Bring your best friend to Lake Eola Park for Barktoberfest and maybe pick up a new best friend


Besides having a name like Barktoberfest that reels you in, this event at Lake Eola has two things going for it: cute pooches ready to find their forever home and scrumptious food truck delectables waiting to be devoured (by humans). Barktoberfest isn’t just about getting lost in puppy dog eyes, however. It’s a celebration by Orange County Animal Services and the rescue community. OCAS works with over 80 rescue groups, and together they recover and find homes for many homeless animals. Barktoberfest will feature dozens of these animals available for adoption. Other services provided at the event are microchipping and rabies vaccination. Pet-related vendors will also be in abundance. Food trucks, such as Allan’s Jerk Shack, Kong Dog and Pop Craft Pops, will be there ready to re-energize you for when those furry friends tucker you out. Last year’s Barktoberfest drew a crowd of roughly 10,000 people and successfully raised awareness about animal rescue, and provided homes to more than 50 animals. 

10-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 | Lake Eola Park, 195 N. Rosalind Ave. | 407-254-9141 | | free