Sturgis Buffalo Chip Events
2022 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Events
Buffalo Chip Official Sturgis Rally Kickoff - Friday, Aug. 5, 2022
There’s no such thing as being fashionably late when it comes to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This party begins with a bang at 5 p.m. at the #1 Sturgis Rally destination—the Sturgis Buffalo Chip! Grab a spot in the Chip’s legendary amphitheater for the Buffalo Chip Official Sturgis Rally Kickoff and experience the spectacle as magnificent machines and famous faces make their grand entry in a parade down Buffalo Chip Main Street. The festivities continue into the evening with live entertainment on the main stage, the International Bikini Team and more!
2023 Sturgis Rally Concerts
Concerts are free with camping at the Buffalo Chip. Whether you want to come for one night of the party or for two full weeks, your pass allows you to camp, and the concerts are a bonus. If you’ve got a pass, you’re welcome to stay and camp until 10 a.m. the day after your pass date, but it isn’t required. We just make it possible for you to stay so you don't hit the highway after partying too much.
Buffalo Chip Races™
See why the Buffalo Chip Races have quickly become the epicenter of Sturgis rally racing events. Buffalo Chip Races feature multiple days and disciplines of races. Don’t miss being a part of this tradition at the world’s most unique race and concert venue.
The Chip’s Military Tribute Day gives you the chance to experience a variety of powerful presentations, moving events and inspiring performances, all specifically designed to recognize those who have selflessly served and, in some instances, lost their lives.
Meet up with your friends and experience the best of the Sturgis Rally's free motorcycle, music, and freedom-oriented events and attractions! Shop dozens of unique vendors, compete in crazy contests, witness insane motorcycle stunts or just kick back with some cold ones and watch the lineup concerts of entertainment on the Big Engine Bar Stage.
Custom Bike Shows - Daily
If you think stock sucks, this is the only one place in Sturgis you need visit to get your fill of motorcycles that are the furthest thing from it. The custom bike scene lives at the Chip with distinctive shows happening nearly every day of Sturgis Rally. While you’re getting an up-close look at all the amazing craftsmanship, you’ll also have the opportunity to see and meet some of the biggest names in the industry who will be hosting, attending and judging these shows!
If you’ve got a hidden talent, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the place to let it shine! Each year during the rally, the Chip plays host to a huge variety of crazy-fun contests. It doesn’t matter if you’re the world’s best bike builder or you can burp your ABCs; the Chip’s got a contest you can enter and win!
Miss Buffalo Chip Pageant
What goes better with motorcycles than sexy girls? Nothing! And that’s why the Chip hosts three rounds of the Miss Buffalo Chip Pageant every night of the Sturgis Rally. Roll on up to the legendary Wolfman Jack Stage and rev your engines for the luscious ladies of the International Bikini Team as they compete for the title of Miss Buffalo Chip.
GUNFEST - Friday, Aug. 5-Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022
Presented by GunBroker.com
Start your rally week off with a BANG at the inaugural GUNFEST presented by GunBroker.com! This three-day interactive event at the Buffalo Chip Shooting Range will give you the opportunity to watch demonstrations and test out the latest firearm products, ammunition, accessories and more in a safe and controlled environment. This will be the ultimate experience for firearm and outdoor enthusiasts, offering private shooting lanes and a chance to try out LIVE ammunition, thermal optics, air guns, shotguns, rifles and handguns. The event is free and open to the public.
Legends Ride® - Monday, Aug. 7, 2023
Presented by Progressive
Ride and rub elbows with some of the biggest names in the biz on an awe-inspiring trip from historic Deadwood to the Legendary Buffalo Chip. Celebrities who have made appearances on The Ride That Rocks™ include Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Journey’s Neal Schon, Orange County Choppers’ Paul Teutul, Sr., South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and the Ness family, just to name a few. One hundred percent of rider fees support worthy local charities.
Biker Belles® - Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023
Experience a day of Real Riders, Real Stories and Real Passion during the annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip Biker Belles Celebration! You’re invited to join the guided Morning Ride™ through the beautiful Black Hills and participate in a day of festivities that celebrates women in riding and supports organizations benefitting women’s causes.
Rusty Wallace Ride - Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023
Meet and ride alongside Rusty Wallace, his celebrity NASCAR driver friends and top racing industry executives! The ride kicks off with a party in Spearfish, SD and takes you through an incredible route chosen by Rusty himself to an exclusive reception at the Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip.
Western Frontier Motorcycle Ride - Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023
Follow in the footsteps of fierce Native American warriors and the US Cavalry and experience the history and lore of the American West! Ride alongside a local historian as he takes you and your friends on a ride back in time from the legendary Buffalo Chip Campground to the gravesite of Jonathon “Buffalo Chips” White, the campground’s namesake and protégé of Buffalo Bill Cody.
Air Sex Championships
Are you a master of pelvic storytelling? Do you have a whole lotta motion in your ocean? If you’re an expert at making love to nobody in particular, then you’d make a serious contender in the Air Sex World Championships. If you’re not an air Casanova, you can laugh yourself silly watching people do the dirtiest and most ridiculous stuff you’ve ever seen anyone do to the air.
Homemade Bikini Contest
If you’ve got an exceptional sense of style and like to “Do It Yourself,” then this daily contest is the place to put your skills to the test for a chance to win prizes. If seeing women wearing skimpy homespun bikinis sounds like something you’d enjoy, this is easily one of the hottest places to be during the Sturgis Rally.
Homemade Mankini Contest
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is a land of equal opportunity, so if you’re a dude who wants to rock a homemade bikini, we’re not going to stand in your way! After the ladies warm things up, you’ll get the same shot at strutting your stuff in a mankini of your own design.
Ultimate Rope Swing Contest
Belly flop, face plant, back flip, cannonball, you name it—this is the event where anything goes. Whether you’ve got real skill or just want to act like an idiot, this contest will help you cool off during the hot days at the Bikini Beach Swim Paradise!
Slip 'N' Slide Relay
There’s no bad time to launch yourself down the ginormous slip ‘n’ slide at Bikini Beach, but if you do it during the daily Slip ‘N’ Slide Relay, a free beer will be waiting for you at the end! Take the plunge, swim to the ladder, slam your beer and flip your cup faster than the opposing team, and you’ll come out the winner!
Get your mind into the gutter and bust out some of your dirtiest doodles in this hilarious new Bikini Beach contest. Just like regular Pictionary, the goal is to get your teammates to guess the words that are on your card. But unlike the original, the words you’ll be drawing in this uncensored version will be far from family friendly.
Beer Belly Contest - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022
It takes years of dedication to shape the perfect beer belly, but it only takes a few moments to win the Chip’s Beer Belly Contest. Show the judges you’re the biggest beer buff alive and have the belly to prove it and you could win a pair of Stage West meal deals!
Beers & Burps Contest
To hell with minding your manners! The Chip wants your longest, loudest juiciest burp, and we’ll give you the liquid ammunition you need to get ‘er done! Head on over to Bikini Beach for this daily contest during the Sturgis Rally.
Frozen T-Shirt Contest
Everyone knows wet t-shirt contests are hot, but since the daily party at Bikini Beach is already so smokin’, this contest’s contestants have to use frozen t-shirts to cool things down! Pull it, tear it, sit on it, or soak it with your beer; we don’t care how you get it on, just do it before the other contestants.
More Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Events
Motorcycles as Art
Experience the creativity, spirit and personal expression of motorcycle history and culture by visiting the Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycles as Art Exhibition. Get an up-close look at the work of some of the industry’s best builders and artists during this internationally renowned exhibit curated by famed motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter.
Rodeo Games Presented by Classic Easyriders Magazine - Monday, Aug. 8 – Friday, Aug. 12, 2022
It may be their first time at the Buffalo Chip, but this ain’t their first rodeo. Saddle up for five days of motorcycle rodeo games as Classic Easyriders brings their famous motorcycle rodeo tour to the CrossRoads. Point your pony toward the game area just outside the Buffalo Chip box office for games like kickstart, weenie bite, slow race, water balloon toss, potato in the haystack, keg push and more!
Ives Brothers’ Wall of Death - Daily
Hang over the edge and watch in amazement as the world-famous Ives Brothers defy death, performing stunts on their traveling vertical wooden board track. They’ll be performing multiple daily shows throughout the rally. Check out the times posted by their motodrome and plan to take one in.
Gambler 500 Mini Bike TT - Friday, Aug. 5 – Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022
If you’ve got a need for smiles, show up with or without a bike for these daily races at Camp Zero Hell Track. Go around the dam, sail past the bus, and fly into the air, for a chance to win all the glory. A limited number of Smile Makers will be available for use thanks to Coleman Powersports, SnapFabrications and Camp Zero.
Maiden Moto Art Show - Daily
Visit the Maiden Moto Art Show curated by Savannah Rose at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s free-access CrossRoads Friday, Aug. 5-Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. This all-female traveling art and motorcycle show powered by Harley-Davidson showcases female artists from within the moto community. The show at the Buffalo Chip will feature 20+ artists of varying mediums focused on women and their motorcycles, as well as bikes built, owned, and ridden by ladies.
ULTRA4 Off-Road Racing - Friday, Aug. 5 & Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022
Get your dirt on and get your pulse racing ULTRA4. Bring the whole family and watch in awe as this off-road racing series pushes man and machine right up to the brink at the Chip’s PowerSports Complex. ULTRA4 kicks off a week's worth of Buffalo Chip Races with qualifying trials on Friday, Aug. 5 and the real deal going down on Saturday, Aug. 6.
School’s Out Chopper Show Presented by Motorcycle Knuckle Busters - Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023
Featuring Classic Easyriders and Mondo Porras of Denver's Choppers
The first campers to ever pass through the Buffalo Chip gate in 1981 rode in on choppers, so it’s only fitting that the Chip starts the week off with a show for chopper lovers. Old school, new school and everything in between will be on display, plus you’ll have the chance to meet star chopper builders including Mondo of Denver's Choppers and win prizes to get you going on your next chopper build.
The Wango Tango Custom Gold Wing Show - Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023
Presented by Snap Fabrications & CROIG
If you’ve got a Wang, show off that thang at the Wango Tango Custom Gold Wing Show! Honda’s development of the Gold Wing changed the face of two-wheeled touring back in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Now, it’s about to change the face of America’s greatest V-twin event, as it fills the no. 1 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally destination with a sea of vintage and modern metric customs.
Billy Lane Hang Outs - Learn More
When it comes to a rally hang-out buddy, you won’t find someone cooler, faster or more creative than the one and only Billy Lane. The mastermind behind Choppers Inc., Cool Hand Speed Co. and Sons of Speed will be set up at the CrossRoads all week long to meet fans, talk motorcycles and show off his creations. Find him at Buffalo Chip signature events and locations throughout the property, too!
Kevin Sorbo Hang Outs - Learn More
Your legendary journey to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip could have you crossing paths with celebrity hero Kevin Sorbo! Best known for his role as Hercules, this acclaimed actor, producer, director and author will be hanging out at locations throughout the Buffalo Chip Saturday, Aug. 6 through Monday, Aug. 8. Stop by to pose for a photo and pick up a copy of his book “True Faith”.
Flying Piston Breakfast - Sunday, Aug. 6, 2023
Kickstart your vacation with the cool kids at the Sturgis Rally by meeting the world’s front line custom builders at the Flying Piston Breakfast Benefit. This exclusive event allows you to meet and mingle with some of motorcycling’s most distinguished builders whose bikes appear in this year’s Motorcycles As Art exhibition, curated by Michael Lichter. Surprise special guests, too! And best of all, proceeds benefit charity.
Gambler 500 Hooptie X - Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022
The Sturgis Rally may be known as a motorcycle event, but the Gambler 500 boys start off their week at the Buffalo Chip by stirring things up with this free hooptie event! Everyone is welcome to bring out their favorite crap bucket and tear up some dirt with a bunch of racers (like Jason Lightner and his flying Porsche) who value fun over rules.
FXR Show & Dyna Mixer - Sunday, Aug. 7, 2023
Featuring Joe Mielke of Snap Fabrications
Ride in and register for free for this no-nonsense motorcycle event coordinated by Joe Mielke that brings together motorcycle riders to have fun and show and talk motorcycles. Now in its 10th year, this show is all about the riders, their stories and their ride. Tons of great prizes will be awarded based on popular vote thanks to the support of many of the biggest names in the motorcycle world and aftermarket parts industry. One hundred percent of the revenue generated from donations and t-shirt sales at this show go directly to LifeScape of SD.
Gambler 500 Mini Bike Endurocross - Monday, Aug. 8, 2022
Rocks, mud and a plethora of obstacles await those brave enough to enter the dirt gauntlet on a Coleman Mini Bike. Come bang bars with your buddies at this free event at the PowerSports Complex, then enjoy some cold brews after the race while celebrating victory and bitching about battle wounds.
Sasha’s Cycles Rodeo Games - Monday, Aug. 8, 2022
Celebrate choppers, talk chop and have a good time during an evening of old-school rodeo games at Camp Zero! Saddle up for some games like the cowboy barrel cross, rail ride, highway cones, weenie grab, slow races, barrel races and more. Prizes including $250 cash and Buffalo Chip admission passes are up for grabs!
Sassy & Classy Over 35 Model Search
You don’t have to be in your 20s to strut your stuff at the Buffalo Chip. Like a fine whiskey or your favorite pair of leather boots, the women of the Buffalo Chip’s Sassy & Classy Model Contest are proof that certain things just keep getting better with age!
Hardcore Cycle Performance Show & Skinny Tire Bagger Build-Off - Monday, Aug. 7, 2023
Featuring John O'Brien
Burn rubber and haul ass to one of the most badass bike shows to ever set up shop during the Sturgis Rally when Hardcore Cycles and John O’Brien throttle the Hardcore Cycles Performance Show & Skinny Tire Bagger Build-Off into the CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip.
Biker Belles Women's Bike Show Presented by Maiden Moto - Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023
Featuring Savannah Rose of Maiden Moto
Riders don’t have to have a fully custom-built motorcycle at the Biker Belles Bike Show to enter. Whether it’s a mile muncher covered in dirt, which may win the Dirtiest Bike award, a mild custom, an insanely clean bike that might win the Cleanest Bike Award, or even a really great story behind the ride, all women-owned bikes are invited to roll down to show it off at the Biker Belles Women's Bike Show. While this show will only be displaying bikes ridden by women, all are invited to attend.
Rodeo Games - Tuesday, Aug. 8, 9, & 10th 2022
The champs will be separated from chumps once and for all when the Gambler 500 Mini Bike join the daily rodeo games at the CrossRoads.
Sportster Showdown™ Bike Show & Party - Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023
Featuring Pat Patterson of Led Sled
Join Led Sled and Biltwell for communal event that celebrates the history, culture and diversity of one of the coolest bikes in existence, the Harley-Davidson Sportster along with Metzeler, S&S Cycle, J&P Cycles, Cycle Source, Lowbrow Customs and Chop Cult. The show is held at CAMP ZERO near the Sturgis Buffalo Chip East Gate. It’s free to enter and attend and features a mind-blowing collection of customized Sportster models and a large dose of memorable mayhem.
Mini Bike Show - Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023
Featuring Joe Mielke of Snap Fabrications
They say it’s not the size of the bike that matters, but rather how you customize it. Nowhere will that simple truth be more evident than the Camp Zero Mini Bike Show Presented by Snap Fabrications and featuring Joe Mielke. Whether you’re a master fabricator or a self-deprecator and letting your freak flag fly is the name of the game. As long as it’s small in stature and big in character, give that puppy a pull-start and ride it on in to Camp Zero for a little bit of fun.
Anarchy Games - Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m.
Anything goes during the Anarchy Games. Show up on a bike. Roll a keg, race slow, twist off the line, catch some airtime and hold on tight. Sound like absolutely no fun? Then don’t show.
Evo Entanglement Bike Show Presented by S&S Cycle - Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2023
Featuring Bill Dodge of Bling’s Cycles
Celebrate the greatest Harley-Davidson engine ever built at the Buffalo Chip’s Evo Entanglement Bike Show presented by S&S Cycle. During this show, the free-access CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip will be packed to the edges with Dynas, Softails, FXRs, Sportys, touring bikes and even CVOs, all outfitted with these long-revered engines.
Fan Fest - Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022
Do you stay connected to the Chip and your Chip family throughout the year? If so, then you’re invited to the Buffalo Chip’s annual Fan Fest party! Meet up with the friends you’ve made and enjoy ice-cold drinks, live music, gorgeous girls, wacky contests, and generous giveaways!
Mullet Madness Contest - Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022
Does your hair make you go fast, steal your friend’s girl and not apologize because, welp, mullets are just that way? Do you like to live dangerously, laugh in the face of today’s hairstyle trends and crank up the metal and bang your head into oblivion? If so, then you may be a prime candidate to take home the grand championship at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s “Mullet Madness” Mullet Competition!
Rat's Hole Custom Bike Show - Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023
Featuring Ted Smith and Big Daddy Rat
Come be a part of the longest-running bike show in the world, now in its 50th year! The Rat’s Hole brings together an impressive crew of international judges and builders—one group vying for the titles, the other looking to find a bike with personality, function and a progressive sense of motorcycle culture. The show features 14 classes and awards 70 hand-sculpted trophies to its winners.
Cool Hand Speedco Antique Hangout - Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022
Presented by Billy Lane & The Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Don't be fooled just because the bikes are vintage. The Cool Hand Speedco Antique Hangout presented by Billy Lane & The Sturgis Buffalo Chip ain’t your daddy’s bike show. This invitational exhibition will allow you to see and hear antique bikes on display and in motion and be there when Billy Lane unveils his latest creation at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads, Thursday, Aug. 11 from 12-2 p.m. During the hangout, you’ll also have the chance to check out Billy Lane’s new hand-numbered and stamped Cool Hand Speedco builds based on the look of his 45 Crocker.
All Classes Bike Show & Bagger Blastoff - Friday, Aug. 4, 2023
Ride into Full Throttle Florida Magazine’s All Brands Bike Show & Bagger Blastoff at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads, and you could ride home a winner! This show, organized by Tony Cianci, welcomes all brands and awards winners in 10 classes. This includes the Bagger Blastoff, which invites any brand bagger with a loud-and-proud sound system to come crank it to 11.
The Sturgis Rally Wrap Party Presented by Why We Ride - Friday, Aug. 12, 2022
You've seen the magic of Devils Tower, felt the patriotism of Mount Rushmore, cruised through historic Deadwood, walked the streets of Downtown Sturgis and rocked out with your favorite bands at The Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Now it’s time to be a part of history with the official wrap party for the biggest motorcycle rally in the world! Head to the Buffalo Chip Event Center to enjoy one last evening with your MOTO family. The night includes a red carpet experience, relaxing cocktail hour, a large array of delectable island foods, beautiful custom motorcycles and more! There are only 250 tickets available, and all proceeds benefit The Treasured House.
Sturgis Buffalo Chip Custom Series King
The Best in Show winner from each show in the Buffalo Chip Custom Series will go on to compete against one another for the title of Custom Series King. All Best in Show winners will be invited onto the Buffalo Chip’s legendary Wolfman Jack Main Stage where celebrity judges, including Billy Lane of Choppers Inc., will crown the winner of this prestigious award hand crafted by Joe Mielke of Snap Fabrications.
Cherry Pie Eating Contest - Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022
No one can deny that it’s fun to get pie-eyed at The Best Party Anywhere®, but it’s even more fun when you’re doing it for your chance to win free 2023 Rally Passes!
Fake Orgasm Contest
Are you a screamer? Do you moan and groan? Maybe you bite! Whatever your style, the Chip wants you to get on the stage to show us how you get off during Fan Fest for a chance at a pair of Fan VIP passes. We don’t care if you come alone or come with a friend. Just come!
Best Beard Contest
Calling all hairy, scruffy, bearded, and generally unkempt bikers! Strut your scruff and you could win big! The Best Beard Contest awards a pair of Top Shelf Passes plus prize packages from Badass Beard Care to the gentlemen (or ladies?) whose facial fuzz has the right recipe of ridiculous and just plain huge.
Hot Hunks Contest - Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022
Fellas, this is your time to shine! Calling all hunks, studs, beefcakes and dad bods for the Hot Hunks Contest hosted by Hot 93.1! Demonstrate the right combination of manliness, moves and charisma, and you could be the next Buffalo Chip Hot Hunk! Win the title and prizes that’ll make you look hunkier than ever three Mint Speed Shop Flannels of your choice and a pair of Top Shelf Passes.
Past Events & Rallies
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip was established By Bikers, For Bikers™ in 1981. Since then we’ve been dedicated to bringing you a lineup of motorcycle events that gets bigger and better every year. Want to check out or relive some of the wild and wacky events from our 40-plus-year history? Well, this is the place to do it!
What are some of your favorite Buffalo Chip events? What kind of events would you like to see in the future? Let us know in the comments below!
“I never knew what a dream vacation was till I experienced the Chip back in 2005. That year and every year since after parting at the Chip, for months I’ll wake up in the middle of the night, sit up in bed and think I’m still in there during the Rally! Amazing place! Like nowhere else. Must do for anyone’s bucket list!” – Steven Glomb