Like a hurricane, 10 days of Bike Week will bring a whirlwind of motorcycles, parties, bike shows, stunts and the wild atmosphere that draws thousands to the Daytona Beach area year after year.
In its 79th year, the Daytona Beach tradition is, of course, a celebration held by bikers, for bikers. Yet there’s also plenty of fun to be had for those who may not have a bike, leather jacket or a fondness for two wheels.
While much is centered around the thundering rides, Bike Week brings plenty of entertainment with broader appeal. Here are the top five Bike Week events for both bikers and non-bikers:
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1. The 50th annual Daytona Supercross and Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross
The best Supercross riders in the world will race through big jumps, tight turns, whoops and perhaps the largest obstacle — other riders — for the 50th running of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Daytona International Speedway.
[READ MORE: 50th Daytona Supercross scheduled for March 7]
The high-energy dirt bike races bring quite a show for spectators, with several heats of races for the 250SX bikes and the larger, faster 450SX bikes leading up to the finals. At Daytona, attendees can get a front-row view to the action with track-side access tickets.
To celebrate the milestone anniversary, five-time event champion Ricky Carmichael will design the course with a nod to the history of the Daytona Supercross. The track design will include elements from past Daytona courses, including tunnel jumps and over-the-wall jumps.
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Before the races even begin, the Midway Extravaganza hosts vendors with parts, accessories and apparel companies, many offering free giveaways, games and challenges. Fans can meet riders and see teams preparing bikes in the pits.
Entertainment begins at noon Saturday, March 7, at Daytona International Speedway, 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Tickets start at $40 for adults, $15 for children ages 6-12 and free for younger children.
For information, visit bit.ly/39e1sqM.
2. Live music
Bike Week is known to attract well-known musicians, and this year, the live music roster includes some familiar names. In the intimate venues at bars along Main Street in Daytona Beach and beyond, it’s a rare opportunity to see popular bands up close and personal.
Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated hard rock band Buckcherry is arguably one of the most notable performers this year. They’ll hit the stage at Main Street Station at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 8, performing hits including “Crazy Bitch,” “Sorry,” “Lit Up,” “Everything” and others. Also coming to the popular venue are Saliva with special guests Skin Deep at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 13, and Saving Abel at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14.
Iron Horse Saloon celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and brings country music artists to celebrate. Country outlaw David Allan Coe fills the stage throughout Bike Week, with evening shows March 6, 8-10 and 12-15. Colt Ford performs at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14; Uncle Kracker at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 7; and Parmalee at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12.
Seen on season four of the NBC TV show “The Voice,” former contestant Michael Austin will sing his style of rock, outlaw country and Americana music at Destination Daytona. He performs Friday, March 6, through Friday, March 13, in the Pavilion.
3. Budweiser Clydesdales Parade
A big hit among the crowds, the Budweiser Clydesdales have pulled their red wagon down Main Street for more than 20 years.
The iconic horses will be in town March 6-14 and be available for the public to see. They embark on the anticipated Main Street Parade in Daytona Beach at 3 p.m. March 7 and 8.
Hitch appearances are at 11 a.m. March 9 at the 1600 block of U.S. 1 in Ormond Beach; and at noon March 11 at the 500 block of County Road 415 in New Smyrna Beach.
One horse appearances are from 5 to 7 p.m. March 10 at the 70 block of Dunlawton Avenue in Port Orange; 3 to 5 p.m. March 12 at the 1100 block of Beville Road in Daytona Beach; and 3 to 5 p.m. March 13 at the 1500 block of Dunlawton Avenue in Port Orange.
Destination Daytona will host a parade from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 10.
For information, visit budweiser.com/en/clydesdales.html.
4. Rhett Rotten’s Wall of Death Vintage Motorcycle Stunt Show
Performing a seemingly impossible stunt, Rhett Rotten defies gravity as he drives his motorcycle on a wooden motordome. Picking up speed, Rotten and the bike ride completely sideways along the surface, nearly reaching the spectators above.
The thrilling shows happen at 11 a.m., and 1:30, 4 and 6 p.m. each day throughout Bike Week at Destination Daytona, 1635 N. U.S. 1, Ormond Beach.
For information, visit bit.ly/2TmaQlw.
5. Burning Bike event
The main draw to this event is, you guessed it, the burning of a bike. The event is a tribute to remember loved ones, with attendees invited to sign or write a message on the 75-foot wooden motorcycle to go up in smoke around 9 p.m. Friday, March 13.
Despite the somber purpose, there’s a bunch of fun packed into the evening, with performances by the globe of death, fire dancers, high wire acts, stilt walkers and musicians, plus the Miss Burning Bike contest, vendors, drinks and food.
Admission costs $7, and parking is free. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. at Fastland Campground, 3150 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
For information and a complete schedule of events, visit officialbikeweek.com/Bike-Week-Calendar.