Head to Bikini Beach to cool off on a hot summer day or heat things up late at night. Join comedian Chris Trew every afternoon for our Bikini Beach Party and cut loose with cold beer and crazy contests. For a relaxing time, grab a towel, stretch out on the swim deck and soak up some sun.
Get your dance on with two DJs spinning all night long and a variety of ice cold microbrews and imports on tap. You can hang out and enjoy the go-go dancers or get on the dance floor and groove into the wee hours of the morning.
The party in the amphitheater never stops thanks to the Roadhouse Stage. Between the Roadhouse Party Deck and the steel bridge you’ll find some stellar showcase bands gettin’ down during the main stage set breaks. The area has spectacular views of the amphitheater, so you may just decide to park it here for the night!
Nightly Military Toast
See daily schedule at BuffaloChip.com/Schedule
More info at MotoStampede.com
CROSSROADS AT THE BUFFALO CHIP®
Visit the Rally Information Center and Buffalo Chip Chamber of Commerce for all the information you need about events happening at the Buffalo Chip, as well as sites and attractions around the Black Hills. Make sure to check in here if you’ve visited one of our Sturgis Rider Friendly Establishments® on your trip in. Enter to win a street-legal, hooligan-style Indian Scout Sixty customized by J&P Cycles while you’re there. It’s up for grabs in the Moto Stampede Bike Giveaway.
Buffalo Chip Garage
This is the place you come to check out the latest parts and accessories for your bike, get them installed, and even dyno your ride to see your improvement in performance.
You’ll also find leathers, custom jewelry, art and high-end fashion wear.
Food & Beverage
Hang out in the shade and enjoy a cold beer or a hot lunch. Check out the upper deck to get a great view of Bear Butte and over the whole Crossroads.
Big Engine Bar
This full-service bar is near the CrossRoads Stage, which hosts free concerts throughout the festival. This is the home of $2 BEERS and $3 WELLS and the largest bar on property. Grab a cold one and find a shaded place to sit and rest after a day of riding the Hills.
While you’re here, check out a performance on the CrossRoads Stage from one of our showcase entertainers or witness some of the stage’s unique events like the Sassy and Classy (Over 35) Model Contest and annual Fan Fest, Cherry Pie Eating Contest and Beer Belly Contest.
Sportbike freestyle stunt rider Clint Ewing and his pals will be shifting and drifting at the CrossRoads Monday, Aug. 6 – Thursday, Aug. 9. You may remember Clint went for one hot motorcycle ride at the Chip in 2013 when he attempted to break the record for the longest ride through a tunnel of fire. This year he returns to amaze with stunt riding that will make your jaw drop.
Gift Shop and Peter Fonda Collection
Stop in to the Buffalo Chip gift shop and get yourself a unique souvenir that you won’t find anyplace else on property. Bring home a one-of-a-kind item from the largest collection of Easy Rider and Peter Fonda-related memorabilia, or own your own piece of the Black Hills with a gorgeous piece of Buffalo Chip Black Hills Gold jewelry!
Buffalo Chip Stop & Fuel
Fill up before you go out riding or top her off on your way back in. No matter when you need it, the Buffalo Chip Stop & Fuel has 93 Octane for your ride. The gas station is thanks to Renewable Fuels Association who remind you that 10% ethanol is endorsed by every major motorcycle manufacturer.
Armed Forces Memorials
What started as a way to honor the fallen heroes of the Iraq War has evolved into a touching tribute to all our brave men and women in uniform. A quiet walk through this field helps you remember what really matters and is an experience you won’t want to miss.
Vietnam Memorial Wall
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Veterans Memorial Wall is set up each year during the rally as a veteran’s tribute to honor those that have fallen in the line of duty. The wall sits amidst the Buffalo Chips Field of Flags and Battlefield Cross and is engraved with the names of those that have fallen. This wall travels the country so people have an opportunity to view and pay their respects.
Vehicles in the Amphitheater
Pedestrians, motorcycles, trikes and vehicles designed to assist those with physical limitations will be allowed limited access inside the amphitheater. Exceptions are made for delivery and emergency vehicles only. The amphitheater may be restricted to pedestrian access at any time.
NOTE: On RACE DAYS, the amphitheater will be pedestrian FOOT TRAFFIC ONLY.
Respectful Concert Attendance
- There will be times when bikes aren’t allowed in the amphitheater.
- There will be times when a limited number of bikes are allowed in the amphitheater.
- It is a Buffalo Chip tradition for members of the audience to rev their engines as part of the applause. This privilege may change at any time. Out of respect for your fellow concert goers, please keep off your throttle until the song or concert has concluded. Come on.
Revving engines during the performance of a song is discourteous to the rest of the audience who is there to see and hear the performance, not to mention the performers who are there to entertain the crowd. Anyone revving an engine during performance of a song must either surrender their keys until after the performance or leave the amphitheater.
Get as close to the performance as possible with our VIP packages. Grab a seat in our on-stage VIP seating or choose pit access and be right in front of the stage. All VIP passes come with five complimentary beverages and the possibility of a meet and greet with that night’s artists. Find more info at BuffaloChip.com/RESERVATIONS
The party and good times continue well after the main stage shuts down. Check the Daily Schedule at BuffaloChip.com on your phone and find a place to live your night to the fullest.
WHERE DA PARTY AT?
We’ve got you covered for all types of after-hours fun. You can dance to the DJ at Club Chip, catch live music at Kinison and Bikini Beach, or just find a bar and hang out till last call. Or you can choose your own adventure. Walk out into the campground and start making friends. The Chip is full of all kinds of parties that occasionally take you till sunrise.
The Buffalo Chip motorcycle and music festival is The Best Party Anywhere®. Amplified music ends by 1:45 a.m. every night. For the quietest camping, we recommend camping away from the stages and around the perimeter of the campground.
Drinking and Driving
This should go without saying, but it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle or even ride a horse while intoxicated. It is just as illegal to do it in the campground as it is on the highway. If you are found to be a danger to yourself or others, security will remove keys from any vehicle thought to be operating in a dangerous or reckless manner. No argument, please. The keys can be retrieved the following day.
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is legally licensed to sell alcohol in the State of South Dakota. It is important that license be preserved in order to continue hosting The Best Party Anywhere!
Alcoholic beverages will not be sold after 1:45 a.m.
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The Buffalo Chip offers a variety of signature events that provide a memorable experience as well as the opportunity to help contribute to meaningful charities in a positive way. Whatever your interests, we have an event for you. A limited number of tickets are available for each special event and may be reserved at BuffaloChip.com
Motorcycles as Art™ - Passion Built, Garage to Gallery
This awe-inspiring exhibit, curated by world-famous photographer Michael Lichter, features a mix of motorcycle-inspired art and one-off bikes assembled especially for this once-in-a-lifetime event. This year’s theme is “Passion Built – Garage to Gallery” featuring the work of builders and artists who create their work outside of the professional workplace.
Learn more at MotorcyclesAsArt.com
The Legends Ride®
Ride and rub elbows with American Chopper TV star Paul Teutul Jr. and the biggest names in music, movies and motorcycling 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., and the Ness family, just to name a few. One hundred percent of rider fees from the Legends Ride supports worthy local charities.
Learn more at LegendsRide.com
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.
For more information, go to BuffaloChip.com/freedomcelebration
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 at The Lodge at Deadwood that celebrates women in riding and supports organizations benefitting women’s causes.
Go to BikerBelles.com for more info.
STURGIS RIDER® TIPS
If you haven’t ever spent time in South Dakota during the summer months, you may not expect the drastic and rapid changes in weather patterns you can experience here.
South Dakota Weather
Woody has always warned people that the wind is going to blow 100 MPH for 2 minutes, and it is likely to rain 2 inches, possibly within the same 2 minutes. You need to be ready for those two minutes or it will screw up the rest of your vacation.
These tips will help you be better prepared for Mother Nature.
1. Pack a full set of rain gear. When you’re out riding, keep an eye on the radar and look out for possible cover in the event of hail or heavy rains.
2. Prepare your camp for the possibility of rain and high winds before leaving it for the day. Secure items that could easily blow away, and put personal items under cover.
3. If you are tent camping, bring a tarp and extra stakes to put over your tent to keep valuables dry. Consider collapsing it if high winds are projected.
4. Pay attention to the sky. Ugly looking clouds could mean large hail that could be extremely dangerous.
PRICE CONSCIOUS TIPS
Make the Most of Your Vacation at The Buffalo Chip
1. The earlier you book, the cheaper it is. Plain and simple. Many guests book for the following year as soon as the rally is over. Special prices end incrementally throughout the year as bands are confirmed, so don’t hesitate when you decide you’re going to make the trip.
2. Meal Plans-The Stage West Cafe offers meal plans tailored to your needs. You can save a lot of cash by buying a plan before you come. You can purchase these packages in advance at BuffaloChip.com/ Reservations. We recommend you leave room for one day to check out some of our delicious food vendors though.
3. Drink specials – There are many of them. Search them out at Woody’s Watering Hole, CrossRoads, The Rat’s Hole, The Micro Brew, Bikini Beach and don’t forget the Jag Bomb special is everywhere. There’s no excuse for not throwing back a cool one at unheard of prices.
4. The General Store in the amphitheater can provide you with pretty much anything you need. So skip the hassle and the wasted hours of going into town and just head down to the General Store.
5. Free pancake breakfast – Get them fresh off the griddle every morning at the Sons of Light tent at The CrossRoads.
Find more price conscious tips by reading
How To Get The Most Bang For Your Buck - Secret Money-Saving Deals Of The Chip Revealed!
The Rider App
Find cool places to stop while on your way to and from the Buffalo Chip with the Sturgis Rider Friendly Establishments® app. Rider friendly stores and shops offer you great savings.
The FREE App will help you:
Map Your Route
Earn Free Stuff
At The Chip, pick up free swag and sign up to win the Moto Stampede Bike Giveaway at the Buffalo Chip Chamber of Commerce Rally Information Center located at the Free Access CrossRoads. One lucky winner will receive a street-legal, hooligan-style Indian Scout Sixty customized by J&P Cycles from the Sturgis Buffalo Chip and GEICO Motorcycle.
Menu Items Available for Preorder
Preorder items from this select menu for preferred seating during the Sturgis rally!
8 oz. Filet Mignon - $32
Center cut grass-fed beef, served with baked potato & Kings Hawaiian bun
12 oz. New York Strip - $28
30-day wet-aged, served with baked potato & Kings Hawaiian bun
14 oz. Prime Rib - $30
Limited supply daily, served medium rare to medium, pecan smoked low & slow, red wine au jus and creamy horseradish, served with baked potato & Kings Hawaiian bun
14 oz. Bison Ribeye - $45
45-day-aged South Dakota Bison, served with baked potato & Kings Hawaiian bun
Breakfast Served Daily from 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Advance price if purchased online: $10/Breakfast
Dinner Served Daily from 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sturgis Rider Meal Deal
Advance price if purchased online: $115
VENDORS AT THE CHIP
Find your 2018 Buffalo Chip merchandise and souvenirs at one of four Hot Leathers sites.
Treats ‘n’ Eats
Pie for the People, Santa Lucia Big Bite Buffet, Leaf Grill & Wokery, and Old Skool Concessions can be located outside the bar in the covered buildings.
Need a tune up, or a trick out? You’ll find what you need at the Sturgis Rider Superstore. Visit Just Cuz Chrome Retail Center, Harmonious Dyno Center, Extreme Audio, Metzeler Motorcycle Tires, Spectro Oils and more, all in one location.
Bike Displays & Demo Rides
Searching for your next ride or inspiration to make your current bike cooler? We’ve got OEMs and custom bike displays to help. Check out LED Sled, Rat’s Hole, Nash Motorcycle, BMW and more.
Looking for that special something? Find Official 2017 Buffalo Chip merchandise at Hot Leathers and check out any of these awesome vendors: Merlin’s Hide Out, Kirsh Helmets, Sturgis Guns, Bond Arms, Discount Biker Jewelry and more at the CrossRoads!
INSIDER TIP: Shopping is hard work. Grab a $2 beer or a $3 well drink and some shade at the Big Engine Bar.
Treats ‘N’ Eats
We have the variety you’re stomach is growling for! Sturgis Rider Café, Buffalo Chip SpeakEasy Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Dominos, Porky’s, Santa Lucia, Taco Chip, Stage West Café, Chan’s Concessions and more are found in the amphitheater!
INSIDER TIP: Craving some late night pizza? Dominos delivers!
From jewelry to Official 2017 Buffalo Chip merchandise at Hot Leathers, you’ll find that interesting item you can’t live without inside the amphitheater! Merchandise vendors are located along the back hill and on the sides of the stage. A handful of vendors include Kactus Jacks Hats, Jennifer’s Web, Ambrosia Custom Jewelry, LaChic Apparel and Fort Grizzly Patches, and you can watch vendors create their products!
We can’t forget about that band merchandise! These buildings can be found under the steel bridge and on the East side near the zip line landing.
Froget to bring a toothbrush or need a folding chair? Your friends at the General Store can help you out! They are conveniently found in the north food court in the large building.
INSIDER TIP: An ATM can be found outside the General Store and near the CrossRoads Bar.
After a hot day of swimming and soaking in the sun at Bikini Beach, you’re going to be hungry…Luckily we have food for you right nearby! Honey Acre Farms sell fresh fruit along Main Street and you can find Tee’s Concessions, Pie for the People, Santa Lucia and Black Rifle Coffee around the Beach.
Buffalo Chip Box Office 605-347-9000
Jack’s Campers 605-996-3269
Waste Connections 605-593-3280
Buffalo Chip Security Dispatch 605-720-8857