The end of summer in Seattle can be a grey affair. Not only does the weather turn to our misty standard, but it also seems that the frequency of events fades as well. Many of the fabulous summer concert festivals and outdoor activities that we know and love are finished, and you might feel as though many of your options for dog-friendly date nights are gone with the sun. We here at Wowzer, we know that dog people love to meet one another and won’t accept retreating indoors until spring, so we’ve put in the leg work to find some great outdoor events in the Seattle area that welcome your pooch.
The Pacific Northwest is the epicenter of the craft beer boom that has rocked the country and is still the place to be for the new and most interesting brews. Seattle boasts heaps and heaps of local breweries, and there’s an excellent chance that your latest Wowzer match will be a beer aficionado. Impress them by planning a date for the Fresh Hop Beer Festival, located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Over twenty local brewers will be there showing off their latest fall concoctions in an open-air festival great for pets. Over three-quarters of hops in the US are grown right here in Washington, and Fresh Hop seeks to celebrate some of the best beers in the world. Arrive between 12 pm and 4 pm to enter your dog in the Hoppiest Hound contest and hope your pooch can win a prize!
Seattle’s multicultural flavor is one of the many joys of living in the Emerald City. One of the ways in which our city celebrates our various heritages is Seattle Center’s Festal series, a long-running string of events that showcase our cities cultural roots. We recommend the Diwali: Lights of India festival for an excellent pup-friendly date. This celebration honors the triumph of light over darkness, and will certainly provide an iridescent backdrop for your date. There will be Indian food, music and dancing, as well as seminars on Indian culture for the curious. One of the highlights of the festival is sure to be the flower mandala arrangements, a creative and romantic experience that should kindle some sparks! Remember to bring your pup some ear protection though; it isn’t Diwali without firecrackers.
West Seattle is packed with heaps of awesome arts and restaurants that even the most longtime locals might not be familiar with. A great excuse to venture westward is the annual Harvest Fest, which offers a plethora of classic activities for the young at heart. This family-friendly event is great for single parents of both kids and dogs, starting with a chili cook-off and featuring a hot cocoa and cider garden. There will be heaps of vendor booths, games, and costumes, but in our opinion, Applepaloza is the real showstopper. Get a taste of fall by sampling the best of Washington apples, and vote on your favorites. With winter fast approaching, your Wowzer match will appreciate the crisp autumn apples while they last.
If you and your furry friends love to go out and get active, or the prominence of delicious fall foods has left you feeling a little, um, husky, Run Scared is a great fall event for a great cause. Run Scared is a costume-wearing, fall celebrating, pet-friendly fun run around Seward Park that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. There are 10k and 5k runs, as well as a 4k walk for those that may not be the marathon type. After the run is over, treat yourself to some pumpkin bread, or the popular but polarizing candy corn bar. The theme of this year is “Monster Mash,” so be prepared to perform your finest Graveyard Smash to impress your date.
Now that you’ve got your October all planned out, be sure to download the Wowzer app and get matching! There’s a city full of dog-owning singles out there that would love to share a cider and watch the leaves fall.