The beer is cold, the water is warm and the music hot at the Buffalo Chip’s Bikini Beach! This inviting piece of paradise sits just outside the main amphitheater and offers all the amenities you’ll need to kick back, relax and take in the Authentic Sturgis Experience™ during the Chip’s August music festival. Soak up the sun on one of the lounging decks, cool off with a dip in the swimming hole, throw back some cold drinks from the cabana bars or take in the stage action from a table on the patio.
As seen on TV in CMT’s Biker Battles, the Bikini Beach Stage boasts some of the Chip’s best showcase entertainment. You can watch stage events from anywhere at Bikini Beach, including the stage’s aerial viewing platform. During the August music festival, you’ll enjoy the laid back vibe of the daytime concerts and the pumped-up party scene for the late-night shows.
In addition to incredible showcase bands, Bikini Beach is home to an array of untamed events hosted by tequila-toting emcee, Jose Craigo:
The world-famous Homemade Bikini Contest challenges female Chipsters to use their creativity to design a bikini using only items from the mystery box. Contestants must race against the clock to construct their bikinis from items like caution tape, bandanas, Mardi Gras beads and bubble wrap. When their time is up, the participants strut their stuff for the audience and judges. The winner takes home her own duct tape sash as well as the title of Buffalo Chip Bikini Queen!
Belly flop, face plant, back flip, cannonball, you name it. In the Ultimate Rope Swing Contest, anything goes. This contest makes a splash every afternoon at the Bikini Beach swimming hole, allowing guests to cool off during the hot days of the Chip’s August music festival. Show off your favorite jump or dive, and if the judges decide it’s the best, you’ll be going home with some awesome Buffalo Chip prizes!
Your beer’s on us if you participate in the daily Beers and Burps Contest. Participants chug an ice-cold beer on stage, then let ‘er rip into the microphone. Judges follow a strict set of criteria that rates each burp according to volume, duration and the contestant’s ability to keep down the foam. In addition to some major bragging rights, the winner will take home some sweet Buffalo Chip swag!
Could you pull off a legendary rock performance in front of thousands of fans during the Chip’s August music festival…all without a guitar? Let the judges decide in the Bikini Beach Air Guitar Contest. Choose from a list of well-known guitar-heavy rock songs, put on your game face and give it your all. The judges will choose the best performer based on instrument imitation and stage presence. The daily winner will take home the coveted Rock God Air Trophy as well as a Buffalo Chip prize pack!
A nice set of pipes isn’t just important for your bike, it can take you to the top of Jose Craigo’s Crazy Karaoke Contest. Whether you’ve memorized all the words or your singing along for this first time, pick your song and give the audience all you’ve got. If you need a little liquid courage before you feel like singing, Jose Craigo’s got you covered. He’ll pour you a shot just for participating!