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Motorcycle Events

Motorcycle Events

Looking for motorcycle events? Jafrum provides you with an event calendar for all 50 of the United States. Whether you’re looking for an upcoming rally in Texas or a group bike run in Florida, this guide will give you all the information you need. Just click on the state you’re in or the state you're visiting and you can find all of the information that you need.

Click on the Map below for Motorcycle Events in USA. We have compiled here some of the best motorcycle events for all states in US. Be sure to add in comments and reviews at the end of the Map if you know more about it or if you feel we are missing something.
Montana is a gorgeous slice of America that exhausts superlatives when people try to describe it and its many excellent motorcycle roads. “Magnificent,” “grand,” “breathtaking” are the most common terms used to describe its scenery, while “hairy,” “exhilarating and “technical” are the labels most often slapped on Montana’s routes. One thing is for sure, riders will probably never get bored on any of Montana’s famous motorcycle routes.

Riders love the Beartooth Highway, which cuts a mean path through the states of Wyoming and Montana. This road equally delights and frightens its many motorcycle admirers as it whips them through numerous hairpin curves, nasty switchbacks, and steep grades with very few guardrails. This road seems to go by a host of names, including Beartooth All-American Road, Beartooth Pass, and as US-212, but no matter what you call it, riders across the country will most likely know what route you are talking about.

The Beartooth Highway covers a total of 68 miles between Red Lodge, Montana and Silver Gate, Montana, with 54 of those miles falling under the All American Road designation. At its highest point it reaches 10,947 feet, which makes it the highest elevation highway in Wyoming and Montana. In addition, it overlooks some of the most breathtaking landscapes in America. “On The Road” television personality Charles Kuralt, once described this road as the “most beautiful drive in America.”

Another road that tops many a rider’s Best Ride list is Going-to-the-Sun Road. With a name like this, how could a motorcyclist resist attempting this wild and exciting 52-mile ride that cuts from east to west through gorgeous Glacier National Park? Going-to-the-Sun features a ton of twisties and some steep elevation changes. The scenery is magnificent on this road, with waterfalls everywhere, including one at a spot known as the weeping wall, where water may either be trickling or gushing directly onto the roadway.

Riders looking for a nice cruise where they can actually look at the scenery without fear of disappearing off the side of a mountain will enjoy US-89, which cuts through the pretty Absaroka Mountains and Paradise Valley. This route begins in Gardiner, just outside of Yellowstone, and ends in Livingston. Wildlife is abundant in this area and riders may be able to spy pronghorn antelope, deer or even a bear. The southern half of this route features some nice sweepers.

Another nice ride for riders interested in sweepers and scenery is MT Route 141. This road runs from the town of Avon, which is located about 30 minutes west of Helena, to a T-intersection with MT Route 200. MT Route 141 offers riders a pleasant rolling ride through pretty Montana farmland.

A word of warning for anyone riding Montana’s roadways: Always be prepared. That means having enough gas in the tank -- as services may be far apart -- and warm clothes for this state’s often unexpected temperature drops, especially at the higher elevations. It is not unusual for some mountainous areas to get snow even in the summer months.

The Montana area hosts many motorcycle rallies, shows and events, especially in the weeks prior to the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota. One of this area’s best known is The Beartooth Rally and Iron Horse Rodeo, which is a three-day event held in Red Lodge in July. The Beartooth Rally includes a poker run and a golf tournament, while the Iron Horse Rodeo features some very interesting and unusual motorcycle contests.

Another popular event is Evel Knievel Days, which is held in the city of Butte. This event is held in honor of one of this city’s most famous citizens and is typically held in July. Evel Knievel Days features live music, stunts, a poker run and a car and bike show.

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For motorcyclists, Colorado is a little slice of heaven on earth. Few places in the United States can rival this state for mile after mile of exciting, as well as beautiful roads – many of which are in the magnificent Rockies. Some of these routes seem as if they could continue climbing straight into the sky. Check ahead before tackling some of Colorado’s higher roads, which may be unexpectedly closed due to late or early snowfalls.

Why not start at the top, right? Mt. Evans Highway, also known as State Route 5, is the highest paved road in the United States. A word of warning, its 14,264-foot altitude may cause some people to get dizzy. From the summit of this road, riders will be looking down at the surrounding mountain peaks. This road is not for the faint of heart as it is narrow, has sharp switchbacks and sheer drop-offs without guardrails. Mt Evans Highway boasts some of the most stunning scenery in Colorado, which is saying a lot. In addition, riders may see mountain goats, bighorn sheep or elk while traveling this route. To get to this spectacular road, riders can take I-70 west from Denver to Route 103 in Idaho Springs. From Idaho Springs, it is about 12 miles to Mt Evans Highway.

Riders looking for a spectacular ride that is not as high, but only for the brave should head over to Independence Pass, which is a twisty, narrow road between Aspen and Twin Lakes. This 42-mile route, which is also known as Colorado 82, tests a rider’s nerves with switchback after switchback and frightening drop offs without guardrails. Just to make it even more interesting, some portions of Independence Pass even narrow down to one lane. For a nice break from this technical road, riders can stop and explore the ghost town of Independence near the top of this pass. To get to Independence Pass from Denver, riders can take I-70 west to State Route 24, which they will then take past Leadville to State Route 82.

The 108-mile section of San Juan Skyway that stretches from Durango to Montrose is another favorite with motorcyclists. This road, which is also known as US-550, is infamous for having some really twisty sections with sheer drop-offs and no guardrails, especially the portion known as the Million Dollar Highway that is located between Ouray and Silverton. The small towns scattered along this route, such as Telluride, Silverton and Ouray, are known for having some biker-friendly restaurants and accommodations, as well.

Another route that is beloved by motorcyclists is US 6 over the Loveland Pass. This road, which sits at 11,990 feet, is loaded with tight switchbacks and sweepers and has a steady steep 6.7-percent grade. Taking US 6 is an alternate to going through I-70’s Eisenhower Tunnel. The Loveland Pass route is a scenic 19-mile ride that takes riders along the side of the Dillon Reservoir and across the Continental Divide. Unlike other high roads in Colorado, Loveland Pass remains open during the winter, but it should only be ridden with great care during this time of the year.

Of course, Colorado's most famous road is probably Pikes Peak Highway in Colorado Springs. This is a 19-mile ride with switchbacks, steep drop-offs and no guardrails. Some of Pikes Peak Highway, which summits at 14,110 feet, is unpaved.

While it may be hard for riders to tear themselves away from these and other equally great roads, Colorado hosts a large number of rallies and other events to tempt them away from a day or two of riding. One of the best events in Colorado is the American Salute Rally, which was formerly known as the Cripple Creek Salute Rally. This event is traditionally held in the small town of Cripple Creek, although it did move to Winter Park for one year in 2010. This three-day event is held in August and features a large ride – approximately 5,000 bikes -- in honor of the military. The American Salute Rally also features numerous vendor booths and live musical acts.

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ALABAMA

January: POLAR BEAR RUN

Looking for a way to ring in the new year? The Southern Cruisers Riding Club Chapter 80 holds an annual Polar Bear Run in Centre on the first day of the new year. The best part? This ride is free.

The route for this run varies, but it is typically a few hours long. Once the ride is over, bikers are served up some good eats for lunch. A typical menu may include blackeyed peas and hog jowls. For more information, check out: http://weislake.com/scrc/files/01-01-12polarbear.pdf

April: BAMA SOUTHERN ROMP

Enjoy bike games, great food and live bands at the Bama Southern Romp, which is held in the Woods RV Park and Campground in Montgomery. This April event also features a poker run. For more info, please see: http://www.bamasouthernromp.com/

June: AMA/TRIUMPH SUPERBIKE CLASSIC

The thrilling AMA/Triumph SuperBike Classic, which is part of the AMA Pro Road Racing series is held in June at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham. Bikers will compete in four exciting divisions spread out over three days. Check out this site for ticket information and dates: http://www.amaproracing.com/rr/events/event.cfm?eid=2012011230

September: TRAIL OF TEARS COMMEMORATIVE MOTORCYCLE RIDE

This is a large and very popular annual ride that follows a historical route known as the Trail of Tears, which runs from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Waterloo, Alabama. The Trail of Tears got its name because thousands of Native Americans were forced from their homes and along this path by the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which ordered that all tribes living in the eastern United States had to be moved by choice or by force to Oklahoma.

Sadly, many of the Native Americans forced to make this grueling journey did not survive. The September Trail of Tears Commemorative Ride is made in honor of all of those Cherokees, Seminole, Creek and other Native Americans who are believed to have perished on this route.

This commemorative motorcycle ride began in 1994 and has been held ever since. All motorcycle riders who want to participate in the Trail of Tears motorcycle ride should be experienced and must wear helmets. For safety reasons, motorcyclists who want to join the ride can only do so at the beginning of the route or at designated stops along the way. The Alabama portion of this ride begins in Bridgeport.

In addition to the ride, there are a number of other events that occur in conjunction with this event, including a Pow Wow. For more information, please go to: http://www.trailoftears-remembrance.org/

October: BARBER VINTAGE FESTIVAL

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Vintage motorcyclist enthusiasts, as well as the general public, will find plenty to do at the Barber Vintage Festival, which is held annually in October in Birmingham. This three-day event, which is held at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, includes a vintage bike auction, daredevil motorcycle acts, as well as off-road and on-track bike races. Spectators should not miss the Century Race, which will feature bikes that are at least 100 years old racing against one another.

The Barber Vintage Festival will also feature a large swap meet where bikers can find parts and accessories for all types of bikes, including American, European and Japanese bikes. Onsite camping is available, but limited. For more information on the event and lodging, check out: http://www.barbervintagefestival.org/

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ALASKA

April: ALASKA CUSTOM CYCLE SHOW (NO SUITABLE PICTURE FOUND)

The Alaska Custom Cycle Show is held in Anchorage in April and is considered to be this state’s premiere bike show. In 2013, this show will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. This large event features a custom motorcycle show and vendors. Bikers who want to sell a motorcycle can also do so at this show for a fee. For more info about this great event, check out: http://www.amcda.com/

June: STATE H.O.G. RALLY
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Own a Harley? Then you just got to head over to the Alaska H.O.G. Rally, which is held in June. The site of this big three-day Harley rally, which was first held in 1994, changes from year to year. This Alaska H.O.G. Rally typically features bike games, a beer garden and live musical entertainment. For more information, about this event and lodging, check out this website: http://www.akstatehogrally.com/

July: THE LIVE RIDE

This annual charity ride raises money for Alaskan children who have Muscular Dystrophy. Participants meet in Anchorage at the House of Harley-Davidson and then proceed to the Palmer Racetrack. After the ride, riders will celebrate with a barbecue party. For more information about attending this event, please see the Fun and Events page of this website: http://www.harleyalaska.com/

July: FLORIDA TO ALASKA MOTORCYCLE RIDE

This is an annual event that typically starts in the month of July in Florida. Beginning dates and starting locations vary from year to year, but this group’s website is kept up to date with ride details. The ride organizers do try to tailor the ride to take into consideration such things as the timing of the Alaskan salmon run, which is one of the highlights of the trip, as well as weather conditions, whenever possible.
This ride typically ends around the beginning of August in Hyder, Alaska. Please be forewarned that the number of spots open on this ride is limited, so signing up early is important.

The Florida to Alaska ride supports www.SKIHI.org, which is a charity that supports deaf and blind children and their families. For more information about this great opportunity to ride through a huge chunk of the United States and Canada, check out: http://www.alaskabikerun.com/161034.html.

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ARIZONA

April: ARIZONA BIKE WEEK
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Head over to Scottsdale for one of this state’s biggest motorcycle events, Arizona Bike Week. This rally features big-name musical acts, contests, tons of vendor booths and a number of different rides. In addition, many major manufacturers will be showcasing their new bikes and offering demo rides. For more information about this event and lodging, please check out: http://www.azbikeweek.com/

April: LAUGHLIN RIVER RUN

This rally is billed as the West Coast’s largest bike event. Of course, any time you combine fun times, gambling, bikes and music, you are going to attract a lot of participants. Bikers will find tons to do during this five-day event, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012, including numerous rides and plenty of vendors showcasing the latest gear and motorcycles.

In addition to motorcycle-related activities, bikers can hit Laughlin’s various casinos and, because this town is located on the mighty Colorado River, they can also enjoy a variety of water sports, such as boating, as well. To get more detailed information and find out about lodging options, bikers should check out: http://www.laughlinriverrun.com/

October: OCTOBERFEST - RUN TO THE LAKE

Looking for a fun and free way to enjoy Arizona's beautiful October weather? Then head over to the City of Page for Octoberfest – Run to the Lake. This annual event, which began in the 1980s, offers bikers three days of fun activities, including a sunset ride, a poker run, a rod show and various motorcycle games. The City of Page is located near Lake Powell. For more information on this event, call 928-660-0656.

October: MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET

Do you have motorcycle gear or a bike to sell, or have you been looking for that hard-to-find used part for your Harley? Then check out this annual motorcycle swap meet, which is held in Casa Grande at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. This swap meet bills itself as the largest in Arizona. Bikers will find a large variety of new and used parts, bikes and accessories for sale here. For meet info, directions or to learn how to register as a vendor, please call 520-423-1967.

October: HOGTOBERFEST

Hogtoberfest is a Tucson poker run that is open to both cars and motorcycles and offers cash prizes for the best hand and the worst hand. This charity event, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2013, features a kickoff party and breakfast. Hogtoberfest ends with a lively after party that features great music and a car and bike show. For more information on this event, please check out: http://www.tucsonhog.net/HOGtoberfest/HOGtoberfest_2012/HOGtoberfest.html

December: TOYS FOR TOTS FOR THE MARINES
Join other bikers for a ride that brings toys to needy children. This Chandler event, which marked its 65th anniversary in 2012, includes the ride, lunch, prizes and a party. To be part of this event, riders and passengers are asked to bring a toy and a donation. To learn how to participate in this ride, please see: http://www.azalr35.org/ToysforTots2012

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ARKANSAS

April: WILD HOG MOTORCYCLE RALLY AND MUSICFEST

Go Hog wild at this annual event that features bands, a bike show, parade, poker run and contests. This three-day rally is located in Helena and attracts a large number of bikers. There will also, of course, be plenty of good food available at the rally, as well as a lot of vendors in attendance trying to entice bikers to pick up some new gear. For more information on this event and on nearby lodging, please see: http://www.wildhogmusic.org/

May: BUGS, BANDS AND BIKES

Downtown El Dorado is the site of the annual Bugs, Bands and Bikes Festival. This event typically attracts thousands of bikers who come to feast on crawfish (bugs), show off their bikes, listen to great live bands and, of course, have fun. For more info on this event and places to stay, check out this website: http://musicfesteldorado.com/

May (Date May Vary): ARKANSAS STATE H.O.G. RALLY

Hog owners won’t want to miss this state’s annual gathering of Harleys. Dates and locations for this three-day event vary from year to year. For instance in 2012, this rally was held in August in Rogers, while for 2013, it is scheduled to be held in May in Hot Springs. The State HOG Rally typically includes a large number of rides, poker runs, entertainment and, of course, lots of vendors. For more information on specific dates and location, please see: http://www.arstatehogrally.com/

August: MOUNTAINS, MUSIC AND MOTORCYCLES
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Join approximately 10,000 other bikers at this free event held in Mountain View on the third weekend of August. This is an event that the whole family can attend, and it features a poker run, biker games, free concerts and vendors. In addition to enjoying the activities put on by Mountains, Music and Motorcycles, bikers can also enjoy cruising through the beautiful Ozark Mountains and enjoying the local scenery. For more information on the event and on nearby lodging, please see: http://www.mountainsmusicmotorcycles.com/?page_id=2

September: BIKES, BLUES AND BBQ

Who doesn’t love bikes, blues and barbecue? This four-day rally, which is held in Fayetteville, brings together these three crowd favorites, plus a bike show, great contests and arena cross. At this rally, you’ll find the streets lined with bikes and the air rich with the smell of good BBQ. For more information on places to stay and other event info, please check out: http://www.bikesbluesandbbq.org/

October: ANNUAL CIRCLE OF PRAYER RIDE

The Christian Bikers Alliance hosts an annual Circle of Prayer Ride that ends at the Veterans Wall of Honor in Bella Vista. Look for the beginning of this ride at the highway weigh station just north of Exit 72 on the northbound lanes of 540. All bikers are welcome. For more information on this great ride, please see: http://wingandaprayer2.wix.com/christian-bikers-alliance#!

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CALIFORNIA

January: EASYRIDERS BIKE SHOW

Easyriders invites you to attend or show off your bike in the “biggest and baddest” motorcycle shows in North America. Contestants can win cash, prizes and the chance to have their bikes featured in Easyriders Magazine. The Easyriders tour stops annually in Sacramento and Anaheim during the month of January.

In addition to the bike shows, most tour stops feature meet and greets and autograph sessions with celebrities, such as the stars of Sons of Anarchy. For more information on participating or attending this show, check out Easyriders website: http://www.easyridersevents.com/index.php

March: ANNUAL BURNING ACES POKER RUN

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This poker run, which starts in Glendale, has been held for over 30 years. At the end of the run in Rancho Cucamonga, riders can enjoy an optional barbecue for an addition fee. All riders are welcome to join this poker run. To learn how to join the fun, please see: http://www.pasadenamc.com/PasadenaMC/2012_PMC_Poker_Run.html

March or April: INDOOR SHORT TRACK RACES

If you enjoy your action fast, check out the indoor motorcycle races in San Jose. The competition is hot as riders on 450cc flattrack bikes fly around a track, handlebar to handlebar, in the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds’ Expo Building. Race dates change from year to year, but you can check out this website to get the latest information: http://www.sanjoseindoor.com/

June: KIWANIS ORIGINAL REDWOOD RUN

This event bills itself as the West Coast’s only true “old school” rally. The Redwood Run, which began in 1977, has moved locations several times over the years. Most recently, the three-day event has been held at the Riverview Ranch in Piercy. The Redwood Run features live music, games, bike shows and plenty of vendors. This is a 21 years of age and over only party. You can get more info about this popular rally by visiting this website: http://www.kiwanisrwr.com/

August: WILLOWS CAR AND BIKE SHOW
This two-day show has been held for over 25 years in Willows and offers competitors dozens of classes in which they can enter their pride and joys. In addition to the show, the event also includes a cruise, music, activities for the kids and a street dance in Willows. For more information about the show or how to register to participate, please check out this website: http://willowscarandbikeshow.org/

October – LOVE RIDE

This event, which bills itself as the world’s longest running biker fundraiser in the world, is held in support of the USO and draws a large number of celebrities and top musical acts, as well as thousands of bikers each year. The first Love Ride was organized in 1984 and since then, the event has raised $24 million for charity.

This event is held in Castaic Lake and features a concert, bike and trade shows. All bikers are welcome. For more information about bands and schedules, please check out this event’s website at: http://www.loveride.org/menu_flash.htm

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COLORADO

March: ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE SHOW & SWAP MEET
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This large indoor show and swap meet in Colorado Springs has been attracting competitors, spectators, buyers and sellers for over 20 years. Come enjoy two days of live music, good food while looking at the best bikes in the area and shopping for new gear at this show's approximately 150 vendor booths. For more information and directions, check out: http://www.pro-promotions.com/

May: ANNUAL BIKERS AGAINST DIABETES (BAD) POKER RUN

Come out and help the Eagle Riders of Aurora raise money for this great cause. This poker run, which raises approximately $15,000 each year for the Children's Hospital, is open to all riders and even cars. Entry fee includes lunch, and there will be bands playing at both the pre- and post-ride parties.

The Annual Bikers Against Diabetes Poker Run, which was first held in 2001, is always scheduled for the weekend following Mother's Day. For more information and directions, check out this website: http://www.eagleriders3224.com/index.php

June: PUEBLO BIKER BASH

Enjoy two days of fun in the sun at the annual Pueblo Biker Bash. This event, which is held in Pueblo, will include contests, a swap meet, stunt bikes and an area for the kids. There will be live music and plenty of food and, of course, plenty of beverages to keep you cool. For a more detailed schedule and other information, please check out: http://www.pueblobikerbash.com/Home_Page.php

June: TOP GUN COPS MOTOR OFFICER’S COMPETITION

The Top Gun Cops Motor Officer’s Competition began in the late 1980s as a single-day event to test the skills of local police officers. It is now a three day event that draws officers from across the nation, Canada and Mexico to compete against one another on a course specially designed to test their skills.

This event is held in Denver on the first Sunday in June and is free for spectators. At the end of practice day on Saturday, bikers can participate in a group ride to Lookout Mountain. This event will have vendors and food booths, so come hungry and ready to shop. For more information, please see: http://www.topguncops.com/default.asp

August: THUNDER IN THE ROCKIES

Close out your summer with a bang by attending this big, four-day annual Harley-Davidson rally. Approximately 30,000 bike enthusiasts rumble their way to Loveland, where Thunder in the Rockies is held each year, to enjoy big-name musical acts, bike stunt shows, lots of contests and to check out the latest gear and accessories from vendors. Hog lovers won’t want to miss this rally. For more information on lodging and schedules, please see: http://www.thunderintherockies.com/

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CONNECTICUT

January: NORTHEAST MOTORCYCLE EXPO

Spending the day at the Northeast Motorcycle Expo is a perfect way to get a much-needed bike fix in the middle of a long Connecticut winter. This Hartford expo, which began in 2000, features great music, a bike stunt show and celebrities signing autographs. Of course, you’ll also find hundreds of vendors displaying all of the latest biker gear.

If you’ve got a motorcycle you’re especially proud of, enter it in the expo’s custom bike show. You could win a cash prize or have your bike recognized in Cycle Source Magazine. For registration forms and more information, check out this website: http://www.kevmarv.com/expo.asp?type=show_hartford

June: ANNUAL OFFICER BRIAN A. ASELTON MEMORIAL MOTORCYCLE RUN

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This memorial motorcycle run attracts approximately 1,000 bikes every year and honors Officer Brian A. Aselton, who was murdered in the line of duty in 1999. The money raised by this annual memorial ride is used for scholarships for children of East Hartford, South Windsor or Hartford police officers or students studying criminal justice at the Manchester Community College. All types of bikes are welcome at this ride, which begins in East Hartford. For more information and directions, please see: http://www.brianaselton.org/Home.html

June: CONNECTICUT STATE H.O.G. RALLY

The location for the annual H.O.G. Connecticut State rally varies from year to year. For instance, in 2012, it was held in Bristol and in 2011, it was in Danbury. Wherever the rally is, Harley owners will definitely want to track it down, as this event is always a guaranteed good time. The H.O.G. rally always offers a lot of great food, live music and plenty of HOG-related activities to keep riders busy all weekend long. For lodging advice, schedules and other information, keep checking this site: http://www.ctstatehogrally.com/

August: Annual Middletown Motorcycle Mania

Join other bikers for a night of live music, delicious food and a chance to win an award for your bike. This is a charity event, and the funds collected are used to benefit Middletown’s youth programs. The Middletown Motorcyle Mania is an approximately four-hour event that all are welcome to attend. For more information about this charitable affair, please check out: http://www.midtownmcmania.com/

September: THUNDER ON THE SOUND

Join several hundred bikers on this annual ride that supports a memorial foundation that was created in honor of Brian Bill, a Chief Petty Officer and SEAL, who was killed during a nighttime Chinook helicopter mission in Afghanistan. The memorial foundation is hoping to use the funds raised to place a monument in Bill’s honor in downtown Stamford. For more information on how you can be part of this ride, please check out this website: http://www.thunderonthesound.org/

 

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DELAWARE

April: DELMARVA HOG STIRS POKER RUN

Spring means it is time to dust off the motorcycle seat again, and this annual poker run is an excellent way to get back in the saddle again. The Hog Stirs Poker Run begins in Seaford and offers a $500 top prize (based on at least 500 entries). The entry fee includes a free hot dog and soda. For more information on where and when to meet and the cost of entry, please check out the following website: http://www.delmarvahog.com/index.htm

April: Delaware/Maryland State H.O.G. Rally

Join other Harley lovers at the annual H.O.G. State Rally for three days of fun, live music and great bikes. There will be plenty of vendors offering all of the latest gears and accessories, as well. The site for the annual HOG Rally changes from year to year. For instance, in 2013, the event will be held in Rehoboth Beach, Maryland, while in 2012, it was held in Deep Creek, Maryland. For locations, lodging options, dates and other event information, check out: http://www.demdstatehogrally.com/

September: DELMARVA BIKE WEEK
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Looking for a rally that combines ocean air, rides, great bikes, all kinds of live music and vendors galore? Then head over to the annual Delmarva Bike Week. This event is spread out over four days and between four locations, including Winter Place Park, Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, Seacrets and the Seaford Harley Davidson.

If you don’t want to ride your bike everywhere, this event also has a free bus that can shuttle you and your friends around to the different locations. Of course, there will be a lot of vendors at this rally, as well, displaying and selling all of the latest biker gear. For more information, schedules and accommodation options, check out this website: http://www.delmarvabikeweek.com/cruzin-the-coast.asp

October: ANNUAL DELMARVA TOY RUN

This great event, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012, is a charity ride that benefits the Marine Corps Reserve's much-admired Toys for Tots program. The Annual DelMarVa Toy Run leaves from Seaford, Delaware, and ends up in Sharpstown, Maryland.

Riders can enjoy live music at an after party, and there will be food available. All types of motorcycles are welcome on this ride. Please bring money and/or a toy for your admission fee. For more details on exact admission fees and starting location, please check out the events listing on this page: http://www.hdofseaford.com/

November: BOBBY HALL SR. MEMORIAL TOY RUN

This charity run, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2011, is sponsored by ABATE of Delaware and benefits military families. Riders are asked to bring a toy or a donation of money to ride in this event. The starting location is in Banning Park in Wilmington. Santa Claus is expected to be at this event. For more information, check out the events page on ABATE’S website: http://www.abateofde.com/welcome_page.htm

 

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Florida

January: FULL THROTTLE FLORIDA MOTORCYCLE EXPO & BIKE BUILDER INVITATIONAL

At the Full Throttle Florida Motorcycle Expo and Bike Builder Invitational in Clearwater, you can enjoy live bands, checking out new gear from the many vendors that will be at this show, and lots of hot bikes.

In addition, you can request to enter your custom bike into the Bike Builders Invitational. Entry is free, however, be aware that Full Throttle Magazine is only looking for really special custom bikes that have a wow factor to be in this show. Grand Champions and best in class winners will win thousands of dollars in cash prizes. For more information about this expo and the custom show, please check out: http://floridafullthrottle.com/site/

March: DAYTONA BIKE WEEK
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This rally attracts hundreds of thousands of bikers to Daytona Beach every year and is considered by many to be one of the biggest in the nation. Daytona Bike Week offers bikers ten days of spectacular fun, live music and rides. All of the important vendors in the motorcycle industry show up to this rally, as well, displaying all of their latest gear. For lodging info, schedules and other info, see: http://www.officialbikeweek.com/

March: DAYTONA BEACH ANNUAL SWAP MEET

This event, which celebrated its 34th year in 2012, is held in the Daytona Flea and Farmer's Market in Daytona Beach. Bikers and vendors from across the nation will be selling, trading or buying bike parts, gear and accessories at this event. The Daytona Beach Swap Meet also features live music and stunt riders. For more info and directions, contact: 1-386-206-5276

May and September: THUNDER BEACH MOTORCYCLE RALLIES

Join thousands of other bikers in Panama City for five days and nights of partying, live music, poker runs and contests. There will also be a vendors village so that bikers can pick up all the latest gear they've been looking for. Thunder Beach throws this event twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. For lodging, schedules and other informa

tion, check out this website: http://www.thunderbeachproductions.com/#!

October: BIKETOBERFEST

Thousands of bikers have been flocking to Daytona Beach for the annual Biketoberfest gathering for a long time. In fact, in 2012, this four-day event celebrated its 20th anniversary. The festivities include bike shows, vendor booths, rallies, motorcycle races at Daytona International Speedway and lots of live music. For help with finding lodging, event schedules and general info, check out: http://biketoberfest.org/

November: Roscoe’s Chili Challenge

This is an annual three-day, adults-only biker party that features a motorcycle show, live bands, bike games, crazy contests and, of course, a chili cook-off. Tent camping is allowed on the grounds of the cook-off and is included in the admission price. For more information on this event, which is held in Lakeland, and about other accommodations, please check out: http://www.roscoeschilichallenge.com/index.htm

November: ANNUAL SUN YOUR BUNS RALLY

The Florida Sunbeemers group has been holding this rally for over 20 years in Venice. Although this Sunbeemers is a BMW motorcycle club, the group welcomes all types of bikes to attend this rally. The fee for this rally includes a fun ride, hot dogs and chili on Friday night; pizza Saturday night; breakfast; and two nights of tent camping. For more information on this event and other lodging options, check out the Rally page on this website: http://www.floridasunbeemers.com/Home.html

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March: ANNUAL SPRING

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ABATE of Georgia, District 11 holds an annual swap meet each spring in Springfield that includes a bike show, games and live music. Gates open up on Friday; activities and swap meet on Saturday; Sunday service by the Christian Motorcycle Association, and then everyone must be gone by noon. Nearby tent sites and RV campground are available. For more information, please see the events page on this website: http://www.abatega11.org/

April: ANGEL CITY SPRING RALLY

Enjoy a four-day spring rally in this Old West-themed town in Unadilla that was built specifically for bikers. This rally includes games, a ride, plenty of live music, burn-out pits and general fun for all. Camping is available, but sites should be reserved early. To make reservations, find out about other lodging or for any other information, please see: http://www.angelcityrally.com/contact.htm

April: ANNUAL POKER RUN

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office has sponsored a charity poker run since 2000 that supports the children of the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes. Participants can win cash prizes and lunch will be provided. For more information on this worthy cause, please see: http://www.chathamsheriff.org/Community/PokerRun.aspx

May: ANNUAL SOUTHEAST VICTORY RALLY

Enjoy a good time with fellow motorcyclists while supporting a great cause at the annual Southeast Victory Rally, which is held in the Bavarian-themed town of Helen, Georgia. Each year, the organizers of this rally pick a different cause to support with the money they raise during the rally. For instance, in 2012, the ride supported Camp Southern Ground, a place where children with academic or emotional difficulties can go to get away for fun. This rally is open to all bikes. For more information and advice on lodging, check out: http://victoryrally.com/

April, June, October: MILLEDGEVILLE THUNDER RALLY

Organizers hold three Milledgeville Thunder Rallies each year, one in the spring, summer and fall. These raucous adults-only events include plenty of live music, bike games, poker runs and a burn out pit. For advice on camping, a schedule of events or any other information, please check out: http://www.milledgevillethunderrally.com/

October: ANGEL CITY FALL RALLY

Like its spring event, Angel City’s fall rally is held in the same Old-West themed town in Unadilla, but its activities are definitely autumn- and Halloween-themed. There will be prizes for such things as best costume and best Halloween-themed camping sites. This rally includes games, a ride, lots of live music and contests. There will also be plenty of vendors on site so that you can load up all the latest gear. For more info on the rally, camping or to find other lodging, please check: http://www.angelcityrally.com/contact.htm

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October: STATE H.O.G. RALLY

This annual event is held on a different island of the 50th state each year. The State H.O.G. Rally brings riders from the various islands, as well as the mainland, together to enjoy the company of other Hog lovers and to ride some great roads that they may not have tried before. In 2012, for instance, this rally took riders to the top of Maui’s 10,000-foot Haleakala Mountain to view the sunrise on one morning, and then on another day, it guided them along this island’s famous Road to Hana, which features 620 curves and gorgeous scenery.

This rally organizers understand that transporting a bike from island to island or from the mainland to the islands isn’t cheap or easy, so rentals are available for Hog lovers who want to join the rally from other locations. For lodging advice, schedules and other information, please check out: http://www.histatehogrally.com/index.html

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May: ANNUAL CATALDO SWAP MEET AND RIDE-IN SHOW

Looking for that hard-to-find part or want to swap your old bike for a new one? Then head over to the annual Cataldo Swap Meet, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013. The event is hosted by the N. W. Classic Motorcycle Club and features live music and lots of vendors. Bikers will find free camping on Friday and Saturday, and there will be plenty of good eats available to fill up on. For more information on the swap meet or to be a vendor, check out the events section of this website: http://www.nwclassicmotorcycleclub.com/events.html

June: ANNUAL IDAHO PATRIOT THUNDER RIDE

Riders can take part in a great ride for an equally great cause by participating in the Idaho Patriot Thunder Ride. This annual event, which leaves from Meridian, benefits several military-related charities including the Boise VA Medical Center and the Idaho National Guard Family Support Fund. Please check the “What’s Going on” section of this website for more details: http://www.highdeserthd.com/default.asp

July: ANNUAL POW*MIA AWARENESS RALLY AND MOTORCYCLE RALLY

This annual rally includes a motorcycle rodeo where bikers can compete in a number of games to test their riding skills, including a keg push, a barrel race and a balloon toss. In addition to the rodeo, bikers can enjoy three days of live music, competitions and a bikini bike wash.

This rally, which is held in Pocatello, will also play host to a lot of vendor booths, so bikers should come ready to load up on all of the latest and greatest biker gear. For information on this great event and nearby accommodation options, check out: http://powmiarodeo.org/2012-rally-home/

September: BIG NASTY HILLCLIMB

Billed as Idaho’s largest biker event, the Big Nasty features a hillclimb that many claim is the toughest in the world. This event, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012, attracts thousands of spectators to watch three days of bike warriors trying to best the hill and each other. The Big Nasty Hillclimb features live music, helicopter rides and even a bull riding competition. For more information on competing or being a spectator at this event, check out: http://www.bignastyhillclimb.com/


October: BIKETOBERFEST

This Biketoberfest is an annual one-day Hog rally held in Meridian. Activities include a bike show that awards cash prizes to the winners, live music, good food and drinks. For more information about this Harley event, please check out: http://www.highdeserthd.com/custompage.asp?pg=comingup&sid=04647943X10K8K2012J3I20I43JPMQ862R0
 

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January: WICKED WHEELS WEEKEND

Looking for a way to get that much needed bike-fix in the middle of the winter? Then head over to Sandwich for a two-day motorcycle and car show. If you own a bike that you’re proud of, then enter it in this show. You might win a cash prize. Also included in your Wicked Wheels Weekend entry fee is admission to a party on Saturday night with free food and beer.

Of course, you don’t have to show a bike to enjoy this event. For more information on attending or competing in the Wicked Wheels Weekend, please check out: http://wickedwheelsweekend.com/

February: CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOW

Bikers will be able to view all of the newest bikes and latest trends in gear and accessories at this huge show. The Chicago International Motorcycle Show also features a custom bike show, stunt bikes, exhibits and vendors. Check out this show’s website for more info: http://www.motorcycleshows.com/chicago

June: HOGROCK

If you like to cut loose and have a good time, then you’ll love Hogrock, an adults-only party for those who are 18 year olds and over. This four-day event, which is held in Cave in Rock, includes live music, clothing optional bull rides, a swimming hole, helicopter rides and midget wrestling. Tent camping is available on site. For more information on directions, event schedules, et cetera, check out Hogrock’s website: http://www.hogrock.com/june.html

September: ANNUAL HOGS FOR DOGS AND KITTIES TOO!

Join other animal lovers for this annual charity ride that supports the Heartland Animal Shelter. This is not a Hogs-only event; all vehicles are welcome. The ride, which began in 2009, starts at the Heartland Animal Shelter and ends with a party that includes live music and food. For more information on joining this ride and directions, check out the events page on the Heartland Animal Shelter’s website: http://www.heartlandanimalshelter.net/HogsForDogs.html#anchor_98

October: ANNUAL PEOTONE CYCLE SHOW

This long-running motorcycle swap meet is where you can sell that extra gear or old bikes cluttering up your garage or pick up the parts you have been looking for to finish up your project ride. This one day event is held in Peotone, and it typically draws thousands of bike enthusiasts to buy, sell and trade new and used motorcycles, parts, and accessories. In addition to the swap meet, there will also be a bike show and live music. For more information on this event, check out: http://www.peotonemotorcycleswap.com/

October: HOGROCTOBERFEST

If you love Hogrock, then you’ll want to attend its October sister fest, Hogrocktoberfest, as well. Same craziness, just add Halloween costumes. Again, this is an adults-only rally that includes such activities as a “What Tee Shirt?” contest and a topless bus. For info on attending and camping, check out: http://www.hogrock.com/october.html

 

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Indiana
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January: Annual Hangover Rally

It is the first day of the year and what better way to clear your head after a night of celebrating than spending time with other bikers enjoying a rally. This Mid-West MC event is held in Indianapolis and is open to all types of bikes. Money raised during the rally is donated to Damar Services, a residential facility for special needs kids. Admission includes entry for either the Timed or Dart Run and food. For more information about this event, please check out this website: http://www.midwestmc.com/Pages/default.aspx

February: PROGRESSIVE INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOW

It's that time of the year again when bikers from all over the state head out to the International Motorcycle Show so they can check out the latest bike models and the newest gear. This show includes stunt riders, a custom bike show and vendors galore. Bikers won’t want to miss this big show, which is held in Indianapolis. For more info, check out: http://www.motorcycleshows.com/

February: INDIANA MOTORCYCLE EXPO

The Indiana Motorcycle Expo, which is part of the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, claims to be the largest assembly of bikes, vendors and dealers anywhere. This show offers a little of everything for everyone. All types of bikes are represented at this show, including dirt, customs, street and vintage ones. Entertainment at the expo includes stunt riders, a motorcycle apparel fashion show and a kiddie area. For lodging options and more information about the show, check out: http://indianamotorcycleexpo.com/

April: ANNUAL MID-WEST MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET

This event bills itself as Indiana’s largest swap meet. Parts for all types of bikes will be available at this meet, including ones for American, Asian and European models. You can also sell your extra bikes and parts that you’ve been meaning to get rid of and earn a little cash. This is a two-day meet that is held in Indianapolis. For more information on this Mid West MC event, please check out this website: http://www.midwestmc.com/Pages/SwapMeet.aspx

August: RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP

This motorcycle race is held, rain or shine, on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.621-mile road circuit. All three MotoGP classes – MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 -- compete during this event. In addition to the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, there is also a huge gathering of bikes that occurs on South Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis on the Friday and Saturday nights of the Red Bull event. This free gathering is called Motorcycles on Meridian. For more information about the races, directions and lodging options, check out: http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/redbullindianapolisgp/

For more information about the Motorcycles on Meridian gathering, please see: http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/redbullindianapolisgp/eventinfo/35568-Around-the-City/

 

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Iowa
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January: MIDWEST MOTORCYCLE SHOW AND SWAP MEET

This is a two-day annual event where you can buy, sell and trade motorcycles, accessories and other bike-related items. Attractions include live music and a bike show. For registration and admission information, please check out the following website: http://www.chromehorsechoppers.com/

February: O’REILLY AUTO PARTS ROD & CUSTOM CAR SHOW

This car show is held in Monticello and is the longest running bike and custom car event in the Midwest. This large two-day show, which started in the 1970s, typically attracts a fantastic assortment of cars and bikes, all trying to vie for cash prizes. This event also features entertainment for the whole family. For more information on entering a vehicle for the show, price of admission, schedule of events and directions, please see: http://www.rodandcustomcarshow.com/

April through September: BIKE DOWN TO I-TOWN

This summer-long event, which began in 2005, draws thousands of riders for a monthly family friendly bike night that many consider to be the biggest in the Midwest. Bike Down to I-Town takes over Indianola’s town square on the third Friday of each month. This event features live music, and bikers will find plenty to eat and drink in the town square. For accommodations advice, events and general information, please see: http://www.bikedowntoitown.com/index.htm

June: MISSISSIPPI RIVER MOTORCYCLE RALLY

This annual motorcycle rally runs for four fun days in Davenport and is billed as the largest motorcycle rally in the Midwest. All proceeds from this event go to various charities including the Injured Fire and Police Fund and the Christian Motorcyclists Association. The Mississippi River Motorcycle Rally, which was formerly known as Sturgis on the River, features bike shows, contests and live music. For advice on lodging, event schedules and other information, please see: http://www.mrmrally.com/index.cfm

August: ACROSS THE BORDER RAID MOTORCYCLE RALLY

Looking for an exciting event to attend during the dog days of summer? Then head over to Bedford for its annual Across the Border Raid Motorcycle Rally. This three day party is for adults, 21 years of age and over, only. For more information on camping, exact dates, admission or anything else you want to know about, please see: http://www.acrosstheborderraid.com/index.html

October: ANNUAL SOUTHERN IOWA FALL CLASSIC

This annual car show, which is held in Bloomfield, has over 32 classes for cars, bikes and trucks to compete in. Bring that custom bike you have been slaving over for months and see if you might come away with a prize for your efforts. Of course, you'll also want to attend the Southern Iowa Fall Classic if you just want to see great bikes. For more information http://www.rodandcustomshows.com/

 

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Kansas

February: ANNUAL PARK CITY CHILL MOTORCYCLE AND CAR SHOW

Join fellow bikers for Kansas’s largest indoor motorcycle and car show. The Park City Chill Motorcycle and Car Show features live music and fun events and is a perfect diversion to get your mind off the dreary cold winter weather. For more information on registering a bike or attending this three-day show in Park City, please see the following website: http://www.bartelproductions.com/chill.html

Monthly: CASSODAY BIKE RUN

This ride, which started in 1991, began as a casual gathering of Christian Bikers Association riders who wanted to ride through the Flint Hills area. They asked the owner of a local diner, the Cassoday Café, if she would open on Sundays for breakfast for them. She agreed if they would guarantee her at least 30 bikers. Well, today, there are sometimes as many as 7,000 bikers that show up for this ride.

The Cassoday Bike Run is held on the first Sunday of every month, usually between March and November. On the day of the bike runs, a number of vendors sell motorcycle gear and food in Cassoday. For more information on this great ride and directions, check out: http://www.cassodaybikerun.org/1501.html

May: ANNUAL BIKERS WITH A MISSION RIDE

Join other bikers in this annual ride that raises money for the City Union Mission, which helps out those in need. This ride begins at the City Union Mission in Kansas City in the morning and covers approximately 100 miles. For more information on this ride, please see: http://www.bikerswithamission.org/

May: THUNDER ON THE SMOKY

This annual motorcycle rally, which is held at the Kansas Motorcycle Museum in Marquette, includes fun biker games, poker runs and a bike show. There will be food and vendors on site, as well. For more information on Thunder on the Smoky, please check out: http://www.kansasmotorcyclemuseum.com/

June: ANNUAL LAND OF OZ RALLY
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This annual rally is held by the BMW Motorcycle Club of Kansas City in La Cygne Lake for three days. Activities include an organized ride, food, seminars and a dance. Keep an eye on this website for more information on this event: http://www.kcbmwmc.com/

September: ANNUAL WICHITA BIKERS FOR BABIES

This annual event, which attracts a large number of bikers, benefits the March of Dime. Wichita’s Bikers for Babies includes a pre-party, a 100-mile ride and an after party that includes a live band and vendors. This charity ride is a great way to raise money for an excellent cause while having a good time doing it. For more info on how to participate, please see: http://www.bikersforbabies.org/faf/help/helpEventInfo.asp?ievent=1027031&lis=1&kntae1027031=548E6521C87549B3AE60AA996F18DDFC

 

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Kentucky

February: KICKSTAND’S ANNUAL POLAR BEAR RUN

Bundle up and get ready to join other bikers for this annual Polar Bear Run, which leaves from Burgin. The length of the ride and route will be dependent on the number of bikers that show up for the event. Riders will be treated to warm chili and drinks at the end of the run. For more info, check out the calendar page of this website: http://www.thekickstandllc.com/index.html

June: ANNUAL STATE H.O.G RALLY
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Join other Hog lovers at the annual State H.O.G. Rally. The location varies from year to year within the state to give Harley lovers a peek at new places to ride. The three days of this rally are filled with poker runs, tours, rides and live music. There will, of course, be plenty of vendors so you can shop for all of your gear and apparel needs during the rally. For more information about this rally, exact location and dates, check out the following website: http://www.kystatehogrally.com/

July: ANNUAL NEWPORT MOTORCYCLE RALLY
Enjoy a rally on the beautiful Newport riverfront. This is a fun three-day party that includes bands, a charity ride and fireworks. To find accommodations and get more info on this rally, please check out: http://www.newportmotorcyclerally.com/index.html

July: KENTUCKY BIKE RALLY

This may not be THE big Sturgis festival, but this event, which is held in Kentucky’s Sturgis, is just as much fun! The Kentucky Bike Rally is an adult’s only event for those 21 years and older. Bikers will find tons to do at this four-day event, which was formerly known as the Little Sturgis Rally, including a bike show, crazy competitions, a poker run, a burn-out contest and plenty of vendors to purchase gear and accessories from. Of course, there will also be a strong lineup of live music. For more information, schedules and entertainment lineup, check out this rally’s website: http://www.kentuckybikerally.com/index.html

August: HAWG VALLEY BIKE RALLY

This is an adults-only rally that is held in a pretty secluded wooded area, which means there won't be any neighbors complaining when the partying gets wild. The annual Hawg Valley Bike Rally features live music, lots of contests, a bike show and a swimming hole. You must be 21 to join this party, which is held in Graham. For more information on this rally, check out: http://www.hawgvalleybikerally.com/

September: ANNUAL DICE RUN & PIG ROAST BENEFITING SPINA BIFIDA ASSOCIATION OF KENTUCKY

If you’re looking for a way to do some good while having fun, then join this annual ride, which supports the Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky. This is a scenic ride that starts and ends in Louisville. For more info, check out the programs and events page of this website: http://sbak.org/ProgramsandEvents/8thAnnualSBAKDiceRun/tabid/1585/Default.aspx

 

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Louisiana

May: THE GREAT SOUTHERN RALLY

Gonzales is where you want to be in May because that is where the annual three-day Great Southern Rally is held. The event will feature live music, biker games, a bike and car show, poker run and a swamp meet. There will be vendors, of course, so you can pick up all the newest gear. For information on places to stay and the event schedule, check out this website: http://www.greatsouthernrally.com/

July: ANNUAL MEET ON THE CREEK MOTORCYCLE RALLY

Enjoy three days of biking fun at the Meet on the Creek Motorcycle Rally, which is held in Mount Hermon. This rally features unique games and activities, such as a slow race, a men’s thong contest and a clothing-optional Karaoke. There will also be unique awards given out for such things as the “Longest beard,” “Most Tattoos” and “Heaviest Biker.”

The Meet on the Creek Motorcycle Rally will also have some more conventional features such as a bike show and lots of live music. You must be at least 21 years of age to attend this three-day event. Get all the info you need about this rally here: http://www.meetonthecreek.com/index.htm

October: ANNUAL HALLOWEEN BIKE FEST

Looking for an early way to celebrate Halloween? Then head over to this annual Halloween Bike Fest, which is held in Belle Rose. This event runs for three days and features races with cash prizes, bikini and wet t-shirt contests, biker games and live music. For advice on accommodations and other event info, please check out this website: http://www.halloweenbikefest.com/home.htm

November: ANNUAL CAJUN SWAMP SCOOTER RALLY
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This is a two-day rally that features a gumbo cook-off and great Cajun food. Camping is included with the entry fee. The Swamp Scooter Rally is held at the Bayou Wilderness RV Resort, which is located near Lafayette. For more information, please check out: http://swampscooters.net/wp/

November: VETS FOR VETS VETERANS DAY BIKER EVENT

Join other patriotic bikers in a motorcycle freedom ride parade in Shreveport. In addition to the parade, there will be a bike show and games. This is a family event, so no alcohol will be served, but there will be food and vendors. For more information on how to register for this event and directions, check out this website: http://www.veteransforveterans.com/

 

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Maine

July: MAINE STATE H.O.G. RALLY

If you own a Harley, then you have to hit the Maine State H.O.G. Rally. The event moves from city to city each year. For instance, in 2012, the rally was in Greenville, while in 2013, it moved to Caribou. Harley owners will be treated to three days of pure Hog joy. Events include games, biker bingo, a bike show and rides. There will be, of course, plenty of vendors with gear and accessories to sell and a lot of live music to keep everyone entertained. For accommodations advice and general info about this rally, check out: http://www.mestatehogrally.com/

July: ANNUAL BUD RUN

The Annual Bud Run is held in memory of Clarence “Bud” Allen and raises money for the Southern Maine Hospice and also the American Cancer Society. This scenic ride begins in Eliot and proceeds through Maine and New Hampshire before ending at the York American Legion. All bikes and cars are welcome on this charity ride. For more information, please see: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bud-Allen-Memorial-Bike-Run/136795369696873#!/pages/The-Bud-Allen-Memorial-Bike-Run/136795369696873

September: ANNUAL VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE MEET & ANTIQUE AEROPLANE SHOW
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If you love vintage bikes, then you’ll want to stop by the Owls Head Transportation Museum for this annual show. On exhibit will be motor vehicles of all types that were manufactured before 1992. This event will also feature various activities for the entire family. For more information on the Annual Vintage Motorcycle Meet and Antique Aeroplane Show, check out the events page of this website: http://www.ohtm.org/

October: UNITED BIKERS OF MAINE ANNUAL LEAF PEEPERS RIDE

Join other bikers to check out the fall foliage on this annual ride. The meetup location is at Tim Horton in Auburn. For more info, check out the events page on this website: http://69.167.151.151/~ubmusaor/

 

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February: TIMONIUM MOTORCYCLE SHOW

Winter time can be hard on bikers trapped in their cages. The Timonium Motorcycle Show is the perfect antidote for those dreary days when it seems like spring will never arrive. This is a huge three-day custom and antique bike show that also features a swap meet, celebrity meet and greets, as well as a bikini team finals. For more information on this show: http://www.cycleshow.net/index.html

April: MIROCK SUPERBIKE SPRING NATIONALS

This motorcycle drag racing event is held at Maryland International Raceway in Mechanicsville. In addition to the wild racing, this three-day event also features a bikini contest and a street bike corral. There will also be a midway filled with vendors. For more information, check out: http://www.mirockracing.com/

August: APPLE’S ANNUAL EAST COAST MOTORCYCLE RALLY

Enjoy five days of biking fun at this rally, which was formerly known as the East Coast Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Located in Little Orleans in beautiful Western Maryland, this rally is situated in the middle of miles of some of the best biking roads in the nation. The East Coast Motorcycle Rally will feature plenty of great food, bike games, live bands playing on two stages, rides, and best of all, a motorcycle demolition derby. Rally ticket prices include most activities and tent camping. For information on other types of lodging, event schedules and generally rally FAQ’s, check out: http://www.eastcoaststurgis.com/index.html

September: DELMARVA BIKE WEEK

Don’t miss this large, annual four-day rally held in Ocean City, Maryland. The DelMarVa Bike week typically draws thousands of bikers to enjoy the final warm days at the beach before fall takes over. This rally features live entertainment, great food, rides and lots of vendors. For more information on this rally and advice on places to stay, check out: http://www.delmarvabikeweek.com/default.asp

October: ANNUAL DELMARVA TOY RIDE

Join other bikers collecting toys for children. This Toys for Tots ride will leave from Ocean City and is sponsored by the SSgt Cohee Detachment of the Marine Corps. To find out more information about participating in this annual charity ride, check out this website: http://www.delmarvatoyride.org/

October: ANNUAL PINK PARTY

Help fight breast cancer by attending this annual party held at the Harley-Davidson of Annapolis. This party will feature delicious food, a silent auction and door prizes. All of the money raised during this event will be donated to a local charity. For more information, please see the events page of this website: http://www.annapolishd.com/

November: EAST COAST INDOOR NATIONALS CAR AND CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE SHOW

Hundreds of vintage American-made bikes and cars will be vying for approximately $10,000 in cash awards at this show, which will feature some of the finest vehicles on the East Coast. This show will also feature a DJ, a large vendor section, as well as an auction. This is a two-day show located in Timonium. For more info, please check out: http://eastcoastindoornats.com/info.html

 

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Massachusetts

Monthly: THE MANOMET MYSTERY RIDE

This group of riders welcomes all makes and models to join them on twice a month “mystery” rides. The mystery part is that only the designated leader knows where the group will be heading. This group typically has two rides a month. Both rides leave from Gellar’s in the Manomet section of Plymouth. The Sunday ride leaves at noon and typically lasts about four to five hours. Thursday’s run leaves around 7 p.m. and is shorter. For more information on these rides, please check out this website: http://manometmysteryriders.com/

January: THE ANNUAL SPRINGFIELD MOTORCYCLE SHOW

It may be too cold to ride, but it’s never too cold to enjoy motorcycles. The annual Springfield Motorcycle show, which is located in West Springfield, is the perfect way to stay warm while enjoying the sight of great bikes, while shopping for new gear and accessories in anticipation of another fantastic season of cruising.

Spectators will find lots to see and do at this show. There will be live bands and celebrities, a tattoo competition and even a motorcycle-themed fashion show. For more information on registering or attend this show and directions, please see: http://www.osegmotorcycle.com/index.html

January: NORTHEAST MOTORCYCLE EXPO

The Northeast Motorcycle Expo stops in Boston and Wilmington, giving bikers a chance to see the latest and greatest motorcycles, accessories and gear. This two-day show offers a lot of fun activities, a bike show, plus celebrity meet and greets. Vendors will also be on hand selling everything a biker will want or need for the coming year. For more info on the Boston show, please check out: http://www.kevmarv.com/expo.asp?type=show_boston

For more info on the Wilmington show, please check out: http://www.kevmarv.com/expo.asp?type=show_wilmington

May: ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE BIKES

For over 30 years, bikers have brought their motorcycles to this event to receive their annual blessings. This event is sponsored by the Cape Cod & Islands Chapter of the blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and will be held in West Dennis Beach. Donations are accepted and will be given to various charities. This is a popular event that attracts approximately 1,500 bikes a year. For more information and directions to the blessing, please see: http://blueknightsma6.tripod.com/blessing.htm

September: SHAYNE’S RUN
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This annual run is held in honor of Lance Cpl. Shayne M. Cabino, a Marine who died at the age of 19 in 2005 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 50-mile loop begins and ends in Sharon. There will be a DJ and cookout at the end of the run. Proceeds go to the Shayne M. Cabino Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to five Canton High School students. For more information about joining this run, please see: http://shaynesrun.com/index.htm

 

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Michigan
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October: ANNUAL KALAMAZOO MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET & PARTS EXPO

Stock up on all those parts you will need for your winter bike projects and get rid of some of the bikes and gear you no longer want at the Kalamazoo Motorcycle Swap Meet & Parts Expo.

2013 will mark the 40th year of this long-running sale, which is a can’t-miss event for bike lovers that is held in, of course, Kalamazoo. For more info on attending or vending at this event, check out: http://www.kalamazooswap.com/

February: PROGRESSIVE INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOW

This large, popular show makes a stop in Novi, Michigan. It features a custom builder show, a lineup of MotoGP race bikes, demo rides and a stunt shows. This is an excellent way to enjoy bikes without freezing in the February chill. It is also the best way to pick up all the gear you’ve been looking for in one stop. For more information and tickets, see: http://www.motorcycleshows.com/

May: PARAGON ROCKS THE BLESSING

For over 40 years, bikers have attended the Paragon Rocks the Blessing. This event typically attracts about 40,000 bikers from all over the nation to Baldwin to enjoy three days of food, the company of other bikers and checking out the vendors that set up in Baldwin. The blessing takes place on Sunday. For more information, check out the events section of this website: http://paragonspromotion.com/

June: ANNUAL STURGISFEST

Sturgisfest is a four-day rally that brings together a long weekend of food, family fun, bikes and live music. There will be kid’s activities and music all day. There is even a car cruise-in for those who aren’t fortunate enough to own a bike. This event is located in Sturgis, Michigan. For more information on lodging and this rally, check out: http://www.sturgisfestmi.com/index.htm

June: GREAT LAKES HARLEY ROUND-UP

Join other Harley lovers for three days of camping, hanging out, live music and cruising. There will be activities for kids, contests and onsite vendors at this event. This event, which is located in Interlochen, will be celebrating its 30th year of bringing Hog lovers together. Everyone must pre-register as there are no gate sales. For more information on this event, check out: http://www.cycle-moore.com/motorcycleshopcampground.php?page_location=roundup

July: DETROIT BIKE WEEK

Motor City is the home of this annual, three-day jam-packed rally that offers something for everybody. Detroit Bike Week features lots of live music, motocross, BMX stunt riders, cage fights and celebrity meet and greets. This event also features a custom bike show, biker games, a poker run and multiple rides. For more information and lodging tips, check out: http://www.detroitbikeweek.com/index.asp

 

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Minnesota

January: MINNESOTA PROGRESSIVE INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOW

Head over to the Progressive International Motorcycle Show to see the newest bike models and latest gear. This show will feature entertaining stunt shows, a custom bike show and celebrity meet and greets. Vendors galore will be at this event, so you'll be able to gear up for the upcoming riding season. For more information and a schedule of events for this Minneapolis show, see: http://www.motorcycleshows.com/minneapolis

March: DONNIE SMITH BIKE SHOW AND PARTS EXTRAVAGANZA

This annual two-day event, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012, is the Midwest's largest custom bike show. The Donnie Smith Bike Show and Parts Extravaganza is located in St. Paul and features a Saturday night happy hour with live music to kick everything off. There will also be a huge swap meet where bikers can find that part or old bike they've been looking for or sell off some of their old cycles. For more information on the show or swap meet, check out: http://www.donniesmithbikeshow.com/

June: ANNUAL PATRIOT RIDE

Join other patriotic bikers on a ride to show your support for all of Minnesota's military personnel and veterans. This event, which began in 2005, is a 60-mile charity ride, with all funds raised going to the Minnesotans' Military Appreciation Fund, as well as to the Minnesota Patriot Guard. In the past, approximately 4,000 riders and spectators have attended this event, which is located in Ham Lake. For more info on taking part in this great ride, see: http://www.thepatriotride.org/

July: POW/MIA REMEMBRANCE RUN
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The Underwood American Legion holds this annual run on the third weekend of July in Underwood. Of the money raised during this charity event, 85 percent is given to the Fergus Falls veterans home to fund activities for the residents, while the remaining money is put into a fund to build a memorial to veterans in Underwood. The POW/MIA Run includes a pre-run party, music and free camping. For more info, please see: http://www.post489.com/pow/Default.asp

 

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Mississippi
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March: GREAT SOUTHERN MOTORCYCLE EXPO

This annual event bills its bike show as the best in the South. In addition to the bike show, the two-day Great Southern Motorcycle Expo also features vendors, live music and delicious food. For more information or to obtain a vendor space, check out: http://www.gsmexpo2012.webs.com/

March: ANNUAL GULF COAST BLESSING OF THE BIKES

Get ready for the new riding season by getting your bike blessed at this annual event, which is held in Gautier, by the Christian Motorcyclists Association Chapter. In addition to the blessings, this event also feature children's activities, music and food. For more information on this event, check out: http://www.gulfcoast.org/visitors/events/index.cfm?EventID=1937

May: MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST MEMORIAL DAY BLOWOUT

This wild Gulfport event, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012, features biker games, drag races, great contests, a burn out competition and live music. The organizers of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Memorial Day Blowout do not recommend this four-day event for children. For more information and a list of events and entertainment, check out: http://www.gulfportmemorialdayblowout.com/main.htm

August: LABOR DAY BIKER PARTY

Looking for five days of biking fun, vendors and live music, then head over to the Labor Day Biker Party, which is held annually in Sandy Hook. There will also be a bike show and contests at this adults-only rally. For more information on camping, other lodging and event schedules, see: http://www.labordaybikerparty.com/default.aspx

October: ANNUAL LIL BIT'S MEMORIAL POKER RUN

Every year, the Iron Horse Community Church, which is a biker-friendly place of worship, holds a charity poker run in honor of Pat "Lil Bit" Luther, one of its founding members who had a reputation for helping others. The Poker Run proceeds are donated to a different beneficiary in need every year. In addition, winners of this poker run, which is held in Gulfport, receive cash prizes. For more information, please see: http://www.ironhorsecommunitychurch.org/index.html

 

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MISSOURI

Ongoing - JEFF WILLIAMS MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET

The Jeff Williams Motorcycle Swap Meets are held at various locations in the “Show Me” state during the year, including the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia and at the Twin Drive-In in Kansas City, Missouri. If you have been looking for a way to unload your extra bikes, spare parts or gear laying around your garage, or if you have had trouble finding that hard-to-find vintage part for your project bike, then you need to head over to one of these swap meets. For more information, dates and locations of the various Jeff Williams Motorcycle swap meets, please check out this website: http://www.jwswapmeet.com/

May – BIKERS WITH A MISSION

The money raised during the Bikers with a Mission ride goes to the City Union Mission, which provides services for the homeless men and women of Kansas City, Missouri. This 100-mile ride, which was started by the Disciples of Jesus Ministries in 1990, features a live band and lunch at its conclusion. If you are interested in taking part in this charity ride, please check out this website for more information: http://www.bikerswithamission.org/

May – MID-AMERICA FREEDOM RALLY

This biker rally, which began in 1988, is dedicated to the men and women of this nation who gave their lives to preserve the freedom of the United States. This is a popular four-day rally – approximately 2,500 people attended the 2012 event – that is held in Buckhorn. 

The Mid-America Freedom Rally typically features poker runs, contests, bands, vendors and both biker and non-biker events. One of the highlights of this rally is a midnight Rolling Thunder. 

Rally attendees must be 18 years and older. This event is sponsored by the locals of the Freedom of Road Riders. For more information on the rally, camping and the various events, please see: http://www.midamericafreedomrally.com/index.html

May to June – BRANSON MOTORCYCLE RALLY

This annual four-day rally bills itself as a celebration of the “Best Ridin’ Roads in the Nation,” so you can expect to enjoy some great rides during this event. The Branson Motorcycle Rally also typically includes live music, pit bike races, stunt riders, contests, poker runs and plenty of vendors selling the latest and hottest gear. 

This rally is held at the end of May at the Outback Roadhouse. Please check this website for more info on the Branson Motorcycle Rally and ideas on where to stay during the rally: http://www.bransonmotorcyclerally.com/index.cfm

September – LAKE OF THE OZARKS BIKEFEST

Enjoy four days of biker fun at this event that includes lots of live music, scenic rides and vendors. Its setting on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks makes this annual event even more special. For more information on lodging and the Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest, please check out this website: http://www.lakeoftheozarksbikefest.com/

November – FORR (Freedom of Road Riders) Local 19’s Annual Toy Run

FORR Local Number 19 has held this annual toy run since the mid-1980s. This is a police-escorted event that leaves from Kirskville and ends at the local Salvation Army. To participate in this ride, please bring at least one can of food and at least one toy that does not require a battery. For more information on this charity event, please see: http://www.forr19.com/
 

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MONTANA

July – KNIEVEL DAYS

Come celebrate this annual event that is held in honor of the greatest motorcycle daredevil that ever lived, Evel Knievel, in his hometown of Butte. This celebration is always held the fourth weekend in July.

Knievel Days is three days of excitement that includes great stunts, a poker run, a car and bike show and plenty of vendors. Trigger Gumm and Robbie Knievel are just some of the legendary stunt riders who have shown off their death-defying skills during past Knievel Days. For more information on these three days of exciting bike activities and shows, please check out: http://www.knieveldays.com/

July – MONTANA STATE H.O.G. RALLY

The annual H.O.G. rally brings Harley Davidson lovers from across the state and elsewhere together for three days each year to a different location in Montana. Riders get to enjoy discovering new rides they may not have known about in a state known for having some fantastic scenic roads.

The State H.O.G. Rally also includes games, live music, contests and a bike show. Bikers will also be able to find lots of vendors selling the latest in Hog gear and accessories at this event. For more information about locations, dates and lodging options for the Montana State H.O.G. Rally, please check out: http://www.mtstatehogrally.com/

July – ANNUAL POKER RUN

This annual poker run leaves and ends from the Buffalo Jump Sports Bar & Grill in Gallatin Gateway. Trips to Las Vegas are awarded at the conclusion of this poker run to the participants who have the best and worst hands. For more information about this event and camping or lodging, please see: http://www.buffalojumpsportsbar.com/default.aspx?pageid=12

July – BEARTOOTH RALLY AND IRON HORSE RODEO

Come enjoy three days of unbeatable rally experiences in Red Lodge, Montana. Bikers will get to enjoy some incredible rides, including the Hwy 212 Run, which takes participants through the infamous Beartooth Pass and along the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. There will also be live bands, a poker run and contests. Bikers can also compete in a number of events during the Iron Horse Rodeo, including barrel races, keg rolls and weenie bites. For more information about this rally and rodeo, please check out: http://beartoothrally.com/

August – ANNUAL BEARTOOTH BEEMERS

Although this rally is held by the Beartooth Beemers, this club welcomes all motorcycles to enjoy this annual four-day event, which is held in Red Lodge. Dinner is included with registration, and there will also be music and vendors. This rally has onsite camping and cabins available and is open to families, including children. For more information, please see: http://beartoothbeemers.org/

 

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NEBRASKA

May – MOTORCYCLES ON MAIN and THE RHINO RUN

Enjoy two great events for bikers that are held in conjunction with each other, the Motorcycles on Main rally and the Rhino Run, which is a Road Enduro, also known as a motorcycle time-speed-distance rally.

Motorcycles on Main is an annual Show and Shine that is held in Plattsmouth on its Main Street. The Rhino Run is also held in Plattsmouth and is a timed event in which riders must reach certain checkpoints at a certain time. Late or early arrivals to checkpoints will be penalized.

There will also be live music, as well as on-site vendors during this event. For more information about Motorcycles on Main, please see: http://www.motorcyclesonmain.com/

For more info on The Rhino Run, please see: http://www.therhinorun.com/

June – ANNUAL FACES RALLY

Want to have fun and support a good cause at the same time? Then head out to Upland for the annual Faces Rally, which is held to support The National Craniofacial Association in its efforts to help bring beautiful smiles to children born with facial deformities.
This three-day event includes a bike show, live bands, a fun run and a fireworks display. There will also be vendors on hand and free camping in the city park. Upland is located 12 miles south of Minden. For more information on this event, which has been held since 2001, check out: http://www.facesrally.org/

June – ANNUAL DAY OF THE HOG

This annual poker run is held in Omaha and raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, while also providing bikers with a fun time and a chance to win some cool prizes. In addition to the poker run, the Annual Day of the Hog will also feature a beer garden, a street dance featuring live bands, and plenty of vendors. All types of motorcycles are welcome to this poker run. For more information, please see: http://www.dayofthehog.com/

July – ANNUAL ANGELS STRAW BALE BIKEFEST

This is a four-day event that features biker games, contests, a rib cook-off, a bike show, live bands and a poker run. There is also free tent camping available for rally attendees. Children are welcome until 9 p.m. To find out more about this rally, which is held in Spencer, please check out: http://www.angelsstrawbale.com/home.html

 

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NEVADA

April – LAUGHLIN RIVER RUN

This is a huge rally set on the Colorado River that offers bikers five days of gambling, riding, live music and fun events. The Laughlin River Run, which has been held since the early 1980s, is the largest biker rally on the West Coast. The town of Laughlin is located on the border of Arizona and Nevada, and it is also very close to the California border, as well, so it attracts a large number of bikers from all three states. For more information on lodging options and a schedule of events, check out: http://www.laughlinriverrun.com/

June – STREET VIBRATIONS SPRING RALLY

Don’t have time to take off for a big week-long rally? Then the condensed two-day Street Vibrations Spring Rally will be a perfect fit for your schedule. Just like longer rallies, this one features vendors, ride-in shows, bike games and poker runs. This annual event is held in Sparks. For more information on discounted hotel rates and registration, check out: http://www.roadshowsreno.com/street_vibrations_spring.php

September – ANNUAL LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST

Come enjoy four days of ultimate rally fun in the ultimate party city, Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Bikefest, which began in 2000, includes a custom bike show, poker runs and wild contests and competitions. This event also features rides to some of the most scenic locations in the United States, including the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire and Red Rock Canyon. There will also be hundreds of vendors and lots of live music and entertainment. For more information, please check out: http://www.lasvegasbikefest.com/Content/Welcome-to-Las-Vegas-Bikefest-2012/1/

September – STREET VIBRATIONS ANNUAL FALL RALLY

This is a large annual event that attracts approximately 50,000 bikers to enjoy five days of custom bikes on display, poker runs, live music, lots of contests and crazy stunt shows. The Street Vibrations Fall Rally is held in several locations throughout the region, and there are event venues in Reno, Virginia City, Sparks, as well as Lake Tahoe. Of course, there are also lots of casinos in the area where, with a little help from Lady Luck, you might leave with more cash in your pockets than you left home with. For more information on this popular rally, please see: http://www.roadshowsreno.com/street_vibrations.php

October – BEATTY DAYS

Every year, the town of Beatty celebrates its birthday with a number of events, including a motorcycle show. Attendees to Beatty Days will find food contests, including a chili cook-off, live music and lots of family-friendly events. For more information, check out this website: http://www.beattynevada.org/BeattyDays2012.htm

November – LAS VEGAS HAWGS FOR DOGS ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE RIDE

This poker run, which began in 2000, supports Guide Dogs of America. There will be door prizes and lunch will be provided. If you know you will be in the Las Vegas area and want to participate in this ride, but won’t have a bike, you can rent one from the EagleRider dealership. For more information on this annual poker run, please check out this website: http://www.guidedogsofamerica.org/1/2012/07/2012_hawgs-for-dogs-ride/

 

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

January – NORTHEAST MOTORCYCLE EXPO

The exciting Northeast Motorcycle Expo, which makes a stop in Salem, is a biker’s dream. There will be tons of vendors and dealers showing off the latest and greatest bikes and gear, as well as entertaining competitions and celebrity meet and greets. For more information on this event, please see: http://www.kevmarv.com/

May – ANNUAL STATELINE MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET

This motorcycle swap meet, which has been going on since the late 1980s, is always held on the Sunday AFTER Mother’s Day in Dover. This is an indoor and outdoor event that will go on, rain or shine. All makes and models of bikes, parts and accessories are welcome. If you are in need of a part or looking for a special bike, there is a good chance you can find it here. The Stateline Motorcycle Swap Meet is also an excellent way to clean your garage out of all those extra parts and bikes that you no longer need. For more information on attending or vending at this event, please see: http://www.statelineswapmeet.com/

August – TEXAS ROADHOUSE MOTORCYCLE RIDE 7 RAFFLE

This ride benefits Homes for Our Troops, an organization that builds houses with special adaptations for severely injured military veterans. The Texas Roadhouse Motorcycle Ride, which began in 2003, actually consists of two rides that are held simultaneously. The northern New Hampshire ride leaves from Nashua and ends in Newington, while the southern ride starts and ends in Warwick, Rhode Island. Both of the rides include a pre-ride breakfast, as well as a post-ride barbecue and concert. Please check out this website for more information: http://www.homesforourtroops.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=109881

June – ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE MOTORCYCLES & GREAT NORTH WOODS RIDE-IN

The annual Blessing of the Bikes has been held since the mid-1970s, while the Great North Woods Ride-in has been going on since the late 1990s. This is a three-day event in Colebrook that includes a variety of activities, including a motorcycle rodeo, a bike show and a parade. In addition to the blessing of the bikes and the ride-in, there will also be vendors and live music. Colebrook is located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, so bikers can look forward to enjoying some fantastic scenic rides. For more information, please see: http://nhblessingofthebikes.tripod.com/

June – LACONIA BIKE WEEK

New Hampshire boasts one of the most famous, biggest and longest running rallies in the nation. In fact, this event celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2013. This nine-day festival includes stunt shows, contests, a motorcycle parade, bike shows and lots of live music, as well as all of the top motorcycle vendors and custom bike builders in the nation.

In addition, riders will get to enjoy many great guided rides through this incredibly scenic state. It is believed that the number of bikers who attend this rally each year numbers in the hundreds of thousands. For more information about this event, which is held in Laconia, please see: http://www.laconiamcweek.com/

 

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New Jersey

April – ANNUAL WILDWOOD SPRING RALLY

There is probably no better way to kick off another season of hard riding than to hit a springtime biker rally. The Wildwood Spring Rally is a three-day event that has been welcoming bikers to this beach town since 2005. This Jersey Shore rally will feature lots of vendors, live entertainment and some fun runs to help you break in your bike after a long winter lying dormant in the garage. For more information, please check out: http://www.wildwoodspringrally.com/index.html

May – NAM KNIGHTS OF AMERICA MC ANNUAL CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW

Come show off that bike or car you are so proud of at the NAM Knights of America MC Car & Motorcycle Show. This show, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012, is held in Carlstadt. For more information on attending or competing in this show, please check out: http://www.namknights.org/content/Annual_Car_and_Motorcycle_Show.aspx

June - ANNUAL POKER RUN & PIG ROAST

Rolling Thunder Chapter 3 NJ hosts an annual poker run and pig roast in Hope. The proceeds raised during this event benefit POW, MIA and veterans issues. There will be live music, as well as a DJ, food and vendors on site. If you are interested in participating in this charity ride, you can get more information by visiting this website: http://www.rollingthunder-nj3.org/index.php

July – ANNUAL NEW JERSEY ELKS MIRACLE RUN

This charity event features four poker runs beginning at four different starting locations. Bikers can choose to start from the Pompton Lakes Elks #1895, the Paramus Elks #2001, the Lacey Elks #2518 or the Bordentown Elks #2085. There will also be a scenic run that leaves from the Cranford Elks #2006. This annual Miracle Run features live entertainment, and refreshments will also be available.

Funds raised from this event go to support special needs children and Elks Camp Moore. All are welcome to attend this event, which has been held since the late 1990s. You do not need to be an Elks member to participate. For addresses of starting locations and other information, please check out: http://www.elksmiraclerun.org/index.html

September – ROAR TO THE SHORE

Life doesn’t get much better than bikes at the beach. With Roar to the Shore, you can enjoy four days of free motorcycle events, including live bands, a custom bike show, a poker run and even a Jersey Shore boardwalk ride. This rally, which is held in Wildwood, will also have a number of vendors selling great gear and accessories. Check out this website for more information on this fall rally: http://roartotheshoreonline.com/

 

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NEW MEXICO

May – ASPENCASH

This is a big money poker run, offering a total of $10,000 in prize money to the winners. Top prize for the high hand is $5,000. The AspenCash poker run rolls out of Ruidoso and takes about half day to complete.

The rally, itself, runs for a total of four days, and entrants for the poker run can choose what day to compete, either Thursday, Friday or Saturday. In addition to the poker run, this event also features live music, stunt shows and a huge trade show. For more information, please check out the following website: http://www.motorcyclerally.com/page5.htm

May – ANNUAL RED RIVER MEMORIAL DAY MOTORCYCLE RALLY

Join approximately 20,000 bikers for a big Memorial Day gathering in Red River. There will be live music all over town, as well as plenty of vendors to purchase gear and accessories from at this rally, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012.

The area around the Red River Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally contains some of the nation’s most beautiful scenic routes, including the 83-mile Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway. On Monday morning of the rally, all of the bikers gather for a ride to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Angel Fire. For more information on this rally and ideas on places to stay, please check out: http://www.redrivernewmex.com/?p=358

May – EAGLE VIEW MOTORCYCLE RALLY

The Eagle View Motorcycle Rally is five days of biker fun. Events include live music, a burn-out pit, lots of games to keep everyone entertained and a number of bike runs. When you’re not on your bike, you can enjoy shopping at the many vendors that will be on site during this rally. This is an adults-only event and you must be 21 years or older to enter the rally, which is located in Clovis. For more information about attending this rally, please see: http://www.eagleviewrally.com/index.html

June – FIRE AND ICE BIKE RALLY

Four days of crazy bike fun awaits all Fire and Ice Bike Rally attendees. This event, which began in 2000, includes a great lineup of music and entertainment, a bike rodeo and a poker run. Of course, there will be lots of vendors on site to help you load up on all of the best biker gear around. For more information on lodging options and this event, which is held in Grants, please check out: http://www.fireandicebikerally.com/default.htm

July – ROUGH RIDER MOTORCYCLE RALLY

Join approximately 10,000 or more bikers as they converge on Las Vegas, New Mexico – the other Vegas - for three days of rally fun. The Rough Rider Rally features plenty of live musical acts, poker runs, a bike show, motorcycle rodeo and competitions. Las Vegas, New Mexico is situated at a point where the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains meet, so expect to ride on some awesome scenic roads. For more information, check out: http://www.roughridermotorcyclerally.com/index.html

September – GOLDEN ASPEN MOTORCYCLE RALLY

This annual five-day rally is put on by the same people who produce May’s AspenCash. The Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally is always held the third weekend in September in Ruidoso Downs, and it includes a motorcycle parade, poker runs, a huge trade show, live music and contests. For more information about this rally, check out: http://www.motorcyclerally.com/page4.htm

 

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NEW YORK

January – NEW YORK PROGRESSIVE INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOW

This three-day motorcycle show is the perfect way to enjoy bikes without freezing. The latest models from all of the major motorcycle manufacturers will be on display, as well as the newest gear and accessories. In addition, there will also be a custom bike show, seminars from leaders in the motorcycle industry, as well as a display of MotoGP bikes. For more information on this show, which is held in New York City, please check out this website: http://www.motorcycleshows.com/podium

June – AMERICADE

Beautiful Lake George is the setting for Americade, the world’s largest touring bike rally. An estimated 50,000 to 100,000 bikers attend this huge five-day rally, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012. Americade includes stunt shows, poker runs, demos, rides through some of this country’s most beautiful areas, and a Friday night fireworks show. Bikers can also enjoy checking out the newest and latest gear at two TourExpo tradeshow sites. For more information on attending this awesome event, as well as on lodging options, check out Americade’s website: http://www.americade.com/

June – NEW YORK CITY HOG’S ANNUAL BIKERS AGAINST BREAST CANCER RUN

This run attracts between 500 and 1,000 bikes annually for a fully escorted, approximately 30-mile ride. This event, which is held in New York City, also includes live music, vendors and biker games. The Bikers against Breast Cancer Run benefits Shareing & Careing, and has been held since 1994. For more information, please check out: http://www.odypro.com/nyc-hog-bikers-against-breast-cancer-motorcycle-run-queens-ny.php

September – MISSION: LET’S ROLL!

Operation Patriot’s Mission: Let’s Roll is an annual tribute ride that is held in remembrance of all of the victims of the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11 and also in honor of this nation’s fire, police and military personnel. This escorted ride begins in Rochester. There will be music and food at the end of the ride. For more info, please check out: http://www.operationpatriot.org/

September – CATSKILL MOUNTAIN THUNDER

If you enjoy hanging out with your fellow bikers, the beauty of the Catskills and participating in lots of exciting events, then you’ll want to attend the Catskill Mountain Thunder rally. The four days of this rally include a bike show, live big-name bands and special guests, a fantastic fireworks display, runs, games and stunt shows. All types of bikes are welcome to this event, which has been held since the late 1990s. The Catskill Mountain Thunder Rally is locatedin East Durham. For more information and lodging information, please check out: http://catskillmountainthunder.com/

 

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NORTH CAROLINA

March – SLAYING THE DRAGON RIDE

Tackle North Carolina’s infamous “Tail of the Dragon” during Easter weekend with fellow owners of street and adventure dual sports. This annual event is held for four days and includes guided rides. The Slaying the Dragon ride roars out of the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge in Stecoah. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Slaying-the-Dragon-riding-event/137616229608146

April – BARRYS OBX BIKE RALLY

This annual three-day bike rally at the beach is a great way to begin the riding season. Barry’s OBX Bike Rally is held in Grandy and includes biker games, contests and live bands. Vendors will be on hand, as well, selling motorcycle gear and accessories. Admission is free. Any money raised during this event benefits Navy Seals who were killed in action. For more information, please check out: http://www.barrysbikerally.com/homepage.html

May – THUNDER IN THE SMOKIES SPRING MOTORCYCLE RALLY

This annual rally, which is held in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, includes live music, a bike show and bike games. There will also be a guided ride through the area, which is known for both its great scenery and fun twisties. For more info on the Thunder in the Smokies Spring Motorcycle Rally, which is located in Maggie Valley, please check out: http://www.handlebarcorral.com/Fall%20Thunder%20in%20the%20Smokys.htm

September – RAY PRICE CAPITAL CITY BIKEFEST

This three-day event attracts thousands to downtown Raleigh for a big biker gathering that features a parade of lights, a patriot ride, a bike show, live music and entertainment. It is estimated that about 100,000 people attended the 2012 event. All types of bikes are welcome to this event, which began in 2004. Of course, there will also be plenty of vendors selling biker gear and accessories, as well. For more information about this event, please check out: http://capitalcitybikefest.com/raleigh-motorcycle-rally-info-about.htm

September – BIKER BLUES BBQ RALLY

Looking for a biker event that you can take the whole family to? Then head over to the Biker Blues BBQ Rally for some good eatin’ and good ridin’. This two-day BBQ competition, which is held at Tilley Harley-Davidson in Salisbury, has become one of the biggest Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned events. In 2012, it is estimated that about 5,000 people attended the Saturday portion of this event alone. In addition to the BBQ competition, there will also be a poker run and a bike show. For more information, check out the following website: http://www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com/

November – CCHD ANNUAL BIKE SHOW

Show off your pride and joy at this great annual event. Participation is free; however, you must register. Festivities include face painting for the little ones and a tent sale. This show, which is held at the Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson in Wilmington, has been an annual event since the early 1990s. Please check out this website to register and for other information: http://www.carolinacoasthd.com/

 

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NORTH DAKOTA

March – FM CRUSADERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB’S ANNUAL BIKE SHOW

The two-day FM Crusaders Motorcycle Club's Annual Bike Show, which is located in Fargo, is a long-running bike show that has been held since the mid-1970s. This event will include activities for children and a silent auction. There will also be a party for an extra fee that features live music. Please see the following website for more information: http://www.fmcrusadersmc.com/

April - RED RIVER VALLEY MOTORCYCLISTS ANNUAL SHOW

This annual biker show, which is held in Grand Forks, is open to all ages. There is even a Junior class for kids who have a mini-bike they want to compete. Plenty of vendors will be on site, as well. Funds raised during this two-day show will be donated to a number of charities. Please see this website for more information: http://www.rrvmnd.org/index.html

June – CAVALIER MOTORCYCLE RIDE-IN

Looking for a way to celebrate Father’s Day biker style? Then head out to the Cavalier Motorcycle Ride In, which is always held Father’s Day weekend. This three-day event, which began in the late 1990s, is also known as the “Little Sturgis of the North.” The Cavalier Motorcycle Ride-in features a fun run, biker games and contests, live bands and vendors. Bikers can find free camping in Cavalier at City Arena and City Park. There is also a private campground and hotels to choose from, as well. Check out the following website for more information on this rally and lodging options: http://www.cavaliermotorcycleridein.com/#!

July – NORTH DAKOTA STATE H.O.G. RALLY

The location for the North Dakota H.O.G. Rally typically changes from year to year within the state, so make sure to check out its website for this event’s specific location and dates. This two-day rally typically features on- and off-bike games, a bike parade and rides. For more information, please check out this website: http://www.ndstatehogrally.com/

 

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OHIO

May – ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE BIKES AND BIKE SHOW

Start out the riding season by getting your bike blessed at this large gathering in Dayton, which was first held in 2000. In addition to the blessing, there will also be a bike show, live music and lots of vendors. This event benefits Ambucs and A Special Wish Foundation. For more information, please check out this website: http://www.blessingofthebikesohio.com/

June - OHIO BIKE WEEK

It doesn’t get much better than this – ten whole days of exciting biker events and activities. Ohio Bike Week, which takes over the town of Sandusky on the shores of Lake Erie, typically attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees each year. This incredible annual rally features numerous live bands, a burnout pit, stunt shows, a bike blessing, vendors and lots of rides.

Ohio Bike Week, which first came to life in 2001, is planned around the dates of the AHDRA Ohio Bike Week Nationals. For more information about this huge rally and lodging options, please check out this website: http://www.ohiobikeweek.com/default.aspx?PID=1

June – AHDRA OHIO BIKE WEEK NATIONALS

If you like your entertainment loud and fast, then you’ll love the All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) Ohio Bike Week Nationals, which is held at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk. This two-day event features sixteen classes of competition. For more information about these exciting drag races, please check out: http://www.ahdra.com/index.html

July – ANNUAL RUN TO OHIO VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL

Join other bikers in honoring our military veterans by participating in this annual run that stops at three Ohio Veterans’ Memorials and also at M.A.P.S. Museum. This free ride begins in Medina. After the ride, there will be food and live music. For more information, please check out: http://www.runtoohiowall.org/index.html

September – ANNUAL THUNDER ON THE STRIP

This three-day rally is held in Geneva-on-the-Lake and includes crazy stunt shows, a bar hop, live entertainment and crazy contests. There will, of course, be plenty of vendors, as well, at this fall bike rally, which first sprang to life in 2007. For more information on Thunder on the Strip, check out its website: http://www.thunderonthestrip.com/index.htm

October – THUNDER ON THE RIVER

Enjoy an afternoon and evening of biking fun in Franklin. This annual event features a bike show, a burn-out contest and a stunt show. In addition, there will be plenty of food and vendors on site, and a ride to raise for money for the food pantry. For more information about Thunder on the River, please see: http://thunderontheriverfranklin.com/

 

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OKLAHOMA

February – ANNUAL OKLAHOMA MOTORCYCLE SHOW

This long-running, huge annual event, which celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2012, is held in two heated indoor venues in Oklahoma City. Are you proud of your bike? Then enter it in the show to see if you can win a cash prize or a trophy. If you just want to enjoy looking at beautiful bikes and shopping at motorcycle-related vendors, then the annual Oklahoma Motorcycle Show is also for you. For more information or to register for the show, please see: http://www.jwswapmeet.com/

July – DEEPWOODS RALLY

This rally offers participants three days of fun contests, vendors, live entertainment, people and bike games, and lots of wild partying. The Deepwoods Rally is held for three days on 110 acres in Cameron, with 20 acres available for tent camping and another 20 acres available for RV’s, although there are no hook-ups. This is an adults-only event, so you must be 21 years old to enter. For more information and a schedule of events, please see: http://www.deepwoodsrally.com/index2.html

September – BUFFALO BIKE RUN

This annual bike run, which roars out of the Buffalo Run Casino and Resort in Miami, Oklahoma, boasts over $100,000 in cash prizes, with the first place winner guaranteed a whopping $25,000. Bikers can enjoy two days of riding, lawn mower races, a scavenger hunt, stunt shows and top musical acts. For more information on camping, RV parking or lodging, please check out this website: http://www.buffalobikerun.com/HOME.aspx

October - SPARKS HALLOWEEN BIKER BASH

Enjoy lots of tricks and treats at this Halloween biker rally that will feature a fireworks show, crazy games both on and off bikes and a burn-out pit. This is a four-day annual rally held at Sparks America Campgrounds. For more information about camping and this biker bash, which is located in Sparks, check out: http://www.sparksamericacampgrounds.com/

November - ANNUAL OKLAHOMA GOLD RUSH MID-AMERICA GRAND PRIX CHAMPIONSHIP

The Oklahoma Gold Rush, which began in 1995, attracts riders from across the United States to compete against one another on a combination asphalt and dirt Grand Prix course. This exciting two-day event features classes for motorcycles, quadrunners and UTVs.

The Oklahoma Gold Rush's challenging race course consists of a mile and a half of asphalt and eight miles of unpaved sections that include obstacles. This is a unique and thrilling event to see or to compete in. For more information about the Oklahoma Gold Rush, which is held at Hallett Motor Speedway in Jennings, please see: http://okgoldrush.net/index.html

 

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Oregon

April – ROSE CITY OREGON 250

The Rose City Oregon 250 charity event has been held annually since 1990. Proceeds from this ride benefit the Providence Brain Institute. The Rose City Motorcycle Club is located in Portland and is Oregon’s oldest AMA chartered road club. To participate in this event, please check out this website: http://www.rose-city-mc.org/RCFrameset.html

May – ANNUAL FOSSIL CAMPOUT

The Fossil Campout, which celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2012, offers bikers four days of activities and entertainment. This event features a bike rodeo, contests, a scavenger hunt, bike rodeo, live music and vendors, and it is held in Bear Hollow Campground in Fossil. For more information on this event, please see: http://www.fossilcampout.com/docs/12fossil.pdf

May – ANNUAL BIKE AND STREET ROD BLESSING

The Coos County Oregon chapter of Bikers for Christ hosts this annual event that benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Participants who register for this event will receive a wristband with the name of a patient at St. Judes. Registration also includes BBQ, live music and entry into the poker run. For more information, please see this website: http://coosbfc.com/BikeBlessing/about.html

June – ANNUAL UNIONS FOR KIDS MOTORCYCLE POKER RUN AND CHILI COOK-OFF

This event includes a poker run, chili cook-off, vendors and a silent auction. The money raised during the 2012 poker run and chili cook-off, which was also the 10th anniversary of this event, benefited the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

This Portland-based poker run is open to all riders and boasts a challenging course that features twisties and great scenery. For more information on this event, please see: http://www.unionsforkids.org/

June – ANNUAL CHIEF JOSEPH RALLY

The Chief Joseph Rally is a four-day event put on by the BMW Riders of Oregon. It is held in the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day. This rally offers bikers a slew of great riding opportunities through the beautiful Strawberry Mountains, as well as lots of vendors and seminars.

Rally goers can camp on the fairgrounds, if they would like, but there is also a nearby RV camping ground, as well as hotels close to the event. For more information on the Chief Joseph Rally and lodging options, please see: http://bmwro.org/chief-joseph-rally/

June – ANNUAL BIKE FEST

This annual Bikefest is a free, one-day event that is held in downtown Cottage Grove. It features a poker run, a live band, motorcycle games and a bike show with cash prizes. For more information on this event, please see: http://star339.com/bikefest.htm

December - ORIGINAL ROGUE VALLEY TOYRUN

This charity run has been held on the first Saturday of December since 1980 and is one of the oldest, continuous rides in the United States. The Rogue Valley ToyRun benefits the Children’s Miracle Network and has grown to attract about 1,000 participants each year. For more information on the starting location of this ride, which runs through the City of Medford, please contact: http://www.roguevalleytoyrun.com/

 

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PENNSYLVANIA 

May, August, September – PENNSYLVANIA RALLY ON THE RIVER

There are three Pennsylvania Rally on the River annual events held during the year. All three feature bands, bike games, vendors and various games. Bikers can also enjoy some interesting guided rides, as well. For more information about the Pennsylvania Rally on the River events, which are held in Northumberland, please check out this website: http://www.parallyontheriver.com/

June – JOHNSTOWN THUNDER IN THE VALLEY

The first Johnstown Thunder in the Valley was held in 1998 and attracted 5,000 bikers. Today, this popular four-day rally now regularly attracts 200,000 or more bikers each year. The Johnstown Thunder in the Valley Rally features a variety of runs and rides, lots of live music, a burnout tour and stunt shows. A number of vendors will be on site, including some that will be displaying new models, while others will be offering demo rides. For more information on the rally and lodging options, please see: http://www.visitjohnstownpa.com/thunderinthevalley/

July - GETTYSBURG BIKE WEEK

Historic Gettysburg is the site of this large annual four-day rally. Gettysburg Bike Week features poker runs, a bikini contest, an awesome fireworks show, a parade of chrome, a bike show and bike games, as well as a large number of vendors. Book your camping site or lodging accommodations early to guarantee a spot. For more information, check out Gettysburg Bike Week’s website: http://www.gettysburgbikeweek.com/index.html

July - ROAR ON THE SHORE

This free event began in 2007 and is a major fundraising event for the Erie area and also one of the nation’s fastest growing bike rallies. It is estimated that Roar on the Shore draws approximately 80,000 bikers to enjoy three days filled with great bands, bike contests and games, as well as rides along the shores of Lake Erie. There is also a motorcycle parade that is one of the largest escorted rides in the nation. For more information on Roar on the Shore and accommodations options, please check out: 
http://www.roarontheshore.com/about.php

November - ANNUAL TOY RUN FOR THE KIDS

This long-running charity event is held by A.B.A.T.E.'s Pennsylvania Delaware Valley Chapter in Philadelphia. During the parade, which starts at Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street, riders will escort Santa Claus and the Grand Marshall down the route. The organizers ask bikers to please bring a new toy -- no stuffed animals, please, and they also request that riders not wear Santa Claus costumes. All motorcycles are welcome to this event, which has been held since 1980. For more information, please check out the Delaware Valley A.B.A.T.E. website: http://delawarevalleyabate.com/

 

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RHODE ISLAND

July – ANNUAL CAR AND BIKE SHOW

Ocean State Harley-Davidson hosts an annual bike and car show in Warwick. This event, which has been held since the mid-1990s, will have refreshments available during the show. For more information, please see the Events page of this website: http://www.oceanstatehd.com/

August – TEXAS ROADHOUSE MOTORCYCLE RIDE & RAFFLE

This event, which began in 2003, benefits Homes for Our Troops. There are two simultaneous rides. The Northern Ride leaves from Nashua, New Hampshire and ends in Newington, New Hampshire, while the Southern Ride starts and ends in Warwick, Rhode Island. The registration fee includes a breakfast before the ride, and then a barbecue and concert afterwards. Home for Our Troops builds specially designed homes for injured veterans. For more information on this ride, please see the Events page of this website: http://www.homesforourtroops.org/site/PageServer?pagename=hfotevents

August - imPOSSIBLE DREAM MYSTERY RIDE

This charity ride, which began in 1992, is a benefit for the imPossible Dream Foundation of Rhode Island, which uses the funds it raises to make the “impossible dreams” of chronically ill kids a reality. The Mystery Ride is done in “Follow the Leader” fashion, with only the ride captain and his blockers aware of where they are heading. Several hundred bikes typically participate in this fully police-escorted ride, which begins in Warren. This event features a buffet and music. For more information on this charity event, please see: http://www.mysteryride.info/index.htm

August - LEHIGHTON BIKE NIGHT

This bike night, which will celebrate its 15th year of existence in 2013, is the largest event in the picturesque town of LeHighton. Come enjoy a bike show, a run and live music. Vendors will be on site selling food and other items. For more information on this event, please see: http://experiencelehighton.com/bike-night/

September - RIDE FOR HOPE

This charity run, which is held in West Greenwich, raises money for the ALS Association. ALS is short for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a terrible affliction that is also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The Ride for Hope, which began in 2004, includes a motorcycle run, music, a bike rodeo and a pig roast. For more information on this charity ride, please check out: http://alsrideforhope.weebly.com/

 

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SOUTH CAROLINA

March - CAROLINA MOTOR MADNESS

Carolina Motor Madness is an annual car and bike show held in Fort Mill. In addition to the show, this event will feature live auctions and performances by local bands. The organizer of this event is The Tega Cay Lions Club and all net funds raised will go to charity. For more information and to register your bike for the show, please check out: http://www.carolinamotormadness.com/index.html

May - MYRTLE BEACH BIKE WEEK
This is the biggest bike rally in the Carolinas. Bikers can enjoy ten whole days of exciting activities, including poker runs, great bands, guided rides and lots of vendors. Myrtle Beach Bike Week is held during the second week in May and typically draws hundreds of thousands of attendees. For more information about this huge rally and lodging options, check out: http://www.myrtlebeachbikeweek.com/events/spring-rally/ 

May - ATLANTIC BEACH BIKE FESTIVAL

This rally is also sometimes referred to as Black Bike Week. It is held every Memorial Day weekend and has been since the early 1980s. Events occur all around Atlantic Beach and the Grand Strand area, which is located in Horry County. This event typically draws hundreds of thousands of participants to enjoy great music, contests and vendors. For more information on this rally and accommodations, check out: http://www.myrtlebeachbikeweek.com/events/atlantic-beach-bikefest/

July - ANNUAL ANTIQUE BIKES ON MAIN

If you love checking out vintage bikes, then the annual Antique Bikes on Main, which is held in Chesnee, is the event for you. This is a family friendly and free event that has been held on the last weekend in July since 2005. Although the actual Antique Bikes on Main is held on Sunday, this biker weekend also features a prayer ride on Saturday, as well as a two-day free swap meet. During the event, bikers will enjoy live music, plenty of food and lots of vendors. For information on lodging or attending this event, please check out: http://www.antiquebikesonmain.com/

November - ANNUAL TOY RUN
Join fellow good-hearted bikers on this annual toy run in Simpsonville. Please bring one unwrapped toy as your registration fee to this event, which began in 2002. This is the only official Toys for Tots run in Upstate South Carolina. Bikers are encouraged to decorate their bikes in the holiday spirit, and those who do can ride up front. In addition to the run, this event will also feature live music. Please check out the Events tab of this website for more information: 
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December - ANNUAL VETS' CHRISTMAS MOTORCYCLE CHARITY RIDE

This charity ride, which first started in 2001, brings Christmas presents and joy to hospitalized veterans at Dom VA Hospital and to two homeless shelters. Before the ride, the Boy Scouts will be cooking pancake and sausage breakfasts for donations. The annual Vets' Christmas Motorcycle Charity Ride is an excellent way to bring happiness to veterans who may not otherwise have a Christmas and to help the Boy Scouts earn money. For more information about this event, which is held in Columbia, please see this website: http://www.vetsride.org/theride.aspx

 

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SOUTH DAKOTA

March – ANNUAL SWAP MEET AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW

This is a long-running two-day swap meet and motorcycle show that first began in 1980. This event, which is held in Sioux Falls, features a bike show, entertainment, a tattoo contest and vendors. Bike show participants can also advertise their motorcycles for sale in the show. For more information on this show and swap meet, please see the Chapter and then the Events page of this website: http://www.abatesfsd.org/events.html

May – MEMORIAL WEEKEND IN MITCHELL

The Memorial Weekend in Mitchell’s poker run has been held since 2002. Funds for this charity event benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. There will be lots of other activities during this weekend, as well, including music and a golf tournament. For more information, please see: http://memorialweekendinmitchell.com/

June – CLARK COUNTY RIDERS ANNUAL BIKE RUN
The Clark County Riders Annual Run is a two-day, adults-only event held in Bradley. You must be 21 years or older to attend this event that includes live bands, a poker run, bike games and lots of vendors. This event, which has been held since the early 1980s, also has free tent camping. For more information, check out: http://www.clarkcountyriders.com/event.php


August -- STURGIS MOTORCYCLE RALLY

This is arguably the best known of all of the motorcycle rallies in the United States. It is also the biggest. Each year, between 300,000 and 500,000 bikers converge on the small town of Sturgis for this rally, which is traditionally held during the first full week of August. 

The first Sturgis Rally was held in 1938. It was a race that drew nine competitors, as well as a small audience. Over the years, the Sturgis Rally has grown into a seven-day-long event, filled with non-stop activities, including free live music, stunt shows, contests, demo rides and bike shows. You’re guaranteed to have all of the big-name vendors on site at this premier event, as well. There are also lots of guided rides through the surrounding area, which includes the scenic Badlands and the Black Hills. For more information about this huge rally and lodging options, please check out: http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/

August – ANNUAL CUSTER CRUISIN’

The small town of Custer has its own annual week-long biker rally. Activities include some excellent rides, including trips to Custer State Park’s 18-mile wildlife loop, Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, a poker run, as well as an annual veteran’s ride and ceremony. This event, which welcomes all makes and models of motorcycles, also features a bike show and lots of vendors. For more information, please see: http://www.custercruisin.com/events.html

 

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TENNESSEE

April – RALLY AT THE STRIP

Head out to Newport for the annual Rally at the Strip, a wild and crazy three days of biker fun that includes live bands, dirt drag races, fireworks and wild contests. This is an adults-only event and you must be at least 21 years old to enter. Bikers can also try their hand at the Guns of Freedom, an arsenal of automatic rifles. For more information on the rally, camping and lodging options, please check out: http://www.rallyatthestrip.com/

April - ANNUAL MID-SOUTH MOTORCYCLE AND CAR SHOW

This is a two-day show held in Memphis. In addition to the motorcycle and car show, there will also be dealers showing off their newest models and lots of vendors selling great gear and accessories. For more information, please check out: http://www.cycleshows.com/

May – THUNDER ON THE ROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL AND BIKE RALLY

The Thunder on the Rock Rally is held in Monteagle. in the beautiful Cumberland Plateau area. This rally, which began in 2006, offers bikers three days of biker games, a bike show, a parade, exciting bands – including a battle of the bands -- and lots of vendors. You must be 18 years of age or older to attend. Free camping is available. For more information, please check out: http://www.thunderontherock.net/

July - RIVER CITY BIKERS ANNUAL RALLY

Head out to Memphis for the annual River City Bikers Rally. Events will include live entertainment, a swimsuit competition, a bike show and vendors. For more information on this six-day rally and hotel options, please check out: http://rivercitybikersroundup.com/index.html


November – ANNUAL TOY PARADE RIDE

Be a part of Nashville’s oldest and largest Annual Toy Parade escorted motorcycle ride through the downtown area. This event has been held since the mid-1990s. The day’s activities include an after party with live music. The Annual Toy Parade Ride benefits Metro Police Department charities. Riders are asked to bring either a cash donation or an educational toy. For more information, please see the Events listing of this website: http://www.boswellsharley.com/


November – RALLY AT THE STRIP II

Like the spring rally, Rally at the Strip II is held in Newport. There will be lots of fun activities, including a burnout pit and vendors. If the weather is not cooperating, the rally organizers have made plans so that they can move some events inside. Bikers can camp for free on the grounds, and the Guns of Freedom automatic rifle arsenal will again be available for bikers to try. http://www.rallyatthestrip.com/

 

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Texas

March – THUNDER ON THE COLORADO BIKE RALLY
Smithville, Texas is the site of this rally that has been held since 2006. Thunder on the Colorado features bands, a parade through downtown Smithville, fun runs, biker games and a bike show. There will also be plenty of vendors on site. This rally is for adults, 21 years and older. For more information, please check out: http://www.thunderonthecolorado.com/

August – TEXAS ANNUAL NATIONAL BIKERS ROUNDUP POOL PARTY

Join other bikers for a pool party in Dallas. This event is for “grown folks,” 21 years and older. Everyone is encouraged to wear swimwear or sexy summer wear to this party, which has been held annually since the late 1970s. There will be hip hop entertainers, as well as a DJ. For more information, please check out: http://2012nbrpoolparty.eventbrite.com/


November – LONE STAR RALLY

The Lone Star Rally is the largest four-day biker rally in the United States. This premier event features big-name talent bands, a metric and a custom bike show, a poker run and lots of games and competitions. In addition, many celebrity bike builders are usually in attendance, as well as television celebrities.

All of the big-name biker vendors will also be at this Galveston rally, showing off their newest products and models. For more information on the rally, lodging and activities, please check out: http://www.lonestarrally.com/index.html

November – THREE SISTERS VETERANS RALLY

The annual Three Sisters Veterans Rally honors the men and women of our military who have so admirably served our nation. On the Saturday morning of this four-day rally, there is a wreath-laying ceremony, the playing of taps, a flyover, and a 21-gun salute.

The other main purpose of this rally is to enjoy lots of great rides, which is fitting, given that it is named after a trio of the most challenging roads in the nation, the Three Sisters. Bikers will spend time riding these and other Texas Hill Country roads full of twisties and sweepers.

This rally also features biker games, contests and live music. Money raised during this event is donated to local Veterans charities. For more information about the rally, which is located in Camp Wood, and lodging options, please check out: http://www.threesistersrally.net/home.html

December – ANNUAL TOY RUN

The Longriders Motorcycle Club holds a toy run that has been held annually since the mid-1980s in Tyler. Riders are requested to bring toys, food or money to support this charity ride. All donations will benefit the Children’s Village, as well as local families. There will be chili served after the ride. For more information, please see the Events page of this website: http://www.longridersmotorcyclecluboftyler.org/home_events

 

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UTAH

March - ANNUAL POLAR BEAR RUN

Celebrate the end of winter by taking part in this annual Polar Bear Ride, which had its 35th anniversary in 2012. This event is put on by the Salt Lake Motorcycle Club. There are refreshments at the beginning of the ride and a chili lunch at the end. This ride, which is held in Salt Lake City, happens no matter the weather conditions, even if participants have to drive in a cage rather than on their bikes. For more information on this ride, please see: http://home.comcast.net/~salt_lake_motorcycle_club/slmc_home.htm

May - VULTURE RUN

This poker runs is held in Draper and is a fundraiser for Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church. There will be a festival at the end of the run that features live entertainment, carnival rides and a car show. The ride takes approximately five hours to complete. For more information on this charity ride, please see: http://www.sjb-parish.org/vulturerun.html

May - FALLEN PATRIOT RIDE

The Fallen Patriot Ride is an annual ride in Lindon that is sponsored by the Templar Knights Motorcycle Club. Proceeds from this charity run benefits the families of fallen or disabled military members. Registration for this event includes a T-shirt, breakfast and lunch. Please see the following website for more information: http://templarknightsmc.com/fpr/

July - ANNUAL THUNDER ON THE MOUNTAIN RALLY

The Thunder on the Mountain rally, which celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2012, takes over Brian Head for two days of biker excitement. This rally begins with a Meet and Greet and includes a poker run, live music, and bike games. Proceeds from the rally benefit the Brian Head Volunteer Fire Department and related charities. For more information, please check out this website: http://www.thunder-rallies.com/

August - ANNUAL BACON RUN

The Bacon Run started in 1999 as a combination salute to police motor squads and a way for the public to get to know the police officers. The ride is called "The Bacon Run" as a play on police being called "the pigs." To play along with this theme, the lunch served following the ride consists of pig-related items, such as ham sandwiches and pork ribs.

Bikers who participate in this Salt Lake City ride are traditionally taken through the scenic five lakes area. All proceeds raised during this run will go to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah. For more information, please check out this website: http://thebaconrun.com/

 

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VERMONT

May - VERMONT THUNDER

Riding in Vermont Thunder is a way to show your appreciation for the United States military during Memorial Day Weekend. This ride, which began in 1992, has provided funds for hundreds of military veterans and their families over the years through the sale of patches and flags.

Vermont Thunder, which is a free event, typically draws about 1,000 riders for an approximately 125-mile ride through beautiful Vermont countryside. The ride starts at the Vermont Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which is located in the Sharon Welcome Center on I-89 on the northbound side. For more information on this great ride, please see the following website: http://www.vt-thunder.org/index.html

July - CROSSROADS MOTORCYCLE RALLY
The three-day Crossroads Motorcycle Rally in Waterbury is put on by The Flying Hogs Riding Group. This rally includes rides through this very scenic area, great live music, plenty to eat, various contests, a bike and car show. The rally ends on Sunday with a Blessing of the Bikes.

The organizers donate part of the funds raised during the Crossroads Motorcycle Rally to the Vermont chapter of the Make a Wish Foundation. For more information, please see: http://crossroadsmotorcyclerally.com/2011/

July - ANNUAL GAYLE SHELDON BENEFIT RIDE & FAMILY FUN DAY

Bikers can enjoy a nice 100- to 125-mile through the Green Mountains while also raising funds to go to the Foley Cancer Center and to raise awareness about brain cancer. This Rutland event, which was started by Gayle Sheldon's family in 2008, includes a pig roast at the end of the ride, live music and children's activities. For more information, please see:
http://www.gaylesheldongbm.com/Home.html

August - KINGDOM THUNDER

This annual charity ride, which begins in Jay, benefits Healthy Change Initiative. The Kingdom Thunder ride begins with a Blessing of the Bikes and ends with live music and a chance to get something to eat for a small extra fee. For those who arrive on the Friday night before the ride, there is a party for a $5 cover charge. For more information on this charity ride, please see:
http://www.kingdomthunder.org/index.php

August - KILLINGTON CLASSIC

Come enjoy four days of biking activities and fun, including a bike parade, poker runs, guided tours through the beautiful Vermont countryside and a number of electrifying stunt shows. The Killington Classic will also have a vendor village that will feature motorcycle displays and demos. Bikers will find some of the best roads in the nation in this area. For more information about the rally, please see: http://www.killingtonclassic.com/

 

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Virginia

April - BLUE RIDGE BIKE FEST
Virginia bikers can welcome the riding season in with this bike fest held in the town of Roanoke in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This event, which began in 2008, is open to all types of bikers and features live music and stunts. For more information, please see: http://www.blueridgebikefest.com/

April – HOGS4HOKIES

The Hogs4Hokies ride is an annual event that occurs on the last Saturday in April and is held to raise awareness and funds for the VA Tech Foundation ’32 Named Memorial Endowments Fund. This fund was created to honor the 32 students murdered in the Virginia Tech massacre that occurred in 2007. The Hogs4Hokies ride leaves from Manassas and Richmond and then stops in Charlottesville for lunch before ending in Blacksburg. In addition, to the ride, there is a dinner held at the New River Valley Harley Davidson in Christiansburg. For more information, please see: http://hogs4hokies.org/Welcome.html

May – ANNUAL RIDE OF THE PATRIOTS TO ROLLING THUNDER

At about 4,500 bikes, the Patriots to Rolling Thunder ride is the largest open contingent of bikers to head to the Rolling Thunder’s Ride for Freedom in Washington, DC. Patriot Harley-Davidson, which is located in Fairfax, has been hosting a total of four days of biker events since the late 1990s, including a ride to a candlelight vigil at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Friday. Chapter members also participate in the Falls Church Memorial Day Parade.

Of course the highlight of the four days is riding in Washington, DC's Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, which attracts about 400,000 bikers a year and is now the biggest one-day motorcycle event in the world. Police will escort the bikers leaving Patriot Harley-Davdison through the city of Fairfax and Arlington County to Rolling Thunder’s staging area at the Pentagon. For more information about Ride of the Patriots, please see this website: http://www.dwcllcsolutions.com/rop_new/default.asp

September - RATTLE THE RUNWAY RIDE

This is a commemorative ride held in honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The event has been held either at Washington Dulles International Airport or the nearby National Air and Space Museum- Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center since 2003. Approximately 1,200 bikes now take part in this ride, which begins in the Dulles Airport area and rides to the Pentagon to visit the Pentagon Memorial. For more information about this commemorative ride, please see: http://www.rattletherunwayride.com/index.htm

November – ANNUAL TEDDY BEAR RUN

The Blue Knights Virginia III host this annual event, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012. The ride starts at the VFW in Mechanicsville and rides to the Children’s Hospital. Past events have collected as many as 1,500 teddy bears and attracted approximately 1,000 bikes. For more information about this worthy event, please check

 

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WASHINGTON

June - REPUBLIC MOTORCYCLE RALLY
The small town of Republic is the site of this three-day annual rally, which has been held since 2007. This rally is set in a very scenic portion of Washington and boasts a number of great ridin' roads. The Republic Motorcycle Rally features live music, bike games and races, a bike show and many vendors. For more information on the Republic Motorcycle Rally, please check out this website: http://www.republicrally.com/

July – WILDWOOD RALLY
This three-day rally, which was first held in 2009, is held at the Deep River Campground in Rosburg. The Wildwood Rally features live music, a bike show and contests. For more information on this event, which helps raise money for Pacific County A.B.A.T.E., please check out: http://www.wildwoodrally.com/

July – ANNUAL SMOKEOUT CHOKEOUT RALLY

The annual Smokeout Chokeout is a two-day rally that has been held since 2005. It features a burn-out contest, a bike run and live music. This event is held at the Speakeasy in Yakima. For more information, please check out the following website: https://www.facebook.com/thespeakeasy

July – TUMBLEWEED RUN MOTORCYCLE RALLY

Join other bikers having fun at the three-day Tumbleweed Run Motorcycle Rally in Winthrop. This event, which began in 2003, features a bike parade, poker walk and run, contests, bike show and games. All models and types of bikes, and even cages, are welcome at this event. For more information on the Tumbleweed Run Motorcycle Rally, please see: http://www.tumbleweedrun.com/index.htm

August – ANNUAL TENINO ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET AND SHOW

Head over to the three-day Tenino Antique and Classic Motorcycle Swap Meet and Show on the third weekend in August. This long-running show, which started in 1980, is an excellent place to find that OEM or antique part you’ve been looking for or to get rid of gear or bikes you no longer need. This event also features a back roads ride and a custom car show. For more information, check out the information on this website: http://www.evergreenamca.org/index.html


December – ANNUAL OLYMPIA TOY RUN

Join a herd of rumbling bikers on a toy run that goes from Lacey to Olympia. This annual ride, which celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2012, has attracted as many as 18,000 bikers in past years. Riders are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy or money for admission. All toys and money collected during this ride are donated to the Salvation Army to be given to needy children. This ride is open to all types of bikes. For more information on this fun, yet important event, please see: http://olytoyrun.com/
 
 

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WEST VIRGINIA

June – ANNUAL BLUES, BIKES AND BBQ

Avalon, a clothing optional resort in Paw Paw, hosts the Annual Blues, Bikes and BBQ party on its front lawn. This event will feature live music, great food and a motorcycle show. There will also be a number of vendors at Blues, Bikes and BBQ, which was first held in 2000. For more information about this day of biker fun, please see the Activities & Events tab of this website: http://www.avalon-resort.com/index.html

June – CAPITOL CITY BIKER BASH

This is a two-day biker block party in Charleston that features vendors, a bike parade, a ride and bike games. For more information on the Capitol City Biker Bash, please check out this website: http://www.capitolcitybikerbash.com/Home_Page.html

July – ANNUAL RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES POKER RUN

Support a good cause by riding your bike in this annual poker run that benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Morgantown. This run, which began in the mid-1990s, ends with a dinner and a party. For more information about participating in this Morgantown charity poker run, please see the News and Events tab of this website: http://www.rmhcmorgantown.org/

July – MOUNTAINFEST MOTORCYCLE RALLY

Morgantown is the site of one of the fastest growing rallies in the country, Mountainfest. This rally features famous bands, death-defying stunt shows, a chopper show and a poker run. There will be a lot of vendors at this rally, including some offering demo rides. In addition, bikers can participate in a parade that passes through West Virginia University’s main campus. For more information about the Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally and lodging in the area, please check out: http://mountainfest.conceptenvy.com/

July – STATE H.O.G. RALLY

The site of this gathering of Harley Davidson lovers changes from year to year. In 2012 and 2013, for instance, this big rally was held in Snowshoe, while in 2011, it was held in Charleston. Events featured at this event include poker runs, live bands, a parade, a bike show and lots of vendors. Bikers can also enjoy a number of escorted rides on West Virginia’s many scenic routes. For more information about this rally and lodging options, please check out this website: http://www.wvstatehogrally.com/
 
 

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WISCONSIN

June – LONGRIDERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB ANNUAL SPRING FLING

The Longriders Motorcycle Club invites anyone 21 years and older to join them for their annual Spring Fling. This event, which is held in Florence, includes live bands, contests, a poker run, biker Olympics and a pig roast. Camping is free. For more information on this event, please check out the Upcoming Events page of this website: http://longridersmc.org/Home_Page.php

June – HORSES AND HOGS

Horses and Hogs is a unique annual Ford Mustangs and Harley show, which is held in Fond du Lac. This event will also have live music and family-friendly activities. For more information about this event, please check out: http://www.horsesandhogs.com/

July – MIDWEST MOTORCYCLE RALLY

The Midwest Motorcycle Rally is a four-day-long event that is held in La Crosse. It includes bike games, a bike show, a blessing of the bikes, as well as a number of guided tours, including ones through the bluffs and along the area’s many rivers. All types of bikes are welcome, as are all ages. Of course, there will also be a number of vendors selling all types of biker gear and accessories at this event, which has been held since 2007. For more information on the Midwest Motorcycle Rally and suggestions on lodging, please check out this website: http://midwestmotorcyclerally.com/mmr/

August – MILWAUKEE RALLY

The Milwaukee Rally is the Midwest’s largest free biker rally. Activities include burnout pits, runs, swap meets, runs, lots of live music and other entertainment, and contests are held at various Harley-Davidson locations throughout Milwaukee. This rally will also boast tons of great food, vendors, swap meets, and previews of new bike models. For more information about this big rally and suggestions for accommodations, check out: http://milwaukeerally.com/

November - VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION

The Harley-Davidson Museum, which is located in Milwaukee, will have a number of family-friendly events in honor of Veterans Day. Veterans, military members and their families can enter the museum for free (up to four children and one additional adult). For more information and hours, please see the Tours, Events and Exhibits page of this website: http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_US/Content/Pages/HD_Museum/museum.html

November – BLAZIN’ YULETIDE RIDE

Join other bikers in an annual Holiday Light Parade sponsored by the Harley-Davidson Museum. All makes and models of bikes are welcome in this parade. Entry fees will be donated to Arts@Large. Participants who pre-register will get a free H-D Museum admission and a gift. For more information and to register, please see the Tours, Events and Exhibits page of this website: http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_US/Content/Pages/HD_Museum/museum.html

 

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WYOMING

June – WYOMING STATE HOG RALLY

Each year, the Wyoming State H.O.G. Rally is held at a different location in the state, so check the website for the exact location. The H.O.G. Rally is typically three days long and includes poker runs, biker games and a bike show. For more information on this rally and suggestions on places to stay, please check out this website: http://www.wystatehogrally.com/index.html

August – HAM ‘N JAM
The Ham ‘N Jam is a large, informal gathering of bikers who make their way to the small town of Hulett -- population 400 -- on the Wednesday of the big Sturgis rally. This event features live music and free food. This website has some information about this rally: http://www.wyomingtourism.org/travelguide/detail/Hulett/31446

 

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