Cardiff Dog Days of Summer event is Aug. 13


Two- and four-legged friends alike will have a blast at the 11th annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer street fair on Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Presented by Cardiff 101 Main Street, this one-day event is expected to draw 10,000 dogs, dog fans and family members, according to organizers.

Made possible through funding from numerous sponsors, including the county of San Diego and the city of Encinitas, the free event at Newcastle, Aberdeen and Liverpool streets will feature more than 200 dog-related vendors, rescue groups with pet adoptions, a live music stage, a Lost Abbey beer garden, a dog contest, a doggy parade, a Blessing of the Dogs, a community performing arts stage, a silent auction and more.

“This is a great event to benefit the Cardiff community,” County Supervisor Dave Roberts said in a news release. “It is fun for the public and their pets, and is the largest of its kind in the region. The county of San Diego is proud to support this community event.”

Attendees can watch or enter four different dog contests including Cutest Puppy, Dog/Owner Look-Alike, Best Looking Big Dog and Best Looking Small Dog. After the contests, local musical acts like Wish and the Well (1 p.m.), Second Cousins (3 p.m.) and Zach David (5 p.m.) will play at the beer garden.

There will also be doggy cool zones and a doggy photo booth courtesy of Doggie Beach Bus. With Cardiff Animal Hospital acting as the paw protection sponsor, green turf will be laid throughout the event to protect the pooches’ paws.

Residents can catch a free shuttle from Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan, and more information is available at