The Dog Days of Summer

Location: Waterloo Park
Date: July 9, 2023 — August 18, 2023
Time: Event times vary

The term “Dog Days” traditionally refers to a period of particularly hot and humid weather occurring during the summer months of July and August in the Northern Hemisphere.

In reality, the term originated in ancient times when Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans believed that the dawn rising of Sirius, the Dog Star, in mid- to late summer contributed to the extreme weather of the season. In the summer, Sirius rises and sets in conjunction with the Sun.  Because the star is so bright, ancient Romans believed it actually gave off heat and added to the Sun’s warmth, contributing to the long stretch of hot sultry weather known as diēs caniculārēs or “dog days”.

Celebrate the dog days of summer at Waterloo Park with long, lazy afternoons and warm summer nights spent outside under the stars. Whatever your plans this season, how about sharing the fun with your dog – they are, after all, the ultimate summertime companion!

Check out events part of The Dog Days of Summer below!

Events in This Series

Tails on the Trail: Protecting & Restoring Austin Waterways

July 9, 2023
9:00 AM

Presented in partnership with Forklift Dancework’s Creekside Conversations with support from the The Lowell H. Lebermann Jr. Foundation Join Forklift choreographers and Austin’s Watershed Protection Department to discuss the importance of protecting and restoring Austin waterways, including the impacts of pet waste disposal!  Complimentary beverages provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Rambler Sparkling Water.

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Wild Wednesdays

July 12, 2023 —August 2, 2023
Wednesdays | Event times vary

Enjoy a variety of science, nature, and STEM programs designed to connect kids (ages 5-14+) to the outside world around them! Join us on Wednesday mornings for hands-on nature exploration, problem-solving exercises, outdoor activities, journaling, and other engaging activities! Attendees will receive a free copy of The Ecologist School Pocket Guide: Waterloo Park Edition, created […]

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Friday Flicks: Best in Show

July 14, 2023
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join us for a pawty in the park and enjoy a free outdoor screening of Best in Show! Enjoy audience contests, live music, and family-friendly activities! The party includes an ice cream and pup cup vendor, a doggie costume contest, a photo booth, local pet vendors, and a special performance of Forklift Dance Works’ Dances […]

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Friday Flicks: DC League of Super-Pets

August 18, 2023
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Enjoy a FREE outdoor screening of DC League of Super-Pets, audience contests, live music, and family-friendly activities! Hot Dog, Hot Dog, Hot Diggity Dog: It’s a back-to-school bash and hot dog cookout at Waterloo Park! The bash includes featured bites, a photo booth, school supply drive, and family-friendly activities. The movie begins at sunset.

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