Sturgis Buffalo Chip has announced even more events, concerts, shows, and activities for the 2023 rally.

The party will start off strong on Aug. 4 with a Kickoff Party, the Support Bikers Moto Meetup, a parade, a beer wall smash, performances by the first-ever Sturgis Battle of the Bands winner and Friday headliner ZZ Top, and other exciting entertainment.

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Also on Aug. 4 will be the Full Throttle Magazine Official Rally Kickoff Show with awards and prizes in 15 classes. More bike shows will take place throughout the rally, like the Schools Out Chopper show and the Wango Tango Custom Gold Wing Show on Aug. 5, the FXR Show and Dyna Mixer on Aug. 6, the Sportster Showdown Party and Dirt Drags on Aug. 8, and several others.

For more details about the 2023 Sturgis Rally events, read the press release below.

Sturgis, SD (April 13, 2023): The Best Party Anywhere will celebrate the start of the 83rd Sturgis Rally with the largest kickoff party the Sturgis Rally has ever seen. The Buffalo Chip’s Official Sturgis Rally Kickoff will feature the bearded giants of classic rock and biker favorites ZZ Top. To help ZZ Top kick off the rally in style, the Buffalo Chip will host the Support Bikers Moto Meetup, the Full Throttle Magazine Official Rally Kickoff bike show, a parade into the amphitheater, a beer wall smash stunt in honor of Sturgis Rally founder Pappy Hoel’s original fire wall smash stunt and so much more. In addition, the Chip has allied with the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce on the Sturgis Battle of the Bands, with the competition’s winner receiving a set in front of ZZ Top. See the full band lineup so far and all 10 Bike Shows in the Custom Series at and

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“Visitors have never had the opportunity to kickoff opening night of the rally with a group as popular and legendary as ZZ Top before, not to mention all the other insane fun planned for that day… we must be crazy!” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Making a big deal out of the start of the rally is a no-brainer. Friends come from around the world to escape the stresses of their lives and have a good time. That first day will kick this party off like never before!”

ZZ Top

Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2023 ZZ Top

Aug 4 – That Little Ol’ Band from Texas, ZZ Top, is returning to The Best Party Anywhere. They’re bad, and they’re coming to rock the Buffalo Chip’s Official Sturgis Rally Kickoff. These classic rock megastars bring their legendary raunchy blues rock boogie to the Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage on Friday, Aug. 4, 2023.

The Official Sturgis Rally Kickoff Party

Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2023 Rally Kickoff Party

Aug. 4 – The Official Sturgis Rally Kickoff Party begins with a bang with the Support Bikers Moto Meetup at the Big Engine Bar at 4 pm. Parade lineup begins at 5 p.m. and the first 100 to reserve their spot will enjoy the ZZ Top concert from their bike in front of the stage. Once inside the amphitheater, the festivities will continue with a Beer Wall Smash, Star-Spangled Banner, live entertainment on the main stage from the winner of the Sturgis Battle of the Bands, ZZ Top, and the International Bikini Team.

Kickoff Party Parade

Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2023 Parade

Aug. 4 – The first 100 people to reserve their spot to ride in the parade will be able to ride into the amphitheater and park their bike right up front for the ZZ Top concert. To reserve a spot, riders need a Buffalo Chip campground admission pass that includes Aug. 4, then they just need to email their reservation number and number of bikes to Riders then pick up their parade sticker on the day of the event at the Support Bikers Moto Meetup at the Big Engine Bar. 

Beer Wall Smash

Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2023 Beer Wall Smash

Aug. 4 – Buffalo Chip Executive VP and Executive Fun Expert, Daymon Woodruff, will once again slip on the colorful rodeo chaps, spiked helmet and can-smash attitude, and blast through a wall of beer on a mini bike for the wildly entertaining climax to the Sturgis Rally Kickoff parade. AND attendees are welcome to drink up the fizzy remnants, for free.

Sturgis Battle of the Bands

Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2023 Battle of the Bands

June 3 – One lucky band will score the set on the Buffalo Chip Main Stage opening for one of the Rally’s biggest concerts, ZZ Top, during the Buffalo Chip Official Sturgis Rally Kickoff Party. The first-ever Sturgis Battle of the Bands hosted by the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce culminates with a live competition on June 3 at Harley-Davidson Rally Point in Sturgis, and the winner of the battle will get the gig at the Buffalo Chip Aug. 4 along with other amazing prizes. Bands can learn more and enter at

Custom Series King Award

Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2023 Custom Series King Award

Aug. 11 – The Best in Show winner from each show in the Buffalo Chip Custom Series will go on to compete against one another for the title of Custom Series King. All Best in Show winners will be invited onto the Buffalo Chip’s legendary Wolfman Jack Main Stage where celebrity judges will crown the winner of this prestigious award.

Full Throttle Magazine Official Rally Kickoff Show

Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2023 Full Throttle

Featuring Tony Cianci

Friday, Aug. 4

Buffalo Chip CrossRoads

What better way to kick off the rally than with a bike show? Full Throttle Magazine Official Rally Kickoff Show welcomes all brands and awards prizes in 15 classes, giving guests a huge variety to view and participants a greater chance of winning. Classes include the Bagger Blastoff, which invites any brand bagger with a loud-and-proud sound system to come crank it to 11.

Schools Out Chopper Show

Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2023 Schools Out

Presented by Motorcycle Knuckle Busters

Saturday, Aug. 5

Buffalo Chip CrossRoads

The very first motorcycles to enter the Buffalo Chip gate in 1982 were choppers, so it is only fitting that the Chip has a show for chopper lovers. Featuring old school, new school and everything in between, The 6th annual Schools Out Chopper Show features the biggest cash prizes in Sturgis. Best-in-Show takes home $2500 and first in seven other classes wins $500.

Wango Tango Custom Gold Wing Show

Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2023 Wango Tango

Presented by Snap Fabrications and CROIG

Featuring Joe Mielke and David Chang

Saturday, Aug. 5

Buffalo Chip CrossRoads

The only show of its kind is setting up shop at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads for the second year to showcase Honda’s luxurious Gold Wing touring motorcycles. The Honda Gold Wing changed the face of two-wheeled touring in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and now it’s about to change the face of the greatest V-Twin rally with a sea of modern and vintage metric customs. The Wango Tango Custom Gold Wing Show is free to attend and all-inclusive, welcoming riders and fans of all ages and from all walks of life.

FXR Show & Dyna Mixer

Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2023 FXR Show

Featuring Joe Mielke of Snap Fabrications

Sunday, Aug. 6

Buffalo Chip CrossRoads

The 11th running of the FXR Show & Dyna Mixer welcomes riders to have fun and talk motorcycles at this no-nonsense motorcycle event that puts the emphasis on the riders, their stories and their rides. Popular vote determines the winners who receive prizes courtesy of some of the biggest names in the motorcycle industry, and 100 percent of revenue from donations and t-shirt sales go directly to LifeScape of SD.

Hardcore Cycles Performance Show

Sturgis Buffalo Chip Hardcore Cycles

Featuring John O’Brien

Monday, Aug. 7

Buffalo Chip CrossRoads

This show is tailor-made for those who live the two-wheel performance life. The Hardcore Cycles Performance Show rounds up the industry’s top performance builders to go head-to-head where it counts: getting power to the pavement. 

Sportster Showdown Party and Dirt Drags

Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2023 Sportster Showdown

Presented by Harley-Davidson

Featuring Pat Patterson of Led Sled Customs

Tuesday, Aug. 8

Camp Zero

Half bike show, half communal party, the Sportster Showdown Party brings out a mind-blowing collection of the coolest chopper, tracker, vintage and café Sportsters in existence. The show offers entrants some incredible prizes including cash, aftermarket parts and handmade trophies, not to mention the bragging rights that come with winning the Best Sportster in Sturgis. Happening concurrently with the bike show are Dirt Drags happening right next door at the Buffalo Chip Camp Zero.

Biker Belles Women’s Bike Show

Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2023 Biker Belles

Presented by Maiden Moto

Featuring Savannah Rose

Tuesday, Aug. 8

Buffalo Chip CrossRoads

Riders don’t have to have a fully custom-built motorcycle at the Biker Belles Women’s Bike Show to enter. Whether it’s a mile muncher covered in dirt, which may win the Dirtiest Bike award, a mild custom, or even a really great story behind the ride, all women-owned bikes are invited to roll down to show it off at the Biker Belles Women’s Bike Show. While this show will only be displaying bikes ridden by women, all are invited to attend.

Mini Bike Show

Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2023 Mini Bike Show

Featuring Joe Mielke

Tuesday, Aug. 8

Camp Zero

At the Mini Bike Show, it’s not the size of the bike that matters, it’s how you customize it. The show will feature two classes of competition – Coleman Powersports mini bikes, and all other things mini and two-wheeled. Master fabricators and self-deprecators will gather for the show’s fourth year to showcase minis that are small in stature but big in character.

Evo Entanglement

Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2023 Evo Entanglement

Presented by S&S Cycle

Featuring Bill Dodge and Jon Montgomery

Wednesday, Aug. 9

Buffalo Chip CrossRoads

The Evo Entanglement Bike Show presented by S&S Cycle celebrates the long-revered Harley-Davidson Evo engine. The Evo Entanglement welcomes custom Dynas, Softails, FXRs, Sportsters, touring bikes and even CVOs featuring the beloved power-plant. Colossal prizes will be offered including a complete S&S Cycle V-111 Engine (MSRP $6747), a Paughco Evo-style frame and a Baker Drivetrain OD6 Transmission for the Best In Show winner. Pre-registration is now open online, and the first 100 to register for this free show receive a free limited-edition Buffalo Chip Evo Entanglement Flannel, courtesy of Mint Speed Shop.

Bike Show Mafia All Class Bike Show & Godfathers of Bass Sound-Off

Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2023 Bike Show Mafia

Presented by Revelation 1 Concepts

Featuring Jim Lynch

Wednesday, Aug. 9

Buffalo Chip CrossRoads

Brand-new this year to the Buffalo Chip Custom Series is the Bike Show Mafia All Class Bike Show & Godfathers of Bass Sound-Off. All classes are welcome to ride in for top prizes including Master Builder, Best of Show Bagger, Best of Show Softail, Paint Champion and many more. The Godfathers of Bass Sound-Off invites anyone to crank up their system for a chance at winning in one of the eight sound competition classes.

Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show

Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2023 Rats Hole Custom Chopper

Featuring Ted Smith and Biker Bob

Thursday, Aug. 10

Buffalo Chip CrossRoads

The Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show celebrates its 35th year at Sturgis this year as the longest-running and most prestigious bike show in the world, featuring 14 classes filled with the finest bikes the Sturgis Rally has to offer. The Rat’s Hole show displays the work of the world’s best builders, whose handiwork is judged on personality, function and a progressive sense of motorcycle culture. Over 70 coveted, hand-sculpted Rat Awards will be presented to the show winners.


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