Bark in the Park

TJH Bark in the Park San Antonio 2023 is a pet costume contest and expo benefiting San Antonio animal shelters San Antonio Pets Alive (SAPA) and Animal Defense League of Texas (ADL).

The Thomas J. Henry Bark in the Park Pet Costume Contest and Expo is happening in San Antonio on October 21, 2023! Enter your pet into the contest to win cash prizes up to $1,000! No pet? No problem! There will be plenty to do for the whole family with food trucks, vendors, music, a kid’s zone, and more! And remember – all proceeds benefit local animal shelters and rescue organizations.

Bark in the Park is a pet costume contest and expo benefiting San Antonio pet rescue organizations. Bark in the Park started in Corpus Christi, Texas in 2012 as a fun, festive event bringing together pet owners, local pet businesses, pet rescue organizations, and no-kill pet shelters in an attempt to raise money and awareness for pet initiatives in the community.

The best part of Bark in the Park is that all of the event proceeds (including 100% of ticket sales and vendor fees) go directly to San Antonio Pets Alive (SAPA), San Antonio Human Society, and Animal Defense League of Texas (ADL).




  • Date: October 21, 2023
  • Time: 4pm – 9pm
  • Venue: Sunken Garden Theater
  • Address: 3875 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212


  • Pets must be registered to participate.
  • Pets and owners must be on their appointed stage at the appointed time (as outlined in their registration cards).
  • Judges decisions are final.
  • Pets and their costumes will be judged on the following criteria: Creativity, Uniqueness, Humor, Behavior, and Charisma.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash at ALL times or held.
  • Pets must be registered and up to date on their vaccinations.
  • The safety of all animals at the event is the responsibility of their owners.
  • Pet owners will be responsible for any damage or harm caused to property, people, or other animals due to their own actions or the actions of their pets.
  • Pet owners must clean up after their dogs. Bags will be provided.
  • No aggressive pets or pets in heat.
  • Costumes must be comfortable and safe for the pets.
  • Owners must wear registration their number and have it clearly visible to judges during the contest.

We look forward to seeing what our Bark in the Park 2023 contestants can come up with! If you have any questions, please feel free to email


1st Place
$ 1000
2nd Place
$ 750
3rd Place
$ 500
4th Place
$ 250
5th Place
$ 150
$ 100




This is a free event. The only cost associated is to enter a pet into the pet costume contest. Pre-event registration is available online for $7. Registration will also be available on-site for $10. Please visit for event information and to register a pet in the costume contest.

There is no service charge for entry into the Pet Costume Contest and registration is available online or on-site at the event.

No. Pet Costume Contest and registration is available online or on-site at the event.

If you pre-register a pet for the Pet Costume Contest, simply print out your registration confirmation and bring it with you to the event.

For on-site registration for the Pet Costume Contest – cash only.

All times are approximate. Preliminary rounds will take place from approximately 4pm-8pm. Semi-finals and Finals rounds will take place on the Main Stage from approximately 8pm-9pm.


Gates open at 3pm. Event starts at 4pm.


There will be a variety of food sold by food trucks.


This will vary from vendor to vendor. The safest approach is to bring cash as we cannot guarantee credit or debit cards will be accepted.

The only prohibited items are alcohol, weapons, and outside food/drink (exception: water).

There will be first come, first served seating around the stage areas. You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, or other seating as well.

Free parking is available in the Sunken Garden Theater parking lot. Paid parking ($10) is available in the San Antonio Water Systems parking garage on St. Mary’s Street.



Per city code, smoking is allowed in designated areas only. There is no smoking in any of the restrooms, dressing rooms, or facilities.

Yes, there are spaces marked for wheelchair only in the causeway between the upper and lower audience areas. There is an ADA compliant restroom on the audience left side of the house. There are also (at least) 2 handicap designated port-o-lets on site.

Yes, visit <a href=”” target=”_blank”></a> to view the bus routes to Sunken Garden Theater.

Yes, there are fixed bike racks in front of the theater entrance. Neither the City nor the licensee is responsible for lost or stolen items.


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