Annual Thunder By The Bay Motorcycle Festival will be held in February .
The two day Festival portion of the weekend, being held at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, will continue to offer free admission to the general public. Wide variety of live music for all ages touting the theme The Festival Where Rock Meets Country. Headliners this year include Vegas McGraw (Tim McGraw Tribute) performing on Saturdayand The Bobby Friss Band on Sunday . Other bands performing live on stage include the Alter Eagles (Eagles Tribute), Tobacco Rd. Band, Soul Circus Cowboys, China Grove (Doobie Brothers Tribute), U.S. Stones (Rolling Stones Tribute), Diary of an Ozzman (Ozzy Osbourne Tribute), The Boss Hawg Band, Twinkle, and The Billy Rice Band. The Festival will continue to offer over 100 vendor displays, Flatout motorcycle freestyle shows, a motorcycle charity ride, and expanded food court area. The weekend begins with a ticketed “Born To Be Wild” Kickoff Party on Thursday night at Michael's On East.
NASCAR fans attending the Festival on Sunday will be able to watch the Daytona 500 on a big screen. New things planned for this year include a "Bikes On Main" Block Party on Friday night, Zambelli fireworks display and a “Ride for Riches” (to include both cars & motorcycles) on Saturday. Also this year's Festival will feature three bike shows, a "Miss Thunder By The Bay" contest, expanded VIP area, and a “Thunder Tap Room” featuring craft beer, cigars, a picnic area, and a lounge area featuring Cornhole & Jenga.