Woodruff Park, 91 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta 30303
Two weeks before Dragon Con enlivens Downtown Atlanta, Woodruff Park hosts an opportunity for metro Atlantans and their four-legged friends to get in on the cosplay fun. Presented by Georgia’s Own Credit Union, Doggy Con features a pet parade and costume contest, a vendor village of dogcentric goods and activities, a yappy hour social with a Steady Hand Beer Co. cash bar and plenty of pup culture. Doggy Con will be held on the park’s main lawn from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Best in Show, Best Doggie/ Owner “Con-bo” and Best Cosplay Costume. Registration is required to participate in the costume contest. Register for $10 by Aug. 15 or onsite for $15. Free admission for spectators. All funds support Woodruff Park’s free community programs.
For more information or to register, visit atlantadowntown.com/woodruff-park/do/doggy-con-2019
Angels Among Us Pet Adoptions
Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16
Hollywood Feed Alpharetta, 3000 Old Alabama Road, Suite 126, Alpharetta 30022
Angels Among Us will offer pet adoptions from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hollywood Feed Alpharetta. Come meet your new best friend!
Putts for Paws
Chicopee Woods Golf Course, 2515 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville 30504
Putts for Paws will be a family- and dog friendly event. For a $10 advance donation or $15 the day of the event, patrons will receive five game tickets and a free beer or soda from Left Nut Brewing Co. Events include a putting course, golf skiball, break the glass chipping competition, closest to the pin competition, quick golf and golf pong. Prizes will be awarded. Additional game tickets will be available for $1 each. Dig into hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and more for dinner, with beer available for purchase. Parking will be in front of the clubhouse with a courtesy shuttle available. The event benefits the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia.
To register or for more information, visit humanesocietyofnortheastgeorgia.org/putts-for-paws/
Sept. 21 Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta 30315
Atlanta’s wildest wine cellar comes uncorked for another year at Sippin’ Safari. This signature end-of-summer event features wine samplings, bites from local restaurants, live music on stages throughout the zoo, evening wildlife viewing and more for those ages 21 and up. Non-member general admission tickets include wine and beer samples (while supplies last), food, carousel rides and access to talks and animal feedings by the Animal Care Team. VIP tickets also include early admission at 5 p.m., an air-conditioned VIP lounge with premium wine and beer, access to private restrooms and one commemorative T-shirt per ticketholder.
For more information or tickets, visit zooatlanta.org/event/sippin-safari/
Oct. 4 Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street, Atlanta 30313
Raise your glass to research and conservation while enjoying more than 150 varieties of wine and food from 40-plus Atlanta restaurants at Georgia Aquarium’s 14th annual Aqua Vino. From 6:30 to 10 p.m., the event offers music, neighborhood inspired food tastings and an auction. Proceeds support the aquarium’s work in rescuing and rehabilitating penguins in South Africa, advancing conservation and science with whale sharks and giving a forever home to its newest residents, rescued southern sea otter pups Gibson and Mara. Parking is complimentary. All guests must be at least 21.
For tickets or more information, visit georgiaaquarium.org/events/event/aqua-vino-2019-2/S
Strut Your Mutt
Oct. 5 Grant Park, 840 Cherokee Avenue, Atlanta 30315
Best Friends Animal Society is teaming up with partner rescue groups, shelters and animal welfare organizations to save the lives of homeless cats and dogs at Strut Your Mutt. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and includes an approximately 2-mile walk around the park, with a shortcut for people and pets that prefer not to complete the full route. All funds go directly to lifesaving programs such as spay and neuter services, adoption events and more.
For more information, visit support.bestfriends.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=1442
Splish Splash Doggie Bash
Oct. 5 & 6 Piedmont Park Aquatic Center, Piedmont Park, Monroe Drive, Atlanta 30309
Piedmont Park Conservancy will host its 10th annual Splish Splash Doggie Bash, an event made just for dogs, with vendor giveaways, music, an open bar for owners and a full-sized pool for the dogs to enjoy. The Conservancy hosts the event each year at the park’s aquatic center once the pool has closed for the season. Proceeds go toward the maintenance and upkeep of the Conservancy’s dog parks.
For more information or tickets, visit piedmontpark.org/splishsplash/
Run Like Hell 5K
Oct. 12 Historic Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue, Atlanta 30312
Historic Oakland Foundation is hosting its 12th annual Run Like Hell 5K on Oct. 12. The race begins at 9 a.m. at Lion Square in the middle of the cemetery. Runners, joggers and walkers of all levels, along with leashed dogs and strollers, are welcome. Following the race, stay for the costume contest. Prizes will be awarded to the most creative costumes of Best Adult Male, Best Adult Female, Best Group and Best Dog. Proceeds go to the restoration and preservation of the cemetery.
For more information, visit itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=8377
Oct. 19 Lawrenceville Lawn, 210 Luckie Street, Lawrenceville 30046
The city of Lawrenceville and the Gwinnett Humane Society will host PAWfest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lawrenceville Lawn. Events include dog contests at 1 p.m., $12 rabies vaccines for dogs by Georgia Veterinary Associates, $5 nail trims by Groomer Girls Pet Salons, a PAW Parade at 10 a.m. and events for both children and dogs. Music, food, vendors, dogs up for adoption and a silent auction are part of the festivities.
For more information, visit gwinnetthumane.wixsite.com/pawfest
Boo at the Zoo
Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27 Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta 30315
Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival returns for 2019. Sample treats throughout the zoo and enjoy the sights, characters and adventures of the whimsical Zoo Boo Town with more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Don’t forget your costume! Even the animals join the fun. Find out when your favorites will be getting Halloween surprises — all animal activities will be listed on the back of the daily map. Boo at the Zoo is free for members and children under 3; free with general admission.
For more information, visit zooatlanta.org/event/boo-at-the-zoo/
Rhodes Race at the Haunted Castle 5K
Oct. 26 Rhodes Hall, 1516 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309
The Georgia Trust’s Rhodes Race at the Haunted Castle 5K is taking place Halloween weekend. The dog-friendly race begins at 9 a.m. and runs through one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods, Ansley Park. Run or walk in your best Halloween costume and stay after for food and a costume contest that includes a dog category.
For more information or to register, visit active.com/atlanta-ga/running/rhodes-race-at-the-haunted-castle-5k-2019S
German Shepherd Rescue of Georgia monthly event
Third Saturday of every month Top Dogs Pet Boutique, 900 Mansell Road, Roswell 30076 Join German Shepherd Rescue of Georgia on the third Saturday of every month at Top Dog Pet Boutique to meet the rescue group’s ambassadors and volunteers.
The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; gashepherd.org/fundraising-events.html