This Festival's for the Dogs

San Francisco is famously said to have more dogs than children, and the Nihonmachi Street Fair has taken notice. It now has a dog pageant. That's right: a dog pageant. Festivalgoers who register can enter their four-legged friends in the Second Annual Fun and Furry Pooch Pageant and Doggy Parade. What does it take to win a dog pageant? "We're looking for bows that know how to wow a crowd," say the organizers. But don't stay home and play dead if you didn't register little Fido, or don't have a dog at all. Nihonmachi will still have a large, public pet area, and plenty of entertainment for non-canines. There are two stages, and performances run all weekend. Originally, Nihonmachi catered to the Japanese and Asian communities in Japantown, but over the years, it's grown to represent a broad range of San Francisco traditions. This year's festival features performances from the S.F. Taiko Dojo, West Coast Lion Dance, and live party-soul rock from Big City Revue, Ascension, and others.

Aug. 3-4, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 2013
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