Photo courtesy of Arizona Bike Week.
Arizona Bike Week kicks off March 29
It’s estimated that more than 25,000 people come to Scottsdale to see the amazing bikes, listen to live music and enjoy the epic party that is Arizona Bike Week. This year’s event will be held at WestWorld of Scottsdale from Wednesday, March 29 through Sunday, April 2, 2023.
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Based on a gate survey conducted at Arizona Bike Week’s 2022 event and extra data compiled by the City of Scottsdale Department of Tourism, it’s now understood simply how impactful these revelers are for the city of Scottsdale.
Bike week economic impact
For instance, for 2022’s Arizona Bike Week, there were 27,340 unique attendees (not counting multiple visits), with 39% coming in from outside the area — 26% of those, or 3,839 people — chose to stay in Scottsdale and nearly 80% of those people stayed in local hotels. This led to a total of 11,008 Scottsdale hotel room nights booked as a result of Arizona Bike Week.
Additionally, a median daily trip spending of $344, culminated in $3,786,672 of direct economic impact. A multipliers effect would increase the impact to eight figures.
There were also 2,612 camping nights spent at WestWorld, which contributed $11,543 to the city in the form of the Scottsdale bed tax.
These numbers do not include meals, beverages and gifts that visitors consumed and purchased during their time in Scottsdale, which undoubtedly led to considerably more income for local businesses and increased revenue for the city.
With an expected attendance of 75,000 people, AZ Bike Week is in the top three for the country’s leading biker rallies. Along with incredible bikes and amazing people watching, this year’s festivities are highlighted by notable live music headliners, such as Billy Idol, Staind, Megadeath and Texas Hippie Coalition.
Whether guests plan on attending the event by motorcycle or car, there is something for everyone with exciting stunt shows, charity rides, events, concerts, contests and plenty of things to see and do daily.
Attendees can come early to check out the rest of the rally festivities in the PowerYard where gates open Wednesday and Thursday at noon and 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $15 for the entire five days of PowerYard admission. Concert tickets are sold separately and include complimentary PowerYard admission.
For those who want to camp, there are RV and tent campsites available as well.
Other fan favorites to check out at AZ Bike Week: the T-Bar Trail Ride, Dry Heat Run, Happy Hour Parties, After Hours Parties, Stunt Shows, Bike Shows, Factory Demo Rides, plus bands from the local music scene performing day and night in the PowerYard.