2015 Rallies, Rides & Shows

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MARCH 2015


42nd Annual Kalamazoo Motorcycle Swap-Meet
Date: Sunday, March 15th, 2015 at Wings Stadium
Location: 3600 Vanrick Drive, Kalamazoo MI
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $8.00 per adult, children under 12 free
Contact: 800.800.6034
Website: www.kalamazooswap.com
Info: Hosted by Paragon Promotions (Paragon Leather on Westnedge in Portage), www.paragonspromotion.com


American Legion Riders Chili Cook-off
Date: Saturday, March 21st, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: American Legion Post 298, 228 M. 20th Street, Springfield, MI
Cost: $5
Contact: 269.580.0417
Website: http://michiganpost298.org/
Info: Chili and Beer, what else is needed? Also featuring plenty of live bands.  See the flyer HERE.


Grand Rapids Motorcycle Swap Meet
Date: Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Deltaplex, 2500 Turner Ave. Northwest
Cost: $8 per adult, Children 12 and under free
Contact: 800.800.6034
Website: http://grandrapidsmotorcycleswap.com/
Info: Typical swap meet; generally pretty good turnout.




Cadillac Motorcycle Swap Meet
Date: Saturday April 4th, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Wexford Civic Center, 1320 North Mitchell Street, Cadillac, MI 49061
Cost: $7 per adult, Children 12 and under free
Contact: 800.800.6034
Website: http://www.cadillacswap.com/
Info: Hosted by Paragon Promotions, very similar to Kalamazoo swap meet
Hamilton Harley-Davidson Open House
Date: Saturday April 18th, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: 68951 White School Rd, Sturgis, MI 49091
Cost: Free
Contact: 269.651.3424
Website: http://hamiltonharley-davidson.com/Customer-Corner/Events
Info: Party/Open house showing off 2015 models


14th Annual Lakeshore Blessing of the Bikes
Date:  Sunday, April 26th 2015
Time: Gates open at 10 am with blessing at 3 pm.
Location:  Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 1286 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland, MI
Cost:  $5 donation per bike.  $10 entry fee for bike show
Contact: Dan Fitzpatrick, 616.566.2902
Website: http://blessingofthebikes.com/ or Facebook Page
Info:  All gate proceeds will benefit Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity.  The event features live rock and blues music by Class Act and a silent auction.  Food vendors are on-site and merchandise vendors are also invited.  A local car club is there to show off their rides, providing widespread audience appeal. We encourage all bikes that are “classics” and “customs” to pay a $10 entry fee to enter their motorcycle for a chance to win the “Bikers Choice” and Best Vintage Bike (25 years or older). Winners receive a trophy and cash prize. Look for the directional signs when you enter and park in the “VIP” section.  See the flyer HERE.




Bubs 73 Foundation Benefit Ride – 6th Annual  (Event details based on 2014 info)
Date:  Saturday, May 9th, 2015
Time: Registration from 10:00 – 11:30 am, kickstand up at noon.
Location:  Village Hide-A-Way, 111 E. Prairie Street, Vicksburg, MI 49097
Cost:  $20 per bike, $5 for passengers and non-riders for food (Includes ride, pig roast, hot dogs, and soda. Cash Bar)
Contact: bubs73foundation@yahoo.com
Website: http://bubs73foundation.org/
Info: Great ride for a great cause. The Bubs 73 Foundation was established in 2008 in honor and memory of Chad “Bubba” Hildebrand.  The Foundation focuses on the needs and welfare of the children in the Vicksburg Community.  Supporting kids in need of food, clothing, athletic sponsorships/scholarships.  Over $62,000 donated back to date.  See the flyer NOT AVAILABLE YET


3rd Annual Allegan Blessing of the Bikes and Classic Cars
Date:  Saturday, May 9th, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Location:  Blessed Sacrament Church, 110 North Cedar Street, Allegan, MI
Cost:  $5 donation per bike
Contact: Bob “Ace” Bagley, 269-806-3883
Website: http://positivelyallegan.org/allegan-blessing-bikes-seeking-sponsorships/
Info:  Pig roast with vendors on site and live music by Clearwater.  All the proceeds benefit Catholic Charities, Lakeshore Pregnancy and MI-COPS.  Event is hosted by the Knights of Columbus, Knights on Bikes of Michigan and Blessed Sacrament.  See the flyer HERE.


43rd Annual Blessing of the Bikes in Baldwin, MI
Date:  May, 15 2014 – May 17th, 2015 (Actually blessing on Sunday May 17th, 2015)
Location:  Baldwin Municipal Airport, South M-37 Highway
Cost:  $5 donation per bike
Info:  The oldest and probably largest blessing in Michigan.  This small Northern Michigan town is all bikes for three days.  The airport where the blessing occurs is a mile or so south of Baldwin.  On Friday bars in the area get pretty full with live music, port-a-john drag races, events and more.  Also by Friday all the vendors will be set up as well.  There are a few spots for the vendors:  the largest amount is on Main Street in Baldwin with a few others by the airport and the rest in the parking lot of Houseman’s Grocery Store about a half-mile north form the Airport.  There is usually at least one poker run or two Saturday with one sponsored by the Am Vets.  This is one of my favorite rallies (Weather Permitting!)  The actually blessing is Sunday, May 18th at the airport and sponsored by the Para Dice Motorcycle Club.  Gates open at 9 am and depending on the turnout the event will commence around 2-3 pm.  It is not uncommon to have a wait starting on the main street and stretching a few miles.


BADASS BIKE RUN (Event is not confirmed for 2015 yet)
Date:  May, 9th, 2015
Location:  Ride leaves the Roadhouse grill in Paw Paw and heads to Michigan International Speedway where rides can ride their bike a few laps on the track.
Cost:  $35
Contact: (269) 655-1122
Info:  Great event, growing each year.  The $35 gets you 3-4 laps on the track (Depending on turnout) and also admission to the Michigan Beer and Wine Fest which is going on at the racetrack.  To register call Roadhouse at (269) 655-1122 or stop by the restaurant.


E.Z. Memorial Ride
Date: May 23rd, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 11:30 am registration, kickstands up at Noon
Location: Registration/Start – NAPA Auto of Wayland, MI (201 Clark St, Wayland, MI 49348) End – Texas Corral Kalamazoo (5519 West Main Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009)
Cost:  $30 per bike (Includes ride pin and patch)
Website: http://www.sonsofmaltamc.com/about-ez-memorial-ride.html
Info:  Ride is on for 2015; new leadership from the Sons of Malta.  All proceeds will benefit the Zapata children.  For more info visit the Sons of Malta website HERE or view the flyer HERE.


Memorial Weekend Poker Ride – South Haven American Legion Post 49
Date: May 24th, 2015
Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: 129 Michigan Ave, South Haven, MI 49090
Cost: $10 per person
Contact: 616.836.6478
Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1509925165894953/
Info: Breakfast will be served at the post prior to the ride; it costs $8 and will be available from 8am-12pm.  Kickstands will be up at 12:15 pm.  Food will be included with the $10 entry fee following the ride along with live music by Bear.  All proceeds will benefit local veterans.


Old Iron Bridge Motorcycle Show (Will update with 2015 info ASAP)
Time: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Downtown Allegan – Locust Street
Cost: FREE
Contact: 800.800.6034
Website: http://www.oldironbridgemotorcycleshow.com/
Info: Fun event with first place for each class and overall Best of Show winner.  Pre-register your bike at their website.  This is a family friendly event with lots of vendors, door prizes, DJ with music and the Allegan Angels.
Review:  The old iron bridge is, well an old iron bridge with wooden bottom sections located in downtown Allegan.  If you’ve never been to Allegan before it’s a great place to ride to from almost any direction.  There are a couple nice biker friendly bars in town as well, in including the Iron Bridge Bar & Grill.


Sturgis 8th Annual Blessing of the Bikes
Date: May 30th, 2015
Time: 12 pm
Location: Hamilton Harley-Davidson 68951 White School Road, Sturgis, MI 49091
Cost: Free
Contact: 269.651.3424
Website: http://www.hamiltonharley-davidson.com/




17th Annual Chick Run
Date: Saturday, June 6th, 2015
Time: Registration from 8:45-9:45 am, ride starts at 10:00 am sharp
Location: Dwight Lydell Park, 404 Leland Ave / 3943 W. River Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49321
Cost: $15, proceeds benefit Our Hope Association
Contact: 616.822.5749, Deb Hoffman, ChickRunAssociation@YahooGroups.com
Website: http://www.chickrunassociation.com/
Info: Women’s only ride that makes several stops along route for lunch and refreshments.  Proceeds going to http://ourhopeassociation.org/
For more information visit the website or see the flyer HERE


Blessed In Hell  (Will update with 2015 info when available)
Time: Gates open at 10:30 am, blessing starts at 1:30 pm
Location: 10866 Cedar Lake Road, Pickney, Michigan 48169
Cost: $10, proceeds benefit ABATE Region 14 (THIS IS LAST YEAR’s Price will update when more info available)
Contact: 313.407.4671, Cody
Website: http://www.abateregion14.com/pb/wp_5ba4498d/wp_5ba4498d.html




Hartford Bike Fest (Will update with 2015 info when it becomes available)
Time: 3-day event with music each day.
Location: Hartford Motor Speedway, 301 Bowie Street, Hartford, MI 49057
Cost: $10 parking fee Friday and Saturday $1 fee Sunday
Contact: 269.420.3498
Website:  http://hartfordbikefest.20fr.com/
Info: 3-daylong event that features Bike Burn Out, Best Bike and Bikini Contest.  Live bands, including Quiet Riot and Matt Austin.  Times of bands and events TBA.


Vintage Motorcycle Ride
Date: Saturday, June 13th, 2015
Time: Registration from 9:00-10:00 am, ride starts at 10:00 am
Location: Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Cost: Ride is FREE
Contact: 269.671.5089 Gilmore Car Museum,
Website: http://www.gilmorecarmuseum.org/events.php?s=pre-show-vintage-motorcycle-ride
Info: Ride is day before Vintage Motorcycle Show. Hosted by BMW Motorcycle of Battle Creek, Ride is approximately 70 miles with a stop for lunch. Last year they had around 125 bikes participate.


Vintage Motorcycle Show
Date: Sunday, June 14th, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Cost: $12 per person, children 12 and under free
Contact: 269.671.5089 Gilmore Car Museum,
Website: http://www.gilmorecarmuseum.org/event/20th-annual-vintage-motorcycle-show-swap-meet/?instance_id=99
Info: Great event. If you’ve never been to the Gilmore Car Museum, it’s an awesome place. The pristine grounds are full of vintage motorcycles and the “track” is set up like a typical swap meet with food, parts and accessories vendors. The museum itself is open as well, so you can see the early motorcycle exhibit along with the rest. It gets VERY busy so if you really want to see the whole museum get there early. Be sure to check out the photos from previous years of the event in the gallery.


Thunder at the River 
Date: June 19th –  21st, 2015
Time: Saturday Ride leaving at 12:00 pm and ends at 3:00 pm. Sunday Poker Run 12:00-2:00 pm
Location: Little River Resort Casino, 2700 Orchard Hwy, Manistee, MI
Cost: $30, $40, $50 based on tickets (You can purchase tickets HERE)
Contact: John Stocki – 231.477.5102 or stocki@hotmail.com
Website: http://thunderattheriver.com/
Info: Saturday escorted ride through beautiful Manistee.  Saturday ride runs 12:00 pm-3:00 pm. Pig roast 3:00pm-5:00pm with beer, prizes, bike show, live music from Terri Clark and silent auction.  Event proceeds benefit Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter 1.  Sunday is a poker run from 12:00-2:00 pm.  For registration and more info visit their website.


Sturgis Fest
Date: June 20th – 28th, 2014
Time: A week of bikes in Downtown Sturgis, MI
Location: Downtown Sturgis, Michigan
Cost: FREE to enter town
Contact: 269.651.3424
Website: http://www.sturgisfestmi.com/
Info: Heavily organized by Hamilton Harley-Davidson in Sturgis this week long event has different activities each day with the most going on Saturday. There are events at the Harley dealership and also in town. Check out their website for full details. Definitely worth a ride to go see.


Red Arrow Riders benefit ride for Talons Out
Date: Saturday, June 20th
Time: Registration 10:30 am, Kickstands up at 1:00 pm
Location: VFW Post 1527, 1920 E. Kilgore Service Rd. Kalamazoo, MI (By the airport)
Cost: $15 single, $20-double
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Arrow-Riders/186567064718034
Info: Cost includes pig roast and raffle entry.  Camping is available. Live music by Branded Outcasts.  Coffee and donuts at start.  All proceeds benefit Talons Out, an organization which sends WWII Veterans to their memorial in Washing D.C. for no cost.  http://talonsouthonorflight.org/  See the flyer HERE.


 Great Lakes Burn Camp 3rd Annual Ride sponsored by Texas Corral (Will update with 2015 info when available)
Time: Registration begins at 9 am, kickstands up at 11 am
Location: Texas Corral, 5519 West Main Street, Kalamazoo, MI
Cost: $25 single, $40 double (Includes ride, t-shirt and Backyard BBQ dinner/activities following ride)
Contact: Randy Bryant 269.344.8590 or rbryant@texascorralmail.com
Website: http://www.texascorral.net/ http://greatlakesburncamp.com/
Info: 80-100 mile ride followed by food, drinks and live music at Texas Corral. Is part of an outdoor cook-out event that is family friendly and features activities for children.  All proceeds of the event go to the Great Lakes Burn Camp.  Classic car sow, silent auction and raffle also at event.  BBQ begins at 2 pm. See the registration form HERE.




5th Annual Thunder on the Lakeshore
Date: July 4th, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Downtown Cadillac; Lake Street, Cadillac, Michigan
Contact:  cadillacbikeshow@gmail.com
Cost:  Free to attend, $10 to enter bike in show
Website: HERE  Facebook HERE
Info:  Bike contest that is part of Cadillac’s Independence Day celebration.  10 classes and trophies awarded to all class winners.  Live music, vendors, beer tent, 50/50 raffles and door prizes.


Thunder on the Grand
Date: July 10th & 11th, 2015
Time: Two days of bikes and music at the Lake Odessa Fair Grounds
Location: Lake Odessa Fair Grounds, 1040 4th Ave, Lake Odessa, MI 48849
Cost: $20 for the weekend, $10 day pass. Primitive camping $20 per spot.
Contact:  517.282.9846
Website: http://www.thunderonthegrand.com/  Facebook Page HERE
Info: Loads of biker fun, biker games, jello wrestling, bands all day and night. Music and colors will be flowing off our stage. Bring your squirt guns & fill ‘em with our colors and let it rip! Be prepared for the night of your life in color! Vendors. 150′ Slip ‘n Slide. Bike Builders. Bike show Saturday morning. Lots of entertainment.


Niles 14th Annual Burn Run
Date:  Sunday, July 12th 2015
Time: 9:00 am registration starts, kickstands at 12:00 pm
Cost: $20 per person, $30 with passenger
Location: 1445 S. Third St, Niles, Michigan
Contact: Scott Roberts, 169.240.1942 or sroberts622@sbcglobal.net
Website: http://www.nilesburnrun.com/
Info:  Three day event that features the ride in downtown Niles, MI. One of the oldest and largest burn rides around. Main street is closed off to only bikes. Vendors, bike games, dunk tank, beer garden, and two bands beginning at 6:00 pm and ending at 12:00. Sunday Morning features live music, bike games, and a 50-60 mile ride through picturesque Berrien and Cass counties in Michigan. The ride benefits the Great Lakes Burn Camp. The Camp is a special place for kids ages 6-17 to meet heal, grow and support other burn survivors. Kids share their stories and bond with other kids in a comfortable, relaxed environment. Unconditional love and acceptance is only part of what each camper receives at Great Lakes Burn Camp.


Rivertown Bike Week Expo
Date:  July 17th – July 19th, 2015
Time: Multiple Times
Location: DeltaPlex Arena,  2500 Turner Ave, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Mark Mensch @ 616-437-0973 markmensch@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.rivertownbikeweek.com
Info:  Event includes a bike show, contest, live music, entertainment and more.  Huge event with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. Check out their website for all the info.


Muskegon Bike Time
Date:  July 16th – July 19th, 2015
Time: Multiple Times
Location: Downtown Muskegon, MI, Also events at Hot-Rod Harley-Davidson in Muskegon and expanding in 2015 to the old Great Lakes Downs, 4800 S. Harvey Street, Muskegon, M.
Contact: 317.236.6515
Website: http://www.muskegonbiketime.com
Info:  One of the fastest growing biker events in the state and nation.  Great time in beautiful downtown Muskegon in July.  Large rally with vendors, bands and plenty of bikes. Definitely worth a ride to check out.  Visit their website for full schedule and details.



Cadillac Thunder Through The Northwoods Charity Ride
Date: July 25th,  2015
Time: Registration starts at 9:30 am – Kickstands up at Noon
Location: Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort, One Caberfae Lane, Cadillac, MI
Contact:  cadillacbikeshow@gmail.com
Cost:  $20 per bike, passenger included. Includes t-shirt and dinner after the ride
Website: HERE  Facebook HERE
Info:  115 miles ride through Wexford, Manistee and Lake Counties.  Silent auction, dinner, drinks, music and dancing following the ride.  All the proceeds benefit Mercy Hospice of Cadillac.




Bikers Against Breast Cancer Headlight Run (Date is confirmed, details are from 2014)
Date: August 1st, 2015
Time: Registration from 10 am -11:30 am with kickstands up at 12 pm sharp.  After party at Teazers from 5-8 pm.
Location: Teazers Bar and Grille, 819 Ottawan Ave. Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Cost: $20 per person includes dinner and chance to win a 2 nights stay at the Lamlighter Motel in Mackinaw City
Contact: Steve Melton 616.890.4082
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Headlight.Run.MI
Info: 50/50 raffle, chinese raffle and silent auctions.  All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen For the Cure.  See the Flyer HERE.





Grape Escape Motorcycle Ride (Date is correct, info is from 2014)
Date:  September 12th, 2015
Time: Registration begins at 9:30 am; kickstands up at 11:00 am
Cost: $20 per bike
Location: Ride starts at Land, Sea Air Travel in Paw Paw (513 E. Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 4097) and ends at Paw Paw Brewery (929 E. Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49097).
Contact: Ellyn Jones (Sea, Land Air Travel) 269.657.5529, info@sealandairtravel.com
Website: none
Info:  Ride travels through the vineyards of Van Buren county and ends at Paw Paw Brewery a few blocks from where it begins.  All proceeds benefit the Great Lakes Burn Camp.  Part of the events surrounding Paw Paw’s Wine and Harvest Festival.  If you’ve never gone to the festival, check it out it’s a great time!


Sturgis Toy Run (Will update with 2015 when available)
Time: Gates open Thursday-Saturday 8am-10pm
Cost: $20 and new toy per person. Free tent camping; $40 for all RVs, campers, trailers
28731 Kelly Road, Sturgis, MI
Contact: 269.659.8632
Website: http://www.sturgistoyrun.com/Events.php
Info: 3 day event with the Run starting at 1 pm on Saturday.  21 & up only for rules and other information visit their website or view the flyer HERE.


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  1. Please add the following event to your June 2015 schedule. We were on last years schedule.

    Robert Granville
    ph. 269-744-0371

    Event Name Biker Blessing & Motorcycle Parade
    Event Date/Time Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM
    Host Mt. Zion Baptist Church
    Event Type Motorcycle Rally
    Event Description The motorcycle parade leaves at 10:30 am from Macy’s parking lot at the Crossroads Mall (Portage, MI).
    The 10 mile motorcycle police escorted parade ends at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Kalamazoo (120 Roberson St.) and the blessing begins at 12:00 pm. There will be food, fun, music, door prizes, and vendors.
    Location Mt. Zion Baptist Church
    Address 120 Roberson Street [map]
    City Kalamazoo
    State MICHIGAN
    Zip 49007
    Phone 269-388-3111
    Event URL http://www.mtzionkalamazoo.org
    Email regranvi@aol.com

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