5 of the Best Motorcycle Events Across the U.S.

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The Coolest Motorcycle Events in the Country

We know you people love the feeling of freedom you get when you’re coasting down the highway, the rumble of your bike beneath you. For some, it’s a family tradition to attend motorcycle events. Whether it’s an old tradition or a new found love, motorcycle riders have a hard time keeping their joy to themselves.

Here at TMS, we know that part of what makes being a motorcycle rider so great is the community. That’s why we wanted to put together this list of our favorite places to party down with like-minded biker enthusiasts.

No matter what brings you to the gritty world of motorcycle riding, there’s a bike event happening somewhere across the U.S. just for you and your friends. So let’s take a look at some of our favorite motorcycle events across this beautiful country!

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1.Laconia Motorcycle Rally

When: June 8-16th 2019

Where: Weirs Beach, NH

Laconia’s motorcycle rally in New Hampshire is the world’s oldest motorcycle event. In 2019, they are going to be celebrating 96 years of an annual week of fun in the beautiful mountain region of New Hampshire. There’s an endless supply of great food and tons of charity rides. There’s even a train that will take you through the mountains between Weirs Beach and Meredith, NH.

Whether you’re looking for great food, live music, or anything fun under the sun, the world’s oldest bike rally definitely has something for everyone.

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2. Bikes, Blues, and BBQ

When: September 25th-28th, 2019

Where: Fayetteville, AR

Coming at you with another milestone event! This is the world’s largest motorcycle charity event that benefits women, children, and underserved members of the beautiful NW Ozark region of Arkansas. In the almost 20 years that this event has taken place, they’ve raised an amazing two million dollars for those in need!

They also proudly proclaim to be a family-friendly affair and strongly condemn bigotry, racism, and white supremacy on their website. The event has plenty of food, Harley Davidson demo rides, and live music every night of the week. The specifics haven’t been announced yet, but it looks like they’re also gearing up for a food competition. And with BBQ being in the event title, you can bet it’ll be quite the finger-lickin’ tasty competition.

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3. Daytona Bike Week

When: March 6th-15th, 2020

Where: Daytona Beach, FL

Daytona beach might be better known for the annual Daytona 500, but it also hosts an amazing motorcycle rally every year! 2020 marks the 79th anniversary of the world’s largest motorcycle rally in the sunshine state.

Located right off of the beach, this motorcycle event has a week chock-full of racing events, test rides from your favorite companies, and a host of free BBQ stands. There are also all sorts of arcades for the kids and it’s just a short shot from the historic Kennedy Space Center. Check out their website for a full list of all of the musical events, seminars, and test rides going on next year!

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3. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

When: August 2nd-11th, 2019

Where: Sturgis, SD

The Sturgis motorcycle rally is one of the nation’s most famous motorcycle events. Every year, 500,000 riders descend out on the otherwise sleepy South Dakota town of not quite 7,000 residents. There are great foods and a fantastic community atmosphere. But just wait until you hear about the legendary line up of musicians!

This year there’s no shortage of absolute giants in the rock world. George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Skid Row, Kieth Urban, Godsmack, Styx, and Disturbed are all on the lineup, and that’s not even all of them! Not to mention that Sturgis is located right next to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Devil’s Tower. So if you’re looking for an event located next to some surreal natural beauty and historic landmarks, Sturgis is definitely the right place for you.

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4. Myrtle Beach Bike Week

When: Spring – May 10th-19th, 2019; Fall – September 30th-October 6th 2019

Where: Myrtle Beach, SC

The Myrtle Beach bike week has grown substantially from its first year in 1940. Now, more than 250,000 people show up each year to this spring motorcycle event. Enjoy great rides along the scenic South Carolina coastline. Try great food, and listen to amazing music from rock legends. Blue Oyster Cult is scheduled to play on the 12th during the spring event.

But that’s not all! Get your gears ready because they also have an amazing motorcycle drag-racing event. There’s also more bars and restaurants than you could ever hope for. If you’d like to enjoy your bike, the beach, and some great food and tunes, this is the event for you!

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5. Indiana Boogie

When: July 18th-21st, 2019

Where: Springville, IN

This year the Indiana Boogie bike rally is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival. How are they going to celebrate? Well, how about by hosting some of the bands who actually played there in 1969!

Hit the main stage in the evening! There you can catch legendary acts like Canned Heat, Big Brother, and the Holding Company.

If groundbreaking musical performers aren’t your thing, you can also catch the arm wrestling and tattooing competitions! It should be noted that this is an adults-only motorcycle event (no one under 18 is allowed to enter). So make sure you get a babysitter so you don’t miss out on this amazing event! Camp out here for free! Enjoy a few cold ones and let Canned Heat take you back to that magical summer of love!

Have Fun At Motorcycle Events No Matter Where You Are

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The solitary, undisturbed ride on your motorcycle is a nice way to shake off the bad mojo from your work week and feel like a real human being again. Once you’re back to feeling human again and you want to have fun with your fellow gear heads, think about checking out some of these amazing motorcycle events happening all over the country.

And this is far from everything. No matter what part of the country you’re in, there’s a bike rally happening not too far from you. So keep a lookout, and follow the sounds of the V-twins roaring down the highway.

Motorcycle Events You Gotta Hit Before the New Year

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The Best Motorcycle Events to Wrap up 2018

Can you believe how fast this year has gone by?! So much has happened in these last few months, and like us, we’re sure you set out on so many adventures! 

This summer was packed with motorcycle events for everyone. Your summer calendar was filled with awesome summertime bike rallies, and we hope you made it to your favorite ones. 

And now the seasons are turning over, things are starting to quiet down, and the chill is coming on – but that doesn’t mean any of the fun has to stop! In fact, there are so many more motorcycle events packed into these last few months of the year. 

Don’t throw away that calendar just yet! I bet you still have enough room to squeeze in a few more trips on that bike of yours! S

So, before 2018 comes to a close, check out all the upcoming motorcycle shows and events we’ve curated just for you.

Wherever You Live, There are Motorcycle Events for You

where ever you live, there are motorcycle events for you

Motorcycle Events in October

The Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival: Oct. 4-7th in Hurricane Mills, TN

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This four-day motorcycle event is held at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.

Yes, that Loretta Lynn, the one and only legendary country artist to play the World Stage.

Held every year, their goal is, “motorcycles, music, comradery and the outdoors.” And this is exactly what they do. Gather around live music, vendors, meet and greets, and so much more! Park your RV or pitch your tent where all the action is right at the ranch. Give in to the genuine southern hospitality and make new and lasting friends.

How about joining in Loretta’s Ride, a gathering in tribute to honoring our military veterans? Help us benefit the USO who help the US service members and families across the world. Take part in this spectacular event and many more! All you have to do is sign up!

Las Vegas BikeFest: Oct. 11-14th in Las Vegas, NV

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Nothing says the party life quite like Las Vegas! This is a bike festival where the purchase of wheels and ink is not only acceptable but highly encouraged.

This year, Ink Mayhem Convention is happening right in the heart of this motorcycle event. Show your pride for your motorized beast with some fresh ink.

If a new tattoo isn’t for you, not to worry, there are plenty of other activities happening during BikeFest.

How about taking part in Biker Bingo or the poker walk? Enter contests for the best facial hair, greatest tattoo, or a wet t-shirt contest! Take in the sights and sounds of the live entertainment from bands such as Puddle of Mudd and Carol-Lyn’s History of Rock!

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Come share in the adventures in the historic part of Downtown Las Vegas. We’ll be waiting for you!

AIMExpo 2018: Oct. 13-14th in Las Vegas, NV

AIMexpo is one of the top motorcycle events of the year

Don’t plan on leaving Las Vegas just yet. There’s more to come!

Why not hit up the American International Motorcycle Expo? The AIMExpo motorcycle event is a, “…catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers, and consumer all to one place.”

They truly succeed at doing just that with over 500 exhibitors; 300 media outlets; multiple vendors; and free (yes, free!) parking for all motorcycle riders.

This is North America’s largest Powersports Expo where fans, professional racers, and bike enthusiasts all come together around their passion for all things MC.

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If that isn’t enough to tempt you, this year’s event will feature next year’s 2019 cycle models, gear, parts, and accessories. Start tossing your spare change into that savings jar for all this expo will offer.

Daytona Beach’s 26th Biketoberfest: Oct. 18-21st in Daytona, FL

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Biketoberfest is the event of motorcycle events. What do we mean by that? Well, over 100,000 people from all over the country make their way to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and friendships forged over the love of the ride.

Biketoberfest is here for you to, “Celebrate the adventure and the spirit of today’s motorcycle enthusiasts.”

Come to join us at the festival’s Kick-off Party, Rocktoberfest, where spirits and live music flow freely. Watch as professional cyclists compete in the Daytona International Speedway motorcycle races and cheer your favorite racer on!

Each day is jam-packed, bursting with entertainment for everyone. With all of these awesome events piled on top of one another, it’s going to be a hard time picking the one you really want to attend. Good luck!

Babes Ride Out: Oct. 18-21st in Joshua Tree, CA

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“Giving Ladies the confidence they need to get out there!”

Motorcycles aren’t just for men. Ladies, Babes Ride Out is a motorcycle event just for you!

This event is taking place on 40 acres of land and will be their largest event yet. And they are going to need all that space for what they have planned! It’s four days and three nights at the world’s Largest Ladies-Only riding and campout event. It’s a 21+ age event, ladies so you can leave the kids at home and get that bike rumblin’ and rev on over here!

Most of the daytime will be spent on the road touring the Bitwell route, but at night it’s FREE 805 beer and Sailor Jerry Mix drinks until they are gone.

It’s nights planned with events like Karaoke and dance parties. Ladies night, oh, what a night! 

18th Annual Thunder Beach Autumn Rally: Oct. 24-28th in Panama City Beach, FL

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This autumn bike rally causes some serious thunder with all of the riders hitting this seaside town. And guess what? This is a biker friendly FREE rally and all bike lovers are welcome!

Come on out for this 5-day event and enjoy all the sites and activities you know you’re going to want to jump in on. Hundreds of vendors await, each with big names in the MC industry that assure quality product and information. After all, you want what’s best for you and your ride, right? There is no excuse not to take part in this action-packed rally!

Don’t forget to check out the factory demo rides and stunt shows that are peppered throughout these five fun-filled days. Take a whirl at the Baddest Bagger show or test your skill at the annual Poker Run! Oh, and the event has its own smartphone app

(Also, make sure to download our list of motorcycle apps you need before hitting the road on your way to any of these motorcycle events.)

Thunder Beach is an awesome bike rally. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one.

Motorcycle Events in November

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Lone Star Rally: Nov. 1-4th in Galveston, TX

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Lone Star Rally is one of the only Motorcycle Rallies where you can also test out your Rodeo skills in their Rodeo Games! From the Whiskey Barrel Roll to the Plank Walk, do you think you have what it takes to join in with these cowboys?

If that’s not your scene, then take part in the Ride in Custom Bike Show. Know what’s special about this show? “Best in Show” gets a full feature in Cycle Source Magazine and $500 cash prize! Yee-haw!

Enjoy the hundreds of vendors, live music, and the biggest biker party that Texas has to offer!

Progressive International Motorcycle Show: Nov. 16-18th in Long Beach, CA;  Nov. 30- Dec. 2nd in New York, NY

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This is, by far, a GO BIG or go home event, or as we should really call it, events.

The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows travel throughout the country to multiple cities and venues. No one needs to miss out on this action-packed motorcycle dream-come-true event!

This tour connects Powersports-leading brands packed with both enthusiasts and buyers alike. This is the largest touring consumer motorcycle event in the US and it has fine-tuned its shows to hold on to that title with pride.

This show offers you unique hands-on events that no other festival, rally, convention, or show can provide. Sign up to join in on the DIY programs for customization and maintenance of your machine. Check out the new 2019 models before they hit the market and see what’s so special about the new and improved designs.

NYC riders make sure you hit up local motorcycle events like the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows

The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows are motorcycle events that have been traveling around for over 37 years, learning from the best and brightest in the industry of MC, to give the greatest in all the leading motorcycle machines, gear, accessories, and more! If worse comes to worse and you miss these two dates, these shows continue their journies all the way into February! There is no reason you should have to miss out.

Motorcycle Events aren’t Done for the Year

This year isn’t over yet, not by a long shot! There is plenty to do before you have to retire your bike for the season (depending on where you live, that is) and there are still plenty of rides to take, friends to make, and parties to hit up.

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Start marking up that calendar again and make some moves, folks! Where are you going to go first? Which one caught your eye and made you the most excited? The adventures are just getting started, and it’s up to you to start up that engine and get rolling!

5 Summertime Bike Rallies You Cannot Miss

It's time to hit the road for summertime bike rallies

Rev up, bikers! Summer 2018 is just around the bend, and you know what that means. Yep, it’s time to RIDE!

Motorcycle season is finally upon us and so are your favorite motorcycle rallies. And with that in mind, what better time to map out your summer excursions than right now? Make sure to add these five hot bike events to your list of destinations.

Those long, winding American roads are anxiously awaiting the rumbling sound of your arrival. Here we have 5 awesome bike rally destinations that you should stop and gather with your brothers and sisters on the open road.

Here you’ll discover motorcycle events complete with live bands, wet t-shirt contests, boozey games, field events, bike shows, and much more. These bike rallies have the perfect mix of live-hard, die-free parties you just cannot miss this summer.

5 Awesome Bike Rallies in the USA

Myrtle Beach’s 79th Annual Bike Week

Friday, May 11th to Sunday, May 20th – Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

This spring motorcycle rally (also known as Harley Bike Week) has been held in Myrtle Beach on the second week of May every year since 1939. It draws an estimated 275,000-plus people ready to roll in and ride along the beautiful Grand Strand and to kick back and stay awhile. With proceedings benefitting the “Homes for our Troops” charity; as well as the popular “Thunder Drag Race” on the beach, and a gorgeous (escorted) 180-mile ride along South Carolina’s picturesque coast, passing through the Isle of Palms, Sherm Creek and riding back up to the main event area.

Join your friends for a week-long string of live-music and other on-beach entertainment including swimsuit-contests, raffles, motorcycle vendors, drinking games, and so much more. Make sure to mark your calendar and get your bike tuned up for an amazing rally!

Americade’s 35th Annual Motorcycle Rally

Monday, June 4th to Saturday, June 9th – Lake George, New York

For a lot of folks, Americade is one of those true-rider rallies that East Coast bikers love to kick-start their riding season off with. Nestled in the heart of the East Coast, the area ride is in itself a must. You and tens of thousands of other bikers, parade along the Adirondacks and through Vermont’s numerous streams, rivers, mountains, and lakes.

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At the main event, join thousands of friends cheering alongside one of America’s largest expos of motorcycle vendors, enjoy tons of stunt shows, comedy events, music, fireworks, raffles, and guided tours to name a few of this kick-ass bike rally’s activities.

Laconia’s 95th Annual Bike Week

Saturday, June 9th to Sunday, June 17th – Laconia, New Hampshire

New Hampshire may be a small state, but this bike week is known as America’s longest-standing O.G.l Motorcycle Rally, attracting all the best bikes, bikers, sponsors, and events every single year.

Despite being the oldest (and, arguably, the best) rally in the country, much of what brings folks back is how beautiful New England is every year. This part of the country is known for its outstanding scenery, welcoming attitude from residents and businesses alike, and fantastic stunt and bike shows.

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Laconia hosts incredible parties, BBQs, raffle drawings, multiple contests, people’s choice contests, and winners take home prizes for best paint, chrome, and license plate. You also can count on awesome merch from endless vendors and tons of live music every day.

Laconia Bike Week is definitely one of the bike rallies you just cannot miss out on. Scout’s honor.

Abate’s 38th Annual Boogie Bike Rally

Thursday, July 19th to Sunday, July 22nd – Springville, Indiana

If you’ve been biking long enough, then you probably know that any rally hosted by ABATE will be a throwback to the good ol’ times of rock and roll, and the biker culture and lifestyle. (For the newbies, ABATE stands for American Bikers Aimed Toward Education).

Promoting education and motorcycle safety, ABATE brings the tradition and culture back to riders in a way that benefits everyone during their bike rally. And we have to say that his organization knows how to throw a killer party. This summer, boogie with an estimated 14,000 brothers and sisters at what’s known as the biker-version of Woodstock. Check out their website for all the juicy (and mostly adult-only) details.

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Sturgis’s 78th Annual Motorcycle Rally

Friday, August 3rd to Sunday, August 12th – Sturgis, South Dakota

As one of THE most popular, highly attended bike rallies in the country, this motorcycle event brings in a whopping estimated 500,000 bikers every year. Known most for the high-profile musical guests, amazing food, and jaw-dropping scenic rides, this is an event almost any person could tell you about.

Sturgis features a string of incredibly fun daily events during their bike rally including pub crawls, tattoo contests, beard and mustache contests, races, guided tours, the Street Food Throw Down, AND a 5K. This is a seriously amazing event to add to your summer road tour.

Now You Know 5 of the Hottest Bike Rallies in the USA

Alright, so now that you’ve read about some of America’s best motorcycle rallies coming up this summer, what’re you waiting for?

Now is the perfect time to uncover your hog from the belly of your garage and get her ready for the best summer ride yet.

Which bike rallies will you ride to?

Still not sure about where to go? Don’t worry, we’ve included the ultimate list of 2018 bike rallies in the United States. So, even if these top five won’t work for you, you’ll definitely find one that will.

C’mon, do yourself and your bike some good. You know what to do, biker friends and those roads are waiting.