Harleys, cruisers, scooters and even bicycles, everything on two wheels is welcome at Bike the Beach 2016 — a Labor Day weekend event that will span the Coast from Gulfport to Ocean Springs.
Wes Martin, event organizer, said the idea for this inaugural event was to include many family events throughout the weekend.
“We wanted to make it a family entertainment weekend rather than just for people on motorcycles,” Martin said. “We know there are all ages who are fans of the TV show (“American Choppers”) and we’ll have local musicians and DJs that are all family-oriented.”
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Mississippi. Participants can register online at www.bikethebeachms.com or in person at events on Friday night or Saturday morning. Registration is $50 per rider. Registered bikers will receive an event T-shirt, a helmet sticker and a wristband for entry into all sanctioned events.
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The party kicks off Friday night from 6 to 10 at The Dock Bar & Grill on Gulfport Lake. This free event will feature music by Della and DJ Rico. There also will be local vendors.
On Saturday, a full day of activities begins at MGM Park from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Entry is free to view a bike display and enjoy music by DJ Ad from 1-3. Food and beverage vendors will be on hand. Also, a poker run will begin at 10.
The stars will come out at MGM Park from 6-10 p.m. Paul Teutul Jr. of the reality show “American Choppers” will sign autographs and provide photo opportunities. Also, there will be live performances by Derek Norsworthy and Adam Doleac from 8-10. General admission is $10; free to registered bikers and kids ages 10 and younger.
On Sunday it’s on to Ocean Springs for a free downtown pub crawl from 1 to 7 p.m. Participants are invited to stroll at their leisure between the bars and restaurants along Government Street and Washington Avenue.
On Labor Day, it’s a family-friendly, free event at Point Cadet Pavilion in Biloxi from 1-6 p.m. A bike showcase will offer the best of show winner a Shuckers private party for the 2017 season. There also will be a Back Bay BBQ Bash and a DJ competition that will offer a $250 grand prize. The competition’s guest judge will be DJ Hyphee, who also will spin a DJ set from 5 to 6.