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A motorcyclist's guide to the Thunder Beach Autumn Rally

Added October 4, 2016
Thunder Beach Autumn Rally

A motorcycle rally at the seashore is a truly classic event that’s a favorite with many riders. Located in beautiful Panama City Beach, Florida, the Thunder Beach Autumn Rally is must-ride addition to your autumn motorcycle touring schedule, taking place Oct. 19-23.

This time of year, the Gulf Coast offers warm waters and cooler daytime temperatures. The Panama City Beach area boasts pristine beaches, lush forests, countless recreational opportunities, bountiful dining choices, and a wide range of accommodations—ideal for a great motorcycle rally. And it’s not just one venue—the event is spread across several venues, as listed below.

The Thunder Beach Autumn Rally bills itself as “the most biker friendly free rally along the world's most beautiful beaches.” The rally works with local sponsors who welcome motorcycle riders and their patronage. In turn, these sponsors support an impressive list of free entertainment and activities. Here are some of the events taking place at the Thunder Beach Autumn Rally:

  • Live bands Wednesday through Sunday
  • Stunt shows
  • Official Thunder Beach® Custom Bike Show
  • Best of Beach Bike Show
  • Official Miss Thunder Beach® Pageant
  • Official Ms. Thunder Beach® Contest for participants age 35 and older
  • Official Thunder Beach® Tattoo Contest
  • LED bike show
  • American Bagger Magazine’s Baddest Bagger Bike Show
  • The Best of Thunder Beach Custom Bike Show
  • Sgt. Kevin Kight Memorial Bike Parade
  • 200-mile escorted scenic ride
  • Poker runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Blessing of the Bikes w/CMA
  • Vendors
  • Factory demo rides


  • Aaron Bessant Park
  • Frank Brown Park
  • Hammerhead Fred's Island Grill and Bar
  • Harley-Davidson of Panama City Beach
  • Pier Park
  • Sharky's Beachfront Restaurant and Tiki Bar

Thunder Beach Autumn Rally details

  • Where: Greater Panama Beach City area
  • When: October 19–23, 2016 
  • Hours: Vary by location
  • Admission: Most events are free. VIP Access packages are available.
  • Contact: Thunder Beach® Productions Inc., P.O. Box 18259, Panama City Beach, FL 32417
  • Phone: 888-396-1638; office: 850-249-7627; fax: 850-249-7630
  • Website:
  • Email:

Till next time, ride safe!