115th Anniversary

Kickoff Party + Harley-Davidson® 115th and HOG 35th Moto-Carnival

Veterans Park
1010 N Lincoln Memorial Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Wednesday 8/29 
12pm-11pm

Thursday 8/30 – Saturday 9/1
10am-11pm

Sunday 9/2
Due to last night’s weather, Veterans Park is closed to the public.  

115th and HOG 35th Moto-Carnival

 

A THRILL SHOW THAT WILL PUT YOUR ADRENALINE INTO OVERDRIVE



Celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 115th and 35 years of the Harley Owners Group.  This free party kicks off Wednesday as thousands of riders convene on the shores of Lake Michigan at Veterans Park. All weekend long the Full Throttle Saloon is serving up high wire motorcycle thrill shows, Wall of Death and more. 115th and HOG 35th event merchandise will be available for sale.  Meet up with your friends, grab a refreshing beverage, listen to some music at this carnival filled with riding and revelry. 

Riders can meet on Wednesday at the Milwaukee-area dealerships to join a group ride, or ride in on their own. Pull in, throw down the kickstand and get ready for a fun filled weekend as the celebration kicks off in Milwaukee!

Select H-D 115th Rally Pack wristband holders receive free parking and private lounge access. Check out the Rally Pack section for more information.


WEDNESDAY 8/29 – SATURDAY 9/1

Moto-Carnival Live:  Display open for customers – includes HOG check-in, Rally Pack will call, merchandise sales, Dunlop display, MDA, information booths, customer service, food & beverage, JUMPSTART experiences, 3V experience, P&A display and motorcycle display.

Dyno Drags:  All Out Dyno Drags invites you to be a part of a rare, exciting, and adrenaline rushing event with a custom – state of the art –  dual motorcycle dynamometer. 

Helicopter Rides:  Take a breathtaking ride in a Robinson R44 helicopter.  You will get a bird's eye view of Veteran's Park and the beautiful Milwaukee shoreline.  Fees apply.

Bungee Slingshot:  Catapult your bad self through the air on this Moto-Carnival ride.  Feel the adrenaline as you experience this one of a kind ride. 

Mechanical HOG:  Take this very different HOG for a ride as it spins and twists in all directions – how long can you hang on?

Ferris Wheel:  Catch the best view of the H-D Moto-Carnival, the Milwaukee skyline and the shores of Lake Michigan atop the 60 foot Ferris wheel.  Fees apply.

Rhett Rotten Show:  Rhett Rotten’s Wall of Death, featuring daredevil Rhett Rotten on a vintage Harley-Davidson, defying gravity as he circles his custom-built Wall of Death performing stunts that you have to see to believe.

Una Circus:  Circus Una’s Motorcycle Thrill Show, featuring the world’s only all-female, wheelie-popping motorcycle trapeze high-wire thrill show.

Globe of Death:  The Urias Globe of Death, featuring three motorcycles with throttles wide-open, inside a 16 foot steel sphere, all while one of the Urias Family Daredevils stands.


WEDNESDAY 8/29

Welcome Home & 115th Anniversary Celebration Kickoff Party 

Meet up with thousands of other riders who rode across the United States to land in the hometown of Harley-Davidson to celebrate the 115th. We invite riders to connect with dealers to join dealer group rides in to Milwaukee for the 115th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration.  

2pm Ride Landings Begin

4pm Opening Ceremonies
Let's get the party started!  Join us for a special moment to welcome everyone to Milwaukee and celebrate 115 consecutive years of building Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Immediately following, Big Gun takes the stage.  Check out this AC/DC tribute band from Knoxville, Tennessee! The party is free and open to the public. 


FRIDAY 8/31

Bagger Nation Baddest Bagger Bike Show

Baddest Bagger is the original custom Bagger competition for builders to show off their hard work and creativity.  There are four classes to compete in: Stock–up to a 23” front wheel, Modified–up to a 26” front wheel, Radical–up to a 30” front wheel, Open or Pro Class–32” and up front wheel.

Registration:  10am-12pm
Bike Show:  1pm-4pm
Awards:  4pm-5pm


SATURDAY 9/1

Horse Backstreet Chopper Bike Show

Have a rolling piece of art?  Enter the Horse Backstreet Chopper Bike show--all bikes are welcome and encouraged to enter. 

Registration:  10am-12pm
Bike Show:  1pm-4pm
Awards:  4pm-5pm


SUNDAY 9/2

Veteran's Park is CLOSED to the public

Due to last night’s weather, Veterans Park is closed to the public.  It is open 1-4pm only for parade riders.  Parade riders may continue north on Lincoln Memorial Dr. and bypass Veterans Park at the end of the route.  We apologize and encourage everyone to check out the 7 local dealerships, H-D Museum, Whitnall Park Beer Garden & South Shore Terrace for 115th activities.


PARKING & TRANSPORTATION

We encourage you to get out and ride, utilizing the free motorcycle parking available at most locations.  Vehicle and Handicapped parking is also available.  Please plan ahead as parking is limited and allow extra travel time.  For other options, see below.  All parking is first come/first served.

Motorcycle Parking Only

  • Rides Home and Chrome Rally Pack wristband holders receive guaranteed free motorcycle parking near the main entrance of the festival grounds Wednesday 8/29/18 – Saturday 9/1/18.  Enter East Lagoon Dr. from North Lincoln Memorial Dr. 

On-Site Parking Lots

  • Limited free parking is available on grass lots for both motorcycles and vehicles.  Enter East Lagoon Dr. from North Lincoln Memorial Dr and follow parking attendant instructions.  No trailers, RVs, or Motorhomes.

Rideshare Pickup/Drop-off Only

  • Located curbside on North Lincoln Memorial Drive (east side/north bound lanes) at the north end of Veterans Park, adjacent to the lagoon. 
  • Lyft is the Official Rideshare Partner of the Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary.  New users get $5 off first 2 rides using promo code HD115. Offer valid through 9/2/18.

Offsite Parking

  • There is ample free and paid parking nearby in downtown Milwaukee parking lots and structures.  Details here: parkmilwaukee.com/

Milwaukee County Transit System

  • Route 30 stops at the corner of Prospect and Brady.  (proceed down the Oak Leaf Trail to Lincoln Memorial Dr. and take East Lagoon Dr. to the main entrance – about a 15-minute walk).  See schedule: ridemcts.com/routes-schedules/30

115TH ACTIVITIES

HARLEY-DAVIDSON DEALERSHIPS
WEDNESDAY 8/29 – SUNDAY 9/2

Visit all seven local dealerships to check out the new 2019 Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Take demo rides, get on-site installations, talk with financing and gear specialists and shop for exclusive 115th merchandise and accessories.

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON BEACH BRAWL Presented by TROG*
FRIDAY 8/31 - SATURDAY 9/1

For the first time in over 100 years, watch bikes tear through the sand on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Free and open to the public, with beach activities providing gritty fun for all ages.

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FLAT OUT FRIDAY Powered by Harley-Davidson®
FRIDAY 8/31

See the best of indoor, flat track motorcycle racing as riders from both traditional and special classes compete, creating the best of tight, bar-to-bar racing action.

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RUN WHAT YOU BRUNG Powered by Harley-Davidson®
FRIDAY 8/31

Harley riders from around the world are invited to race side-by-side at the iconic “biggest little track in the world.” Keep getting back in line and show ‘em what you got.

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Hillclimb Powered
by Harley-Davidson®
SATURDAY 9/1

Ride up to Little Switzerland to watch the best of vertical racing action as racers scale the frontside of the ski hill, competing for time and distance.

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON MUSEUM®
WEDNESDAY 8/29 – SUNDAY 9/2

Enjoy acres of free outdoor activities all weekend long at the 115th Central Rally Point where H-D history and custom culture come to life.

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JUNEAU AVENUE GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS
WEDNESDAY 8/29 – SATURDAY 9/1

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this is where it all started. Free photo opportunities at the Historical Marker at the main entrance, the famous Bar & Shield, and inside the Lobby at the “Freedom” iron wall.

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FACTORY TOURS
WEDNESDAY 8/29 – FRIDAY 8/31

Experience Harley-Davidson history and get up close and personal with the assembly line, powder coat process, cold testing, and steel and aluminum machining.

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H-D 115th Police and Civilian Skills Competition
THURSDAY 8/30 – SATURDAY 9/1

Watch this motorcycle rodeo as trained motor officers and civilian HOG members put their riding skills to the test. These are not your typical “biker games” – they’re serious competition.

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LOCAL RIDES Powered by EagleRider Rentals & Tours
WEDNESDAY 8/29 – SUNDAY 9/2

Enjoy the best of Milwaukee on these self-guided short-distance rides routed form the H-D Museum to the seven Southeastern Wisconsin local H-D dealerships.

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Street Parties & Community Events
WEDNESDAY 8/29 – SATURDAY 9/1

Five Neighborhoods – Four Nights – 115 Years of Freedom. Experience local culture, food and music at these neighborhood street parties and community events.

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Parade
SUNDAY 9/2

Be a part of the celebration as thousands ride proudly through the streets of downtown Milwaukee celebrating 115 years of freedom.

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Milsco presents the Harley-Davidson Seating Experience
THURSDAY 8/30 – SATURDAY 9/1

Milsco welcomes Harley-Davidson riders to visit its World Headquarters to consult with seating experts. Experience the Harley-Davidson Fit-Shop to test different seat and handlebar combinations with guidance from experts who can then outfit your bike with a seat for a test ride.

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115th Schedule of Events

Mark your calendar. The 115th Anniversary is going to be action-packed.

See the full 115th Schedule

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