Who doesn’t love a dog in costume? Doggy Con celebrates pup culture, two weeks before the famed Dragon Con cosplayers arrive in downtown Atlanta.
On Saturday, August 17, 2019, you and your four-legged bestie can get in on the Doggy Con fun. The event takes place at Woodruff Park between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
The highlight of the event is the WoodRUFF Bark pet parade and costume contest, inspired by sci-fi and fantasy conventions. You can also enjoy a vendor village of dog-centric goods and activities, a Yappy Hour social, and plenty more.
Participate as a spectator
Want to breeze downtown to take in the fun? Admission as a spectator is FREE. The organizers ask that you RSVP through Eventbrite so they have an approximate headcount.
It’s not clear whether or not you’ll actually be asked to show the free ticket with bar code that Eventbrite issues, so if you think you might want to attend, it’s best to register.
There are super-simple directions for getting to Woodruff Park on MARTA, just below.
Participate in the pet parade and costume contest
Do you have a doggo who wants to strut her stuff and compete for drool-worthy prizes?
Prizes will be awarded in three categories:
- Best in Show
- Best Doggie/Owner combo costume
- Best Cosplay Costume
Registration is required to participate in the Doggy Con parade and costume contest. Register for $10 by August 15 online, or register onsite at the event for $15.
All funds raised go directly back to support Woodruff Park’s free community programs.
The Vendor Village
Browse and shop for goods from the following participants:
- Taylor’s Treats Fur Pets
- JJ Parrot LLC
- Huck and Harbor
- Mint Creative Co.
- Atlanta Humane Society
- Lifeline Animal Project
- Grady Furlunteers
- The Clean Dog
- Thrift Dog
- The Eddy at Riverview Landing
- NuJu Designs
- CBD American Shaman by Petunia’s Way
Food & Beverage
There will be a few food trucks on site, and there are restaurants in the blocks that surround Woodruff Park.
Brunch items and iced coffee will be available for purchase from Low-Co Motion Food Truck.
Cold treats will be available for purchase from Psychedelic Snow Co.
About the venue
Woodruff Park is located at 91 Peachtree Street NW, in the Fairlie-Poplar district. It is bordered by Edgewood Avenue, Peachtree Street, Auburn Avenue, and Park Place.
This six-acre park is a natural gathering space for a diverse cross-section of Atlantans and a key starting point for exploring downtown Atlanta and its surrounding neighborhoods. Surrounding buildings include government offices, commerce, and Georgia State University.
Originally known as Central City Park, Woodruff Park was renovated through a generous donation from Robert W. Woodruff, former president of The Coca-Cola Company. Today, the park offers playgrounds, fountains, and a variety of facilities and services.
The park is patrolled daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., through a partnership between the Atlanta Police Department and GSU Police, making it a very safe venue. The Downtown Clean Team helps with park maintenance.
Each year, Woodruff Park hosts a variety of signature festivals, events and performances, including the WoodRUFF Bark Dog Parade and the annual German Bierfest.
Note: The MARTA tips below apply to spectators. According to the AJC, only service dogs may ride unconfined on MARTA. All other animals must be secured in a rigid carrier.
Woodruff Park is easily accessible via MARTA bus and rail. Two Atlanta Streetcar stops—Park Place and Woodruff Park—are located in the park. The park is also home to a Relay Bike Share hub.
If you’re using MARTA rail, it couldn’t be easier. The park is located between Five Points Station and Peachtree Center Station.
Five Points Directions
- Take any train to the Five Points MARTA station
- Go to street level and follow signs to the Peachtree Street exit
- Turn left on Peachtree Street and walk about a block
Peachtree Center Directions
- Take a red or gold line train to the Peachtree Center station
- Follow the signs to the Ellis Street at the south end of the train platform
- Exit the fare gates and follow signs to Peachtree Street East
- At street level, turn left on Peachtree Street (toward Residence Inn) to reach the park.
- MARTA Rail Stations: Five Points (E-W, N-S lines), Peachtree Center (N-S lines)
- MARTA Bus Routes: #3, #816, #40
- Atlanta Streetcar Stops: Park Place (eastbound), Woodruff Park (westbound)
- Relay Bike Share Hub: Woodruff Park hub
- Bike racks located in Reading Room
The park does not have dedicated parking, but paid parking options, including lots, garages, and on-street parking, are nearby and plentiful. Consult the Atlanta Public Parking Map to explore your options.