Spring is just around the corner. For motorcyclists, this means only one thing: Riding season is upon us!
Soon motorcyclists everywhere will soon take the tarps down and dust off their bikes. In a short couple of months, the sounds of motorcycle engines will fill the summer skies.
But aside from riding around town, you may be wondering how else you can make the most of your motorcycle. Lucky for you, there are hundreds of motorcycle events between the east and west coasts.
But which are the top motorcycle events? In this article, we’ll update you on the biggest and baddest motorcycle events of the year.
Whether you’re affiliated with a club or ride as a lone wolf, it’s time to commemorate our favorite season! Rev up your engines and get ready to rip it up at some of the top motorcycle events in the country.
Progressive International Motorcycle Shows: February 23rd-25th
Before the snow thaws, there are still top motorcycle events you can check out this winter.
The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows (IMS) has been on tour since November. This weekend, starting on Friday, February 23rd, they’ll conclude their tour in Washington, D.C.
The IMS Tour is your chance to check out the latest 2, 3, and 4-wheel vehicles to hit the motorcycle world. You may even find the next motorcycle you want to buy!
You’ll not only be able to speak with representatives from the major brands. You can also experience up to 18 different attractions, including a stunt show and a free gear check.
There’s still time to check out the IMS Tour this weekend only. If you’re in the D.C. area, bring the kids along and let them ride in the kid’s zone!
Modern Classics Motorcycle Show: March 2nd-3rd
Looking for a bit of motorcycle nostalgia? Interested in seeing some of the most iconic models of the 20th century?
Then look no further than Boyertown, Pennsylvania! From March 2nd-3rd, you can check out Martin Moto’s collection of vintage bikes.
The Modern Classics Motorcycle Show features bikes from the 1960’s through the 1990’s. You’ll get to delve further back into history and learn about how the motorcycle came to be.
Going on its eighth year, this show is one of the top motorcycle events in the country. And it’s your chance to learn about the motorcycles that revolutionized the industry! Don’t miss out.
Daytona Beach Bike Week: March 9th-18th
Itching to ride but can’t wait for the warmer weather to finally arrive? Then why not head down to sunny Daytona Beach, Florida for one of the year’s biggest biker rallies?
From March 9th through March 18th, the Daytona Beach Bike Week will host hundreds of bikers from all over. This is one of three national motorcycle rallies held in the country.
The rally is in its 77th year and will feature over a week of bike shows, concerts, and demos. There will also be races, displays, and stunt shows. Not to mention, the weather will be beautiful for riding all over the city!
This is truly the event of the winter. Connect with motorcycle enthusiasts from all over and take part in one of the biggest events of the year!
Leesburg Bikefest: April 27th-29th
Love motorcycles and music?
If you can’t make it for Daytona Bike Week, never fear! There’s still plenty of opportunities to ride and rock out in sunny Florida.
From April 27th through the 29th, you can head down to Leesburg Florida for Leesburg Bikefest. This three-day event will cover around 30 blocks of downtown Leesburg.
Between five different venues, you’ll be able to enjoy live music, bike shows, and poker games. There will even be contests, stunt shows, and five hot body competitions.
Leesburg Bikefest will kick off with the Wall of Death stunt show on April 27th. You don’t want to miss this!
Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally: May 11th-20th
Looking for top motorcycle events in the Carolinas’?
From May 11th through the 20th, you can head down to Myrtle Beach for the biggest rally in the entire region.
The heart of Myrtle Beach Bike Week occurs in Murrells Inlet. This is a beautiful stretch of land filled with marshes and breathtaking ocean views.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week will cover the entire region. So, whether you stay up north or as south as Garden City, you won’t be able to escape the sounds of motorcycle engines.
Ohio Bike Week: May 24th-28th
Motorcyclists don’t play around when Memorial Day Weekend rolls around. What better way to take in the warm weather and three days off work than to camp and ride around with fellow bikers?
If this sounds like your ultimate weekend, then ride over to Sandusky, Ohio for five days of biking fun.
Each year, Ohio Bike Week brings in hundreds of bikers right to the shores of Lake Erie. The rally will feature vendors, shows, and plenty more. This is one of the top motorcycle events to take place during Memorial Day weekend.
Bring the camper and tents and rock out on Erie County’s Fairgrounds. You can apply to make your camping reservations at Ohio Bike Week’s website.
Red River Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally: May 24th-28th
Ohio Bike Week is perfect for motorcyclists hailing from the midwest and east coast. But if you’re located in the southwest, spend your holiday weekend in Red River, New Mexico.
Red River Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally will take place from May 24th until the 28th.
After riding in celebration of those who fought for our country, you can enjoy vendors and live music. Plus, the Harley Davidson Busted Knuckles Stunt will be back again for the second year in a row!
35th Americade Motorcycle Rally: June 6th-10th
For 35 years, motorcyclists have gathered in the Adirondacks for one of the top motorcycle events in the country. If you’re into big rig vendors, Americade is the motorcycle rally for you. This year, Lake George, New York will host the event.
There will be a big charity drawing worth up to $15,000, as well as a selection of stunt shows, displays, demos, and tours. There will also be plenty of fireworks, music, food, and good times to go around.
The Republic of Texas (ROT) Biker Rally: June 8th-11th
Does the sound of riding around the Lone Star State entice you?
If so, then head on over to Austin, Texas for the Republic of Texas (ROT) Biker Rally. This rally will go on from June 8th through the 11th.
The ROT Rally will kick off with the annual Friday Night Bike Ride which will take place in downtown Austin. Throughout the weekend, you can enjoy custom bike shows, games, and tons of vendors.
You won’t want to miss the military bike giveaway and dozens of street food vendors. Freestyle legend Mike Metzger will also be there for photos and autographs.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days: July 6th-8th
Want to break up your summer of motorcycle fun with a vintage show? Then head over to Lexington, Ohio for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.
AMA and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum will host the event. This event is your chance to see the oldest, most iconic models in the entire history of motorcycles.
There will also be live music, seminars, stunt shows, and, of course, a beer garden! Be sure to check out the AMA Hall of Fame bike show and the Wall of Death stunt show, as well.
Bikes, Blues, & BBQ: September 20th-23rd
If you think you can only enjoy top motorcycle events in the summer, think again. Bikes, Blues, & BBQ will go on from September 20th through the 23rd in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
This rally has raised over a million dollar for various charities in its 18-year run. This year there will be up to 40 different charities on the bill.
Blues music and barbecue food are staples in the world of motorcycles. Get your fix and give back to the families of northwest Arkansas community in the process!
Biketoberfest: October 19th-22nd
Looking for top motorcycle events that’ll help you escape the chilly fall weather?
Then head back down to Daytona Beach for the 25th Biketoberfest!
There will be plenty of riding and Halloween celebration to be had in downtown Daytona Beach. The event will go on from October 19th to the 22nd.
High Seas Rally Cruise: December 4-11
2018’s top motorcycle events end on the only biker cruise ship around. On December 4th, the High Seas Rally will sail out of Tampa and head down to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and the Key West.
Not only will you be able to enjoy a cruise adventure with fellow bikers from all over the world. You’ll also get plenty of chances to win tens of thousands of dollars in raffles and games. There will also be big shore excursions and parties on board!
Experience Top Motorcycle Events in 2018
There’s no shortage of motorcycle events throughout the country this year. As summer rolls around, there will be plenty of opportunity to cruise and celebrate what it means to be a motorcyclist.
We’ve only highlighted some of the top motorcycle events for 2018, and we hope to see you at them!
For more news and updates on upcoming events and rallies, stay tuned.