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Auburn’s Petpalooza is a Monster of an Event; Perfect for Families and Animal Lovers Alike

Auburn’s Petpalooza is a monster of an event; perfect for families and animal lovers alike, with thousands of wagging tails and even roller-skating parrots, wallabies and pygmy goats! This pet lover’s haven for you and your four-legged family member or other furry friend kicks off Saturday, May 18, 2024 at Game Farm Park in Auburn.

The free event will feature live entertainment that will include, among others, Reptile Isle and Emerald Downs Northwest Pet Contest. Two live bands will be playing the perfect tunes to enjoy, while sipping a cold beverage from the Downtown Auburn Cooperative’s Beer & Wine Garden, which is adjacent to the stage. Petpalooza.

The event includes an agility area, Seattle FlyDogs demonstrations, and a variety of vendors offering low-cost pet services, animal adoptions, samples, information, and a huge selection of animal-related products spread over three separate fields within the park.

In partnership with CityDog Magazine, be sure to enter your dog for the chance to be Petpalooza’s 2025 Poster Dog! Simply visit the CityDog booth to register on the day of the event.

Auburn’s Petpalooza doesn’t forget about making kids happy (their parents too, as these activities are FREE!). This year’s festival will showcase a 15’ x 50’ no-barrier petting zoo. Once inside the enclosure, all the animals roam freely with the public. The zoo includes wallabies, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits and more. Children can also enjoy animal-related face painting, compliments of the Auburn Youth Council, FREE inflatable rides and ArtRageous hands-on art projects. Kids will love the reptile show, the parrot demonstrations, and the high-flyin’ dogs, to name a few!

Auburn Dog Trot

Registrations are currently being accepted for the Dog Trot Fun Run, a family-oriented fun run/walk that takes place just prior to Petpalooza at 9:30 a.m. Participants may choose between the 3K or the 5K routes. The course is flat, easy and enjoyable for all ages and ability levels. The chip-timed race gives participants the most accurate finish times.

Awards will be distributed to the top participant in six age groups. Child (8 and under); Tween (9-12 years); Teen (13-19); Adult I (20-35); Adult II (36-54) and Senior (55+). The early registration fee is $20 per person and includes an event t-shirt, full-color race bib and a finisher’s medal. Registrations after March 31 are $25 per person and event day registration is $30 per person. Convenient on-line registration is offered at auburnwa.gov/petpalooza.

Auburn Petpalooza

Come hungry, as Petpalooza has almost every food option you can think of from hamburgers and hot dogs to kettle corn, ice cream, coffee, pizza and more. This year’s festival will also offer a Beer & Wine Garden, located conveniently near the entertainment stage, so you can enjoy some great animal shows or fabulous live music while enjoying a refreshing beverage.

Complete event information can be found at auburnwa.gov/petpalooza. Find Auburn’s Petpalooza on Facebook here. For more information, please call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043.

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About the Author

Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.

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