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Bikes, Blues, & BBQ

Bikers from all across the country meet up on Dickson Street in Fayetteville

What's it all About?

If you’re a fan of motorcycles, good food, and great music, Bikes, Blues, and BBQ is the event for you. Held annually in Fayetteville, AR, this four-day festival is one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the country, attracting riders from all over the world.

Bikes, Blues, and BBQ was first held in 2000, and it has since become a staple of the Northwest Arkansas community. The festival typically takes place in late September and features a variety of events, including live music, motorcycle shows, and, of course, plenty of delicious BBQ.


One of the highlights of Bikes, Blues, and BBQ is the parade of motorcycles that takes place on Dickson Street, the main entertainment district in Fayetteville. Thousands of riders from all over the country gather to show off their bikes, and the energy and excitement of the crowd is palpable.

But Bikes, Blues, and BBQ isn’t just about the motorcycles. The festival also features a variety of musical acts, ranging from local bands to nationally-known artists. In the past, performers have included the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, and Molly Hatchet, to name just a few.

The Main Event: BBQ

The BBQ at Bikes, Blues, and BBQ is something that many attendees look forward to every year. There are dozens of vendors and food trucks selling all kinds of delicious smoked meats, sides, and desserts. Some of the most popular BBQ offerings include pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and smoked chicken. These meats are typically slow-cooked over wood or charcoal, giving them a rich and smoky flavor that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning BBQ connoisseur.

In addition to the traditional BBQ fare, many vendors at Bikes, Blues, and BBQ also offer their own unique twists on classic dishes. For example, you might find a food truck selling BBQ nachos topped with pulled pork and melted cheese, or a vendor serving up smoked bologna sandwiches.

One of the great things about the BBQ at Bikes, Blues, and BBQ is that there is something for everyone. Whether you prefer your BBQ sweet or spicy, saucy or dry, you are sure to find a vendor that offers exactly what you’re looking for. And with so many different options to choose from, you can try something new every day of the event.

Of course, no BBQ feast would be complete without a selection of sides and desserts. At Bikes, Blues, and BBQ, you can expect to find all the classic sides, such as baked beans, coleslaw, and potato salad, as well as more unusual offerings like mac and cheese, cornbread, and fried okra. And when it comes to dessert, you won’t be disappointed. From homemade pies to funnel cakes and fried Oreos, there’s something sweet and satisfying for everyone.


Bikes, Blues, and BBQ is more than just a motorcycle rally and a celebration of all things BBQ. It is also a community that fosters a sense of camaraderie, inclusivity, and support for one another.

One of the things that make Bikes, Blues, and BBQ special is the diversity of its attendees. People from all walks of life and all corners of the country come together for this event, united by their love of motorcycles and a good BBQ. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a newbie, everyone is welcome, and there is a real sense of openness and inclusivity that permeates the event.

Throughout the event, attendees can participate in a wide range of activities that promote community and camaraderie. From group rides to bike shows, there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people and connect with fellow riders. There are also various charity events and fundraisers, including a poker run and silent auction, that support local organizations and bring people together for a good cause.

But it’s not just during the event itself that the sense of community is fostered. Bikes, Blues, and BBQ has also been known to bring long-lasting positive impacts to the local community. Many of the event’s proceeds go to various local charities and non-profit organizations, supporting important causes such as children’s advocacy, health and wellness, and education.

Furthermore, the rally provides a significant boost to the local economy, creating jobs and generating revenue for small businesses and the community as a whole. This economic impact can be felt not just during the event, but throughout the year as the community continues to benefit from the influx of visitors and resources.

In Conclusion

If you’re planning to attend Bikes, Blues, and BBQ, be sure to book your accommodations early, as hotels and other lodging options tend to fill up quickly. And if you’re not a rider, don’t worry – you don’t need to own a motorcycle to enjoy the festival.

All in all, Bikes, Blues, and BBQ is an exciting and unique event that’s not to be missed. With its parade of motorcycles, great music, and delicious food, the festival offers something for everyone, and its welcoming and inclusive atmosphere makes it a great way to experience the best of Northwest Arkansas. So why not plan a visit to Bikes, Blues, and BBQ this year?