10 Summertime Must-Dos For You and Your Pup

10 Summertime Must-Dos For You and Your Pup

Take him out to the ball park, take him out to the game. Canine tickets to the Durham Bulls game on August 2 are $5. Photo courtesy of Durham Bulls

Grabbing a pint and some grub at Fullsteam, Motorco, Ponysaurus and the many other dog-friendly restaurants and breweries in Durham with your four-legged friend is always a good idea for these hotter months. But the Bull City has a number of canine-specific events and businesses to try out, too!

Yappy Hour

Beer tasting for you and your dog – don’t worry, dog beer is non-alcoholic and made from meat broth – plus biscuits, human food and live music at this regular fundraiser, which will start back up after the summer in September. Durham Parks Foundation hosts the benefit to support the future Rock Quarry Dog Park.

Bark in the Park August 2, 7:05 p.m.

The final event in this series of Durham Bulls games invites dogs and their owners to attend a ball game – this one is against the Charlotte Knights – with a special pregame pup (and owner) parade on the field. Be sure to purchase human ($7.99) and canine ($5) tickets for the event – all proceeds of the latter are donated to Second Chance Pet Adoptions.

Pooch Plunge September 9, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cool off with your canines at Hillside Pool for a day of play.

Beer Durham’s Dog Days July 23 & Aug. 27, 1-4 p.m.

Party with your pup during this get-together in support of the Animal Protection Society of Durham. A portion of all draft sales benefits the shelter, and – if you’re looking for a new fur friend – some adoptable pets will be on site, too. Bring any items you’d like to donate to the shelter – food, bedding, old linens/sheets/towels, toys, etc., are always welcomed! Fullsteam will be on hand for a beer tasting at Dog Days in June!

Paint Your Pet

Unleash your inner artist and bring your fluffy companion to life on canvas with the help of Wine & Design during the business’s Paint Your Pet nights, which occur about once a month.

Durham’s Dog Parks

From Piney Wood Park’s three acres of wide-open play space to Northgate Park and downtown dog parks, there’s plenty of spots for your pup to meet up with buddies and get their exercise for the day.

Locopops’ Pup Pops

Treat Fido to a frozen masterpiece. Locopops’ dog varieties are made with yogurt, peanut butter and banana, all on a rawhide pop stick. And even better: a portion of pup pop proceeds go to the Animal Protection Society of Durham.

Other End of the Leash + Oliver’s Collar

Shop till you drop with a best pup friend at these two pet boutiques. Don’t forget to pick up some fresh-made treats while there and check the stores’ calendars for pet-friendly events.


Schedule a time at the pup pool or take a lap around the center’s indoor walking track.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Dogs are now welcome at the gardens, but only before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m.