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

by S. Lynne on February 18th, 2017

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

Twice a year, thousands of bikers wheel into Panama City Beach, FL, 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 said he has been riding for 22 years.

The fun and games vary from show to show, but the action always includes a kickoff party, bike parades, bike displays, stunt shows, and Harley Davidson factory demo rides. Other activities include contests (One is for the best tattoos, of course!), beauty pageants, fashion shows, food sales, sales of biker merchandise, and live entertainment. The events are mostly centered around Pier Park, Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, Frank Brown Park Amphitheater, and Harley-Davidson of Panama City Beach. The rally’s main party venue, and site of a huge vendor village, is The Boardwalk Beach Resort.

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.

It’s not too early to start making plans for the 2017 Spring Rally, scheduled for May 3 – 7. Because of the event’s size and popularity, accommodations tend to fill up fast. For details and activity updates, check out the rally Website at

Where To Stay, Where To Eat 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 – some of which can  be booked online through our Website – as well as popular spots to eat, click on our listings for Panama City Beach vacation rentals and Panama City Beach restaurants.

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