Bike festival season is in the offing here in Florida. Giving it a little kick-start is the 15th-annual Music & Motorcycles, a one-day festival Sept. 14 in downtown Zephyrhills.
“It’s the best event we do, by far," said Anna Stutzriem, who has been coordinator of the Main Street Zephryhills organization for 2 years.
The annual, rolling gala brings in thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts and some welcome revenue to local businesses, hotels, restaurants and bars, said Stutzriem.
“They come from all over. From Miami to Georgia just for a good time,” she said.
Local favorites, the Bearded Brothers, who have played the event a handful of times, will be back to headline the music portion of the festival.
“We enjoy this event because it’s all about the community promoting local businesses and bringing people together who enjoy a good, fun party and like to rock out,” said band member, Thomas Giamo, AKA “Big Beard.”
“Even the kids get involved," said Giamo. “I remember one specific time where the kids were dancing out in front of the stage, and we went down and just started jamming with them. Just the look of pure joy on the kids’ faces is one of the biggest reason why we do what we do. We love supporting our local communities.”
Full Throttle Magazine is the sponsor for the 10-class, ride-in motorcycle show. Trophies will be awarded for Best in Show and first- and second-place winners. There also be merchandise and food vendors and beer and wine for sale.
Proceeds from Music & Motorcycles helps fund other Main Street events, such as the annual Veterans Day Parade. It also funds beautification projects and the city’s monthly streaming program, so music can be heard from speakers along downtown streets.
If you go: Music & Motorcycles will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 along Fifth Avenue in downtown Zephyrhills. Bike Show awards will be presented at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. For information, go to www.mainstreetzephyrhills.org/music-motorcycles