Running of the Chihuahuas (Rescheduled to 5/15)

calendar icon May 15, 2022
clock icon 2pm – 5pm
map marker icon District Pier


DC’s funniest Cinco de Mayo celebration returns to The Wharf for a day of fun and festivities. Celebrate the 10th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas present by Pacifico with us! The day will include cold Pacifico beer, live music, family fun, and of course, the races!

The highlight of the afternoon, the races features over 90 Chihuahuas racing in groups of eight on a sixty foot “race track.” All the action is captured on a huge video wall and the winners take home pet-friendly gifts, prizes, and more! ALL race proceeds benefit Rural Dog Rescue – a non-profit organization dedicated to pulling dogs from high-kill rural shelters.

Register Your Chihuahua

Deadline to register dogs online is Saturday, May 14th, walkups on race day accepted until all spots are full. $30 per dog to race. Enter your dog to race on Eventbrite. Don’t have a Chihuahua? You can still take part in the excitement with the all-breed contest for best dressed dog!

Event Schedule

1pm - Pacifico Beer Garden opens on District Pier.
2pm - 10th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas begins on District Pier.
3pm - All-breed contest for best dressed dog begins.
4pm - Semi-finals & Championship Heat! See which chihuahua wins it all.
5pm - Pacifico Beer Garden closes on District Pier. Go enjoy an adoptable dog cocktail at a participating restaurant!

Cocktails for a Cause

From April 29 - May 15, restaurants at The Wharf are featuring special cocktails made with El Jimador and Herradura Tequilas. Each cocktail is named after an adoptable dog from Rural Dog Rescue to help raise awareness and find the dogs a home. Brown-Forman Corporation will be donating to Rural Dog Rescue on the restaurants’ behalf. Participating restaurants and their cocktails are listed below:

Boardwalk Bar & Arcade - Loki's Luck
Brighton SW1 - Max
Canopy Central - Scarlett Sunrise
Cantina Bambina - Avarita
H Bar by Hyatt House - Sophie Tequi
Hank's Oyster Bar - Frankie, my dear, I don't give a damn
Kaliwa - Pinquila
Kirwan's Irish Pub - The Skippy
Mi Vida - Mi Viejo
Pearl Street Warehouse - The Perfect Friend
The Grill - Gato's Meow
Whiskey Charlie - Bella Paloma

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Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given on the waterfront. But The Wharf offers more, including a wide selection of distinctive choices for food, drinks, and entertainment while you eat. Watch the chefs prepare your meal. Listen to music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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