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Bark Fest

This weeklong celebration of dogs features a best-dressed comp, free doggy showbags and cuddle time with the Australian Border Force's cutest team members.
By Libby Curran
August 16, 2022
By Libby Curran
August 16, 2022

While we'd happily celebrate our furry wet-nosed mates every day of the year, there's one date that's particularly primed for it — and that's International Dog Day, on August 26. And doggos of Melbourne's inner northwest have extra cause for celebration this year, as Moonee Ponds Central hosts a weeklong fiesta dedicated just to them.

The inaugural Bark Fest takes over the precinct from Saturday, August 20–Saturday, August 27, with a jam-packed program of happenings to delight both humans and their four-legged pals.

Fur-shionistas can enter the Best-Dressed Photo Competition for the chance to score a $1000 Coles voucher, with the shopping centre donating $1 to Second Chance Animal Rescue for every entry. Meanwhile, doggy divas will be lining up to snap a family selfie at the pet photo pop-up, to be in with a shot at winning $250 to spend at My Pet Warehouse.

On August 26 and 27, trainee pups from the Australian Border Force will be giving out cuddles while also looking for new foster parents. Right throughout the week, precinct retailers will be slinging pet-focused goodies ranging from pooch outfits to dog snacks. And while you're there, be sure to pick up a free Bark Fest doggy bag filled with treats courtesy of My Pet Warehouse.

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