Top dog-friendly events in Melbourne this spring and summer

With summer on the horizon, there’s no better excuse to get out and about with your furry pal....and Melbourne’s pooches definitely won’t be disappointed with this year’s line-up. From pup-friendly pub crawls to dog-loving DJs, here are some of the doggie dates you’ll want to mark down in the calendars this season! 

Dogapalooza music festival

When: 10th November

Where: Burnley Park, Richmond

Image courtesy of  Ark Images

Image courtesy of Ark Images

The Dogapalooza music festival will be returning to Melbourne for its fifth consecutive year this spring, and this year’s event comes jam-packed with lots of perks for four-legged friends and their hooman companions. The fur-friendly highlights include dedicated off-the-lead play areas,  rescue group adoptions, a dog washing station, and for those lucky guests with VIP access - a ‘swag bag’ filled with tasty treats. It’s the perfect way to sit back, relax and get to know the local talents of Melbourne, all whilst in the company of your favourite furry pal. And best of all - proceeds of the event will go to a range of local animal organisations. 

Pizza and pooches at Cleveland Winery

When: Every Sunday, 12pm-3pm

Image courtesy of  Cleveland Winery

Image courtesy of Cleveland Winery

 There’s only one thing better than our beloved doggos, and that’s when our beloved doggos are accompanied by a solid slice of our favourite food. So if you’re looking to venture outside of Melbourne’s city centre for a dog’s day out, be sure to stop by Cleveland Winery in Lancefield for their Pizza and Pooches event. The special will be running every Sunday from 12-3pm this spring and summer, so go along, take your furbaby and tuck into a slice of  woodfired heaven! 

Doggy Day Out Pakenham

Where: 4 Olympic Way, Pakenham 

When: 1st December, 10am-3pm 

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If you’re looking for a free and fun-filled outing with your furry friend this spring, we recommend heading over to Pakenham on 1st December for the aptly named Doggy Day Out. The event is set to feature a heap of activities for four-legged guests, including a free agility playground, puppy splash zone and dog obedience demonstrations throughout the day. If you think your pal is up for the challenge, don’t forget to enter them into the comp for best trick or best dressed pooch, or be one of the first 300 guests to receive a gift in exchange for a gold coin donation to PETstock Assist! 

Paws marketplace Christmas Doggie Market

Where: Canine Clubhouse, Thomastown

When: 15th December

Image courtesy of @adrianakeane

Image courtesy of @adrianakeane

With the festive season fast approaching, no doubt you’re already thinking of ways to treat your favourite little helper, and we’ve got the perfect date to add to your Christmas calendars. Paws Marketplace will be running their special Christmas-themed Doggie Market on 15th December for all pooches who’ve made it onto this year’s nice list; and with over 25 stalls featuring local makers and pooch-friendly products, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect christmas prezzie for your furry pal. 

Puppy Pub Crawl

Where & when: Various locations and dates

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If you like your dog-friendly dates accompanied with your favourite drink in hand, you’ll love the latest initiative from the brains behind Puppy Pub Crawl. Inspired by their own fur-friendly outing, the organisers have put together a range of pooch-friendly pub crawls in various locations across the city where you can meet and greet fellow furry friends. Whilst you enjoy a glass of your favourite concoction, your pooch will be treated to some fur-friendly (and alcohol-free) snacks of their own - we’re talking doggie martinis, peanut butter biscuits and dog-friendly ice-cream! Check out their list of upcoming events to get in on the fun. 

For the doggie days in 

At Pooky & Boo, we love seeing local communities embrace their love for our pooches,  because that’s where our very own dog-friendly venture began back in 2017. Inspired by a love for our furry friends and a passion for quality accessories and interiors, we created a range of stylish accessories designed with the modern pooch in mind. 

To browse our range of designer dog beds and accessories, visit the Pooky & Boo website.

Sue West