Market runs from 10AM - 2PM, and the Parade + Costume Contest kick off at 12PM!
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Downtown Dog Market + Santa Paws Parade
Calling all metro-doggos!
Walk your humans on down to The Dog Guide San Antonio’s Downtown Dog Market! Enjoy the vibrant lawn of Legacy Park and help your human get in touch with their city-loving side at this FREE event.
Enjoy FREE coffee + hot cocoa from Estate Coffee Co. and meet some of San Antonio’s top dog-friendly businesses.
Tunes brought to you by The AM Project all day long.
Put on your winter gear and play in the snow with winter flurries courtesy of our furiends at Centro San Antonio.
FREE Parking: Thanks to our dog-loving friends over at Artpace, we’ll have free parking available for each market.
You can find the Artpace lot at 513 N Flores, and it’s just a brief walk up to the market at Legacy Park, 103 W. Houston St.
Artpace also welcomes well-mannered, leashed doggos in their gallery, and on their rooftop.
Santa Paws Parade & Dog Costume Contest Info:
Santa Paws Parade registration will be open from 10:00 – 11:30AM. The parade will begin at 12PM, with winners of the costume contest announced promptly after.
Costume categories are Best Ugly Christmas Sweater, Best Doggy-Owner Duo, and Best in Show. Group costumes count as a single contest entry.
Each costume contest winner will win a $150 gift card they can use to shop anywhere for their pup for the holidays.
Costume Contest Rules:
• Contestants must register dog(s) online or in-person by 11:30AM on event day.
• Pairs or groups may be registered as a team, but will only count as 1 entry.
• All dogs must be on leash during Santa Paws Parade and for judging
• Dogs must be under voice control at all times
• Awards will be given for Best Ugly Christmas Sweater, Best Doggy-Owner Duo, and Best in Show
• Contestants must arrive at competition site 15 minutes prior to the parade kick off.
Sniff y’all there!
Interested in becoming a sponsor for the Downtown Dog Market? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
Connie is a native San Antonian with roots planted deeply on San Antonio’s Southside. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Global Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Passionate about building strong communities, Connie loves acting as a connector to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and people to help each other reach their goals and work together. She works inbetween the Cultural Placemaking team and the Mainstreet Economic Development team, bringing vibrancy and support to urban core businesses to make downtown the place to be. When not at work, you can usually find her at the local plant nursery buying another plant, exploring new cafes/breweries, and spending time with family.
Priscilla or “P.Lo” as her teammates affectionately call her, has 20 years of corporate administrative experience.Priscilla attended The University of San Antonio with a focus on Business Administration.In her role as office “fixer,” she handles everything from communications and relationship management to IT sleuthing. On weekends you can find her enjoying a Truly poolside. She lives the vegan lifestyle and is a proud member of the Peleton community.
Michael began his studies and volunteer work at Webster University Thailand with a focus on international relations and Buddhism. After returning to San Antonio and graduating from UTSA, Michael began photographing and telling the stories of people in Downtown San Antonio to help connect and increase awareness of our vibrant urban culture. Michael’s work has appeared in severalnewsmedia organizations,andhas produced digital content for small- and large-scalemarketing campaigns for Red Bull, COSA Department of Arts and Culture, World Heritage Office, National Park Service, and others. Michael is a former Pecha Kucha San Antonio Speaker, best-selling author at Trinity University Press, entrepreneur, and adventurer.
Janie is a native of Corpus Christi, TX and has made San Antonio her home since 2012. Her 15+ years’ experience allows her to serve a broad range of functions that allow the organization to operate efficiently, including, accounts receivable/payable, record management, information technology, office management, and assisting with human resources. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her family, visiting local art museums, and enjoying a German beer in Southtown.
Matt graduated from Texas Tech University in 2016 with a Dual Major in Media Strategies and Honors Arts & Letters with a minor in Italian (Benvenuto a tutti!). Matt oversees the marketing, public relations, and digital content for Centro. After sharing the story of Downtown San Antonio on digital channels, he enjoys creating TikToks about LGBTQ+ media. His mug graces a Fiesta Mural on the St. Mary’s Strip just north of Downtown. You can’t miss it.
Liz is a passionate underutilized space evangelist known for collaboration matchmaking + play based troublemaking (snow, pumpkins, and Parisian mimes included). She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Public Policy studying Public Administration (#BirdsUp)! More recently, she oversaw the award winning Activate Houston Street Initiative, a placemaking action plan to reinvigorate the historic pedestrian corridor in the heart of Downtown, which is recognized as a Best Practice in Public Space Management by the International Downtown Association, for which she is also a proud Emerging Leader Fellow.
Jacque is a longtime downtowner with a deep passion for community service. She oversees Centro’s Clean & Safe and Homeless Outreach services, which aim to create a more beautiful, welcoming, inclusive, and hospitable downtown. For nearly two decades, Jacque has lived in downtown San Antonio and has been actively involved in the transformation of the urban core. Through her work with nonprofits, local government, and news media, she’s continually focused on championing more sustainable, diverse, and equitable communities. Jacque has led efforts to support asylum seekers, served as communications director for City Council District 5, and served in public affairs role for Clear Channel Outdoor San Antonio. Jacque studied Mass Communications and Mexican-American Studies at UTSA.
Sarah is a passionate urbanistwho has spent the majority of her career on downtown revitalization efforts. Downtown is the best part of any city where you can find the finest history, culture, life, and beauty.Sarahhas a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planningfrom the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Sarah enjoys visiting small local businesses, enjoying foodie culture, cooking, hiking, and visiting the cities of the world.
Andi is a long-time urban champion and leads Centro ‘people projects’ which tell our stories and bring us joy, such as Centro’s Art Everywhere and Zona Cultural. Serving on the Leadership Council of Urban Land Institute, she is a former city Planning Commissioner, Founding Chair of the Hemisfair Conservancy, Co-founder of Power of Preservation/PROM, former Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and immediate past Chair of Leadership San Antonio. Andi considers herself a servant leader;she has an MS in Architecture/Urban Planning,and enjoys advocating for the unifying power of art, history, and public space.
Kandice is a Sunnyvale, CA native and has made San Antonio her home since 2014. She graduated from University of Argosy in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and continued to complete her Master’s in Business Administration from University of Phoenix 2020. She has worked in downtown San Antonio for years, bringing 15+ years of accounting experience to the organization and has been tasked with promoting and developing the city’s urban core. When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, managing her family’s businesses, and enjoys cooking and baking.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
Eddie is responsible for understanding community needs through research and dialogue, serving the organization’s community development and advocacy efforts while delivering Public Improvement District services and marketing campaigns.Eddie earned a B.S. in Mass Communications from Texas State University anda M.A. in Interactive Communication and Design from the University of the Incarnate Word.He has spent the past eight years leading Centro in multiple capacities, including membership, events, marketing, community engagement, and district operations.
Matt is the lucky guy that gets to lead a team of passionate placemakers who work every day to make downtown San Antonio more beautiful, playful, prosperous, and welcoming. Since starting his career as an attorney, Matt accumulated 25+ years’ worth of experience in the private sector by founding play and creative companies; consulting for start-ups and Fortune 500s in strategy, innovation, and leadership; and serving as president and C-level executive for Scholastic, Klutz and LeapFrog, among others. Directly prior to moving to San Antonio, he was the Economic Development Director and Interim Land Use Director for Santa Fe, NM. He and his daughter have visited 15 state capitals on their way to all 50!