Bark in the Park San Jose, Sept.18, 2021,  10-5, William Street Park in downtown San Jose

Bark in the Park: A Naglee Park Tradition

Bark in the Park™ is the largest dog festival in the US. Bark is a free event, open to all, with a suggested donation of $6 per adult. Dogs and kids under 12 are free! All proceeds from Bark benefit local community organizations and pet-related charities including Humane Society Silicon Valley, San Jose Animal Care Center, and PAWS4SJACS.


Campus Community Association’s Bark in the Park is designed to celebrate our canine friends and raise money for CCA’s many projects and events.

Vision Statement

Campus Community Association’s Bark in the Park celebrates our canine friends.  It is a one-day event held on the third Saturday of each September at William Street Park.  It provides funding for CCA’s many neighborhood projects and events and also donates money to various animal shelters and charities.

About Bark in the Park

Founded in 1996, Bark offers a main stage, activities areas, demonstrations, kid’s activities, food, live entertainment and vendor booths focused on dog-related goods and services.

Adults and children can learn about different dog breeds, how to select an appropriate pet and how to give it proper care. Non-profit organizations will offer information on fostering, adopting, and spaying and neutering. More than 75 local businesses will offer a wide range of dog-related products and services including veterinarian, kennel, grooming, food, treats, supplies, photography, and merchandise.

Low-cost vaccines and microchipping will be provided by Pet Awareness and Welfare Society (PAWS) for San Jose Animal Care and Services. All proceeds from the clinic benefit San Jose Animal Care and Services.

Activities for families include:

  • Canine skills demonstrations throughout the day in three entertainment corrals and on the Main Stage. Demonstrations in 2019 included K-9, urban mushing, barn hunting, agility, fly ball, and search and rescue.
  • Contests, including the popular Dog Costume Contest, Pet/Owner Look-Alike Contest, and Happy Dog Tail Wagging Contest.
  • Kids' Entertainment Zone with Kids' Agility Course, Dog Owner in Training Resource Tent, Doga, DIY Dog Toy Making, Face Painting, Storytime, and the Big Bulldog Bounce House.

After a busy day of activities, visitors appreciate the Food and Beverage Court, which offers selections from downtown area restaurants and community organizations.

Bark in the Park is organized by the Naglee Park Campus Community Association. The majority of Bark volunteers are residents in the neighborhood and volunteer for Bark because they want to show  guests how proud they are of the community where they reside.

Come find out why downtown San Jose is the best neighborhood for families and their furry friends. Walk through beautiful Naglee Park, a 118-year-old neighborhood, and enjoy the architecture, walkability, and friendliness of our neighbors.