Festival Funsies in Denver this Weekend

We’re just a week away from the first day of fall, so grab puppers and spend one more unforgettable summer weekend together! Read on for suggestions on where to go in dog-friendly Denver.

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1. Denver Oktoberfest

Larimer and 21st in the Ballpark District, Denver
Friday, September 16, 5–11 p.m.; Saturday, September 17, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sunday, September 18, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

The Denver Oktoberfest has been a staple two weekend festival in Downtown Denver since 1969. That’s 371 years… in dog years! From keg bowling to stein hoisting, live music and more, there’s something for everypuppy. Admission is free, so grab your stein, throw on your lederhosen, and celebrate!

2. Welby Days

Rotella Park, Denver
Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Is your hound a history buff? Welby Days is an historic community event that dates back to the 1940s when local farmers would celebrate the annual harvest. Check out the more than 70 vendors, a car and tractor show, artists and artisans, live performances, local produce, fall flowers, and food trucks.  

3. Bark at the Park

West Arvada Dog Park, Arvada
Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Sure, pup wants to hang with you all weekend, but she would also love to sniff out a few of her own kind! This Sunday is the pawfect opportunity to meet new frens at Bark in the Park. There’ll be free samples, info from local dog-friendly businesses, West Arvada Dog Park swag available for purchase, and tail wags galore.

4. Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue 5K

Belmar Park, Lakewood
Sunday, September 18, 9 a.m.; Registration Required

After hosting a virtual event for the past two years, this dog-friendly 5K is back in person! It’s an important fundraiser for Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue, and a ton of fun for hoomans and pups alike. Walk or run through beautiful Belmar Park, then stick around to mingle with frens and sponsors.

5. Sippin’ and Scrubbin’

Western Sky Bar & Taproom, Englewood
Sunday, September 18, 12–1 p.m.

Does your dirty dog need a good scrub? It’s as easy as sipping on a cold brew—seriously! Make your way to the Western Sky Bar & Taproom on Sunday at noon for their Mobile Dog Wash. A small donation to the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley gets you a clean canine while you relax and order off the delicious menu of bevvies and snacks. 

6. Denver Makers Market

The Shed at Midtown, Denver
Saturday, September 17, 12–5 p.m.

Floof says you’ve got a paycheck to burn, and he’s lookin’ for something as unique as he is. Head to the Denver Makers Market to browse beautiful creations from local artisans, crafters, and vendors. Sign up to attend (free!) and be eligible for a grand prize giveaway featuring items from the makers. Get there early—the first 50 pre-registered customers get a bag of goodies at check in.

Life’s Better With a Pup

No wet nose to boop? What a heckin’ tragedy. We want to help you fix that, so check out where you can adopt below. And who knows, you might just meet your new slobbery soulpup.

Adoptable Puppies, Yoga & Wine

  • This Sunday, September 18, from 12–2 p.m., The Infinite Monkey Theorem is hosting rescue puppy yoga. Enjoy an hour of yoga on Infinite Monkey’s urban oasis patio with Lola’s Rescue puppies demonstrating their best downward facing dog for all the belly rubs. After yoga, spend a bit more time hangin’ with adorable pups while enjoying a delicious glass of wine from Infinite Monkey included in your class purchase.

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Featured photo: Krisztian Matyas

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