Tail Up Pup! Don’t Miss The Dog Lovers Festival This Weekend!

Returning to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for the first time in six years, the Dog Lovers Festival is bound to set tails wagging! Held this Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March, the Dog Lovers Festival will run alongside the NEW Cat Lovers Festival for the first time to celebrate the festival’s return to Queensland.

One ticket, two entries! Source: Supplied

Pet parents unite at the Dog Lovers Expo! 

It’ll be all paws on deck as over 500 delightful dogs and over 200 beautiful cats will be on show across both festivals, as well as the jaw-dropping spectacle that is Antinol DockDogs. Even Aussie hero heelers Bluey and Bingo will make an appearance!

“We are so excited to be back in Brisbane with not one, but two epic festivals in one co-located event,” Festival Founder, Jason Humphris.

“The weekend is all about celebrating these wonderful companions, getting trusted insights on how to be the best pet parent we can be, and of course sniffing out all the latests and greatest stuff to spoil our pets.”

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Don’t miss Bluey and Bingo live on stage! Source: Supplied

What’s on show? 

Presented by the lovely TV veterinarian Dr Claire Stevens, the dual pet-loving festivals are a must-see for Aussie pet parents and their kids! There will be hundreds of exhibitors to visit, ready to spoil your pet and educate you on breeds and some wonderful shows and attractions to watch!

Antinol Dockdogs need to be seen to be believed! Source: Supplied

Dog Lovers Festival highlights include:

  • Dr Katrina Warren, Kelly Gill and The Wonderdogs in educational workshops hosted by TV presenter Shelly Horton.
  • Farmer Dave Graham’s K9 Superwall at the VitaPet Arena with QLD’s fastest dog in Flying Fast Flyball.
  • Antinol DockDogs going head-to-head in Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieval competitions by launching themselves into an indoor 100,000-litre pool.
  • Bluey and Bingo performing LIVE on stage with a MEET & GREET with lucky guests.
  • ‘Cat Daddy’ Jackson Galaxy talks all things ‘Catification’ during a live stream from Los Angeles.
  • Meet CATMANTOO & Didga, the famous skateboarding cat!
  • Find a purr-fect match at the WHISKAS Adoption Zone.

Plus much, much more, including snuggling with dogs at the Lyka Pat-A-Pooch Zone and cats at the Antinol Pat-A-Cat Zone, kitty and doggy face painting and a neon glitter selfie wall to take those all-important pics!

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There’s something for everyone, kids included! Source: Supplied

Where to get tickets

Tickets will provide access to the Dog Lovers Festival and the NEW Cat Lovers Festival to celebrate the events’ return to Brisbane. Tickets will sell out fast, so nab them online at either the Dog Lovers Festival or the Cat Lovers Festival.

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Don’t miss the Dock Dogs – just brilliant! Source: Supplied

Launching in 2013, the Dog Lovers Festival is now one of the largest events dedicated to educating, entertaining and inspiring dog lovers. Plus, after a hugely successful event in Melbourne last year, the Cat Lovers Festival is hoping for the same success in Brisbane.

NOTE: If you are heading to the event, please leave your pets home. As this is a partly indoor event, unfortunately visitors are unable to bring their animals into the festivals (but when you get home they will be so happy to see you, as you’ll be loaded with treats & toys for them!). Assistance Dogs are welcome with verification.

Not in Brisbane? No worries! Catch the other festivals at these locations

Pop these festival dates on your calendars, pet lovers:

  • Sydney Dog Lovers & Cat Lovers Festival – 24th & 25th August 2024.
  • Melbourne Dog Lovers Festival & Cat Lovers Festival 26th & 27th October 2024.

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As a busy writer and mama of two little wildlings, Kylie knows what it's like to juggle All The Things. When she's not politely ushering out small children from her Zoom calls, her favourite place is snuggled on the couch with her family and a (probably lukewarm!) cuppa.

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