There are so many ways for businesses and community groups to join in the BARCStoberfest fun. Let’s work together to make BARCStoberfest a lifesaving success!

Sponsor the Event

BARCStoberfest is a fantastic marketing opportunity for your business! This highly anticipated event receives widespread attention from Baltimore’s broadcast and print media, providing a unique and inexpensive way for you to reach out to the over one million pet owners in the Baltimore/Washington region. More than 3,000 people and their pets will attend the BARCStoberfest 5K to enjoy the one mile walk, beer garden, food trucks, entertainment and animal activities, including our annual Howl-o-ween Costume Contest.

Sponsors can choose to support BARCStoberfest at a variety of levels, with benefits like your company’s logo on advertising materials and event t-shirts, naming rights to popular festival activities and post-event newsletter. Sponsors will also be allocated a complimentary 10’ x 10’ space at the festival to promote their business. For sponsorship questions, please email



Create a Team


The lifesaving aspect of this incredible day starts with you! Whether it’s your whole office or just your department, creating a BARCStoberfest team is a positive and fun activity that brings animal lovers together and supports the critical work of animal welfare and rescue in our community.

Team members are asked to donate or raise at least $40/person. Then, on the day of BARCStoberfest, teams (and their pups!) come together to celebrate by participating in the 5K run or one mile walk, enjoying the live music and libations in the annual beer garden and joining in on everything else this family-friendly festival has to offer! In just a few easy steps, you will be ready to start collecting donations and supporting animals at our shelter.


Donate a Prize Item

To make BARCStoberfest a success, we are seeking donations of items and local services (i.e., wine, hotel stays, event tickets, etc.) for our annual raffle basket auction and to offer as incentive prizes for runners and fundraisers. To make a donation, please email

Volunteer with Your Group/Company

Small Groups: Do you have a service-driven group looking to get involved in BARCStoberfest? We need groups and individuals to help us get the word out about this lifesaving event. Help us raise awareness by handing out postcards and flyers in your community and drop off materials for display in businesses in Baltimore and the surrounding counties.

Large Groups: Be an integral part of this super-fun event by volunteering! A variety of group volunteer opportunities are available, especially for large groups, including setting up the event, running activities and contests, assisting with the BARCStoberfest 5K and more! You do NOT have to be a current BARCS volunteer to be a part of this event.

For information about BARCStoberfest volunteering, please email


BARCStoberfest's shopping market and food truck rally boasts a wide variety of local and national vendors. For vendor opportunities, please email

Rescue Partners and Nonprofits

BARCS’ Rescue Program partners receive free vendor space. All other nonprofits are $25. For vendor opportunities, please email