Sturgis 2021: Kid Rock, Clint Black and More Set to Headline the Biggest Bike Rally of the Year

by Jacklyn Krol

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has unveiled the festival’s 2021 concert lineup.

The concerts take place from August 6 through 14. Attendees can expect some of the best country and rock artists. The shows will take place at a handful of venues like Iron Horse Saloon, Full Throttle Saloon, Buffalo Chip, and Shade Valley.

Things kick off on August 6 with Puddle of Mud. On August 14 the event closes with ICP, Ashes to New, P.O.D., and Mickey Utley Band.

Country stars like Clint Black, Kid Rock, Wynonna Judd, Clint Black, Colt Ford, will all be performing. Additionally, rock acts including Shinedown, Black Stone Cherry, Anthrax, ZZ Top, Corey Taylor, Stone Temple Pilots, REO Speedwagon will all be performing. Finally, local South Dakota acts will also be opening up and supporting the big names.

On August 6, the official opening ceremony will take place at noon. This will feature the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales, a parade, special guests, and more.

If you can’t make it to the rally, you still can enjoy parts of the festival at home. The City of Sturgis, South Dakota has installed numerous webcams throughout the town. You’ll be able to view the Motorcycle Museum, Main Street, and Lazelle Street.

All About Sturgis 2021

The 81st rally will feature numerous events, rides, music, food, and more. Each year roughly half a million people descend on the town. If you haven’t purchased your pass yet, do so before they sell out of your select style. A full festival pass ranges from $265.00 to $365.00 depending on a few different factors. Fans can also purchase day passes, campground passes, and select VIP upgrades. You can even purchase zip line rides!

There are numerous types of rally-goers. You can even make it kid and family-friendly. You’ll want to avoid the nighttime activities and bars/major parties. However, the parade is the town’s annual tradition where even local Sturgis natives attend.

Although COVID-19 is still a major concern among unvaccinated people according to local health authorities, there is another issue with Sturgis planners.

Public Information Officer Christina Steele told the Billings Gazette that finding enough staff is hard to secure. However, one positive side is the fact that enough police officers offered to work the event.

“We have no way of tracking how many people are planning on coming to the rally in any given year, but just in having conversations with a lot of stakeholders, campgrounds, hotel owners, they are looking at a very, very busy rally,” Steele said. “We have been actively recruiting for several positions like our civilian security hired to keep an eye on our sponsors’ activation areas, parking areas and several random positions that we’re hoping to hire for.”