Again in 2023, the Arizona Bike Week (AZBW) will be held in Scottsdale. And, this year’s motorcycle rally will be the 26th annual. In addition, the AZ Bike Week is on the 2023 LightningCustoms.com’s Major Motorcycle Rallies List.
Note, at this time not all of the details been announced. But here are some of what has been announced for the 2023 Bike Week in Scottsdale, Arizona: Bike shows Live music by Texas Hippie Coalition, Billy Idol, Megadeath, and Staind Stunt shows Vendors Riding in beautiful Arizona
Finally, more details on what is going on at the Arizona Bike Week will be live as we receive the information.
2022 Bike Week Information
As you most likely know the 2021 Arizona Bike Week was postponed until 2022. Next, the dates and some of the 2022 AZ Bike Week details are live.
First, Westworld in Scottsdale, AZ hosts the rally. Also, this motorcycle rally is the largest in the state of Arizona. Plus Arizona Bike Week is also on the LightningCustoms.com’s Major Motorcycle Rallies List.
Next, so what will happen at the 25th anniversary of this Arizona motorcycle rally? Well first the headlining band will be Lynyrd Sknyrd.
Now there is the potential to have different pricing or a different layout. So the below is the information is what was posted before the 2021 info was live.
Last Year’s Bike Week Info
So there is the possibility of a lot of rallies, including Bike Week in Arizona, not happening at all because of Covid. In addition, this also means that there might also be a lot less attractions and / or a lot more rules (just like in 2020).
Subsequently, because AZBW is happening at the end of the peak of Covid in the winter, you might want to hold off on buying tickets (see the last paragraph). But with all of that said, we remain hopeful that the 2022 Arizona Bike Week will be a little bit closer the way it was pre-Covid.
AZ Bike Week Challenges
Now a lot of bike rallies did not happen in 2020. But the promoters of the Bike Week in Arizona did jump through a lot of government hoops to make the rally happen. That being said, there were a lot of events that did not happen at all. And there were also a lot of rules imposed by the government that the promoters had to follow.
One huge change at the 2020 Scottsdale motorcycle rally was the huge with the headlining band. It went from Lynrd Skynrd to Night Ranger. Obviously there is no comparison between the two. But the promoters did what they could. In addition, Offspring did not play.
Next there were some significant rules everyone had to follow. One was that you had to wear masks even when you were outdoors. Also, there were limits on the number of people who could be in the AZ Bike Week. Another was attendees had to watch the concerts socially distanced corrals.
Then between the announcement of the postponement in the spring until finalizing of the new fall dates there was some concern from people who bought tickets. Now the promoters eventually did refund the money.
But there were a lot of unhappy people who purchased tickets who were not or could not go there. And this was because some people had already taken vacation days for the spring dates, paid for hotels, etc. But there just wasn’t much else that could be done.
Also, even though there wasn’t as much going on at the Arizona Bike Week the price went up. Although all of the above made tons of people unhappy there were a lot of people who were grateful that AZBW still went on.
Arizona Bike Week Events
Next, with all of the challenges in the past and in the future due to Covid below the below is what happens at this Arizona Rally before Covid. Noteworthy, we will update this page as we approach the 2021 Arizona Bike Week dates.
First, every night there are nationally known bands playing at the Rockyard area of Westworld. Next, if you have not been to the Arizona Bike Week before the venue is huge. Subsequently, there is a lot of room for concerts, attractions, and vendors. Also there is a large area for primitive camping and RVs.
Also, there are a number of bike shows. For instance, there is the Baddest Bagger in Arizona and BadAZ Bike Show. Plus you can meet builders at the rally.
In addition, other big events include multiple motorcycle rides, street stunt shows, motocross stunt shows, and the Miss AZBW contest. Rounding out the Bike Week events are games, contests, displays, silent auction, motorcycle raffle, vendors, demo rides.
Other Arizona Bikefest Notes
In addition to the rally’s attractions, the area offers some cool rides. Plus there is the FREE Cave Creek Bike Week. And there is a lot going on there. Because of these items there are a good number of people who opt to not go to the Bike Week venue.
Or there are people who just go at night to see their favorite band. Subsequently, the total number of attendees does not reflect how much traffic vendors will get.
In particular, at night what vendors often see is a lot of people entering the AZ Bike Week. But a lot these people make a beeline to the area to watch the bands. So these people aren’t shopping. Instead they are just going directly from the entrance to the concert area.
Another challenge for vendors is that when the concerts start attendees who came earlier go watch the concerts. So, even Saturday night is not as big of a sales day like you might expect from the attendance number.
Also there has not been the announcement of the 2021 Arizona rally’s fees. But we will update this page as more information is available.
Finally, with any winter 2020 or spring 2021 rally across the US you might want to hold off on purchasing tickets. As you know, there were a lot of cancellations in 2021 – some rallies gave refunds and others didn’t.