In 2019 Thunder by the Bay became the Thunder by the Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival. It's a 3 day festival and 2019 marks the 21st Anniversary of the popular Sarasota Motorcycle Festival and fund raiser for Suncoast Charities for Children.
Held annually in the downtown Sarasota
area for 18 years, in 2017 the event moved to nearby Lakewood Ranch and in 2018 it returned in part to downtown Sarasota for the Block Party and in 2019 it moves completely to the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Boulevard, for the three day festival with a first time ever gate admission of $5, 12 & under are free. Get an advance 3 day pass for $10. VIP tickets are also available.
A list of the 2019 Events Schedule is below including the live music rundown.
The festival now attracts, it has been reported, upwards of 40,000 fun and friendly revelers to the 3 day celebration.
It's also a more well mannered and refined event than, say, the annual raucous bike week that Daytona hosts every year.
And most years the festival takes place under sunny skies with near 80 degree temperatures. That makes it a fun outdoor event here on the Sarasota sun coast.
Looking back at past festivals: Some of the past celebrities who have helped to make the event more festive were nationally renowned bike builders Eddie Trotta, the Detroit Brothers, Kate O'Shea and Brad Ruel.
Plus there have been appearances by "The Romanator," featured on TV's A&E Network show, "Knievel's Wild Ride" and the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" Captains Jonathon Hillstrand and Keith Colburn.
Just goes to show that you never know who you'll see here!
It's also a great opportunity to mix and mingle.
February 1, 2019: The festival's Sporting Clay Tournament. Registration Includes Post Event BBQ Dinner (Complimentary Beer, Water & Soda) Registration: 11:30 a.m. Starts at 1 p.m. $125 per person, $500 per team. Knights Trail Park, 3445 Rustic Road, Nokomis, FL.
February 8, 2019: The “Born To Be Wild” Kickoff Party at the White Buffalo Saloon. Live music from Soul Circus Cowboys. Dress: Country Casual "Get Your Dancin' Boots On!" Open bar, food stations, silent auction, 50/50 raffle. $75 per person. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. White Buffalo Saloon, 5377 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota, FL.
February 15, 2019: It's the Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival Featuring The Thunder Tap Room with Craft Beer, Cigars, Cornhole & Jenga, Food, Tented Seating Area, Lots of Vendors, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL.
February 15 - 17, 2019: This year’s entertainment lineup at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds venue includes a variety of genres to include blues, rock, and country featuring national recording artist Steelheart performing on February 16. Steelheart’s memorable hits include “Angel Eyes” (I'll Never Let You Go), “Everybody Loves Eileen”, “She's Gone” as well being the voice of Mark Walberg singing music hits from the movie Rockstar such as “Stand Up And Shout” and “We All Die Young”. Other bands confirmed for the 2019 Festival include Cowboy (Kid Rock Tribute), Ultimate Garth Brooks, Nuthin Fancy (Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute), Smokin (Boston Tribute), Double Your Trouble (Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute), In The Light of Led Zeppelin, Diary of an Ozzman (Ozzy Osbourne Tribute), along with local bands such as Maiden Cane and The Verge. Click here for complete live music schedules.
February 16, 2019: It's the Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival Featuring The Thunder Tap Room with Craft Beer, Cigars, Cornhole & Jenga, Food, Tented Seating Area, Lots of Vendors, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL.
February 17, 2019: It's the Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival Featuring The Thunder Tap Room with Craft Beer, Cigars, Cornhole & Jenga, Food, Tented Seating Area, Lots of Vendors, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL.
February 17, 2019: The "Finz FInds" Charity Ride takes place from Sarasota Ford. Registration is 9:30 am - 11:00 a.m. $15 per rider/$5 per passenger with $4,000 in cash prizes awarded! Final stop is Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL. Sarasota Ford, 707 S Washington Blvd, Sarasota, FL.
February 17, 2019: The 18 Class Bike Show, over $5,000 in cash prizes and trophies awarded. 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Registration $20 / Trophies at 4 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL.
Contact number: Volunteer Hot Line: (941) 487-7904.
Plus there are food and drink vendors, bike builders and custom painters, clothes vendors and all kinds of motorcycle and biker-lifestyle related gear and clothes, plus live entertainment on several bandstands featuring a variety of music styles from rock, to country to..well, you get the idea.
Whether you are a “biker” or just a fan, it’s a fun time to walk around and “owww” and “ahhh” at the bikes on display.
This Festival in recent years has earned and donated over $190,000 and over its years has donated well over $725,000 to needy children and their families through Suncoast Charities for Children.
That's a long way from the first Thunder By The Bay Sarasota Motorcycle festival in 1998 when there were only 100 riders and they only raised $100.
The festival has grown over the years into a now large group of good and big hearted bikers who bring “Thunder” to Sarasota and its surrounding areas to kick-start each New Year.
Get more information about the 2019 Thunder By The Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival by calling the festival Volunteer Hot Line: (941) 487-7904 or by clicking here: 2019 Thunder By The Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival
We hope to see you at the next Thunder by the Bay, here in sunny Sarasota, Florida!