Wags n' Whiskers Festival
Our 12th annual Wags n' Whiskers Festival takes place on October 10, 11am to 4pm, at Santa Barbara City College's stunning West Campus, featuring dozens of wonderful exhibitors, including 25-plus animal shelters and rescue groups with adoptable dogs, cats, bunnies and birds. Enjoy fun activities all day long, including our celebrated Best in Show fashion contest and more!
Watch our festival video!
The largest animal festival on the Central Coast
The 11th annual Wags n' Whiskers Festival drew more than 1,700 visitors and a record number of sponsors, vendors and animals groups. The event inspired forever homes for 45 dogs, cats and bunnies.
Every year, our free, family-friendly festival promotes adoption and highlights the wonderful shelters, rescue groups and local businesses that help homeless animals. It also creates networking opportunities and raises funds for C.A.R.E.4Paws and our critical work to ensure animals don't end up homeless in the first place.
Fun festival features:
Adoptable dogs, cats, bunnies and birds from 25 animal shelters and rescue groups
Vendors sharing new pet products and animal wellness tips
Best in Show, our top contest with three different categories (more info below)
A Paws Up For Pets Youth Booth with a petting zoo, face painting and other special activities
Fast-paced dog agility with the Santa Barbara Flyers
A meet-and-greet with mini therapy horse Little Star and Smokey the Bear
The Pawparazzi Photo Booth
And much more!
Best in Show
Our 5th Annual Best in Show is hosted by Arthur Von Wiesenberger and features three categories with pawsome prizes and a panel of great local judges.
The Haute Dog Fashion Contest
Strut your mutt (or other pet) in his or her finest costumes.
X-Factor Top Talent Challenge
Show off your pet's trick or special talent.
Do you and your pet resemble each other and/or often dress alike? Show us how in this fun contest!
Sponsorship & Vendor Opportunities
Support the 12th Annual Wags n' Whiskers Festival
As a vendor, your company will be able to connect with hundreds of festival-goers who're eager to learn about your products and services. Festival sponsors also receive attention and promotion through TV, radio and print advertisements, social media campaigns and on this website. This year, we offer new and exciting ways to participate that benefit your business while supporting a great cause.
We thank our 2019 sponsors for their generous support. View them here!
Become an Animal Ambassador
To help fund the festival and raise money for C.A.R.E.4Paws’ important work, we invite community members to become Wags n’ Whiskers Animal Ambassadors. As a festival Ambassador, you will be featured on our website, at the event and in our summer/fall newsletters. And we accept pledges over several months.
Animal Shelters & Nonprofits
Animal shelters and nonprofits exhibit for free!
Our festival has helped find homes for hundreds of animals. Local shelters and rescue groups can bring dogs, cats, bunnies and birds for adoption. We also welcome other types of nonprofits to come and promote their services.
Our event location
Santa Barbara City College's West Campus Lawn is a beautiful spot overlooking West Beach and the Pacific Ocean, about five minutes from downtown Santa Barbara. There are 1,000 free parking spaces adjacent to the park area.
Want to volunteer?
We cannot put on this event without our amazing volunteers. For example, we need assistance with setting up the festival, running our activities and in our Paws Up For Pets Youth Booth (a great opportunity for kids and their parents to volunteer together!). Want to join our team? Please contact for all of our event volunteer opportunities.