Bikers are already starting to roll into town for the Fourth Annual Colonial Beach BikeFest that runs Thursday, October 5, through Sunday, October 8, throughout the town. Over the past four years rain has plagued the outdoor event; however, the forecast for the weekend shows clear skies and temperatures in the 70s and 80s.
Starting Thursday morning vendors of all sorts from All-American Harley Davidson to local artisans will take to the town hill and boardwalk to sell their wares. At 1:30 on the boardwalk stage — located between the Riverboat and the American Legion local band Vivid Vertigo will perform.
Vivid Vertigo features Colonial Beach locals, Andrew and Nick Clayton, Timothy Alger and vocalist Eric Stoudt. A rock band that has influences as diverse as The Doors to Nirvana to The Pink Spiders. Right after Vivid Vertigo Southern Dream out of Southern Maryland takes the stage.
Throughout the afternoon of the entire weekend the beer and wine garden surrounding the concert venue will be open. Sales from the garden help support BikeFest as all concerts are free to the public.
Friday morning starts with a Veterans Appreciation Ride sponsored by the American Legion Riders Post 148. This event starts at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico. Registration begins at 8:30 with kickstands going up at 10 a.m. All riders are invited to attend. They should arrive back in CB at noon.
At 1:00 p.m., opening ceremonies including the American Legion Honor Guard will take place on the boardwalk stage. Old School performs at 1:30 with The Roadducks to follow.
Saturday morning dawns bright and early with the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Giro benefit ride. Registration is from 8-10 a.m. The last group should return to CB by 2 with winners announced by 3 p.m. This is a 90-mile ride.
Hard To Tell is on stage from 10-1 p.m. D.J. Kirk McEwen from WIYY 98 Rock takes the stage at 1 p.m. followed by “Last Remains” at 2. Headliner “The Artimus Pyle Band” plays starting at 4 p.m. Artimus Pyle was the original drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd and they play all of the bands biggest hits.
Throughout the day motorcycle skills tests and rodeo along with the 540 Boyz Stunt Team will be taking place near Rankins’ True Value on Colonial Avenue.
The Bike Show will be held at the American Legion Post 148 at the foot of Colonial Avenue from 9-5 on Sunday. Again the 540 Boyz Stunt Team performs throughout the day at Rankins.
At 1:30 p.m., Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin’ Stones take the stage followed by the Pat Travers Band. The Steppin’ Stones were a highlight of the 3rd Annual Colonial Beach BikeFest on the boardwalk stage.
Throughout the weekend local venues, High Tides, Dockside, Sage Restaurant, and Tides Market will have various bands and musicians playing. Dockside hosts their own bike and golf cart show on Saturday as part of the festivities.
People are expected from up and down the east coast to attend this highly anticipated weekend. Bikers are seen year-round in Colonial Beach due to the draw of this multi-day festival. Many cottages and motel rooms are rented by those who find out about the town during this event.
For more information go to Colonial Beach BikeFest on Facebook.