May 17, 2019 — The world’s largest Olympic-style festival for dogs and their people returns to Michigan’s Little Bavaria over Memorial Day weekend at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.
The 13th annual Dog Bowl festival is May 25 to 26 and includes hundreds of dogs competing in events like DockDogs and Disc Dogs of Michigan competitions, border collie sheep herding demonstrations, a pet parade and costume contest, tricks and doggie fun run races. The festival is free to attend. Dogs are welcome but must be on a 6-foot leash.
More than 100,000 visitors are expected to visit Frankenmuth over Memorial Day weekend to watch exciting displays of athleticism by hundreds of competing dogs. Visitors can also enter their own family dog into a variety of events like barn hunt scent trials and the doggie dash de lure. Some events require a registration fee.
Part of the festival is Balloons Over Bavarian Inn, featuring hot air balloon pilots from across the country who will take to the skies for morning and evening competitions and return to River Place Shops for nightly balloon glows throughout the weekend.
Visitors have the chance to see more than 20 hot air balloons light up and interact with pilots and their crews on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 9 to 10 p.m. as part of the Balloon Glow Village event.
The 2019 Dog Bowl concludes with the Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth fireworks show, sponsored by Pepsi, at 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 26.
Even more doggone fun events at the 2019 Dog Bowl include:
Crowning of the Dog Bowl King and Queen
Wiener Dog Races
Pet-themed Vendor Marketplace
Police K9 Demonstrations
Annual Canine Cruise on the Cass River
All events take place at River Place Shops, 925 S. Main St. Parking is free and located around the German-styled shopping complex and along Weiss Street.