Kick off spring this Saturday and bring along your four-legged friends to Bark in the Park, this month’s Second Saturday event in downtown Griffin.

Saturday’s activities begin at 11 a.m. with the Griffin-Spalding County Library holding storytime for you and your pet at the Park at 6th. Then at 11:30 a.m., Michelle’s Magical Poodles Dog Show takes place at the Park at Sixth with a pet costume contest to follow. Michelle’s Magical Poodles Dog Show will also be held at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., also at the park.

Stroll along the North Hill Street sidewalks with your pet for some pet-friendly shopping at the Art Walk, beginning at 1 p.m. Quick-sketch pet portraits will be available.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., paw impressions can be made at Stache Studios, and then you can create your own leash holder beginning at 6 p.m. at Stache Studios.

Mark Bass will then provide live music beginning at 7 p.m. at Bank Street Cafe.

Local food truck Patunia’s will be at the Park at Sixth from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. with a wide range of foods available for purchase.

Participating businesses will offer free dog treats, and Pup Cups — a doggie ice cream — will be offered at Two Paddle Creamery. Pet-friendly outdoor seating will be available at several downtown restaurants.

All pets must be leashed in the downtown area, and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Water bowls will be located outside participating businesses.

For humans, social distancing is required, and masks are encouraged.

“Thank you to the city of Griffin Public Works Department for installing new pet waste stations on existing trash cans downtown to make downtown Griffin more pet-friendly year-round,” Griffin Economic Development Director Patrick Kay said. “A special thanks to the Griffin Downtown Council and the Griffin Main Street Program for continuing to support Second Saturday events and downtown business owners.”

Saturday’s event will be held rain or shine. In case of rain, all park activities will be moved to the Historic City Hall Fire Bay.