Annual Events & Festivals

January

Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Gala
The chamber gives recognition to those businesses and individuals who have contributed to the growth of our city and community.

Sons of Norway Annual Lutefisk Feed
For further information call 360-779-5209 or visit www.poulsbosonsofnorway.com.

February

Westsound Business Expo
On the third Thursday in February, this annual business expo offers a place to meet over 150 local businesses, enjoy business and marketing seminars and speed networking. The expo is held at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion at the fairgrounds. Food, fun and thousands of dollars in prizes. Booths, sponsor and exhibitor packages are available. Sponsored by seven local chambers including the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce. Information: visit www.westsoundexpo.com.

April

Poulsbo Farmer’s Market
Opening day is first Saturday of April at NE Iverson St & 7th Ave NE, Poulsbo, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come join us and pick up some wonderful, locally-grown produce and creative crafts.

City of Poulsbo Easter Egg Hunt – Raab Park
An Easter tradition for the kids! Join the fun at Poulsbo’s Raab Park on the Saturday before Easter 1:30 p.m.   For more information, call 360-779-9898 or www.cityofpoulsbo.com and look under the Parks and Recreation.

Sons of Norway Easter Egg Hunt – Poulsbo Waterfront Park
Another Easter tradition for the kids on the Saturday before Easter.  Join the fun at Poulsbo’s scenic Waterfront Park on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. For more information: 360-779-5209 or www.poulsbosonsofnorway.com.

May

Viking Fest – Third weekend in May
This annual event celebrates Poulsbo’s proud Norwegian heritage.  A variety of entertainment is scheduled along with local artisans and restaurants that have booths each day of the festival.  The Viking Village focuses on the way of life for Vikings in 1500 A.D. and is a must see!  The Viking Fest Parade awes young and old alike with creative floats, local marching bands, and impressive military entries.  For more information call 360-697-7450 or visit www.vikingfest.org

Viking Fest Road Run
This annual event is held in conjunction with other Viking Fest celebrations.  Sponsored by the City of Poulsbo’s Parks and Recreation Department the race features a 5-mile course, a 1-mile course, and Kid’s Dashes.  For more information, call 360-779-9898 or www.cityofpoulsbo.com then check out the special events in the Parks and Recreation section.

Viking Tour
The Viking Tour is a group bicycle ride, presented by Poulsbo Rotary Club, on the Kitsap Peninsula which takes place on the Sunday of Viking Fest Weekend.  The tour starts and finishes in historic Poulsbo, with three different lengths for all riding levels:  65 miles, 35 miles, and 3 miles.  Learn more at www.poulsbovikingtour.com, or call 360-633-0828.

June

Medieval Faire in Port Gamble, WA
A public demonstration, June Faire is dedicated to the study and recreation of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Attendees will enjoy armored and rapier combat, archery, dancing, bards, arts and crafts, merchants and much more! Go to www.junefaire.com for more details on this family-fun event. For more information, please contact: www.kitsapmedievalfaire.org or www.portgamble.com.

St. Hans (Mid-Sommerfest)
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 Midsummer proclamation by Sons of Norway Vikings.  Further information can be found at www.poulsbosonsofnorway.comor call 360-779-5209.

July

Poulsbo 3rd of July
Begin your Fourth of July celebrations in Poulsbo on Sunday, the 3rd of July, with family fun, food and great fireworks.  A variety of food and entertainment await you along the waterfront.  The evening fireworks will light up Liberty Bay with colorful displays for all to enjoy.  For further information visit www.vikingfest.org or call Kathi Forsee at 360-779-8657.

Old Mill Days

In conjunction with the Fourth of July, come out and celebrate the Fourth of July weekend in Port Gamble. This brand new festival is already boasting that it will be Kitsap County’s best fireworks display, with shows on Friday and Saturday. Enjoy other family-friendly activities like the Jubilee Logging Show, carnival rides, live music, car show and plenty of good food. Check out www.oldmilldays.com.

Muddy Paw Dog Agility
“MudPACK (Muddy Paws Agility Club of Kitsap) hosts a North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC) and sanctioned trial in the middle of July, and a sanctioned trial for dogs of all breeds and mixed breeds in Port Gamble, WA. The obstacles, including jumps, weave poles, teeter-totter, A-frame, tunnels, and dog walk, are grouped into courses for various levels of competition. Pre-registration is required to compete but spectators are more than welcome. www.mudpack.org

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

Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic
Please join us for our Annual Chamber Golf Classic in July. This is a great opportunity to treat your friends and clients to a day on the course, win some fantastic prizes, make some business connections, marvel at the views, eat great food and have a fun time! Call the Chamber office at 360-779-4999 or visit our website at www.poulsbochamber.com for more details and to get your team registered!

Kitsap Arts & Crafts Festival
This annual festival near the end of July is at Kola Kole Park and at the Community Center in Kingston. For more information, please visit www.kitsapartsandcrafts.com.

August

 

Chief Seattle Days
A three-day festival held by the Suquamish Indian Tribe in August.  A Salmon bake, Indian Art, Canoe and Foot races, Pow-Wow, Traditional Indian dancing and a special memorial service to Chief Seattle.  Held in Suquamish, WA. For further information visit www.suquamish.org.

Cruise Port Gamble
Every Thursday through September, car buffs bring out their classic, new or unique cars to show off on the lawns beside Mike’s Four Star BBQ and Gamble Bay Coffee.  The event is free and open to everyone!  For more information: check www.portgamble.com.

Poulsbo Arts Festival
The third weekend in August! Celebrate the arts at Poulsbo’s 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. For more information, call (360) 697-6342.

October

Annual Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Auction
The auction is held at the Sons of Norway Lodge.  The money that is raised at this exciting annual auction helps fund local programs that give back to the community!  There are many treasures to bid on from special trips to local services.

Port Gamble Fall Festival
Join us for the first annual Port Gamble Fall Festival. This is a perfect event to celebrate fall with the whole family. Hay rides, live country music, carnival games, pumpkin flinging contest and more!  Free admission and parking.  Please call 360-297-8074 for more information.

First Lutheran Church Annual Lutefisk Dinner
The First Lutheran Church of Poulsbo will serves its famous Lutefisk dinner with lefse (unleavened Scandinavian bread).  Other fare includes meatballs and gravy, potatoes, dinner salad, sliced tomatoes, sherbet and Norwegian cookies.  Tickets can be pre-ordered or purchased at the door. For current information and seating times, visit www.poulsbo-lutefisk.com.

Annual Poulsbo Marathon & Half Marathon Run/Walk
Marathons will be held in October at North Kitsap High School. Races start on Hostmark Street and finish at the NKHS track. Course includes Noll Road, Lemolo Shore, Front Street, the Poulsbo Place neighborhood, Fish Park, American Legion Park, and Poulsbo Waterfront Park.  Both full and half marathon routes follow the same course for the first 12 miles. The course then splits, as the half marathon heads to the finish line and the full marathon continues on for a hilly, scenic loop through Suquamish, before returning to the finish line at the track.   Walkers are welcome in the half marathon. Six hour time limit for the full marathon. For more information please visitwww.poulsbomarathon.com.

Halloween Trick or Treat in 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.

Halloween Celebration in Port Gamble
The floors creak and the candles flicker during this Halloween Evening Dessert Tea in the Tea Room at Port Gamble. For more information.http://portgamble.com.

December

Julefest  – Poulsbo’s Historic Downtown & Sons of Norway Lodge
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.  For more information call 360-779-5209 or visit www.poulsbochamber.com.

Port Gamble Country Christmas
Enjoy a weekend of traditional Country Christmas activities, handmade crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides, wandering carolers, and a visit from Santa all in an 1850’s mill town.  For more information call 360-297-8074 or visit www.portgamble.com.

Yule Cup and 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.  Please visit the website for dates and times of the Boat Parade and Children’s Party at www.membermanager.net/poulsboyc or call 360-779-3116 or email pycoffice@bbxmail.net.

21st Annual Christmas in the Country
This free tour of historic homes, art studios, farms and other key sites on Bainbridge Island celebrates arts, artisans, crafts and edibles and more! For additional details, visit www.christmasinthecountry.info