Running of the Chihuahuas

calendar icon May 6, 2023
clock icon 2pm – 5pm
map marker icon District Pier

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Little Dogs, Big Fun. Celebrate the 11th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas presented by Pacifico and hosted by Tommy McFly. The fun-filled event features the iconic Chihuahua races, a Pacifico Beer Garden, a DJ, pet photo booth, and a giant inflatable Chihuahua for photo opportunities. Don't forget to visit the DC Lottery tent to spin the prize wheel to win cash and DC Lottery swag.

The highlight of the afternoon, the races features over 100 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.

Only Chihuahuas may participate in the races, but all dogs can take part in the excitement of the day during the free all-breed dog costume contest! If you don’t have a dog yet, keep an eye out for your forever friend during the Adoptable Dog Parade that takes place between the Chihuahua races.

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Cocktails for a Cause

While you wait for race day, you can still get involved. Restaurants at The Wharf are featuring specialty cocktails made with Tito's Homemade Vodka. Each cocktail is named after an adoptable dog from Rural Dog Rescue to help raise awareness and find the dogs a home. Participating restaurants include Brighton SW1, Cantina Bambina, Kaliwa, Kirwan's on The Wharf, Bar Pendry, Officina, Whiskey Charlie, Canopy Central, H Bar by Hyatt House, Union Stage and Pearl Street Warehouse. Sip and support through Sunday, May 7.

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