On National Love Your Pet Day, we thought we’d highlight some great places around the Burg that are pet-friendly! Of course, the Fredericksburg region has plenty of dog parks and hiking trails you can explore but we believe pets are part of the family and any activity is more fun when you can bring them along. Here are a couple of our favorite restaurants and events where Fido is welcome!

Pet-Friendly Restaurants

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This cute and casual coffeehouse is extremely pet-friendly! Unlike most other pet-friendly restaurants, Fido is welcome to come inside, making this a great spot to stop in during a wintry walk! Regular customers’ pups are welcomed by name and it’s not uncommon to see a fluffy friend snoozing underneath a table while his owner taps away on a laptop.

J Brian’s Tap Room

Aside from having awesome pub food and craft beers, J Brian’s is a perfect place to bring Rover out on a nice sunny day! Dogs are welcome on the quiet and shady patio behind the restaurant and J Brian’s is known for going above and beyond for their canine customers: one reviewer mentioned that they were able to accommodate their dog’s raw food diet!

Mason-Dixon Café

A Downtown Fredericksburg staple, Mason Dixon is famous for its inventive hotdogs and lip-smacking diner classics. If your pup is more of a social butterfly, they’ll love Mason-Dixon’s large patio! Brunch on the weekend, especially when the weather’s nice, is incredibly popular and the servers will bring your pup a nice cold bowl of water!

Pet-Friendly Events

Downtown Fredericksburg St Patrick’s Day Block Party: March 21, 2020 12-8pm

Get your pup’s green shamrock bandana on and come on out to George Street for the best block party ever! Green beer, food trucks and live music plus a dog-friendly atmosphere: what could be better?

Doggie Easter Egg Hunt: April 4, 2020 1p-1:30p

Put your pooch’s sniffer to the test and let them hunt for Easter eggs at Maury Park! Make sure they’re dressed up in their Easter best and they could win a prize!

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Rock the River Festival: June 6, 2020 11a-6p

Enjoy the beautiful Rappahannock River with your best friend! Whether you’re land-lubbers looking for some tasty grub or the first ones on the stand-up paddleboard, you and your pup will love the Rock the River Festival at Old Mill Park!

Soggy Doggy Swim

After the pool has closed for the season in September, dogs rule at Doris Buffett Pool! If your pooch loves the water, this will be the highlight of the season! Make sure to bring towels and your camera, this is an awesome photo opportunity!