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Bike week in Laconia


Photo courtesy of the Associated Press

June 13 – 21 is Laconia’s 86th annual Motorcycle Week, beloved by bike enthusiasts everywhere.

Kicking off on Saturday, a slew of events, from vendor exhibits to rally rides to exhibits and live music, provide entertainment for just about everyone. The headquarters at Weirs Beach Waterslide open at 9 a.m. on weekends and 8 a.m. each weekday.

Here’s just a sample of some of the events lined up for the week:


  • Music at the Market Place offers four bands a day at the Patio Garden Restaurant and the Stageview Grill. Sets are from 12 – 4 p.m., 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., 6 – 11 p.m. and 6:30 – 11:30 p.m. Admission is free.
  • The “Full Throttle” exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont is host to vintage and custom bikes from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children.
  • A guided tour through the White Mountains leaves at 10 a.m. every day from Mt. Washington Harley Davidson.


  • The Greasebag Jamboree, a swap meet and bike show, will be held in Laconia at ACME Choppers. Admission is free, as is vendor space. Check out their website for more details.
  • A Native American Pow Wow will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Castle in the Clouds. Expect singing, dancing, crafts and exhibits. Indian motorcycle owners get in for free, regular admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids.


  • At 10 a.m. the first annual Ron Meade Toy Run sets off from Meredith High School at 1 Laker Lane. The parade will benefit children’s charities in NH. To participate, don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy.
  • Celebrate “the longest running motorcycle event in the United States,” the 86th Loudon Classic at the NH Motor Speedway. Gates open at 9 a.m. and admission is $10 for adults and free for children 11 and under.


  • Head back to the Speedway for the Vintage Motorcycle Grand Prix. Racing starts at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.


  • The annual tattoo contest will be held at 4 p.m. at the Weirs Beach Smokehouse.
  • At 7 p.m. at Shooter’s Tavern in Belmont is the 15th annual “Best of the Bikers Pool Tournament.”


  • Head to the beach at 10 p.m. for a fireworks show.


  • The Broken Spoke Saloon, touted as the “world’s biggest biker bar,” is host to a number of events this week including free concerts and the Scenic Charity Ride on the Kancamangus Byway. Registration for the charity ride is at 8 a.m. with the ride leaving at 9:30 to benefit Homes For Our Troops.



  • Back at the Broken Spoke Saloon, an “East Coast vs. West Coast Biker Build-Off” pits Paul Cox from Brooklyn against Chica from Huntington Beach CA against each other as they vie for your vote. The winner of the build-off will be announced at 10 p.m. at the Saloon.


For more information:

Check out Chris Greenleaf, NH's Motorcycle Examiner, for all the details.


  • JohnBit 5 years ago

    Does anybody know the web address of the guy that was taking pictures of bikes as they drove by on the scenic overlook area of Rt. 11 in Gilford?