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Dog Days of Summer Fest

The fastest-growing street fair for dogs and dog lovers in Southern California is set for Saturday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The seventh annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer, hosted by the Cardiff 101 Main Street, is expected to draw more than 10,000 four-legged friends, fans and family members.

“They say every dog has his day, and this year it’s August 11,” says event chair, Brad Maassen. “The community and their canine friends come together for contests, games, one fabulous silent auction, vendors, and, of course, food. It’s a great way to see old friends and make new ones of the two-and-four-legged variety.”

Highlights of this year›s Cardiff Dog Days of Summer event include an obstacle course sponsored by K-9 Connection, a Kid Zone with a bird show and games, a silent auction, and contests including Cutest Puppy, Best Dressed Dog, and Best Kisser. There will be music, vendor booths, and the County Animal Services Rabies, Vaccination, License and Microchip Clinic will be in attendance, too.

“Again, this year, we will open the event with The Blessing of the Animals by Drupon Samten Rinpoche of the Tibetan Meditation Center of Escondido,” adds Maassen.

Proceeds benefit local animal charities and Cardiff 101 Main Street, which sponsors other community events throughout the year.

Cost: Free. Location: Aberdeen Dr. and Newcastle Ave. in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. For more details call 760-436-0431 or visit