Annual America’s Family Pet Expo at the OC Fairgrounds – April 10th-12th


It’s that time again, the largest pet expo in California will open its doors on April 10th at 10AM.  I’ve been to this Expo a few years in a row now, and it’s always worth checking out.  The vendors here cover almost every section of the pet industry, from toys and treats, to actual dog adoptions.

Pet Expo 2014

This event also has a good representation of all the major dog breeds.  Each breed usually has their own booth, where owners/breed specific shelters, are giving out free advice, answering questions about the specific breed, and are usually a great resource for breed specific adoptions.  If you are thinking about adopting a dog soon, this is a great place to start your research.  If you already have a full house, this event is still fun for the whole family. There are multiple dog shows to attend, including dock diving, police dog demonstrations, presentations from professional dog trainers, and the oh-so-popular pig races.

splash dogs

Splash Dogs

For a schedule of the daily events, click here

In between the demonstrations, you will be able to check out all of the latest in dog toys, treats, and accessories, and for the foodies of the group, artery clogging fair food!  How could you pass that up?


I know this is a dog forum, which is why I emphasis the dog portion of this event, but this is, after all, a Pet Expo and not a Dog Expo.  If you do have other pets in your home, from house cats, to fish, there will also be products, breed specific booths, and some adoption events for them as well.

Tickets are $13 for Adults, $11 for Seniors, $8 for children 6-12, and FREE for anyone under 5, or active members and veterans of the military.  I personally recommend buying tickets online before getting to the event.  You will have to pay Ticketmaster a wonderful 20-30 cent “processing fee” per ticket, but this will save you the headache of having to wait in the often long line at the entrance.  Click here to get your tickets.  The Expo only lasts for 3 days, April 10th-12th, so you only have one weekend to take advantage of it.  I could personally spend a full day at the Expo without getting bored, so if your planning on going this year, make sure you have enough time set aside to see everything.

One thing to remember about this event is that, unfortunately, it’s for humans only. You will have to leave your furry friends at home for this one.  But, on the plus side, you will be able to surprise them with all of the fun stuff you find at the Expo.

For more info about the event, check out the event website at:

Hope to see you there!

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