2015 Des Moines, Iowa, and national bike events

by on January 5, 2015
in Events

I was going to start out this post with a big fancy proclamation about it being my ELEVENTH YEAR OF BLOGGING or perhaps UNDOUBTEDLY A YEAR OF BIG SURPRISES or just anything that would make you actually look forward to reading another year of my blathering. But I’ve learned that whenever I actually point out or try to build up these kinds of impending milestones, I completely fizzle out mid-year which inevitably leads to disappointment for you AND for me. (Every. Single. Time!)

So this year, I’m not going to do that. (You’re welcome.) I’m just going to settle my ass down and blog, okay? And who knows – maybe the few of you who are still reading after last year’s mess will start bringing your friends around again and pretty soon things’ll be back to something like normal around here.

Now I don’t know about you, or where you live, but it’s snowing like crazy today as I post this, and I am nursing what I hope to be the tail end of a nasty cold… so it seems like a perfect day to compile the annual list of Des Moines, central Iowa, and random US biker events and rallies. As always, please note that this isn’t a complete list, and some of the dates are still TBA so will be added later. But if you know of something happening in Des Moines or its metro area, the state of Iowa, or the Midwest region, please feel free to share it in the comments.

UPDATE MAY 21 – Have removed expired/past events, and added a couple more.

UPDATE APRIL 30 – Still adding a few events here and there. :)


Okay I’m doing a quick update here… I posted my original (limited) event list and was immediately contacted by my pal Vernon Schwarte of Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa, who freely shared HIS list of events submitted to the magazine so far this year.

SO – seeing that TRI’s list is much longer (a.k.a., “more comprehensive”), I’m replacing mine with this one. :) Vernon encourages you to look up and call a venue or group before you try to attend, to make sure the event is still on. (No blaming the list-maker if something isn’t right here!)

It should go without saying that I henceforth adore Vernon Schwarte and thank him sincerely for so generously allowing me to share his Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa Upcoming Events List for 2015:
May 22-24 – Redneck Revival Conesville
May 22-24 – Midwest Legacy Run and Rally Adel
May 23 – J.J. Bonnell Memorial Ride Fort Dodge
May 23-24 – Midway Tavern Annual Fun Run, BBQ, Street Dance Soldier
Jun 6 – Carroll Cycle Center Rock N Ride Carroll
Jun 10-13 – Rally on the River Davenport
Jun 11-13 – US Route 6 Iowa River to River Cruise Council Bluffs to Davenport
Jun 13 – Remember Me Poker Run Davenport
Jun 13  – 7th Annual Bell Tower Festival Poker Run & Cycle Show Jefferson
Jun 15  – National Ride your Motorcycle to Work Day
Jun 17-20 – 21st Annual Rally on the River QC Davenport
Jun 20 – Ride for the Girls Memorial Poker Run Pacific Junction
Jun 20  – Ernie’s Harley-Davidson 40th Anniversary Party Algona
Jun 20  – Vintage Rally and Bike Show Anamosa
Jun 20  – ABATE D14 31st Baldy Memorial Ride Fremont/What Cheer
Jun 20  – ABATE D14 30th District 14 Anniversary Party What Cheer
Jun 20-21 – Outlaw Street Drags Race Series Conesville
Jun 21 – A Ride to Remember Benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association with Coach Paul Rhoads
Jun 27  – 28th Iowa Iron Butt Ride Ottumwa
Jun 27-28 – J&P Open House Anamosa
Jun 28  – Nishna Valley Wings of the G.W.T.A. Fun Run
Jul 2-4  – 31st Annual ABATE of Iowa Freedom Rally Algona
Jul 10-12 – Combat Veterans Motorcycle Assoc. 39-3 Annual Benefit Garber
Jul 11  – Goozman’s Westside Poker Run Harlan
Jul 17-18 – Southern Iowa Wounded Veterans Rally Russell
Jul 21 – Ride to Remember charity ride Ames
Jul 23-25 – Iowa State HOG Rally Des Moines
Jul 30-Aug 1 – 8th Annual Across the Border Raid Bedford
Aug 3-9  – Sturgis Rally, South Dakota
Aug 8  – AtlanticFest Ride In Bike Show Atlantic
Aug 22  – ABATE of Iowa M.A.R.S. Eldora
Aug 23  – Iowa State Fair Motorcycle Day Des Moines
Aug 29  – Mighty Mississippi HOG MDA Hope Ride Dubuque HD
Aug 29  – Spydermania II Atlantic
Sep 3-5 – Chief Blackhawk 44th Fall Davenport International Meet
Sep 4-6  – Redneck Revival Conesville
Sep 5-6  – Midway Tavern Soldier Valley Run BBQ, Street Dance Soldier
Sep 11-13 – Davis Motorcycle Rally New Hampton
Sep 12  – No Nipple Dipple Ride Buffalo
Sep 12  – Broken Spokes Ride For U of IA Children’s Hospital Davenport
Sep 19 – Sydney’s Wish Annual Charity Poker Run Des Moines
Sep 19  – Waukee Legions Riders 7th Annual Toy Run Waukee
Sep 19-20  – Outlaw Street Drags Race Series Conesville
Sep 23-26 – Bikes Blues & BBQ Fayetteville, AR
Oct 15-18 – Biketoberfest Daytona FL
Oct 17-18 – Outlaw Street Drags Race Series Conesville


And, here are some area Bike Nights I’ve compiled which are not on the above list:

Kelley Bike Night – June 4 & 18; July 2,16, & 30; Aug 13 & 27; and Sep 10 & 24 at Crossroads Tavern in Kelley IA

Indianola Bike Night – Third Friday of the month, April 17 thru September 18, Indianola IA

Winterset Bike Night – Third Saturday of the month, April 18 thru September 19, Winterset IA

DSM Vintage Bike Night – First Thursday of the month, May 7 thru September 10 in Valley Junction, West Des Moines, IA.

Knoxville Bike Night – First Friday of the Month beginning May 1 thru September 4 (to be confirmed) in Knoxville IA.

Thunder Nites in Newton – Second Friday of the month, May 8 thru September 11, Newton IA

Greencastle Tavern Bike Night – Wednesdays beginning May 20 through October 7, 6 pm – 9 pm in Mingo IA

Hartford Bike Night – August 22 in Hartford IA

Blessing of the Bikes – Date TBA at Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend IA

Avenue of the Saints Motorcycles/Classic Cars (formerly St. Charles Bike Night)  – Dates TBA, St. Charles IA


And a few other tidbits still to be confirmed:

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

Struthers Brothers Dinner Rides – Dates TBA, leaving from Struthers Brothers in Des Moines, 4:3o pm on dates shown.


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2 Responses to “2015 Des Moines, Iowa, and national bike events”
  1. PIPES says:

    nice job on the list of events.
    Get ahold of me if you would like to be a guest on my radio show

  2. nancy says:

    DSM Vintage Bike Nights. 1st Thursdays May-Sept 6-8 Historic Vally Junction @ 5th street between Walnut and Elm
    Facebook: DSMvintage

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