Alexandria Love Your Pet Day Is Now Paws in the Park!

The communitywide pet event returns on October 16 

People and pets were excited to hear that Paws in the Park, formerly Alexandria Love Your Pet Day, is returning to Oronoco Bay Park on October 16.

Alexandria, VA – Republished from/Courtesy AWLA

Alexandria’s biggest pet event returns to Old Town on Sunday, October 16, with a new name and more to enjoy! Paws in the Park, formerly known as Alexandria Love Your Pet Day, will take place from 11 am to 4 pm in Oronoco Bay Park, with activities for animal lovers of all ages, including shopping, music, adorable adoptable animals, and a food court offering food and drink from local businesses, including Port City Brewing Company and Big Cheese.

Popular bilingual music sensation Uno Dos Tres Andrés is one of the many mainstage performances for Paws in the Park attendees of all ages.

This festival moved to Oronoco Bay Park In 2021 and saw more than a thousand attendees, two-legged and four. Organized by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA), Paws in the Park will again showcase adoptable animals from local shelters and rescues, goods and information from local animal-themed businesses, a variety of vendors, the AWLA’s Family Fun Tent, and a mainstage chock full of acts for audiences of all ages. The Alexandria Library Foundation will sponsor the mainstage line-up, starting with bilingual music sensation Uno Dos Tres Andrés at 11:30 am and featuring acts for various ages throughout the day, including the jazz act Bill Cabrera and Company.

“At AWLA, we celebrate the love our community has for animals every day,” said Executive Director Stella Hanly, “and Paws in the Park is one of our favorite ways to connect with that community and meet a lot of amazing animals.”

Paws in the Park is open to leashed, well-behaved pets of all types. Proceeds will benefit AWLA, which supports homeless animals in Alexandria and pets and people throughout the community. Vendor spaces are still available. Find more information about attending or participating in this year’s festival at

Sponsors for Paws in the Park include Amazon; Vets to PetsWalsh, Colucci, Lubeley & WalshWhole DogzWOOFS! Dog Training Center; and the Alexandria Library Foundation.

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