Event Overview

In 2001, the AKC and Eukanuba presented the first AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC) in Orlando. Currently the only dog show hosted by the American Kennel Club, the AENC features thousands of the world's top canine competitors from across the country and around the globe as they vie for Best in Show honors, and the title of National Champion.

Now, AKC and Eukanuba have come together again to provide the largest celebration of man’s best friend in the United States! The event, which will comprise 800,000 square feet of event space in the North South Building of the Orange County Convention Center, features family fun activities and demonstrations, competitions, and a pet-themed vendor mall.

Attendees can enjoy numerous exciting demonstrations and exhibitions, such as:
  • AKC Meet the Breeds®, where more than 150 different dog breeds and breed experts will be on hand to meet the public, allows prospective dog owners to learn about different breeds and find the right breed for their lifestyle.
  • Dock diving dogs demonstrating their extreme talents as they long jump into a tank of water at the NADD/AKC Diving Dog Championship
  • Celebrate Dogs Demonstration Ring, where you can watch dogs race against the clock in flyball, AKC Rally demonstrations and more.
AKC-sponsored competitions to be held during Celebrate Dogs! include:
  • Canine athletes racing against the clock over challenging obstacles in the AKC Agility Invitational.
  • Dogs putting their best paws forward for the Inaugural AKC Obedience Classic.
  • Skilled youngsters and their dogs competing in their own age divisions in conformation, agility and obedience.

Ticket Info

Celebrate Dogs! tickets are available for purchase online. Tickets can also be purchased at the Orange County Convention Center Box Office on the days of the event. Prices are as follows:

DAYTIME: Saturday or Sunday
Adult (13+) - $10
Children 12 Yrs and Younger - FREE
Active Military - FREE w/ID

EVENING: Saturday or Sunday
All Seats - $25

Special ticket discount offers must be used when purchasing tickets ONLINE ONLY.

Daytime tickets are for Celebrate Dogs! event ONLY. Evening tickets are for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship competition ONLY.

Parking and Shuttle Information

Celebrate Dogs! will be held in the North/South Concourse building at the Orange County Convention Center, which has its own designated parking area. FREE, convenient shuttle service will be provided to transport visitors from the North/South Concourse parking. All parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis, including accessible parking.

Parking Rates
Car - $9
Oversized Vehicles (Buses, etc…) - $25

Rates are per car with same day in and out privileges when dated receipt is presented. Cash, traveler’s checks, American Express®, MasterCard® and Visa® accepted.

Directions to OCCC Parking Lots
For the North/South Building's North/South Concourse parking lot use entrance Universal Boulevard (north side) or International Drive (south side). The West Building's West Concourse parking lot is accessible via Exhibit Way (north entrance), via Convention Way (south entrance) or via Westwood Boulevard (west entrance).