About Dogtoberfest

Dogtoberfest Austin is an Austin based, 501c3 non-profit organization, created for the purpose of instilling awareness about dog rescue, as well as raising much needed moneys for local dog rescue organizations. We have no paid staff and all of our proceeds benefit local dog rescue organizations. Over the last nine years, we have raised over $250,000 for our beneficiaries.

Every year, Dogtoberfest Austin holds two events in the Domain. DogtoberTROT, a 1k walk for two-legged and four-legged friends, kicks off the festivities. Dogtoberfest happens directly afterward, and includes a Silent Auction, Canine Costume Contest, Wiener Dog Races, pet-related demonstrations, and more. In 2016, over 6,000 people and their canine companions were in attendance!

Most Awesome-ist!

For the sixth year in a row, Dogtoberfest Austin was named "Most Awesome-ist Pet Related Event" in the Austin Pets Directory Annual Readers Poll. Thank you to everyone who voted for us!


  Julie Strong and Stan Parish, Dogtoberfest Founders

Julie Strong and Stan Parish, Dogtoberfest Founders



Check out our Dogtoberfest commercial!

Special thanks to: 

Creative Direction: The Label Collective
Video Production: Golden Arm Media
Voiceover Talent: Sarah Gerichten
Sound Recording: The Sound Lab