Free to See: 10 U.S. Pet Events

Heading out? Don’t leave Fido (or Fifi) at home. We’ve got a list of 10 free pet-centric events and activities scattered across the U.S. Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 10 online. Plus, we want to hear from you. Tell us about a free pet event in your neighborhood.

Dog Beaches San Diego, California

Sunny San Diego: a blue-sky destination for your furry friends. The city boasts several beaches where dogs are allowed off-leash, including Fiesta Island, Ocean Beach on Voltaire Street, and the North Beach Dog Run in Coronado. See the city’s website for additional options.

Blessing of the Animals New York, New York

Take your pet to church—to one of the world’s largest cathedrals in fact—for the annual blessing of the animals at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan. Each fall, in celebration of St. Francis Day, the pews are filled with pets of all stripes, which are joined by more exotic beasts like yaks. Clergy bless individual pets after the service.

The Colorado Fall Charity Horse Show Denver, Colorado

This annual event is in its fifth decade, and admission is still absolutely free. Arabians, pintos, quarter horses, and many others strut their stuff, and attendees can visit the stables to meet horses, trainers, and riders in person. The show, which takes place at Denver’s National Western Complex in September, benefits Rocky Mountain Horse Rescue.

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Help us build our list! Tell us about your favorite (and free!) pet events in the U.S. or the world. Leave the details in the comments section below.

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  1. dave c.
    Pennsylvania USA
    February 20, 2012, 9:39 pm

    Great picture of the dog in the midst of the ocean waves…
    Kudos to the dog and photographer – beautiful photo !!!

  2. Maida Genser
    Boca Raton, FL
    October 15, 2011, 10:25 pm

    ***Citizens for Pets in Condos FUNdraiser ***
    doggie and people event
    November 3, 2011, 6:30 PM
    Wave 2700, 2700 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33421
    Meet Christie Banks of Christie’s Critters, WEAT / Sunny 104.3
    No entry fee. Raffles. Doggie dress-up contests. Pet BINGO.
    details here: