Bark in the Park San Jose, Sept.16, 2017, 10-5, William Street Park in downtown San Jose

Bark in the Park San Jose: A Naglee Park Tradition

Bark in the Park San Jose™ is the largest dog festival in the US. Bark is a free event, open to all, with a suggested donation of $5 per dog. All proceeds from Bark benefit local community organizations and pet-related charities including Humane Society Silicon Valley and San Jose Animal Care Center.

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 dog rescue and spaying and neutering. Information on pet registration will also be available. 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.

Canine skills demonstrations will be presented throughout the day in three entertainment corrals and on the Main Stage. Demonstrations include a SJPD K-9 demo, Frisbee catching, sheep herding, agility training, behavior training, and service dog training. Activities for families and their pets will include the popular Dog Costume Contest, Pet/Owner Look-Alike Contest, Happy Dog Tail Wagging Contest, and Rescue Dog Stars.

After a busy day of activities, visitors will appreciate the Food and Beverage Court, which will offer selections from downtown area restaurants and community organizations, such as San Jose Elks.

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 112 year old neighborhood, and enjoy the architecture, walkability, and friendliness of our neighbors.