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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 undeserved areas.


Saturday, October 27, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street

Free event | Rain or Shine

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

Event Attractions

Purina Pro Plan Performance Team

An interactive trick dog show presented by Dare Devil Dogs will be action packed. Shows will take place at 2:35 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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 Trick - 3:45 p.m.
  • Best Individual Costume (Dog Only) - 4:45 p.m.
  • Best Group Costume - 5:30 p.m.

Music Performances

The Duke University Wind Symphony will be playing from 3 p.m.-3:45 p.m and the Durham Community Concert Band will perform from 4:15 p.m.-5 p.m. Both bands will be playing Halloween music.

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.

Fun Walk

Take a short stroll with your pup. The route will lead you through the park, and you’ll learn fun facts along the way.

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!


Purchase tickets for a chance to win great prizes! Proceeds will help enrich the lives of local dogs!

Beer and Food Sales

Beer and food will be available for purchase on site.

Get Involved

Show your support - become a sponsor. You could see your company logo on our advertising materials and t-shirts.Complete details are listed in the Sponsorship Packet.

Vendor Information

Become a vendor! Food vendor opportunities are currently available. Vendor applications will be accepted through October 12, or until all spaces are filled. All non-food vendor opportunities are full.

For information, contact Amy Pehowic at 919-560-4355, ext. 27212.

Thank you to our 2018 Barktoberfest Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

Broadway Veterinary Hospital
New Hope Animal Hospital
Ponysaurus Brewery
Surefire Photography
Cornwallis Road Animal Hospital
Creature Comforts Inn

Gold Sponsors

Jewelsmith, Inc.

Silver Sponsors

North Paw Animal Hospital
Sunny Acres Pet Resort
Triangle Veterinary Hospital
Suite Paws

Bronze Sponsors

Green Beagle Lodge
Barnes Supply Company
SouthPoint Animal Hospital
Dog Stylists Inc.
Animal Pet Adoption and Outreach Center
Camp Bow Wow Chapel Hill
Lap of Love Hospice of the Triangle
Triangle Veterinary Hospital
All American Gutter Protection