Dogs live the good life in San Francisco. Walk down any street and you'll see a pooch happily trotting along, catching crumbs under cafe tables, or chasing tennis balls in one of the many off-leash neighborhood parks.
In addition to plentiful outdoor spaces for the four-legged to roam, many local restaurants and businesses welcome furry patrons. Pair that with miles of canine-friendly beach and tons of pet-friendly workplaces, and it's no wonder we rank as one of the best cities for dogs every year. Yearning to take dog baby out on the town for a bit of shopping or a patio drink? Scroll through our favorite dog-friendly spots in and around the city.
Have we left out your favorite spot? Post pics of your pup in his or her favorite Bay Area locale with the hashtag #dogsof7x7.
EVENTS + MEETUPS
Three Legged Dog Party
Each year, the Tri Pawed Dogs brings three-legged dogs from across the Bay Area together at Duboce Park for a party. Prizes are given simply for simply showing up, but the event is strictly BYOF (Bring Your Own Food). // facebook.com/TriPawedDogs.
Each June, costumed corgis take Ocean Beach (and Instagram) by storm, delighting the masses with their cute AF plump rumps and all the attitude. In 2018, some 27,000 humans showed up for the spectacle with 950 fur babies. Attendance is free, but you may feel compelled to buy some Corgi Con merch. // corgicon.com
Dog Days of Summer Meetup
Enjoy game night at AT&T Park with you fur-friend right by your side. Costume contests, races, and other canine happenings will take place before and after the Giants take the field. A portion of the benefits go to the San Francisco SPCA, and your pup must be older than six months to attend. // August 26, 2018, mlb.com
San Francisco SPCA
The SF SPCA is pretty much the mothership when it comes to fab fur baby gatherings, with regular programming at two locations including story times, kitten showers, and playgroups, as well as larger annual block parties for Halloween and more. On August 16, look for the SPCA's Furry Nightlife bash at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. // Mission Campus, 201 Alabama St. (Mission), sfspca.org
Wiener Dog Races
Little legs, big dreams, as they say at Wienerschnitzel, which hosts multiple dachshund races each year. See the fastest wieners in the West compete at the California State Fair in Sacramento (July 28, 2018) and at the Santa Clara County Fair (Aug. 5, 2018). Wieners who dash to the finish line in the top 10 will qualify for nationals. // wienerschnitzel.com
World's Ugliest Dog Competition
Now something of a national spectacle, the Sonoma-Marin Fair's annual World's Ugliest Dog Competition pairs dog show judges with canines only an owner could love. A $1,500 cash prize is given to the crowned winner, not to mention the national media attention that ensues. Come for the subjectively pretty pups, stay for the fair food. // June 23, 2018 at Sonoma-Fair, sonoma-marinfair.com.
This article has been updated since it was originally published in April 2016.