Petapalooza 2021


Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 8th!

It’s time to pamper your fur baby or feathered friend at Petapalooza, the area’s biggest pet play date!

Chestnut Hill is a very pet-friendly community every day, but sponsors Chestnut Hill Business District and Weavers Way Co-op are really rolling the red carpet down Germantown Avenue for our four-legged friends at the return of this annual celebration of everything pet.

Four Events Centers along Germantown Avenue

Four locations at the top of the Hill will feature a veritable pet-pourri of Petapalooza activities, while stores and restaurants along the Avenue will welcome pets and tempt their humans with special offers.

Start your day at the corner of Germantown Avenue and Bethlehem Pike at a petting zoo, hosted by Peaceable Kingdom – a no-kill, non-profit shelter.

As you make your way down the Avenue, don’t miss the events at The Bone Appetite at 8517 Germantown Avenue.  Pet treats, a caricaturist and Noah’s Ark rescue project will be among the activities available outside Chestnut Hill’s iconic pet spot.

The main venue is just steps away at the corner of Germantown and Highland Avenues. East Highland Avenue will host the Petapalooza runway and photo booth, a raffle with tail-wagging prizes, animal rescue organizations and local business exhibitors with everything from pet foods to pet training, grooming and massage to doggy day care.

Cross over the Avenue to 30 West Highland Avenue to enter the Weavers Way parking lot which will feature face painting, Backyard Chickens and a Dog Parkour, an urban agility course of climbing, jumping and balancing for dogs and their humans.

As you stroll down the Avenue, look for balloons outside local pet-friendly businesses and stop by one of the restaurants offering Yappy Hours for people and their pets.

Freeze Frame! Photo Ops for Pets

Petapalooza offers multiple opportunities for your pet to become a local celebrity.

Enter the Petapalooza Photo Contest, where social media savvy pet owners can win “pawsome” prizes along with a chance for your pet to be a Chestnut Hill star. Post photos of your pet in one or all categories:  Makes Biggest Mess, Finds Strangest Place to Hide, Most Helpful and Most Unusual Pet. Tag your photo @chestnuthillpa and use the hashtag #Petapalooza.  Entry deadline is August 5thAny pet is eligible to enter to win a prize. Winners will be chosen at random on the day of the Petapalooza event.  For more contest info, visit

Strike a pose on the day of the event on the runway and photo booth located on East Highland Avenue.

Stop by the Chestnut Hill Local’s table on Highland Avenue to pick up info on entering the Cutest Pet Contest. Upload your pet photos at from August 8th-14th.  Online voting will happen from August 15th-20th. Winners will be published in the August 26th edition of the Local.  Categories are: Cutest Dog, Cutest Cat, Cutest Pet (not dog or cat), Best Pet and Human Lookalike and Best Dressed Pet.

Cool off at a Doggy Pool

Dog swimming pools will be at two locations – in the parking lot next to cake on E. Highland and in front of Villavillekula at 8419 Germantown Avenue.

Treats for Everyone

Samples and treats for your fur babies will be available from many of the vendors. Chill on E. Highland will offer Pup Cups and Yappy Hours are happening for people and their pets at Chestnut Hill Brewing Company (8231 Germantown Avenue) and El Poquito (8201 Germantown Avenue).  Look for other pop-up specials at restaurants with the Dogs Welcome Here balloons.

Adopt a Pet

More than a dozen pet rescue and adoption agencies will be in attendance, so what better time to provide a forever home for a pet?  Attendees at the E. Highland venue include the German Shepherd Rescue, Blind Dog Rescue, French Bulldog Rescue Network, Luvin’ Bunnies and Kelly’s Cats as well as Noah’s Ark at The Bone Appetite.

Join the Canine Club

The Chestnut Hill Community Association will debut its newest way to belong at Petapalooza! The CHCA Canine Club will provide members with a “PawsPort”, the canine equivalent to the Passport to the Chestnut Hill Experience, that human CHCA members receive as part of their perks package.  Canine Club members will also receive a club bandana, seasonal offers throughout the year and much more! Canine Club memberships are available for $50, $25 for current CHCA members.

The Green parking lot on East Highland Avenue will be closed for the event but all other Chestnut Hill parking lots will be open. 

For more information on Petapalooza, visit


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