September 11, 2023

Dogs and Their Owners Will Head to Beer Creek Park for a Barking Good Time This Saturday at Pawtoberfest

Dogs and Their Owners Will Head to Beer Creek Park for a Barking Good Time This Saturday at Pawtoberfest

A day of fun in the sun with our two favorite things – dogs and beer – to help the homeless animals at HSPPR’s Pawtoberfest fundraiser

September 11, 2023 Colorado Springs, CO– Pawtoberfest is back! Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is expecting to draw around 1,500 people and raise over $200,000 at its popular fundraiser Pawtoberfest on Saturday, September 162023 at Bear Creek Regional Park. Pawtoberfest is one of Colorado’s ONLY dog-friendly festivals, featuring craft brews and spirits tasting, a 2-mile dog walk, freebies, music, pet contests, activities for the whole family, and plenty of scrumptious food from local food trucks. All ticket proceeds help fund programs benefiting homeless and abused animals in the Pikes Peak Region. 

Pawtoberfest: Saturday, September 16, 2023 Rain or Shine 

Tickets at:  

Dog Walk: Bear Creek Regional Park East. Start: 9 a.m. at Norris Penrose South Lot

Festival: The festival will take place at Bear Creek Regional Park West and starts at 10 a.m. with a dog-friendly shuttle bus service from the parking lot to the festival starting at 9:30 a.m. 

Festival hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Must bring ID to participate in brews and spirits tasting.

Parking: All parking is at Norris Penrose Event Center’s parking lot, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd, Colorado Springs, 80905. The walk starts near the parking lot and ends at the festival. Dog-friendly shuttle buses will start at 9:30 a.m. and run throughout the day from the Norris Penrose parking lot to the festival at Bear Creek Regional Park (West) for those wishing to skip the walk and proceed directly to the festival.

Advance Registration (ends 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 14) 

General Admission Adult: $55 

Children, 13-20: $20 

12 & Under: Free 

Your Pawtoberfest registration gets you craft beer and spirits tasting in the beer garden, a commemorative tasting glass, walk entry, and festival entry. Best of all, your ticket purchase benefits the homeless and abused animals at HSPPR. Bring your family, including leashed and well-behaved four-legged members, for a day full of fur and fun!

Festival Highlights  

  • 2-mile dog walk
  • craft spirits and beer tasting from 25+ local beverage paw-tners
  • dog treat bar
  • food trucks
  • contests – pooch smooch, owner/dog look-a-like, best trick
  • pet give-a-ways
This year’s Pawtoberfest would not be possible without the support of presenting sponsors All Pro Capital Real Estate Investments, Animal ER Care, GE Johnson, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Jim and Laura Johnson, and Phil Long Ford of Motor City. 
About Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region: Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is the largest nonprofit animal shelter in southern Colorado. Serving nearly 24,000 animals a year, HSPPR provides adoption options, animal cruelty investigations, subsidized spays/neuters, a Trap-Neuter-Return program for feral cats, and other important services. Its Bite Blotter is used to track the quantity, severity, victim types and locations of domestic animal bites to create a safer and more informed community. Rated four stars by Charity Navigator, HSPPR is a local, independent nonprofit that relies on donations from the community to fund its many humane programs. For more information, visit