Orange County's
Dog Friendly Events

Looking for something fun to do with your best pal? Check out these great Dog Friendly Events in Orange County, where you and your four-legged friends are welcome!

January 2014

Saturday, January 11th

Recycled Pets SoCal Adoption at Muttropolis

Looking for a new furry addition to the family? Recycled Pets SoCal will be at our Muttropolis Fashion Island location with adoptable pets. Stop in and maybe you’ll find your new best friend!

Muttropolis Fashion Island 865 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 717-MUTT

12:00pm - 3:00pm


Sunday, January 12th

Kris Kelly Foundation Adoption at Muttropolis

Looking for a new furry addition to the family? The Kris Kelly Foundation will be at our Muttropolis Fashion Island location with adoptable cats. Stop in and maybe you’ll find your new best friend!

Muttropolis Fashion Island 865 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 717-MUTT

12:00pm - 3:00pm

February 2014

Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort

Saturday, February 1st

Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort’s 11th Annual CARe Show

More than 400 cars are expected to participate in the Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort’s 10th annual car show. The show was born from an effort to raise awareness and money to rescue and find homes for stray animals in San Juan Capistrano.

The 2014 CARe show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center/Sports Park, 25920 Camino Del Avion. The CARe Show will feature live entertainment, opportunity drawings, displays, vendors, goodie bags and more. Food and beverages will be provided by Los Golondrinas. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome at this dog friendly event. For more information and entry forms, call (949) 240-1735 or visit


Friday, February 14th

Animal Assistance League of Orange County's 35th Annual Valentine Luncheon & Boutique

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Hacienda Restaurant
1725 College Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92706

$20 per person

For more information visit

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Saturday, February 8th

Muttropolis' Kiss for a Cause & Valentine's Day Party
Fashion Island Shopping Center
865 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 717-MUTT

Celebrate the day of love in style with Muttropolis! A special kissing booth will be provided, with all donations going to Recycled Pets SoCal. Enjoy refreshments and appetizers for you and treats for your dog. Receive goody bags and sign up for a chance to win a Muttropolis gift card!

11am - 2pm

Saturday, February 15th

Paws FUR Pink!
5K Dog Run/Walk For Breast Cancer

Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

Never underestimate the healing power of pets. Run, walk, or wag your way to better health while raising funds for breast cancer.

Benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure Orange County Affiliate©. Paws FUR Pink is an event where dedicated humans and canines come together to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer, enjoy a run or walk, compete in fun contests and witness some fun dog entertainment. FUN for the whole family!

Join Book That Event and the Orange County Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure for the first annual Paws FUR Pink on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Irvine Regional Park located in Orange. The park is home to the Orange County Zoo, Irvine Park Trains and and over 470 acres of park and trails.


Sunday, February 23rd
(Rain date - Sunday, March 2nd)

San Juan Capistrano Kid's Pet Parade
31791 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Kids (ages of 5 to 12) can show off their pets in various contests such as cutest, most unusual, best team costume, funniest and most obedient. $3 entry and registration form is required. Parade starts at 1:00pm with a rain date of March 2nd.

For complete information and entry form for this dog friendly event visit


Sunday, February 23rd

2nd Annual Ford Petersen Spay Day at Alicia Pet Care Center

On Feb 11th, 2013 the world lost an incredible human being, Ford Petersen. Ford was set to graduate from UC Davis and was following his dream of becoming a veterinarian. Ford was a kind and gentle giant of a young man and was dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the animals that he worked with,” stated Dr. Matthew Wheaton. “In an effort to allow Ford to make the lasting impact on pets in our community that he so desired, we are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Ford Petersen Spay Day at Alicia Pet Care Center."

Alicia Pet Care Center will be immediately accepting requests from the community to be entered into a lottery system for a comprehensive spay or neuter service for up to 50 dogs and cats on Sunday, February 23th, 2014. These services will be at no cost to those that are chosen. To add your name to the lottery (each dog or cat is a separate entry), please call 949-768-1313 before Wednesday, February 19th at 7pm. Those that are selected will be notified by Friday, February 21st.

For more information visit

March 2014

Saturday, March 1st

A Tail of Two Cities ~ Mardi Paws!

5:00 PM

The Laguna Cliffs Marriott
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

Join Pet Project Foundation for the PAW-ty of the Year!

Cajun music, entertainment, silent and live auction, dancing and a dinner fit for a Mardi Gras Royal Court!

All of this will take place on our own little "Bourbon Street" at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa.

See Sponsorship Packages Below

Event Ticket Price of $160

~Hor d'oeuvres and three course plated dinner and wine service
~One entry into our "Doubloon Toss" Opportunity Drawing (info below)
~One "Mardi Party" drink ticket
~Valet parking
~Doubloon Toss!

Opportunity Drawing for $1000 Gift Card

Tickets are 3 for $20 (Winner need not be present)


Festival of Whales

March 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th

Dana Point Festival of Whales 2014
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

This annual dog friendly event includes a street faire, whale watching, the Festival of Whales parade and much more!

Come join the community as we celebrate the return of the Gray Whales off the coast. Come sample the best of Dana Point through more than 100 booths, displays, and fun activities. Follow the Parade to the Street Faire! A dog friendly event with fun for the entire family. Great food, great games, great entertainment, and best of all - the great people of Dana Point.



Saturday, March 8th

Second Saturday San Juan Capistrano Art Fair

Showcasing 70 talented artists, craftspeople and musicians from across Southern California. Visit The Ark of San Juan in booth #422!


Sunday, March 9th

German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County's 6th Annual Wine, Woofs & Wishes ~ A Celebration of Compassion

L’Opera Ristorante
101 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

4:30am to 7:00pm

Save the date!! Tickets are on sale NOW. $50.00 per person includes unlimited samplings from some of California's finest vineyards, accompanied by gourmet cheeses and crackers. A fun-filled Silent Auction and live performances add to the festivities. The 6th annual wine and cheese tasting extravaganza @ the great L'Opera Ristorante in Long Beach. Please e-mail with your name, phone number, e-mail address and number of places you wish to reserve. Click on the link to open the flyer for all the details.

For more information, visit

April 2014

Saturday & Sunday, April 5th & 6th

Spring Pet Days!

9:00am - 3:00pm

OC Market Place Fairgrounds
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Adoptions, rescue groups, animal wellness information and pet vendors.

Your Helpful SoCal Honda Dealers and Greendog Foundation encourage you to come find a new home for a furry friend in need Saturday, April 5th from 9-3pm at Spring Pet Days at the OC Fairgrounds! The Helpful Guys in Blue will be sending each adopted pet home with a new leash and collar and will help you find your perfect pet!

*Please note...personal pets are not allowed at The OC Market Place Fairgrounds


Saturday, April 12th

Second Saturday San Juan Capistrano Art Fair

Showcasing 70 talented artists, craftspeople and musicians from across Southern California. Visit The Ark of San Juan in booth #422!


Sunday, April 13th

Muttropolis' 7th Annual Egg Hunt
Fashion Island
865 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660


Get ready to jump into Spring! Join us for our Annual Spring Egg Hunt and the chance to win Muttropolis prizes! Light refreshments & appetizers served, treats for your pooch!


Sunday, April 20th

RUFF Easter Champagne Brunch

This Easter, you can join RUFF, Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends for a spectacular brunch held at Tivoli Too Restaurant in Laguna Beach

11am and 2pm
$35 for adults and $15 for children. Sociable pets welcome!

Call 949-494-6044


Friday - Sunday, April 25th - 27th

Orange County Pet Expo

OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

The World's Largest Pet & Pet Product Expo - exhibitors include manufacturers, retailers, groomers, veterinarians, hobbyist groups, humane rescue organizations, humane societies, breeders, etc. Almost every kind of companion animal is on display and many are featured in educational demonstrations and seminars. Great shows of dogs, cats, birds, fish & reptiles.

Parking is $7

Hours: Friday, 10am-6pm ; Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm

General Admission - $12.00
Seniors 60 & over - $10.00
Children 6-12 - $6.00
5 yrs and under free

Please note: Pets are not allowed at The Pet Expo

Pet Project Foundations's 2013 Wag-a-Thon

Date TBA

Pet Project Foundation's
21st Annual Wag-a-Thon

(949) 595-8899

Dana Point Harbor Island
9:00am to 1:00pm

Please join us at this fun family event and the biggest doggie social gathering of the year. The festivities begin at 9:00 a.m., and by 1:00 p.m., you and your pooch will have had a doggone good time. All paid participants receive a pet themed T-shirt, designed by local artist Heather Ritts and a goodie bag brimming with treats and toys. Sign up early and receive a free bandanna for your dog plus $5 off the admission price of $30.


Saturday, April 27th

What’s Up Dog L.A., Much Love Animal Rescue at the 14th Annual Walk for Prader-Willi Syndrome

10:00am - 2:00pm

Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Your Helpful SoCal Honda Dealers, What's Up Dog! L.A. and Much Love Animal Rescue encourage you to come find a new home for a furry friend in need Saturday, April 27th from 10-2pm at the 14th Annual Walk for Prader-Willi California Foundation. The Helpful Guys in Blue will be sending each adopted pet home with a new leash and collar and will help you find your perfect pet!

For more info visit:

May 2014

Date TBA

Fido Frenzy Event & Pet Photo Photo Contest

The District at Tustin Legacy
2437 Park Avenue
Tustin CA 92782

Think your pooch ought to be in pictures? Here's your chance...enter to win!


Sunday, May 4th

Westie Rescue of Orange County's 2014 Paws in the Park Picnic

Edison Park
21377 Magnolia
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Join us for our annual fun-filled picnic with over 100 Westies and their owners for Westie games, lure racing, bobbing for wieners, musical hoops, silent auction, raffle, awards, barbeque, and great vendors! The highlight our the event is our rescue parade where you will meet our rescued Westies and the families they adopted. Come out and support Westie Rescue of Orange County & Beyond at our spectacular fundraising event that supports our rescue organization.

Date TBA

Wild Weiner Round-Up

11:00am until 4:00pm

Indian Village Park
6060 Hefley Street
Westminster, CA 92683

Bring your dachsies, kids, chairs, and blankets! There are lots of trees for shade, picnic tables, and clean restrooms. Please note: All dachsies and other pets must be on a leash at all times.

(For everyone’s safety - no big, aggressive dogs please.)

There will be Dachshund Races, Bobbing for Wieners Contests, White Elephant sale, Vendors will participate and we will have a raffle to benefit Southern California Dachshund Relief.

We will again be offering hot-dogs, chili, chips, cookies, and sodas for a small donation. So bring your appetite.


Saturday, May 13th

Bichon Bash X

Irvine Animal Care Center
6443 Oak Canyon
Irvine, CA 92618

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities: Parade of Rescues, Vendors, Demonstrations, Contests, Raffles & more!


Thursday, May 15th

Yappy Hour at The Ritz Carlton
The Ulti-Mutt Dog Party!

5:00pm - 8:00pm

The Dana Lawn
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, California 92629

Follow Fido to Yappy Hour, a monthly cocktail party for canines and their companions. Pooches, hounds and pups enjoy omplimentary hand-made dog biscuits and lapping up refreshing libations, thanks to bacon, chicken, cheese, beef and liver flavored water, while their companions can purchase burgers, brews and wines.

Proceeds from Yappy Hour will support the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence, as well as offsetting some of the unique costs associated with Canine Companion’s Southwest Region puppy raising program.



Sunday, May 18th

Bark for Life of Orange County

Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sport Park
16400 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of our Canine Caregivers. It presents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships and to contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society.


Saturday, May 31st

Puppy Palooza Dog Show

Hosted by the Placentia Police Canine Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Placentia. Profits from this event support the Placentia Police Canine Foundation. All leashed dogs welcome.

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tuffree Middle School
2151 N Kraemer Blvd
Placentia, CA 92870


June 2014

Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cookoff

Sunday, June 1st

The Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cookoff
El Camino Real & W Main Street
Tustin, CA 92780

Come and meet GSROC (German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County) at this 30th annual dog friendly event featuring the Chili Cookoff, craft booths, food vendors, kids karnival, entertainment and more. GSROC will have wonderful dogs available for adoption and great merchandise for sale.

11:00am to 5:30pm


Saturday, June 7th

Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California's 17th Annual Spring Games

10:00am to 3:00pm

Arcadia Park
Corner of Santa Anita & Huntington Drives
Arcadia, CA 91006

Get a free “wag bag” as one of the first 75 registered participants!

Enjoy the main events (synchronized swim, treat toss, costume contest, agility course and more) as well as games, shopping, barbecue and raffles!

Bring plenty of cash to show your support for BHRSC (so many ways): BHRSC merchandise, hound shirts, calendars and a tail-painting booth ($10)

Vendors including Petco Unleashed, Cute Custom Collars, Pet-Pac, Fresh & Easy, K-9 Cloud 9 frozen yogurt, animal communicator Terri Steuben and human eats like ice cream bars, barbecue and grilled cheese

The biggest raffle in Spring Games history (many prizes to win)!


Date TBA

L'Hirondelle Patio Party 17th Annual Chardonnay & Friends

$45 per person donation. Bring your well behaved dog or a friend, doggie biscuits for each doggie attending.

Seating at 11:30am, Dine at Noon

L'Hirondelle Restaurant
31631 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Contact Pamela at or Kathleen at

Proceeds to off set the medical costs for the abandoned and lost animals at the San Clemente Dana Point Shelter

Sunday, June 15th

2014 Orange County Vision Walk
Angel Stadium
2000 East Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92806

Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Walk Start: 9:00 a.m.

VISIONWALK is a 5K walk-a-thon fundraising program of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. The Walk is a fun dog friendly event filled with entertainment, bounce houses, face painters and refreshments! So gather your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors and join FFB and our mission to prevent, treat and cure retinal degenerative diseases. Together, a cure is in sight!

Dogs welcome!

Date TBA

8th Annual Orange County Super Pet Adoption Event

Irvine Animal Care Center
6443 Oak Canyon Road
Irvine, California 92618

10:00am - 4:00pm

Entry fee $1.00
800+ adoptable animals
100+ vendors & exhibitors
Food court & bake sale
Silent auctions & drawings
Low cost microchips

For more info visit:

Date TBA

Pups N Pinot Wine Tasting
Benefiting A Leg Up Rescue

Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort
21100 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

2:00pm - 6:00pm

Wine & food, live entertainment, raffles, live & silent auctions, wierner dog races, best of show contest, vendors with products. $30 per person.

Visit for info and tickets

Dedicated Animal Welfare Group

Saturday, June 21st

2014 DAWG Walk, Pet Faire & Pancake Breakfast
The Village Green
7am to noon

The Village Green
(at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center)
24932 Veterans Way (off La Paz Rd.)
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Leash up your favorite dog to join the fun and festivities at the fields by the Potocki Conference Center, with a scenic walk on the beautiful Oso Creek Trail.

This annual dog friendly event benefits D.A.W.G., Dedicated Animal Welfare Group and the Mission Viejo Animal Shelter

For more information visit

2014 Summer Concert Series

Fun in the sun! Our 2014 Dog Friendly Summer Concert page will be here soon...Orange County's best outdoor summer concert schedule. Don't forget to provide plenty of shade and water for your furry friends at these great dog friendly events!

2014 Summer Concert Schedule

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