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Durham Parks and Recreation and Beyond Fences are joining forces to provide a fun-filled afternoon with our canine friends! Your support will help us promote a dog-friendly community and provide services to people and their pets in underserved areas.


Saturday, October 23, 2021
3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Durham Central Park
501 Foster Street

Masks are strongly recommended outdoors for unvaccinated individuals in crowded areas and higher-risk settings where social distancing is difficult.

Dachshunds with T-Shirts
Presented By Durham Parks and Recreation and Beyond Fences

Event Attractions

Costume Contest

Dress up your pup for a chance to show off their favorite costume and win one of our contests. Local celebrity judges will determine the winner for each category. This year's costume contest categories are:

Best Individual Costume (Dog Only) - 4 p.m.
Best Group Costume - 5 p.m.

Music Performance

The Mighty Messengers of Soul will be playing from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Join this Classic Soul Band that will get you on your feet!

Photo Booth

Participants will have an opportunity to purchase a special photo of their canine friend taken by a local photographer.

Canine Food Drive

We will collect canine food donations for Durham dogs in need.

Pet Market

Browse and shop for pet-related items from many local canine businesses.

Local Canine Foster and Adoption Organizations

Learn more about local adoption and foster organizations. You may even find their new best friend!

Beer and Food Sales

Beer and food will be available for purchase. Stairway to Veggin', Dessert Diva, and The Corner Mobile Coffee will be on site throughout the event.

Non Food Vendors

Non Food vendors interested in attending Barktoberfest can submit a Vendor Application.

Event Cancellation Information

Events may be canceled in the case of severe inclement weather.

  • Call the weather line at 919-560-4636 and press Number 8 for the status of the event.
  • Visit Facebook and / or Twitter

Event Contact

For event information, email Amy Pehowic or call 919-560-4355, ext. 27212.

Thank you to our 2021 Barktoberfest Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

Broadway Veterinary Hospital
Ponysaurus Brewery
Dickerson Fencing Logo
New Hope Animal Hospital

Gold Sponsors

Sunny Acres Pet Resort
Jewelsmith, Inc.
Posh, The Salon Logo

Silver Sponsors

North Paw Animal Hospital
Camp Bow Wow Logo