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Cardiff Dog Days of Summer Event

Cardiff-by-the-Sea is ready to celebrate man’s best friend. Set in this beautiful beach community, this annual one-day street fair for dogs and dog lovers is being held August 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The event, hosted by Cardiff 101 Main Street, is expected to draw 10,000 four-legged friends, their fans and family members.

Dog Days of Summer is made possible through numerous sponsors, including funds from the County of San Diego and City of Encinitas. “This is a great event to benefit the Cardiff community,” says County Supervisor, Dave Roberts. “It is fun for the public and their pets, and is the largest of its kind in the region. The County of San Diego is proud to support this community event.” In addition, Cardiff Animal Hospital and Wellness Center is this year’s Paw Protector sponsor. Thanks to their generosity and sponsorship, Cardiff 101 will be able to lay green turf throughout the event and help protect pooches paws.

Beginning at 10 a.m., watch or enter in four different dog contests, including Cutest Puppy, Dog/Owner Look-ALike, Best Looking Big Dog and Best Looking Small Dog. After the contest, local musical talents will be showcased in conjunction with the Lost Abbey beer garden with Wish and the Well at 1pm, Second Cousins at 3pm, and Zach David at 5pm. Bring your pup and enjoy a beer while listening to these local legends!

Highlights of this year include a Blessing of the Dogs, the Lost Abbey beer garden, over 200 booths, including pet adoptions from local shelters and rescue organizations as well as specialty pet products and services, delicious food vendors, a doggie photo booth courtesy of Doggie Beach Bus, doggie cool zones and a silent auction.

Cost: free; including a free shuttle from Encinitas City Hall. Visit for more information.