SF’s Dog Days of Summer kicks off with costume contest, brunch

Dozens of dogs and hundreds of humans turned out Saturday for the first of three free monthly outdoor brunch gatherings in San Francisco. 

Dog Days of Summer featured a costume contest, giveaways, product demonstrations and adoption opportunities at the Crossing at East Cut, 200 Folsom St. 

The event included brunch items and beverages from East Cut restaurants, as well as DJs spinning classic disco, soul and funk jams for people and their pets to dance to. 

Circus Bella performers Natasha Kaluza and Jamie Coventry demonstrate a trick with their dog Finley at the inaugural Dog Days of Summer gathering at the Crossing at East Cut in San Francisco. Video: Juliana Yamada/Special to the Chronicle

The inaugural Dog Days of Summer drew more than 500 people, said Katy Birnbaum, founder and CEO of Into the Streets, a small business that specializes in outdoor civic and cultural events that emphasize community engagement.

The gathering was held on International Dog Day, which seeks to raise awareness about adopting animals from rescue shelters and promotes bonding between humans and pets.

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