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Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Festival: 10:30am-7:00pm

GlowDOGGlow: 7-10:30pm 

Join fellow animal lovers at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 23rd as Friends of Homeless Animals hosts its signature event, Barktoberfest: A Purrfect Pet Celebration. This year Friends of Homeless Animals is partnering with NOVADog to present Barktoberfest by Day and GlowDOGGlow by night.

Bring the whole family, including your beloved fur kids! We’ll be gathering from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm to listen to live music, play games (kids and dogs), shop from a variety of vendors, eat and drink some great food and beverages, watch canine demonstrations, participate in the GlowDOGGlow Walk and Race and much more --- all to help raise much needed funds to allow FOHA to continue its mission of rescuing and finding “forever” homes for homeless animals. 

Address of the Fairgrounds: 17558 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg VA


THE FEST: Activities and Fun for All Ages

  • Live Music
  • Fabulous Food 
  • Animal Communicator
  • Wine Tasting
  • Pet Contests and Prizes
  • Games for Dogs
  • Games for Kids
  • Kitty Corner for the FOHA Cats
  • Canine Demonstrations
  • Vendors and Artisans
  • Silent Auction (in Sykes Hall)
  • Raffle Baskets
  • FOHA Pets for Adoption
  • and more...

Again this year GlowDOGGlow, presented by NOVADog Magazine, will be part of the Barktoberfest festival. 

Fetch your sneakers and your furry friend for the GlowDOGGlow Walk and Race. Register for the race at:

You can walk with or without a dog. 
  • Join as an individual walker (with or without your dog) 
  • Form a Pack (great for groups, families or companies)
Each registration includes admission to the race for the number of humans and dogs you select.  All registrants will receive 2 drink tickets for use during the after party. Participants over 21 will receive a wristband that will allow access to adult beverages if they choose.  The after party includes live entertainment, a Bark Bar for the pups and light snacks for racers.

Fundraising: We invite you to support FOHA by creating a personal fundraising page on Firstgiving at !

Collect donations to support the homeless animals at FOHA, in memory of a beloved pet, or in honor of your cat or dog! 

The individual or team who raises the most money will recognized on and social media. Join as an individual and collect donations and pledges from friends and family. Form a Pack (great for groups, families or companies) and work toward fundraising goals together.


2017 Music Schedule in the Show Barn Schedule

  • 11:00-12:00PM: Gary Smallwood
  • 12:30-1:30PMJasmine Gillison
  • 2:00-3:00PM: Julie Says No
  • 3:30-4:30PM: Alternate Root
  • 5:00-6:00PM: Dave Weaver
  • 6:30-7:30PM: Rough Draught Band
  • 8:00-9:00PM: Mike P. Ryan
  • 9:30-10:30PM: Slipped Dysk

2017 Pet Contest Schedule

All contest are for dogs unless otherwise noted. Free to enter! 

 11:30 FOHA parade

 12:00 Best dog trick

 12:30 Best tail wagger

 1:00 Best dog costume

 1:30 FOHA parade

 2:00 Fastest fetch

 2:30 Highest fetch

 3:30 FOHA parade

 4:00 Best dog singer

 4:30 Best dog trick

 5:00 Best kiss from dog

 5:30 Owner/dog look alike

 7:00ish Glowiest dog

2017 Dog Demos By:

  • Leading with Fun
  • Virginia Foxtrotters
  • The Animal's House

2017 Food Vendors

  • Snack Shack
  • Good Grubbin'
  • Jimmy's Tavern
  • Los Wingeez
  • 1000 Shakes
  • Pizza on the Move
  • Turkish Kabob
  • Homegrown Foodie Food Truck