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Bark in the Park San Antonio- at Sunken Garden Theater

The Thomas J. Henry Bark in the Park Pet Costume Contest and Expo is happening in San Antonio on October 8, 2016! 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.


2015 marked the inaugural year for Bark in the Park- San Antonio. The event featured family-friendly entertainment and activities including a kid’s zone, pet expo, adoption drive, and of course the main event- the Howl-o-Ween Pet Costume Contest for cash prizes! Event proceeds go directly to San Antonio Pets Alive (SAPA) and Animal Defense League of Texas (ADL).

  • Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
  • Time: 2pm-7pm
  • Location: Sunken Garden Theater, 3875 N St Mary’s Street, San Antonio, Texas 78212
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October 8, 2016 2:00 pm


  • Bike: There are fixed bike racks in front of the theater entrance.
  • Bus: Sunken Garden Theater is on the No. 7 bus route.
  • Parking: Limited free parking is available at Sunken Garden Theater. Additional paid parking is available at the San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS) parking garage next door.




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



  • Who can I contact if I have questions about the event?Email:
  • Where can I buy tickets? How much do tickets cost?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.
  • Is there a service charge? If so, will I have to pay the service charge if I buy the tickets day of event?There is no serve charge for entry into the Pet Costume Contest and registration is available online or on-site at the event.
  • Is there a way I can pay by phone?No. Pet Costume Contest and registration is available online or on-site at the event.
  • If I register a pet for the costume contest, what do I need to bring to 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.
  • If I register my pet the day of the event, will you take credit cards or is it cash only?For on-site registration for the Pet Costume Contest - cash only.
  • Can you tell me what time each act/event will go on, approximately?All times approximate. There will be multiple rounds taking place at both stages throughout the day. Preliminary rounds will take place from approximately 2pm-6pm. Semi-finals and Finals rounds will take place on the Main Amphitheater Stage from approximately 6pm-7pm.
  • Is the event rain or shine?Yes.
  • What time do the gates open?Gates open at 1pm. Event starts at 2pm.
  • What time is the event over?7pm.
  • What kind of food will you be selling?There will be a variety of food sold by food trucks.
  • Will there be alcohol for sale?Will there be alcohol for sale?
  • Do the vendors take cash, or will I have to buy food/drink tickets?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.
  • What am I not allowed to bring?The only prohibited items are alcohol, weapons, and outside food/drink (exception: water).
  • Will there be seating?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.
  • Where can I park?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.
  • Can I bring my pets?YES!
  • Am I allowed to come back in if I leave?Yes.
  • Is their smoking allowed?Per city code, smoking is allowed in designated areas only. There is no smoking in any of the restrooms, dressing rooms, or facilities.
  • Are there handicap/wheelchair seating or restrooms?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.
  • Are you on the bus route?Yes, Sunken Garden Theatre is on the No. 7 bus route. See for more information.
  • Do you have bike racks outside?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.
  • I want to be a vendor, who do I call?Email


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