In 2019 Thunder by the Bay became the Thunder by the Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival. It's a 3 day festival and 2020 marks the 22nd Anniversary of the popular Sarasota Motorcycle Festival and fund raiser for Suncoast Charities for Children.
History: 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 moved 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 $12 only at Rossiter's Harley Davidson, 330 Cattleman Road, Sarasota, FL.
A list of the 2020 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.
January 31, 2020: The festival's Sporting Clay Tournament. Registration Includes Continental breakfast and Post Event BBQ Lunch. Registration: 9 a.m. Tournament starts at 10:30 a.m. $125 per person, $500 per team. Knights Trail Park, 3445 Rustic Road, Nokomis, FL.
February 7, 2020: The “Born To Be Wild” Kickoff Party at the White Buffalo Saloon. Live music from Stone Buckle. 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 14, 2020: It's the Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival Featuring over 100 vendor displays, craft beer garden and more. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL. Gate admission of $5, 12 & under are free. Get an advance 3 day pass for $12 only at Rossiter's Harley Davidson.
February 14 - 16, 2020: This year’s live entertainment lineup at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds venue includes a variety of genres to include blues, rock, and country featuring: Friday: Heart Tribute Band Love Alive from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. followed by In the Light of Led Zeppelin from 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Saturday: Classic Rock Band Nobody's Fool from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., CCR Tribute Band Green River from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Rolling Stones Tribute Band U.S. Stones from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Ultimate Def Leppard from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Featured Headling Band Warrant from 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sunday: Rebel Heart from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bad Inc. from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Foreigner Tribute Band 4RNR2 from 1:45 p.m. - 3 p.m., 38 Special Tribute Band 37 Special from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.,
February 15, 2020: It's the Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival Featuring over 100 vendor displays, craft beer garden, burnout contest and more. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL. Gate admission of $5, 12 & under are free. Get an advance 3 day pass for $12 only at Rossiter's Harley Davidson.
February 16, 2020: The "Finz FInds" Charity Ride takes place from Sarasota Ford. Registration is 9:30 am - 11:00 a.m. $10 per rider/$5 for Extra Hands with cash prizes awarded! Final stop is Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL. Sarasota Ford, 707 S Washington Blvd, Sarasota, FL.
February 16, 2020: It's the Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival Featuring freestyle acts, 18 class bike show, over 100 vendor displays, craft beer garden, burnout contest, charity ride and more. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL. Gate admission of $5, 12 & under are free. Get an advance 3 day pass for $12 only at Rossiter's Harley Davidson.
February 16, 2020: 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 Thunder By The Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival by calling the festival Volunteer Hot Line: (941) 487-7904 or by clicking here: Thunder By The Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival
We hope to see you at the next Thunder by the Bay, here in sunny Sarasota, Florida!