Local Pet Friendly Events and Festivals

NOLA on Tap 

Saturday, September TBD 

Save the date for the 10th annual NOLA on Tap beer festival at City Park! Stay tuned for our extensive beer list, entertainment lineup and VIP ticket packages. Trust us, you won't want to miss this family-friendly event


Pet Fest 

November 3, 2019 

10am to 4pm in Metairie at Lafreniere Park. Admission is free!

features a Pet Adopt-A-Thon with 40 shelter/rescue groups offering over 400 adoptable pets, a Pet Health Watch area, a free Pet Costume Contest with amazing prizes, Pet Marketplace, delicious local cuisine, live music and much more! Hundreds of adoptive pets have found homes at Pet Fest!

Howl O Weenie Petfest

October 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT at Shrine on Airline

Come join us for fun, food, games, raffles, and pictures with PunkinHead, Mr Gobbles and Santa!!!
Free Parking
Free Admission  

Luna Fete

Dec 12, 2019 6 pm & Dec 15, 2019 10pm at Lafayette Square 

LUNA Fête is a visionary initiative created by the Arts Council New Orleans to demonstrate the power of art to transform communities.

This free and open to the public festival of light, art, and technology celebrates New Orleans creative industries and provides a memorable experience for diverse event attendees


Nola City Bark Howlinday Market & Paw Parade 

Dec 14, 2019 1pm to 5pm 

NOLA City Barks inaugural “Howliday Market & Parade” to be held Saturday, December 14, 2019 (rain date, Sunday the 15th) on New Orleans City Park’s Great Lawn at 6 Victory Drive - first time ever! Vendors will be selling holiday gifts and pet products. Santa will be there along with his sleigh for special photos. There will be a costume contest judged by local celebrities and a parade led by representatives from several of New Orleans Mardi Gras walking groups. Music, raffle items, food and, of course, rescue dogs will be in attendance. We hope you will join us!


Champagne Stroll 

May TBA, 2020 

On the Saturday before Mother’s Day, stroll Magazine Street as our shops stay open until 9pm. There will be music, bubbly, and plenty of special offers. Enjoy the gorgeous weather and shop on our beautiful street after hours. 


Bad to the Bone 

Sept TBA, 2020

Bad to the Bone is an annual Halloween fashion show with adoptable dogs from local non-profit animal rescues. Bring your dog out for a night on the town & to support animal rescue and enjoy great music. Dog and human costume contest, great food, pet photography, gorgeous models, and lots of fun. 


Art for Art Sake 

Sept TBA, 2020

It’s Magazine Street’s biggest event of the year. Each Fall we kick off the start of the New Orleans Arts season with music, wine, gallery openings, and shopping. Come down to Magazine Street for a night of gallery hopping and shopping.


Barkus Parade 

Feb 16, 2020

The only Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans for the canine population. Founded in 1993, the Mystic Krewe of Barkus is a non-profit organization. The Mystic Krewe of Barkus was envisioned and created in November 1992 at a meeting of the Margaret Orr (WDSU-TV Weather Anchor) Fan Club held at Good Friends Bar. Thomas Wood brought his dog Jo Jo McWood to the meeting, where people complained about her neurotic ways. To get back at them all, Wood decided to make Jo Jo McWood queen of her parade and captain-for-life. Thus, the Krewe of Barkus was born.


Wed at the square 

 March to May 2020

Wednesday at the Square is a free weekly concert series sponsored by the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans. Elevated above the crowd on a big sound stage, bands perform a wide variety of indigenous musical styles, including jazz, rock, funk, swamp pop, Latin rhythms and more. Performers have included Jon Cleary, Cowboy Mouth, Kermit Ruffins, Amanda Shaw and Flow Tribe.

In addition, you will be treated to the sounds of some of New Orleans' most famous brass bands as opening acts. You can bring your own chairs or blankets and sit on the ground in the lovely tree-lined park. The front of the stage is reserved for dancing. The concert series runs from March through early June every year. You can expect the lineup to be released in January each year.

Food booths and concessions dot the perimeter of Lafayette Square, offering local culinary specialties from small plates to entrée items to delicious desserts. And, to wash it all down, a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are also for sale. Food and drink sales are what help sponsor the events and keep them. No outside food or beverages may be brought in to the park during the concerts. Local artists also sell jewelry, clothes and accessories and artwork.


Bayou Boogaloo

May 16, 2020 at Bayou St John 

Every year in late May, there’s a party on the bayou when Bayou Boogaloo comes to the shore of Bayou St. John in Mid-City.

Attendees can expect to enjoy music, a variety of food and drink, as well as arts and crafts.

What makes this weekend special is the location on the banks of Bayou St. John. People fill the bayou and enjoy the music from boats, kayaks and inflatable water crafts.

Fest-goers can leisurely stroll about, grab some great New Orleans food and a cold drink, and go sit by the waterside and enjoy the scene, taking in the music of some of the city's top bands at two stages.

Bayou St. John is located off the beaten path, a few miles from the French Quarter. Boaters used to utilize the thoroughfare to get within a mile of the business section of town, taking public transportation for the final stretch. Today, the bayou does not connect to the lake, but is a great place for small boats, kayaks, and canoes to enjoy. And, of course, it’s the perfect place for a boogaloo celebration.


Nola dogs race to the Rescue 

November 30, 2019 at 8am 

Audubon Park Shelter 10, 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA  70118

Join us for a fun filled morning at our second annual NOLA Dogs Race to the Rescue 5K among the majestic oaks of Audubon Park. You can run alone or with a team or with your four legged furry friend!

All 2 legged participants will enjoy mimosas and croissants, jambalaya and more!

Awards and Random Drawings!

All profits  will benefit animal rescue in New Orleans.