April 29-May 2
Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally
Panama City Beach, FL
This is a four-day rally on the most beautiful beaches located in Panama City Beach, Florida, with more 200 vendors and exhibitors at seven official venues. There is free live entertainment and contests; activities include a bike parade, Miss Thunder Beach pageant, poker runs, motorcycle stunt shows, tattoo contests, bike shows, and much more. For more info, visit thunderbeachproductions.com.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week
Myrtle Beach, SC
Bike Week draws an estimated crowd of 300,000 over the course of the week. There are miles of coastline riding and plenty of vendors and bike events to fill your days and nights. This is a great time of the year to start your riding season. The staff here at Baggers would also like to point out that there is a whole list of new state and city laws for this event, like a new helmet law and noise ordinance. Do your homework before heading out to ensure you have a good time. For more info, visit myrtlebeachbikeweek.com and myrtlebeachbikerinfo.com.
Run For The Wall
There are a number of different nationwide starting points with the final destination being the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. The purpose of the Run For The Wall is to increase awareness of POW/MIA soldiers. It is important to let our government know that every one of our soldiers who have fought for our freedom must be accounted for. This ride recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation. To participate in RFTW it is not important if you ride a motorcycle or not, just come out to participate and show support. For more info, visit rftw.org.
Thunder On The Rock
Feel the thunder at this music festival and bike rally on Memorial Day weekend. This rally is quickly turning into the Southeast's biggest music festival and bike rally. With music throughout the weekend featuring premier national entertainers along with vendors, cold beer, beautiful women, bike games, burnout pit, bike show, camping, and thousands of motorcyclists-you've got a party! For more info, visit thunderontherockonline.com.
Red River Memorial Day Rally
Red River, NM
This year marks the 28th annual celebration of one of the hottest motorcycle rallies in northern New Mexico. The Red River has been one of the best-kept secrets of New Mexico, but not for long after this four-day rally. The rally includes high-mountain majesty, down-home friendly people, and the chance to let go, relax, and enjoy your days riding. For more info, visit special events at redrivernewmex.com.
Bikes, Blues and Hot Rods II
Pig Trail Harley-Davidson will host this great ride in the Ozark Mountains. This two-day poker run benefitting the Special Olympics gives you a chance to win a new Harley. There will be stunt bike riders, mixed martial arts fighting, outside vendors, a bike show, regional blues bands, and live rock 'n' roll from rock legends, Blue Oyster Cult and the Georgia Satellites. For more info, visit pigtrailhd.com.
Ride for the Red Shield
This fourth annual Ride for the Red Shield is a one-day event that will start and finish at the Salvation Army's Camp Tecumseh at 445 Mechlin Corner Rd. At the end of the ride there will be a BBQ, entertainment, prizes, and other activities. The cost will be $25 per rider and $10 for passengers. Proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Program and Camp Tecumseh. For more info, call (908) 851-8239.
Party in the Pines
All bikes are welcome to party for three full days at the Longview Fairgrounds. Registration opens at noon on Friday with weekend passes for $35 and $20 for a one-day pass. Enjoy great rides through the pine-filled woods plus more. The dyno-drag is back, a Texas Hold 'Em tournament, great live music, vendor building, food and beverages or BYOB, and onsite RV and tent camping with hot showers. For more info, visit pinerally.com.