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Below is a list of Dog Friendly Events/ Spots in Calgary.  If you’re having an event or know of one not listed below please comment on this post with the Event Name, Date and event URL to verify information. Once we verify the event is Dog Friendly and is in Calgary or the surrounding areas ,we will update it to our listing.

Dog Friendly Spots in Calgary

Starbucks – If you’re lucky to get a barista who’s in the know — not every employee knows of this perk — you can order a “puppacinno” for your dog but they will have to enjoy it outside.

Caffe Beano – More of a sidewalk gathering area than a formal patio, the benches outside Caffe Beano are welcoming for pooches. You’ll often find dog bowls filled with water here, so that Fido can rehydrate while you’re sipping your Americano.

Creekside Bar and Grill -This dog-friendly venue allows you to keep your pooch within your sight, although not right on the patio with you. The east side of the patio has hitching posts just for your dog. It’s shady, he’ll get ice water, a mat to lie on and treats. Four to five dogs can fit here at one time.

Banff Gondola -Bring Fido to enjoy a mountain view on the

Golf Sunday’s at Woodside – Pet Friendly

The Farmer’s House -The Farmer’s House has a specific area where dogs can be tethered. There’s an area between the restaurant’s gate and the patio where dogs can rest while their owners enjoy flatbreads or a charcuterie board. This patio is shaded by large trees, which reduces traffic noise for an enjoyable lunch for you and makes for a cool spot for your dog to hang out.

Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall -Ranchman’s is the city’s only licensed dog patio — it was even featured in National Geographic’s The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel. Your dog will be treated like a star here. He’ll be able to sit with you and he’ll get his own bowl of water. Bring along treats for him to enjoy, too. The pet-friendly section of the patio is separated from the bar and restaurant by a gate, there’s a hitching post and the patio has been treated with a sanitary sealant. Contact Ranchman’s for more information on their “Yappy Hour.”

(There are conditions: your dog needs to be leashed and you need to have proof that he’s had all his vaccinations.)

2017 Dog Friendly Events in Calgary


Lions- Festival- of Lights

November 26- January 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm nightly

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Piscs -Pet- Emporium – Chinese New Year

January 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Dog -Days- of- dogmadogma

Friday, February 3rd and Saturday, February 4th

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Smooches for Pooches

Saturday, February 4th @ 10am-4pm


Project PAL- Prevent A Litter

Friday, February 10th @ 5pm

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National Service Dogs’ Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs

April 14th, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m

Each year, thousands of plastic eggs are filled with dog treats and hidden over a defined area of a local park. Each egg contains a dog treat and a sticker, representing a chance to win one of hundreds of great prizes!

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Calgary Pet Expo – No Pets ALLOWED

April 22 and 23, 2017

Saturday from  10-6pm

Sunday from 11-5pm

Pet Expo is a 2-day consumer trade-show that is open to the public. At the show you will find hundreds of pets, pet products, service providers, entertainers, clubs and organizations that cater to pets. The show strives to include all types of pets, anything from dogs & cats, to reptiles and other small caged exotics. All of these animals can be seen on-site during the show for you to interact with!

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Sleep Rover Breed Day Pawrties

May 7th

Every month, Sleep Rover hosts an inside Breed Party!
All well behaved dogs may join, as long as they fall in their breed category!
Are we dog racist? No, we just love seeing a bunch of the same dogs together – that is what makes Breed Parties fun! We also have dog color days (such as Black Dog Day) – so stay tuned!

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Dogfest Spring Fling

May 6, 2017 @ 10am-5pm



Dog- Jog @ TBD

Held annually in June, Dog Jog is one of Calgary Humane Society’s signature fundraising events and is crucial in raising funds to support the thousands of animals in need that are cared for each year. The family-friendly, non-competitive walk/run is an event where your canine friend can participate too! The 2.5 km or 5 km course kicks off from the west end of South Glenmore Park – a fantastic staging area for our Barkingville Marketplace. From here the route follows city pathways along the Glenmore Reservoir and loops along the top of the scenic Weaselhead Natural Area, concluding back at the polo field.

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4th Street Lilac Festival
Dog Friendly Event in Calgary

Dog Friendly Event in Calgary

June 4th@ 10-6pm

This free one day dog friendly event is the start up to Calgary’s vibrant festival season, and encourages citizens to shake off their winter blues and reintroduce themselves to the thriving creative community in our city.

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Off-Leash Ambassador Program: Dog Recall Training #1

June 10, 2017 @ TBD

Learn leash recall with the City of Calgary Off-Leash Ambassadors. Registration opens 10 days prior to the event.

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July 29-30

The west coast’s largest outdoor pet festival, pet-a-palooza™ is coming back! This free and pet friendly festival is the most fun you’ll have with your pet all summer. Bring your pet to sample treats, food, accessories, toys and get hooked up with loads of free swag!

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Off-Leash Ambassador Program: Dog Recall Training


Learn leash recall with the City of Calgary Off-Leash Ambassadors. Registration opens 10 days prior to the event.

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Marda Gras Street Festival

August 13th, 2017 –  10am – 5pm

This annual, fun-filled, family-friendly event attracts over 35,000 visitors from all over Calgary. The streets of Marda Loop will come alive for the 32nd time with this New Orleans-themed festival. Enter your pet into the Pageant to win some great prizes!

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Paws in the Park YYC


Concorde Group is very excited to host the 3rd Annual PAWS in the PARK fundraising event for Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society – AARCS! Join us at River Park for food trucks, pet vendor market, on-site dog services, photo booth, bounce house, prizes and many more activities!

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Calgary -Pride- Parade

September 4

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Calgary- Outdoor- Pool-Doggy- Paddle

September 4th, 2017

For the past few years at the end of the summer season your pooch can actually enjoy a doggy paddle with their pals. No word yet as to whether it will happen this year but if it does, expect it to be the pool party of the year!

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Pet Smart National Adoption Weekend

Sept. 14 – 15, 2012, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Info: Those looking to adopt a pet in Calgary can do so during thePetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend. The event brings together more than 125 Canadian, local animalwelfare organizations with a variety of adoptable pets in need of homes.  Every adoption benefits participating local shelters andrescue agencies which receive $35 in adoption-reward grants from PetSmartCharities for every pet they adopt during the event.

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The 13th Annual Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society’s Charity Dog Wash

September 15

Get your dirty dog washed and save a life! An action as small as taking your dog to the groomer, can make a huge difference in the life of a cherished pet, who is struggling with cancer.


To participate and have your pet enjoy this wet and wild time please contact a participating groomer near you and book your dog in for a well needed bath.

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Coming Soon…..



November 17, 2012; 1 to 4 p.m.

Don’t like doing your pet’s nails? Bring them to our shelter for a Pet-i-Cure. All proceeds help the animals in the shelter.

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Lions Festival of Lights

TBD from 6:30 – 12am nightly

The Christmas light display in Confederation Park is another must-attend Calgary winter activity. It’s free, it’s festive and it’s 99 per cent green — the volunteer-built display is created from 300,000 LED bulbs. Come before it gets dark and explore the park by snowshoe or cross-country ski.

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Lions Festival of Lights

TBD from 6:30 – 12am nightly

The Christmas light display in Confederation Park is another must-attend Calgary winter activity. It’s free, it’s festive and it’s 99 per cent green — the volunteer-built display is created from 300,000 LED bulbs. Come before it gets dark and explore the park by snowshoe or cross-country ski.

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Airdrie -Festival- of- Lights

December 1- December 31

6-9pm nightly December 31, 2016

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Christmas- Party- for- the- Animals


Please make sure to save the date and celebrate with Calgary Humane Society! The animals in our care love Christmas because it is the time of the year where we get to spoil them rotten with treats, toys and of course a whole lot of LOVE! We have been celebrating our furry friends during the holidays by hosting an annual event at the shelter called Christmas Party for the Animals. It is an especially festive event that will surely get you and your family into the holiday spirit!

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  1. 8th Annual Walk n’ Wag

    Join ARF and friends for a fun-filled dog walk and picnic in the park, all to support the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) of Alberta.

    Register in advance and help support this great cause. Fun activities for children, on-site pet photographers, dog games, contests and great giveaways are all planned for this day.

    All dogs and people welcome!

    Register online at

    Date: Sunday, September 24
    Location: River Park, 5139 14 ST SW, Calgary
    Time: 10:30 – 2:00
    Contact: Lisa at

  2. Vin Room Mission’s front patio (2310-4th ST SW) and Vin Room West patio (8561-8A Ave SW) is dog friendly 7 days a week. Enjoy complimentary treats, use of dog beds and a hydration station for your pooch.

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