Dog friendly outdoor festival Sept 22. in W. Asheville

This Sunday, September 22nd Carrier Park will be home to Asheville’s only outdoor festival created for dogs to benefit dogs. The 2nd Annual Mix 96.5 (WOXL) Dog Day Afternoon festival will take place at the East Green of Carrier Park in West Asheville to celebrate all things canine, and support local dog rescue organizations.

The Asheville Humane Society and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will be in attendance with large adoption areas showcasing dogs ready for adoption in hopes of matching these would-be pets with a loving foster or forever home.

The event kicks off at 11:30am with a dog-friendly 1.2 mile fun run around Carrier Park and will continue until 4pm with dog contests including a wiener dog race, “Silly Pet Tricks”, “Best Bark” and the Fastest Dog in Asheville Competition.

Advance registration for doggie contests and the fun run is encouraged but not required. Walk up entries will be welcome. Participation in the fun run is $10 per person and entry to the doggie contests is $5 per contest per dog. Proceeds from all activities will benefit the Asheville Humane Society and Brother Wolf. Online registration will open on September 5th at

In addition to the adoption areas and contests, this family-friendly free event will include live music from the 96.5 House Band, a mobile “Pretty Pooch” grooming station from WNC Pet Spa, doggie photo booth from Flying Dog Photography, discounted microchipping services from Haw Creek Animal Hospital, and the YMCA Kids Zone complete with bounce house, intro to puppy classes and more.

Local craft beer from Lexington Avenue Brewing and wine from The Wine Guy will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the rescue organizations. Food will be available from Farm to Fender food truck, Eddie’s Doghouse, and Cecelia’s Kitchen, Sweet Treats and the Hop Ice Cream. Local businesses will vend dog-friendly wares and products.

Attendees will also get to enjoy the beautiful walking trails and picnic areas surrounding the park. The festival will feature a large cooling tent as well as doggie pools to keep both dogs and humans beat the heat.

Mix 96.5’s Dog Day Afternoon is made possible with support from Prestige Subaru, Lexington Avenue Brewing, the Wine Guy and other local business sponsors. While the event is dog-friendly, owners must bring their dogs on leash and aggressive or unruly dogs will be asked to leave. For more information on Dog Day Afternoon, please visit


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