Biketoberfest 2022 celebrates its 30th anniversary October 13-15 in Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH — It’s a pivotal year for Biketoberfest, the annual fall motorcycle rally that marks its 30th anniversary when fans rush to town for the four-day event that opens next month.

Although Biketoberfest’s shorter, long-weekend window doesn’t typically generate the crowds of spring’s 10-day Bike Week, this year’s anniversary edition – which runs October 13-16 in Daytona Beach and throughout Volusia County – could attract more bikers to celebrate the special occasion.

What’s at the tap? Here’s a rundown of some recommended rides in the area, must-see spots and local events for the motorcycle enthusiasts among us:

Meet on the main street

Although Biketoberfest has expanded its footprint over the years, ground zero is still Main Street, crowded elbow-to-elbow and tailpipe with motorbikes, onlookers, street vendors, bands, and unusual Bridge Bridge characters. Main Street at State Road A1A.

It’s the perfect place to people-watch, grab commemorative wares, snack on grilled sausages or burgers from one of the street vendors, or just sip a cold beer while the motorcade of two-wheeled motorbikes cruise by. free spirit walks the street.

A look at last year:Large crowds roar down Main Street as Daytona Biketoberfest 2021 kicks off early

A look at license plates from across the country on the rows of gleaming Harley-Davidsons lining the street is proof of the event’s appeal.

Opening day of Biketoberfest 2021 on Main Street in Daytona Beach is a sea of ​​bikes and humanity.  The 2022 edition of the event, marking the 30th anniversary of Biketoberfest, opens Oct. 13 in Daytona Beach and throughout Volusia County.

There’s everything from music on the outdoor stages to shopping for motorcycle-themed jewelry at Humphreys & Son Jewelers, a Main Street staple since 1954.

A look at Humphreys & Son jewellers: Tales of Evel Knievel, Paul Newman: Humphreys & Son in Main Street, Bike Week

Ride the Ormond Loop

This famous 23-mile stretch from the Birthplace of Speed ​​Park to the Tomoka River Basin is known for its lush canopies of holm oaks and breathtaking ocean, river and marsh views.

The trek, part of a larger double loop over 30 miles, takes cyclists past an assortment of oceanfront beach parks along the A1A state highway, as well as La North Peninsula, Highbridge Park, Bulow Creek State Park, and Fairchild Oak, Tomoka State Park, Tomoka Outpost, and Ormond Beach Historical Society.

It’s the perfect getaway from the packed crowds (and roads) around the most popular watering holes and event destinations. Find details about this ride and others at biketoberfest.org.

Visit the Daytona International Speedway

During the annual fall cycle stage, the American Sportbike Racing Association and the American Motorcyclist Association hold a weekend of dirt track racing on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. Daily tickets and multi-day passes range from $20 to $60 at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.

Additionally, the Speedway will also host vendors, exhibits and entertainment in front of the track entrance at Midway Marketplace, and admission is free.

Official Biketoberfest 2022 logo

Across International Speedway Boulevard, the official event welcome center will be open daily at the One Daytona shopping, dining and entertainment complex.

Party at the Iron Horse Saloon

Another iconic watering hole, the sprawling Iron Horse Saloon on US Highway 1 in Ormond Beach is also a must-stop for anyone looking for an old-school biker vibe.

Rock ‘n’ roll and country music are a staple on the outdoor stage, where Biketoberfest’s lineup is usually filled with tribute bands paying homage to AC/DC and other classic bands. Visit ironhorsesaloon.com for updates in the coming weeks on the event lineup.

Biketoberfest at Destination Daytona

At Destination Daytona, Biketoberfest visitors will also find a roster of live bands in the outdoor pavilion at the 150-acre site on Interstate 95 and US Highway 1 in Ormond Beach.

Bikers check out Bruce Rossmeyer's new Daytona Harley-Davidson rides at Destination Daytona in Ormond Beach.  Destination Daytona will host a full slate of bands, vendors and demos at Biketoberfest, which opens October 13.

Outside of Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson Daytona on Interstate 95 and US 1 in Ormond Beach, there will also be an assortment of vendors selling every fashion accessory and gear imaginable. A highlight will be the presence of the Harley-Davidson Demo Truck offering test drives of the brand’s latest offerings beginning at 9 a.m. daily October 13-15. Visit brucerossmeyer.com.

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