Since its inception in 2016, Poulsbo Rotary’s Viking Tour Bike Ride has grown so much that organizers are looking to make it its own event in June rather than during Viking Fest in May.
The event features different bike routes across Poulsbo. There is also a beer garden with live music after the bike rides along with local food options. In 2023, 750 people participated, with 420 riders exploring one of three different routes, 230 beer garden participants, and 60 volunteers supporting the event. The event has raised $150,000 over the last eight years for the Poulsbo Rotary Foundation. The funds go back into the community as scholarships, grants and other projects, City Council documents read.
This year, Rotary is hoping to move the event to June 15 and also move the beer garden and live music to Waterfront Park. Previously, it had been held in various locations including Fishline, City Hall and Poulsbo Village. Organizers said the move to Waterfront Park is needed because the event needs more space, but also to draw more participants to spend a full weekend in Poulsbo. Also, the shift would ensure the event does not compete with Viking Fest.
This June, Rotary is planning to partner with downtown businesses for food as well as offer a beer garden in collaboration with local beer, wine and cider providers, documents read. The live local music will help draw not only bike riders, but others who want to join in the fun. Organizers said potential parking for the event would be at The Doctors Clinic, Poulsbo Village and Gateway Fellowship.
The council gave Rotary oral approval to move ahead with the beer garden at Waterfront Park.
“I’m thrilled that they are thinking of moving it away from Viking Fest because it has gotten big enough, and it’s probably time it can stand on its own,” Councilmember Gary McVey said. “I think Waterfront Park would be a wonderful location for it.”