2017 Barktoberfest – Dog Walk & Festival

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What IS Barktoberfest?i-8MHzvpJ-S

Barktoberfest (formerly Paws for a Cause) is the Peninsula SPCA’s annual fundraiser to benefit homeless animals! This year’s event will take on a new look and feel as we embrace (hopefully) cooler weather with a Barktoberfest fall festival in October! This family-friendly event will include rescues, vendors, exhibitors, and community partners, and of course, our annual dog walk!

And, new this year, will be some fun fall activities, live music and a craft-brew beer garden! And as always, all proceeds will benefit the animals and programs of the Peninsula SPCA.

Although festival goers do not need to participate in the dog walk to attend, it’s a fun thing to do! Dog walkers must register in advance and we ask that they fundraise prior to the event. This will ensure that the Peninsula SPCA will be able to continue to help animals in need.


Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Map 2

The festival is located in the Mariners’ Museum Park, Williams Fields, on Boundary Road across from Warwick High School. Parking will be on-site at Williams Field. Overflow parking will be in Warwick Lot along Warwick Blvd. Guests and their pups can enjoy a hayride to and from the parking areas. All handicap and vendor parking will be reserved in the Williams Field area.


 Online Dog Walk Registration in Advance: i-FBR2Rsk-S


Event T-shirts are pre-ordered so pre-register to guarantee a t-shirt in your size!

Children ages 6 & under receive free dog-walk registration. (Child T-shirts are $6 each).


Barktoberfest Package: $35   

You get the whole “kitten-caboodle!”   Includes general admission, dog walk, t-shirt(order in advance to ensure the proper shirt size), beer tasting ticket, & souvenir pint glass

Advance Dog Walk Registration:

Early-bird Registration: Before September 2: $10 per person

Summer is the perfect time to fundraise for your walk! Even better, start a team and encourage your friends and family to join! You can raise money for the shelter by asking for donations, holding a yard sale, or hosting a bake sale! Registration fees increase beginning September 1st!

September 3- September 30: $15 per person

T-shirts are pre-ordered. Register by September 30th to guarantee you receive a shirt in your size!

October 1 – October 17: $20 per person

T-shirts are pre-ordered. We can not guarantee shirt sizes for registrations received after October 5th.

Dog Walk Registration is FREE for children 6 and under ($6 for child t-shirt)

Registration includes:

    • Exclusive Barktoberfest t-shirt (at the event)
      • Register in advance to ensure you receive a festival t-shirt in the proper size
    • Goody bag filled with your fundraising prizes
    • Free personal web page for your fundraising efforts
    • FREE admission to the festival


Day Of Event – Admission Options:

  • Barktoberfest Package: $35
    •  You can do it all for one price!   Includes general admission, dog walk, t-shirt(while supplies last), beer tasting ticket, and souvenir pint glass
  • Dog Walk (day of):
    • $25 per person: includes t-shirt (sizes are limited) and general admission
    • Children 6 & under are free (children’s event t-shirt $6-while supplies last)
  • Festival General Admission Fee:
    • $5 per person, or buy 3 and get 1 free! (does not include shirt or beer tasting)
    • Children 6 and under FREE (shirts $6 – while supplies last)
  • Beer Tasting Ticket: $25 per person
    • includes general admission and beer tasting with souvenir glass



The Barktoberfest Dog Walk is a pledge-walk to help raise money for our community’s homeless animals at the Peninsula SPCA! When you register to walk, you also have the opportunity to raise money for the SPCA and win prizes!

Individual Fundraisers: When you register, you receive a free personal fundraising web page that you can customize and share with your friends, co-workers and family. Cash donations will be collected in advance of the walk during PSPCA’s Bank Days at the shelter (Tuesday and Wednesday, October 17 & 18 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

DOWNLOAD a fundraising sheet here to keep track of your cash or check donations  (Click here for a PDF version)

Individuals receive prizes based on the amount they raise as an individual:

Individual Fundraising Prizes:IMG_2400

$50 – $199: event t-shirt, stadium cup

$200 – $399: event t-shirt, stadium cup, tennis ball

$400 + event t-shirt, stadium cup, tennis ball, rope Frisbee

Grand Prizes:

$100 and up: For every $100 you raise, you will receive 2 general admission tickets to the festival to share with friends and family.

$500 and up:

For every $500 you raise, you will be entered to win 2 Fur Ball human tickets and one pet ticket for the 2018 Fur Ball on February 17, 2018! (A value of $320!)


How you can help the animals of the PSPCA by fundraising:

  • Set a fundraising goal
  • Create a fundraising team at your business or a group of friends
  • Talk to your friends, family and co-workers
  • More fundraising tips

Event Timeline: 

Barktoberfest 2017 Entertainment Schedule – MAIN STAGE:

12:15-12:40- Mimsey Mac w/special guest

12:40 p.m. – Welcome by FM99 Rock Girl Misa

12:50-1:20 – Cristian Allen

1:30-2:00 – Aubrey West

2:00 – Dog walk Begins

2:15-3:00- Home by Fall

3:15-3:55 – the Chicken Boys

4:00 – costume contest

4:20-5:00 Lost Soul Society

A special thank you to Tony Bob Merrit who is providing lights and sound

Festival Activities:i-mMsTctt-S

  • Live music -Lost Soul Society and Special Guests
  • Food Vendors
  • Bow-Wow Beer Garden with Craft Brew Tastings
  • Hay Rides
  • Costume Contest and Parade for pets and owners – great prizes!
  • Dog Cake Walk, Bobbing for Tennis Balls, and Pet Contests
  • Local Animal Rescues

    Rock Girl Misa

    Meet FM99’s Rock Girl, Misa! 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Canine Demonstrations
  • Vendors and Artisans
  • Dog Walk to benefit the PSPCA Animals!

Event Brochure

Download a copy of our brochure: View 2016 brochure

Confirmed Vendors

The following vendors have already signed on to be at Barktoberfest!


Volunteer Opportunities

We have a number of volunteer opportunities for individuals and organizations before and on the day of the event. Interested volunteers can sign up beginning in August.

Sign Up To Volunteer!


Sponsorship OpportunitiesState Farm

We invite you to become a sponsor for this event that will attract animal lovers from across the region! Our sponsorship opportunities offer businesses advertising opportunities. If you don’t see something that suits your organization, let us know and we’ll be happy to build a package just for you! More about our sponsorship opportunities.

Vendor and Exhibitor Informationi-9LqHdvz-M

The Peninsula SPCA welcomes any local business or non-profit organization to set up a booth at Barktoberfest. This event targets SPCA supporters and animals lovers from across the Peninsula. We hope you will join us for this spectacular event! Download a vendor application here and submit via e-mail to megan@peninsulaspca.org



We love all of our fellow non-profits and rescues and we appreciate everything they do in our community, especially to help homeless animals! Non-profits can register to receive a free 10 X 10′ booth space at Barktoberfest. Rescues may bring adoptable pets and information to distribute regarding their organization. It’s a great way to enjoy the event and get in front of a lot of animal lovers!

To download the non-profit registration form click here and submit via e-mail to megan@peninsulaspca.org

Confirmed Rescues & Non-profits:

  • Pugs U Gotta Save
  • Virginia German Shepherd Rescue
  • No More Chasin’ Tails
  • Dogs on Deployment
  • Pit Road K9 Rescue & Sanctuary
  • The Cat Corner, Inc.
  • Collie & Sheltie Rescue of SEVA
  • Merrimac Dog Training Club
  • Pet Pantry