2018 Barktoberfest – Dog Walk & Festival



What IS Barktoberfest?i-8MHzvpJ-S

Barktoberfest (formerly Paws for a Cause) is the Peninsula SPCA’s annual fundraiser to benefit homeless animals! This family (and dog)-friendly event will include rescues, vendors, exhibitors, and community partners, and of course, our annual dog walk!

GUests can enjoy 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 20, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


This year’s festival will be held at Mill Point Park in Downtown Hampton. Plenty of public parking is available in the downtown area.  See a map



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

Registration is now open!

Register for Barktoberfest

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

Dog Walk Registration:  Includes t-shirt, fun walk for the animals around Downtown Hampton, goody bag, event admission, and free personal web page for fundraising.

Registration is $15 between September 4 & 30.

Registration is $20 between October 1 & 16.

Children ages 6 & under receive free dog-walk registration.

Barktoberfest Package:  $35 – includes Bow-Wow beer tasting ticket, Dog Walk registration, event admission, souvenir glass (register in advance – limited supply of glasses!) and exclusive Barktoberfest t-shirt!

Admission – DAY OF EVENT:

Festival admission:  $5 per person

Dog Walk registration (limited supply of t-shirts):  $25

Barktoberfest Package: $35 (limited supply of t-shirts and souvenir glasses)



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 16 & 17 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Earn 2 festival admission tickets for every $100 you raise! 

For every $500 you raise, be entered to win 2 tickets to the 2019 Fur Ball!

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 2019 Fur Ball on March 9, 2019! (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: Live Music and Activities

12:00 p.m. – Festival Opens – Welcome by Z-104’s Ashley!

12:05 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.- music by Aubrey Rayne West

12:20 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Tony Bob Merritt

12:45 p.m. – 1 :00 p.m. – Dog Cake Walk – Musical Chairs Style!

1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. – music by Cristian James

1:10 p.m. – 1:50  p.m. – music by Home by Fall

2:00 p.m. – START OF DOG WALK

2:00 p.m. – 2:10  p.m. – music by Cristian James

2:10 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. – music by Chicken Boys

2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Dog Cake Walk – Musical Chairs Style!

3:00 p.m. – 3:50  p.m. – music by Lost Soul Society

3:50 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. – COSTUME CONTEST for pets and people!

4:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Of Zion



Festival Activities:i-mMsTctt-S

  • Live music – Live Soul Society with Special Guests!
  • Food Vendors
  • Bow-Wow Beer Garden with Craft Brew Tastings
    • Featuring Breweries from Hampton, VA: Sly Clyde Ciderworks, Bull Island Brewing Company, The Vanguard Brewpub and Distillery, The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery, and The St. George Brewing Co.And Dog Star Vodka tastings from Blue Skies Distillery
  • Costume Contest and Parade for pets and owners – great prizes!
  • Dog Cake Walk-musical chairs style, Bobbing for Tennis Balls, and Pet Contests
  • Local Animal Rescues
    • S.O.A.P – The Spider Outreach Associates Program
    • The Bunny Hutch Boutique
    • Pitroad Rescue
    • Dogs on Deployment
    • Busch Gardens – Aninmal Education & Outreach
  • Canine Demonstrations
  • Vendors and Artisans
    •  Crossed Paw Collars, Origami Owl, West Village Barkery, Lularoe by Kati Emily Lari, Barking Hound Boutique, The MeowMANOR, Meg’s Critter Creations, MaidPro / Eco Carpet Pro, The Keene Pack, LLC, Critter Sitters and More, HempWorxs / It Works Wraps, Just Say K9 Sports, Pet World, Paw Addicts Pet Care Services, Blue Sky Distillery, Perfect Paws Pet Training, Monny’s Food Service, and more!
  • Dog Walk to benefit the PSPCA Animals!

Event Brochure

Download a copy of our brochure: View 2017 brochure



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!

Vendor application can be downloaded HERE



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!