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Dogtoberfest LogoDogtoberfest 2017 -- The Biggest Dog & Beer Part in Town

Mark your calendar for the greatest dog party ever -- Dogtoberfest 2017.  This fun event that celebrates beer and dogs will be held Sunday, October 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. at O'Connor Brewing Company in Norfolk.

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The largest bark and beer festival in Hampton Roads is back for the 5th consecutive year at O’Connor Brewing Company in Ghent.

Nestled in one of the most dog-friendly corners of Hampton Roads, O’Connor’s, 211 W. 24th Street, is once again opening its beer garden and parking lot to all friendly four-legged creatures and their human companions from 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22.

The event, hosted by Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center (NACC), is a doggie social that raises much needed funding for the city’s largest animal shelter. The group raised $8,000 at the event last year, says Friends Chair Anne Odell.

“Dog enthusiasts from all over Hampton Roads come out every year for this. They love the live music, the craft beer and dressing up their fuzzy friends. It's just about the most fun you can have on a Sunday afternoon,” says Odell.

For an online donation of $25 ($30 at the door), patrons will get a ticket to a variety of goodies:  a custom Dogtoberfest beer glass, a craft beer tasting from O’Connor’s and lunch at one of the food trucks in service: Capt’n Crabby and Sofritos.

Friends of NACC added a serious headliner to this year’s entertainment: Goliath, a local canine celebrity who has performed on the local news and is possibly the smartest dog in Hampton Roads, according to his owner Bill Troiano. This 4-year-old Rottweiler can retrieve hundreds of different items on command and will be demonstrating his fabulous fetching skills for Dogtoberfest patrons.

Following the performance, dog owners will get a chance to show off their own canines in a costume contest as well as a “Tricks for Treats” contest during the event.  The winner of the pup pageant will reign as "Toptober-Dog" for a full year and will be featured as the “cover dog” for Dogtoberfest 2018.  

The afternoon of barks and brew is held in honor of National Adopt a Shelter Dog month. All proceeds will benefit the homeless animals of Norfolk Animal Care & Adoption Center. 

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Dogtoberfest Sponsors

German Shepherd Group -- $500 Sponsors

Bayside KennelsColley Avenue Graphics

HR Pride


Dachshund Group -- $300 Sponsors

Kaufman & Canoles P.C.


MacArthur Center/Starwood Retail Partners

Marathon Development Group

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