Welcome to Art Paws
Sunday July 19th, 2020
Now held virtually due to COVID-19
Art Paws and Covid-19
With concerns for the health and welfare of our volunteers, exhibitors and attendees due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent concerns with large gatherings, the live 20th annual Art Paws event has been postponed until July of 2021. We are excited to be hosting the event virtually. Stay tuned for more information.
What is Art Paws?
Art Paws is Reno’s premier pet event of the year, which helps 3 animal non-profits and one art organization in one day! Held each year on the 3rd Sunday in July, 10am-4pm at McKinley Arts & Culture Center Park.
As Artown’s only “bring your dog day" Art Paws paints a pet-friendly picture of downtown Reno! A fun and unique art themed, canine-friendly, community festival, this free event celebrates canine culture by combining the arts with our animals. More than 40 local vendors, artists and animal aid organizations come together each year to celebrate all things pet…and help animals in need.
At Art Paws each year, more than five thousand pets and their people, take a stroll down to McKinley Arts and Cultural Center Park, to will frolic along the Truckee River, get their paws read by pet psychics, and admire their own animal art at the FREE Paw Painting booth. Featured artisans display everything from fine jewelry to crystal sculptures, to oils and watercolors and portraits--many with an animal theme. Pet themed jewelry for you and custom collars for Fido are just a few of the most popular aspects of Art Paws. Come to watch the Reno Police K9 officer demonstration or sign Fido up for one of our “paw”pular canine contests. Reach out to your inner puppy with the help of a pet psychic. Relax with your K9 best friend, in the shade of the park, to the sounds of the Brother Dan Palmer and other local live musicians.
Don’t forget to visit all of the local non-profit animal organizations and vote for your favorite to win the “People’s Choice Award” and fetch a third of the proceeds from Art Paws. Satisfy your hunger with treats from our specialty food trucks and quench your thirst at our “bone”ified beer garden, sponsored by Midtown Wine Bar, with more than 30 local craft brews to sample. The rich silent auction and hourly raffles make our event not just about the animals! Anyway, you look at it, Art Paws is a “Dog Gone Good Time”!
All proceeds from the event benefit four local non-profit pet organizations. Art Paws Inc. gives 4 grants each year. New in 2018 we added the Artie's Art grant, awarded in 2020 to Arts for All Nevada. And as in previous years, one of the organizations will be chosen via grant application and based on need and organizational viability, with our Underdog Grant and the third will again be determined at the event via the People’s Choice Contest. The forth grant will be given to the TMPF Biggest Little Dog Park, for the continued construction and annual maintenance of Artie's favorite Reno dog park. Over the past 20 years, the private organizers have donated more than $135,000 back to the pet rescue and art non-profit community. The 2020 Art Paws Underdog Grant is Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation.
Art Paws occurs during the month of July as part of the Reno annual Artown festival, July 2020. Michelle @ 775-722-9914 for more information.