Every spring, Ocean City becomes a biker haven at the weekend-long Bikes to the Beach Rally held the first weekend in May.
What is Bikes to the Beach?
About seven years ago, Hooper’s Crab House General Manager Ryan Intrieri teamed up with Oasis Bar and Grill in Whaleyville to create the spring rally, then in late April, providing entertainment to motorcycle enthusiasts during a normally slow weekend in Ocean City.
The rally has grown tremendously since that first fateful rally, and now tens of thousands of bikers participate every year, turning the once-slow weekend into a bustling, bike-friendly event.
What happens over the weekend?
Short answer: a lot. The festivities vary from year to year, but Bikes to the Beach has been known to host hot dog-eating contests, frozen t-shirt contests, paintball manhunts, a Motorcycle Rodeo and even circus-style entertainment including jugglers, unicyclists and contortionists.
Here’s some of the entertainment and events that have already been confirmed for the 2017 rally.
First Annual Hunter James Hudson Scholarship Ride – On May 6, participating riders will meet at the lot across from Stephen Decatur High School and cruise the back roads to Suicide Bridge Restaurant in Hurlock, MD for lunch and door prizes. Proceeds from the ride go toward the Hunter James Hudson Scholarship Fund, awarded to a deserving Stephen Decatur High School student every year for the next 30 years.
Music – The rally is known for the many varied musical acts that jam out at restaurants all around town. Here’s a taste of just what you can expect this year. (Check the rally’s official website for an updated schedule with performance times.)
May 4 – at Seacrets: Full Circle Duo (rock)
May 5 – Hooper’s Crab House: Matt Wolske (acoustic), Dust n Bones (rock), Pistol Whipped (country/rock). Oasis Bar and Grill: Skid Lid (classic rock). Seacrets: Opposite Directions (acoustic rock), the Benjamins with DJ Tuff
May 6 – Hooper’s: Kings Ransom (classic rock), Kaotik (party rock), No Tell Motel (southern rock/country). Oasis: At Risk (party rock), Kickback (modern country). Seacrets: Freddie Long Band, the Benderz with DJ Tuff
May 7 – Hooper’s: DJ JonBoi (rock/country). Seacrets: Victoria Watts
Riders Poker Run – For almost as long as Bikes to the Beach has existed, American Legion Post #166 has hosted a poker run in support of American troops and the local community. This year the poker run is on May 6 and is open to the public.