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Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

  • Encinitas Community Park 425 Santa Fe Drive Encinitas, CA, 92024 United States (map)

The Event

The 13th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer is presented by Cardiff 101 Main Street and the City of Encinitas. This free event features over 100 dog-related vendors, rescue groups, pet adoption agencies, and a carefully curated “Maker’s Market Row”.  Activities include dog contests, live music, kids activities, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more.

The event’s special features are the “Rescue Row” presented by Rancho Coastal Humane Society and the Pet Health Expo presented by the City of Encinitas. Last year’s event drew over 5,000 attendees throughout the day.  This 2018, we expect an estimated 8,000 to attend.

“The City of Encinitas was very happy to have partnered with Cardiff 101 Main Street on such as wonderful community event.” - Jennifer Campbell, Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture

At the event you will find the carefully curated “Maker’s Market Row” with quality handmade goods and opportunities to connect with local artisans.  The “Rescue Row” presented by Rancho Coastal Humane Society and sponsored by John Stevenson Plumbing, will be the place to adopt a pet from numerous featured rescue groups. A record 21 dogs were adopted on site last year!  Check out the City of Encinitas “Pet Health Expo” area to visit for on-site pet services including microchipping, licensing opportunities, rabies vaccination and pet care information provided by San Diego Humane Society.

"While we celebrate the Cardiff Dog Days of Summer one day each year, every day is a great day to be a dog in Cardiff. Dogs are part of the family. We take them with us everywhere. They go with us in the car, at the park, or for a hike by the beach. In Cardiff, every day is a dog day." - Jim Silveira, President, Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

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Does your dog like to strut its stuff? Due to popular demand we’ll be extending the time allocated for each dog contest category to allow for more contestants to enter. Compete in a contest and you could take home a ribbon for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place along with a goodie bag filled with cool prizes. Registration is the day of the event from 10: 45am-11: 15am with a $5 cash per entry or $6 for credit/debit. Look out for a special appearance by City of Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear who will be announcing contest winners. Live music by local performers will be featured on the main stage till 6pm following the dog contests.

Enjoy refreshing blends and brews at The Lost Abbey Beer & CG Di Arie Wine Oasis situated next to the main stage. Here you can drink, watch and listen to the fascinating dog contests and wide variety of music that will keep playing two hours after the festival closes. A portion of the proceeds from drink sales will benefit Rancho Coastal Humane Society, so drink up for a good cause! New this year we are excited to announce that award-winning country pop artist Steven Cade will be performing as well as local reggae band The Nightengayles. Did you catch School of Rock's Student Band that performed at Taste of Cardiff? They blew the crowd away so we are excited to have them perform as well! The food area will have tasty bites by local food truck purveyors.  Mizu will be providing free hydration stations filled with fresh water from Palomar Water so make sure to bring your reusable bottle to stay cool and hydrated!

Make sure to stop by the Cardiff 101 Opportunity Drawing booth to purchase tickets to win a cruise bike from Electra Bicycle Company, a dog DNA kit from Embark Vet, sweet summer sun shade from NESO, cool gear from PupologieNixon, Goldcoast Skateboard, Mizu, tickets to KAABOO Del Mar, Vertra Suncare, Belly Up Concert Tickets, gift cards from Cardiff Beach Bar @ Tower 13, Miltons, Sushi Lounge, a year's worth of grill cheese sandwiches from Bread & Cheese Catering, Eat Your Heart Out SD, Reiki for all Creatures, Jimbo's Naturally, Cygnet Theater, Bradford Portraits, Natural History Museum, USS Midway and more!

All four legged friends are welcome at this dog friendly event but be aware that all dogs must be on leash (6 feet) at all times at the park, except within the Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park area. We also ask that you be respectful of the park and clean up after pets.

A portion of the event proceeds are donated to Rancho Coastal Humane Society whose focus is to rescue, shelter, and find homes for companion animals while promoting humane ideals through education and community outreach.

Main Stage Event Schedule

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Dog Contest Registration Opens. *Limited entry available so come early to secure a spot!

11:00 AM EVENT STARTS with introduction by Supervisor Kristin Gaspar

11:10 PM Blessing of the Dogs

11:30 PM Cutest Puppy

12:00 PM Best Looking Big Dog

12:30 PM Best Looking Small Dog

1:00 PM Best Trick

1:30 PM Best Dressed

2:00 PM Dog/Owner Look-A-Like

2:30 PM TBD

3:00 PM School of Rock Encinitas

4:00 PM Opportunity Drawing

4:15 PM Steven Cade

5:00 PM The Nightengayles 

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Event Happenings

10:30 AM - 6:30 PM Shuttle Service SDA

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Vendor Village Hours

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM AMR Ambulance Tour & Pet CPR

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Live Adoptions at Rescue Row

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM The Lost Abbey Beer & CG Di Arie Wine Garden Oasis

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When & Where

Sunday, August 12, 2018, Festival 11 AM - 4 PM, Beer & Wine Garden Oasis 12 PM - 6 PM

Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Dr. Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007

The Encinitas Community Park is located less than a mile East from beautiful Swami's State Beach.

Driving Directions

From HWY 5: EXIT Santa Fe Dr - head WEST – turn LEFT just past “Plant Power Fast Food” and drive south along the road to PARK ENTRANCE at the back of shopping center.

Parking & Shuttle Information

Parking is available at San Dieguito Academy with a shuttle service (dogs are allowed on the shuttle!) to and from the park from 8:00 am - 6:30 pm.

San Dieguito Academy 800 Santa Fe Dr. Encinitas, CA 92024

Please respect the residents and businesses in the area and DO NOT park in the following areas:

• Immediate Residential Neighborhoods

• Shopping center


Thank you to our 2018 Cardiff Dog Days of Summer Partners!

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Interested in joining us at Cardiff Dog Days of Summer as a vendor? We’re currently accepting applications for approval in the following categories.

Pet Vendors

Our primary focus at Dog Days is showcasing the locals finest available pet health aids, services, food and nutrients, accessories and items that pamper our four-legged friends.

Non-Profit organizations

We adore and respect non-profit organizations, their dedication and the services they provide dogs and their owners. As a Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) you will receive a discounted participation rate.

Maker’s Market Row

We’re excited to showcase handmade pet products and meticulous creations from the best local artisans. The Maker's Market Row will feature innovators creating in a vast array of mediums, such as ceramics, jewelry, perfumery, clothing design, woodworking, and fabric art. Local makers will receive the same discounted rate as Non Profit organizations.

Rescue Row

If you would like to provide live adoption please contact Kelly Peters at Rancho Coastal Humane Society kpeters@sdpets.org

Food Vendors

We have two categories of food vendors; full-service and single-item food vendors.  Because of limited room, spaces will be filled on a first come basis and food styles will be taken into consideration to ensure a variety of food options are covered.

Corporate Vendors

Corporate vendors are not pet related or food vendors and we provide a very limited space at the Dog Days of Summer. For greater exposure, consider sponsorship opportunities as well.