[NORTH CHARLESTON] – What better way to enjoy an Oktoberfest celebration than with man’s best friend? On Sunday, Oct. 18, Charleston County Parks’ Bark in the Park! Oktoberfest brings beer, Bavaria and dogs together at Wannamaker County Park.
This costume-friendly event – for both people and their pets – will offer exhibits, demonstrations, experts, entertainment and much more. Plus, enjoy an Oktoberfest atmosphere with live Oompah music, tasty German dishes, and of course plenty of beer. Food and beverage vendors will be on site just outside the dog park. Bark in the Park! Oktoberfest will run from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Oct. 18.
Dogs will get great exercise enjoying the dog park while their owners enjoy live music in the park by the Hans Schmidt Band. The Hans Schmidt Band has been entertaining Lowcountry audiences with German polkas and waltzes for over ten years. From its humble beginnings featuring trumpet, trombone, tuba or base sax and two clarinets, the band has grown to include drummers, a saxophone section, numerous brass players with an eclectic collection of horns in many shapes and sizes, and an occasional accordionist.
Bark in the Park! Oktoberfest will also feature a pet parade (costumes are encouraged), and Swift Paws lure chasing, which allows dogs the opportunity to run on a lure race course. Guests can visit pet-related exhibits and watch demos in an area located just outside of the dog park. Dog-related vendors as well as several non-profit rescue groups will also be on site throughout the event, so pet owners are encouraged to stop by to support these great organizations.
Pets at the festival will need to be leashed or restrained when not in the Wannamaker dog park. Outside food, beverages and coolers are not permitted. A photo ID is required to purchase alcohol.
Admission to Bark in the Park! Oktoberfest is $8 per person. Gold Pass Holders and kids 12 and under are free of charge.