Q: Is there a registration fee or cost to get into the Capital City Bikefest or the Bikeshow at the Convention Center?
There is no cost to visit the Bikefest events at the Dealership. The events at the Capital City Bikefest inside the Raleigh Convention Center has a $10 entrance fee for the weekend, to access the Bikeshow, entertainment and vendor exhibits on the Convention Center floor. There will be vendors outside the exhibit hall surrounding the Convention Center that are free to the public.
Q: What are the North Carolina state motorcycle laws?
Read the NC State Motorcycle Laws on the AMA website. In short, lights are to be on at all times, driver and passenger must wear helmets, and proof of insurance may be requested if you are stopped. Exhaust noise is monitored, and this being a downtown venue in close proximity to people wandering the venue, please limit your exhaust noise!
Q: Are helmets required in North Carolina and neighboring states?
North Carolina laws require the use of a DOT approved helmet. Virginia, Georgia, and Tennessee laws also require helmets. South Carolina requires helmets for those under 21. View all state laws.
Q: How can I protect my bike and belongings at the Bikefest?
Generally, this has been a VERY safe event, but common sense rules apply. Do not leave items on your bike unattended. Lock personal belongings in your bike, or carry them with you. Be sure to lock your motorcycle. Park your motorcycle in motorcycle-reserved parking areas, either curbside or at parking areas you will be directed to by volunteer staff.
Q: What are the locations of the Bikefest?
The Bikefest will take place at two locations; at the Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson dealership at 1126 S. Saunders Street, Raleigh, NC 27603, AND at the Raleigh Convention Center at 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. They are approximately a mile away from each other. There will be a free shuttle between the venues up to an hour past the event hours at the Convention Center. See here for details.
Q: What is the location of the Capital City Bikefest Bike Show?
The Capital City Bikefest Bike Show is being held inside the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 831-6011. See here for details.
Q: How do I become a Capital City Bikefest vendor?
If you would like to become a vendor for Bikefest, please visit our Vendor Info page to review the information, and fill out a vendor application. We offer spaces to qualified vendors at the Raleigh Convention Center and/or at the Dealership locations. See here for details.
Q: How do I become an exhibitor at the Capital City Bikefest Bike Show?
If you would like to become an exhibitor at the Capital City Bikefest Bike Show, please visit our Exhibitor Info page to review the information, and fill out an application. We also offer spaces to qualified vendors and exhibitors at the downtown location and/or at the Dealership locations. Details can be found on our Exhibitor pages.
Q: Where and how can I book a room during Bikefest?
If you would like to reserve a room during Bikefest, please visit our Bikefest Lodging page for a list of nearby hotels. Again this year, our base hotel and Sponsor, is the Sheraton Hotel.
Q: Is it reasonable to bring our kids to the Bikefest?
This is a Family-Friendly event. We monitor vendors, entertainment and participants for behavior, dress or display of items that are considered objectionable or lewd. Kid-friendly entertainment is available and the stunt/thrill shows are well-suited for kids.
Q: We've noticed people raffling off a bike at past events - is this legitimate?
The bike raffle is part of our Harley Owners Group (HOG) fundraising efforts. Each year, someone who has purchased a ticket at the event, or other times throughout the raffle season, wins a brand new bike. The giveaway is done at our annual Open House in April.
Q: What is the availability of Food at the Capital City Bikefest?
At the dealership, there will be a Food Court in the Vendor area in the gravel lot across the street. Food inside the Raleigh Convention Center is handled by the facility concessionaire, and has a full assortment of food in the Food Court at reasonable prices. There is also a seating area as well so you can enjoy your food at a table.