National Sportsmen’s Series
Everyone is guaranteed a tail waggin’ good time at Frankenmuth Dog Bowl! Started in 2008, Dog Bowl is a high-energy event that showcases dogs at their best – whether they are running, jumping, diving or retrieving. With over 25 fun activities, you are sure to find something Fido and the entire family will enjoy!
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!
Dog Bowl is a FREE family fun festival. There are some costs involved with activity registration fees or the Pet Marketplace vendors but it does not cost anything to come and watch the events. Dogs are welcome and encouraged – please make sure they are up to date on vaccinations and on a leash at all times!
What is The Dog Bowl?
Dog Bowl is a free festival located at Frankenmuth River Place Shops. It features a unique variety of activities that you and your pet can enjoy watching together and some your family dog can participate in!
Activities include DockDogs® and 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 and Balloons Over Bavarian Inn – featuring 25 hot air balloon pilots from across the country!
What is Balloons Over Bavarian Inn?
Witness beautiful morning and evening flights by more than 24 hot air balloons over Frankenmuth! Nightly balloon glows take place in the grassy field near River Place Shops, this is a must-see event you do not want to miss at the Frankenmuth Dog Bowl!
Frankenmuth Dog Bowl is a FREE family fun festival that takes place at River Place Shops! Dogs are welcome and encouraged – please make sure they are up to date on vaccinations and on a leash at all times! Read on for lodging and restaurant recommendations, and for our festival’s Frequently Asked Questions below!
Registration is OPEN for the VIP Festival Package. Click here to purchase! This includes tons of special offers and goodies from Dog Bowl AND your very own dedicated parking space right next to the festival grounds!
Those designated with a dog paw are pet friendly lodging choices.
Located next to Dog Bowl festival grounds, this beautiful German-themed lodge offers 360 rooms, an arcade and several dining options.
Located a few minutes away from Dog Bowl festival grounds – features family-friendly activities and indoor waterpark!
Located in downtown Frankenmuth – featuring a complimentary breakfast!
Located in downtown Frankenmuth – featuring free hot breakfast! Learn more here.
Located a minute away from Dog Bowl festival grounds – can sleep up to 11 people – one small dog allowed on property during festival weekend.
Located a minute away from Dog Bowl festival grounds – featuring family-friendly activities and a pool!
Located in downtown Frankenmuth – featuring a complimentary breakfast and indoor pool!
Located in downtown Frankenmuth – featuring free hot breakfast!