Posted by: twodogtales | May 11, 2011

Bark or Bark-b-que in the park May 14 and 15

If you want to venture outside Arlington for your dog-friendly entertainment this weekend, here are two options other than the Arlington Animal Welfare League’s Walk for the Animals.

GRREAT Bark-b-que May 14 

Bring your shin guards because you’ll need them sharing space with dozens of wildy wagging Golden Retriever tails at Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training’s (GRREAT) annual Bark-b-que summer kickoff at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. Non-Goldens are welcome as well.

From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., enjoy food and beverages, enter your dog in competitions and enter the raffle for gift baskets and other donated items, along with a 50/50 raffle.

Adult tickets are $10 each in advance online, or $15 at the door. Children under 16 and dogs are free.

The picnic will be held in the Red Maple Pavillion rain or shine. The park is at 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis, MD  21403. Parking and park admission are included with the GRREAT event admission fee.

About 50 miles from Washington, D.C., Quiet Waters Park features 340 acres of parkland, six miles of paved trails and an off-leash dog park.  Sadly, the off-leash dog park was closed a year or two ago due to massive erosion from a storm. Bark-b-que attendees are welcome to stay at the park until it closes at dusk.

Bark in the Park with the Potomac Nationals May 15

The Washington Nationals aren’t the only local baseball team that welcomes dogs to a few games a season. The Potomac Nationals minor league team (formerly the Prince William Cannons) are holding two Bark in the Park games this season.  Bring your dog to enjoy an afternoon of baseball and ballpark food as the Nationals take on the Wilmington Blue Rocks at 1:05 p.m.

This is a great deal because:

1. There’s no limit on the number of dogs that can attend, or where you can sit, unlike the Washington Nationals’ Pups in the Park.

2. Potomac Nationals game tickets are only $8 to $14, and parking is $4 a car.

G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium is at 7 County Complex Court, Woodbridge, VA 22192. The onsite ticket window opens at 10:00 a.m. Sunday.

If you can’t make this weekend’s game, there is another Bark in the Park on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 1:05 p.m. against the Winston-Salem Dash.

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