Biketoberfest gears up for 30th annual event after Hurricane Ian cleanup

Anniversary event runs Oct. 13-16

Daytona Beach is set to hold its 30th annual Biketoberfest motorcycle rally this October, according to city officials. (Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau)

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla.Biketoberfest, the annual motorcycle event in Daytona Beach, is gearing up for this year’s event next week after recovery progress in the county following Hurricane Ian.

This year, Biketoberfest, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the event born from the much larger Bike Week, is kicking off on Oct. 13 and runs through Oct. 16.

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“Clean-up following the recent storm is well underway with many campgrounds, accommodations, restaurants, and event facilities preparing to host aspects of the four-day event schedule. With power and Internet restoration underway and water levels receding in many key venues, many local businesses are already up and running, with more coming online daily,” a release said.

Daytona Beach officials said visitors with lodging reservations should double check their status.

“Despite the challenges from the recent storm, we are prepared and ready to host visitors during Biketoberfest,” Patrick Sullivan, general manager of Rose Villa Southern Table & Bar in Ormond Beach, said in a release. “All special events, including this year’s Biketoberfest, are critical to the success of local businesses. The visitors from events like Biketoberfest allow businesses such as our restaurant to be open year-round for the residents.”

While the event may have been born in Daytona Beach, events take place all over the county from Ormond Beach to New Smyrna Beach.

Traditional and popular rides in the area include cruising – and parking along Main Street in Daytona Beach – driving on the packed sand along the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” driving the Ormond Beach scenic “loop” trough Tomoka State Park, Ponce Inlet Ride to the lighthouse, old city ride to St. Augustine, and the National Seashore Ride to the Canaveral National Seashore.

Some other event highlights are:

You don’t have to be a biker to enjoy the festivities, Biketoberfest and Bike Week are great events to walk, hang out and people watch.

As someone that grew up in Daytona Beach, here are my top 5 places to visit and people watch during Biketoberfest and Bikeweek:

  1. Main Street, Daytona Beach
  2. Iron Horse Saloon, Ormond Beach
  3. Boardwalk and Pier, Daytona Beach
  4. Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona, Ormond Beach
  5. Daytona International Speedway (Don’t forget the speedway!), Daytona Beach

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