Northwest Tune-Up, Bike, Music & Beer Festival, Returns to Bellingham, WA, July 14-16, 2023

Dec 6, 2022 at 9:57
by nwtuneup  

BELLINGHAM, Washington – The Northwest Tune-Up, the Pacific Northwest’s premier bikes, music and beer festival, will return to beautiful Bellingham, WA, July 14-16. With all the ingredients to make 2023 even more epic than the festival’s inaugural year, this two-and-a-half-day, family friendly event will feature a greater variety of bike competitions, more spectator-friendly events, and another all-time lineup of world-class bands. This year, the music will play deeper into the night, long past the stunning sunsets that backdrop the festival grounds along the shores of Bellingham Bay.

Nestled in the northwest corner of Washington state, Bellingham has grown into a cultural hotspot of the West Coast. Known for its easy access to the Cascade Mountains, unparalleled trail networks and recreational opportunities, the town has flourished with a passionate community on the forefront of mountain biking, craft brewing, music and art. The Tune-Up is focused on bringing those cultures together in one epicenter to celebrate and promote a healthy future in and around the outdoors.

Bellingham’s Waterfront District will again serve as the main hub of the event, hosting bike competitions, mountain and urban bike demos, clinics, kids activities, art vendors, an exhibitor village, beer tasting, and, of course, the main stage featuring world-famous bands. Regular shuttles will transport riders and their bikes to the trails of nearby Galbraith & Chuckanut Mountains for demos, clinics and racing. The action-packed festival has something for everyone.

Hunter Motto, head of music for the Crocodile in Seattle, is once again at the helm of music curation. As last year’s mastermind, he brought Grammy award-winning artists to the stage. This year, he’s designing another exceptional roster of world-renowned musical acts.

“Last year, the evenings came absolutely alive with an amazing array of musicians, thanks to Hunter’s dedication and experience with artists and bands. We had Chali 2na and Cut Chemist, the Allah Las, Devotchka, The Dip and PJ Morton. Just an incredible lineup of diversity that offered pure excitement. Hunter is already hard at work for 2023, and we’re excited to announce our artist lineup over the coming months,” said Brandon Watts, Tune-Up managing director.

Born of a community-building ethos with a dedication to protecting our environment, the Tune-Up is partnering with local nonprofit Sustainable Connections to create an environmentally responsible event, identifying alternatives for power, waste and water to reduce impact as much as possible. With attendees expected from both near and far in 2023, the festival is poised to become the Northwest’s legendary summertime event, a true community-first celebration.

Get our biggest ticket discounts starting January 7 with our presale 3-day festival passes, just $100 for a limited time! Find more details on, or stay up to date with our Facebook and Instagram: @nwtuneup.

The Northwest Tune-Up is part of Bellingham's signature event program in partnership with the City of Bellingham and Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, aimed to encourage commerce, maximize national and regional exposure, enhance the existing quality of life for residents, and help build a legacy for recreation in the Whatcom County.


  • 46 17
 This was a turd last summer. Crappy line up. Way too expensive of tickets. Poor attendance Def jacked the trails on Galbraith harder than anything in the past. Two thumbs way down.
  • 7 1
 I would agree but I didn't get tickets to ride the free thing by my house. So I have no idea how it went
  • 4 0
 I bought a ticket just so I could race, no interest in the rest of the event.
  • 10 0
 The most expensive single day enduro race with no goodies, not even a slice of pizza! Paid $50 less for a cascade dirt cup race, just as good of a race with beer and a burrito
  • 14 7
 Debbie downer. Personally, I had a great time. As a volunteer I enjoyed the free access, and the trails saw a whole lot of maintenance before the race & I thought they were in good shape after too. I was amazed that so many locals avoided it based on cost, there were many ways to do it free/inexpensively.
  • 2 0
 @605endurbro: yeah I just wanted to race on the trails I ride all the time. It was a cascadia dirt cup. I was just disappointed to have to pay extra for things I wasn't interested in.
  • 1 1
 Last year the headliner, reggie watts, pulled last min and that was a bummer. Seems like if you lose the headliner that would devalue the experience. But they didn’t see a problem with it. No one added to the lineup. Kinda whack IMO
  • 1 0
 Yup wasn’t impressed with it at all. Lots of hype but not that cool I thought
  • 8 1
 We sincerely appreciate all the constructive criticism and community support that we received for our inaugural festival in 2022. There were some amazing components in year one and others that need refinement, so we’ve been hard at work reshaping the event for 2023 with all of your thoughtful input. We're looking forward to an even better, more epic and dialed-in year 2 and we hope that you will continue to join along for the ride!
  • 22 4
 Your bike is getting stolen..Your bike is getting stolen........ Everybody's bikes are getting stolen!
  • 2 0
 Your tools are getting stolen . . . your truck is getting stolen . . . . !
  • 12 0
 Does the average mountain biker really like big, expensive crowded parties?
  • 11 0
 No, but we like big, expensive bikes
  • 2 1
 This. I was in Bellingham during the festival this year, by pure coincidence. We happened to be walking around downtown B'ham on the Saturday. My group looked down on the festival grounds from the hill above, and went, "looks like they're having fun, but nah."
  • 13 2
 bellingham sucks dont come
  • 11 1
 LOL calling Bellingham a "cultural hotspot"
  • 6 2
 It certainly is when you are from the other side of the country. Definitely a cultural hotspot in comparison with 95% of the U.S.
  • 1 4
 We value white diversity lol
  • 1 0
 ill show you all the shades of BROWN dirt diversity
  • 2 0
 Looks fun to me. If I was closer to that area I'd be down. I'm near Sea Otter, but that one was a bit much for me last time. But it's till fun if you go the whole weekend. This Northwest Tune-Up looks fun.
  • 2 0
 Totally different vibe than Sea Otter. Sea Otter is a trade show, NW Tuneup is a bike-oriented music festival.
Really hoping they learned from last year & make this into a great event.
  • 4 3
 I love bike fests. Getting to demo fresh bikes for 3 days on sweet trails is worth the cost of the event alone! Add in the music, party, vendor swag & getting to hang with lots of stoked like-minded people, and it's a win for me. Doesn't hurt that this one is in my hometown, but I'd drive for it if it wasn't. Stoked for Tune-Up Two!
  • 5 3
 $100 for a 3-day music festival is cheap. Not to mention all of the other things that you do have access to. Also, all of the trade shows cost every bit of that much for entrance for a whole weekend.
  • 6 2
 Seems over priced to me too, I avoided it.
  • 1 0
 I was out of town when this happened. people said it was fun. some problems but they will learn from and do better. I'll try to make this one
  • 2 0
 This event could be so good, but at least last year, just didn’t fit the mood and culture of bham
  • 1 0
 Dang! Allah Las at a bike event! Holy that’s the perfect combo. If your reading this, go listen to them there so good
  • 1 1
 Tony masserelli, I see you smiling in the beer garden.
  • 2 0
 Tony isn’t a real human. Just a T-1000 that likes beer.

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