What is BARCStoberfest?

BARCStoberfest is a large-scale, pet-friendly annual festival and fundraiser that benefits the lifesaving programs and animal care at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS). Sponsorships and team fundraising leading up to BARCStoberfest raises critical funding for Maryland’s highest-volume, open admission shelter serving 11,000 animals per year.

When and where is BARCStoberfest? 

The 14th annual BARCStoberfest is rescheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Baltimore’s beautiful Patterson Park near the historical Pagoda building. We made this decision based on the forecast and the health, safety and happiness of people, their pets and the adoptable shelter animals. All activities and plans remain the same for the new date. See our Event Schedule for a run-down of the day's activities, including start times. 

I can’t make the new date. Can I get a refund?

There are no refunds for this event for 5K runners or walkers. If you would like to see the non-refundable policy agree to by registered participants, please visit http://www.charmcityrun.com/weather-cancellation-policy/. If you are a vendor or community partner with questions about the rescheduling, please email Tami Gosheff at tgosheff@barcs.org.

What's the difference between individual and team fundraising?

BARCStoberfest is supported by what we call peer-to-peer donations, or "friends asking friends." This online fundraising is critical to the success of our event. Whether you decide to raise money on your own or be a part of a team, everyone creates their own personalized fundraising page. Teams then have their own page that is made up of members: friends, family, co-workers or anyone you choose to invite. Each member of a team also has their own personal fundraising page. Team members can direct donors to give on their personal page or directly to the team page. All money raised on individual pages funnels into the team's overall fundraising goal. Teams can be a combination of walkers and runners. **Please note: Each team member should have a minimum goal of at least $40 to participate in the one-mile walk. Those who wish to run must complete and additional registration through Charm City Run. (See next questions for information on walking vs. running!)

Here's an example:

Bailey Deacon is the captain and also a member of "Team BARCS Volunteers, Fosters and Staff" (click here to see the team page). Within the team are the pages of each team member.  You can see Bailey's by clicking here. All of the money Bailey raises on her own page then counts towards the team's overall goal. In this example, the team's goal is $20,000, and Bailey's individual goal is $1,000. Donors can also choose to give to the team's page if they have a connection with all team members. Bailey has chosen to do the one-mile walk with her dog. She just needs to raise $40 to automatically be registered. 

I want to run the 5K, now what? 

You can run 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 (information on that above). We hope you'll take part in the fun of fundraising! 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. Didn't get the email? Simply click here 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!

I want to do the one-mile walk, now what?

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. 

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 the 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. This is why we ask each person who attends BARCStoberfest to either raise or donate a minimum of $40. That gets you entry into the 1-Mile fun walk, the event t-shirt, the doggie bandana and free entry into the beer garden. 

Where/when do I get my t-shirt?

  • Friday, November 2 from 4 - 7 p.m. at Charm City Run McHenry Row

  • Saturday, November 3 from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. at BARCStoberfest **Please note that race-day pick-up will close promptly at 8:30 a.m. To ensure you get the shirt size you want and to avoid long lines at BARCStoberfest, we encourage all runners and walkers to pick up on Thursday or Friday at one of the above venues.**

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

Yes! If you pick up at one of our pre-race pick up events, you can pick up for your entire team. You MUST have a complete list of those who are registered, including first and last names. Make sure to get their shirt sizes ahead of time! Early pick up is as follows:

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, November 3 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 (November 3). 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 $300,000. 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 part 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 $300,000! You can fundraise and donate online or use a printed pledge form to raise money. Send checks payable to BARCS to:

301 Stockholm Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

Who do I contact with questions regarding BARCStoberfest?

Please email Tami at tgosheff@barcsanimalshelter.org.