Public events

26 October

Dog Lovers Festival

Melbourne will be filled with puppy love this October, as dog lovers head to one of the greatest dog-dedicated festivals in the world!

A visit to the Melbourne Dog Lovers Festival promises to be the most joyful, thrilling, educational, inspiring and fun day out this year! The Festival dedicated to dog lovers runs over three days, from 9:30am to 5pm on Friday 13, Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October 2023, at Jeff’s Shed – the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), 2 Clarendon Street, South Bank (South Wharf).


* More than 800 amazing DOGS of 100+ breeds to meet over two days at Lyka Pat-A-Pooch, the PEDIGREE® Adoption Zone, InstaPooch on the ADVANCE™ Stage, the DOGS Victoria Breed Showcase.

* Unmissable SHOWS in the VitaPet Arena including Dr Katrina and Kelly Gill’s Wonderdogs; Dave Graham’s Extreme High Jumping Dogs; Lucy Karbowiak, Emily Lyons & The High Flying Team; the high-flying Antinol DockDogs in a massive, 100,000-litre indoor pool; plus Australia’s most-agile dogs. See all the festival attractions here.

* Expert TIPS – for getting to know your hound, and making them healthier and happier – on the ADVANCE™ Stage from expert trainers Dr Katrina, Kelly Gill, Luke Hura and Lauren Sellwood, and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki on the Science of Dogs; and top breeders in the DOGS Victoria Breed Showcase.

* SHOPPING & FOOD TRUCKS galore, with 100s of stands offering 1,000s of products & services, including exclusive Festival specials and new products to spoil your pooch; lots of options for Chow Chow-ing down all day long; and a fabulous VitaPet Door Prize!

* KIDS’ ENTERTAINMENT from Bluey and her little sister Bingo in the Bluey Live Interactive Experience, with special Meet & Greets, too. Plus, Free Doggy Face Painting and a Neon Glitter Selfie Wall to make memories, take priceless mementoes, and share via our socials: Facebook and Instagram.

If you have a dog, want a dog or simply love dogs, secure your tickets now, before they sell out.

Dogs Victoria is a proud sponsor of this event and assists in presenting the Dogs Victoria Breed Showcase as well as spreading the word about responsible pet ownership, promoting ethical and sustainable breeding and the preservation of pure bred dogs as well as the advancement of all dogs sports and activities. Make sure you come down and say hi!