Biketoberfest in Central Florida – Fun on 2 Wheels

If you are visiting Florida October 13th thru 16th, you will be in town for the 24th annual Biketoberfest motorcycle rally. What does this mean? A surge of motorcycles is expected in the Central Florida area, although not at the theme parks. Bikers generally stick to the biker-themed events going on.  That’s why they’re here!

Organizers of the 24th Annual Biketoberfest® motorcycle rally, Oct. 13 to 16, report that the countywide event is proceeding. Clean-up from Hurricane Matthew is in full swing and hotels, restaurants and event venues are working around the clock to get ready. Venues, such as Riverfront Park in downtown Daytona Beach and Main Street, are reporting vendor set-up is underway. The status of individual properties is changing rapidly as power is restored throughout the area. Visitors with lodging reservations in the area are urged to contact their hotel directly by email and phone to confirm their reservation status.

What is Biketoberfest?

This motorcycle rally is an extended weekend of fun and sun. Due to the fact that Biketoberfest centers around motorcycles, there are plenty of motorcycle shows, live music and scenic rides. There are also demo rides at Daytona International Speedway and vendors offering everything from the latest models to parts and accessories. Biketoberfest is a people-watching event. You never know what you will see.  There are some very unique motorcycles, and just as many unique people.

Daytona Beach is the main location for Biketoberfest, however, there are many other motorcycle-related celebrations going on all around Central Florida.  Enjoy FREE concerts and custom motorcycle shows, as well as other biker-related events including games and contests.  Many of these events are NOT designed for children to attend. Most responsible parents do not have a desire to take their child to a wet T-shirt contest, best buns contest, or pudding wrestling!

If you are interested in attending Biketoberfest, there are several places you can rent a motorcycle.  Two popular vendors are EagleRider rentals and most Harley-Davidson dealerships.  If you don’t ride a motorcycle, that’s okay. You are welcome to come in a car (a.k.a. cages), although the parking may be difficult. Some events offer bike-only parking and most charge for parking whether you are on a bike or not.

Events You Don’t Want to Miss

There are many events during Biketoberfest. It is impossible to attend them all. Here are a few that you do not want to miss.

First of all, Main Street Daytona offers a great variety of bars, vendors, food, and live music.  Visit the famous Boot Hill Saloon, The Bank & Blues Club, Dirty Harry’s, The Full Moon Saloon and more!  They all have events going on throughout this 4-day party.

Biketoberfest at Iron HorseNorth Daytona events include Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona where they will have plenty of live music and vendors on hand. The Iron Horse Saloon in Ormond Beach features the famous David Allen Coe in concert, along with many other bands. This is a great location to witness a good ol’ burn-out in their famous burn-out pit.  Willie’s Tropical Tattoo (also in Ormond Beach) will host their annual old-school bike show on Oct. 13 from noon to 4pm. While you’re there, you just might get some new ink!

Additionally, places outside of Daytona to visit during Biketoberfest include Hogtoberfest at Orlando Harley-Davidson. Here you can enjoy free concerts, vendors and the daring Wall of DeathSopotnick’s Cabbage Patch Bar in Samsula will have lots of vendors and Coleslaw Wrestling.  Another must see is the famous Rat’s Hole custom bike show. It takes place on October 15th in Alachua – a nice excuse to get out and ride.

As you can read, there is a lot to see and do. Biketoberfest offers many great places to ride motorcycles in Central Florida, and usually great weather.  Please see individual sites for schedule of events, and remember most all events are not suitable for children.

Finally, PLEASE watch out for motorcycles, whether you are on 2 wheels or more.  Look twice, save a life!

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