2019 Barktoberfest – Dog Walk & Festival

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Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.


We are thrilled to be back in DOWNTOWN HAMPTON this year at Mill Point Park situated on Downtown Hampton’s beautiful waterfront!

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VIP Parking is included in festival admission in the Harbor Center garage on the corner of Eaton and Settlers Landing Road, adjacent to the festival area. Additional free parking is available throughout Downtown Hampton. 


What IS Barktoberfest?i-8MHzvpJ-S

Barktoberfest (formerly Paws for a Cause) is the Peninsula SPCA’s annual fundraiser to benefit homeless animals! Bring your pup for . . LIVE MUSICBEER TASTINGDOG WALKVENDORSRESCUESBOBBING FOR TENNIS BALLSDOG CAKE WALKAND OUR AMAZING COSTUME CONTEST FOR PEOPLE AND PETS – with CASH PRIZES!!

And as always, all proceeds will benefit the animals and programs of the Peninsula SPCA.


 Festival admission:

Adults: $15, Child (Ages 5 to 12): $10
Includes: exclusive Barktoberfest T-shirt, event admission including live music, vendors, costume contest, dog walk & activities, goody bag with cool stuff, and personal web page for fundraising. Now through Sept. 30

Barktoberfest Package: $35 (ages 21 & up)
The whole darn thing! includes Bow-Wow beer tasting ticket, souvenir glass, exclusive Barktoberfest T-shirt, event admission including live music, vendors, costume contest, dog walk & activities, goody bag with cool stuff, and personal web page for fundraising. Now through Sept. 30 (register in advance – limited supply of glasses!)

Purchase tickets in advance at a discount and to ensure you receive an exclusive Barktoberfest T-shirt. 


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!

Fundraising Incentives:
$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 2020 Fur Ball on March 28, 2019! (A value of $320!)

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 8 & 9 – 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)


i-pkXhQTc-MHow 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

11:30 a.m. GATES OPEN
11:45 a.m. Music by Anna Lisa Sanderson
12:15 p.m. Welcome by Z104’s Ashley!
12:20 p.m. Music by Nic Robertson
12:50 p.m. Doggie Cake Walk – musical chairs style!
1:00 p.m. Music by David Cuffee
1:30 p.m. Cupcake Eating Contest – first 12 dogs to sign up!
1:40 p.m. Music by Splintercat
Two categories – Pets only and Pets & People
3:00 p.m. DOG WALK along Downtown Hampton’s beautiful waterfront  (line up near gate facing parking garage and waterfront)
3:00 p.m. Music by Shotdroppa
3:45 p.m. Cupcake Eating Contest – first 12 dogs to sign up!
4:00 p.m. Music by Lively Hoodz
4:15 p.m. Small Dog Limbo
4:45 p.m. Peanut Butter Eating Contest – first 20 dogs to sign up!
5:00 p.m. Music by Lost Soul Society
5:15 p.m. Big Dog Limbo

Festival Activities:i-mMsTctt-S

    • Live music – Lost Soul Society with Special Guests:  Lisa Sanderson, Nic Robertson, David Cuffee, Splintercat, Shotdroppa, and Lively Hoodz!
    • Food Vendors: Southern Hospitality & Frank’s Monster Munchies
    • Bow-Wow Beer Garden with Craft Brew Tastings -presented by Peninsula Animal Referral Center
      • Featuring: Alewerks Brewing Company, Billsberg Brewery, Sly Clyde Ciderworks, Bull Island Brewing Company, The Vanguard Brewpub and Distillery, and The St. George Brewing Co. 
      • Dog Star Vodka tastings from Blue Skies Distillery
    • Costume Contest and Parade for pets and owners – cash prizes!
      • This year we will have CASH prizes for the costume contest!  Pets only category:  1st place:  $30, 2nd place: $20, 3rd place: $10!
      • Pets & People category:  1st place: $75, 2nd place: $50, 3rd place: $25
    • Pet contests and activities:  Dog Cake Walk – musical chairs style, peanut butter eating contest, cupcake eating contest, Bobbing for Tennis Balls, and Reverse limbo for small dogs and big dogs
  • Local Animal Rescues
    • 4 Paws Animal Rescue
    • Love of Collies and Shelties Rescue of SEVA
    • Pit Road K-9 Rescue & Sanctuary
    • Rainbow Animal Rescue
    • Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society
    • Pugs U Gotta Save ( P.U.G.S.)
    • Dogs On Deployment
    • Critters 4 U Rescue
    • Newport News Police Foundation
    • Reptile Education of Virginia
    • Busch Gardens Wildlife Education
  • Canine & Pet CPR Demonstrations with Pawsitive Attitudes
  • Vendors and Artisans
    • MaidPro/ Eco Carpet Pro, Paparazzi, Lularoe, HempWorxs / It Works Wraps, Books ‘n Crafts by Mary-Elizabeth, Pure Romance, 
      Blue Sky Distillery, Magnolia and Vine, Perfect Paws Pet Training
      The Original Gypsy, Scentsy, Pawsitive Attitudes, Pink Zebra!, Barking Hound Boutique, Pet World, Clever Critters, LLC, Bonilla Pet Studio, Lemmata Chiropractic, The Keene Pack, Petsuites Chesapeake/Newport News, Sir Woofalot, Fashion Fur Paws, The Dogwood Pup Boutique, West Village Barkery, Helping Hands Affordable Pet Surgery & Dental Care, Care-A-Lot Pet Supply, Muddy Marley’s Dog Wash, Little Raven Designs, Carpet Direct, Young Living Essential Oils, and Pet Zone!
  • Dog Walk along Downtown Hampton’s beautiful waterfront and through the historic district all to benefit the PSPCA Animals!

Volunteer Opportunities

We have a number of volunteer opportunities for individuals and organizations before and on the day of the event. 

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!  Register your non-profit

Thanks to our Presenting Partner: