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Festivals & Annual Events

January

Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner – Sons of Norway
Always a treat -authentic Norwegian meal in our Sons of Norway Hall.


February

Winter Rendezvous
The Winter Rendezvous is held annually in Poulsbo, WA and hosted by Hall of Fame Hydro Champ, Chip Hanauer.  This weekend is an excellent time had by all – boaters, tourists, and locals!  Games, food, drink, music, and laughter.


March

Poulsbo Beer Run (St. Patrick’s Day Edition)
The Poulsbo Beer Run is a memorable event that rocks the city of Poulsbo twice a year. The run includes 4 miles, 6 breweries and 7 beers! 

Easter Egg Hunts
Several community-held Easter egg hunts for the little ones: Through Poulsbo Parks and Rec, held at Raab Park.  Through Sons of Norway, held at the Waterfront Park.


April

Poulsbo Farmer’s Market
The Poulsbo Farmers Market is an outdoor market running from April-December, featuring live music and over 35 regional farmers, crafters, and food processors showcasing some of the freshest, most local products available. The market is Saturday from 9am – 2pm  at 18901 8th Avenue NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370 – in the parking lot of Gateway Fellowship Church.


May

Viking Fest
For over 50 years Poulsbo has been celebrating Viking Fest – a celebration rooted from Norway’s Constitution Day of May 17. In Norway, it is a festival of flags and colorful processions, where children walk to the music of marching bands. Traditional Norwegian costumes are a prominent and common part of the celebrations. The festivities last from early morning until late at night. Parties with family and friends featuring traditional food and drinks are common.

Come join us for this great family-friendly event held every year on the third weekend in May in the Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park, Anderson Parkway & King Olav Parking Lot in Downtown Poulsbo. Festivities include a parade, food & vendor booths, as well as a carnival with rides.

Viking Tour
The Viking Tour is a group ride on the Kitsap Peninsula that starts and finishes in historic Poulsbo, and is held during the iconic VikingFest carnival and festival. The ride has three different lengths for all riding levels: 58, 30 and 18 miles.

Girls Night Out in Historic Downtown Poulsbo
Historic Downtown Poulsbo shops host this annual fundraising event from 5p – 8p and features drawings and specials.


June

CF Walk
Monster Trucks, Hydros, Classic Cars, Photobooth, Band, and much more! Celebrating 24 yrs, a family fun event, taking steps for a cure for Cystic Fibrosis!

Kiana Brew Fest
Kiana Lodge – one of the area’s most stunning venues: add in local beers from all over the Seattle area, live music, good food, and games.  A yearly tradition not to be missed.

Poulsbo Twilight Criterium
Think fast bike racing around hot corners- looping through Historic Downtown Poulsbo…add in local beer and shopping.  2016 was the first of (hopefully) many to come- they’ve already begun planning 2017!

Midsommer Fest (St. Hans)
Come to Waterfront Park in Poulsbo to join in the Scandinavian tradition of the Summer Solstice. Enjoy folk dancing, meet Norwegian and Icelandic dogs, partake of traditional Norwegian cuisine in the lodge (3:30-6:30) and other activities. Enjoy the Viking Parade, lighting of the Bon Fire and Midsommer proclamation by Sons of Norway Vikings.

 


July

3rd of July Celebration
Begin your Fourth of July celebrations in Poulsbo on the 3rd of July with family fun, food and great fireworks! Starting at noon there are food & craft vendors, live music. The evening fireworks typically start around 10:15 and will light up Liberty Bay with colorful displays for all to enjoy!

Summer Nights at the Bay
Free family concerts at 6:30 p.m. on July evenings at Muriel Iverson Willian Waterfront Park.

Performances at the Passage
Thursday evenings don’t get better than this. Sitting on the grassy lawn, overlooking the water, listening to FREE live music each week is a treat. This event is family-friendly, pack a picnic or grab a glass of wine and enjoy live music on the lawn in front of the Clearwater Casino Resort. Runs through August.


 August

Chief Seattle Days
Chief Seattle Days is a 3-day public festival established in 1911 to honor chief Seattle, a famous leader of the Suquamish People for whom the City of Seattle is named. Activities include the traditional salmon bake, canoe races, drumming and dancing, Powwow, Fun Run, craft and food vendors and a memorial service for Chief Seattle at his gravesite in Suquamish.

Poulsbo Arts Festival (formerly Arts by the Bay)
The third weekend in August celebrate the arts at Poulsbo’s Muriel Iverson Waterfront Park. There is something for all the family to enjoy including a children’s arts corner, original design jewelry, metal, ceramic, wood, and fabric art.

Poulsbo Street Dance
Admission is FREE! Enjoy food, drink and dancing in old-town Poulsbo.

Port Gamble ½ Marathon
Challenging route through the Port Gamble Trails for sure!  But at the end, there’s food, beer, and soda…so that run was worth it!


September

Poulsbo Beer Run (Octoberfest Edition)
The Poulsbo Beer Run is a memorable event that rocks the city of Poulsbo twice a year. The run includes 4 miles, 6 breweries and 7 beers! 


October

Port Gamble’s Ghost Walks
Port Gamble has some history – and some of it is still around.  Touring these haunted sites at least once is a must.  If ghosts are your passion – there is even a convention!

Spirits and Spirits – Boos and Booze
Days of fun events leading up to Halloween! These celebrations aren’t just for adults either – there are fun kids activities too.

Trick or Treating through Historic Downtown Poulsbo
Watch out for ghosts, goblins and witches roaming the streets of Historic Downtown Poulsbo looking for candy treats from local merchants.  For the safety of the children, Front Street will be closed from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Enjoy live music and a fun and safe atmosphere for the kids.


November

Art in the Woods Studio Tour
A fun time – grab a map and take a self-guided tour through Kitsap County, to all the great studios!

Big Valley Christmas
November 23-January 1, a beautifully decorated Big Valley property shows off its holiday spirit. Admission is $8.00 per adult, children 6 and under are FREE!

The Poulsbo Tree Lighting Ceremony on Viking Way
Get festive at the Annual Poulsbo Tree Lighting Ceremony at Viking Avenue. Experience the holidays in a grand way with your family and friends.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides and Meet Father Christmas in Historic Downtown Poulsbo
You can’t miss out on a horse-drawn carriage ride and a visit with Father Christmas in Historic Downtown Poulsbo. And even get all your Christmas shopping done while you’re at it!


December

Jule Fest and Holiday Bazaar
Julefest is celebrated in early December at the Sons of Norway.  This fun community event includes Christmas music around the Christmas tree down on the waterfront, the Lucia Bride arriving by boat with Vikings, and Father Christmas and the Lucia Bride lighting the Christmas tree.

Holiday Concert – Poulsbo Community Orchestra
What brings more cheer than beautiful music performed by our very own Poulsbo Community Orchestra!  Amazing!

Breakfast with Santa at Sons of Norway
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Sons of Norway, with Santa!

Lighted Boat Parade
Presented by the Poulsbo Yacht Club and the Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association, the boats cruise Liberty Bay, showing off their finest Christmas sparkle for a great family event. Hot Cider and cookies are served in the pavilion. Toss your pinecone into the Ceremonial fire, make a resolution, pledge, or wish, and believe in the season.