Florida Motorcycle Events | Guide to the Largest Motorcycle Rallies in Florida

Last Updated on: 19th May 2023, 05:16 pm

While most bikers know Daytona Beach Bike Week, Florida actually hosts dozens of rallies every year, including some that even rival Daytona Bike Week in size! Are you planning a motorcycle trip to attend an upcoming Florida motorcycle rally or just looking for inspiration? Here are 13 of the biggest and best motorcycle rallies in Florida to check out this year!

Thunder By the Bay – 3-Day Bike Rally in Florida for Charity

  • Thunder by the Bay 2024 dates: February 16-18, 2024
  • Location: Sarasota Fairgrounds in Sarasota, FL
  • Attendance: 40,000

Thunder By the Bay returns to Florida’s Gulf Coast in 2024 for its 26th annual Music & Motorcycle Festival. This three-day festival is held every year to benefit Suncoast Charities for Children, which supports local nonprofits providing assistance for children, teenagers, and adults with special needs. The event features live music, more than 100 vendors, freestyle bike shows, a 17 class motorcycle show, on-site camping, and a charity ride.

DeLand Bike Rally – One-Day Florida Motorcycle Rally on the First Saturday of Daytona Bike Week

  • DeLand Bike Rally date: March 2024
  • Location: Downtown DeLand, FL
  • Attendance: 15,000 to 30,000

DeLand Bike Rally is a long-running motorcycle rally held in the historic Downtown DeLand about 24 miles southwest of Daytona Beach. It always takes place on the first Saturday of Daytona Bike Week and features vendors, live music, events at local bars and restaurants, and a group biker wedding.

Daytona Bike Week – THE Motorcycle Event in Florida

  • Daytona Bike Week 2024 dates: March 1-10, 2024
  • Daytona Bike Week location: ONE DAYTONA in Daytona Beach
  • Attendance: 500,000

Daytona Beach Bike Week isn’t just the largest motorcycle event in Florida, it rivals Sturgis as the largest motorcycle rally in the world. The rally has been going since 1937 and has grown into a 10-day festival with events spread across Volusia County.

2024 will mark the 83rd annual Daytona Bike Week. ONE DAYTONA is the official Bike Week Welcome Center and the main entertainment destination. Catch daily races at the Daytona International Speedway, enjoy miles of famous and scenic motorcycle rides, and check out dozens of events, parties, and contests along historic Main Street and in surrounding communities.

Want to ship your bike to Daytona Beach Bike Week? Check out our guide to find out how!

Florida Nature Coast Bike Fest – 3-Day Brooksville Bike Rally

  • Florida Nature Coast Bike Fest dates: mid-March
  • Location: Downtown Brooksville, FL
  • Attendance: 14,000

Also known as Hernando County Bike Fest or simply the Brooksville Bike Rally, Florida Nature Coast Bike Fest is one of the newest Florida motorcycle events, but it’s already garnered attention. The event began in 2018 as the monthly Brooksville Bike Rally and is now an annual three-day car and motorcycle festival with live music and events throughout the west central Florida (Adventure Coast) area. This nonprofit and community-based event supports local charities like Operation HeartF.E.L.T.

The Florida Nature Coast Bike Fest is best known for the Rat’s Hole Custom Chopper Show, but there’s plenty more to enjoy, including riding tours, poker runs, bike games, raffles, and more than 125 vendors. The event has already grown to several satellite venues, like Crystal Harley-Davidson, Moose Lodge 1676, and BT’s Pub.

Leesburg Bikefest – One of the Largest Motorcycle Rallies in Florida

  • Leesburg Bikefest 2023 dates: April 28-30, 2023
  • Location: Downtown Leesburg, FL
  • Attendance: 200,000 to 300,000

Leesburg Bikefest started in 1997, and it’s now one of the largest Central Florida motorcycle events. The three-day event features live music with major headliners, vendors, and events throughout Downtown Leesburg and the surrounding area.

Leesburg Bikefest has it all:

  • Full Throttle Bike Show
  • Biker games
  • Bike stunt shows
  • Bikini contests
  • Trucker convoy

If the action spread over 30 blocks isn’t enough, sponsor Gator Harley hosts its own rally in conjunction with Leesburg Bikefest!

Gator Bike Rally – Bi-Annual Leesburg Florida Motorcycle Rally

  • Gator Bike Rally 2023 dates: April 27-30, 2023 (spring rally) and November 9-12, 2023 (fall rally)
  • Location: Gator Harley-Davidson, Leesburg, FL

Gator Harley-Davidson sponsors Leesburg Bikefest and puts on its own spring rally in conjunction with the event. Take in four days of live music, daily pancake and sausage breakfast, axe throwing, food, full bars, 60+ vendors, and more – and don’t forget to take the new Harley models out for a test drive!

Gator Bike Rally isn’t just a spring rally; there’s also a four-day fall rally in November with the same level of entertainment and activities and nearby camping just a 20-minute ride away.

Arcadia Bike Fest – Bi-Annual Family-Friendly Motorcycle Event in Florida

  • Arcadia Bike Fest dates: early April 2024 and early November 2024
  • Location: Downtown Arcadia, FL
  • Attendance: 10,000

Ride into historic Downtown Arcadia about midway between Tampa and Cape Coral for the annual Arcadia Bike Fest hosted by Arcadia Main Street and Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson. The family-friendly Arcadia Bike Fest started in 2018 and draws crowds of 10,000 or more. The one-day event features live music, vendors, test rides, the Full Throttle Bike Show, and more.

Thunder Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally – Most Biker Friendly Free Rally in the United States

  • Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally 2023 dates: May 3-7, 2023
  • Location: Multiple rally locations in Panama City Beach, FL
  • Attendance: 60,000

Thunder Beach is one of the largest bike events in Florida and enters its 24th year in 2023. Also known as Panama City Bike Week, Thunder Beach is a full-throttle event with four days of live music from headlining artists like Pantera, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Rob Zombie for 2023 plus stunt shows, poker runs, parades, beauty pageants, tattoo contests, bike shows, and over 200 vendors. Thunder Beach is the Florida bike week you don’t want to miss!


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Tallahassee Bike Fest – 2nd Annual Family-Friendly Motorcycle Rally in Florida

  • Tallahassee Bike Week dates: mid-April, 2024
  • Location: Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee Bike Week returns for its second annual bike week in Florida with a 3-day rally in the state capital. The family-friendly rally is designed to be an inclusive experience with activities for riders and non-riders, including a kid’s corner with face painting, temporary tattoos, and an e-bike track.

Tallahassee Bike Week is open to the public, with VIP passes available. The festival offers a unique, thrilling experience with two nearby beaches and tons of events and activities:

  • Vendors
  • 730+ miles of mapped rides
  • Bike shows
  • Poker runs
  • Entertainment
  • Full Throttle Bike Show
  • Kid’s corner
  • Workshops
  • Live music

You’ll find tons of great rides in the area too. One of the best Florida motorcycle rides is the Tallahassee to Panama City loop, a scenic ride around the Apalachicola National Forest and coastline.

Emerald Coast Bike Fest – 5-Day Florida Bike Week Near Destin

  • Emerald Coast Bike Fest dates: May 4-7, 2023
  • Location: Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson in Fort Walton Beach, FL

Just minutes from Destin, Emerald Coast Bike Fest is one of the most popular motorcycle rallies in the Panhandle. The five-day event is sponsored by the Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson, which has one of the largest inventory of new and used Harleys in the Florida Panhandle.

Ride in for five action-packed days and nights of free live music, a full bar, food, vendors, charity poker runs, bike shows, bikini contests, and more. It all starts with the kickoff party and crawfish boil!

Daytona Biketoberfest – One of the Biggest Florida Motorcycle Events

  • Daytona Biketoberfest 2023 dates: October 19-22, 2023
  • Location: Venues throughout Volusia County
  • Attendance: 100,000

Daytona Biketoberfest started in 1992, and it’s grown to be one of the largest bike events in Florida. It’s considered the little brother of Daytona Beach Bike Week in the spring, with events, rides, and venues throughout Daytona Beach and Volusia County.

Biketoberfest spans four days with something for everyone, from scenic rides along Main Street and the A1A to racing at the Daytona International Speedway and raucous parties.

Learn more with our guide to the famous Biketoberfest Daytona Beach.

Thunder Beach Autumn Rally – Fall Panama Beach Motorcycle Rally

  • Thunder Beach fall rally dates: October 25-29, 2023
  • Location: Multiple rally locations in Panama City Beach, FL

The fall Thunder Beach motorcycle rally is smaller than the spring rally, but definitely shouldn’t be missed. Like the spring rally, Thunder Beach Autumn Rally welcomes tens of thousands of bikers to Panama City Beach for live music, stunt shows, poker runs, contests, and scenic rides through one of the most beautiful areas of Florida.

St. Pete BikeFest – Four-Day Clearwater Motorcycle Rally

  • November 16-19, 2023
  • Location: Orange County Choppers Road House & Museum in Clearwater, FL

St. Pete BikeFest, presented by Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson and Bert’s Barracuda, is a four-day event hosted by Orange County Choppers Road House & Museum near the beach. One of the largest motorcycle rallies in Tampa Bay, St. Pete BikeFest offers plenty of action and fun in the sun. The beachfront resort and other venues offer events and activities, including vendors, live music, contests, bike shows, late-night parties, and a Full Throttle 15 class bike show.

Start your planning early because BikeFest packages sell out quickly!

Dependable Florida Motorcycle Transport with Federal Motorcycle Transport

Planning to attend one of these Florida motorcycle events but not up for a long roundtrip ride? Riding to and from a rally isn’t always practical or possible, especially during the winter if you live further north. Shipping your motorcycle to or from the rally can save you from a long, exhausting ride and prevent putting the wear and tear on your bike.

Federal Motorcycle Transport offers reliable Florida motorcycle shipping services to get your bike to and/or from Florida without a scratch. You can fly in and pick up your bike at your convenience from one of our warehouse locations or choose delivery to a private location such as a local motorcycle shop. We can even provide one-way shipping to get your bike home after the rally or have it ready for you when you arrive in Florida.

Federal Motorcycle Transport offers several convenient Florida warehouse locations:

  • Jacksonville
  • Orlando
  • Pompano Beach
  • Tampa

You can rest easy knowing your motorcycle is in good hands. Your bike will be secured to a specialized pallet and transported in a fully enclosed trailer with tracking.

Ready to get started with the ultimate Florida motorcycle trip? Give us a call or get started with a fast, free quote for professional motorcycle transport you can trust.

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