Your Quick Guide to the Daytona Beach Biketoberfest 2020
Clint Lawrence, founder of Motorcycle Shippers. Helping give riders more freedom to enjoy the bikes they love. [email protected]
Four days of high-octane street festivals. Scenic rides around Daytona Beach’s famous A1A, historic Main Street, custom bike builds and racing at Daytona International Speedway. If there’s one thing we need right now, it’s a good rally. And although Biketoberfest® isn’t kicking off until, well, October, that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning now.
If you’ve been to Biketoberfest® before, you already know that it’s one of the southeast’s signature motorcycle events. Haven’t made it to Daytona Beach for the festival before? There’s never been a better time to treat yourself to a good old-fashioned motorcycle rally. Here’s your quick guide to all things Biketoberfest®.
When: October 15-18, 2020
Summer riding is about as iconic as it gets, and there are plenty of rallies lined up in the months ahead. (One definitely worth checking out is Laconia Bike Week in August.) But despite summer’s hot weather and perpetual vacation mindset, there’s arguably no better time to ride than the fall. That’s especially the case in Florida, where the weather is ideal once the season turns. As the Biketoberfest® organizers say, it’s the time of year for “putting those knees in the breeze.”
Biketoberfest® 2020 is slated to kick off on Thursday, Oct. 15 and run through Sunday, Oct. 18. Last year, more than 125,000 riders turned out for the four-day rally. Organizers are expecting a similarly large turnout this year.
Where: Daytona Beach, Florida
Biketoberfest® is one of Daytona Beach’s biggest rallies, taking over the beach town for a long weekend packed with events. You’ll find street vendors and bike builds throughout Daytona Beach, but here are a few locations to keep in mind:
- Official Welcome Center: Located at ONE DAYTONA (directly across from the Daytona International Speedway on the corner of Checkered Flag and Daytona boulevards), the welcome center should be your first stop. Go there to pick up your official pin, poker chip and poster daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Vendor Hubs: You’ll find vendors, saloons and other Biketoberfest® events along Main Street in Daytona Beach, plus in Ormond Beach, Midtown and Downtown Daytona Beach.
- Daytona International Speedway: Although Biketoberfest® races haven’t yet been announced, there’s sure to be plenty of action at the iconic speedway, located at 1801 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach.
From hotels and timeshares to campgrounds, Daytona Beach has no shortage of accommodations. The official Biketoberfest® App is the best source for lodging options; you could spend hours scrolling through its hotel and motel options. But until you download the app, here are a few less conventional stays worth considering:
- Bed & Breakfasts: Live Oaks Inn Bed & Breakfast, River Lily Inn Bed & Breakfast, The Foxtail Estate, The German Berl Inn and the Villa Bed & Breakfast
- Campgrounds and RV Parks: Coral Sands RV Park, Daytona RV Park, Daytona Speedway RV Park and Moonshine Campground
- Pet Friendly Accommodations: Clarion Inn at Destination Daytona, Coral Sands Resort & Seaside Cottages and Daytona Beach Shores Hotel
You can also check the event’s official accommodations site in the coming weeks for the latest lodging availability across 200 local properties.
“Don’t Miss” Events
Organizers haven’t released the full slate of Biketoberfest® events yet, but we’ll update you when they do. Want to be the first to know about the festival’s schedule? As with accommodations, the Biketoberfest® App should be your go-to resource for “up to the minute” event news.
A Few Great Rides
If past events are any indication, you’ll have plenty to do during the four-day rally. But if you’re looking to fit in an extra ride (or two or three), try these nearby routes:
- Lucky Ride: Sponsored by Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club, this quick ride will take you from Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club to DeLand and back.
- The Loop: A more than 30-mile route, The Loop features plenty of scenery, including the South’s signature strong oaks, a river and a marsh.
- S. Hwy 1 Ride: This urban ride takes you past iconic restaurants and bars, all the way to the iconic A1A, then incorporates The Loop before bringing you back to your starting point.
- National Seashore Ride: This ride passes through New Smyrna Beach to Canaveral National Seashore and back.
- Ponce Inlet Ride: This coastal route takes you to the beautiful Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and back.
- Old City Ride: Take a ride to St. Augustine before arriving back in Daytona Beach for more festivities.
Worried about finding your way or getting lost as you explore all the Daytona Beach area has to offer? Download the REVER motorcycle trip planner app for turn-by-turn directions. Then, follow Biketoberfest® Rally! and you’ll be ready for all the adventures that await. (You can also visit the event website, and check the festival app, for more ride ideas.)
Motorcycle Transport to Biketoberfest®
No rally would be complete without your motorcycle. But depending on where you live, riding all the way to Florida and back might be too much of a trek. Or maybe you want to ride your motorcycle there but transport it back home to make the most of your vacation. Whether you need your motorcycle transported to or from Daytona Beach—or both ways—Motorcycle Shippers is here to help.
As you plan your Biketoberfest® trip, let us get you a free quote on shipping your motorcycle. Like you, we’re passionate about riding—and committed to getting your motorcycle from Point A to Point B safely, even during COVID-19. (Read more about our commitment to health and safety.)