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Petapolooza - Pickering's Pet Festival was a blast!

On Saturday May 11th, Petapolooza kicked off the beginning of our yearlong events. This event has grown in the last few years to be one of the City’s largest outdoor events and attendance has more than doubled in the last 3 years. 

We are always overwhelmed by the support we receive from our community, sponsors and others who love pets.  This years  Petapolooza Pet Festival saw a record breaking attendance of over 4,000 people and brought in  over $40,000 ($13,077 in donations from the day of).  This amount includes your vendor fees, sponsors and day of donations.  This is by far the largest amount we’ve ever raised at Petapolooza and we can’t wait to see what this year brings.  Make sure you save, Saturday May 10th, 2025 fornext year's Petapolooza event. You won't want to miss out. 

Petapolooza brings together pet owners and enthusiasts within our community. It gives our community the opportunity to meet industry professionals, rescue groups, and others in the pet industry.

Details below for Exhibitors and Sponsors


Admission is a suggested $5 donation, with free admission for seniors 55+, children under 12, and pets. 

For the safety of all attendees, we encourage any dogs that do not do well with people, crowds, loud noises, or other dogs to be left at home. Please note, all dogs entering any City event must comply with the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law (6811/07) and the Dog Owners Liability Act. Dogs that have characteristics similar to a Pit Bull (under the act) must wear a muzzle.

All proceeds from Petapolooza go towards helping us build a permanent animal shelter. Along with entertainment and vendor booths, there are plenty of giveaways and activities for the whole family!


Esplanade Park, located off of Glenanna and Valley Farm Road in Pickering. View Google map

Event Lineup

You can expect to see around 4,000+ attendees, and over 80 exhibitors and rescue groups. There will be plenty of giveaways including pet bandanas, games, food samples, water stations for your pet, live entertainment for the whole family and more! 

Food Trucks

Hungry? Don't worry you can grab some food at our following food vendors/trucks.

Event Schedule
Time Details
10:15 am Opening Remarks (at the Gazebo)
11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm SuperDogs - Live action show for the whole family
12:00 pm, 2:15 pm, 4:00 pm

Join SoperCreek Wildlife and learn how you can become an Animal Ambassador.

This show is perfect for everyone but especially children.  You will learn about native wildlife, how to protect them and of course have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a few of them!

(at the Gazebo)
12:45 pm

Join Animal Services, High Five Kids Dental and the Pickering Public Library as we launch this years Tails of Hope Short Story Contest!

Local children’s book author Sue Palmer will share with you her story “Just Ben Goes to the Forest”.

Afterwards, illustrator Lynn Chandler will show everyone a few tricks and tips on how to draw your furry friend. Attendees will have the opportunity to test out their newfound skills and become budding artists.

All Day

Over 80 exhibitors and Rescue Groups

Bark Art (Sponsored by Geranium Homes)

Tattoos for your pet (Sponsored by Pet Valu)

Face Painting (Sponsored by Independent Insurance Brokers -Sharifa & Kizzy) 

Tails of Hope Short Story Contest (Sponsored by High Five Kids Dental)

DIY Animal Mask Making for kids (Pickering Public Library)

Photo Booth (Sponsored by Remax- The Michelle Fraser Team)

Pet Caricatures

Lure Course

Food Trucks

Games, Giveaways and more! 

The SuperDogs will be back and will perform 3 shows throughout the day. 

SuperDogs and Global Pet Foods logo

Exhibitor Details and Registration


Exhibitor space is available for animal-related businesses, breeders and rescue organizations. 


We are also looking for animal-related commercial exhibitors in the following categories: pet fashion, pet accessories, pet travel, food & treats, animal health, pet artists & photography. If you have a business that is animal related, but not listed as a category, please contact us for more information.


  • Rescue Organization Exhibitor Fee: $40 (includes HST)
  • Business & Breeder Exhibitor Fee: $60 (includes HST)

Exhibitor spaces are 10’x10’. Exhibitors are responsible to bring what they need to display their works (i.e. tent, table, chairs, backdrop). Set up assistance is not available. Exhibitors will set-up in their designated space only, and refrain from infringing on the perimeter, or walkways adjacent to their space.  Dogs are welcome at exhibitor booths but must be kept leashed at all times.

Applications for Petapolooza 2024 are now closed! 

Please contact us to be added to next years mailing list.
If you are new to Petapolooza and want to be added to our mailing list please email animalservices@pickering.ca and we will be sure to add you.


Partners and Sponsors Wanted

Do you share our vision for Responsible Pet Ownership? Help us get this important message out to our community. We have a variety of opportunities available to suit your needs. View the 2024 Sponsorship Package

Contact Lindsey Narraway at 905.420.4660 ext. 3501 or by email for more information.

Check out some of our Amazing Sponsors 

Thank you to our  Petapolooza Sponsors:



Presenting Sponsor 

Pet Valu Logo



Activation Sponsors 

Royal Canin Logo


Who's Walking Who EIDAP Logo Earthtacular Logo
Geranium logo Fieldgate Homes Logo  KX96 Logo 
Mattamy Homes Logo Paradise Developments Logo TACC Developments Logo
Michelle Frazer Remax Logo  Parker Pet Care logo Renewal by Anderson logo
Independent Insurance Brokers HiFive Kids Dental and Braces Mr Lube logo

Photo Gallery - Petapolooza

Photo Gallery: Animal Services - Petapolooza will appear here on the public site.