Biketoberfest is back for a fifth year of adrenaline-fueled fun Sept. 29-30, and it’s another great reason to plan a fall getaway to the Kitsap Peninsula.

The family-friendly mountain biking and craft beer festival kicks off at 5 p.m Friday with a night ride, beer garden, bonfire and music. Saturday, there’s a full slate of races plus more beer and music. Events include a poker run, kids’ race, all-ages barrel races, and huck-to-flat competition. There will also be food trucks, bike and gear raffles, and giveaways throughout the festival.

Poulsbo Inn & Suites is offering a special rate for Biketoberfest attendees. There’s also free camping available both nights. Find more options at the Visit Kitsap Peninsula lodging page.

Here’s the scoop on festival highlights:

Triple D-XC – This popular race features three of Port Gamble’s best downhill trails – Derailed, Priesthood and Ranger. Organizers Evergreen West Sound promise maximum single-track with just enough gravel-road legs to provide good passing opportunities. Register here.

Beer & Cider – Nobody’s going thirsty at this event! Beer garden sponsor Western Red Brewing will be joined by Sound Brewery, Valholl Brewing, Silver City Brewery & Taproom, Bushel & Barrel Ciderhouse, Bainbridge Island Brewing, Downpour Brewing, Hood Canal Brewery and Rainy Daze Brewing.

Music – The festival will be rockin’ both nights. Blues-rock singer/songwriter Skinny Blue takes the stage beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. And, returning favorite Garage Heroes, known for classic rock covers and blues-inspired rock originals, plays 5-8 p.m. Saturday.

Getting there: The festival is in the heart of Port Gamble and is easily accessible via Washington State Ferries or the scenic Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Here’s a map. Look for event signage as you enter the historic town. For more to do in Port Gamble, check out this Visit Kitsap Peninsula webpage or read our blog.