Motorcycles and Music
Arizona Bike Week
April 11-15, 2018 at Westworld
Once the hustle bustle of the holiday season winds down, most areas of the country go into hibernation for the winter. This most certainly is not the case in the Valley of the Sun. We jump from one large event to the next. And one that you don’t want to miss is Arizona Bike Week. This family friendly festival offers a vast array of entertainment and activities at a very affordable price. Even if you’re not a motorcycle aficionado, you’ll surely find yourself wanting to make it an annual outing.
Arizona Bike Week runs five days and is held at WestWorld, but the festivities surrounding this two-wheel celebration encompass the entire Phoenix area. Retailers, restaurants, bars, and lodging accommodations, all roll out the red carpet to welcome this diverse group of enthusiasts.
Riders from all across the country and all around the globe, eagerly roll into town to soak up our spring sunshine and ogle our breathtaking landscape. Don’t be fooled by their rough looking exterior. You’ll find bikers to be the most kind-hearted, fun-loving group you’ve ever encountered. Thanks to the generosity of the motorcycle community, the charity rides and fundraisers that go on during Arizona bike Week result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to a variety of worthy foundations, ranging from the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, to various cancer charities.
You’ll discover everyone who participates in ABW eager to offer up their hospitality and an introduction into the biker lifestyle. There are hundreds of vendors, offering a wide range of goods and services as well as stunt shows, exhibitions, contests, games, racing, auctions, safe riding and precision skills demos and non-stop live music.
This year marks the 22nd annual Arizona Bike Week. It has quickly grown to be one of the top five rallies in the nation. This is pretty impressive considering most of the large motorcycle events have been around for 70, 80 or even 90 years. ABW credits the endless scenic riding terrain, amazing weather, boundless shopping, dining, and entertainment options we have here as key elements to the rapid growth.
Another big contributor to the success of ABW is its unique business model. One low ticket price gets you into everything, including nightly concerts by some of the biggest names in the rock world. Past performers include ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Social Distortion, Buckcherry, Heart, Big and Rich, REO Speedwagon, Stone Temple Pilots, Doobie Brothers and Korn, just to name a few. A five day pass to Arizona Bike Week, including concerts, costs less than what you would expect to pay to see any one of these huge, national acts. If you’re not ready for a multi-day commitment, no problem. Single day passes are available as well. WestWorld offers a clean, safe environment for all to enjoy and kids under 12 get in free. If you’re looking for a little more than just a typical spring festival, check out Arizona Bike Week. You’ll be glad you did and who knows, maybe you’ll catch the riding bug too.
For more information on Arizona Bike Week, go to http://azbikeweek.com/.