This coming week, the motorcycle industry is back in Daytona Beach for the 18th edition of Biketoberfest (official dates are October 14-17) although many bikers make it de facto a week long event starting today October 8th.
And they have good reasons to extend their stay with the city hosting this weekend a Daytona Blues Festival and the spectacular Wings and Waves Air Show (October 9-10) over the shoreline in front of the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. So, the answer is yes, all traditional biker bars, food courts on Main Street will be open this weekend…
This year the biggest outdoor musical events will be a concert in City Island Park with Gretchen Wilson headlining (October 16) and JamFest Music Festival in Edgewater (also Oct. 16, 3pm) Regarding specific biker activities there will be a spillover in Central Florida, especially in Orlando with the city Harley Dealer organizing a 4-day event called Hogtoberfest highlighted with a concert by Jimmy Van Zant band playing Lynyrd Skynird songs, and 38 Special. Of course, most bikers will stay around Daytona Beach (Millers, International Speedway, Beach Street, Main street) and Ormond Beach (Rossmeyer Harley-Davidson) to test motorcycles, visit part manufacturers, custom builders and all traditional vendors.
Custom motorcycle builders and owners will be busy showing their creations in the following bike shows: October 14. Choppertime Bike Show at Tropical Tattoos, 825 South Yonge Street (U.S. 1 across from Publix), Ormond Beach. 10PAM to 4PM. Music from The Fubars. Registration from 10AM to 2PM, awards at 4PM. Great tattoos, custom and freehand designs, free consultations,(386) 235-0338. October 15. Boardwalk Classic Bike Show on the beautiful beachfront setting from 9AM to 4PM. Registration from 8AM to 11AM. Show begins at 11AM. $500 first place, over 60 trophies. Enter the Boardwalk Bike Show via special access at the cross street of Main Street and Ocean Avenue. Info: (386) 253-0254. October 16. The Rat’s Hole 18th Annual World Famous Chopper Show is back at the water park from 10AM to 5PM. 22 classes for all bike builders, first 1000 people will get free Rat’s Hole and sponsor gifts. Free to public. Info: (386) 454-3496. Daytona Lagoon, 601 Earl Street, Daytona Beach. For a full daily list of events, go to the Official Website Of Biketoberfest.