We checked out the 'Coachella for dogs' in Brooklyn -- and it was beyond adorable

There’s no doubt outdoor festivals are all the rage. Coachella, for example, experienced record-high ticket sales this year, drawing a crowd of more than 500,000 people. Bonnaroo, another music festival that takes place in Tennessee, had a 41% increase in ticket sales this year.

But who decided festivals should just be for humans?

That’s why the hip, dog-loving company Barkbox took action and made a leap in the canine festival industry.

On Sunday, July 19, 2015, Barkbox hosted their second annual Barkfest at the gorgeous Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn, NY. The event ran for seven hours and featured tons of “pawesome” activities for dogs and their two-legged counterparts. Those included an agility course, dog-friendly fireworks, hot dog eating contests, photo booths, raffles, and a selfie-station with celebrity dogs Marnie The Dog and Menswear Dog. Humans got to enjoy food trucks and a beer garden, too.

Here are some of the highlights.

Barkfest took place at 50 Kent Avenue, on the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn, NY. It was adjacent to the increasingly popular Brooklyn Flea.

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Barkbox co-founder Matt Meeker said Barkfest was designed to create 'experiences and things you can do together with your dog that also make your dog happy.'

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Meeker noticed that 'outside of taking your dog for a walk, there's just not a lot you can do together as an activity.'

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So, Barkfest was born. And it definitely delivered.

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There were tons of activities for both dogs and their owners.

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Since it was a scorching hot day in July, these pups were able to cool off at the splashing station.

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They really enjoyed the pools.

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They were like little otters.

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Some of them didn't want to leave.

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So refreshing.

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If splashing in the pools wasn't a preferred activity, dogs took turns running through the agility course.

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The course certainly boosted the confidence of all these pups. If even for a brief moment, they all acted like 'show dogs.'

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And if exercise wasn't some dogs' forte, they could participate in a hot dog eating contest.

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Whoever finished a hot dog first received a gift card to buy a special treat from Barkbox.

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And if hot dogs weren't appealing, then dogs could pose with their owners at photo booths.

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Or they could feel like a celebrity at the official Barkfest step-and-repeat.

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They were natural in front of the camera.

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At the photo shoots, tons of dogs sported their best Miley Cyrus, tongues and all.

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Some dogs even posed in a Vespa.

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They look like they have been riding Vespas for years.

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This husky looks like a modern Jack Nicholson in 'Easy Rider.'

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This ball of fluff is checking itself out in the side mirror.

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The festival even had 'dog-friendly' fireworks, which consisted of LED technology.

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Plus, there were tons of things to do as a human, too.

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This artist drew caricatures of owners with their four-legged family members.

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There were even food trucks.

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And there was a beer garden.

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The whole time, a DJ spun Top 40 hits to keep the crowd energised.

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But the most important aspect of the festival was the adoption and fostering tent.

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Located in the center of the festival, the tent featured plenty of happy and healthy dogs looking for homes.

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The organisations NYC Foster Dogs and Animal Haven were there, among other groups.

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All kinds of dogs were up for adoption (and some still are). Here is a nine-year-old Shih Tzu mix named Skidoo, who was looking for a home. He really stole my heart.

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Overall, the festival attracted tons of dogs of all shapes and sizes.

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And, all the festival-goers were on top of their fashion game.

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This pup rocked a neon cap and fit right in with all of the other hip dogs.

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This Corgi wore a stylish backpack.

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This dog, named 89, went all out for the occasion.

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This dog is posing with a party hat.

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Some pups even showed up in their own limos.

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Here's another one who rolled in with style in her luxury car.

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This little dog showed up in its own Uber.

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Dogs in strollers were everywhere, and we couldn't get enough.

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One last photo of a dog in a stroller being chauffeured around.

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Everywhere you looked, dogs of all breeds infiltrated Barkfest, like this Wolfhound named Walter.

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This was by far the biggest and best festival for dogs yet.

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It was a dog and dog lovers' paradise. Speaking of love, these two really hit it off.

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The dogs really seemed excited to be at the festival.

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This poodle knew that Barkfest was the place to be.

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More than 10,000 people RSVP 'ed to Barkfest and hundreds of people attended. This French bulldog approves of that.

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Barkfest was definitely the Coachella for dogs.

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If popularity is any indication, Barkbox will host a third annual Barkfest.

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Next year's Barkfest will likely be just as 'pawesome' as this year's.

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