2020 Dog Friendly Pittsburgh Event Guide

Let’s be honest, one of the only ways to guarantee I’ll come to your event is if I can bring my dog! Taking my dogs to events around Pittsburgh is a great way to socialize them. Plus I get to meet up with dog parent friends and discover local businesses all at the same time. If only everything in Pittsburgh was dog friendly!

Each year I round up the best dog-friendly events in Pittsburgh. This guide will be refreshed throughout 2020 as I learn about new pup friendly things to do.

If you want to get a sense of what might be added, take a look back at the 2018 Dog Friendly Pittsburgh Event Guide the 2019 Event Guide. You’ll find everything from charity animal rescue walks, to birthday pawties and festivals. There’s something fun and dog-friendly almost every month here in the ‘burgh!

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2020 Dog Friendly Pittsburgh Event Guide

This year’s event calendar is gearing up to be super dog friendly! If you’re on Instagram, check out #DogsofPittsburgh to see some of the puppers who love to attend these events around town.

Remember, I’ll add to this event guide throughout the year as I find out about new dog-obsessed events. You should definitely bookmark this page. Know of any event that I’m missing? You can tip me off to dog friendly events in Pittsburgh by commenting on this post.

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Recurring Dog Friendly Events in Pittsburgh

The Neighborhood Flea: Outdoor dog friendly market
Yappy Hour at Petagogy: Beer (for you) + Barley bones (for your dog)
Sit, Stay, Praise!: Dog friendly worship service at Jefferson United Methodist Church
DOGA at Sterling Yoga: Outdoor dog friendly yoga class (Schedule TBA May 2)
Pirates Pup Night: Take your pup to the ball game on Tuesday home games

2020 Dog Friendly Pittsburgh Event Calendar

March 29, 2020: Photos with the Easter Bunny at Wagsburgh
Bring your pets by to have their pictures taken for free with the Hoppin’ Fun Easter Bunny. This event will be accepting donations for the Humane Society of Greene County. More info.

April 4, 2020: Sploots & Sustainability
This outdoor event at Carnegie Mellon University celebrates a push towards a more sustainable future in the pet industry and beyond. Enjoy music, dogs, vendors, crafts, and a giant corgi meet-up. More info.

April 4, 2020: Who Rescued Who Book Tour
Dog lovers will want to meet Victoria Schade who is a professional dog trainer, behavior expert and author. Her book tour visits Riverstone Books in the North Hills where Victoria will talk about her newest book Who Rescued Who in conversation with Tori Mistick (that’s me!). Read my review of the book. Dogs are welcome! More info.

April 25, 2020: Bark Shadyside Pup Walk
The Annual Bark Shadyside Pup Walk is back after a hiatus last year. Over 100 dogs usually turn up for this 1-mile walk around the tree-lined streets of Shadyside. There will be vendors and giveaways at the walk’s start/finish line. This event benefits Humane Animal Rescue. More info.

April 26, 2020: 6th Annual Friends of Jupiter Pet Walk
Bring your pup for a walk in Boyce Park then check out vendors, adoptable pets from local rescues, a photo booth and raffles. Proceeds support Northcentral Maltese Rescue plus local Rescues and Shelters. More info.

May 9, 2020: Dog Mom’s Day Pittsburgh
The 2nd Annual Pittsburgh Dog Mom’s Day celebrates dog moms, our pups and the people who love us! The 2019 event was a big hit! Come out to see 3 unique photo booth installations, chill in the grass with your friends and enjoy snacks from the Rollaway Dog Cafe. This event will collect donations for Action for Animals Humane Society. More info.

Pittsburgh Dog Mom's Day Was A Big Hit!

May 16 + 17, 2020: Healthy Pet Weekend
Healthy Pet Products in McCandless and McMurray is hosting a 2 day event with raffle baskets, giveaways and vendors. The event will happen in the North on Saturday and South on Sunday. Save the date: Their Cranberry location celebrates on June 20th! More details. 

May 17, 2020: Lucky’s 7th Annual South Side Dog Festival
Enjoy a Southside block party with doggy contests, rescue visits, vendors, food, drink, giveaways, games and fun for all ages! Bring your dog and enjoy a family-friendly day celebrating our furry friends! More info.

May 24, 2020: Mutts on the Mountain
Give your pup the chance to get their paws dirty! It’s time to get muddy with your best friend at Mutts on the Mountain. This event is the canine version of Seven Springs’ super-popular mud run. There’s a 5K and a 1-mile course. More details.

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Summer Dog Friendly Events in Pittsburgh

June 7, 2020: Petagogy Shadyside’s Birthday PAWty
This customer appreciation PAWty takes place on the first Sunday in June every year. The event features representatives from pet food and treat companies, hands-on family-friendly activities, pet photos, tons of giveaways, raffles and more! More info.

June 5 -14, 2020: Three Rivers Arts Festival
Enjoy 10 days of free outdoor concerts at Point State Park downtown, all dog friendly! There’s carnival-type food and plenty of space to lay out a picnic blanket with your pup. The artist booths are also dog friendly, but can get pretty crowded. More details.

TDB in June: Pack Walk at OpenStreetsPGH 
Let’s get together for a 1-2 mile pack walk during the June OpenStreetsPGH. We’ll meet early before it gets too hot for the dogs. Details to come.

TBD in July: Cinema in the Park with Your Dog – Flagstaff Hill
Grab your pup for an unforgettable evening of free cinema under the stars on Flagstaff Hill. The movie starts at sundown, so come a little early to get all your sniffs in and get settled in. We’ll have some blankets, but feel free to bring your own. More details to come.

TBD in July: Pack Walk at OpenStreetsPGH
Let’s get together for a 1-2 mile pack walk at the July OpenStreetsPGH. We’ll meet early before it gets too hot for the dogs. More details to come.

TBD in August: Dog Mom Concert Night at Hartwood Acres
The outdoor concert series at Hartwood Acres goes all summer. Join us for a special dog mom meetup at one of the August shows. More details to come.

September 7, 2020: Pooches In The Pool
Visit the Allegheny County Pools for a dog swim on Labor Day! Participating pools include Boyce Park, North Park, Settlers Cabin and South Park. More details to come.

September 12, 2020: Paws Across Pittsburgh Strut Your Mutt
Dogs and their families will participate in a 1 mile walk to celebrate the pets Paws Across Pittsburgh helps each year! More details.

Pack walk at Open Streets Pittsburgh

Fall Dog Friendly Events in Pittsburgh

September 29, 2019: Pet Walk of the Living Dead Annual Costume Contest 2019
Part of the 6th annual Living Dead Weekend, bring your furry little ghoul dressed in their best pet Halloween costume. Enjoy goodie bags, raffles, vendors and prizes for best costume! More details.

October 4-6, 2019: Pups in the Pumpkin Patch!
We found a dog friendly pumpkin patch at Fair Haven Farms in Grove City! On Saturday and Sunday there will be a Pup Parade and judging with prizes. All pup owners will also be entered for a prize drawing! A portion of each dog owner’s admission will be donated to the Grove City Area Pet Rescue. On Sunday only there will be a doggy food truck! More details. 

October 5, 2019: DogtoberFEST
CARMAA hosts an annual DogtoberFEST event at the Waterfront. This is free to attend with pets with lots to do including meeting adoptable animals and a giant costume contest with $600 in prizes. More details.

October 19, 2019: Muttster Mash
Meet us in South Park for Animal Friends’ Muttster Mash! You and your mutt will enjoy plenty of spooky activities and awards for the best costumes and 5k winners. More details. 

October 24, 2020: Hound Hike
The Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council, invites you and your pup to explore their hidden gem, Camp Guyasuta, nestled in the city of Pittsburgh for a day of outdoors, dogs, hiking & so much more!  More details.

TBD in November: Pittsburgh Pet Expo
Attend the 2020 Pittsburgh Pet Expo for pawsitively, purrfect fun! Check out more than 250+ vendor booths of pet products and services. Editor note: please make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations, they don’t check at the door so make sure your dog is safe! More details.

Pittsburgh Pet Expo

Winter Dog Friendly Events in Pittsburgh

TBD in November: Pet Photos with Santa
Petatogy Shadyside hosts there annual photos with Santa. Bark & Gold Photography will be there with a a super cute holiday set-up and a very authentic Santa! More details to come.

More events to come!

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Looking for more things to do with your dog? You’ll love these posts:
Dog Friendly Downtown Pittsburgh 
Dog Friendly Asheville Guide
25 Things to do with your dog in Pittsburgh

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  1. Jamie Paustenbaugh

    Camp Bow Wow Easter Egg Hunt at Highland Park Dog Park on Saturday, April 4th 11am-2pm. Free Donuts and coffee, photos with the Easter bunny, pet vendors, painted pet portraits, gift baskets and Camp Bow Wow give-aways!

    • Tori

      Got it! I can add that, thanks Jamie!

  2. Patti Levay

    Pugfest in PA 2020 Will be held on Saturday, September 26, at the Kingston veterans and Sportsmens club, Latrobe PA 15650 this event is held for pugs and pug want to be, that is any dog that is not a pug is very welcome to come and it is open to the public. We do ask a five dollar donation fee per person and all monies raised will help support two different 501(c)(3) organizations. Guardian angels pug rescue and Southwest PA pugs with special needs. For more information check out guardian angels pug rescue on Facebook

    • Tori

      How fun! I will certainly add this!

  3. Rikki

    Are you making one of these for 2021?

    • Tori

      I wish I could, but there aren’t many in-person events going on as of right now. If things change I will definitely do a post about Fall events.


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