Day of the Dog

Event Date & Time: 
Sep 21 2013 - 10:00am - 3:00pm


On September 21 from 10 to 3 pm, Congressional Cemetery is hosting a Day of the Dog festival to celebrate everything we love about dogs. We'll have activities for both people and their pups, including contests, games, demonstrations and much more. Local pet vendors and services will also be present, as well as pet adoption agencies and shelters with dogs and cats ready for adoption.  Red and the Romantics ( will be on hand to serenade both the four-legged and two-legged visitors to HCC.

Known on Capitol Hill as one of the best places to walk your dog, Congressional Cemetery typically only allows dog-walking privileges to members of the K9 Corps. However, Day of the Dog will open the cemetery to the public and their pups, which is a special opportunity for dog lovers to experience this historic site along with local pet vendors and services.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets to participate in activities and contests will be available for purchase onsite the day of the event.

Check back often for information on the schedule as well as participating vendors!


  • Hill Rag
  • Howl to the Chief
  • Atlas Vet
  • Anytime K9
  • Red and the Romantics


  • Howl to the Chief
  • Atlas Vet
  • Anytime K9
  • Wag Time
  • PAL (People Animals Love)
  • PAL - Paws to Read Library Group
  • Perfect Pet Resort
  • Le Petit Treat
  • Amanda Sheperd
  • Port City Brewery
  • Dolci Gelati Food Truck
  • DC Ballers


  • Washington Animal Rescue League 
  • Washington Humane Society
  • Rural Dog Rescue
  • Lucky Dog Rescue
  • DC Shiba Inu Rescue


  • Capital Dog Training Club
  • ThankDog! Bootcamp
  • Anytime K9

Entertainment by: Red and the Romantics


 Costume Contest: Bring your pup dressed in their best gear to compete in Congressional Cemetery's costume contest! Entries will be accepted at the ticket tables located at the entrance of the event. Judging at 12 pm.  

Trick Contest:  Think your dog has the best tricks in town? Come compete in the trick contest at 1 pm! Entries will be accepted at the ticket tables located at the entrance of the event. From rolling over to playing dead...we'd love to see what your dog has up their sleeve, so enter for the Day of the Dog contest!


10 am - Event begins

10:30 - Demonstration: Capital Dog Training

11:00 - Demonstration:  Anytime K9

11:30 - Demonstration: ThankDog! Bootcamp

12:00 - Costume Contest

12:30 - Man's Best Friend 2k

12:30 - Demonstration: Capital Dog Training

1:00 - Trick Contest

1:30 - Anytime K9 

2:00 - Raffle drawing

3:00 Event ends

Games, music, food and other entertainment will be ongoing. Come have fun with us!



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