(Sept. 5, 2014) From live music to stunt riding, poker runs and the blessing of the bikes, OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week will draw tens of thousands to Ocean City and the surrounding area next week.
Here are a few of the motorcycle-centric events taking place Sept. 10-14 in the area:
BikeFest returns to Ocean City for its fourth year with live music, vendors and thrill show performances at two main locations, the inlet downtown and the 40th Street convention center.
Events kick off Thursday, Sept. 11, with names such as Rommel Harley-Davidson, MonsterBrites LEDS, Cycle Solutions and more than 50 other vendors at both locations.
Highlighting this year’s downtown events will be the Ives brothers’ high-speed performances on motorcycles and a high-power go-kart as they pass around the 15-foot vertical “Wall of Death.” Their performances take place every two hours, starting at 11 a.m. daily.
ILLConduct will also perform a stunt show pushing motorcycle stunts to new limits every day, Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 11-14. Visit www. illconduct.com to learn more about the team.
Customization in America will host a three-day bike show featuring award-winning, custom bikes in a five-class motorcycle matchup Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 11-13, at the downtown center. Visitors can meet the artists and get their autographs or enter their own bikes in the show. Classes are free style, MOD Harley, retro MOD, MOD street and radical bagger. Visit www.custombikeshows.com/ocbikefest for more information or to enter the contest.
Visitors at the inlet can also enjoy a NASCAR simulator that gives riders the experiencing of racing in a full-size car through an interactive game. Visit www.finish-linepromotions.com to learn more about the simulator.
The downtown stage has a lineup of live music for the event, including national country acts Jamey Johnson and Travis Tritt, the classic rock sounds of The Marshall Tucker Band and rockers Jackyl with Jesse James Dupree. Other acts will include the Rowdy Johnson Band, Big Engine and Kashmir, the Davisson Brothers Band and Jamiah on Fire and the Red Machine.
On Saturday, Sept. 13, one lucky couple will tie the knot during a “Two-Wheel Wedding” on the inlet stage downtown. Sponsored by Fast Lane Biker Magazine and Barefoot Bride, the wedding will feature two from a pool of couples who submitted their photos and an essay to the contest. The public is invited to watch the wedding.
Inlet gates will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 11-13, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14.
At the 40th Street convention center, BikeFest launches with a huge selection of national vendors, motorcycle manufacturers, food and drinks and event sponsor Rommel Harley-Davidson Delmarva onsite with a lineup of motorcycles for sale.
The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14.
Both Ocean City sites have free parking for motorcycles and entry to the convention center is free. Admission at the inlet costs $35 for a weeklong pass or $25 for a day pass and includes the concerts. Admission for children 12 and under costs $15 and is good for the entire festival.
Event passes include discounts at some local bars and free use of the Ocean City bus system. Ticket buyers can also purchase a commemorative OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week 2014 poker chip for $1 each, while supplies last. Those 21 and older with a wristband can present the chip at Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin for a $10 free play card.
Last year, BikeFest drew an estimated 150,000-175,000 to town, said event Marketing Manager Chase Michael, who expects similar crowds this year.
OC BikeFest events are suitable families, he said.
Visit www.ocbikefest.com to purchase tickets and for a full schedule of concerts and events.
Delmarva Bike Week:
The 14th annual Delmarva Bike Week returns to Salisbury’s Arthur W. Perdue Stadium and Winter Place Park as well as Seacrets on 49th Street in Ocean City and Rommel Harley-Davidson Delmarva in Seaford, Del., next week.
There will be demo rides, stunt shows, food and beverages for sale, regional music acts, giveaways and exhibitors selling motorcycle gear, clothing, parts and accessories during the four-day event, Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 11-14.
The Perdue Stadium will house almost 50 vendors while Winter Place Park is the center of Bike Week’s live musical performances, which take place in the beer garden, and its thrill shows and more than 75 vendors.
All weekend at Winter Place, watch American Motordrome perform every other hour starting at 9 a.m. The Bigger & Better Beer Garden at the park opens at 9 a.m. daily and will host a full lineup of live music.
On Thursday, Sept. 11, enjoy performances by Led Zeppelin cover band Kashmir from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Davisson Brothers from 2-3:30 p.m. and Poverty Ridge from 5-7 p.m.
That night, visit Seacrets on 49th Street in Ocean City for a bike week celebration starting at 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 12, Clean Getaway will take the Winter Place stage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Crossroads will play from 1-2:30 p.m, Poverty Ridge will play from 3-4:30 p.m. and Kashmir closes out the evening from 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 13, enjoy music from Crossroads from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Kashmir from 1-2:30 p.m., Poverty Ridge from 3-4:30 p.m. and Heart tribute band Kick It Out from 5-7 p.m. Those who sign up before Poverty Ridge’s set and stay for the show will have a chance to win a Fender guitar.
Bike Week closes out Sunday, Sept. 14, with a Christian motorcycle service from 10-11 a.m. followed by live music by Clean Getaway from 12-2 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., officials will draw the winners for prizes donated by vendors, including a room on the 2014 Western Caribbean Cruise, a custom scooter and a $500 lighting kit installation package. Guests can enter to win all week at both Salisbury locations.
A free shuttle will travel between the two Salisbury venues.
In Seaford, events continue to grow each year at Rommel Harley-Davidson Delmarva, which will offer vendors, food and live music during Delmarva Bike Week.
The lineup of bands includes Left Hand Luck Friday, Sept. 12, from 12-3 p.m., and Gideon Grove from 12-3 p.m. and Blue Cat Blues from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.
Exhibitors such as Letterfly Pin Striping, Icicles Eyewear and Rumbling Pride LED will be onsite alongside ASAP Screen-printing, which will sell official Bike Week T-shirts.
Last year, Delmarva Bike Week attracted more than 120,000 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts to Salisbury, about 35 minutes from Ocean City, Organizer Kathy Micheal said.
Visitors traveled from Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and as far as Wisconsin for the 13th annual event.
“It was started by the local Harley Dealer 14 years ago,” event Marketing Manager Chase Michael said, “and has basically grown from a tiny, little event to the size of what it is today.”
Delmarva Bike Week activities are suitable for families, he added.
Visit www.delmarvabikeweek.com for a list of vendors at each venue, directions to each location and more information.
Bikes to the Beach Fall Rally:
Bikes to the Beach Fall Rally kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 10, bringing five days of live music, vendors, contests and more to Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City, Oasis Bar ‘n Grill in Whaleyville and other venues around the resort.
At Hooper’s, at the base of the Route 50 bridge, visitors can catch live bands and visit around 30 vendors booths Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 10-14. Names like Boss Hoss Cycles, Insane Leather, Cycos, and Fast Lights LED will sell wares including leather, jewelry, LED lights, T-shirts, cleaning products and parts and accessories for bikes.
New this year, Hooper’s will host a tailgate party Thursday night, Sept. 11, starting at 8 p.m. so visitors can catch the Steelers vs. Ravens game on a 9-by-16-foot big screen TV.
On Friday, Sept. 12, local American Legion Post 166 will host its annual poker run. Bikers can register for $20 per bike, plus $10 for an additional passenger, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Legion tent at Hooper’s. The run leaves from that spot at noon and ends at Hooter’s in West Ocean City.
Saturday, Sept. 13, motorcycle magazine giant Thunder Roads will host an open show at Hooper’s. Bikers can register until 3 p.m. for the judging at 3:30.
Actress, model, performer and “Miss Bikes to the Beach” Michele Smith will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos at Hooper’s all week.
At Oasis, about halfway between Ocean City and Salisbury in Whaleyville, the fall rally kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. with country and Southern rock group the Rob Snyder Band. All day Thursday, Sept. 11, there will be live music and vendors onsite.
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13, there will be an array of entertainment, from a hotdog-eating contest; frozen T-shirt contest and tire toss to a midget paintball manhunt, where participants win prizes for nailing a moving target. The “World’s Smallest Entertainer” Sassy Cassy will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos.
Thursday through Sunday, Oasis will serve its Big Biker Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. with two-for-the-price-of-one mimosas and Bloody Marys, eggs, bacon, home fries, scrapple, ham and endless coffee.
Events at Oasis wrap up Sunday, Sept. 14, with a Biker Blowout and music by the Rob Snyder Band all day. Guests must be 21 years or older to participate in Oasis events.
In addition to the main venues, De Lazy Lizard on First Street will host a Patriot Bash next Saturday, Sept. 13, featuring a military style bikini contest and auction for a guitar autographed by the Marshall Tucker Band. Fish Tales on 22nd Street will feature vendors, live music and offer drink specials daily during the rally.
Other locations that will have food and drink specials and live entertainment during the rally include Pickles Pub, on Eighth Street; Frog Bar, on Eighth Street and the Boardwalk; Hammerheads On the Beach, on 10th Street and the Boardwalk; Pit & Pub, on 28th Street; Dead Freddies, on 64th Street; JC’s Northside Pub, on 127th Street; Duffy’s Tavern, on 129th Street; Harborside Bar and Grill, in West Ocean City; and Station 7, in West Ocean City.
Bikes to the Beach Fall Rally began about a decade ago, stemming from the spring event under the same name, said Hooper’s General Manager Ryan Intrieri.
“We were just local businesses who’d started Bikes to the Beach (Spring Rally) to bring people to town during a quiet weekend,” he said. “We keep the same name during the fall rally.”
He estimated that OC BikeFest and Bikes to the Beach combined to draw between 150,000 and 175,000 visitors to Ocean City last year.
According to demoflush statistics, which use wastewater flows to estimate the city’s population, there were 194,076 people in Ocean City during the 2013 weekend.
“Bikes to the Beach is about supporting those who made this rally possible,” Hooper’s Manager Patrick Brady said.
Visit www.oceancitybikestothebeach.com for more information.
Blessing of the Bikes:
Saturday at noon, the third annual Blessing of the Motorcycles takes place in the parking lot of the Knight of Columbus Hall behind St. Luke’s Church on 99th Street on Ocean City. Last year, around 100 motorcycles were blessed at the event sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #9053 and Pope John Paul II Assembly #2454. Call St. Luke’s at 410-250-0300 for more information.