Summer is here, and Seattle-ites are enjoying the beautiful outdoors after paying our long ‘winter tax’. Wanting to have your dog join in on the summer fun? We’re sharing dog friendly events in Seattle and dog friendly activities you can plan on this summer.
If you’re new to the area or if you’re looking for a fun new event, we’ve done the work of finding an event for you! Let’s get started!
Side note: While we’ve done the initial research, it’s always important to confirm details of an event and ensure it’s the right fit for your particular pup.
Dog Friendly Events In Seattle (2023)
Bark At The Park With the Seattle Mariners, Multiple Dates, April through September– If you love dogs and baseball, then don’t miss out on Bark at The Park. You can enjoy a special dog friendly game and then enjoy the opportunity to take your dog out on the field. Tickets must be purchased through a special Dog Pack. And great news! $2 of every Dog Pack ticket goes to benefit the Pawsitive Alliance, a Washington-based nonprofit helping homeless dogs and cats find their forever homes.
Paws & Pride Dog Jog & Walk, June 4th– Come out and support the first Pride & Paws Jog & Walk in Bellevue. No competition here; this event is all about showing your support for inclusivity for all people. This is a leisurely 4k stroll through the streets of Bellevue. By participating, you will be benefiting two organizations, Seattle Humane of Bellevue, the local animal shelter, and Lambert House, a community center for LGBTQ+ youth.
Furry 5k Fun Run and Walk, June 11th– You don’t have to be super athletic to participate in a fun run! It’s all about getting out and moving your body, and it’s a great way to get some fun movement into your dog’s life as well. This 5k is about more than just exercise. It’s also a charity event supporting The Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation. After the run, you and your dog can hang around for the after party! Pet-A-Palooza has music and vendor booths. If your dog isn’t too tired after the race, they can take part in the costume contest!
Fremont Fair, June 17th-18th– If you have a friendly pup that doesn’t mind crowds, head out to the Fremont neighborhood, and enjoy the fair. You can listen to live music, nom on some food, check out pop-up performances, and shop around at the vendor stalls. Keep your eyes open for the pet vendors that offer things like cute bow-ties and other accessories for your pup. Be sure to sign your dog up for the Dog Parade on Sunday the 18th. Hang out for a day, or make a weekend out of it. There’s tons to do and see!
Kirkland Uncorked, July 14th-16th– Who knew that sipping wine and trying out food trucks could support pet adoption? The folks who planned Kirkland Uncorked… that’s who! You can bring your dog with you while you sample wine and enjoy live music. The festival also features a street fair where you can go and enjoy a dog modeling contest. Kirkland Uncorked will be benefiting Homeward Pet Adoption Center, one of Washington State’s leading no-kill shelters.
Bark By The Bay, July 22nd– Take a day trip to Pierce County and help support Puget Sound Pet Food Bank. Your dog will love the pet-friendly vendors like Barkcuterie Boxes and Daily Dog Bandanas, so pick them up a little treat while you’re there. If you’re in the market to adopt another fur kid, there will be several rescues attending with adoptable dogs. Parking is $10, but that’s a small price to pay for a day of fun and frolicking that helps support local animals in need.
Old Dog Haven Summer Splash, August 5th– If you love food trucks, silent auctions, and dog friendly activities, then you can’t miss Old Dog Haven’s Summer Splash. Held in Cromwell Park in Shoreline, this event helps support Old Dog Haven Rescue. Their mission is to place older dogs who are unadoptable into loving foster homes and to place adoptable seniors in forever homes to live out their golden years. This is an amazing organization, so if you’ve been looking for a rescue to get involved with, we highly suggest Old Dog Haven! There are so many way to help; you can donate, foster, or volunteer with things like transporting dogs, attending events, and sending Thank You cards on behalf of the rescue!
Dog Friendly Seattle Activities
Missed out on the planned events? No problem! There’s a reason Seattle is ranked as one of the most dog friendly cities in the U.S. Here are a few ideas for fun summer activities you can do with your dog.
Take a hike- Even here in Seattle we’re just a short drive away from some beautiful hiking trails. Learn to appreciate the Pacific Northwest all over again with an easy, beautiful hike like Cascade Falls, Twin Falls, or Snoqualmie Falls.
Enjoy a day cruise– There’s nothing like the feeling of the breeze coming off the water. The only thing that can make it better is ice cream… and your dog, of course! Enjoy cruising around Lake Union and learning more about the history of the area while enjoying an ice cream. If your dog loves going for rides, they’ll love the feeling of the wind ruffling their fur as they relax by your feet.
Visit University Village- Sometimes you don’t feel like going on the same old walks. Change things up by heading over to University Village outdoor mall. Some of the shops are dog friendly and there are even a few unique dog boutiques to enjoy. This is a great place to expose your dog to new sights, smells, and people.
Go kayaking- Summer is the perfect time to be out on the water. Green Lake Boat Rentals is dog friendly, and you can rent a kayak for you and your dog to enjoy. Don’t forget to equip your dog (and yourself) with a life jacket before you head out.
Explore new neighborhoods- Seattle is filled with neighborhoods that all hold their own charm. Pick a destination, and head out with your dog. Get acquainted with areas that you never knew existed. Seattle has dozens of dog friendly restaurants and cafes, and you’re sure to encounter one while you’re out. Give a new lunch spot a try. You might just end up finding a new neighborhood that’s perfect for you and your dog.
Have a favorite dog friendly summertime activity or event here in Seattle? Let us know in the comments!