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Status Active
Genre Motorcycle rally
Date(s) Weekend following Columbus Day
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Daytona Beach, Florida
Coordinates 29°13′N 81°01′W / 29.217°N 81.017°W / 29.217; -81.017
Inaugurated 1991 or 1992
Founder Janet Kersey, Georgia Turner
Most recent 15–18 October 2020
Next event 14–17 October 2021
Attendance c. 100,000
Patron(s) Halifax Area Advertising Authority

Biketoberfest is an annual motorcycle rally held in the fall in Daytona Beach, Florida since 1991 or 1992. In 1992 it was known as "Daytona Fall Tour"; in 1993, it started to be called Biketoberfest, and is now known as the "little brother" of the spring Daytona Beach Bike Week event. Attendance for Biketoberfest 2013 was estimated to be c. 100,000 visitors.

The event's organizing authority is Halifax Area Advertising Authority, whose director has noted attendance has dropped off since 2004, and the 100,000 attendance figure is an approximation as entry is free without a ticket, and that the true attendance is "nearly impossible to count". Local merchants have asked to have the event extended from four days to 10 days in duration. The advertising authority withdrew plans for a $300,000 advertising campaign in Ohio after studies showed negative perceptions of the Daytona Beach area.

Reporters have noted that compared to the spring Daytona rally, Biketoberfest features a higher proportion of choppers in attendance, warmer local waters and weather in transit from the Northeast United States, more new-model introductions from manufacturers, and less crowded streets and more abundant lodging.

Like the spring bike event in Daytona Beach, Biketoberfest features coleslaw wrestling.

While the racing at Daytona International Speedway is more club-oriented, the CCS-sanctioned Fall Cycle Scene races at the Speedway are technically part of Biketoberfest, similar to Bike Week's Supercross-oriented draws. The 2020 event will have the most races of a previous event, as the COVID-19 pandemic led to cancellation of all Bike Week road racing events, with the majority of events moved to Biketoberfest, including the Daytona 200.

In media and the arts

The American Chopper television show pilot aired in January, 2003, titled "Biketober", concerned a custom motorcycle presented at Biketoberfest.

The pilot for a 2006 show, The Metric Revolution, was filmed at Biketoberfest.

The first Orange County Choppers themed motorcycle, a Spider-Man themed build, was done for Biketoberfest, as was the very first OCC bike "True Blue", shown there in 1999.

Performance artist Paul Zaloom created a 2006 shadow puppet play based on his experiences at Biketoberfest.

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