Durham Parks and Recreation and Beyond Fences (formerly Coalition to Unchain Dogs) 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.


Sunday, October 29, 2017
Noon - 4 p.m.
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street

Free event | Rain or Shine

Barktoberfest 2017 Raffle Winners

Barktoberfest 2017 Raffle Winner

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 12:30 p.m. and 2 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. The costume contest categories are:
  • Pet Human Look-a-Like - 1 p.m.
  • Best Costume - Pet Only - 2:30 p.m.
  • Best Costume - Pet & Human - 3:15 p.m.
There will also be a contest for the Best Pet Trick at 1:30 p.m.

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 foster and adoption organizations. You may even find your new best friend! 
Purchase tickets for a chance to win great prizes! Proceeds will help enrich the lives of local dogs! Raffles will end at 3:45 p.m.

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

Become a vendor! Applications will be accepted until October 20, or until all spaces are filled. 

For information, contact Michelle Burger at 919-560-4355, ext. 27212.

Thank you to our 2017 Barktoberfest Sponsors!

Platinum Paw

Broadway Veterinary Hospital
Bull City Pet Sitting
New Hope Animal Hospital

Gold Paw

North Paw Animal Hospital

Silver Paw

Sunny Acres Pet Resort
Top Dog Training & Resort

Bronze Paw

Barnes Supply Company
Eno Animal Hospital
Green Beagle Lodge
Fetch! Petcare
Triangle Veterinary Hospital