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Festival Overview

Discover the pure joy of dogs at the 2023 Melbourne Dog Lovers Festival!

Melbourne will be bursting with puppy love when dog lovers from across Victoria, Australia and overseas, descend on one of the happiest & hairiest dog-dedicated festivals in the world!

The Melbourne Dog Lovers Festival is all about celebrating our best friends with visitors experiencing a joyful, educational, entertaining and inspiring day out like no other!

It runs from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October (9.30am – 5pm daily) at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre (aka Jeff’s Shed), and once you’ve got your tickets everything to see and do is free!

Fetch your tickets now, find a dog-sitter, then check out all the important visitor info and FAQs and sign up to our e-newsletter for more updates to help plan the best pooch-packed day-out ever.

Please note that the Festival was created to educate and entertain dog lovers and not dog’s – so please do not bring your own pooch and for details on this policy please click here.

Here’s just 5 great reasons to attend:

1. MEET OVER 800 AMAZING DOGS REPRESENTING 100+ BREEDS across the three day Festival in these zones: Lyka Pat-A-Pooch, the PEDIGREE® Adoption ZoneInstaPooch on the ADVANCE™ Stage, and across Breed Club stands in the Knose Breed Showcase.

 2. UNMISSABLE SHOWSfrom talented canines in the VitaPet Arena from Dr Katrina & Kelly Gill’s WonderdogsDave Graham’s Extreme High Jumping DogsTemptation AlleyLucy Karbowiak, Emily Lyons & The High Flying Team and the high-flying Antinol DockDogs launching into a 100,000-litre pool. Check-out all the action and timetables here.

 3. EXPERT TIPS to be the best dog-parent you can be on the ADVANCE™ Stage from legends like Dr Katrina & Kelly Gill, trainers to the stars Luke Hura & Lauren Sellwood, science-icon Dr Karl Kruszelnicki with his next Science of Dogs talk, plus top breeders presenting free talks on the Knose Ask-the-Breeder Stage with experts on hand from dozens of Dogs Victoria Breed Clubs.

 4. SHOPPINGFOOD TRUCKS & PRIZES galore, with 100s of stands offering 1,000s of products & services, including new products, exclusive Festival Specials and free samples to spoil your pooch. It’s also a great place to buy treats & toys to fill your dog’s stocking this Xmas with lots of options to Chow Chow down with food trucks, cafes and our new Dogs Bar for the grown-ups!

 5. STACKS FOR THE KIDS from Bluey & Bingo in the Bluey Live Interactive Experience with special Meet & Greets, Free Doggy Face Painting, a Neon Glitter Selfie Wall to take priceless mementoes to share across yours and our social media: Facebook and Instagram. + the fabulous VitaPet Door Prize for a chance to WIN a pooch-packed-prize-pack valued at over $2,500!

If you’re a passionate dog owner, looking to welcome a new pooch, or just love these wonderful creatures, then the Dog Lovers Festival ticks all your boxes.

FETCH YOUR TICKETS BELOW NOW AS THEY MIGHT SELL-OUT! Want to know how to get to the Festival? It's this easy. Have another question? See our FAQs. Like us on Facebook. Follow on Instagram. Sign up for e-newsletter updates. Please don’t BYO dogs. Why? Read this. See you at one of the Greatest Festivals in the World for Dog Lovers – that’s you! 

Friday 13 October: 9:30am - 5pm
Saturday 14 October: 9:30am - 5pm
Sunday 15 October: 9:30am - 5pm

MCEC - Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (Jeff's Shed), located at 2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf, Victoria 3006.