Dog festival returns to San Jose Saturday

A major festival for some of the region’s best friends is coming back to San Jose this weekend.

The annual Bark in the Park event, which organizers say is the largest dog festival in the country, is set to occupy part of Downtown San Jose this Saturday, September 21st.

The event, run in San Jose’s William Street Park at the corner of S 16th St. and E William St., features a full day of activities, including contests for dogs and their owners alike, and numerous agility demonstrations.

In addition to multiple stages set up for engaging performances, a kids’ zone will entertain attendees of every age. Bounce houses, agility courses – for dogs and people, and storytime with local librarians are among the child-focused activities.

Rescue organizations, more than 75 vendors, vaccination and microchip stands, and food and drink stalls will ensure a full day of happenings at the festival.

Parking can be difficult around the venue, given the more than 10,000 attendees, with the best options in the nearby neighborhoods as well as designated parking areas near the park, which will be noticed by posted signs. A drop-off location for volunteers and attendees will be setup near the festival.

Bark in the Park is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you plan to bring your dog along with you, fill out this form in advance to speed up your entry process.

A $6 donation, per adult, is requested for entry. Dogs and those under 12 years old are free.

For more information on Bark in the Park, click here.