When and where is BARCStoberfest? 

BARCStoberfest is Saturday, October 28 in Baltimore's Patterson Park (near the Pagoda). See our Event Schedule for a run-down of the day's activities, including start times. 

I registered for the 5K, but how do I create my personal fundraising page?

Simply go to www.barcstoberfest.org to create your personal fundraising page. Click the “Register” button which is on the left side, about half-way down, just under “Join the Fun.” The website will walk you through a few easy steps! You can either fundraise as an individual or start a team. Teams can consist of runners, walkers – and a combination of both!

How do I form a Team?

Simply go to www.barcstoberfest.org to create your team page. Click the “Register” button which is on the left side, about half-way down, just under “Join the Fun.” The website will walk you through a few easy steps! Once your team page is set up, you can send your team link to friends, family, coworkers, etc. and ask them to join your team! Teams can consist of runners, walkers – and a combination of both!

Do I have to pay to attend? What if I don’t want the t-shirt and I just want to bring my dog for the activities?

BARCStoberfest is our largest event of the year and it enables you – our supporters – to fundraise on behalf of our animals. BARCS is the largest shelter in the state of Maryland, taking in over 11,000 animals each year! Without much needed funding from BARCStoberfest, we would not be able to care for these animals - many of which come to us sick, injured and in need of urgent care. That is why we ask that each person who attends BARCStoberfest either raises or donates a minimum of $40. That gets you the event t-shirt, the doggie bandana and free entry to the beer (and wine!) garden. 

Where/when do I get my t-shirt?

Registration opens at 8 a.m. the day of the event. You can turn in donations and pick up your race packet and t-shirt anytime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Or, avoid the lines the day of the event and pick up your race packet and shirt on Friday, October 27 at Charm City Run in McHenry Row (1713 Whetstone Way, Baltimore) from 4 - 7 p.m. 

Can I pick up the race packets and t-shirts for my entire team?

Yes! If you pick up at Charm City Run in McHenry Row (1713 Whetstone Way, Baltimore) on Friday, October 27 from 4 - 7 p.m., you can pick up for your entire team. You MUST have a complete list of those who are registered, including first and last names.  

Do people have to donate online? What should I do if I receive cash and checks?

Donations can be made online via a credit card or they can donate via cash or check. If your donors wish to mail checks directly to BARCS or you have checks to mail, please include a note that the donation should be applied towards your fundraising page and mail to: BARCStoberfest, 301 Stockholm St., Baltimore, MD 21230. We will update your fundraising page with the donation once it is received. You can also turn in donations at BARCStoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 28, starting at 8 a.m.

How can I add my cash and check donations to my webpage so that my progress bar is updated?

BARCS will enter all “offline” donations (i.e., cash and checks) that we receive prior to the event (Oct. 28). Once we receive them from you (see above), we will add them to your page and you will see your progress bar move. 

Where do I park?

Parking is free around Patterson Park. Keep in mind, we are expecting several thousand people at this event, so this may impact traffic and parking. We suggest looking on side streets near Patterson Park and walking a few blocks to the event. BARCStoberfest is held in the northwest corner of the park, closest to the Pagoda. Refer to the event map for more info. 5K runners and 1-mile walkers may want to park closer to the start of the run/walk (see map). 

I can’t jog and one mile is too far for my dog/me to walk. Should we still attend?

Yes! Remember, the goal for this year’s BARCStoberfest is to raise $250,000. Many people will be raising money in support of the cause, regardless of whether they can attend the event. And if you don’t feel comfortable walking a mile, no problem! There are lots of activities, vendors and contests to take in.

Can I bring my dog? Do I need to bring proof of vaccines?

Yes, this is an event for dogs (other pets welcome, too!) We do not require proof of vaccines, but for your dog’s safety, you should be sure they are current on all vaccines. NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES.

Will there be food at BARCStoberfest?

Yes, we’ll have many great local food trucks at BARCStoberfest, including vegetarian and vegan options - and our famous bake sale! Click here to see the full vendor list.

What if I cannot attend?

You can still help us reach our goal of $250,000! You can fundraise and donate online or use a printed pledge form to raise money. Send checks payable to BARCS to:

BARCStoberfest
301 Stockholm Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

Who do I contact with questions regarding BARCStoberfest?

Please email Tami at tgosheff@barcsanimalshelter.org.