Upcoming Dog-Friendly Events in May 2023

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Although the weather’s getting chilly, it doesn’t mean you and your pup can’t have fun. There are plenty of fun dog-friendly events in May to keep your calendars full!

Australia wide

RSPCA Million Paws Walk

RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk is a great dog-friendly event in May that everyone can join in on! Lace up your sneakers and head to Sydney Olympic Park (NSW), UQ St Lucia (QLD), Albert Park Lake (VIC) or other locations for fresh air with your four-legged friends while supporting a great cause. 

Remember to check out the stalls, and play some games, while Fido gets his paws pampered with dog washing, puppucinos, and more. 

With live music, heaps of giveaways and prizes to be won, this is one event you won’t want to miss! 

Address: Multiple locations
Date: Sunday, 28th May 2023
Time: 9:00 am


Street Paws Festival

Mark your calendars! The Street Paws Festival is returning to the Gong, and it’s going to be a howling good time. This dog-friendly event in May is jam-packed with pet stalls, competitions, and all-around furr-tastic fun. Get a chance to win some pawsome giveaways and learn more about their sponsor brand!

Address: JJ Kelly Park | Springhill Rd Wollongong, NSW 2500
Date: Sunday, 7th May 2023
Time: 7:45 am – 12:45 pm

Dogs in the Park

Dogs in the Park - a dog-friendly event in May

You can let the dogs out at one of Dogs in the Park’s dog-friendly events in May! If your pup loves balls, then they’re in for a treat. With a ball pit with hidden treats for them to dive into, they’ll never want to leave. There’ll also be doggy competitions, so get your pup groomed and ready for action.

Dogs in the Park Richmond’s Oval

Address: Richmond’s Oval | East Market Street, Hawkesbury NSW 2753
Date: Sunday, 7th May 2023
Time: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
RSVP here

Dogs in the Park Luddenham

Address: Luddenham Showground | Luddenham, NSW 2745
Date: Sunday, 28th May 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
RSVP here

Darlo Dog Day

Darlo Dog Day - a dog-friendly event in May

This May, the bar is rolling out the red carpet for all doggos, big and small, at Darlo Dog Day! With premium dog stalls, free treats, and exciting giveaways, this is the pawfect opportunity to spoil your pup and meet new friends (both furry and human). 

Take part in the Cutest Dog of Darlo Competition, where your furry friend could be crowned the cutest pooch in town!

Address: Darlo Bar | 306 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010
Date: Sunday, 7th May 2023
Time: 9:45 am – 12:45 pm

Pups in Pubs Dog Day @ Chippo Hotel

Get ready to raise the woof at the Pups in Pubs Dog Day! This dog-friendly event in May is set to take place at the Chippo Hotel and promises a fun-filled experience for all dog lovers. On top of all that, Healthy Everyday Pets is giving away free goodies, and PetO is sponsoring a photo booth, so your furry friend can capture their finest moments. 

Address: The Chippo Hotel | 87-91 Abercrombie St, Chippendale NSW 2008
Date: Saturday, 13th May 2023
Time: 8:45 am – 11:45 pm

Humpty Dumpty Balmoral Burn

Prepare to conquer one of Sydney’s most challenging slopes and make a difference at the Humpty Dumpty Balmoral Burn! This yearly community fun run, in its 21st iteration, supports hospitals and healthcare services throughout Australia with each dollar raised. There’s something for everyone, from children and family races to tackling the incline with your four-legged pals.

Address: Awaba St, Mosman, NSW 2088
Date: Sunday, 28th May 2023
Time: 8:45 am – 11:45 pm

Try out some of these other fun dog-friendly activities in Sydney this month!


Frenchie Fun Day

Calling all Parisian pups – Frenchie Fun Day is a dog-friendly event in March that’s dedicated to you! Come and meet your fellow furr-iends, participate in fancy dress competitions and classes, and chow down on some delicious food and drinks. There’s even a raffle where you can try your luck out for the chance to win some awesome prizes.

Address: Canine Clubhouse | 3 Aylward Avenue, Thomastown, VIC 3074
Date: Sunday, 7th May 2023
Time: 11:30 am – 5:00 pm

Paint Your Pet at Ascot Vale

Get creative at Paint With Me with your pup! You’ll be guided step-by-step on how to perfect the different layers of the painting process. With your pup sitting pretty, acting as your muse, you’ll be inspired to create the ulti-mutt work of art. As an added bonus, you can BYO food and drinks, so book tickets and get stuck in for a night of fun!

Address: Paint With Me Melbourne | 124 Union Road, Ascot Vale VIC 3032
Date: Saturday, 20th May 2023
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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K9 Nose Work

Does your four-legged bestie need to build some confidence? Book tickets and head to K9 Nose Work, a fun-filled dog-friendly event in May where your pup will learn to become more confident through different search and scenting activities. 

Address: 84A Keys Road, Cheltenham, VIC 3192
Date: Saturday, 20th May 2023
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
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Paint Your Dog

Yep, you guessed it, another dog-friendly painting class is coming up in May! Paint For Fun’s hosting a session dedicated to capturing your pup’s personality on canvas. With BYO food and drinks, you can sip, eat, and paint through the night. And you’ll have a portrait of Fido to take home and cherish forever!

Address: Paint For Fun | 252 Graham Street, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207
Date: Sunday, 21st May 2023
Time: 1:45 pm
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Pimms, Plants and Puppy Pawcasso

Monrose Indoor Plants are hosting its take on the classic puppy paint & sip class. Your four-legged bestie will be the one painting this time and on a pot plant that you get to take home! 

Forgot treats? Don’t fret! Fido will be treated to a Doggie Charcuterie board while pawrents sip on a refreshing Pimms cocktail while constructing a toxic-free dog-friendly indoor plant arrangement to go with your pup’s one-of-a-kind masterpiece. 

Address: 419 Melbourne Road, Newport, VIC 3015
Date: Wednesday, 31st May 2023
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Can’t make any of these events? Here are some other dog-friendly activities in Melbourne you can do year-round!


Annual Ribbon Parade

Got a super athletic pooch? This dog-friendly event in May is perfect for your pup to release all that pent-up energy! The 2023 Annual Ribbon Parade invites four-legged friends to take part in weight-pulling. There will be loads of prizes and ribbons for the strongest and fastest pooch. Entry for the competition is $10 per dog. 

Address: Dogs Queensland 247 King Ave Brisbane QLD 4077 
Date: Saturday, 6th May 2023 
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Puppy Palooza Pup Up Market

Create un-fur-getable memories with Fido at the Puppy Palooza Pup Up Market. Expect pet market stalls, puppuccinos for your furry bestie and various competitions. Forgot to give Fido a bath? Freshen up your pup at the on-site dog wash. 

Address: Faith Lutheran College Redlands 1/15 Beveridge Road, Thornlands, QLD 4164
Date: Sunday, 21st May 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 
RSVP here


Woof!Woof! Breakfast with Dogs Fundraiser

What’s better than a hot breakfast buffet? Having your furry friend beside you while you’re devouring some bacon and eggs! 

For just $25, you’ll get a lucky door prize and access to all the breakfast food your heart desires. If it couldn’t get any better there will also be a photobooth, sniffari adventure for the four-legged, and pet registration available on the day. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the RSPCA. 

Address: Darwin Trailer Boat Club, 8 Atkins Drive, Fannie Bay, NT 0820
Date: Saturday 20th May 2023 
Time: 8:30am – 10:30am
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Wild Dog Raw: Dryland Sled Dog Race

Wild Dog Raw - an exhilarating dog-friendly event in May

Take Fido for a fun day out to the Dryland Sled Dog Race! This dog-friendly event in May takes place over two days and is jam-packed with action. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even take a crack at sledding once the competition has finished. Spectators can enjoy the fun for free. 

While dogs are more than welcome to tag along, they must be kept on-leash at all times. 

Address: Ponderosa Campground Starkey Road, Mount Crawford, SA 5351
Date: Saturday, 20 May 2023
Time: See website for details 
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Pets in the Park

Pets in the Park - a dog-friendly event in May

Pets in the Park is back with a dog-friendly event in May! Get amongst the tail wags and slobber at the various pet competitions and games. In the mood to shop? Browse through loads of pet-themed market stalls equipped with the latest accessories, treats and handy goods for your little mate. 

If you’re thinking about expanding your furry family, there will be a few pet rescue stalls that you can swing by. 

Address: Endeavour Drive, Port Kennedy, WA, 6172
Date: Saturday 6th May 2023 
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 
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Berner Rally

The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of WA is putting an interesting spin on dog walking! At this dog-friendly event in May, you’ll get to stroll through the beautiful Kings Park, all while completing a questionnaire. You may be thinking, what’s fun about that? But we promise there are plenty of paw-some prizes up for grabs for those who complete the quiz! If trivia isn’t your strongest suit, don’t fret, as all the answers can be found during your walk in Kings Park. 

Dogs must be on-leash at all times. Make sure you pack some snacks and water for you and Fido! 

Address: May Drive & Saw Avenue, Kings Park, WA 6005
Date: Sunday, 28th May 2023 
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 
RSVP here