(Sept. 6, 2019) The highway will be filled with Indians, Kawasakis, Harley-Davidsons and other motorcycle brands during the 19th annual Delmarva Bike Week, the ninth annual Ocean City BikeFest and the 11th annual Bikes to the Beach, which returns to the resort next week.
Thousands of bike enthusiasts will take over the resort area, with activities beginning Thursday, Sept. 12. Events include live music, motorcycle demos and shows and hundreds of vendors selling merchandise.
Ocean City BikeFest:
BikeFest activities will begin next Thursday at the inlet parking lot and outside the convention center on 40th Street.
Bands including Stone Temple Pilots, ZZ Top, Kix, Hairball, Cheap Trick and Rival Sons will take the stage throughout the weekend.
The event draws as many as 150,000 to 175,000 attendees, and is one of the largest motorcycle festivals in the country, ranked third only to Daytona, Florida, and Sturgis, South Dakota, according to Event Organizer Chase Micheal.
“There are two other weekend rallies that are arguably very similar … one is in Arkansas and one is in Florida,” Micheal said. “But for all intents and purposes, we are the largest weekend rally.”
Last year, despite concerns of a tropical storm, over 100,000 people attended BikeFest, Micheal said.
Outside the convention center, tents will contain dozens of vendors selling a variety of bike merchandise and offering promotions. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. There will be craft beer for sale as well.
“New for this year, at the inlet, we will have a custom semi [truck] that is a tribute to veterans that will be on site and on display,” Micheal said.
The concert times have changed as well, with musical acts finishing up at 9:30 p.m. The main acts will end at 8 p.m., and another band will play for an additional hour and a half.
The events at the convention center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. next Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Free parking for motorcycles is available on a first come, first serve basis and entry to the convention center is free. Activities excluding concerts are free as well. Tickets for concerts during the event costs $80 for a weekend pass or $45 for a day pass.
Ticket holders can also purchase a commemorative OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week poker chip for $5 each, while supplies last.
Visit www.ocbikefest.com to purchase tickets and for a full schedule of concerts and events.
Delmarva Bike Week:
Delmarva Bike Week activities will be held at Salisbury’s Arthur W. Perdue Stadium next Thursday through Sunday.
“The Delmarva Bike Week was created by the dealership – the local Harley dealership. It was out of necessity for getting people together to ride on the Eastern Shore,” Micheal said. “It’s grown into one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the country beside Sturgis and Daytona. It’s probably the second or third largest [motorcycle] event in the country.”
The Delmarva Bike Week Cruzin’ the Coast participants will ride around to eight locations throughout Wicomico and Worcester counties. Riders have the opportunity to choose between taking their own routes or using the suggested one by the event.
Riders must get all eight destinations/sponsors to stamp the playing card to be eligible for the cash prize drawings. They will have more than three days to complete their stamps.
Once completed, riders can drop off their playing card at the Info Booth at Shorebirds Stadium. The drawing will be held and announced at the Twisted Tea stage at Shorebirds Stadium on Sunday, Sept.15.
New this year will be the Hooligan Race, which will take place at the stadium. The race will be a 1/8 mile grass race, which will take place next Saturday.
Musical acts include The Roadduck Show, Brickyard Road Show, Jason Morton and the Chesapeake Sons, Poverty Ridge, The Bodine Brothers, The Few and The Original Booze Brothers, all of whom will perform live during the event.
Vendors will range from clothing to accessories for motorcycles and cars, lights and other merchandise.
Visit www.delmarvabikeweek.com for more information.
Bikes to the Beach:
Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City, Oasis Bar ‘n Grill in Whaleyville, Fish Tales on 21st Street, Seacrets on 49th Street and a number of other venues around the resort will host bike events, which will begin next Thursday, featuring live music, vendors, contests and other events.
At Hooper’s, located at the base of the Route 50 bridge, visitors can listen to live entertainment next Friday and Saturday from musical acts, in addition to checking out several vendor booths.
“It’s always been a relaxed, fun atmosphere. It’s free and kind of an easy event for bikers to come down to, walk down and see the scenery and listen to some music and grab some good food,” Hooper’s Manager Patrick Brady said. “There’s plenty of parking and a lot for bikers to do.”
The vendor booths will feature merchandise for sale such as LED lights, T-shirts, patches, head gear, custom seats and accessories for bikes.
“We’re really excited, especially after last year where they called for a state of emergency so a lot of the biker crowds canceled their trips, so we’re looking forward to a nice crowd this year and welcoming them back to Ocean City,” Brady said.
Visit www.oceancitybikestothebeach.com for more information.