October is hosts to ‘Blessing of the Animals,’ one of the Bay Area’s greatest traditions and performed in the ways of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment. I am not religious but I look forward to this event every year. Children line up, excited to have their beloved pets blessed with a special prayer to honor their loyal companions who love us unconditionally. It's a very special experience and there are many places across Marin to line up and have your pet blessed:
Thursday, October 4
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 5:30pm, Greenwood School Parking Lot, 17 Buena Vista Avenue, Mill Valley.
Sunday, October 7
Church of Our Saviour, 10 Old Mill St, Mill Valley
St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bay View Avenue, Belvedere
The Feast of St. Francis and Blessing of the Animals, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Santa Rosa
Feast of St. Francis and Blessing of the Beasts, St. James Episcopal Church, San Francisco
Sunday, October 14
Mount Tam United Methodist Church, 11:30am, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley
Here are some pawsatively fun family and pet friendly events worth a mention:
DOGtoberfest, October 1, 5:30-9pm, This is a family event and fundraiser, with door prizes, raffles, silent auction and gifts for the children, The Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma.
K-9 Heroes: Bark at the Park, October 6, 11am-1pm, Duboce Park.
Cuddle Me Festival, October 13, 10am-3pm, San Francisco SPCA.
Pup Parade, October 27, 11am, Marin County Mart, Larkspur
Woodland Pet Food Halloween DOGtoberfest & Costume Contest, October 27, 3-6pm, Strawberry Village, Mill Valley.
Howl’O’Ween Dog Costume Contest, 6:30pm on October 31, Sausalito
Howl’oween at Pacheco Plaza, October 31
If you know any other family and pet events in the Bay Area, please let me know.