Gettysburg, PA — Echoing the thunder of cannons once heard here over a century and a half ago, the rumble of engines will soon signal another yearly tradition—Gettysburg Bike Week. From July 6 through July 9, 2023, this historic battlefield town, where the tide of the American Civil War decisively turned, will play host to a different kind of gathering: a vibrant celebration of motorcycle culture that draws enthusiasts from across the nation.
While Gettysburg Bike Week may not rank among the top ten largest motorcycle rallies in the country, it carves out its niche with a solid reputation for quality and community. This year’s rally promises to uphold this legacy with an action-packed schedule, including bike shows, a tattoo contest, and much more.
The Allstar Event Complex will set the stage for the festivities, featuring a diverse vendor area teeming with the latest motorcycle brands, parts, accessories, and apparel. Local food vendors will cater to every taste, while fan-favorite events like the Antique Bike Show, The Third Annual Jeremy Plank Memorial Ride, and The Moto Motion Stunt Show promise to keep the excitement at a fever pitch. Responding to growing demand, this year will see expanded asphalt parking and vendor areas.
Just as music played a crucial role during the Civil War, providing rhythm for marching soldiers and uplifting spirits, it remains a central pulse of Gettysburg Bike Week. Ace Frehley, the renowned lead guitarist of KISS, will rock Friday night, while the ’80s arena rock band Night Ranger is set to bring down the house on Saturday.
Beyond the rally grounds, Gettysburg’s surroundings offer some of the finest motorcycle routes in the Eastern United States. Riders have an opportunity to explore historic battlegrounds, open roads, and even nearby natural attractions such as Cunningham Falls State Park, located 25 miles southwest in Maryland. The park’s beautiful lakes and waterfalls make it a worthwhile detour during the rally.
Alongside the opportunities for solo exploration, the event will also feature organized group rides in Pennsylvania, fostering the camaraderie that underscores motorcycle culture. Beyond that, it’s also not a far ride into neighboring Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, or Washington D.C.
And there’s more than just the thrill of the ride. As motorcycle enthusiasts know, the experience of riding is not only about freedom and exhilaration—it also brings undeniable mental and physical benefits. The sense of community fostered at events like Gettysburg Bike Week can provide personal growth and emotional healing, making the rally more than just an event—it’s a transformative journey.
Tickets for the 23rd Anniversary Rally of Gettysburg Bike Week are now available. For more information, including event schedules and lodging options, visit gettysburgbikeweek.com.