\r\nIt\u2019s a Dog DayZ of August Party: Go Dogs Go!\r\nBy Kelly MacConomy\r\nALEXANDRIA,VA- Old Town is going to the dogs more than ever \u2013 just in time for those Dog DayZ of August. Head down to Waterfront Park with man and woman\u2019s best friends Saturday, August 17 for the Old Town Beer, Wine and Dog Festival. Local craft beer, Virginia wineries, Alexandria restaurant fare, training services, and good dog goods will be on hand and on paw to promote dog adoption in a social atmosphere, benefiting furry best friends in attendance and regional animal rescue groups.\r\nBring the kids \u2013 two and four-legged. The pooch party begins at 11:00 AM with live music and kennels of fun activities to keep things barking until 6:00 PM. A large, grass off-leash enclosed play area is on site to really let loose. There\u2019s even a dog art installation should the mood to decorate strike. Foster dogs available for adoption will be on site.\r\nWhether you are looking to offer a dog in a shelter or foster care a forever home or simply love dogs and want to fetch some locally-sourced draft libations and epicurean and z~oenological delights, this festival is spot on. The organizers of the festival conceived of a good-time alternative to more commonplace pet-adoption opportunities. The concept intends to facilitate surrendered dogs\u2019 socialization with people and other pups in a festive atmosphere.\r\nEntry is $5 per person. Proceeds go to support local animal welfare leagues and groups such as the Lucky Dog Rescue. Sit, stay, and play all day. No ruff housing!\r\nWaterfront Park is located at 1A Prince Street behind Virtue Feed and Grain and Mai Thai restaurants between King Street and The Strand.