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2017 Motorcycle Grand Tour “Fun Events” list
How it works: We are currently compiling a list of a variety of fun, food, musical and other events for riders to attend during your 2017 Grand Tour of Virginia. These are not mandatory stops on the Grand Tour, but for each one you attend (and document to us with your passport), you will receive another chance to win prizes.
Each time you attend one of these 25 events your name will go in the Events Points bucket at the Closing Party in November for a random drawing of prizes. If a ticket to one of these events is required, send us your ticket stub, with your name.
If not, take a photo of you on your bike in front of the sign of the event. Send in this documentation with your passport, by the October 20 deadline.
These are an example of the Event List we are working to incorporate into the 2017 Tour | Download pdf
1. Shenandoah Memorial Day Festival May 23-25, Patriotic parade and Cruze-In. Saturday, May 25, downtown Shenandoah, Page Co. Memorial service for veterans, car and motorcycle show, dog show, volunteer firemen’s carnival, live music, food and steamed shrimp. www.luraypage.com 540-743-3915
2. 16th Annual Ride of the Patriots, “Rolling Thunder,” Sunday May 25. Meet at Patriot H-D (just west of Fairfax Circle, 9735 Fairfax Blvd.) for a massive group ride with police escort to the Pentagon to honor our heroes and ride to Rolling Thunder. All bikes welcome. Donations help military veterans and their families. www.rideofthepatriots.com. 877-352-5445.
3. Virginia Symphony Under the Stars, Saturday, May 31, 8 pm. Free. Bring lawn chair, blanket, picnic supper. On Walter Reed Hospital Campus on Main Street, Gloucester. www.gloucestervillage.com
4. James River Batteau Festival, Saturday, June 14, Percival’s Island, Lynchburg. Food, exhibits, free. This is the kickoff of the weeklong Batteau race to Richmond. 15-20 team-made Batteau accompanied by hundreds of canoes and kayakers, paddling downriver. www.vacanals.org/batteau 800-732-5821.
5. The 22nd Annual Big Damn Bike Show, Waugh H-D dealership, Orange, VA, June 14. 9-5 pm. Free to enter; pre-register from June 1-12 online at waughhd.com or the day of the event from 9-11am. Open to all bikes- over 20 classes. Attended by over 2000 bikes each year. Vendors, live music, riding demos by Fairfax County Motor Squad, children’s activities. 800-889-2844.
6. Battle of Staunton River Bridge, June 21-22. A reenactment and displays during the day on both dates. In Clover. about 15 minutes from South Boston. www.gohalifaxva.com or contact, Linda Shepperd, Director, Halifax County Tourism, 434-572-2543 .
7. Gwynn’s Island Festival, June 28, 9 am -3:45. Food, crafts, music, antique cars, motorcycle judging; at Civic Center, Old Ferry Road, Rt 633, in Mathews County; free. For details: Cricket Call 804-725-7577.
8. Stanley Homecoming, July 2-5. Annual event that runs the week of July 4th in Stanley (Page County). Features a parade, music shows, food vendors and carnival rides. Parade and fireworks July 5. Also, large fireworks display July 4 in the town of Luray off the Hawksbill Greenway. 540-743-3915
9. Stars in the Sky, Newport News, July 4. A great fireworks display over the James River, 7-10 pm. Victory Landing Park, 26th Street, Newport News. Live music, food vendors. Free admission. Attendance: 20,000. www.nnparks.com/festivals.php. 888-493-7386
10. Culpeper Car & Bike Show, July 4, 10–4 pm, in historic downtown Culpeper. Over 200 entrants. All types of classic and modified vehicles. Judging at 10 am; awards at 2:30 with more than 50 trophies. www.culpeperdowntown.com. AND July 4th celebration, with speeches, parade, sporting events, 5k run. 8 am-10 pm at Yowell Meadow Park. www.culpeper4thofjuly.com, 1-888-CULPEPER
11. Tazewell Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention, July 11-13, attendance, 5000+. Day ticket, $7. Camping available. http://craborchardmuseum.com/events/fiddlers-convention 276-762-0011
12. $500,000 Virginia Derby – Saturday July 12, Colonial Downs, New Kent County. See the nation’s top thoroughbred turf horses compete in Virginia’s richest annual horse race and 11 other races that day. Two different trackside parties – a BYOB “Thrill on the Hill” and all inclusive Party Zone area. Participate in Virginia’s Fanciest Hat Contest! www.colonialdowns.com. phone 804-966-7223.
13. Marion Downtown Chili Championship, Friday July 18, 6-11 pm. Marion’s downtown will be filled up 5000 people, with classic cars and bikes, and you can get your passport stamped at the information tent. Chili teams compete for the “Best Chili in Town.” Live “good time rock ‘n roll” at 7 pm Also, Hungry Mother Festival, all weekend, July 18-20. Ride the “Claw of the Dragon.” Contact Ken Heath, firstname.lastname@example.org
14. Old Fiddlers Convention, Galax, August 4-9, South Felts Park, South Main St., Food, crafts, new and used instruments for sale. Music competitions, Daily ticket $6-12, or weeklong ticket, $40. Camping available (Call Moose Lodge 276-236-9158). www.visitgalax.com, 888-217-8823 or 276-238-8130.
15. The Black Dog Summer Music Festival, August 9, 11:00 – 5:00 pm at the field adjacent to the Chateau Morrisette Winery, near Floyd. Wine, beer, artists, crafters, and great “new grass” music. Bands TBD (hoping for Punch Brothers). Tickets $25 advance, $35 at the gate. $20 designated driver. 3641 Black Ridge Road, Floyd, VA 24091; www.thedogs.com. phone 540-593-2865.
16. Virginia Mega Mile AMA Pro Flat Track Motorcycle Race – Saturday August 23rd. Colonial Downs, New Kent County. The nation’s top motorcycle riders will compete in a series of 9 qualifying races and 2 championship races. Colonial Downs has the largest oval on the AMA Pro circuit; bikers reach speeds of over 130 miles per hour! Meet the riders and get pictures/autographs at the open pit before and after the races. Timed practice begins at 1:30; Racing starts at 4 pm. General admission only $25; kids 12 & under, $5. www.colonialdowns.com phone 804-966-7223.
17. Tri-State Gospel Sing at Breaks Interstate Park (the Grand Canyon of the South, on the VA-KY state line) – Labor Day Weekend, August 30-Sept. 1 Past performers include The Jackson Family, Kevin Spencer, The McNeills, Willis Canada, Billy Fields, The Parsons, Gospel Grass Trio, East Ridge boys, and 4 the King. www.breakspark.com. 276-762-0011
18. Mathews Market Days, Friday, Saturday, September 5-6, Food, unique Arts & Crafts, Mathews Village, free. Details from 804-725-4BAY. There are two Grand Tour sponsors in Mathews, where you get your passport stamped—the Visitor Center and Richardson’s Café, across the street from each other.
19. Day at the Point, Saturday, October 4, Lynchburg . Day at the Point – 17th Annual Fall festival, Point of Honor, Lynchburg. www.pointofhonor.org 800-732-5821. ß
20. The Franklin Fall Festival, October 4, 10 to 4 pm in Downtown Franklin. Free. The website is http://www.downtownfranklinva.org/page/franklin-fall-festival/ or call Dan Howe at 757-562-6900.
21. The 41st Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife, October 4-5. from 10- 5 pm. Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Ave. Southeast Virginia’s biggest traditional craft show with 200 vendors, traditional crafts and trades, folk entertainment, food. $10 per car parking. Attendance: 70,000. Visit http://www.newport-news.org/things-to-do/events.php or call Newport News Visitor Center, 888-493-7386.
22. Richmond Folk Festival, October 10-12, Downtown Richmond on James River. Free. Three days of music from all over the world, like you’ve never heard before. Chair seating for 5-600 under each of three tents. Attendance, 175,000 each year. Bluegrass, Gospel, Peruvian dancers, jazz, Tuvan throat singing, family ballads, old and new world fiddling. Food, on site. www.richmondfolkfestival.org.
23. Blues ‘N Brews, Main Street, Gloucester, Saturday, October 11, from 11 – 7pm. Micro brews, great food, live entertainment, 6596 Main Street. For tickets, www.gloucestervillage.com. 866-847-4887
24. The Black Dog Beach Music Festival, October 11, located adjacent to Chateau Morrisette Winery near Floyd. This year’s entertainment features The Embers and The Catalinas. Beer, wine, arts, crafts, and good food available. Tickets $25 advance, $35 at the gate. $20 designated driver. 540-593-2865.
25. The 15th Annual Culpeper Airport Air Fest, October 11, 10- 4 pm at Culpeper Regional Airport, 12517Beverly Ford Road, Brandy Station, 22714. Free. See Culpeper County from the air! Restored antiques, classics, military trainers, fighters, helicopters, jets, and model airplanes. Kids (ages 8-17) can sign up for free airplane rides. Hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ, pizza for sale. www.culpeperairfest.com. AND Taste of Culpeper Wine, Food & Arts Festival, October 12, from noon – 5 pm, at the Depot, 109 South Commerce St. Unique arts & crafts, the very best in Virginia wines, cooking demonstrations, and the downtown Waiters’ Race, a test of a waiter’s speed and ability to carry a full tray without dropping it!
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Powersports Dealers Association of Virginia
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…more tour information to be posted shortly.