Petapalooza rolls out the red carpet for furry friends


Chestnut Hill is pet-friendly year-round, but this Saturday’s Petapalooza on Germantown Avenue is the one special day when animals rule the Avenue. This annual celebration, which will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., brings together animal lovers and their pets for a day of entertainment, shopping and fun.

“It is a time for animal lovers to come together and have a good time,” said CHBA Marketing and Event Coordinator, Georgia Forjohn. “We encourage folks to bring the whole family, including their pets – and not just dogs. If your kitty enjoys an outing in a baby stroller, all the better.”

According to Forjohn, who is the proud pet parent of Minnie, a mini Golden Doodle, and Suki, a five-month-old Golden Doodle puppy, the event will feature an array of interesting vendors selling homemade pet treats, toys and apparel as well as a strong lineup of entertainment, featuring companies like Brixxy & Co., Hickory Veterinary Hospital in Plymouth Meeting and Liberty Veterinary Clinic in Manayunk.

“There will be a dog photo booth, live music by Play it Forward, and education on animal rights,” Forjohn said. “We also have an electric carriage named "Caroline" which will be there for photo ops and education on horse protection legislation.”

Children's activities will also be held behind Weavers Way, along with live chickens and a dog trick show from Badog Goodog Training. 

“Petapalooza offers the Coop a chance to connect with our members and friends in the community in a fun and convivial atmosphere,” said Nima Koliwad, Weavers Way Outreach and Community Programs Coordinator.  “We love showcasing our local vendors who specialize in producing top-quality products and treats for our pets. It is very exciting to see our backyard transformed into a vibrant pet-friendly space buzzing with kids and families having a good time.” 

As one of the original founders and an organizer of this year’s Petapalooza, Adina Silberstein, owner of Queenie’s, 7174 Germantown Ave., said she always looks forward to the annual event as an opportunity to meet fellow animal lovers. 

“We answer a lot of pet owners’ questions and give them an opportunity to sample our products.  We are also donating a raffle basket,” said Silberstein, who has been helping to organize the event for the past 10 years and will be hosting a large booth, where they will be giving away a lot of samples. “This is not just a dog event. It’s for all animal lovers. People bring their cats in backpacks and we always have one woman who brings her goat, Vincent Van Goat.”  

Many shops and eateries, including Bone Appetite and Matines, will offer special pet treats, and for humans, participating restaurants and bars will offer “Yappy Hour” specials starting at 4 p.m. Additionally, a "vote for your favorite pet" activity will be run by Commissioner Seth Green's Office. 

Don’t yet have a pet? No problem. Each year Petapalooza helps animals find forever homes and this year is no exception. There will be pets available for foster and adoption from nonprofit rescues like Tiny Paws, Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue and German Shepherd Rescue. 

This annual tail-wagging event is presented by the Chestnut Hill Business Association (CHBA) in partnership with Weavers Way Coop, Elfant Wissahickon, George Woodward Company and the Goldenberg Group. 

Remember, pets should be brought responsibly. Dog owners who use retractable leashes please are asked to please lock them during the event. 

Two weekend markets

This weekend offers a chance to get outside, enjoy the fall weather, and do some shopping at two lively outdoor markets in the area.

On Saturday, the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery present their Magical Market of the Macabre from 12-5 p.m. This artisan market at the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery features more than 70 vendors selling original art, antiques, jewelry, candles, and other unique handmade and vintage goods. Shoppers can also enjoy food, drinks, and live music as they explore the stunning Victorian monuments and mausoleums at Philadelphia's most famous cemetery.

Founded in 1836, Laurel Hill is known for its elaborate tombs and scenic views along the Schuylkill River. It was the first cemetery honored as a National Historic Landmark. The Magical Market offers a perfect opportunity to experience this hidden gem just off the Schuylkill River Trail. Tickets are $5 online or $10 at the gate.

Then on Sunday, the popular Clover Market returns to Chestnut Hill from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 90 artisans and antique dealers from up and down the East Coast will line Highland Avenue to showcase their wares. Handmade jewelry, clothing, home goods, vintage finds, and other curated items will be available to shop.

Clover Market also features food trucks, live music, kids' crafts, and more entertainment for the whole family. Leashed dogs are welcome too. 

Founded in 2010, the market has expanded over the years to venues around the Philly region. But its home base remains in Chestnut Hill, produced in partnership with the local business district.

The two events offer an enjoyable way to support local artisans, shop for one-of-a-kind creations, and spend some time in two beautifully historic locations this weekend. 

Details on vendors, tickets, and more can be found online at and