Dogs Welcome: Upcoming Dog-Friendly Events in Metro Detroit

By: Scott Davis | April 15, 2019

They say life is best enjoyed with friends, so why not enjoy it with our four-legged besties? Sure you can experience 5Ks, cruises, and drinking events with other people, but thanks to some great Metro Detroit organizations, you can experience them your dog. So grab your pup and its leash and check out these dog-centric events coming up in the D.

Mutt Strut: Walk and 5K Run (5/11)

You and your furry best friend are invited to stroll through the business district of Dearborn at the Mutt Strut: Walk and 5K Run taking place on Saturday, May 11. You’ll be able to visit with over 25 vendor booths, a Doggie Fun Zone, and even a Smooch-a-Pooch kissing booth. If you want to participate in the timed 5K run, you’ll receive a t-shirt, finishers medal, and run through the wooded path of the Gateway Trail.

Canine Cruise at Dog Bowl (5/25)

Frankenmuth is must-visit summer spot for every Metro Detroiter, and with events like the Canine Cruise, it’s easy to make an excuse to go. Riding on the Cass River in the historic Bavarian Belle paddleboat, you’ll be able to enjoy the scenery with your pooch and then take in some shopping at the Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Proceeds from the event will go to the non-profit organization, Frankenmuth Dog Bowl Inc.

Bark & Brew Run (6/1)

Leader Dog and Kona Running Company are partnering for the first ever Bark & Brew 5K taking place in Rochester Hills on Saturday, June 1. The event will help the Leader Dogs for the Blind and all runners will receive a t-shirt, medal, and a Griffin Claw beer upon completion. Only leader dogs are allowed for this event.

TufPupper Soggy Doggy Race (6/1)

Hope you’re ready to get muddy as the TufPupper Soggy Doggy Race comes to Canterbury Village in Orion Township starting on Saturday, June 1. The ultimate obstacle course for you and your dog will have prizes for the top performers, and even a spectator friendly open course if you don’t want to be too competitive. More information on the divisions of competition and other events taking place can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

Barktoberfest (9/14)

It might be a couple of months down the road, but it’s never too early to start planning for Royal Oak’s Barktoberfest taking place on Saturday, September 14. The fall festival focuses on locally-brewed craft beer, local music, and of course, local dogs! Pet-related vendors will be on hand and your dog can compete in the Howl-a-ween Costume Contest or Weiner Dog Race.