11:59 AM PDT, March 11, 2013
Florida is a popular destination for motorcycle enthusiasts. With great coastal rides and world famous events, there is an something for everyone. Whether you ride or not, you will surely enjoy one of these popular annual events all over the state.
Daytona Bike Week, Mar. 8-17, 2013: Bike Week is a motorcycle event and rally held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. Approximately 500,000 people make their way to the rally area for the 10-day event. The festivities include motorcycle racing, concerts, parties, and street festivals. For more information visit www.daytonabikeweek.com.
17th Annual Leesburg Bikefest, April 26-28, 2013: Celebrating 17 years says a lot for an event that started off in a parking lot with 10 vendors and about 5000 bikers. This milestone will be marked with the enhancements of many traditional Bikefest activities. The Rat's Hole Custom Bike Show, Tried and Tattoo Expo & Show and exceptional vendors will again be part of the event. Great concerts with a more diverse style and genre are currently under negotiations. For more information visit www.leesburgbikefest.com.
15th Annual Thunder Beach Spring Rally, Panama City Beach, May 1-5, 2013: In addition to the riding, the Spring Thunder Beach rally will feature top celebrity bike builders (including a VIP party so you can hang out with them). Best of the Beach Bike Show, motorcycle manufacturers displays, major industry players big rigs and displays, live music, poker runs, tattoo contest, motorcycle stunt show, drill team, vendors, and additional happenings to be announced. Of course there are the gorgeous girls at the Miss Thunder Beach pageant. For more information visit www.thunderbeachproductions.com.
8th Annual Starke Bike Fest, Aug. 23-25, 2013: A great bike fest on Historic Call Street in Downtown Starke. Events include a tattoo contest, music performances. For more information visit www.starkeflbikefest.com.
Phil Peterson's 41st Annual Key West Poker Run, September 19-22, 2013: This Key West bike tradition is a fun-filled weekend featuring a Pre-Poker Run Bike Night Party and a Poker Run Bar Stroll with the Poker Run beginning on Friday. For more information visit www.petersonsharley.com.
13th Annual Thunder Beach Autumn Rally, Panama City Beach, Oct. 2-6: One of two popular Thunder Rallies in Panama City. The 2013 Panama City motorcycle rally will included the Kick-Start Party, custom bike builders and their bikes, bike shows including the Best of the Beach Motorcycle Show and Full Throttle Bike Show, manufacturers' displays, tattoo contest, stunt show, Wall of Death, bike raffles, charity events, parade, and vendors. Of course there are the gorgeous girls at the Miss Thunder Beach pageant. For more information visit www.thunderbeachproductions.com.
Annual Cotee River Bike Fest, New Port Richey, Oct. 2013 (exact dates TBA): Bike fest events include live music on two stages, vintage/ride-in bike shows, $1,000 daisy duke contest, sheriff's charity ride, pizza eating contest, a truck pull, tatoo contest, rider's skill show, and more. For more information visit www.coteeriverbikefest.com.
21st Annual Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach, Oct. 17-20, 2013: Biketoberfest is an international award-winning motorcycle festival that offers participants an extended weekend get-away brimming with plenty of sun, beaches, bikes and fun. Popular annual activities include motorcycle shows and rallies that showcase new, vintage and custom bikes; demonstration rides on the newest machines from top manufacturers; and on-track motorcycle action at the world-famous Daytona International Speedway. For more information visit www.biketoberfest.org.
Sentinel staff writer Casey Vaughn contributed to this report.
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