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Dog Friendly Events in 2018

Everyone loves to bring their dog out with them, in fact, most people, including us, wish we could take our pups everywhere! Here is a list of some of the dog friendly events coming up in Richmond in 2018.

● Pups and Pints – Beginning in April, Pups and Pints takes place at Ellwood Thompson’s the 2nd Thursday of every month from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This spring, Ellwood Thompson is proud to partner with local breweries to support a different animal-loving, non-profit neighbor each month. $1 from every drink sold goes to the non-profit partner. For more information, click here.
● Fido’s After Five – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA allowing leashed dogs during “Flower’s After 5”. Known as “Fido’s After Five”, this fun event takes place on the following on the nights: June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23, September 13 , 2018. Live music, food and fun! Bring a blanket! In addition to the regular admission fee, a $2.00 suggested “pet admission” goes to the Richmond SPCA. Have you never been to the botanical gardens?  Their address is 1800 Lakeside Avenue in Henrico!  You’ll love it.
● The Farmers Market at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church – Open year-round on Saturdays, the market moves outdoors for spring, summer and fall starting on Saturday, April 7th, and running through November 17th. Your dog is welcome to come with you! Market hours are 8:00 AM until noon. The St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is located at 6000 Grove Avenue in Richmond.
● Hardywood Park Craft Brewery – West Creek – Leashed Dogs are allowed on their expansive outdoor grounds, just not in the taproom. Starting April 11th, and on every Wednesday thereafter, the West Creek location will have Food Truck Court from 5:00 – 9:00 PM! Hardywood West Creek is located at 820 Sanctuary Trail Drive, Richmond.
● Hardywood Park Craft Brewery – Richmond – Same Food Truck fun as their West Creek location (above), but on Thursdays! Conveniently located at their Richmond taproom, 2410 Ownby Lane in Richmond. Leashed dogs welcome! Hours vary slightly, 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM.
● Farmer’s Market at Dorey Park -  Every Saturday from June 2nd to October 27th, your dog can go shopping with you at Dorey Park from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM!  Dorey Park’s address is 2999 Darbytown Road in Henrico.
● The 17th Street Farmer’s Market (100 N 17th Street) in Richmond is always a pleasant, dog-friendly place to visit!
● Yappy Hour at Strangeways Brewing – Strangeways Brewing is proud to support local nonprofit animal advocacy groups through monthly Yappy Hours, March – November, 5:00 – 9:00PM. Beer tastings for the humans and treats for the pups! And, oh, it’s free! Contact Strangeways Brewing for exact dates.
● The Richmond Squirrel’s Bark in the Park – As one of the Richmond Squirrel’s most popular nights of baseball, “Bark in the Park” is now every Monday home game. The Squirrel’s have a new ticket plan that is geared around Monday dog nights too, which includes a cute doggie bandana or a doggie jersey, depending on which package you purchase. How fun is that?! For scheduling information, visit the Richmond Squirrel’s webpage.
● Richmond Vegetarian Festival – Well-behaved, leashed, vaccinated, healthy dogs are welcome at the Vegetarian Festival. This year the festival is on June 23rd from Noon till 6:00 PM. Food, music, guest speakers and FUN is on the agenda! This event takes place at Azalea Gardens in Bryan Park, 4308 Hermitage Road in Richmond.
● Hanover Tomato Festival – It doesn’t get more fun for you and your dog than at the Hanover Tomato Festival. This year the festival is on Saturday, July 14th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville. Live musical entertainment, rides, games, over 150 vendors, delicious tomato dishes and much more! Be sure to treat your pup to a visit to the “Bow Wow Beach” cooling station.
● Carytown Watermelon Festival – The Carytown Watermelon Festival is Sunday, August 12th, from 10:00AM – 6:00PM. Our guests love watermelon, and your pup probably does too! If he is comfortable around 115,000 people, 60 musicians, and 150 exhibitors, then he will have a great time at the Watermelon Festival. We know you will too!
● Hanover Mater, Corks & Kegs Festival – Those folks at the Hanover Vegetable Farm know how to paw-ty! The dog-friendly Hanover Mater, Corks & Kegs Festival takes place on June 23rd from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, at the farm, 13580 Ashland Road in Ashland. Live music, BBQ, Local brews, 8 wineries and 70+ Vendors! Proceeds benefiting Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.
● Ashland Strawberry Faire – The Ashland Strawberry Faire is Saturday, June 16th from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Randolph Macon College in Ashland. The Faire is a traditional celebration to promote the community and celebrate the strawberry harvest. In addition to amazing food, including all of your strawberry favorites, of course, there will be lots of fun vendors and live entertainment by various musical, dance and demonstration groups in the community. Dogs are welcome! In fact, you can enter him/her in the Pet Pageant!
● Sundae Funday is Sunday, August 26th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Walkerton Tavern.  Free ice cream while supplies last, music, and tours of the Tavern.  Walkerton Tavern is located at 2892 Mountain Road, about a mile from our Glen Allen Resort.
● Ardent Craft Ale Fourth Anniversary Block Party is Saturday, June 16th from 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM! The party is on Leigh Street where they are shutting down the street to vehicles right in front of their 3200 West Leigh Street brewery! The party will feature brews from Adent and other guest breweries, food trucks, and live music. Friendly dogs are welcome as long as they remain leashed.
●  The Richmond Road Runner’s Club Thanks Dad 5K & Kids Run is June 17th.  Runners with a single dog on a leash are permitted at the rear of the starting corral.  This fun event will take place at The Urban Farmoouse Market & Cafe, 13872 Coalfield Commons Place, Midlothian.  Race begins at 8:30 AM!
Event List Found From Holiday Barn. To see lists of every dog friendly park in Richmond, click here

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