Two of the best things about being a biker are the community and culture. No matter your preferred motorcycle brand or riding style, we can all appreciate the thrilling freedom of taking to the open road. Every summer, bikers across the nation gather to celebrate this comradery at rallies. Each event has its own attractions, organizers and competitions, making every rally an unique experience. Interested in meeting new people or just looking to see some great racing in action? Here are the 10 best motorcycle rallies of 2019 that you can still attend.
Apple Mountain’s 16th Annual East Coast Motorcycle Rally: August 7-11
Located in Little Orleans, this West Maryland rally is owned and operated by bikers. Touted as an “old school” event, the gathering is all about having a good time. The location is well within the mountains, so attendees are encouraged to bring everything they need for camping. Little Orleans is an extremely small place with under 50 residents, so the East Coast Motorcycle Rally is a genuine takeover. Unlike events that take place in big cities, there aren’t an overabundance of regulations here, so everyone is welcome to be themselves — within reason, of course.
Bull City Rumble: August 30 – September 1
If you love vintage, then you don’t want to miss Bull City Rumble. Hosted in Durham, NC, this gathering celebrates vintage scooters and motorcycles of all types. Those of us who enjoy restoring old bikes can even take part in the annual show. Here you can display your craftsmanship and make a few friends along the way. Since Bull City Rumble is one of the later events in the motorcycle rally schedule, you’ve got plenty to time to figure out your arrangements.
Milwaukee Rally: August 29 – September 2
The folks running the Milwaukee Rally are so pumped for the event that they’ve got a countdown on their website. If you prefer a little rock ‘n’ roll at your celebrations, this gathering has a stellar lineup:
- DJ Flux
- The Verdict
- Way Ward Sons
- Gimme Skynyrd
- Bella Cain
The lady bikers among us are encouraged to sign up for the Women’s Ride, an annual cruise along Wisconsin’s highways. This all-day ride includes lunch and photos.
Since this event is being held at the birthplace of Harley-Davidson, this is a great chance to take a tour of Milwaukee dealers and the Harley-Davidson Museum. In fact, you can collect stamps for doing so and enter the Run for Cash drawing to receive a chance at winning the $1,000 grand prize.
Mountainfest: July 27-31
In addition to being one of the biggest motorcycle rallies on the east coast, Mountainfest also supports a great cause. Proceeds support the Mylan Park Foundation, which manages a recreational complex open to Morgantown communities and Monongalia County students. You can enjoy musical attractions of the country and rock variety, as well as entertainment such as these:
- Organized poker games
- Mountain Man Axe Throwing
- Parade of Bikes
- The Ives Brothers’ Wall of Death
- Circus Una
Of course, no motorcycle rally is really complete without a good ride. Mountainfest provides several guides for attendees to use on a self-guided tour of the surrounding area.
Muskegon Bike Time: July 18-21
Muskegon Bike Time is all about a chill atmosphere where attendees can have a good time. In addition to live music and beer, you can participate or spectate at the following competitions:
- Dart Tournament
- Dad Bod Contest
- Bikini Contest
- Burn Out Contest
- Cornhole Tournament
- West Michigan Arm-Wrestling Championships
There are also several ride routes you can enjoy, including a Scenic Drive that takes you right along the shoreline. Riders are encouraged to take their time and explore all this beautiful area has to offer.
Roar on the Shore: July 17-21
Roar on the Shore is another great rally for those of us interested in putting our dollars toward a good cause. Every year, proceeds from this event go to a charity, and the Board of Directors has named the National Alliance on Mental Illness as this year’s recipient.
Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, Roar on the Shore is a tumult of parades, concerts, rides and even professional wrestling. If you love high energy, this should top your list of motorcycle events of 2019.
Sturgis Kentucky Bike Rally: July 18-21
Sometimes you have the most fun when you leave the kids at home. The Sturgis Kentucky Bike Rally is an adult-only event located in Sturgis, KY. You can take part in 21-plus festivities such as these:
- Charity Poker Run
- Party in the Campgrounds
- Tattoo Contest
You’ll also have the chance to show off your skills in the Bike Games and Dirt Drag. Monetary prizes are awarded, so be sure to bring your A-game.
Twin Valley Rally: September 13-15
As far as events go, the Twin Valley Rally is a little more laidback, but that doesn’t mean it’s not all about fun. The emphasis is on taking advantage of the gorgeous local scenery for majestic rides and relaxing camping alike. Evenings include live music and smoked barbecue dinners; mornings start with complementary coffee. If you like to take things at your own pace and socialize with like-minded people, this event may be perfect for you.
Wetzelland 2019: July 25-28
Wetzelland is another one of the upcoming motorcycle rallies that is strictly 21 and over. There’s live music, plenty of vendors for those of us in need of parts, a tattoo contest and even a chance at winning a 2019 Harley-Davidson FLS Softail Slim. There are also plenty of nearby biker-friendly taverns and bars for you to visit if you get tired of camping and need a touch of civilization.
Wing Ding 41: August 27-31
What better place to celebrate biker culture than Nashville, TN? In addition to spectacular music, there’s also a trade show and several motorcycle rides of both the guided and unguided variety. While here, you can explore the lively country music scene, rich art culture and amazing food.
Before you set off for a few days of fun, make sure your motorcycle is in top shape. If you’re going to be competing, research how to prepare for a rally race so you can give your peers a run for their money.