where every stride brings them closer not just to a sweet cookie reward at the finish line.

Why the wagging tails and furry friends, you ask? Because it adds an extra layer of pawsitivity, allowing dog lovers to share the experience with their four-legged companions, making every step a bit more fun.

Location: Sloan’s Lake Park | Date: July 13, 2024| Buy Tickets

KONG Day 2024

KONG Day 2024 in Denver is a blend of festivity and philanthropy. Scheduled for August 2nd, this playful event promises an afternoon (3 pm -7 pm) of heartwarming connections, with attendees getting the chance to mingle, savor beer, and possibly meet their future furry companions.

Each venue will host adoptable dogs, aiming to support local rescues, making it a perfect setting for animal lovers to unite, celebrate, and contribute to a noble cause. The day is not just about finding new homes for pets but also about reveling in the joy that our four-legged friends bring into our lives.

Location: Denver Beer Co Platte Street | Date: August 2, 2024 | Buy Tickets


2024 Doggie Splash

Are you ready for for a blend of splash and furry fun? The 2024 Doggie Splash event is a distinctive gathering designed to celebrate our canine companions by offering them an exclusive opportunity to indulge in aquatic activities as the summer season concludes. 

Hosted at the Westridge Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch, CO. With wagging tails and splashing galore, your beloved canine will have a ball cooling off from the summer’s warmth. 

For just $10 a ticket, your dog gets a pass to this exclusive water wonderland, promising a day filled with fun and frolic. 

Location: Outdoor Pool, Westridge Recreation Center | Date: Sep 7, 2024 | Buy Ticket

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Waldschänke Ciders 5k

The Waldschänke Ciders 5k event is an invigorating blend of fitness, fun, and philanthropy set in the scenic backdrop of Denver’s Waldschänke Ciders + Coffee.

This event is part of the Colorado Brewery Running Series, which invites participants of all levels to walk, jog, or run a 5k-ish course that showcases the neighborhood’s charm.

Upon crossing the finish line, participants are rewarded with a complimentary craft cider, encapsulating the essence of local indulgence.

The post-race celebration is an affair to remember, featuring live music, an assortment of food trucks, and booths from local vendors, creating a vibrant community atmosphere. Adding to the spirit of camaraderie, the event is pet-friendly, encouraging runners to bring along their furry companions.

True to its mission, the event dedicates a portion of its proceeds to support local non-profits, reinforcing its commitment to giving back to the community.

Location: Waldschänke Ciders + Coffee | Date: September 14, 2024 | Buy Ticket

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2024 Barktober Fest Vendor Sign – Up

This playful gathering is a dog-themed fall market event taking place on October 12, 2024, aimed at celebrating canine companions and the community that loves them. It invites vendors, including local artisans, dog treat bakers, trainers, nonprofits, and dog-support businesses, to participate in downtown Lakewood’s first annual Barktoberfest. 

The event is expected to draw around 1,000 attendees, both people and their dogs, providing a space for up to 40 vendors. Participants are required to manage their booth setups, while also being encouraged to bring their own dogs. 

The goal of Barktober Fest is to create a festive, community-oriented environment that celebrates dogs and supports local businesses related to dog care and products.

Location: Belmar | Date: Octtober 12, 2024 | Buy Tickets


Ghosts and Goblins 5K/10K

The Ghosts and Goblins 5K/10K event is a festive, family-friendly race held in Denver’s City Park, designed for participants of all ages and fitness levels.

Participants have the option to run or walk a 5K or 10K course, with the event fostering a holiday atmosphere. It’s characterized by post-race celebrations that include food, drinks, and a vendor village, enhancing the communal experience.

Additionally, the event is pet-friendly, inviting runners to bring their dogs along for the race, making it a unique opportunity for both pets and owners to enjoy the festivities together.

The inclusion of exclusive medals, themed shirts, and the scenic backdrop of City Park adds to the memorable experience for everyone involved

Location: City Park | Date: October 27, 2024 | Buy Ticket

3rd Annual Harley-ween Dog Costume Contest

The 3rd Annual Harley-ween Dog Costume Contest in Glendale is an event where participants can bring their dogs in costumes to compete for prizes, including a $250 gift card for the best in the show. 

The contest is part of a larger gathering that includes live music, food, and family-friendly entertainment, aimed at celebrating the Halloween spirit with the community and their pets.

Location: Glendale Harley-Davidson | Date: October 26, 2024 | Buy Tickets

Denver Dog Fair!

The Denver Dog Fair, slated for November 2024 at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, promises a diverse array of both indoor and outdoor activities tailored for dog enthusiasts and their canine companions.

This event, meticulously organized by a team with a successful 30-year history in festival planning, aims to deliver an unforgettable experience. Attendees can look forward to a blend of entertainment, education, and adoption opportunities, fostering a vibrant community spirit among dog lovers

Location: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds | Date: November 23-24, 2024 | Visit Website

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Past Events

Rescue Puppy Yoga at Colorado Athletic Club Tabor Center

“Paws & Poses” graces Denver’s fitness scene at the Colorado Athletic Club Tabor Center, intertwining yoga’s tranquility with the playful energy of rescue puppies. This heartwarming event not only offers a stretch and strengthen session but also a chance to bond with adorable, adoptable furballs.

A must-visit for dog lovers and wellness enthusiasts alike, it’s an experience that combines health, happiness, and a potential new furry family member​.

Location: Colorado Athletic Club Tabor Center | Date: March 16, 2024 | View Website

St. Patrick’s Day – Free Dog Photoshoot

Get ready to sprinkle some St. Paddy’s magic on your furry friend at the “St. Patrick’s Day Free Dog Photoshoot” in Denver! This enchanting event invites you and your pup for a memorable photoshoot.

This day promises a blend of festive fun and charming photo ops, making it a perfect outing for pet lovers. Don’t let this paw-some opportunity slip by; it’s your chance to create lasting memories and maybe even win a printed blanket featuring your dog’s best shot in our popular vote raffle.

Location: Sloan’s Lake North Parking Lot | Date: March 17, 2024 | Buy Tickets


about the author

Meet Clarisse Quindo, Content Manager at CityDog Magazine. Clarisse combines her professional prowess with her passion for all things canine! Her days are filled with the joy of blending engaging stories, the latest trends, and valuable insights for fellow dog enthusiasts. Whether she's exploring new dog parks or interviewing top dog behaviorists, Clarisse's dedication to our four-legged friends is truly paw-inspiring!

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