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Big Bike Weekend Rolls Into Redding

It’s getting to be a familiar sound to locals: the deep, rumbling purr of hundreds of motorcycles pouring into¬†hotel parking lots across town, as their riders converge on Redding for its annual 3 day celebration of all kinds of big bikes and the culture that goes along with them. Big Bike Weekend, and all its sights and sounds, will be back in Redding October 10-12, 2014.


These leather-clad road warriors have impeccable timing- October in Redding is a gift straight from the gods. Caught somewhere between summer and fall, October offers all the delight of Redding’s famous perma-sunshine, sparkling on the river and flashing through trees as your bike zooms through scenic mountain roads, without the heat of summer. Long evenings offer opportunities to take the bike out through Redding’s beloved backcountry roads, and mild days make it easy to enjoy Big Bike Weekend’s many activities…or ditch the bikers and join some hikers at Whiskeytown Falls. Visitors can also trade the leather jacket for a life jacket and take one of Redding’s SUP tours or raft rides. Those interested in a different two-wheeled ride can try Segway tours across Sundial Bridge, and through it all, the city serves up its usual assortment of wining, dining, and live entertainment.

Besides the usual Redding recreation, Big Bike Weekend offers special activities including contests, vendors, competitions, tours, live music, and dancing. (And camaraderie, of course. BBW has that in spades.) There are 3 days, but all levels of bike interest and ownership are able to fill the schedule: a Remembrance Ride, training courses, a Strongman competition, performances by the Wicked Wahines, Raffle Runs, Show & Shines, Ladies Rides, an appearance by UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, Bike Show competitions, fundraisers, and The Cal-Neva Competition Series (police motor riders).

If you have even the vaguest notion that you won’t want to miss a town full of big bike fun, book your hotel now. This growing event is already incredibly popular and rooms fill up fast. Plus- you wouldn’t want to miss Redding in October!

Get the full scoop on Big Bike Weekend at the Visit Redding events calendar.