More 2021 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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2021 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Events
World-Class Concerts – Friday, Aug. 6-Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021
Experience world-class entertainers in the Legendary Buffalo Chip’s natural outdoor amphitheater.
Badass Bike Shows – Saturday, Aug. 7-Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021
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!
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. If you’re headed to the Hills this August, let the Buffalo Chip be your guide to the best Sturgis rides!
Races Like No Other – Friday, Aug. 6-Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021
See why the Buffalo Chip has quickly become the epicenter of Sturgis rally racing events. The Chip’s annual race series features multiple days and disciplines of races. Show up and be part of Flat Track races, Street Drags, Off-Road Races and more!
Motorcycles as Art - Saturday, Aug. 7-Friday, Aug. 14, 2021
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.
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.
Crazy Contests – Friday, Aug. 6-Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021
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!
Ride Presents the Wild Gypsy Tour – Saturday, Aug. 7-Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021
The original Ride Wild event, the Wild Gypsy Tour, is coming back to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® for its fourth annual women’s festival and campout! This exciting event invites women into the heart of motorcycle culture as part of the Ride Wild Tribe in an immersive five-day, five-night bonding journey with fellow #WomenWhoRide.
Legends Ride – Monday, Aug. 9, 2021
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.
Biker Belles - Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021
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 Show - Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021
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.
Miss Buffalo Chip Pageant – Friday, Aug. 6-Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021
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.
Ives Brothers’ Wall of Death – Friday, Aug. 6-Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021
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.
Flying Piston Breakfast – Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021
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.
Sassy & Classy Over 35 Model Search - Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021
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 VIP Passes!
Fan Fest – Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021
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. 11, 2021
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!
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.
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Block Party Challenge
Ever walk by a group of friends at their campsite and thought to yourself, “Those guys look fun,” and wanted to join in on their party? Although you are usually welcome to stop by and say hi to any friendly campers’ campsites at The Best Party Anywhere®, you don’t always have to crash somebody else’s party. Make one of your own and get people to stop by and say hi at yours! The Buffalo Chip will now be rewarding the weirdest, wildest and most creative campers for doing so in the first ever Block Party Challenge!
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.
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Beer Belly Contest
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!
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.
Cherry Pie Eating Contest
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 Rally Passes! Check out this and all the other crazy contests during the Buffalo Chip’s Fan Fest Celebration at the CrossRoads!
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 the annual Fan Fest Celebration. 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! Yet another opportunity to win big at Fan Fest awaits! The Best Beard Contest awards prizes an Epiphone guitar to the gentleman (or lady?) whose facial fuzz has the right recipe of ridiculous and just plain huge. Strut your scruff and you could win big!
Another Fan Fest competition, the Stud Contest calls the men aboard the Big Engine Bar Stage to demonstrate the right combination of manliness and charisma it takes to be a true stud. Demonstrate the right combination of manliness and charisma it takes to be a true stud. If you’ve got the right stuff to woo the sexy ladies of the Flaunt Girls, then you could be walking away with a pair of Top Shelf Passes.
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!
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.
Gambler 500 Races - Friday, Aug. 7 - Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020
Strap yourself in and get down and dirty during a massively fun, mini-motorcycling and car-launching adventure when the Gambler 500 guys roll into the Best Party Anywhere® for nine days of shenanigans! Get together with other mini-bike-ridin’ and car-criplin’ mofos and ride yours like you stole it during daily Gambler 500 events Aug. 7-15!
Gambler 500 Mini Bike Ovals - Friday, Aug. 7 – Saturday, Aug. 15 @ 1 p.m.
Ride your mini bike up to the CrossRoads and start spinning in these daily flag drop, counter clockwise heats. We promise—turning left will never feel as right. Once you’re done banging bars with your buddies on the oval track, enjoy some cold brews at the Big Engine Bar to celebrate your victory.
Gambler 500 Mini Bike TT Barrel Races - Friday, Aug. 7 – Saturday, Aug. 15 @ 5 p.m.
If you’ve got a need for smiles, show up with or without a bike for these daily races at Camp Zero. Go around the dam, through the bus, and into the air, for a chance to dig your savage teeth into a hunk of meaty prizes worth $2,000 from GoPowersports and Sena. A limited number of Smile Makers will be available for use thanks to Coleman Powerports, SnapFabrications and Camp Zero.
Renegades Off-Road Races – Friday, Aug. 7 & Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020
Witness flying dust, ridiculous rollovers, and speeds that will make your head spin when the separately ticketed Renegades Off-Road Races join the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s race lineup. Competitors in this two-day race event will be tearing around the award-winning track at the PowerSports Complex, with qualifying trials taking place Friday, Aug. 7 and the real deal going down Saturday, Aug. 8!
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.
Gambler Hooptie X - Sunday, Aug. 9 @ 12:00 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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 Endurocross - Monday, Aug. 10 @ 3:00 p.m.
A brand-new challenging race course was constructed at the Buffalo Chip’s PowerSports Complex for 2019, and this year 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 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. 10
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 $500 cash and Buffalo Chip admission passes are up for grabs!
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!
Wall of Beer Stunt
Smashing through 80 6-packs for the 80th anniversary, local Unsung Zero threatens life and limb to savagely open your tall boys for you in this annual impaling of the beers. All you have do is show up and drink the sacrificial remains.
Sportster Showdown™ Bike Show & Party – Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020
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.
Mini Bike Show – Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 @ 2 p.m. @ Camp Zero
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 first-ever Snap Fabrications Camp Zero Mini Bike Show coordinated by Joe Mielke. Whether you’re a master fabricator or a self-deprecator, having Zero Fun 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. 11, 2020 @ 6:30 p.m. @ Camp Zero
Anything goes during the Anarchy Games hosted by Go Fast Don’t Die. 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.
Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John – Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020
The sights, sounds and smells of badass motorcycles thundering by at speeds of up to 120 mph will raise the hair on the back of your neck and have you wanting more when they peel off the drag strip line in the middle of The Chip®’s legendary amphitheater.
Xtreem Flat Track Buffalo Chip Super TT – Tuesday, Aug. 11 & Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020
America’s original extreme sport is coming to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip this August to inject your party with a serious dose of adrenaline! Dirt will fly as professional and amateur flat track racers from across the country boldly go bar to bar through the Chip’s PowerSports Complex during the Xtreem Flat Track Buffalo Chip Super TT races. .
Lingerie Fighting Championships – Tuesday, August 11, 2020
No-holds-barred wrestling madness meets lacy, racy lingerie when the ladies from the Lingerie Fighting Championships square off at the Best Party Anywhere®. Get ready for "A Little Bit of Wrestling, A Little Bit of Clothing" and a whole lotta mayhem as fighters like Tomiko “The Temptress” Tajima and Jenny “Bloody” Valentine throw vicious strikes, clamor for submission holds and generally knock the crap out of each other wearing nothing but gloves and some skimpy lingerie.
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 500 Mini Bike Showdown Drags - Wednesday, Aug. 12 @ 5:00 p.m.
The champs will be separated from chumps once and for all during the Gambler 500 Mini Bike Showdown drags. Mini bike racers will flying around obstacles down the dragstrip in the center of the Buffalo Chip amphitheater for a chance to get their mitts on big time prizes. You’ll need Buffalo Chip Admission Pass in order to see all the action. Grab yours here!
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