The Street Vibrations Fall Rally, held for five days in late September, is typically attended by 50,000 biking enthusiasts heading to Reno, Lake Tahoe, Virginia City, and Carson City, Nevada. Thousands of hogs and their riders cruise into Reno, filling downtown with a party atmosphere. The event is billed as a celebration of music, metal, and motorcycles, and if you attend Street Vibrations along Virginia Street in Reno, you will see plenty of all three. You'll find regional bands on seven outdoor stages, custom bikes, factory rigs, about 250 vendors, and plenty of food and drink. To quench your thirst, head over to the Hog Town Bar or Go-Go Bar.
Major event venues are planned in downtown Reno, at Reno Harley-Davidson, in historic Virginia City, and at Battle Born Harley-Davidson in Carson City. Scenic rides to Lake Tahoe are spectacular.
Street Vibrations is a big event: Think Hot August Nights for big bikes and you get the idea. The Street Vibrations Fall Rally revolves around the motorcycles (mostly Harleys, but lots of other rides as well) and related interests. Custom bikes can be seen at the Silver Legacy American Heat Custom Bike Show and you can contemplate personal decoration at the Tattoo Expo. If you don't want to go that far, check out the vendors with all the cool biker gear and clothing so you can at least dress the part. Plenty of food and drink vendors are also sprinkled among the rows of glittering Harleys. It's free to come to downtown Reno, mingle with the crowd, talk motorcycles with riders and vendors, and walk among the rows and rows of powerful bikes.
Registering for Street Vibrations
You can just ride to Reno for Street Vibrations and go with the flow, but riders are encouraged to register online or mail in the registration form. You must be 18 or older and have proof of insurance. As a motivation to register, the organizer of the event throws in pretty good package deals and discounts at no extra charge that includes a secured bike parking pass for each day of Street Vibrations. Other goodies for registered bikers include poker runs up to Lake Tahoe and Virginia City.
Helpful Things to Know
You don't need to be a Harley rider to have a good time at Street Vibrations—all motorcycles and their riders are welcome. Street Vibrations is a no-colors event, meaning bikers may not wear vests or jackets with colored patches, nor hats, bandannas, T-shirts, shoelaces, and the like which identify the clubs they belong to.
Street Vibrations Street Closures
Street Vibrations results in numerous traffic restrictions and street closures during its run, with the majority of them in downtown Reno. To save yourself some time and hassle, refer to the Reno road closures and restrictions map before driving to the city center during the rally.