Last Sunday on May 22nd, we had the pleasure of attending the annual BarkFest for dogs and their humans in New York City at Pier 97. This event is sponsored and hosted by BarkBox – one of the most prominent subscription box services for pooches.
BarkBox advertises it as the Coachella for dogs with live music, an agility course, dog run, pee station, beer garden (for humans), photo booth, and a BarkBox set up.
But honestly, it wasn’t worth $40 for General Admission or $60 for VIP. The only perk was that we got to meet other doggy friends and socialize with other pet parents (oh, and maybe the 2 free beers and a pair of sunglasses from Tito’s Vodka)!
I was mainly disappointed by the lack of things for the dogs to do. The agility course was small and featured everything that Alaska had mastered, but there was a 1.5+ hour waitlist. The dog run was tiny and looked more like a maze of potty pads covered in artificial grass. The bands that were playing on the main stage were OK.
I spoke to several attendees who also pointed out that there was not much to do. My friends who had attended BarkFest last year warned me that even though it was free to attend, it was still not worth it due to the large crowd, hot weather, and lack of entertainment.
We also got a free bag of treats from the BarkBox treat cart, but a peek at the ingredients translated to treats I wasn’t going to give to Alaska.
On the plus side, Alaska was on her best behavior; she stayed by my side everywhere we went and greeted other dogs nicely. She posed perfectly for photos and even attracted the professional photographer.
Overall, it was an enjoyable Sunday Funday – a great experience to bond, socialize and train among new sights, sounds and smells.
Also, if you are looking for a monthly surprise goodie box filled with treats, toys, and accessories for your pup, check out BarkBox and you can earn a $10 voucher to the BarkShop using the code ALASKA, or a free bully stick with any purchase from BarkShop! 🙂