Top 4 Motorcycle Events Near Dallas, Texas

Jan 5, 2022


Rented motorcycle in Dallas, Texas.

Dallas, Texas is an important commercial center for the Lone Star state. When John Neely Bryan founded the city on the east bank of the Trinity River in November, 1841, he chose it as an ideal location for a trading post. It served settlers entering what was then the independent Republic of Texas. 

After Texas was admitted to the Union in 1845, Dallas continued to grow. By 1860, 2,000 people lived in the city. After the Civil War, Southerners migrated here in an attempt to rebuild their lives in the farmland. The city also became an important trading hub for the buffalo.

Today, Dallas is a growing city with a highly diversified economy. It offers a number of tourist attractions drawing people from all across the country. Attractions include the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field—an aerospace museum founded in 1988 that’s associated with the Smithsonian Institution. Then there’s the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and the State Fair of Texas, which takes place each autumn. The fair is home to the iconic “Big Tex” mascot, and is considered one of the best state fairs in the country. 

Why visit any of these attractions by car, when you could do it in style with a motorcycle rental from Riders Share. Here are five great upcoming motorcycle events either in Dallas or within driving distance of the city.

1. The Lone Star Rally 

November 2-5, 2023

Galveston, Texas

The motorcycle industry's top vendors and manufacturers flock to this motorcycle event on the island of Galveston on Texas’ gulf coast. At the Lone Star Rally, where, in the words of rally organizers, “hundreds of the motorcycle industry’s top manufacturers & vendors will invade… showing off all the industry’s latest products, apparel, & accessories.”

Via Interstate 45, Galveston Island is about a 4.5 hour ride from Dallas. Riders along this route can expect to enjoy the full panorama of east Texas scenery, passing communities like Corsicana, the Woodlands and Houston. Once in Galveston, riders can expect to find attractions such as a custom bike show, a drive-in car show, and a number of musical acts.

The Lone Star Rally also boasts a motorcycle giveaway, rodeo games, and the annual Outlaw Dave Ranch Ride, which benefits the Stevens & Pruett Ranch for Children & Animals.

2. Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally

TBD for 2023

Circuit of The Americas

Austin, Texas 

The Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally in Austin is the largest “turnstile” bike rally in the United States. This popular rally is currently celebrating its 25th year. In the words of its organizers, during past years, it’s “widely known for its downtown Austin bike parade, which closes off more than 50 city blocks.” This parade proceeds to Congress Avenue, where it concludes right in front of the Texas State Capitol.

Via Interstate 35, Dallas is just under three hours from Austin. The crowd of roughly 200,000 fellow bikers and spectators will be treated to biker-friendly activities such as a bike giveaway and custom bike show. Entertainers and musical performers such as Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Joan Jett, Hank Williams Jr. and Lynyrd Skynyrd also have performed at this event.

3. Annual Sweetwater Jaycee Roosters Rally and Cook-off

Sweetwater Lake Park

Sweetwater, Texas

Head out to the annual Sweetwater Jaycee Roosters Rally and Cook-off with your bike and a good attitude—that’s all you’ll need! Held in Sweetwater, Texas—just over three hours from Dallas via I-20 E— this event offers live music, a bike show, bike games, and swap meet vendors.

This rally takes place in a campground setting, and while camping is by reservation only, restrooms and free warm showers are available.

4. Bikes, Blues & BBQ Rally

September 20-23 2023

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Established in 2000, the Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally is, in its own words, “the world’s largest charity motorcycle rally that benefits women, children, and the underserved members of the northwest Arkansas community.” The rally has raised over $1.5 million charity dollars for its causes since its inception.

The ride from Fayetteville, Arkansas to Dallas, Texas is lengthy—just under 340 miles, roughly a five hour ride via US-69 and US-75 or via US-271—but is an ideal trip for those who enjoy the North Texas and southeast Oklahoma countryside, regardless whether beginning or ending the journey in Dallas. The Bikes, Blues & BBQ event is also widely known for its ride routes through the Ozark Mountains.

Riders at this event can expect to find a family-friendly atmosphere, with lots of activities to pass the time. Country music performances, demo rides on the latest Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and even pro bull riding are among the diversions one can enjoy at this rally.

Whether you plan just to ride around Dallas for the sights, or incorporate one of these events in your trip, Riders Share has the motorcycle rental for you.