About Dog Bowl

Frankenmuth Dog Bowl is the world’s largest Olympic-style festival for dogs and the people they love, bringing in more than 100,000 people and thousands of canines over Memorial Weekend for a unique range of fun activities such as:

DockDogs® competitions

Disc Dog competitions

Wiener Dog Races

Pet Parade

Annual Canine Cruise on the Bavarian Belle River Boat

Best Costume Contest

Doggie Fun Runs

Dog Breeds of the World Show

Pet Marketplace featuring more than 45 vendors and dog rescues

Balloons Over Bavarian Inn – featuring morning and evening balloons flights and the nightly Balloon Glow Village!

From left to right: Tim Miscovich, general manager of Frankenmuth River Place Shops; Jessica Haynes, assistant chairperson of the annual Dog Bowl festival; and Michael Keller Zehnder, vice president of the Bavarian Inn Lodge and chairperson of the annual Dog Bowl festival.
With over 25 fun activities, you are sure to find something Fido and the entire family will enjoy at the Frankenmuth Dog Bowl!

The home of the annual Dog Bowl festival is Frankenmuth River Place Shops, a beautiful German-themed outdoor shopping mall with more than 40 shops and attractions. Most shops are pet-friendly!

Learn more at: http://bit.ly/FrankenmuthRiverPlaceShops

Did you know: The first Memorial Day weekend event at Frankenmuth River Place Shops started as a Lumberjack Festival! Once the Bavarian Inn Zehnder family saw how much people loved seeing the dogs fly through the air, Dog Bowl took off and has grown every year since!

About Frankenmuth Dog Bowl, Inc.

The festival is part of Frankenmuth Dog Bowl, Inc. – a nonprofit organization that advocates for responsible pet ownership through educational programs and world-class events like the annual Dog Bowl! 

The nonprofit supports charitable endeavors such as police canine training programs to promote safer communities, defraying medical and adoption costs for families in need, and funding pet-related military and service organizations.

Our team is committed to the goal of being a recognized source of knowledge and entertainment for dogs and the people they love – you won’t want to miss all the new and exciting things happening at Frankenmuth Dog Bowl!

Our Festival Sponsors