Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2021: Here’s What’s Happening the Second Saturday of the Rally

by Jennifer Shea

Today marks the second Saturday of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and there is plenty going on around town as the event winds down.

At 2 p.m., daredevil and emergency responder Cole Freeman will perform stunts in downtown Sturgis. Freeman will also host the first annual American Daredevil’s Block Party, featuring BBQ from St. Louis’s Sugarfire Smokehouse (for VIP ticket holders) and an autograph and Q&A session with Freeman.

And on Saturday night, the Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City will host Xtreem Flattrack racing. Both pros and amateurs from all over the country will compete in the final race of the Championship series, which will crown four champions (pro, vintage, hooligan and amateur).

There are also multiple concerts taking place around Sturgis on Saturday night. Read on for more details.

Cole Freeman Performs Stunts at Sturgis

Freeman’s stunt jump on Saturday will benefit the St. Louis charity Responder Rescue. He has also designed and built a one-of-a-kind custom motorcycle and will give it away on Saturday, likewise to benefit Responder Rescue.

VIP Block Party ticket holders get one giveaway entry automatically. Everyone else can enter to win by going to the American Daredevil Block Party website. Entrants do not have to be present at the event to win.

Freeman has made more than 200 jumps over his five-year jumping career. And he has more than 17 years as a motorcycle stunt man under his belt. In 2019, he completed a record-setting stunt for the Rally’s opening ceremonies, which drew over 30,000 spectators.

“I’ve had this poster of Main Street above my bed since I was 12, ever since my first time going to Sturgis,” Freeman said in a statement. “Knowing I got to jump my Harley over that iconic street is humbling. Not only is it an honor to be the only man to fly a motorcycle over Main Street Sturgis, but I am blessed to be able to entertain at the World’s most famous motorcycle rally! This is my absolute passion – and I’m beyond excited to raise money for first responders while doing what I love.”

“It’s great to have Cole back during the 81st for a jump over Main Street,” Rally director Jerry Cole added. “This type of daredevil event is what the City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was founded on, and we are excited to continue that legacy.”

Saturday Night Brings Tons of Concerts

Saturday night is a big music night for Sturgis, with bands ranging from P.O.D. to Insane Clown Posse to Peach Street Revival playing venues around town.

At Buffalo Chip, From Ashes to New plays a mix of rock, hip-hop, pop and metal at 7 p.m. Following them are Grammy winners P.O.D. at 10:30 p.m.

The Full Throttle Saloon will play host to Insane Clown Posse Saturday evening, followed by the Mickey Utley Band after 6 p.m. Attendees who arrive at the infield before 6 p.m. do not need a ticket. After 6 p.m., guests who have not already bought tickets in advance will have to pay the nightly cover charge, which is more than a $15 general admission ticket.

At the Loud American Roadhouse, Dirty Word gets the day going at 10:30 a.m. Peach Street Revival follows them at noon, and Flannel plays at 2:30 p.m. Bryan Loweree, David Graham & the Eskimo Brothers, Brandon Jones, Judd Hoos and then David Graham & the Eskimo Brothers (again) round out the evening performances.

Shade Valley will host the Centerville All-Stars at 9 p.m. for a high-energy live rock-and-roll show. And The Knuckle Saloon has a full lineup, starting with Sturgis’s own Jack Daniels at 11 a.m., followed by Limberlost, Micromania Midget Wrestling, Shoot to Thrill, Camp Comfort, Jasmine Cain, and a ZZ Top tribute band.  

For more info on the bands, check out the event listings here.