Barkin’ on Bonnycastle, a street festival for dogs, takes over the Highlands Saturday afternoon

Barkin’ on Bonnycastle takes place Saturday. | Courtesy of Barkstown Road

Finally, a festival you can bring your dog to. Barkstown Road, the venerable little locally owned pet store in the Highlands (and on Frankfort Avenue), is hosting the third annual Barkin’ on Bonnycastle event on Saturday, and along with amenities for humans, there will be plenty of tricks and treats for your four-legged best friend.

The store is celebrating its fifth anniversary, so organizers are pulling out all the stops to make it the ideal dog day afternoon. Several pet nonprofits like Saving Sunny, The Arrow Fund and Fat Heads Rescue will be on hand with adoptable dogs and more information about their organizations, and there will be food trucks, live music and even some surprises for humans and canines alike.

Owner Kim Boyle fills us in on a few secrets.

“We are so grateful this city has allowed us to provide top-quality goods for its dogs and cats for so many years,” she tells Insider. “As our thank you, we are providing raffle prizes every hour and giving out free gifts with purchases. Dog-loving Louisvillians do not want to miss out on this opportunity to enjoy a fun day that’s centered all around celebrating with their dogs.”

Steel City Pops will be there! | Courtesy of Steel City Pops

Food trucks include Fresh Out of the Box and Sweet Martha’s Southern Recipe, and Steel City Pops also will be on hand with their flavorful popsicles. Barkstown neighbor the Doo Wop Shop is in charge of the music lineup, which includes the Southern Sirens, Dave Hobbs and Aaron Bentley.

Barkin’ on Bonnycastle runs from noon-5 p.m. near the intersection of Bonnycastle Avenue at Bardstown Road. It’s free and open to all, including those that drink out of toilets and fetch for treats. Barkstown Road is located at 2005 Bonnycastle Ave.