In 2017, American consumers bought 472 million motorcycles.
But for a lot of people, having a bike means way more than having a new means of transportation. It’s a whole lifestyle.
A big part of this lifestyle is about getting together in rallies and biker events and celebrating the history of the subculture and everything that makes it what it is today.
If you’ve been a biker for long, you probably know all the motorcycle events that happen every year. If you’re a newbie, you might not be so familiar with the calendar.
Either way, there’s still a lot of time in 2019 to unite with people who love bikes just as much as you do. The eleven events in this article are our top choices!
Biker Events You Can Still Go To
Half of the year is already gone but that doesn’t mean that you’ve missed all the opportunities to attend awesome bike events. In fact, you still have plenty of them to choose from!
Ride for Kids
Where? 27 different locations
When? July 13, 2019, until October 20, 2019 (dates vary according to location)
How much? $40 to ride
Since 1984 that fun meets generosity at the national event Ride for Kids.
You can register online to ride at your local event, on routes that typically go for 40 to 50 miles. Even those who don’t bike can get involved, by volunteering, planning a fundraiser and more.
The $40 you pay are worth the registration, as well an official t-shirt, a ride pin, and food. That money, alongside other donations, goes to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, an organization that helps children with brain tumors.
Besides that, the money that’s raised also helps fund the education of young people who survived a brain tumor.
42nd National Bikers Roundup
Where? Gulfport, Mississippi
When? July 30, 2019, until August 4, 2019
How much? $30
The National Bikers Roundup is organized by African American motorcycle clubs and it has become the biggest camping bike rally in America.
In 1977, the first year of the event, 49 riders attended. Now, as a 5-day long event, it receives around 30,000 riders every year (and nearly 50% are black women).
At the event, you can see exhibitions, stunt shows, drag racing, parades and more. The location of the event changes every year, but the 42nd edition will be in Mississippi.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2019
Where? Sturgis, South Dakota
When? August 2-11, 2019
How much? Information not available on the website
2019 is “The Year of the Ride” for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, so there will be at least 6 different rides for everyone to try.
You’ll also get to participate in Poker tournaments and tours, do a pub crawl and show off your facial hair in a Beard & Mustache contest or your ink in the Tattoo Tuesday contest.
Obtain the right marriage license and you can even get married at this rally. Is there anyone you can’t do in this event?
41st Annual Wing Ding 2019
Where? Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee
When? August 27-31, 2019
- $50 for the general public
- $40 for GWRRA members
- $20 for life members
At Wing Ding, bikers can suggest their favorite rides around Nashville, where participants are sure to find “the most beautiful scenery and best restaurants”.
One of the biggest trade shows organized for Gold Wing and Touring riders in the world happens at Wing Ding. There you can take part in demo rides and see the work of several apparel designers and custom artisans. If you’re looking for new gear for your rides, this is definitely a good place to buy it.
Plus, there’s a kickoff party to start the event on the right foot, GWRRA recruiting booths, old-fashion bike games, a bike night with music and a light show, and more.
2019 Roar to the Shore
Where? Wildwood, New Jersey
When? September 5-8, 2019
How much? Free
The Roar to the Shore stands out from bike events we’ve mentioned so far for two big reasons: its location, in such a central city, and the fact that you don’t have to pay to participate.
So even if you’re on a budget, there’s an authentic motorcycle bike you can take part in!
At 2019 Roar to the Shore there’s a Rubber Duck Ride around the Cape May County. This part of the event includes a raffle where you can win a mystery prize. Although there’s a price to participate (1 ticket for $15 or 2 for $25), the money is donated to charity organizations in the Wildwoods.
Capital City Bikefest – 15th Annual
Where? Raleigh Convention Center, Downtown Raleigh
When? September 20-22, 2019
How much? $10
The Capital City Bikfest is a 3-day family-friendly event.
The program includes a bike show, stunt shows, rides, a car show (which you can apply for by sending a photo and build specs of your car), a motorcycle rally for the entire family and live music.
There’s also a tattoo fest within this motorcycle festival. In order to get inked at the event, you must schedule an appointment with the artist of your choice. Once again, the proceeds go to charity, in this case to the USO of NC and the US Veteran’s Corps.
19th Annual Thunder Beach Autumn Rally
Where? Panama City Beach, Florida
When? October 23-27, 2019
How much? Free
Thunder Beach organizes two annual bike events, on during the Spring and the other during Autumn.
At this rally, there are free concerts, Miss and Ms. Thunder Beach contests, poker runs supported by charities and a welcoming party on the first day.
This is another free rally, although the organization encourages participants to buy merch and shop at their official vendor villages. This way, they are able to keep the event free for years to come.
Lone Star Rally
Where? Galveston, Texas
When? October 31, 2019, until November 3, 2019
- $99 for Platinum VIP (all weekend)
- $75 for Gold VIP (all weekend)
- $50 for single day VIP ticket
The Lone Star Rally organizes a bike show where the winner gets $500 and a full feature in the Cycle Source Magazine. Besides that, you can take part in Rodeo Games and win the 2019 Rodeo Championship Belt, or in the Perewitz Pain Show and win custom painted prizes.
But this event is about more than bikes: you can see both a drive-in car show and a truck and jeep show.
Additionally, the rally holds the Miss Lone Star Rally contest, where the winner receives $10,000 in cash.
Roscoes Chili Challenge 2019
Where? Lakeland, Florida
When? November 7-10, 2019
How much? Information not available on the website
This one is for those of you who love chili just as much as you love riding bikes.
The main attraction at this event are the cookoff and the chili challenge – hence the name – that’s been going on for over 30 years and where the winner can get $2000. But there’s also a lot of events for bikers: a bike show sponsored by Born to Ride, a Slow Ride and mini-bike races.
Like many others, the Roscoes Chili Challenge raises money for charity: all the money you spend on beer is donated to the Polk County Christmas Angels.
Progressive International Motorcycle Show – New York
Where? Javits Center, New York
When? December 6-8, 2019
- $22 for adults
- Free entry for children
Is your love for bikes rubbing off on your kids? Then you need to take them to the Progressive International Motorcycle Show. There’s a closed ride dedicated to the little ones, where they can experience for the first time the thrill of riding their own bike (safely, of course).
For the adults, there’s… pretty much anything you could imagine.
Massage, tattoos, barbers and braiders, live art, sweepstakes for an all-expenses-paid bike trip, a contest for bike builders, and more.
Get Your Bike Ready
With the number of biker events we just listed, we know that at least one or two caught your attention. So what are you waiting for? Go get those tickets. Perhaps we’ll see you there!
If you have questions about these bike events or any other motorcycle-related topics, you can always hit us up. Send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!