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See all of our top event picks below but don’t miss out on any of the other awesome events that you can find listed on the Road Rider events calendar. You’re invited, so get to it!
Enjoy the music, have a drink, and browse the vendors, but leave plenty of time for eating. The Garlic Fest is one of the biggest food festivals in the U.S, and it’s all about raising money for local nonprofit organizations.
Cal Expo Center
Saturday, July 26th
We almost lost it this year, but the Mile is back on! The Sacramento Mile is always a great way to close out the State Fair’s last weekend, so don’t miss the 49th (!) Sacramento Mile.
Motorcycle riders park for free. If you’re there with the fam for the fair, take advantage of the free standing room only tickets for kids 12 and under, and all other ticket prices for kids 12 and under are half price. Admission to the mile includes entry to the fair for that Saturday.
South Lake Tahoe, Reno, and Sparks
July 25th-August 3rd
It wouldn’t be summertime in California without a trip up to Hot August Nights. HAN starts the weekend of July 25th in South Lake Tahoe and continues the following week in Reno and Sparks for a heavy dose of polished chrome, classic cars, and engine revs. For a blast from the past and good times with your riding buds, take the scenic ride up to Tahoe for Hot August Nights. Visit www.hotaugustnights.net for a complete schedule of events and entertainment, and for information about accommodations.
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
July 31st-August 3rd
Our very own Santa Clara County Fair can’t be missed. Live music, livestock, rides, food, drinks, and good times. Best of all it’s just a mile from Road Rider, so you can make it a day to remember–pet a miniature horse, pick up a new oil filter. Head on over to the fair!
Monday, August 4th
Improve your skills, get pointers from professional instructors, and progress at your own pace. Track days are for everyone. Visit the Z2 website to sign up. You can also check our calendar for more track days presented by track day providers Z2, Pacific Track Time, and Keigwins.
Monday, August 4th
Gain more confidence, refresh your skills, or learn new riding techniques at Z2′s RoadRider 2.0 class. Guided by Zoom Zoom’s fantastic rider coaches, you’ll learn to be a better rider through classroom instruction and closed-course exercises.
Sturgis, South Dakota
August 4th-August 10th
For no other rally does the saying “the journey is the destination” mean so much. For one awesome week a year you can enjoy tons of great live music, participate in contests and events, and live for motorcycles and good times around the clock in the beautiful Black Hills. Check www.sturgis.com for music and event schedules, accommodation information, and everything else you need to know.
Sunday, August 17th
Whether you’re a seasoned rider or new to the sport, this Doc Wong Clinic, Cornering Confidence: Pivot Steering, will help you master those corners. All Doc Wong clinics are educational, fun, and free, and are presented and hosted by Doctor Harry Wong. Sunday clinics start at Doc Wong’s Redwood City office with a talk and are followed by a four hour ride through the hills. The Doc requests that you email him or call his office to let them know you will be attending a session, and we recommend checking his website as well for further information on his different classes. You can also find his other classes listed on the Road Rider events calendar. Confirm by emailing email@example.com or calling 650-365-7775.
Sunday, August 17th
This year, the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will showcase six centennial cars from the 1914 Grand Prix of France, including the winning Mercedes. Rare Eastern European Motorcycles will also be featured.
Wednesday, September 10th
Tracker Nite is a grassroots bike show, street party, BBQ, and celebration of the sport. It’s the best underground event in SJ, so don’t let another year go by without experiencing the depth of the local riding scene first hand.
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