Long Islanders can take their best friends to the farm, the brewery and more when they head out this fall — and it's not just because the spots are pet-friendly. Local events are popping up this season that are actually geared toward fun for pups, like a "Barkin' Brunch" and a "DogFest."
Oct. 23 and 24: Dog Days at Old Westbury Gardens
This 200-acre former home and estate has well-landscaped grounds, several gardens and wooded areas to explore — all of which are usually off-limits to any dogs except service animals — but Old Westbury Gardens is holding a dog-friendly weekend. Canines are permitted throughout the gardens (except the Walled Gardens), and must be leashed at all times.
WHEN 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
INFO 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury; 516-333-0048; oldwestburygardens.org.
Oct. 24: ‘Barkin Brunch Howl-O-Ween’ at The Refuge
This Sunday midday meal is one of the area's better-known dog-friendly events. Customers may bring leashed dogs as they dine; pooches in attendance can slurp chilled water poured from bottles into bowls or dine off a dedicated dog menu featuring chicken and rice, and a "puppuccino" (crushed organic dog biscuits with whipped cream). However, to mark Halloween, the event (and the last "Barkin" of the year) will also include a dog costume contest. Each canine contestant gets brought up one at a time, then the judges decide the top choice in divisions such as "best owner/pet" couple costume, "best group" and "best costume," among others.
WHEN 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
INFO 515 Broadhollow Rd., Melville; 631-577-4444; refuge110.com. Walk-ins are permitted when feasible, but reservations are strongly recommended.
Oct. 31: "Howl-o-ween" at Destination Unknown Beer Company
This craft brewery is always dog-friendly, and allows leashed dogs in the tasting room — but on Halloween, Man’s Best Friend gets a chance to participate in a costume contest. Bonus points will be awarded for family and group costumes. A food truck will be on-hand as will a mobile groomer; advance tickets are available for $25 (includes the first beer), which benefit the nonprofit Ollie's Angels Animal Rescue organization (olliesangelsanimalrescue.org).
WHEN Noon to 4 p.m.
INFO 1 S. Chicago Ave., Bay Shore, 631-380-3441, destinationunknownbeercompany.com.
Oct. 31: "Howl-o-ween Dog Costume Parade" at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
The western outpost of this North Fork craft brewery is holding its second annual canine costume procession on its large outdoor space, during which dogs can show off their outfits and compete for best costume prizes. Humans are also permitted to dress up for the day.
WHEN Registration starts at 1 p.m., the parade kicks off at 2 p.m.
INFO 42155 Main Rd., Peconic, 631- 477-1100, greenportharborbrewing.com.