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Thunder Beach Bikers’ Rally Rolls into PCB Every Spring and Fall

by S. Lynne on September 18th, 2020

Thunder Beach motorcyle rally biker and his dog in Panama City Beach, Florida

Twice a year, thousands of bikers wheel into Panama City Beach, Florida, for the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally. Held in spring (late April or early May) and fall (mid-October), the five-day event is huge, regularly featuring more than 200 vendors and exhibitors.

With no gate fees, no admission charges, and no charge for parking, Thunder Beach is known as “The Most Biker-Friendly Free Rally in the U.S.” It’s also one of the most popular, attracting more than 60,000 bikers every spring and fall, most of whom come as much for the camaraderie as the organized activities. “It’s a bond thing,” said one recent visitor, who added that he has been riding for more than 22 years.

The fun and games vary from show to show, but the action always includes a kickoff party, bike parades, bike displays, poker runs, stunt shows, and Harley Davidson factory demo rides. Other activities include a tattoo contest, beauty pageants, fashion shows, food sales, sales of biker merchandise, and live musical entertainment. The events are mostly centered around Frank Brown Park and Harley-Davidson of Panama City Beach. Other venues include Sharky’s Beachfront Club, Hammerhead Fred’s, and The CrossRoads at Thunder Beach.

Aerial view of the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally in Panama City Beach, FloridaA popular event at every show is the Sgt. Kevin Kight Memorial Bike Parade. Established in 2005, it was named in memory of a local police officer killed in the line of duty. Hundreds of bikers participate, and the proceeds (both parade participants and onlookers are encouraged to donate cash and nonperishable food) go to local food banks and families in need.

Due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the fall rally, scheduled for October 21-25, was originally cancelled. However,  it is now back on and will take place on the same dates – October 21-25. The spring 2021 rally, April 28-May 2, will be held as well. For details and activity updates, check out the rally Website at thunderbeachproductions.com.

Where To Stay During Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally

Many Panama City Beach rental properties offer special beach vacation deals, including discounted rates, free nights, and more, for Thunder Beach visitors. For more information on places to stay, click on our listings for Panama City Beach vacation rentals.

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