Bikes, Blues & BBQ Festival
Feel the rumble as riders from all over the country roll into Northwest Arkansas for festivities, entertainment and lots and lots of chrome!
Fayetteville’s Dickson Street and NWA will be revving and rocking when the 20th Annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 25 through Saturday, Sept. 28.
Each year, Bikes, Blue & BBQ draws hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers to the region for four action-packed days of motorcycle poker runs, scenic rides in the Ozarks, more than a dozen bands, contests, demos, plenty of vendors and award-winning barbecue!
Bikes, Blues & BBQ is the largest charity motorcycle festival in the nation, with proceeds supporting non-profit organizations and the underserved throughout NWA.
Heart of the City
The bulk of the festival takes place in the heart of Fayetteville – the Dickson Street Entertainment District, centered along Dickson Street, which is lined with funky boutiques, landmark bars and pubs and restaurants.
This year, the 5th Annual Frisco Inferno BBQ Competition takes place nearby in Historic Downtown Rogers during Bikes on the Bricks (more below). Taste, savor and cast your vote for the best of the best in barbecue.
Even if you don’t ride a motorcycle, don’t miss the spectacle that is Bikes, Blues & BBQ. Harleys, crotch rockets, tricked-out custom jobs, metric bikes, cruisers, vintage stock and sport bikes – it is a sight to see!
And, if you’ve been to this rally before, you know that it means some of the best people watching around.
Bikes, Blues & BBQ includes music, food and entertainment for everyone, with daytime activities geared more toward all ages. Featured rally events include:
Poker Runs – Rides hosted by Fayetteville firefighters twist and turn past stunning Ozarks scenery.
Stokes Air Battle of the Bikes – Shine up your ride for this competition that hands out awards to 30 of the coolest bikes.
Parade of Power – Motorcycles make their way from across town to Dickson Street where they parade along revving their engines and showboating for droves of cheering spectators.
WCWA Wrestling Rumble – Pro wrestling at its finest.
Vintage Auto Show – Because hundreds and thousands of motorcycles isn’t enough!
Helicopter Rides – Fly ARH will whisk you up and over the entire footprint of the rally.
**New Monster Party Patio – Gather your friends around a table at the Monster Party Patio where you can order food and drinks and take in great sight lines up and down Dickson Street. Located at the Walton Arts Center Plaza, the Party Patio has the best seats in the house!
The Bikes, Blue & BBQ main stage will feature a beer garden and a variety of live music. This year’s bands include:
- Boston Mountain Playboys
- The Mighty Pines
- Gus Robbins and Relentless
- Gary Hutchison
- Akeem Kemp
- Tyler Kinchen
- Fayetteville Funk Factory
- Freddie Mercury Tribute Band
- Dead Metal Society
- Prince Tribute Band
- And others!
For more details about Bikes, Blues & BBQ, including an event schedule visit bikesbluesandbbq.org.
Historic Downtown Rogers
As part of the rally, don’t miss Bikes on the Bricks on Saturday, Sept. 18, in downtown Rogers. This day of festival fun along the brick-lined streets of historic downtown features a Poker Run with five scenic stops, a beer garden, a vintage bike show and the 5th Annual Frisco Inferno BBQ competition.
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