Carol Stream is going to the dogs: CSBarks Festival returns to the village Sunday

CAROL STREAM – Tails will be wagging at Carol Stream Town Center this weekend during the Carol Stream Park District’s CSBarks Dog Festival, according to a park district news release.

“We always have fun organizing this event, especially as many of our festival team are pet parents, too,” said park district Community Relations Manager Kelly Carbon in the release. “It’s always fun to discover new dog products and services.”

The event holds all the promise of a barking good time. It will include activities such as a dog birthday party, complete with a cake cutting, party games and a photo contest, the release said.

Active pups can take advantage of a dock diving contest, a canine agility course, Frisbee demonstrations and an off-leash area, according to the release.

Ultimate Air Dogs, a dock jumping organization, will facilitate the diving contest for the first time in festival’s history.

For posh pooches, the Fido Mall will feature dog-friendly products from more than 70 vendors, the release said.

This is the fifth year the event has been held. The district anticipates 5,000 attendees, according to the release.

The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Carol Stream Town Center. Admission is free, but some activities require a small fee. For more information, visit www.csbarks.org.