The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Festival Guide: Your Guide to The Best Party Anywhere®!

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EXIT 37 IS A SHORTCUT FROM I-90!

Take Exit 37 from I-90, travel East onto Pleasant Valley Rd. (0.8 miles)

Turn North (left) onto Fort Meade Way. Travel to the Buffalo Chip. (4.8 miles) If you are coming for the concerts and don’t intend to camp, turn east (right) onto 207th (1 mile), then left onto 132nd to the concert parking lot.               

Just in case you aren’t comfortable riding on gravel, we’ve mapped some alternative routes.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTES

To Approach Via Sturgis,
Take Exit 32. Turn East-NE towards Sturgis and proceed approx. 1 mile. Turn East (right) onto Lazelle St. Travel 3 miles East to the Buffalo Chip.

Or

Take Exit 30. Travel East until you arrive at the Chip. (approx. 4 miles)

ARRIVING AT THE CHIP

 

Camping

If you intend to camp overnight, enter through the West Entrance 

Concerts and Races

If you are only coming out for one night, park at the Free Parking area across from the East Entrance. To avoid traffic congestion, take Ft. Meade Way by way of Exit 37 on I-90. Turn right onto 207th (1 mile), then left onto 132nd to the concert parking lot.

The East Box Office is located next to the East entrance if you need to purchase passes or wristbands.

Wristbands

You are required to wear a wristband or have a printed pass on you at all times while inside the venue. Wristbands must be worn on the right wrist (throttle hand).

*In the event your wristband shows signs of breaking, you must bring the damaged band BEFORE IT BREAKS OFF to either box office for immediate replacement.

DETACHED WRISTBANDS WILL NOT BE REPLACED.

RV Camping

All four-wheeled traffic MUST ENTER the campground BEFORE 7:30 p.m. Go to the West Gate as indicated in your reservation instructions. Follow the instructions from traffic attendants to ensure you enter and settle in as quickly and efficiently as possible.                                                         

In the event there is a line to pick up your passes, grab a round of beers while you’re at it. You’re on vacation.

Trailers

Pulling a trailer with toys in it behind you? You will need to PURCHASE and pick up A TRAILER PASS if you didn’t reserve one with your RV and camping reservations.

INSIDER TIP:  There is a dump station on Main Street before entering the West Gate. You can dump your tanks for free, before you enter the grounds and set up camp. Once parked, you’ll want to schedule a pump with the Pump Service Vendor for a fee. If you missed your chance out front, tell the parking attendant, and they will help you out.

For the safety of all, and in compliance with state, Federal and local laws, the following items are prohibited from entry into the venue:

  • Firearms  
  • Fireworks or other explosives
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Pets
  • Drones
  • Full list of here
     

All vehicles entering the campground will be subject to search. You may check firearms and alcoholic beverages at the entrance and pick them up on your departure. Once you are through the main gate, parking attendants will escort you to your camping area/site. 

Tent Camping

Vehicle Camping Pass: 
All four-wheeled vehicles entering the campground must have a camping pass clearly displayed on their dash. These are obtained at the ticket office upon check-in.

Ride-in/Walk-in Camping:
The Buffalo Chip offers designated areas for tents that are ride-in/walk-in only. Check out the campground map in the center of this booklet to locate these spots and reap the rewards of traveling light to Sturgis..

Portalet Rental for Tents:
If you reserved a private portalet, we have a designated spot awaiting you. Check in at the West Box Office and then proceed to the Cabin Management Office just inside the West Gate on the right. You will be escorted to your site.

Free Parking:
There are free parking areas located east of 132nd Ave near the East Entrance. See the campground map in the center of this booklet.

Arriving for Concerts and Races

If you’re coming out to catch an exciting day of world-class performances and racing but don’t intend to camp, proceed east to 132nd Ave and follow traffic flaggers’ directions to free parking. Be sure to arrive in the afternoon in time to catch all of the shows.

See the campground map.

Secured Parking
Located at the East Gate. Park your bike in our secured parking area for $10.

Single Entry Passes
If you bought passes online at RallyTickets.com and have a paper ticket, present this as your pass upon entry at the East Entrance to the amphitheater. This pass is not valid for re-entry. PLEASE NOTE: If you intend to come and go, you need to stop at the East Box Office and exchange your paper pass for a wristband BEFORE your initial entry.

INSIDER TIP:  The entertainment on the main stage finishes up about midnight, but the fun continues until 1:45 a.m. on the Showcase Stages. Hang around and catch a fresh new band or dance to a killer DJ instead of immediately getting into traffic. Better yet, just stay the night and don’t worry about driving.

CrossRoads

This is the place to go for free entertainment and the cheapest drinks around: $2 BEERS & $3 WELLS! Discover the magnificent Field of Flags, the world’s largest V-twin engine sculpture, and the AVTT Veterans Wall Memorial. There are daily bike shows, acres of paved vendor shopping, a packed schedule of free entertainment, live music and crazy contests. Park for free and experience all that CrossRoads has to offer!
Find out more info on the CrossRoads here.

MotoStampede®

Six days of racing and some of the hottest bike shows in Sturgis combine with the biggest names in music for the Moto Stampede. Nowhere else in the world can you find nitrous-fueled dragsters at 100+ MPH and flat track racing in the middle of a concert amphitheater. There’s too much to even list here. Go to the foldout on PAGE 16 for the full line-up of events.

THE CAMPGROUND

RV Camping 

A parking attendant WILL ESCORT YOU to your assigned space. Everything must be set up within the boundaries of your site.

INSIDER TIP:    Dump your RV before you settle into your campsite. If you didn’t get a chance to dump it before you entered the West Gate, let your parking attendant know so they can help you prior to arriving at your site. Once your RV is parked it will be extremely inconvenient to move it until departure.

EZ Camp

Check in at the West Box Office to receive your campground passes and a campground attendant will escort you to your camp area.

Cabins 

Check in at the West Box Office for your cabin, then pick up your keys at the cabin management office (just inside the West Gate to the right). You will be escorted to your cabin.

Tent Camping 

Certain areas are available for ride-in/walk-in tent camping only. While you can drive into other areas of the campground with your car to camp, you may only ride your motorcycle or walk into the ride-in only camping areas. If you have a car and want to camp in the tent-only camping areas, set up your campsite and then park your car in the free parking areas.

INSIDER TIP:   Water faucets in tent camping areas are to serve all Buffalo Chip campers. Garden hoses may NOT be connected to any faucet to serve any specific campsite. Refer to the map if you’re having trouble locating potable water access.

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES

The Buffalo Chip is a full-service campground and entertainment venue offering an assortment of amenities and services to make your stay the best one possible. See the map to locate the following services

General Store   

Located inside the amphitheater, the General Store is open 24 hours and offers a variety of products for campers. From condoms to toothpaste, this where you go when you realize you’ve forgotten something small at home.

The Camp Store

Sometimes you don’t always bring all the supplies you need to stay dry and comfortable while camping. Head over to the Camp Store to pick up tarps, stakes, fuels or anything else that will make your camping experience easier.

Carry-Out Beer 

While it is against the law to bring alcohol through the gates, we’ll make sure you don’t go thirsty once you’re inside. Visit either of the two Beer and Ice shacks to pick up everything you need to enjoy some quality time at your campsite.

Laundry Facilities 

The Chip offers two options for dealing with your dirty laundry:

Coin Operated - Take advantage of our coin operated self-serve laundry rooms if you want to throw in a few loads and fold them yourself.
Or

Drop Off & Pick Up Service - If you want someone else to take care of your laundry for you, drop your laundry off at the Laundry Vendor, and they will bring your unmentionables back to you cleaned, pressed and ready to shed at a moment’s notice.

RV Pump and Dump  

If you are planning to stay with us for a few days, then chances are at some point you’ll need to dump your RV tanks. Visit our on-site sanitation services and they’ll get your poop in a group. Pump out may be purchased in advance as well.

Check out our website for more information

Free Showers

There are few different options to keep yourself clean while partying at the Chip. The North and South Shower Houses are free for all guests at any time on a first-come, first-served basis.

Vendor Showers

For a more private shower experience you can visit the Vendor Showers. For a small fee, you can expect shorter lines and more modern facilities.

Information Center 

The Buffalo Chip Chamber of Commerce & Information Center is open daily at the CrossRoads to provide you with information about the campground, entertainment or sightseeing. Feel free to stop by and say hello to our concierge and enter to win the Moto Stampede® Bike Giveaway. While you’re at it, pick up a free prize courtesy of the Sturgis Rider Friendly Establishment® program.

Gas Station  

Renewable Fuels Association offers 93 Octane fill ups at the brand-new Buffalo Chip Stop & Fuel. The pumps are self-service and operate on a credit card. The 93 Octane fuel is enhanced with 10% Ethanol and is approved by every major motorcycle manufacturer.

CAMPGROUND POLICIES

Traffic Policy

All 4-wheel vehicles MUST ENTER the campground BEFORE 7:30 p.m. and must stay on roadways when traveling. They must remain parked from 7:30 p.m. until dawn. The campground is a busy place, and safety is of the highest priority. Motorized traffic after 7:30 p.m. within the campground is restricted to motorcycles, trikes and small recreational vehicles. Authorized service and emergency vehicles are the sole exceptions. Failure to comply could result in having your vehicle permanently removed from the campground.

Alcohol and Drugs

NO ONE UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE CAN POSSESS OR CONSUME ALCOHOL ANYWHERE ON GROUNDS OF THE STURGIS BUFFALO CHIP® CAMPGROUND.

No adult is allowed to provide alcohol to anyone under 21. Violators will be removed from the campground without refund and are subject to arrest. Fake IDs will be seized and violators will be reported for prosecution.                                         

PLEASE NOTE: The Buffalo Chip® will pay a $20 reward to anyone who reports and/or helps security capture a violating minor or someone supplying alcohol to a minor.

South Dakota state law prohibits the consumption of alcohol on any licensed premises other than upon the licensed premises where the alcohol was purchased. In other words, it’s illegal to enter the Chip with alcohol or drink alcohol at the Chip if it was not purchased here. 

Drugs are illegal and are not allowed on the Buffalo Chip premises, unless you have a valid prescription.

PLEASE NOTE: MARIJUANA prescriptions are not valid in South Dakota and possession of any amount of marijuana is illegal. Violators must be reported to law enforcement.

Fire and Fireworks

Pursuant to Meade County Ordinance #27, it is illegal for any person to ignite any fireworks or to have an open fire. To be able to grill for cooking, be sure your equipment falls into one of these two categories:

1) Liquid-fueled grill, meaning a metal or stone device designed to cook food using liquefied or gaseous combustible fuel; or

2) A charcoal grill, meaning a metal or stone device within a firebox not resting on the ground with a metal grate designed to cook food using charcoal briquettes, char wood, or similar fuel

Glass Bottles

Glass bottles are not allowed or sold inside the campground

Children

The Chip is a lot of fun, but the campground really isn’t a place for children. We ask that you not bring under-aged children when you visit. A legal waiver signed by the parent is required for any child camping at the Chip, and they must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Pets

For the safety of pets and in consideration of other campers, you’ll need to make arrangements for your pets to stay home or board them locally while you’re at the Chip. We can’t make exceptions, even if your pet knows how to fetch you a beer, but we would be happy to recommend a few good kennels.

Weather

The weather can change quickly and with little notice. Please be prepared if you are camping and bring tarps, plastic sheeting or whatever you need to remain comfortable during a summer rainstorm. Inclement weather may cause a temporary delay or even a cancellation of some or all entertainment.

No refunds will be issued due to delays, non-performance or cancellations due to weather or any other reason.

Emergency Procedures

Report any problems to security personnel immediately. They will do their best to resolve campground issues as soon as possible. Problems will be addressed in the order in which they are reported.

CALL DISPATCH AT 605-720-8857

EMT

If you have a medical emergency or need immediate help alert security or visit one of these locations as quickly as possible. See map in centerfold for locations.

SHOWCASE STAGES

CrossRoads Stage

This free-access stage located at the Big Engine Bar is the perfect place to meet up and grab a drink with friends. Listen to the music while strolling through the Sturgis Rider Superstore, or watch the entertainment while throwing back some cheap drinks at the bar. Don’t miss Biker Games with Good Time Charlie Brechtel for a chance to win free swag.


Biker Games
 

Live Music
 

Bikini Beach Stage

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.


Live Music
 

Crazy Contests
 

Kinison Stage

The Kinison Playground, located on the west end of the amphitheater, is the place for great music, smokin’ hot fire dancers and off-the-wall entertainment starting in the late afternoon. The Flaunt Girls will provide aerial bartending and unique entertainment while live music keeps the dance floor going.

 

Club Chip

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.


Microbrew Taps
 

Live DJ
 

Go-Go Dancers
 
 

Roadhouse Stage

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!


Party!
 

Nightly Military Toast
 

Live Music
 

SHOWCASE STAGE SCHEDULE

Bikini Beach
Daily Bikini Beach Party Aug. 5-12 – 1-6 p.m.

1:30 p.m. - Beers & Burps Contest
2:00 p.m. - Whipped Cream Twister
2:30 p.m. - Rope Sing Contest
3:00 p.m. - Slip ‘N’ Slide Relay
3:30 p.m. - Frozen T-Shirt Contest
4:00 p.m. - Pickle Lickin’ Contest
5:00 p.m. - Air Sex World Championships
6:00 p.m. - Homemade Bikini Contest

12:00 a.m. - Live Music

Kinison Playground
6:00 p.m. - School of Burlesque
7:55 p.m. - Buffalo Dreamers
8:00 p.m. - The Flaunt Girls
9:55 p.m. - Buffalo Dreamers
10:00 p.m. - The Flaunt Girls
12:00 a.m. - Live Music

Crossroads
12:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Daily Live Music (times vary)
2:00 - Bikers Inner Circle Radio Live
3:00 - Biker Games with Good Time Charlie Brechtel
5:00 - Biker Games with Good time Charlie Brechtel

Roadhouse Stage
6:30 p.m. - Live Music
8:00 p.m. - Live Music
10:00 p.m. - Live Music

 

 

MOTO STAMPEDE®

Schedule of Events

Friday, Aug. 4
10:00 a.m. – Dirt Riot Trials (Separately Ticketed) – Buffalo Chip PowerSports Complex

Saturday, Aug. 5
10:00 a.m. – Dirt Riot Races (Separately Ticketed) – Buffalo Chip PowerSports Complex

Sunday, Aug. 6
6:30 p.m. – American Flat Track Sturgis Buffalo Chip TT Races Presented by Indian Motorcycle
10:30 p.m. – Shinedown Performance

Tuesday, Aug. 8
1:00 p.m. – Sportster Showdown - Free Ride in Bike Show

Wednesday, Aug. 9
1:30 p.m. – Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John     
4:00 p.m. – RSD Super Hooligan Races Presented by Indian Motorcycle
8:00 p.m. – Moto Stampede Bike Giveaway
8:30 p.m. Pop Evil Concert
10:30 p.m. – Ozzy Osbourne Concert    

Friday, Aug. 11
11:00 a.m. – AMA Supermoto Races
8:30 p.m. – Alter Bridge Concert
10:30 p.m. – Band TBA

Saturday, Aug. 12
11:00 a.m. – AMA Supermoto Races
8:30 p.m. –  Band TBA
10:30 p.m. – Band TBA

CAMPGROUND MAP

CROSSROADS AT THE BUFFALO CHIP®

Information Booth

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 the one of two custom Indian Scout Sixty motorcycles up for grabs in the Moto Stampede Bike Giveaway while you’re there.

Shopping & Bike Work

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.           

Clint Ewing Bike Stunts

Sportbike freestyle stunt rider Clint Ewing and his pals will be shifting and drifting at the CrossRoads Monday, Aug. 7 – Thursday, Aug. 10. 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

Freedom Field
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.

THE AMPHITHEATER

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

  1. There will be times when bikes aren’t allowed in the amphitheater.
  2. There will be times when a limited number of bikes are allowed in the amphitheater.
  3. 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.   

VIP Upgrade

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

AFTER HOURS

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.

Sound Levels

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.

Last Call

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.

Have Fun!

The Buffalo Chip is famous for providing The Best Party Anywhere! Cut loose, have fun and enjoy your vacation... Have the time of your life!

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SIGNATURE EVENTS

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™
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 “Old Iron/Young Blood: Motorcycles & The Next Gen” featuring the work of builders and artists under the age of 36.        

Learn more at MotorcyclesAsArt.com

The Legends Ride®
The Legends Ride kicks off the rally with a scenic ride around the beautiful Black Hills alongside the biggest names in music, movies and motorcycling, as well as hundreds of fellow riders. This year features appearances by actor Tom Berenger, musician Pat Simmons and motorcycle madman Carey Hart. Don’t miss this premiere charity event with celebrities and industry professionals.

Learn more at LegendsRide.com

Freedom Celebration Ride®
The Buffalo Chip’s Freedom Celebration honors America’s veterans. Hear from inspiring & enlightening special guests and help honor the past and present members of our military during the annual Freedom Celebration. Ride with us for a good cause and help us commemorate the sacrifices and bravery of our brothers and sisters in arms.  

For more information, go to BuffaloChip.com/freedomcelebration

Biker Belles®
Celebrate women in motorcycling! Everyone is more than welcome to join the Biker Belles gathering of mentorship, riding and sharing. Start with “The Morning Ride™” from the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads to The Lodge at Deadwood. Then relax with friends in the Comfort Zone before attending an awe-inspiring symposium “My Motorcycle Life,” which features some of the most influential women in motorcycling.

Go to BikerBelles.com for more info.

Good Ride
Get out on the open road with your friends and check out new destinations during an event that puts a social spin on the traditional motorcycle charity ride. Join freestyle motocross rider Carey Hart on Aug. 6 as he leads this ride that ends at the Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip. All proceeds benefit benefits the military charity Infinite Hero.

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2017 BIKE SHOWS

FXR SHOW & DYNA MIXER                                SUNDAY
Ride in and register for free for this no-nonsense motorcycle event that brings together motorcycle riders to show and talk motorcycles. 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, formerly known as Children’s Care Hospital and School.

FULL THROTTLE MAGAZINE BIKE SHOW     MON-TUES
Ride into two days of Full Throttle Magazine Bike Shows at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads, and you could ride home a winner! Full Throttle Magazine’s two days of 10-class bike shows mean you get twice the bikes, twice the fun and twice the chances of winning!

SPORTSTER SHOWDOWN                     TUESDAY
Join a communal event that celebrates the history, culture and diversity of one of the coolest bikes in existence, the Harley-Davidson Sportster, with Biltwell, Led Sled, S&S Cycle, Rebel Yell Bourbon, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Metzeler. The show is held at The Gardens at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip's east gate. It’s free to enter and attend and features awards in five categories including Best of Show.            

SEXIEST BAGGER SHOW                       WEDNESDAY 
After generating great success in Daytona, Leesburg, Fayetteville and Myrtle Beach, Strip Club Choppers along with American Bagger Magazine and Urban Bagger Magazine are bringing the Sexiest Bagger Bike Show to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip! Multiple awards and cash prizes are up for grabs, and the best of show will be featured in American Bagger Magazine. Ride in to win!

RAT’S HOLE CUSTOM BIKE SHOW                 THURSDAY
This one-day event is the granddaddy of all bike shows. 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 16 classes and awards nearly 60 hand-sculpted trophies to its winners.

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!

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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.
                        
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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 Roland Sands custom Indian Scout Sixty and one will score a Carey Hart-customized Indian Scout Sixty.

SPEAKEASY STEAKHOUSE AND WINEBAR

 

STAGE WEST CAFE

Breakfast Served Daily from 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Advance price if purchased online: $10/Breakfast

Biker’s Special
Three pancakes or two pieces of French Toast, three sausage links and scrambled eggs. 

The Hog
Hash browns with onions, peppers, ham, scrambled eggs and cheese. Served with toast. 

Fat Boy
Scrambled eggs, hash browns and bacon. Served with toast. 

Mama’s Bagel
Bagel with egg, ham and cheese. Served with hash browns. 

SoftTail
Two biscuits and gravy. Served with hash browns. 

Dinner Served Daily from 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Prime Rib Dinner
Online Special: $19/Plate (served with baked potato, vegetable, and dinner roll)

Online Special:  $11/Plate (different entrée served each night)

  • Breaded Chicken
  • Chicken Breast
  • Ham
  • Roast Beef
  • Roast Pork

Sturgis Rider Meal Deal
Advance price if purchased online: $115

Includes:

Five Breakfasts
Five Dinners
Up to two Prime Rib Dinners and three Home Style Evening Specials (includes baked potato, vegetable & dinner roll)

VENDORS AT THE CHIP

CrossRoads

Hot Leathers
Find your 2017 Buffalo Chip merchandise and souvenirs at one of two CrossRads 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.

Mechanical Services
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.

Merchandise
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. 

Amphitheater

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!

Merchandise
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 Griz Patches, and you can watch vendors create their products!

Band Merchandise
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.

General Store
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.

Bikini Beach

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.

THE BEST PARTY ANYWHERE®! CHECKLIST

The Best Party Anywhere Checklist

I Saw/Participated in these Kinison Playground Activities

I Saw/Participated in these Bikini Beach Activities

I Saw/Participated in these CrossRoads Activities

I Saw/Participated in these Club Chip Activities

  • Danced my ass off
  • Got a picture with a go-go dancer
  • Got me a Micro Brew

I did this in the Amphitheater

  • Bowled a midget
  • Rode the Zip Line
  • Got my picture taken with Miss Chippie
  • Joined the 10:15 Main Stage Toast
  • Ate at the SpeakEasy Steakhouse
  • Bought a souvenir shirt at Hot Leathers

I caught a show at…

I was part of the Best Party Anywhere

  • Got $2 Beers and $3 Wells at the Big Engine Bar
  • Got $1 dogs and drafts during 240 Happy Minutes
  • My Favorite Showcase Band is: _______________________________
  • I took a Jäger Bomb
  • I tried Rebel Yell Bourbon
  • I ate something I’ve never tried before
  • Picked up my Rat’s Hole mug
  • I got my picture taken with a Miss Buffalo Chip contestant
  • I got a patch sewn on my leathers
  • I got a tattoo
  • I visited the Motorcycles as Art™ exhibit
  • I went on a Buffalo Chip signature ride
  • I got a Fan VIP pass to see the band  ___________________

I blew my mind at these Moto Stampede® Races

I boggled my eyes at these Bike Shows

I rocked the wax out of my ears at these Concerts

Contact Information

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

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