FBQ's: Frequently Barked Questions
What should I expect at Harpoon Dogtoberfest presented by MetLife Pet Insurance?
Harpoon Dogtoberfest presented by MetLife Pet Insurance is a dog-friendly Octoberfest celebration! There is an MSPCA led Fast & Furriest Run.Walk.Wag at the beginning of the event, so if you love to run with your dog, be sure to sign up! Space is limited. If you don't want to run, there's plenty of other fun to be had. We'll have costume contests, look-alike competitions, food trucks, doggie-sponsor row, and the freshest Harpoon beers! Don't forget a brew for your pup- our Bow Wow Brew!
If the Fast & Furriest Run.Walk.Wag registration is full, can I still come to the event?
Yes! The Fast & Furriest is just a piece of the festivities. If the run is sold out, you can still attend the event and enjoy all the awesome beer, food, contests, vendors, sponsors, and more.
Are all dogs welcome?
All well-behaved, leashed, and properly-vaccinated dogs are welcome. Please refer to our “Rules for Attending With Your Dog” tab for more information!
Are all animals other than dogs welcome?
No, for the safety of the animals in attendance and our guests, only dogs are allowed. If you arrive with another animal, we will not allow you entry.
How do I prepare for this?
Please build your dog’s endurance: It is important that you practice running with your dog before. Just like people, dogs need to build up the right muscles to be able to comfortable complete the run. We recommend starting small and slowly building up to the full distance. Make sure you always have water available for your dog, and that you’re paying attention to signs that your dog is telling you they are too tired.
Will this race be timed?
Yes, there will be chips on your bib for you to know your time finishing the race. You can complete the run/walk at your own pace, Dogtoberfest/Fast & Furriest staff or volunteers reserve the right to stop any runner and his/her dog if a dog appears to be in danger or, in the opinion of staff or volunteers, is being pushed beyond his or her safe limits.
Is there a rain date?
No, there is no rain date for this event. Please note that the event MAY be cancelled should the weather become dangerous to animals or humans. In the case of cancellation, no refunds will be granted. But please rest assured that the price of your entry is going to two great causes- The Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Center, and MSPCA-Angell.
I can’t make it, but I already bought a ticket. Can I get a refund?
We do not issue refunds for this event. But please rest assured that the price of your entry is going to two great causes- The Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Center and MSPCA-Angell.
Is this a 21+ event?
Anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. Only those over the age of 21 with proper identification will be given a wristband and will be allowed to drink.
Parents of small children should note that there will be dogs of all sizes present at the event and that the event is catered to a 21+ crowd.
I have tickets to Harpoon Octoberfest on Friday and/or Saturday -- can I bring my dog?
No! Harpoon DOGtoberfest is the only day that weekend that dogs are allowed on the festival grounds. So, if you want to enjoy a Octoberfest celebration at the brewery with your four legged friend, make sure to buy tickets for Dogtoberfest on Sunday.