Ocean City Today

Motorcycle events in Ocean City and surrounding areas

By Kara Hallissey | Sep 14, 2017
Hundreds of motorcycles filled the inlet parking lot last year during Ocean City’s annual BikeFest.

(Sept. 15, 2017) OC BikeFest, Bikes to the Beach and Delmarva Bike Week are underway and expected to bring thousands of people to Ocean City and the surrounding areas this weekend.

Events will include live music, motorcycle shows, poker runs, blessing of the bikes and hundreds of vendors selling merchandise.

Here are some of the festivities taking place for motorcycle enthusiasts:

•OC BikeFest:

BikeFest rolls into town for its seventh year with live music, vendors and bike shows at two main sites – the inlet downtown and the 40th Street convention center.

Festivities began on Thursday, Sept. 14, with names such as Rommel Harley-Davidson, S&S Cycle, Sick Boy, Fast Lights LEDS, Tennessee Leather, Speeds Performance Dyno, the Jack Daniel’s Experience and more than 30 other vendors in both locations.

At the inlet there will be a Jack Daniels trailer with merchandise and cocktails for sale. There will also be bike shows judged by professionals for prizes, in addition to Kustom Kulture Artisan shows featuring painters and welders.

Today, Davisson Brothers will take to the Boardwalk stage at 11:30 a.m. followed by Kashmir at 2 p.m. Shows continue on the Ocean stage at 4 p.m. with Tonic, and Chevelle finishes out Friday night live shows at 6:30 p.m.

Visitors to the inlet can also enjoy a NASCAR simulator that gives riders the experience of racing in a full-size car through an interactive game.

In addition, Michele Smith will make appearances on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. during BikeFest. She will be signing autographs in addition to selling her line of lingerie and crystal-covered motorcycle helmets.

Saturday’s concerts kick off with Kashmir at 11:30 a.m. and Davisson Brothers at 2 p.m. on the Boardwalk stage, followed by Molly Hatchet at 4 p.m. and Lynyrd Skynyrd closing out shows at 6:30 p.m. on the Ocean stage.

“The rock music resonates and each night there is a different type of genre,” organizer Chase Micheal said. “We have classic rock, newer rock and ‘80s.”

There will also be a craft beer area with eight breweries including Evolution, Goose Island and Blue Earl serving up to 20 different beers.

Inlet gates will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16.

At the 40th Street convention center, BikeFest launches with a huge selection of national vendors, motorcycle manufacturers and event sponsor Rommel Harley-Davidson Delmarva onsite with a lineup of motorcycles for sale.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.

Both Ocean City sites offer free parking for motorcycles on a first come, first serve basis and entry to the convention center is free. Admission at the inlet costs $65 for a weekend pass or $35 for a day pass and includes the concerts. Admission for children 15 years old and under is $15. There will also be 100 VIP passes available each day for $195.

Ticket holders can also purchase a commemorative OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week poker chip for $2 each, while supplies last. They will be available for pickup until 7 p.m. on Saturday at the inlet main gate.

Visit www.ocbikefest.com to purchase tickets and for a full schedule of concerts and events.

• Delmarva Bike Week:

The 17th annual Delmarva Bike Week returns to Salisbury’s Arthur W. Perdue Stadium and Rommel Harley-Davidson Delmarva in Seaford, Delaware.

There will be thrill shows, food and beverages for sale, a fashion show, regional music acts and exhibitors selling motorcycle gear, clothing, parts and accessories during the four-day event.

Perdue Stadium, home of the Delmarva Shorebirds, will house dozens of national vendors, a beer garden, live musical performances and a food court, in addition to a wall-of-death motorcycle thrill show.

Check out Jasmine Cain, Rebel Soul, No Tell Motel, Edge of Sundown, Ever Rise and Eclipse live on stage Friday and Saturday.

Bike Week closes out Sunday, Sept. 17, with a Christian motorcycle service from 10-11 a.m.

The official welcome center for OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week is at Rommel Harley-Davidson Delmarva in Seaford, which will have vendors, food, beverages and live music.

Corporate Harley-Davidson will be in attendance with new 2018 motorcycle models as well.

In addition, participants can register for Cruzin’ the Coast at the welcome center. There are nine poker stops on Delmarva where participants must get a stamp at each location and whoever has the best poker hand at the end wins cash and prizes.

Winners will be announced from the stage at the Shorebirds Stadium at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept 17.

More than 170,000 motorcycle enthusiasts traveling from Arizona and Florida to surrounding states including New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia attend the event which grows every year.

“Nationally it is one of the largest events in the country,” Micheal said. “Ocean City is a large sponsor of ours and we couldn’t be happier they got on board to help produce the event. We are very grateful for Ocean City.”

Visit www.delmarvabikeweek.com for a list of vendors at each venue, directions to each location and more information.

• Bikes to the Beach:

Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City, Oasis Bar ‘n Grill in Whaleyville, Seacrets on 49th Street and a number of other venues around the resort will host bike events this weekend, which began yesterday bringing live music, vendors, contests and events to their locations.

At Hooper’s, located at the base of the Route 50 bridge, visitors can listen to live entertainment Friday and Saturday from seven musical acts, in addition to checking out more than 30 vendor booths.

“We are stepping it up a notch with entertainment everyone will enjoy,” said Hooper’s manager Patrick Brady.

The 30 vendor booths will feature merchandise for sale such as LED lights, apparel, eye wear, custom parts and seats, and accessories for bikes.

“There is a wide-variety of products, we should have great weather and there are already quite a few bikes in town,” Brady said. “We are looking forward to a great event and seeing familiar faces that continue to come down to Bike Week. It is always free admission and plenty of parking.”

Local American Legion Post 166 will host its annual poker run on Saturday at Hooper’s.

At Oasis, about halfway between Ocean City and Salisbury in Whaleyville, events kicked off Thursday.

Slated entertainment includes Kings Ransom, Pistol Whipped, Shots Fired and Scarlet Angel on Friday and Saturday.

In addition, there will be a midget paintball manhunt, where participants win prizes for hitting a moving target. There will be a number of games and a cash giveaway. Rosenfeld’s Deli and Baby Blues food trucks will also be on hand.

Visit www.oceancitybikestothebeach.com for more information.

• Blessing of the Bikes:

The annual Blessing of the Motorcycles will take place in the parking lot of the Knight of Columbus Hall behind St. Luke’s Church on 99th Street in Ocean City on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m.

Generally, about 100 bikes are blessed during the event each year, which is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council. Call St. Luke’s at 410-250-0300 or the Knights of Columbus at 410-524-7994 for more information.

On Sunday, Sept. 17, at 8:30 a.m. another Blessing of the Bikes event will take place at Bethany United Methodist Church on Stephen Decatur Highway in Berlin.

Each rider and motorcycle will be blessed during the outdoor worship and prayer event on the front lawn. There will also be a short worship service.

After the ceremony, all participants are invited to enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the church fellowship hall.

Organizers are asking for Diakonia Veterans’ Affairs donations such as gift cards and certificates, nonperishable food, toiletries, new clothing and toys.

For more information, call 410-641-2186 or email bethany21811@gmail.com.

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