You can let the dogs out at Dix Park June 23, when the Pop-Pupalooza temporary dog park takes place. Pets are allowed off-leash across a four-acre span of the park for this special event, with optional group games and activities throughout the afternoon. If you don’t want to roam alongside your pup, there are food trucks, Durham-made Locopops popsicles, and local beer to keep the humans occupied. There’s also a slew of vendors geared toward animal lovers, including Bone Appetit Bakery, Twilight Meadows Mobile Vet, Pupcakes, various area pet stores, and the SPCA of Wake County. It’s safe to assume they’re barking up the right tree. —Jessie Ammons Rumbley

12 noon – 6 p.m.; free, but registration strongly suggested;