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FAQ - Barks and Brews Dog Festival

Yes, you must be 21+ to attend this event. 

Altered dogs on leash are welcomed. No female dogs in heat. Dogs attending should be social & friendly with other dogs and people. Dogs should be comfortable with crowds. Dogs displaying aggressive behavior as determined by staff will be asked to leave. Dogs must have up to date vaccinations. 
All dogs must be kept on a leash, no longer than 5 feet at all times except when in the unleashed areas.

Waterfront Park
1600 Pacfic Hwy
San Diego CA 92101

The entrance will be from Ash Street.

12:30pm – 5:30pm

We will be giving the first 1000 dogs that attend either a complimentary bag or portable doggy bowl. Water will be available as well as some treats, and other pet friendly activities.  We will also have many different pet related vendors to shop, learn about and interact with. We will have 2 separate fenced areas for your pups to run and enjoy themselves off-leash. One section for large dogs and one for smaller dogs. Please bring  bags to clean up after your pet.  

Music will be played at a volume that is enjoyable for both animals and humans!  We will have amplified music and we recommend you do not sit close to the stage, but we also recognize that loud music can be alarming to animals and have taken that into consideration.

There will be an eclectic mix of all genres of music from DJs to bands.  

Yes, we will have food vendors on site selling a variety of different food for your eating pleasure. Please visit our taste and bites page for more information on our food partners. 

THERE IS NO SMOKING OF ANY KIND ALLOWED at Waterfront Park.  Please leave cigarettes or vapes at home.  They will not be allowed at the event.

Although previous Barks & Brews have been family friendly, this event is strictly 21+,  so please enjoy this event without your children. This includes babies.

PARKING AT WATERFRONT PARK IS EXTREMELY LIMITED! For available parking lots please CLICK HEREWe do recommend you take Uber or Lyft to the event. There is also metered parking available but space is extremely limited so please plan accordingly. As always, if you plan to consume alcoholic beverages, DO NOT DRIVE!

  • Lyft and Uber policy states: We advise passengers to call their drivers after their ride request is accepted to confirm that it’s OK to bring their pets.  

What do I need to know about the dog contests?

There will be ONE dog contest at this event at the end of day for those that want to participate. To sign-up for the contest, please go to the main-stage as soon as possible as space is limited. Winners will be judged by a panel of local judges including members from the Barking Lot, Five Group and other local industry and business professionals. One winner and a runner up will receive prizes and gifts.