Get Your Woof On At Woofstock 2016
Toronto’s Woofstock is the largest outdoor festival for dogs and their humans in North America. This enormous pooch party attracts over 200,000 people, 150,000 dogs and 200 vendors every year. And we couldn’t be more excited to hear that this year’s event is taking place Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 at Woodbine Park (in Toronto’s Beaches neighborhood).
The festival was named “Woofstock” after the famous Woodstock, a festival that was held in 1969 which drew almost half a million people to celebrate music and art. Other events which were dubbed “Woodstock” were to celebrate the 1969 festival’s success, such as the 1979 Woodstock rock concert in lieu of Woodstock’s 10 year anniversary.
Woofstock’s first festival was held 13 years ago in Toronto’s Distillery District and attracted so many pooches and their trusty humans that they had to move locations in order to accommodate so many people! If you’ve never been, Woodbine Park is a doggy dream come true. Not only is there lots of open space, but it’s also located in one of Toronto’s most dog-friendly neighborhoods, the Beaches(which happens to be right on Lake Ontario).
This event not only gives people the opportunity to bond with their dogs and find other humans equally in love with their pooches, but it also brings vendors that may otherwise not have the chance to show off their awesome products. BabelBark, for example, is one of the vendors who will be making an appearance at this year’s Woofstock. This company connects like-minded pet parents, vendors and vets in one convenient phone application. You never know what cool dog products you’re going to find – this is where we discovered the Pawz Jawz for the first time! Guaranteed, you’re going to go home with something.
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Woofstock is also known to have more than a few contests and activities so your pooch can have some fun. Last year’s Winter Woofstock, for example, had an obstacle course, a canine beauty pageant, a stunt show and races! Fun fact: the doggy race was broken up into two categories… wieners and pugs. We’re so, so sad to have missed that but we can only imagine it was ridiculously funny to watch!
The best part of this festival? It’s absolutely free! No lineups to get tickets or to get in- simply waltz in with your best friend in tow and be prepared to have loads of fun.
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