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Bike Week in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach has long been a haven for motorcycle enthusiasts, with the warm Florida weather and the sunshine serving as a fitting backdrop for a week-long, two-wheeled fun. At any one time, there are thousands of motorcycles prowling the streets of Daytona Beach and its surrounding areas, but when Bike Week comes around things get taken to a whole different level.

History

The famous Daytona Beach Bike Fest has a long and storied history, with the first one held in 1937. The first rally, even though it was thought to only attract just a few hundred motorcycles, was viewed as an instant success. The Daytona Beach Bike Fest took a break during the World War II years, as Americans focused on more important matters and fought to bring their country back from the brink. From 1942 to 1947, there was no motorcycle rally on the streets of Daytona Beach, but Bike Fest came roaring back once the war ended and we were once again in the mood to party.

Much has changed from the origins of The Daytona Beach Bike Fest. The bikes, bikers, and the area may have looked a bit different in the old days, but the spirit behind Daytona Beach Bike Fest remains the same even some eight decades later. The name was even changed to Daytona Beach Bike Week.

Present Day Bike Week

With hundreds of thousands of bikes and their owners coming into Daytona Beach for Bike Week, this 10-day motorcycle rally is one of the largest, and certainly one of the best attended rallies in the entire country. This annual event draws bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts from throughout the region and around the United States. It typically takes place in early March, right after The Daytona 500 and Daytona Speedweeks, so there is still time to make your plans and get your own bike ready for the action.

Still going strong after more than seven decades in existence, Daytona Beach Bike Week is bigger, badder, and louder than ever before. This famous bike rally features many events attendees will only find at Daytona Beach Bike Week, including Cabbage Patch Coleslaw wrestling. Festivities take place throughout the Daytona Beach area, but some of the biggest and best events are found along Main Street and on US1 in Ormond Beach. Aside from the coleslaw wrestling matches, attendees at Daytona Beach Bike Week can enjoy daily bike shows, motorcycle swap meets, live music and concerts at Destination Daytona, and other popular downtown bars and even professional motorcycle racing at the world-famous Daytona International Speedway.

If you live to ride, Daytona Beach is the place to be this March. Just jump on your favorite bike, point the handlebars toward Daytona Beach and head south. When you arrive, you will find plenty of fellow motorcycle enthusiasts, along with live music, great food, and the camaraderie only the biker community fully understands.

 

 

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2017 Daytona Beach Country 500 Festival

The Daytona International Speedway is known for a lot of things. NASCAR, racing, motorcycles, car shows… the list goes on. What it’s not normally known for is music. Sure, NASCAR will normally have an artist play before the Daytona 500 or Coke Zero 400, but they are an afterthought to the race. Well, times are changing. Beginning last year, DIS holds the “Great American Music Fest at Daytona” or Country 500 for short. The first year was a huge success, but the 2017 Daytona Beach Country 500 Festival is going to be bigger and better.

Festival Info

Country 500 is held in the infield of Daytona International Speedway, with multiple stages featuring your favorite country artists. Those attending the festival are able to camp in the infield and enjoy a three-day party. The 2017 Country 500 Festival will be held on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28. There will be opportunities to meet the stars of the show throughout the weekend. The price of a three-day pass will vary from $185 to $250, depending on how early you purchase them. Also offered is a VIP Pit Pass, which will allow you access to private facilities and a special concert viewing area. VIP Pit Passes are $699. The cream-of-the-crop is the Crew Chief VIP Pass that will allow you to literally stand on the stage and watch the shows. This package runs $999.

Artists

So for the question you’ve been wondering, who’s playing this year? The headliners for Country 500 2017 are Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Hank Williams Jr., Keith Urban Thomas Rhett, Brooks & Dunn and Martina McBride. The greatest in country music will be taking the stage in Daytona!

That’s not all though! Also featured are Kip Moore, Dan + Shay and Jamey Johnson. You’ll get to see Travis Tritt, Chris Janson, Chase Rice, Maddie & Tae, as well as A Thousand Horses. Not enough? Listen to Pat Green, Easton Corbin, Eric Paslay, Colt Ford and Mark Chesnutt. There’s even more to be announced.

If you’re a country music fan, the 2017 Daytona Beach Country 500 Festival is a must-see. Get ready for a weekend of great music and great times in Daytona Beach!

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Things To Do In Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is known worldwide for a variety of reasons. If you’re looking for things to do in Daytona Beach, here are some of the best options for you and your family.

“The World’s Most Famous Beach” – Even more than NASCAR and Bike Week, the beach is probably the reason most people know about Daytona Beach. Daytona gained worldwide notoriety due to that fact that you can actually drive on the beach. While there are other places where this is allowed (nearby New Smyrna Beach allows this, as well), Daytona Beach is the king of beach driving. The first stock car races (which turned in to NASCAR) started on these very beaches. Don’t visit Daytona without making a visit!

The World Center of Racing – Daytona International Speedway and Daytona 500 Experience are all parts of the World Center of Racing. For racing enthusiasts, this compound is the Mecca of the sport. Tours are available of the track, Victory Lane, press boxes, garages and more. Get behind the scenes without all of the hustle and bustle you’ll find on race day.

Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier – The Daytona Beach Boardwalk harkens back to boardwalks of old. The games, the food and the atmosphere will take you back in time. Ride Go Karts or even the Sling Shot which will send passengers 360 feet in the air at around 100 miles per hour! Restaurants like Joe’s Crab Shack and Pizza King will quell the hunger that you work up having so much fun.

Ponce Inlet – Ponce Inlet is located at the southern end of Daytona Beach. The main attraction is the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse which was finished in 1887. Each year over 80 thousand visitors come to see the lighthouse. Standing at 175 feet tall, this is one piece of history you won’t want to miss.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things to do in Daytona Beach, but these attractions are a great place to start.