Signature Event | March 18 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm | Maffeo Sutton Park

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Presented by Pacific Island Entertainment

Who let the dogs out? We will! Festival Nanaimo, Pacific Island Entertainment and the good folks at Dog n' Suds Pet Services are letting the dogs out to join us at Hops & Hounds, a fundraiser for the Nanaimo SPCA. Hops & Hounds promises to be an afternoon full of wonderful activities, demonstrations and education about our furry friends, and Nanaimo's growing craft beer industry.

Bring your pooch to be part of our group “Dog Photo” - last year we had over 200 pooches! We will be wrangling up the dogs and their human for the “big picture” at 3pm.

Pet owners will also have a tail wagging good time watching agility demonstrations by Rave Dog Sports Nanaimo. We will see some awesome tricks, scent work and agility skills performed by these amazing dogs.

New this year will be a fun activity for kids and adults who love to paint...rocks! We are very proud to introduce Love Like Harley ROCKS. This group is about honouring the life and spirit of Harley - a tiny, senior, one-eyed puppy mill survivor who inspired worldwide puppy mill awareness through his indomitable spirit, forgiveness, and zest for life. It’s about using art to spread joy and encourage puppy mill awareness by painting rocks to hide around the world, where you live or wherever you travel! harleysdream.org

OH! Let's not forget about the beer. Nanaimo's own Longwood Brewery, and White Sails Brewing will provide some of the finest craft beer made on the Island. $2 tasting tokens. We will also have Original Joe's onsite with their pop up burger stand.

PARTY IN THE PARK will also be on site giving away free tickets to see country music stars Madeline Merlo, JJ Shiplett, and Andrew Hyatt on June 23 at Beban Park Nanaimo.

This is a great day for you, your pooch and the Nanaimo SPCA. Come be part of Hops & Hounds on Sunday, March 18 at Maffeo Sutton Park, noon - 4pm. A howling good time – and the only growlers at the park will be full of beer!