Frankenmuth, MI

Frankenmuth's Dog Bowl Is Back Again But On Memorial Day Weekend

Becca Ballard

The world’s largest Olympic-style festival for dogs is right here in Michigan. This festival includes dock and disc dog competitions, sheep herding demonstrations, hot air balloon flights, wiener dog races, a pet costume parade, and even more than just that. This two-day family event is free and takes place Memorial Day weekend in Frankenmuth. Bring your dog along with you for the adventure even if they don't participate. Shop our pet-themed vendor marketplace along with the opportunity to sign your dog up for doggie races or lure coursing competitions. There is so much to do, see and explore with more than 40 shops and attractions available. This event will be located at River Place Shops.

Dog Bowl events include the International DockDogs Competition, Wiener Dog Races, Border Collie Sheep Herding, Dog Bowl King & Queen Award and more. With over 25 fun activities, you are sure to find something your canine and the entire family will enjoy!

Here are a few events you can enjoy at this festival:

29 Fun Dog Events

22 Events your pet can participate in

25 Hot Air Balloons

6 Balloon Flights

3 Balloon Glow Events

The festival is part of Frankenmuth Dog Bowl, Inc. – a nonprofit organization that advocates for responsible pet ownership through educational programs and world-class events like the annual Dog Bowl. The nonprofit supports charitable endeavors such as police canine training programs to promote safer communities, defraying medical and adoption costs for families in need, and funding pet-related military and service organizations.

The annual event since 2008, known as the world’s largest Olympic-style festival for dogs, normally takes place the weekend before Memorial Day but changed dates this year to May 29 - May 30. All events take place at River Place Shops located at 925 S. Main St. in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Parking is free and located around the German-styled shopping complex and along with additional parking available on Weiss Street. With the events spread out on over 25 acres of Bavarian Inn property, there will be plenty of space for guests and canines to enjoy!

River Place Shops requires all guests to wear a mask to enter any enclosed spaces at the shopping complex so remember to bring a mask.


Frankenmuth River Place Shops
925 South Main Street
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Admission: FREE

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