WoodRUFF Bark Presents: Doggy Con

A signature event in Downtown Atlanta's Woodruff Park, WoodRUFF Bark began in 2017 as a Halloween pet parade and costume contest. For 2018, we put our heads together and asked, How could we make this pup-centric event true to Downtown?

Meet Doggy Con.

Illustration by Rachal Duggan

This year's WoodRUFF Bark is inspired by Dragon Con, one of the world's largest pop culture conventions that attracts thousands of people to Downtown each Labor Day Weekend. For Downtowners, Dragon Con is something of a holiday in its own right: a weekend filled with incredible costumes, positive energy, and plenty of fandom.

Save the Date: Doggy Con is bringing pup culture to Woodruff Park on Saturday, August 18 (two weekends before the convention) from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Strut your stuff in your best cosplay costumes before the big convention for a chance to win prizes...and eternal WoodRUFF Bark glory.

Doggy Con will feature a pet parade, costume contest, pup treats, doggy-centric vendors, prizes, and much more. 

Stay tuned for more event details, including registration, in the coming months. For now, mark your calendars and start planning your costumes!

Where: Woodruff Park Main Lawn, 91 Peachtree St NW

When: Saturday, August 18 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • 9:00 a.m. Register your pet for the costume parade
  • 10:00 a.m. Parade begins
  • 11:00 a.m. Prize Ceremony

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please see more info here.

If your organization is interested in participating in Doggy Con as a vendor with an onsite activation, please fill out this form. Participation rates are $50 for nonprofits and $100 for all other vendors.

RSVP to the Facebook event and let your friends know you're attending!

Our first-ever WoodRUFF Bark, in 2017, was a huge success! Check out photos from our Halloween pet parade here