• 7:30 AM: Registration/check-in opens for BARCStoberfest 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk

  • 9:00 AM: BARCStoberfest 5K and walk begins

  • 9:30 AM: BARCStoberfest festival opens (beer garden, food trucks, vendors, etc.)

  • 10:00 AM: 5K winners announced (main stage)

  • 11:00 AM: Downward Dog Yoga

  • 12:00 PM: Howl-o-Ween Pet Costume Contests (main stage)

  • 1:00 PM: Raffle basket winners announced (winners must be present to win)

  • 2:00 PM: BARCStoberfest concludes

  • 2:30 PM: Last call in the Beer garden

Festival Activities Include: 

BARCStoberfest 5K

Run/walk as a team with a four-legged buddy, just as yourself or with your fundraising teammates. Runners must first register through Charm City Run. In your confirmation email, you will be prompted to sign-up for our peer-to-peer fundraising module to help us reach our $300,000 event goal. We hope you'll take part in the fun! Every step that’s taken, every dollar that’s raised saves a life at BARCS. All money raised from BARCStoberfest goes directly to care for the over 11,000 animals who come to BARCS each year.


BARCStoberfest One-Mile Walk 

Those who wish to participate in the BARCStoberfest one-mile walk can register by creating a personal (or team) fundraising page, and collect at least $40 in donations. Walkers receive an ultra-soft T-shirt, a doggie banadana, free entry to our dog-friendly beer garden and e-coupons to local pet stores and businesses. Starting a fundraising page is easy...AND LIFESAVING! Each dollar you raise will feed, shelter and provide care for homeless animals in Baltimore City. Ask your friends and family to support your steps while you walk for the animals--and give your pup some great exercise in beautiful Patterson Park! ***Please be sure to raise/donate your $40 participation minimum by the time you come to get your shirt and "race" bib, whether that is Friday evening at Charm City Run or at Patterson Park on race day. 


Dog-Friendly Beer (Wine and Cocktail!) Garden with Live Music

Drink local, craft beers, wine and cocktails with your pup by your side, all while overlooking Baltimore's best view of the city! Admission to the beer garden is $10 per person. Those who have raised $40 or more for BARCStoberfest (this includes those who have pre-registered for our 5K race) will receive free admission to the beer garden and a souvenir cup. Vendors include:

Heavy Seas Beer

Key Brewing

Monument City Brewing

RAR Brewing

Union Craft Brewing

Tito's Handmade Vodka

New Liberty Distillery

Hoop Tea

Freixenet Wines

Note, dogs are allowed in the beer garden, but only one dog per person and NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES. We want the beer garden to be a safe, enjoyable time for everyone, canines included. We therefore reserve the right to ask guests with unruly or disruptive dogs to leave the beer garden area. Same holds true for unruly or disruptive guests :)

Big thanks to the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office for providing the security! 

Register Here 

Downward Dog Yoga

Join us for Downward Dog Yoga at the 14th annual BARCStoberfest festival in Patterson Park. Registration table opens at 10:30 a.m. and yoga begins at 11 a.m. $10 per participant. No advanced registration is required, simply pay at the event!

Please bring your own yoga mat or a towel. We will be in the grass! Feel free to bring your old yoga mats - and when you're done, leave them behind - we'll use them for the shelter pets :)

Leashed dogs are welcome to attend with participants. One dog per participant, and please be prepared to keep a close eye on your furry friend - rather than your perfect balance! Participants without pups are welcome, too!

Kids' Tent

  • “PawsPort” scavenger hunt through the festival, great for all ages (FREE)

  • Making fuzzy spider cat toys to take home or for shelter cats (FREE)

  • Adopt a plushy dog or cat, adoption class with toy (name-your-own donation, suggested $5)

Howl-o-Ween Pet Costume Contest

Unleash your creativity and celebrate Halloween by entering your pet in our popular Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contests at BARCStoberfest. Entry for each contest is $10 and registration is held at the festival. The contest is judged by local, animal-loving BARCS VIPs. Prizes, courtesy of Pet Valu, are awarded to the top three costumes in the following categories:

  • Best Baltimore theme

  • Best group or pair (human/pet)

  • Best Halloween theme

Food Vendors and Trucks

We are super excited about our lineup of yummy, local, diverse (vegetarian and vegan friendly) group of food vendors for this year's festival! Check them out here.

Other Fun, Free, Festival Activities

  • Shopping Market

  • BARCS Adoptable Pets and Local Rescue Groups

  • Free Pet-Friendly Photo Booth

  • VIP Tent for your dog

  • Pawsport Kids Tent (face painting, coloring, scavenger hunt, making cat toys and bandannas)

  • BARCS Bake Sale and Raffles


Free street parking is available on all streets surrounding Patterson Park, unless otherwise indicated. See our event map for best areas to park for the 5K run and 1-Mile walk, along with the festival. 

Prizes and Incentives

Register for the 5K or raise $40 or more on the BARCStoberfest website and you’ll receive a sporty, ultra-soft, performance style BARCStoberfest t-shirt, the 2018 dog bandanna and free admission to the beer (and wine!) garden!

We have prizes for the top individual fundraisers! We’ll be awarding prizes to the top ten fundraisers (team members are also eligible to win). The top overall fundraiser gets first choice, the second top fundraiser gets second choice, etc.

And we have prizes for the top teams! We’ll be awarding prizes to the top fundraising teams (team members are also eligible to win individual prizes). The top fundraising team gets first choice, the second team gets second choice, etc. 

Prizes for the top 5K runners

Top male runners: Coming soon!

Top female runners: Coming soon!

Top human/dog teams: Coming soon!