2013 Des Moines, Iowa and National bike events

by on January 3, 2013
in Events

Hi friends! I hope you all thoroughly enjoyed the holiday season and are ready to tackle a new year! I have to admit, I am finding it a little difficult to get my mind right so far this year. No doubt, I am looking forward to Spring and going for a ride… but, I can’t help but wonder what the year will bring economically. We shall see!

Meanwhile, I was SO surprised to receive a beautiful white mesh HD jacket from my hubby for Christmas… can’t wait to take it for a two-wheeled spin!

In other news, I’ve begun compiling my annual calendar of area events (plus a few national rallies), so take a peek and let me know what’s missing. Remember, this is primarily a Des Moines-and-Iowa-focused list. While I can’t list every Bike Night, I would love to hear about any day- or weekend-long events that I may have missed.

Capital City Custom Bike Show & Swap Meet – February 16-17, Des Moines IA

Daytona Bike Week – March 8-17, Daytona Beach FL

Indianola Bike Night – Third Friday of the month, April 19 thru September 20, Indianola IA

Winterset Bike Night – Third Saturday of the month, beginning April 20 in Winterset, IA

ABATE District 4 Blessing of the Bikes – April 20, 11 am at Big Barn HD in Des Moines

Iowa Dept. of Transportation Motorcycle Safety Forum – April 26 at the State Fairgrounds in Des Moines

Gathering on the Grounds – Second Thursday of the month, April – July at the State Fairgrounds in Des Moines

Kelley Bike Night – Thursdays 6-10 pm, as shown on flyer linked at left, Kelley, IA

Knoxville Bike Night – First Friday of the Month beginning in May through September

Fatboyz Bike Night – Second & Fourth Friday of the Month beginning May 10 in Grimes, Iowa

Struthers Brothers Dinner Rides – Saturdays May 11, June 8, June 22, July 13, August 10, August 24, August 25, September 7

Hartford Bike Night – Second Friday of the Month, actual dates TBA

St. Charles Bike Night – Second Friday of the month, beginning in May

International Female Ride Day – Friday, May 3, worldwide!

Thunder Nites in Newton – Second Friday of the month, May 10 thru September 13

18th Annual Blessing of the Bikes – 10 am Saturday, May 11, at the American Legion in Marshalltown

Vintage TorqueFest – May 3-5 in Dubuque

7th Annual Motorcycle Awareness Ride – May 4 in Cedar Rapids

Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally – May 31-June 2 at the Iowa Speedway, Newton IA

Angels for Sam Ride June 9, Des Moines IA

Mississippi River Motorcycle Rally – June 12-15, Davenport IA

Whitetails Bar & Grill Poker Run – June 15, Marble Rock, IA

Iowa State HOG Rally – June 20-22, Clinton IA

J&P Cycles Open House – June 22-23, Anamosa IA

ABATE Iowa State Freedom Rally – July 4-6, Algona IA

Sturgis Rally – August 5-11, Sturgis SD

Iowa State Fair Motorcycle Day – August 18, Des Moines IA

Sydney’s Wish 2nd Annual Benefit Poker Run – September 7, Des Moines IA

Hogs for Dogs – September 8, Ottumwa IA

Bikes Blues & BBQ – September 18-21, Fayetteville AR

Biketoberfest – October 17-20, Daytona Beach SD

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8 Responses to “2013 Des Moines, Iowa and National bike events”
  1. Tim says:

    Thanks for the list Janet! Might add Knoxville bike nights, first Friday each month starting in May, and Avenue Of The Saints bike nights in St. Charles, second Friday each month starting in May also. Bit of a conflict there as they are on the same schedule as Newton. Smaller bike night, but I’ve attended a couple of them and had a good time.

  2. Corn Dog says:

    Thanks Tim – I’ve added all three that you mentioned.

  3. BikerBob says:

    That looks like a nice line-up you’ve got there. Are you going to attend all of them?

  4. Corn Dog says:

    Hi Bob! Sorry no, wish I could but I won’t be able to get to all (or even most) of them. I hope to catch a few, though! How about you?

  5. Cindy says:

    FatBoys in grimes has bike nights the second and fourth Friday of every month beginning may 10

  6. Thanks Cindy, I will get that added to the list. ~ Janet

  7. Alisha says:

    Thought this might be worth mentioning since it’s for a great cause. Hogs for dogs (a non profit organization that helps raise money for animal shelters and such) will be holding their annual benefit ride on Sunday, September 8th 2013 in Ottumwa. It’s a great ride. More info is available online at http://www.hogs4dogsusa.com they also have a facebook page.

  8. Corn Dog says:

    Thanks, Alisha, I’ve added it to the list! ~ Janet

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