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Family- and dog-friendly Dogs Downtown is September 18

Release Date: September 10, 2021

Media Contact: Katie Adelman
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Office: 507-216-9886



Rochester Downtown Alliance updates COVID-19 guidance for events

ROCHESTER, Minn.—The Rochester Downtown Alliance and presenting partner Subaru of Rochester are unleashing all the free family fun to be had at Dogs Downtown September 18.

Bring the family and pups to Peace Plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the following Dogs Downtown activities and onsite vendors.


  • Agility course
  • Ball pits
  • Cuddle Huddle: donate $1 to Pooches and Palomas’ rescue and get one minute of cuddle time with a dog
  • Doggie/human beer garden with Little Thistle Brewing Co. beers for humans and Pooches and Palomas’ bone broth for dogs
  • Neon Green Studio Art Cart themed craft
  • Dogs Downtown photo booth


  • Ann Wagaman, pet photographer
  • BACB Unleashed
  • Cameo Restaurant
  • Central Bark
  • Dog Portrait Art
  • Leashes & Leads
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Little Thistle Brewing Co.
  • Metronet
  • Petco
  • Rochester Pet and Country Store
  • Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota

“One of our pillars at Subaru of Rochester is impacting our local community beyond the lot. This partnership with RDA for Dogs Downtown is always a blast and we cannot wait to see everyone with their furry friends! Make sure to stop by the Subaru of Rochester booth and grab a new toy for your dog,” said Todd Penz, owner of Subaru of Rochester.

The Rochester Downtown Alliance puts safety of attendees, vendors, partners, volunteers, and event staff as the highest priority. Based on updated guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, and in consultation with Olmsted County Public Health Services, the RDA is implementing the following for Dogs Downtown:

  • Highly recommending all attending and participating to wear masks or face coverings
  • Sanitizing between customers as best as possible
  • Highly recommending attendees or vendors feeling ill to stay home for the safety of all

Visit and follow Downtown Rochester, Minnesota on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more Dogs Downtown details.

About the Rochester Downtown Alliance
The Rochester Downtown Alliance is a nonprofit corporation comprised of a broad range of people representing property owners, business leaders, the city and others with a direct stake in enhanced business and economic development conditions in the downtown district. We work together to build a vibrant downtown community. We believe a strong core positively impacts the greater city of Rochester. Through a series of special events, activities, and initiatives, we create energy, excitement, and a unique character to Downtown Rochester, Minnesota.