Festival Questions

What is the Northwest Tune-Up?

The NW Tune-Up is a community oriented bike, music and beer festival celebrating the culture of the Pacific Northwest. The goal of the event is to build permanent infrastructure around outdoor recreation for generations to come.

Is this a family event?

Yes, the NW Tune-Up was designed as a family friendly event. From push bike events for kids to bike demos and all-ages races, we’re here to help get everyone in touch with the outdoors.


The Pacific Northwest would not be as majestic without it. When it rains, look for rainbows. This is a rain or shine event. Bring waterproof wear and other acceptable items that may make your attendance more enjoyable.

Can I bring my dog?

We love dogs, but we do NOT allow dogs inside the Waterfront Festival Grounds.

Should I come to race or party?

We’re operating with the mindset of business (race) in the front, party in the back. We don’t all have mullets, but we intend to race and play hard, even if your version of play is to relax and take in all the region has to offer. This event is a conduit for good times, so it is up to you to design how that looks…we just ask you to do it responsibly. And if you’re unsure what that means, you’ll want to read our Code of Conduct.

Will a shuttle be available?

Shuttles to and from trailheads will be available to all people wearing a 2023 NWTU wristband. Check out Getting to Trailheads.


Is food and lodging included in the entry fee?

No, the festival pass does NOT include food or lodging, although local lodging partners are offering lodging discounts for festival goers. Discount codes can be found on the lodging page at nwtuneup.com/accommodations.

Is parking included with my festival pass?

No, parking is NOT included with festival passes. We prefer to have attendees walk, ride or take event shuttles as opposed to driving.

Are there any other perks to having a festival pass?

Yes, festival passes are packed with perks. Enjoy discounts at participating local establishments, after parties and select vendors. The Local's Guide will have a list of all participating vendors and businesses, so come ready to explore the community.

Are festival passes refundable?

No. Your purchased tickets are for the NW Tune-Up Festival and not for a specific artist. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be provided. The artists, venue, and schedules are subject to change without notice. Artist cancellation is not grounds for refund. This is a non-smoking event. Event takes place rain or shine. Winds exceeding 40 mph or lightning could postpone or cancel the event.

What can I bring into the Festival grounds?

This will be a Toward Zero Waste event, so we recommend you bring your own cup (BYOC) or water bottle and find alternatives for single use plastics. A list of acceptable items to bring can be found on our Code of Conduct page.

What other rules do I need to be aware of?

We have tried to include answers to everything throughout our FAQs and on Code of Conduct and throughout our website. Contact Us if you need more info.

Bike Questions

Do I need to be an expert rider to race or attend the festival?

No, you do not need to be good at riding to come to Northwest Tune-Up. We have plenty of options for beginners, including clinics and group rides, as well as detailed trail maps so you can choose the trails that best fit your riding abilities. Relax and have fun.


Will protective gear be provided for demos?

It is best to bring your own protective gear, but some of our on-site vendors may offer helmet demos at participating locations. If you plan to ride, bringing your own protective gear will make for a more streamlined and comfortable experience.

Are bike demos included in my festival pass?

Yes, ticket holders will have access to bike demos, so try anything and everything you like. You will be required to leave a copy of your ID or credit card when demoing as insurance that you will bring the bikes back in one piece and on time. This is typical demo protocol.

Is there a limit to how many bikes I can demo?

There is a limited amount of bikes available, so ride all the latest and greatest bikes, however, be considerate of your fellow riders and don’t spend the entire day on one bike.

Will Bike Storage be available on the festival grounds?

Yes. Please ride your bike to the festival and store it in our secure donation-based bike valet. Bike theft is real in Bellingham, so think before leaving your bike on the back of your car.


Are race entries included in the weekend pass?

No, race entries are NOT included with festival passes. Each race is sold separately and in limited quantities. We do offer discounted festival passes for all race participants and race participant’s family members. Discount links with confirmation of race entry will be sent by email.

What bike should I bring to ride?

Depending on your intended event schedule, we advise bringing the right tool for the job. If you’re racing enduro, bring a 140-180mm travel bike. There will be plenty of bikes available for demo, so if you’re just coming to ride you can try all the latest models from some of the industry’s leading brands.

VanLife Questions

Are children and dogs allowed in VanLife?

Kids, yes. Dogs, no. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring Fido on your road trip—there are plenty of pet sitting and boarding options in Bellingham. Check out these local dog sitters: Puget Hound, Rover.com, NW Trail Dogs and more.

Are travel trailers allowed in VanLife?

Yes, but VanLife space is limited to 10 trailers. VanLife vehicles may not exceed 22 ft. long and may only enter the VanLife zone with a festival pass AND VanLife pass. Truck/vehicle storage is available near the campground.

Can I pitch a tent in the VanLife zone?

Unfortunately ground tent camping is not allowed. However, hard-top, pop-up tents affixed to car roof or truck bed are permitted. For nearby tent camping, we suggest reserving a site at Larrabee State Park or Birch Bay State Park.