7 Dog-Friendly Summer 2018 Events in Indy

Check out these late summer events in the Indianapolis area you can enjoy with your dog – and other humans.


Late summer is the perfect time to get out and about with your favorite furry friends. Plus, our team at the Good Dog Hotel & Spa loves running into our regular dog daycare and hotel guests at special community events. Check out some of the happenings going on in the Indianapolis area soon. We hope to see you out and about having fun in the months to come.

AIGA Indy Homegrown: Summer Social
Thursday, August 2, 6-8 p.m.
Metazoa Brewing Company, Indianapolis

This summer social and dog-friendly event at Metazoa Brewing will be the second installment of their event series: Homegrown. Homegrown is a laid-back event for creatives. Whether you like to mingle or observe, you’ll have a summery good time. Attendees can participate in an outdoor chalk art contest and a social media photo contest – prizes will be awarded. There will be additional games and snacks provided by Metazoa. And a perk for AIGA members over 21: your first beer is free.

Cooper’s Fun Run at Foundry Provisions
Friday, August 3, 5:45 – 7:30 a.m.
Foundry Provisions, Indianapolis

Enjoy a morning run from one of downtown’s newest coffee bars. This untimed 3-mile run or walk will start and finish at Foundry Provisions, 236 East 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Stick around afterward and enjoy samples of Tinker Coffee and time with friends. As always, listen for your name in the raffle drawing. Dogs on leashes, kids and strollers are welcome. Suggested donations of $10 are accepted in lieu of a registration fee. All money raised will benefit Back on My Feet Indianapolis as they combat homelessness in our city.

Second Annual Pups and Pints Series
Fridays, August 17, September 21& October 19, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Clay Terrace Dog Park, Carmel 

The 2nd Annual Pups and Pints Series is presented by Indy Animal Eye Clinic, and is held every third Friday of each month, beginning in May. It’s “Yappy Hour” for you and your dog – a night on the town for pups to hang out and socialize with other four legged friends. Enjoy treats from vendors, and socializing with other humans. Grab a pint for you, water for your pups, and let the fun begin.

Picasso Puppies
August 18, noon – 3 p.m.
Garfield Park, Indianapolis

Picasso Puppies is an opportunity to create pet-friendly art pieces with four-legged friends and to meet adoptable dogs. Nontoxic paints and other doggie-safe materials will be provided to create keepsakes with pets, including a Robert Indiana “LOVE”-inspired painting and a clay paw print ornament. Activity fee is $10.
In addition to the art projects, guests can participate in a dog kissing booth, silent auction and collaborative art projects. A wading pool and hose will be available to keep pets cool in the heat. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. Register at www.indyparks.org or call 317-327-PARK.

Ales for Adoptable Tails 2018, by IndyHumane
Saturday, August 25, Noon – 3 p.m.
Indianapolis City Market

One of Indy’s favorite dog-and-suds event, Ales for Adoptable Tails is hosted by Tomlinson Tap Room and the Indianapolis City Market. This is a benefit for IndyHumane that brings together some of the Midwest’s greatest brewers for an event like no other. Attendees can enjoy beer, food and dancing to live music. Meet adoptable pets from IndyHumane’s Pet Adoption Wagon and win raffle prizes.
Ticket purchases benefit IndyHumane and homeless pets in Central Indiana.
Basic and VIP tickets available at $20 – $30. For more information, visit indyhumane.org/indypaaw or contact indypaaw@indyhumane.org.
Designated Driver/Under 21 Ticket: A donation of $5 or more is suggested.

Day of the Dog: Run, Walk or Jog 5K & 10K
August 26, 7 p.m.
Indianapolis Virtual Run

Help celebrate National Dog Day with this third annual virtual event. Complete a 5K or 10K anytime in August with your favorite four-legged friend. 15% of every registration will be donated to Freedom Service Dogs of America, a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by rescuing dogs and custom training them for individual client needs. Clients include children, veterans and active duty military, and other adults. Their disabilities include autism, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder. By completing a virtual 5K or 10K, you’ll receive a Day of the Dog Medal, plus an attached dog tag for your dog. To register, visit the event website.

Indy Pet Parade and Tappings Party
Monday, September 3, 2-10 p.m.
Metazoa Brewing Company, Indianapolis

Join Metazoa Brewing Co. for the first annual Indy Pet Parade & Tappings Party. Attendees are invited to walk in the pet parade through Fletcher Place neighborhood, followed by a party at Metazoa Brewing Co. that will feature live music, food trucks, local vendors & more. You must be 21 or older to attend the Indy Pet Parade, Tapping Party and/or enter the Metazoa taproom. The parade route is 1.54 miles. Costumes and festive outfits are highly encouraged. For more information, or to register and purchase tickets, visit this event website.

4th Annual Clay Terrace Adopt-A-Dog Day
September 15, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Clay Terrace, Carmel

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about dog adoption from local rescues as well as other dog-related companies in the area. Enjoy yappy-hour music, games, giveaways and much more. Admission is free. For event directions and information, click here.

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