January 7, 2013 by Rider Newsletter Staff
2013 Motorcycle Event Schedule
Time to get ready to go!
2013 is underway and it’s never too early to start planning for the riding season. With that in mind, we present our new annual schedule of events. This is not by any means a comprehensive listing. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of local and regional events. These are the ones that turned up most often in the search engines.
We’ll be updating our list throughout the year, so be sure to check back once in a while.
Easyriders Bike Show Tour February 8 – 10, Columbus, Ohio. This is just one of the Easyriders Tour events. See the Easyriders Web site for details on other locations and dates. Many of the events will feature cast members from the show “Sons of Anarchy.”
Timonium Motorcycle Show – February 8 – 10, Timonium, Maryland. See new 2013 motorcycles along with customs of every variety. There’s also a huge swap meet, so if you’re looking for parts and accessories, this event may be for you.
Daytona Bike Week – March 8 – 17, Daytona Beach, Florida. This event has been going and growing since 1937. Great rides, events, food and entertainment. For many, Daytona is the official beginning of the riding season.
Bama Bike Fest Spring Motorcycle Rally – March 21 – 24, Forkland, Alabama. Their Web site may be a mess, but their intentions are good. The goal is to have fun while raising money for the Kidney Foundation.
Arizona Bike Week – April 10 – 14, (Pre-rally, April 5 – 9) Scottsdale, Arizona. This year’s leading act is the Doobie Brothers. You’ll also see Charlie Hunnam “Jax” from “Sons of Anarchy.” Events, test rides and tons of items for sale.
Angel City Spring Rally – April 17 – 21, Unadilla, Georgia. Angel City is said to be the first town built for bikers. Lots of great events, a custom bike giveaway and great music in a venue that resembles on old western town.
Laughlin River Run – April 26 – 28, Laughlin, Nevada. Described as a sliver of the Colorado River Valley where Nevada, California and Arizona meet, this location combines outdoor activities and natural beauty with great food and gambling.
Leesburg Bikefest – April 26 – 28, Leesburg, Florida. Every year, 300,000 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts take over the town of Leesburg for three days of parties, rides, events and good times. The city streets are reserved for motorcycles only during the event. Each year, Leesburg features famous musical acts such as Foghat, Quiet Riot and Leon Russell.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week – May 10 – 19, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. This area offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Both the Spring and Fall Rallies are billed as events for people who love to ride. Lots of great food and attractions are available on the road. Official rides are posted in February.
AspenCash Motorcycle Rally – May 16 – 19, Ruidoso, New Mexico. Live music, poker rides and a huge tradeshow are highlights of this annual event. Check the Web site for schedules and event details.
Red River Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally – May 22 – 27, Red River, New Mexico. At 8,750 feet above sea level, the Red River area offers an incredible background for rides and events. Music, chair lift rides, disc golf and a large vendor area give you plenty to do when you’re not enjoying the local scenery from two wheels.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Memorial Day Blowout – May 24 – 27, Gulfport, Mississippi. Billed as the kickoff for the Gulf Coast tourist season, this event features drag races, burnouts, entertainment and just plain partying. Lots of space for camping is available.
Ohio Bike Week – May 31 – June 9, Sandusky, Ohio. Held on Lake Erie coast, this event is famous for its three day block party, among other things. Unlike many motorcycle events, Ohio Bike Week features family areas and special events for kids. Cedar Point Amusement Park provides a special destination before, during and after the event.
Americade Touring Motorcycle Rally – June 4 – 8, Lake George, New York. Ride the Adirondacks, take a balloon ride, go whitewater rafting, see the latest bikes and accessories and a lot more. The TourExpo beach opens on June 1 this year, so make your plans.
Redwood Run – June 7 – 9, Piercy California. If you think the Kiwanis club can’t throw a pretty wild party, you haven’t been to Redwood Run. As always, it’s for a good cause (or several) and the location is beautiful.
Street Vibrations Spring Rally – June 7 – 9, Sparks, Nevada. The fifth annual rally includes live entertainment, poker runs (and walks), VIP events and much more. AND – it’s in beautiful Sparks, Nevada.
Laconia Motorcycle Week – June 9 – 17, Laconia, New Hampshire. This event has been around for an astonishing 90 years! Product demos, tours, bands, wet T-shirts and a lot more in a terrific area for riding. Many events raise funds for Autism Speaks. The American Police Motorcycle Museum is nearby and hosts several events.
Hogrock River Rally – June 13 – 16, Cave in Rock Illinois. Warning: this is a wild one. A quick look at the Web site reveals several “clothing optional” events and locations. Wet T-Shirt? Naw…how about What T-Shirt? Not for the faint of heart.
Republic of Texas Biker Rally – June 13 – 16, Austin, Texas. With 50,000 participants and 200,000 spectators, this rally is a big deal. Music is king in Austin and the ROT Rally has featured many leading musical acts such as Willie Nelson, Joan Jett, Hank Williams, Jr. and Charlie Daniels.
Bike Week Oklahoma-Sparks America – June 13 – 23, Sparks, Oklahoma. Good, old fashioned crazy partying is on tap at this event. Judging by the photos on the Web site, this is clearly for adults only. Should be a great time.
Rally on the River, QC – June 12– 15, Davenport, Iowa. This event is under new management, so details are yet to come. They promise big name entertainment, a great new location on the Mississippi River, excellent rides and a lot more. Check the Web site for details as they are announced.
June Bug Boogie – June 20 – 23, Cookeville, Tennessee. Another wild one for adults only. Plenty of live music, sexy contests, challenging riding events and just plain fun.
Johnstown Thunder in the Valley – June 20 – 23, Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The entire population of Johnstown and surrounding areas get together each year to welcome bikers to a special event. They are proud of their city and the attractions it offers. With events both on and off the bike, this is one rally with something for everyone.
Harley Rendezvous Classic Motorcycle Rally – June 21 – 23, Pattersonville, New York. This event celebrates its 30th year in classic style. Join riders from around the country at a truly beautiful location. Details are being added to the Web site, so check it out.
Bama Bike Fest Summer Rally – June 27 – 30, Forkland, Alabama. Like the spring version in March, the Summer Rally offers fun events for a good cause. The Web site is not great, but you’ll find updated info there.
Good Vibrations Motorcycle Rally – July 12 – 14, Salem, Oregon. This event is produced by Roadshows, Inc. and is focused on the latest and best bikes, great rides and fun things to do.
Indiana Boogie – July 18 – 21, Springville, Indiana. ABATE of Indiana are holding the 33rd annual event featuring entertainment, competitions and great times. Past events have featured high-end acts like Ted Nugent, Lynyrd Skynrrd, Foghat and Three Dog Night. This year’s lineup is in the works, so check the Web site.
Roar on the Shore Bike Rally – July 18 – 20, Erie, Pennsylvania. This free event draws more than 80,000 bikers each year to ride and enjoy the unique beauty of northern Pennsylvania. The locals go out of their way to welcome riders and make their stay memorable and fun.
Kentucky Bike Rally –, Sturgis, Kentucky. Dates and details to be announced.
Carlisle Bike Fest – July 19 – 21, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The promoters call it a three-day celebration of all things motorcycle. There are bands, races, giveaways, demo rides and a lot more. This year, they will be building bikes from scratch onsite to demonstrate how custom motorcycles are created.
Detroit Bike Week – July 26 – 28, Commerce Township, Michigan. Details on the fourth annual event will be added to the Web site soon.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – August 5 – 11, Sturgis, South Dakota. As the 73rd annual event approaches, the little town of Sturgis prepares for the most famous motorcycle event of the year. If you’re planning to be there, don’t wait to get everything set up. Is this a big event? Well, there’s a 230 page guidebook you can download (for $23.99) so you know what’s going on. After all, it’s Sturgis!
Milwaukee Rally – August 28 – September 2 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Lots of beautiful rides, events and entertainment.
Roar to the Shore – September 5 – 8, Wildwood, New Jersey. This is a free motorcycle rally event featuring rides, a custom bike show, vendor displays and great entertainment. See the site for more details.
Tomahawk Fall Ride – September 11 – 15, Tomahawk, Wisconsin. This is as much a music festival as it is a motorcycle event. Past years have featured some big name acts such as Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer and Foghat. With beautiful woods and lots of lakes, the area offers spectacular riding scenery.
Delmarva Bike Week – September 12 – 15, Ocean City, Maryland. Held in four different locations, this event has something for everyone. Demo rides, giveaways, live music, great seafood and a lot more.
Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest – September 12 – 15, Kaiser, Missouri. You could not ask for a more beautiful place to ride than Lake of the Ozarks. Details are still being worked out, but you can count on great food, fun events and unforgettable rides.
Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally – September 18 – 22, Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. Home of the 2013 AMA National Road Riding Convention. You’ll find an 86,000 foot tradeshow, tours, free meals and lot’s of events.
Bikes, Blues and BBQ – September 18 – 21, Fayetteville, Arkansas. A BBQ contest, free music, motorcycle thrill shows, demo rides and the beauty of the Ozarks marked the 2012 event and the promoters are promising even more this year.
Reno Street Vibrations Motorcycle Festival – September 25 – 29, Reno, Nevada. They call it a celebration of music, metal and motorcycles and it has proven to be just that over the years. More than 50,000 people take part in the rides, giveaways and events. And, there’s also Lake Taho.
Las Vegas Bikefest – October 3 – 6, Las Vegas, Nevada. What could be better than three days in Las Vegas? Gambling, parties, motorcycle shows, pretty ladies, you name it. How about rides to places such as Lake Mead, The Grand Canyon, the Valley of Fire and Hoover Dam? It’s party city combined with a rider’s paradise.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally – October 2 – 6, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. It’s Fall on the Strand and the weather is perfect. So is the company and so are the special events. Although shorter than the Spring version, there’s plenty to do and see. Details will be on the Web site.
Biketoberfest-Daytona Beach – October 18 – 21, Daytona Beach, Florida. In addition to nice weather, you’ll enjoy shows, rallies music and racing at the famous Daytona International Speedway. Manufacturers will show off their latest hardware and you’ll be able to take part in some memorable rides.
Bama Bike Fest Fall Rally – October 24 – 27, Forkland, Alabama. The third of the annual series in Forkland. Check the Web site for details.
American Heat Motorcycle Rally – October 25 – 27, Palm Springs, California. A wonderful location bordered by mountains and beautiful desert cities, Palm Springs is a classy place to party.
Lone Star Rally – October 31 – November 3, Galveston, Texas. Bret Michaels has a free concert and you can meet Charlie Hunnam, “Jax” from “Sons of Anarchy.” You’ll also get to rub elbows with leading manufacturers reps and a few hundred thousand of your closest friends. All in sunny Galveston.
Roscoes Chili Challenge – November 7 – 10, Lakeland, Florida. If you like chili and you like motorcycles and you’re over 21, this is the event for you. Lots of eating and partying and generally fooling around in the sun…unless it rains. There’s a lot of history behind this event and it’s grown every year. Be sure to check the Web site for details.
Now, take you pick, hit the Web and make your plans. Oh, and don’t forget to stop by The UsaTrailerStore.com to find the perfect trailer to make your trip easier and more fun. No matter where you’re going, with one of our affordable, high-quality motorcycle trailers, you really CAN take it with you.
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