Give your Dog its Day at CSBarks Dog Festival!



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CSBarks Dog Festival

September 10, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

posted 9/21/17See 2017 CSBarks pictures!


CSBarks is the Carol Stream Park District’s annual dog festival, and one of the largest dog festivals in the Chicago suburbs. This is the event your dog has been looking forward to all year!

Join thousands of dogs from the area who bring their owners for a day of four-legged fun. Entry is free!

CSBarks Dog Festival is filled with dog performances, demos, contests, and more! The Festival is Sunday, September 10, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, at Carol Stream Town Center, Carol Stream.

Attractions include lure coursing, frisbee dog demonstrations, K-9 Noseworks demonstrations, Canine Good Citizen  and Trick Dog testing, and our own Wiener dog races, cool contests, and Parade of Breeds.

CSBarks also features many dog vendors in the Fido Shopping Mall, a trolley to shuttle both dogs and their people to and from the site, kids crafts, and food trucks. Admission to the festival is free. Some activities, such as Wiener dog races, request a small fee to participate.

Friendly, leashed and vaccinated dogs (and their owners) are welcome. CSBarks is held at Carol Stream Town Center (Gary Ave & Lies Rd), in Carol Stream, 30 miles west of Chicago.


September 10, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Carol Stream Town Center
Gary Ave & Lies Rd
Carol Stream, IL 60188 United States




Main Arena Schedule:

10:30am – Agility demonstration by German Shepherd Dog Club of Chicago

11:00am – Frisbee Dog Demonstrations by Skydogs

11:30am – K-9 Noseworks Demonstrations by SmartiePaws

12:00pm- Contests

12:30pm – Parade of Breeds

1:00pm – Frisbee Dog Demonstrations by Skydogs

1:30pm – Agility demonstration by German Shepherd Dog Club of Chicago

2:00pm – Wiener Dog Races

Contests at 12:00 pm:

  • Dog Peanut Butter Lick: there will be a small dogs then large dogs contest. Limited to first 25 dogs
  • Find the Treat in a Ball Pit: there will be a small dogs then large dogs contest. Limited to first 25 dogs
  • Best Dressed Dog: winner picked by audience applause
  • Dog and Owner Look Alike: winner picked by audience applause

Parade of Breeds at 12:30 pm:

We will line up all the dogs by Breed and parade around the Main Arena.  Click here for a list of dogs we’ve had parade with us in the past.  Don’t see your dog breed? Contact us and we will make sure your dog is included.  This parade is a crowd favorite!

Wiener Dog Races at 2:00 pm:

Sign up begins at 10:00am and ends at 1:45pm. $5 per dog payable onsite the day of the event at the Merchandise Tent.

Race Categories:

  1. Knockwursts – 13 years and older, and special needs
  2. Schnitzels – 8-12 years old
  3. Bratwursts – 4-7 years old
  4. Frankfurters – 18mos to 3 years old
  5. Li’l Smokies – up to 18 months
  6. Winner of each contest races for Grand Champ!

All Day Activities

  • Lure Coursing*
  • CGC, CGC-A, and CGC-U testing* by Wildwood Dog Training Club
  • AKC Trick Dog Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced Testing* by Wildwood Dog Training Club
  • Kids Crafts

*-additional fee applies



On-site parking at the Carol Stream Town Center is available. Parking at Fountain View Recreation Center is reserved for fitness center users.

Park + Ride
Off-site parking with Open Air Trolley shuttles is at the Communications Supply Corporation (CSC) building (200 E. Lies Road, across Gary Avenue).  Free trolley shuttles run every 10 minutes until 30 minutes after closing.

Additional parking is available at Hampe Park (301 W. Lies Road). Note: There is no shuttle service provided from this location.

Festival Rules

  • Please only bring dogs of good temperament that are not afraid of crowds or children.
  • All dogs should be on a 6 ft. (max) non-retractable leash.
  • All dogs must have updated vaccinations and rabies tag.
  • Max two dogs per handler.
  • Handler must be 18 years or older.
  • Please leave kitty and other pets at home.
  • Female dogs in any stage of heat will not be allowed to attend

Dog Water

Water stations are placed throughout the festival site and we make every effort to ensure they are refilled during the festival. A water fountain is also available at the Clock Tower building (which also has bathrooms) on the northeast of the festival site.

Not Bringing A Dog

Bringing a dog is not compulsory. CSBarks also includes activities for children, working dog demonstrations, and dog displays that everyone can enjoy, with or without a dog. Please note, this is not an adoption event, so you will not be able to adopt a dog at the event.

Festival Volunteers

Yes, we welcome all volunteers and volunteer groups. Volunteer jobs include helping with set up and take down, assisting CSBarks vendors at their booths and helping to run activities such as the kids crafts or dog party games.


Thank You for the Generous Financial Support of our Sponsors!