Sturgis, South Dakota – You can almost hear the rumble on the horizon as the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally gets set to kick off on Monday, August 8. This year promises to be the best one yet, as the highly-anticipated annual event will be celebrating its 76th year. This iconic gathering is only weeks away, but it’s not too late to make your plans to attend. The official rally won’t get underway until August 8 and wraps up on August 14.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is back
As always, the Black Hills offer opportunities for some of the most breathtaking rides in the country that include great stops including Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, and the Badlands. Rides like these are just part of what keeps the motorcycle masses returning to Sturgis every summer- that, along with premiere musical entertainment, bike shows, hundreds of vendors, and plenty of food and drink, have made the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally a perennial must for many.
If you don’t like to ride out on your own there are many organized rides this year including the Annual Mayor’s Ride, Annual Boz-Bros Ride, Sturgis Angel’s Ride, Carey Hart Ride, and the Sturgis Mayor’s Pub Crawl. Motorcycle events and races will be taking place all week at the Sturgis Dragway, as well. Many top competitors from around the country will be taking part in this year’s unprecedented event. There is a class to suit everyone’s fancy as nine racing classes will be featured, ranging from ET to Top Fuel Nitro.
Performing artists are scheduled to appear all week at various locations in and around Sturgis, including the Glencoe Camp Resort Pavilion, Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Knuckle Saloon, Loud American Roadhouse, Iron Horse Saloon, and the new Full Throttle Saloon now located at the Pappy Hoel Campground and Resort (formerly the Broken Spoke). At the Jackpine Gypsies Club Campground, rally-goers will be treated to a variety of Moto-X events, including Pro/Am short track, Verta-X hill climb, and Pro hill climb.
Message from Michael Ballard in regards to the New FULL THROTTLE SALOON.
If Shakespeare is your thing, you’ll want to check out the performance of Motorcycle Macbeth. Not your grandmother’s Shakespeare, the Bird Cage Theatrics Company of Newcastle, Wyoming, will present an edgy and modern adaptation of the legendary tale of ambition, power, prophecy, and death. This contemporary version includes Shakespeare’s original dialogue with the addition of bikes, leathers, and torching explosives. The event will be hosted by Larry and Twylla Napolitano at the Flying V Lodge and includes dining and camping options for patrons. For tickets head to www.birdcage.theater
Speaking of camping, you will need a place to crash and rest up for each day’s activities. As usual, a variety of lodging options are available. There are more than 300 places to stay in and around the rally, ranging from primitive camping to comfy family-friendly accommodations.
Sturgis boasts dining options, too, to satisfy any and every taste. From full-service restaurants to delicatessens and food trucks, hungry patrons will find burgers, pizza, pasta, and all types of traditional fare. For the more daring diner, there is a native game and exquisitely prepared buffalo. If it’s just a drink you’re looking for, a brewery, winery, coffee shop, or bar is never very far away.
Events are constantly being added, so check in often at www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com for all the latest info.
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