The 5 Best Rides In Sturgis
Planning your itinerary for the 81st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally? Whether you’re a first-time participant or attend the rally annually, be sure to include these top…
We’ve created a database of motorcycle rallies, group rides, multi-day biker events, and more for you to choose from. These are for riders of all experience, though we encourage you to read up and choose events that are suitable for you and whoever you’re traveling with. Most of all, we hope you find an awesome adventure (or 5) to go on!
KS Bike Run
(1st Sunday of every month):
This monthly one-day run is a great tradition located in Cassoday, Kansas. Convenening each first Sunday of the month from March to October, the original group of riders was the Christian Bikers Association. They kept building out their riders until the group represented a strong contingent of locals and visitors alike who just want to share the quaint small town vibes and the passion for motorcycle riding in Kansas.
Thunder on the Street
(Jun 12, 2021):
Pleasanton, Kansas puts on a show for this combination motorcycle rally and blood drive. Soldiers for Jesus hosts fundraising for a number of charitable foundations while simultaneously entertaining its participants for an afternoon of riding adventures. This family event captures the ethos of taking care of our own in the motorcycle community while helping any and all in need.
(July 17th, 2021):
An action-packed day of racing, free-riding, and checking out awesome machinery awaits you at the July DuQuoin Mile in Illinois. While this is an experience for riders of all skills, there is often a bit more serious of a crowd at the Mile, as the focus is on racing and high-performance bikes. Nonetheless, there is always the party spirit and camaraderie that comes along with any motorcycle rally in Illinois, so be prepared for a raucous time.
(September 4th 2021):
Illinois loves iconic competitions, and the Springfield Mile certainly qualifies as one of them. With two different race flights for spectators to enjoy alongside a heap of food, drinks, and motorcycle activities, you’re going to want to get tickets to this classic before it sells out. This Harley Davidson and Law Tigers sponsored event has been a national event since 1937, so you’re taking part in one of the longest running national traditions on the motorcycle mile racing circuit.
The Park City Chill
Kansas’ largest indoor motorcycle show is back in action with a fall classic to remember. With fashion shows, concerts, and the best food in the region, it’s going to be difficult to pack in all your favorite activities, but this a rally for the adventuresome. As such, be ready to eat, drink, ride, and revel in this huge celebration of Kansas motorcycle culture.
Thunder in the Hill Country
(March 25-28, 2021):
One of the premium rallies in Texas, this Bandera bash packs as much fun as you can imagine into a country weekend. With motorcycle shows, biker rallies, poker runs, and amenities to serve all sorts of motorcycle enthusiasts, you could go to this event every year for a decade without seeing all of it. Their pre-registration sells out quickly, so make sure to follow them on social media to see when the dates for next year’s events are live.
Ride to Remember
The world’s largest single-venue motorcycle poker run gets over 1000 entrants each year. The event is held in support of Oklahoma’s first responders, and all proceeds are donated to related charities. The run starts at Papa’s Leather Barn in Bethany, and staging and breakfast is at 9:00 am sharp.
AZ Cycle Swap
(April 30th, 2021):
Another Southwestern classic, this bike show and swap meet is held to show off bikes, accessories, and gear. The riders and vendors treat each other with a great amount of respect, almost turning it more into an active workshop every weekend. We highly recommend reserving your spot well in advance, as booths fill up quickly for every Cycle Swap.
Elite Street Fest
(May 1-2, 2021):
This Texas-sized event in Humble is anything but that – they put on a great time for all patrons who show up for the two day street-fest. With stunt shows, drifting, bike/skateboard demos and the litany of usual group rides and rallies, Elite Street Fest gets a diverse group of active participants through its doors. Coupled with great food and drink vendors and the typical Lone-Star state hospitality, and it’s hard to imagine someone not having a great time during the annual event.
The Front Row Moto Show
(May 30th, 2021):
Arizona has one of the biggest motorcycle communities in the country, and Phoenix hosts the Front Row Moto Show each year to show off their enthusiasm. Located at the Eleven10 Moto Garage, the bike show features top vendors, custom bikes, and plenty of giveaways to keep the crowd pleased through what is sure to be an exciting day of motorcycle riding and education.
Central Texas Rally
(June 11-12, 2021):
This Round Rock, Texas classic is a summer ride that attracts locals and tourists alike. With multiple group rides and awesome giveaways by sponsors such as Harley Davidson, Law Tigers Texas, and Wind Therapy Freedom Riders, the group vibe is very relaxed and community-oriented. Don’t mistake that for being a quiet time, though – there is plenty of music, drinks, and great vendors to bring the party during this weekend event.
(Aug 21st, 2021):
The Arizona desert and Peoria’s amazing motorcycle culture play host to a 1-day race in August. There are Twin Races, Singles, and Supertwins scheduled, as well as side rides and other attractions for riding enthusiasts who don’t take part in the track portion. Make sure to head to the great southwest for a celebration of high-speeds and the motorcycle community in Arizona.
Ladies in Leather Parade and Rally
(September 9-12, 2021):
College Station, Texas, is home to the preeminent ladies’ ride and rally in the country each year. Though anyone is welcome to attend, the focus is on empowering women through celebrating sisters who take the lead on life’s adventures. The group rides and rallies all have significant messaging about unity and support for women in riding, and it is a caring group that wants to bring joy to the motorcycle community and life in their own unique way.
4:44 Motorcycle Show
(September 10-11, 2021):
El Paso, Texas is a terrific place to head to in the fall. The weather is nice, the people are hospitable, and they know how to show their motorcycle riders a good time. The 4:44 Show is a riding and racing showcase for the public held at the Epic Railyard Event Center each year. This year includes Flat Track racing, as well as sound-off competitions along with all the typical group rides and rallies!
(September 11, 2021):
Certainly an event to remember, the Crude Roundup embraces the rough parts of life while simultaneously celebrating their integration to it. Raising money for the ‘Cancer Sucks Foundation’, this huge event brings out the true giving spirit of the motorcycle community in Tulsa. Though its charitable nature is for a serious cause, don’t be fooled: this event is truly a party. Don’t miss out on one of the great rides and rallies in the South this year.
Tulsa ABATE Toy Run
(December 21, 2021):
This special holiday gathering of the Tulsa ABATE is meant to raise awareness for their group, round up toys for children in need, and bring riders together for some seasonal cheer. Make sure to check in on their activities and gatherings beforehand as well if you’re in the area – ABATE is one of the most active clubs in the region and always putting on great events.
Spring Fling @ Cat House in Eureka
(April 21-25, 2021):
A spring fling like no other motorcycle rally, this four-day festival in Eureka Springs should be clearly marked on your calendar. Adam Sandoval is one of the partnered participants, there are group rides, salsa dance contests, and even a ‘Miss Spring Fling’ bikini contest. The food and vendors are sure to dazzle your palette, so head on down for a diverse heck of a good time in Arkansas!
The Patriot Ride
(May 15th, 2021):
Sponsoring the Wounded Warriors of Mississippi, this sprint of an event takes place in Gulf Port each May. Put on to support the men and women who are in service, it also acts as a community-building event for those who love to ride and enjoy life. The connectivity between motorcycle riders and service people has always run strong, and the spirit of this event is all about giving people the best opportunity to live life to the fullest.
Memorial Day Blowout
(May 28-31, 2021):
Gulf Port, Mississippi, is no stranger to hospitality and a good time, and their Memorial Day Blowout highlights the best of both worlds. Motorcycle riders from around the nation are welcome to join in for a weekend of gaming, riding, live music, and a party to remember. This year is sure to be one of the best yet as Mississippi will be celebrating a renewed spirit of community and freedom to adventure.
Lace, Grace, & Gears
(June 24-27, 2021):
Arkansas knows how to show support for its communities – and this one spans ladies, riders, and veterans all at once! The largest Female Rider Rally around takes place in Rogers, and has a dual-purpose party as it supports women veterans. Simultaneously, there are countryside rides and raucous gatherings to show off the motorcycle community all at the same time, so be sure to head on down this June for the Parade of Sisters.
Hot Springs Bike Fest
(September, 9-11, 2021):
In its namesake location of Hot Springs, Arkansas, this fall festival highlights the union of the great outdoors and Southern riding spirit. There is a ton of different lodging to enjoy around rides, hikes, fishing, and games. There is live music to listen to, beverages to swill, and one of the nicest communities of motorcycle riders in Arkansas to connect with.
The May Ride
(May 15th, 2021):
Come on down to San Marcos, California, this May to get a down-south riding experience created by two great friends. Clint August and Marc Baluch were just a couple of Harley enthusiasts who wanted to put on a charitable fundraising event, and it has turned into one of the biggest group rides in the area. Now in their 17th year, they have over 5000 people attend the festivities after each ride.
Realities Ride and Rally
(May 29, 2021):
The 20th annual Memorial day weekend ride is going to be a 5-stop rally this year. The whole motorcycle community of Fort Collins, CO seems to make its way out along with national and international riders who want to take part in group rides, poker runs, breakfast, and live music. Come show your support and raise funds for children that are silenced by abuse all while getting to know the best rides in CO.
Angel Hands Foundation Ride and Event
(June 5, 2021):
A Murray, UT poker run and ride that also raises money for a good cause – how could you not want to partake? Co-hosted by the Law Tigers, this ride supports children in the AHF program by donating $.97 of every dollar raised. Sign up today for the 18th annual fun run and make sure to see what great group rides and meals are surrounding the actual event as well!
Bagger Racing League
(June 25th-27th, 2021):
Hosted by the town of Erda, Utah, this is a competitive rider’s dream weekend. There are 3 days of live-action on the track, stunt shows, and adventure rides all throughout this event. There are four different classes of racing for you to choose from, as well as several RV Camping and VIP lodging experiences. There is something for riders of every skill level and interest to be had, so get your tickets before they sell out!
Salute to American Veterans Ride
(August 21st, 2021):
Cripple Creek, CO, has a strong culture of motorcycle enthusiasts as well as support for veterans. These two intersect for one day in August, as the group rides to celebrate veteran riders is a celebration of honor, tribute, and taking on challenges in life. Don’t miss out on your chance to ride with Commander Jackson and the crew this year during the 28th annual outing!
Daytona Bike Week
(March 6-13 2021):
This official Harley-Davidson-Sponsored event is celebrating its 80th year of romping and riding in Daytona, Florida. There are self-guided tours available of the Daytona Speedway, as well as motorcycle rally biker parties throughout the week. This is one of the largest motorcycle events today, so be prepared for a true spectacle.
Outer Banks Bike Week
(April 17-25, 2021):
A Harley-Davidson sponsored motorcycle week is always a good time. One of the premier spring riding events on the eastern half of the United States, this North Carolina classic is celebrating its 18th anniversary. Southern hospitality, food, and riding spirit will be on full display this year, so come prepared.
(April 28-May 2, 2021):
Thunder Beach is back for its 21st annual rally and rides in Panama City, Florida! This action-packed weekend is a party that highlights the Full Throttle Florida experience while bringing bikers from around the globe together to celebrate the community. There are bike shows, rallies, and VIP camping experiences to be had. Similarly, there’s not a corner to turn that doesn’t have a bar, restaurant, or live music. Hop on your bike and head on over, but make sure to get tickets before they’re gone!
Steel Horse Rally
(May 7th-8th, 2021):
Steel Horse is one of the most revered events in Arkansas, as riders from all over the country gather in Fort Smith to honor all who serve. The junction of two communities makes for some unbelievable parades, rallies, and group festivities, all while raising money for related charities. While the weather may be a little on the warm side during May in the South, the amenities provided are outstanding, and the rally is one of the best-run events in the area.
CVMA 1st Annual Poker Run
(May 08, 2021):
This first-time event takes place in historical Fredericksburg, Virginia, and features a ride and poker-hand contest as the name would suggest. Proceeds go to the Semper K-9 Assistance Dogs, and you can bring riders, rebuy, and most have a great time enjoying the open road.
(June 5-10, 2021):
If Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is not on your radar as one of the premiere motorcycle rally locations in the country, then we refer you to The Chase. A week of outdoor enthusiasm, motorcycle rallies, local vendors, and all-around good cheer kicks off in this Southern Haven, and spans over 1,000 miles of open road on the way through a race to remember. This is a competitive event for classic motorcycle riders, but we welcome any and all enthusiasts to kick off the race or meet us at the finish for a party to commemorate this year’s cross-country challenge.
Laconia Bike Week
(June 13-20, 2021):
The historic Laconia, New Hampshire motorcycle event with almost 100 years of history will ride on, even after suffering through a 2020 that included a pandemic and their headquarters burning down. Their event evokes the tough spirit of the town, riders, and those who want to celebrate in spite of obstacles put in front of them – so get ready to rev your party engine with live music, rides, and entertainment throughout the week.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
(Aug 6-15 201):
This 10-day gathering in Sturgis, South Dakota brings motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world together to ride and revel in the biking lifestyle. Any and all are welcome to participate in the festival-style gatherings, concerts, and great dining. Most of all, the scenery and riding of the Black Hills National Forest are top-notch.
4 Corners Rally
(Sep. 3-5, 2021):
As its name would imply, this is a southwest bike fest that takes place in Colorado right near the famed 4 Corners. With celebrity band Avenged Sevenfold, the attractions are almost as good as the mountain-air riding, camaraderie, and bike expos that will be going on throughout the weekend.
(September 9-26, 2021):
Get ready for an event that draws a unique group of riders looking to make a splash! Located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, this is an antique endurance run that is revered for its difficulty. All told, it is one of the most recognized litmus tests of skill and spirit in the motorcycle community. There are surrounding events for those looking to partake in lighter festivities, but we always recommend connecting with the main event to get a feel for how intense the competition and camaraderie is at Motorcycle Cannonball.
Bikefest at Lake of the Ozarks
(Sept 15-19, 2021):
The self-proclaimed Ultimate BikeFest Experience is back in action for 2021. This Harley-Sponsored Event is another raucous waterfront festival that features good eats, great rides, and a party you won’t want to miss. Missouri knows how to treat its motorcycle community, so gear up for Bikefest Lake of the Ozarks this year!
Bikes, Blues, & BBQ
(September 18-26, 2021):
This week of rallies, group rides, and all-around celebration of motorcycle + Southern culture culminates with a rally in Fayetteville, AR from the 22nd-25th. Around it, there are mapped rides, side events, and industry-leading vendors to keep everyone having a good time. Make sure to check out their site for tickets and a detailed list of events.
(October 8-10, 2021):
This Birmingham, Alabama classic has something for everyone spread over an action-packed three-day weekend during the fall. There is onsite camping, golf, entertainment, and – of course – awesome group rides and rallies. In its 16th year, Barberfest shows off the world-famous Barber Museum as well as routes through local parks, city outskirts, and a campground filled with local vendors and live music.
High Seas Rally
(Oct 22-29, 2021):
If you didn’t realize how much you needed a motorcycle cruise in your life, that is all about to change. Picture two ridiculous bastions of entertainment jammed together with your motorcycle community, and you get the High Seas Rally. With no shortage of action, this cruise hits Port Canaveral, Nassau (in the Bahamas), and a slew of other notable stops. Onboard you’ll have the games, gambling, dancing, and festivities of a cruise. On land, you can get group rides, rallies, and all the adventuring you can get on two wheels. This event speaks for itself, but it also sells out quickly so hustle!