More 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Events Coming Soon!
If you’re looking for an authentic experience, look no further than the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®! In addition to powerful performances from world-class musicians, you’ll discover a wide array of unruly racing, crazy contests, badass bike shows, legendary rides, thrilling exhibits, insane stunts and many motorcycle events you probably didn’t even know existed.
The jam-packed schedule of outrageous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally events at the Chip practically runs around the clock, and there is truly something for everyone!
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2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Events
Chip Daily Schedule
Check out the Chip’s daily schedule to see the full lineup of events the Best Party Anywhere has in store for you. You can easily plan your vacation by filtering your search by date, location and event type. Don’t find out about the fun after it’s already happened; check out the schedule so you can make your plans and get in on the Authentic Sturgis Buffalo Chip Experience!
World-Class Concerts – Friday, Aug. 7-Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020
Experience absolute euphoria as you’re hit with a wave of sound from the legendary performers in the Buffalo Chip’s natural outdoor amphitheater.
Races Like No Other – Friday, Aug. 7-Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020
See why the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Moto Stampede has quickly become the epicenter of Sturgis rally racing events. This annual race series at the Buffalo Chip features multiple days and disciplines of races in the Chip’s legendary amphitheater. Show up and be part of Flat Track races, Street Drags, Hooligan races, Off-Road Races and more!
There’s nothing more powerful, unifying and exhilarating than rumbling down the road with hundreds of fellow riders. The world has millions of miles of roads to explore, but riders looking for unrivaled camaraderie as well as twists and turns, breathtaking vistas, and fun pit stops find some of the most spectacular rides in the Black Hills of South Dakota. So if you’re headed to the Hills this August, let the Buffalo Chip be your guide to the best Sturgis rides!
Badass Bike Shows – Saturday, Aug. 8-Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020
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!
CrossRoads Events – Friday, Aug. 7-Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020
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.
Moto Stampede Bike Giveaway
J&P Cycles has teamed up with the Sturgis Buffalo Chip and GEICO to give one lucky fan a brand-spanking-new Low Rider S, customized from top to bottom with J&P parts you can use on your own garage projects at home. All this radness can be yours if you enter to win. Come August, you could be live on the stage at the Buffalo Chip, with the bike in your possession, and some of the best roads in the country awaiting your arrival.
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.
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.
Crazy Contests – Friday, Aug. 7-Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020
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!
Motorcycles as Art - Saturday, Aug. 8-Friday, Aug. 15, 2020
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 most influential master builders and artists during this internationally renowned exhibit curated by famed motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter.
Schools Out Chopper Show – Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020
The first campers to ever pass through the Buffalo Chip gate in 1981 rode in on choppers, so it’s only fitting that this year’s full week of Buffalo Chip bike shows kicks 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 Porras of Denver Choppers and win prizes to get you going on your next chopper build.
The Takeover – Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020Experience a one-two punch that’ll leave you seeing stars when The Takeover kicks off a heart-pounding night of entertainment in the Buffalo Chip amphitheater on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Take your place ringside in the Kinison Playground for this sanctioned professional boxing event, brought to you by Team Certified Sports. Here, you’ll see some of boxing’s most ferocious competitors go toe-to-toe during two ABO title fights that will be broadcast live worldwide through Adversary Sports Entertainment.
FLYING PISTON BREAKFAST – Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020
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. 9, 2020
The Sturgis Rally may be known as a motorcycle event, but the Gambler 500 boys are ready to stir things up! Everyone is welcome to bring out their favorite crap bucket (or a fancy car you’re willing to wreck) and tear up some dirt with a bunch of racers who value fun over rules. They’ll be shredding and causing a ruckus all day across from the Big Engine Bar.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TATTOO CONTEST - Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020
If you’ve been to the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads during the Sturgis Rally, you already know it’s the number 1 place to see insane customizations during its daily bike shows. During Send It Sunday, it will also be celebrating customizations you make to your own body in the Sailor Jerry Rock ‘n’ Roll Tattoo Contest! Whether you’ve got a piece of your own to show off or you simply appreciate the art, you won’t want to miss this amazing ink exhibition hosted by renowned tattoo artist and Buffalo Chip Tattoo Cafe Director Shaun Kama and Wild Gypsy Tour Director Kelly Yazdi.
Bell Brawl at the Buffalo – Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020
Get ready to have your mind blown by some of the craziest sh*t you’ve ever seen in your life. The guys that throw down in the Bell Brawl at the Buffalo do things on big V-Twin motorcycles you literally have to see to believe. And you’ll be able to see them lay it all on the line in front of celebrity judges including Carey Hart.
The FXR Show and Dyna Mixer – Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020
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. The 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.
Legends Ride – Monday, Aug. 10, 2020
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, Dee Snider, 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.
V-Twin Visionary Performance Bike Show – Monday, Aug. 10, 2020
Burn rubber and haul ass to one of the most badass bike shows to ever set up shop during the Sturgis Rally when V-Twin Visionary and Jeff G. Holt throttle the V-Twin Visionary Performance Motorcycle Show into the CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip.
Gambler Mini Bike Showdown – Monday, Aug. 10, 2020
As the sun starts to rise and the dew is lifted from the grass, the roar of fierce angry motors will awaken the masses. Monday is the day for mini bikes to breathe fire. Those who dare strap themselves atop one of these machines will race against the best of the best and will be racing for all of the glory! The showdown will run on a highly modified version of the AMA flat track, and just like last year, there will be some unexpected suprises...
Sassy & Classy Over 35 Model Search - Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020
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 get better with age! Watch biker babes over the age of 35 step into the spotlight and compete to win a free pair of Top Shelf Passes to the Eric Church concert!
Biker Belles - Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020
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.
Women & Wheels Bike Show - Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020
This all-women’s ride-in bike show presented by the Wild Gypsy Tour will bring together a unique collection of women-owned machines during the Buffalo Chip’s annual Biker Belles Celebration. Support female builders and two-wheel lifestyle enthusiasts by participating or attending!
Hooligan Hill Climb with Patrick Garvin of J&P- Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020
Round up your pals and point your street bikes straight up the side of a hill meant to bring people down with Patrick Garvin of J&P Cycles. It will be some of the most fun you’ll ever have on two wheels!
Gambler Mini Bike Endurocross - Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020
A brand-new challenging race course was constructed at the Buffalo Chip’s PowerSports Complex for 2020, and the Gambler guys are going to invade with their incredible Coleman mini bikes! Rocks, mud and a plethora of obstacles await those brave enough to enter the dirt gauntlet. Come bang bars with your buddies at the PowerSports Complex, then enjoy some cold brews after the race while celebrating victory and bitching about battle wounds.
Sportster Showdown™ Bike Show & Party-Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019
Join a 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. It’s free to enter and attend and features a mind-blowing collection of customized Sportster models and a large dose of memorable mayhem.
Rusty Wallace Ride Show - Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020
Meet and ride alongside Rusty Wallace, his celebrity NASCAR driver friends and top racing industry executives during the Buffalo Chip’s Rusty Wallace Charity Ride! This ride kicks of with a party at Black Hills Harley-Davidson at Exit 55 and takes you through an incredible route chosen by Rusty himself to an exclusive reception at the Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip.
Fan Fest – Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020
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. 12, 2020
Is your philosophy (and your hair style) “Business in Front, Party in Back”? If so, then you’ll want to make your mullet game is on point for the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s first ever Mullet Madness mullet contest! If you don’t feel like brandishing a mullet prior to your arrival, Matty the Barber will be giving free mullets and mullet touchups at the Buffalo Chip Barber Shop! Cash prizes go to the best mullets!
Full Throttle Bike Shows - Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020
Ride into the Full Throttle Florida Magazine’s Bike Show at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads, and you could ride home a winner! This show, organized by Tony Cianci, welcomes all brands and has a class for every make and style, giving guests a huge variety to view and participants greater chances of winning. The Bagger Blastoff welcomes any brand bagger with a loud-and-proud sound system.
Gambler Mini Bike 100 - Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020
Come one, come all! Wednesday is the day to test your mind, body, and spirit at CAMP ZERO. Grab your trusty stead, aka Coleman mini bike, and join us for the longest 100-mile race you'll ever endure. By the time the day is through, a new victor will be crowned and you will swear you were run over by a truck. Open to everyone, just bring your sweet ride (make sure it’s a pull start) and join in on some of the best fun you can have for free!!! Don't forget to stick around camp afterwards, there will be shenanigans!!!
Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John - Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020
The sights, sounds and smells of badass motorcycles thundering by in old school street drags will raise the hair on the back of your neck and have you wanting more when they peel off the line in the middle of The Chip®’s legendary amphitheater.
RSD Super Hooligan Races - Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020
Feel the ground rumble, see the dirt fly and experience a serious adrenaline spike as hand-built street bikes go handlebar to handlebar during the Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede. A crazy crew of unrulies will slide sideways and tear past spectators during a full day of Hooligan events, and when they do, you’ll want to be sure you’re caught in the dust.
Gambler 500 Hooptie Huck - Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020
The Gambler 500 boys have proven themselves to be a bit on the crazy side. Come watch, or befriend and join, them as they launch their glorious heaps off a nicely made pile of dirt to see who can reach Leguuuuuund status! An event not for the faint of heart, but for those willing to sail into the record books.
Rats Hole Bike Show - Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020
Come be a part of the longest running bike show in the world! 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.
Western Frontier Motorcycle Rides - Tuesday, Aug. 11 and Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020
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 local historian Paul Mitchell 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.
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 nearly 40-year history? Well, this is the place to do it!
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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