Does enjoying live music, custom bike shows, demo rides from your favorite manufacturers, and hanging with thousands of fellow riders sound good to you? Then why haven’t you been to a motorcycle rally? You might have gone to a few local riding events or shows, but have you ever considered attending some of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the country? If you haven’t, we’re breaking down a few top bucket list biker rallies that you’ll want to add to your list ASAP.
(Note: If you don’t feel comfortable taking part in rally-style events this year due to COVID-19, we encourage you to start planning for a future trip when you feel safe. If you do plan on attending any of these events, we encourage you to follow proper CDC/state guidelines such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and regularly washing hands.)
Now, let’s dive into some of the most legendary biker rallies in the country.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – Sturgis, South Dakota (August 6-15, 2021)
If you’ve been riding for any length of time, we’re almost positive you’ve heard of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota. Sturgis is the largest motorcycle rally in the world where hundreds of thousands of people gather in August each year to enjoy ten days and nights of riding, food, and music. What more could you ask for? There are epic rides around the rally, so you’re sure to get your wind therapy fill. The rally founded in 1938, welcomes huge musical acts like Kid Rock and ZZ Top, and also hosts incredible motorcycle shows, charity rides, races, and so much more. This adults only motorcycle rally is on many rider’s bucket lists and we definitely think it needs to be added to yours.
Daytona Bike Week – Daytona Beach, Florida (March 4-13, 2022)
Ready to head south for a little heat? We know we are. Daytona Bike Week is another ten-day event that draws in more than 500,000 riders from across the country every March. The legendary event is filled with concerts, bike shows, street parties, and so much more. Sturgis and Daytona Bike week have a friendly competition to see who is really the most popular motorcycle event in the U.S. We’ll have to call it a draw. If you love to ride and want to escape the cold, there’s no better place to be in March.
Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally (ROT) – Austin, Texas (June 10-13, 2021)
The Republic of Texas (ROT) Motorcycle Rally is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and they aren’t holding back. The event is considered to be the largest “turnstile” (paid ticketed attendees) motorcycle bike rally in the United States. Each year in June, the Travis County Expo Center hosts thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts in the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Austin, Texas is rich with culture and that definitely translates into the rally where attendees will experience an eclectic blend of motorcycles, top musical performances, custom bike builds, hundreds of vendors, local food trucks, and more. Austin is a destination itself, and when you add an epic biker rally into the mix, you get a winning combination.
Bikes, Blues & BBQ – Fayetteville, Arkansas (September 22-25, 2021)
Looking for a more family-friendly motorcycle event to cross off your bucket list? Look no further than Bikes, Blues & BBQ held in the Ozark Mountain foothills of Fayetteville, Arkansas. This event is unique in that it is the world’s largest charity motorcycle rally that benefits women, children and the under-served members of the Northwest Arkansas community. Over the past 20 years, the event has raised over 2 million dollars for local charities. Bike, Blues & BBQ started with just 300 riders in 2000, and has since grown into a rally that hosts over 400,000 people from across the country. The event has fun activities for the entire family including live music, a barbeque competition, bike shows, and more.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – (May 7- May 16, 2021)
Myrtle Beach Bike Week is considered to be the third-largest biker rally in the country and the event typically draws hundreds of thousands of attendees each year. The event, held along the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, features bike shows, poker runs, live music, a variety of vendors, and more. This week typically draws in a big Harley crowd, but all bikes are welcome. The scenery is stunning and there are awesome rides on the eastern coastline of South Carolina so when you’re not at the event, make sure to squeeze in a long ride or two.
Laconia Motorcycle Week – New Hampshire (June 12-20, 2021)
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Laconia Motorcycle Week is the oldest motorcycle rally in the world, and for that reason alone it needs to be added to your rally bucket list. When you’re the oldest rally in the world, you learn a thing or two about hosting, and Laconia has gotten it right year after year. This week-long rally held in June includes stunt shows, motorcycle demo rides, live music, vendors galore, bike shows, and more. New Hampshire is home to awesome rides that stretch across quaint towns and along miles of coastline. So, what are you waiting for? Help Laconia Motorcycle Week ring in its 98th anniversary this year. It’s worth heading north for – trust us.
Have you attended any of these bucket list biker events? If so, let us know in the comments below. If you’ve yet to attend a rally, we highly recommend putting these at the top of your list. For more information on rallies, check out our recent article, “When Motorcycle Rallies Return, Will You Be Ready?”