• Entry into Harpoon Dogtoberfest • Entry for you and your dog in the Harpoon Dogtoberfest Fun Run • One Harpoon Dogtoberfest T-Shirt for you • One Harpoon Dogtoberfest bandana for your four-legged running buddy • One race bib for you and a matching bib for your pup • Harpoon Dogtoberfest souvenir pint cup • One Harpoon or UFO beer ticket
DOGTOBERFEST ENTRY ONLY: $15
• Entry into Harpoon Dogtoberfest • Harpoon Dogtoberfest souvenir pint cup • One Harpoon or UFO beer ticket
10:30am: Fun Run/Walk Check-In
11:00am: Festival Begins!
11:30am: Fun Run/Walk Starts
1:00pm: Fest-Minster Dog Show Begins
3:30pm: Last Call
4:00pm: Festival Ends
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Entrance is $25 and includes a beer and a souvenir pint cup. You need a ticket in advance for General Admission entry, which starts at 11AM on Saturday. 21+ ONLY!
RULES FOR ATTENDING WITH A DOG
If you are attending Harpoon Dogtoberfest presented by Wellness with a dog, you agree to abide by these terms.
• Only bring dogs that are well-behaved around other dogs and people. Please note that the event will be full of pint-sized and full-sized humans and canines, loud noises, and many distractions. Please ensure that your dog has the ability to remain well-behaved in a festival environment. • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. • Leashes should be no longer than 6 feet; please keep it short at the start to avoid entanglement. • No retractable leashes, which may be hazardous in a crowd. • No dogs in heat. • Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations. • All participants must clean up after your dog. Owners are expected to bring their own dog waste bags to clean up waste. • This event may be cancelled should the weather become dangerous to animals or humans. In the case of cancellation, no refunds will be granted. But please rest assured that the price of your entry is going to two great causes- The Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund at Dana Farber Cancer Center and the MSPCA.
Rules for participating in the Fun Run/Walk with a dog – and tips for getting him or her ready!
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• Limit one dog per person. • Dogs must be at least 6 months old. • We recommend that dogs run with a harness rather than a neck leash to prevent strain or injury to your dog's trachea. • MSPCA staff or race volunteers reserve the right to stop any runner and his/her dog if a dog appears to be in danger or, in the opinion of staff or volunteers, is being pushed beyond his or her safe limits. • Be prepared with the right equipment: We recommend fitting your dog for a front clip harness or a head halter. These tools allow you to have the most control of the front of your dog’s body, which can make it much easier to navigate through large crowds and tight spaces. It is important that the equipment fits properly on your dog’s body, and that you introduce your dog to wearing it slowly and positively. Your dog should practice wearing the equipment in the weeks leading up to the run so that he is completely comfortable with it when he’s on the starting line. You can purchase harnesses and head halters at MSPCA adoption centers – and their staff is more than happy to help make sure you’ve got the right size and know how to use them! • Basic training: We recommend teaching any dog to walk nicely on a loose leash, but it’s even more important for a dog that you plan to bring to a run. There will be lots of distractions on the day of the event, and your dog should be prepared to handle them with grace. If you have a dog that becomes nervous or stressed in a hectic environment, he would probably be more comfortable taking a nap on your couch while you’re out running and/or enjoying some cold Harpoon beer. Even for the most friendly or social dog, it is important that he responds to some basic cues so that you’re able to help him be a politely participate in the festivities. • Practice getting your dog’s attention in a distracting environment: On event day, there will be lots of things your dog might be more interested in paying attention to than boring mom or dad. It is important that you’re able to quickly and positively get your dog’s attention in such a crazy environment. Start practicing in your home, and once your dog will consistently look at you when asked (for a treat, of course!), try making it a little bit harder. The next step would be asking for his attention outside when there are no other dogs or people around. Once he masters that step, try on a walk when there is another dog up ahead. Slowly add in more distractions until your dog looks at you at the park, on a dog-friendly patio, during a playdate with his friend, etc. This is great practice for helping your dog through a potentially sticky situation, and it’s an excuse to take your dog with you to lots of fun places! Once you have a dog that give you his attention even though there’s something really fun over there, you know you have a great relationship with your pup! • Build your dog’s endurance: It is important that you practice running with your dog before they are expected to run a mile. Just like people, dogs need to build up the right muscles to be able to comfortable complete the run. We recommend starting small and slowly building up to the full distance. Make sure you always have water available for your dog, and that you’re paying attention to signs that your dog is telling you they are too tired.
What should I expect at Harpoon Dogtoberfest?
Harpoon Dogtoberfest is an Octoberfest celebration… where you can bring your dog! There’s a Fun Run / Walk at the beginning of the event, so if you love to run with your dog, make sure to sign up for the Fun Run (but hurry—space is limited!). If you don’t want to run, there’s plenty of other fun to be had. We’ll have costume contests, dog-human-lookalike competitions, trick contests, food trucks, photo booths, doggie kissing booths, tons of fun from our vendors and sponsors – and fresh Harpoon and UFO beers.
Sounds awesome! How much does it cost?
Fun Run / Walk registration is $30.00. General Admission is $15.00.
Does the registration fee for the Fun Run/Walk also include attendance at the Festival?
Yes! The $30 run/walk fee includes general admission to Harpoon Dogtoberfest.
If the Fun Run / Walk registration is full, can I still come to the event?
Yes! The Fun Run / Walk is just a part of the festivities. If the Fun Run is sold out, you can still attend the festival and enjoy all the awesome beer, food, contests, vendors, sponsors, and more.
Are all dogs welcome?
All well-behaved, leashed, and properly-vaccinated dogs are welcome. Please refer to our “Rules for Participating With Your Dog” below for more information!
Is there a rain date?
No, there is no rain date for this event. Please note that the event MAY be cancelled should the weather become dangerous to animals or humans. In the case of cancellation, no refunds will be granted. But please rest assured that the price of your entry is going to two great causes- The Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund at Dana Farber Cancer Center and the MSPCA.
What do I do with my dog’s waste?
As a dog owner, you are responsible for cleaning up after your pup. Please come prepared with doggie waste bags to dispose of your dog’s waste.
I can’t make it, but I already bought a ticket. Can I get a refund?
We do not issue refunds for this event. But please rest assured that the price of your entry is going to two great causes- The Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund at Dana Farber Cancer Center and the MSPCA.
Is Dogtoberfest Is this a 21+ event?
Anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. Only those over the age of 21 with proper identification will be given a wristband and will be allowed to drink.
Parents of small children should note that there will be dogs of all sizes present at the event.
I have tickets to Harpoon Octoberfest on Friday and/or Saturday - can I bring my dog?
No! Harpoon Dogtoberfest is the only day that weekend that dogs are allowed on the festival grounds. So if you want to enjoy an Octoberfest celebration at the brewery with your four legged friend, make sure to buy tickets for Dogtoberfest on Sunday.
What is the Fest-Minster Dog Show?
The Fest-Minster Dog Show is a light-hearted event that is inspired by, but in no way resembles, the famous Westminster Dog Show. The Fest-Minster will have four categories: 1. Dog Costume Contest and Costume Parade, 2. Dog and Dog Owner Look-Alike Contest, 3. Best Kisser, 4. Dog Trick Contest. The contests will be judged by a special judges panel, who will encourage feedback from the crowd in the form of applause. Contests will start at 1:00pm and will follow the below schedule:
1:00 pm: Dog Costume Contest and Costume Parade
1:30 pm: Dog and Dog Owner Look-Alike Contest
2:00 pm: Best Kisser
2:30 pm: Dog Trick Contest
How do I register myself and my dog for one or more contests at the Fest-Minster Dog Show?
Come to the Fest-Minster Registration Booth to sign up. Sign-ups will be on a first-come, first-served basis and may fill up, so sign up early!
Friends of Harpoon get $5 off their admission. You must have your Friend of Harpoon card with you as you pay to receive this discount. You may also show a print out of (or show on mobile device) the Friend of Harpoon confirmation email with barcode or your profile page. With this discount, your admission will be only $10, which includes 1 beer/soda ticket.