A happy Golden Retriever smiles with his tongue out while walking with his mom who is smiling in the background.

Celebration of Pets Festival 2024

Join us Saturday, September 14th

The Celebration of Pets Festival will take place on Saturday, September 14th from 11am to 4pm at a beautiful rustic farm in McGaheysville, just 15 minutes east of Harrisonburg. We welcome dogs and their families to enjoy a special day to celebrate the special bond between people and pets!

After you walk, it’s time to celebrate! The festival features exciting games and activities for the whole family, music, and delicious food and beverages.

Don’t have a pet? Everyone is welcome at the Celebration of Pets Festival! Plenty of attendees do not own pets or have pets that prefer to stay home.

Event Address
Shenandoah Valley Farm
882 Bloomer Springs Road
McGaheysville, VA 22840
Google Maps Link

Activities Schedule

Registration: 11am - 12pm
Please bring valid identification if you would like to purchase alcoholic beverages. Pre-register today for faster check-in time.

Warm-Up and Welcome: 11:45am
Stretch your legs before the walk begins.

The Walk for Animals Begins: 12pm
Participants will choose between two trails: an easy loop and a moderate hike. More info on the trails is below.

Food, Beverages & Kid Zone: 11 - 4pm
Enjoy delicious food and beverages and activities for the whole family. Kids' activities include face painting, sand art, and tie-dye.

Dog Activities: 12 - 4pm
Challenge your dog's senses with dog field games including bobbing for treats, doggy canvas painting, doggy pools, pie-eating contest, and treasure hunt.



Walking Courses

Featuring the .75 mile Scenic Stroll Trail and the 1 mile Mountain View Trail

Dog Field Games

Including dog pools, dog canvas painting, a pie-eating contest, musical mats, a bubble machine, & a treasure hunt.


Live Music

The Reflex recreates the sound, vibe, and look of those 80’s mega-bands and one-hit wonders you love offering a full-on retro experience with a diverse set list of “must play” 80’s tunes.

Fun Zone

Face painting, sand art, dog treat decorating, and tie-dye


Field Games

Bocci ball, cornhole, spikeball, frisbee, and ladder ball.


Enjoy Natural Beauty

Explore the scenic landscape of Shenandoah Valley Farm.


Adoptable Pets

Meet adoptable pets from Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA and Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center.


Door Prize Raffle

Win gift cards and gift baskets.


Doggy Ice Cream

Free frozen treats for Fido



Meet an assortment of pet-related businesses including Molly the Dog Trainer (from PetSmart), The Mosby Foundation, Augusta K9 Center, and 4 Hands 8 Paws.


Caricature Artist

Hand drawn portraits of you and your pet


Shenandoah Valley Farm


882 Bloomer Springs Road
McGaheysville, VA 22840

Hours: 11am – 4pm

The beautiful Shenandoah Valley Farm sits on 110 acres of scenic natural beauty near the base of Massanutten.

Walking Courses

Enjoy an easy 0.75-mile loop that features two lively ponds and a wide-open field. This route takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete at a leisurely pace.

Explore all that Shenandoah Valley Farm has to offer. This route takes you by two ponds, through the wide-open field, and up a steady hill to a beautiful view of Massanutten Mountain. It will take 30 – 45 minutes to complete at a leisurely pace.

Interested in Sponsoring the 2024 Celebration of Pets Festival? Please email d.chavez@anicira.org.

Thank you to our 2024 sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions

About Anicira

At Anicira, we believe that pets are part of the family. We are working towards a future where veterinary care is accessible and affordable for all. At the Celebration of Pets Festival, we are bringing together hundreds of local animal lovers and their canine companions to benefit our lifesaving mission. Help us make the 2024 Celebration of Pets Festival an event to remember!

Our Impact in 2023

32,494 Patients

Number of patients

390,286 Meals

Nutritious meals provided

28,453 Surgeries

Total surgeries performed

4,597 Pets

Provided free care