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Biketoberfest® Motorcycle Rally Guide


Just like in Bike Week, visitors come from all over for this four-day rally loaded with entertainment, food & drinks, shopping, and more!

Biker culture has grown exponentially over the years, and it’s not just about motorcycles anymore.

Biketoberfest® has expanded its reach by embracing all types of enthusiasts who may or may not ride but appreciate being part of a community that loves what they do on two wheels!

What is Biketoberfest®?

Biketoberfest® is referenced as the “little brother” to the Daytona Beach Bike Week event in the spring.

It's a four-day celebration of all things motorcycle, held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. Held in the fall and is one of the last big events of the riding season (at least for those in the Northeast). It is family-friendly and features concerts and events for all ages to enjoy.

The festival has been going on since 1992, making the 2023 event its 31st anniversary!

Each year the event has grown as they add more activities, events, and entertainment for bikers to enjoy during their stay.

With an average attendance of 50,000+ people per day during one weekend alone (that would be over 200k people total), there is something for everyone at Biketoberfest®.

When is Biketoberfest®?

The 31st annual “Official Motorcycle Event of Daytona Beach” is set for Thursday-Sunday, October 19-22, 2023, on Main Street in Daytona Beach.

Bikers are welcome to participate in this three-day celebration of bikes, bands, and brews.

There will be plenty of events and activities for participants to enjoy during their visit. The schedule includes live music and concerts, and vendor booths offering everything from clothing to accessories to food vendors providing delicious eats!

What Kind of Events Will There Be?

Of course, there is much more to Biketoberfest than just the motorcycle rally itself.

With concerts, events, and activities planned throughout Daytona Beach and surrounding areas, there's something for everyone throughout the weekend.

Here's a quick look at some of what's in store:

  • Live music at night - Enjoy free live performances by bands like Runaway June and Jukebox the Ghost at venues including Peabody Ballroom, Ocean Center, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
  • Kegs & Eggs - Grab breakfast with live music from local bands at this popular annual event hosted by Visit Daytona Beach/Daytona Beach Shores. Don't miss it!
  • Bike show preview - An opening night party for attendees of the International Motorcycle Shows will be held during Expo week (Oct 12-17). 

It's also a great time for bike enthusiasts to visit area dealerships and manufacturers.

What are the Top Rides in Daytona, FL

Outside of Daytona Beach, there are also many things to do during the event.

Daytona Beach is only a short drive away if you're looking to get out of town during Biketoberfest. Some nearby places to check out include Ormond Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and Ponce Inlet.

If you have time before the festival starts or after it ends, take the Old City Ride day trip to St. Augustine (which is just 20 minutes from Daytona). The historic city has plenty of shops and restaurants to explore before returning home for the night.

Jacksonville is another popular destination for bikers from all over Florida, especially during Bike Week, when local hotels often offer special rates for visitors like yourself.

Here are some of the top rides to take in the sights and soak up the sun during the event:

  • Street Festival Ride - Approximately 15 minutes to cover 4 miles down Main Street.
  • The Loop - Approximately 36 minutes to cover 23 miles with tree-covered streets and river views.
  • Ponce Inlet Ride - Approximately 45 minutes to cover 24 miles will take you back to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.
  • Iconic U.S. Highway 1 Ride - Approximately 60 minutes to cover 43 miles is the route for those looking for great restaurants and bars.
  • National Seashore Ride - Approximately 60 minutes to cover 34 miles to Canaveral National Seashore.
  • Lucky Ride - Approximately 120 minutes to cover 70 miles beginning at the Daytona Beach Racing and Card Club.
  • Old City Ride - Approximately 2 ½ hours to cover 110 miles to St. Augustine - the nation’s oldest city.

Where To Stay During Biketoberfest®?

No matter your comfort requirements, there are plenty of places to stay during Biketoberfest ranging from campgrounds to upscale hotels.

As this regional event draws many attendees, it's important to book your stay ahead of time and be prepared for hotels to require a minimum of 2-3 nights to make a reservation.

A comprehensive list of places to stay can be found on the official website here.

Where Should I Park During Biketoberfest®?

For those bringing trailers, there are several parking options to choose from.

Your best bet may be the Daytona International Speedway, which has tons of parking, or the long-term parking at Daytona International Airport.

Can I Rent a Motorcycle?


Fly in with your gear and head to one of the EagleRider Rentals & Tours locations, which will offer various bikes for rental during the event. 

Just make sure your motorcycle insurance has rental bike coverage.

What are the Motorcycle Laws in Daytona?

Florida has some unique rules when it comes to motorcycles. Here are some of the most important ones:

  • Motorcycle Helmet Law: Riders aged 21 or older may choose whether to use a helmet if they meet the required motorcycle insurance requirements. However, Florida does require eye protection.
  • Age Requirements: Riders must be at least 16 years old to operate a motorcycle on public streets or highways in Florida.
  • Passengers: Passengers can ride only if there is a dedicated seat for them and if the operator is not already carrying two passengers (including the operator). 

Biketoberfest® Trademark

This event has been trademarked by The City of Daytona Beach (citycouncilresolution#05-1322), which maintains that this trademark does not just refer to an individual event but also includes other similar events during Bike Week®.

What are Additional Helpful Resources?

  • Check in with - the official Biketoberfest® website for all up-to-date official information.
  • Download the Biketoberfest® App with the updated 2023 event information.
  • Biketoberfest® on Facebook: Follow the official Biketoberfest® Facebook page.
  • Daytona Beach Blog: Check out the city and see what's happening during your visit.
  • Daytona Beach Dining Guide: For a more in-depth look at what to eat while you're in town.
  • Ship Your Bike: Don't want to ride all the way to the motorcycle rally from home? Drive your car or truck down, and let these guys transport your motorcycle.

Wrapping Up

Everyone is welcome whether you're a long-time biker or just getting started. So, if you’re looking for a fun way to spend the weekend, then Biketoberfest® is the event for you.

It’s a great time for motorcycle enthusiasts and an opportunity to explore Daytona Beach and its surroundings.

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