Pug Fest

The 14th Annual Milwaukee Pug Fest


Sunday - May 20, 2018


Milwaukee County Indoor Sports Complex
6000 W. Ryan Road (Hwy 100)
Franklin, WI 53132
9:45am - 4:00pm

Schedule of Activities



We will have three buses leaving from the Comfort to take you and your pugs on a mini tour of Milwaukee on Saturday morning, stopping at first at the House of Harley, followed by a drive-by tour of Milwaukee, proceeding to downtown stopping at the Riverwalk for the annual group pictures at the "Fonz" statue.

After pictures with the "Fonz", the last stop will be to a "dog-friendly" restaurant allowing their humans to have lunch and adult beverages. The buses will return to the hotel to rest for the evening "Get together Party". Tickets are $7.00 per human and covers bus rental and driver tip. THERE ARE STILL SOME OPEN SEATS!! Tickets can be purchased through the Pug Rescue Network online store, PUGJAVA Store website

6:00pm We have the Comfort Suites Conference Center "Get-Together Party" that starts from 6pm-9pm. All attending rescues will have a table pre-selling their merchandise before the "Big Event". There is a cash bar with free soft drinks available. Each Rescue donates raffle items and baskets that are raffled off and all proceeds from the raffle are awarded to three attending Pug Rescues by a drawing. We will also have event apparel and merchandise for sale.


MILWAUKEE PUG FEST is the "LARGEST PUG EVENT IN NORTH AMERICA" Open to all Pug, Pug Mixes and "Smoochie-Faced" breeds. People come from Canada and from all over the U.S. The "Big Event" is held at the Milwaukee County Indoor Sports Complex, 6000 W. Ryan Road; Franklin, WI 53132, a 55,000 sq. ft. indoor complex that we fill with vendors, Rescues, approximately 3,800-plus humans and over 2,100 Pugs, Pug Mixes and "Smoochie-Faced" Breeds.


Doors open at 9:45am and the first 300 families receive a "goodie bag" filled with various merchandise provided by various manufacturers. Services onsite include a pet photography by In Focus Photography; nail trimming by Madra Pet Styling; and animal communicator Robin Williamson. There will be demonstrations and contests. The contests include three categories of the Costume contest. The three categories are "Hand-crafted", "Ready-made" and "Strollers & Floats". Fr. John Allen will perform the "Blessing of the Pugs" which includes a general blessing and individualized blessings. There is also a Pug Race which medals and prizes are awarded to the top three winners.

Pug Fest also has the "PUGFEST STORE" selling event merchandise, a 400 Item-plus Silent Auction, and approximately 70-plus vendors.

9:45am-4:00pm Doors Open
10:30am Opening Remarks
11:00am TBD
11:45am TBD
12:30pm Silent Auction #1 Closes
1:00pm "Blessing of the Pugs and friends" by Fr. John Allen
1:30pm Costume Contests
  1. Ready Made Costumes
  2. Hand Crafted Costumes
  3. Float & Buggy Category
2:00pm Raffle Table closes
2:30pm Silent Auction Table #2 closes
3:00pm Pug Races


Bluegrass Allstars

We are privileged to have the "Bluegrass Allstars" performing between 11am to 2:00pm. This popular group was again a hit last year when they strolled the Complex and randomly play requested tunes. One of the group's members, Dan Nimphius, has played at the Grand Ole Opry twice with Vince Gill.

Gemma Correll

Renowned Cartoonist, Writer and Illustrator, Author of "A Cat's Life", "A Dog's Life", "A Pug's Guide to Etiquette" and "The Worrier's Guide to Life" will have a booth selling her work with a portion going to Pug Rescue.


The 2018 Milwaukee Pug Fest Event Tee shirts (Short Sleeve & Log Sleeve); Sweatshirts; Hoodies, both Pullover & Zippered); event Pint Glasses; Year of the Pug tee shirts; and the 2018 Commemorative can be ordered. We can also bill you through either Square or PayPal. You can email your order to: milwaukeepugfest@yahoo.com.

Download and submit the order form.

Admission at The Door

Adults $8.00 each and Children under 10 years are $3.00 each. $3 Parking Fee - Collected by Milwaukee County Parks Department.

Hotel Information

Comfort Suites Milwaukee Airport

6362 S. 13th Street, Oak Creek, WI 53154
Phone: 414-570-1111
Booking problems?

Standard Suite Single King/Double Queen: $99.00/night+tax
Whirlpool Suite/Poolside Suite: $119.00/night+tax
(Room Rate Includes the price of two adults & two dogs. Each additional Adult: $10/day. Each additional Dog: $5/day.)

Reservation Link (Available 12:01am August 1st)

Candlewood Suites

6440 S. 13th Street, Oak Creek, WI 53154
Phone: 414-570-9999

Standard Studio: $99.00/night+tax
King Studio: $119.00/night+tax
(Room Rate Includes the price of two adults & two dogs. Each additional Adult: $10/day. Each additional Dog: $5/day.)

Reservation Link (Available 12:01am August 1st)

Vendor Information

Milwaukee Pug Fest is looking for Vendors for the upcoming Milwaukee Pug Fest. If you are interested, please download the Vendor Agreement Form and return to us.

Volunteer Information

We are looking for Volunteers to assist the committee in running the event. If you would like to help, please compete the volunteer form and either email it or send it to the addresses noted on the form.

Pug Fest Rules

  • All Pets must be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • ALL Dogs must be on a FIXED-LENGTH LEAD - NO "FLEXI-LEASHES" Allowed.
  • No Aggressive Dogs Allowed.

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