Pet Fest is on August 22, 2020 at Caras Park!

Pet Fest educates and entertains the public about the wonderful world of pets. It’s a day filled with family oriented events featuring entertainment, contests, special attractions and pet adoptions. Pet Fest is also an outstanding shopping venue of products and services pertaining to pets and families. There are many pet adoption agencies participating with on-site adoptable animals so bring the family and meet your new best friend!

Pet Fest will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 10am until 3pm at the Caras Park, in the heart of Downtown Missoula on the Clark Fork River. The Park Pavilion is home to many popular Missoula events like Missoula’s Out to Lunch, Downtown Tonight, Brewfests and more, including Pet Fest!

Admission is free but we strongly urge you to bring a bag of new pet food to help us feed homeless animals. All donations will be distributed to the participating shelters at the end of the event.

Don’t miss the Doggie Olympics!

We have fun contests for everyone with Olympic Medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place plus prizes from local businesses! There’s no entry fee and all ages are welcome to enter! This year we have the Best Dressed Pet, the Peanut Butter Lick, Babe Ruth Obedience Baseball, Best Pet Tricks, the timed Agility Course and the Mutt Runs. New this year is a Mutt Run for the big dogs!! See the schedule of contest events HERE.

Don’t forget the Wiener Dog Dash, where dozens of tiny dogs race for prizes and glory to round off the end of Pet Fest!  If you’ve never attended the Wiener Dog Dash, get ready to have your heart melt from the sheer cuteness of it all!

NEW! Pre-register your pet for contests online and save time at Pet Fest! Click HERE to register. You must have ONE registration form completed for EACH pet. Some contests may have limited participants so entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis. If you can’t register online, registration forms will also be available at Pet Fest.

Our Mission

Pet Fest promotes responsible pet ownership with education through entertainment. Animal shelters are faced with an incredible burden of dogs and cats that they cannot find homes for. Having your pet neutered ensures that you will not be adding to the problem. Adopting from shelters and rescues provides loving homes instead of sitting in a cage waiting for a home or being humanely euthanized.

You can bring your pets!

Your pets may attend Pet Fest with a responsible guardian. All pets must be leashed or contained, current on vaccinations, not in heat, and you must be prepared to pick up your pet’s mess. Pet Fest promotes having your pets spayed or neutered.

Find a New Furry Friend!

Visit with pet rescue organizations and local shelters from Western Montana. Support their fund-raising efforts by buying some of their fun and unique pet items. You’ll discover education on behavior issues, choosing the right pet and more. Bring the whole family and find a new forever friend from the pets for adoption right at Pet Fest!


This is an event to allow animal fans to get together and laugh at your silly little, (and sometimes not so little) guys! Please take a lighthearted approach at all events. We want everyone, contestants and spectators, to have a good time.

Please note that the contests at Pet Fest are not held as competitive sport. All contests are for fun and enjoyment of people and pets. Pet Fest supports the humane treatment of all animals and does not endorse dog racing or contests for sport.

Would you like your business to participate in Pet Fest? Click HERE for an information and registration for exhibitors, shelters and sponsors.