Festival time is nearly upon us! Check out our event line-up and mark your calendars for your favorites. We’ve got a couple of brand new events this year that we’re really excited about–we hope to see you there!
The festival kicks off on the morning of Friday, May 5th with the Capital City Ride, a short bike ride where you can mingle with your local government officials and City of Raleigh employees. After meeting at the Dorothea Dix Soccer Park, the ride will travel along low-stress streets and greenways and finish at the State Capitol Building where light refreshments will be served.
Later that evening, join us for the First Friday premiere of this year’s Raleigh Bikes Art Show at Morning Times, where local cycling enthusiasts will display bike related art, including paintings, photos, sculpture, sketches, prints, and crafts. Many of the works on display will also be available for purchase. Come out and see the show on it’s own, or as part of the First Friday Gallery Tour hosted by Crank Arm Brewing. The works will be on display throughout the month of May. We’ll be accepting submissions for the show until April 17th, so if you would like to be featured please email a high res photo and the details of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, May 6th, Marbles Kids Museum will be hosting it’s annual Bike Rodeo, in partnership with the RPD Bike Patrol. This is a fun, family friendly event where kids can learn or practice bike skills and safety. Stop by for a variety of activities and bike themed fun, including safety demonstrations, five-point maintenance checks and helmet fittings, three-part communication cycling track, healthy snack stations, Bike Bling, a children’s bike swap, and more!
That same afternoon we will be partnering with Bike MS and Team On Draft for a celebratory event to kick off Bike Month: the Bike MS Picnic & Ride! This NEW EVENT will feature a 25 mile greenway ride with Team On Draft, as well as an 8 mile Grocery Grab Tour lead by two of our very own board members. Both routes will begin and end in Anderson Point Park and will be followed by a group picnic!
Sunday, May 7th, we are proud to usher in another brand new event: 7 Murals + 7 Stories! Join us for a slow afternoon ride between seven of Raleigh’s amazing murals, starting at the Cardinal Bar. The ride at will end at King’s Barcade for 7 Stories, a monthly story-telling event where seven individuals each tell a story based on a central theme. There will also be the opportunity to view some pieces from the Raleigh Bikes Art Show that were too large for the original venue.
The next week of the festival starts off with a fan favorite, the annual Bike-In Movie on Monday, May 8th at Mission Valley Cinema. This year’s cinematic offering is Wadjda, the story of a 10-year-old Saudi Arabian girl who challenges deep-rooted Saudi traditions in a determined quest to buy a bicycle. Concessions will be available through Mission Valley, in addition to bike-powered smoothies, and beer from our event sponsor Trophy Brewing!
On Tuesday, May 9th, join us for the City Market Ride, a casual cruise around the outskirts of downtown Raleigh followed by pizza and socializing at Vic’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. This event is sure to be a nostalgic one for many, as it is being organized by one of the original members of the Benelux Cafe Cycling Club!
Get ready to Light Up the Night with Crank Arm Brewing! On Wednesday, May 10th we’re putting a fun twist on this weekly social ride. Bedeck your bike in twinkling finery and join us for a short ride around downtown to show off your style. Be as garrish and creative as you like–the crazier the better! Afterward we’ll wind down back at Crank Arm with refreshments and local brews, and a bike light giveaway courtesy of the City of Raleigh.
Thursday, May 11th brings the chance to try something new with the Raleigh Bike Polo Rookie Invite Night at Tarboro Road Community Center. Riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome to test their boundaries and learn about the exciting, fast-paced game that is bike polo. There will be mixed level matches, mini-games, music, and of course: BBQ!
Rounding out the weekday events is another brand new event on Friday, May 12th. We’re excited to present to you: our Bike Fashion Show! Forget about stretchy Lycra, and come out to Dorothea Dix Campus to watch fabulous local cyclists model their most fashion-forward yet practical outfits for cycling to work, the park, the store, or to a night out on the town. Singles, couples, and families will show off styles from their own closets, while local merchants and designers will model their bike-friendly wares and designs. Want to ride the runway? Have a design you want featured? Sign up here to get involved in the show!
The second festival weekend brings another traditional event, the Raleigh Cat! This year’s race on Saturday, May 13th starts at the Spring Hill Cyclocross Track on Dorothea Dix Campus, and will be a more traditional style alley cat involving addresses and carrying items. Race for fun — or for glory — the choice is yours! All ages and skill levels are going to have a good time regardless; the race is only as serious as you make it. The finish line will be at Drink Drank Drunk with prizes and an after party to follow.
To close out our festival, join us Sunday, May 14th, for a special Mother’s Day event known as the CycloFemme Ride! CycloFemme is a nationally recognized movement bringing together woman cyclists of all skill levels for a ride of celebration. What better way to celebrate the women in your life on Mother’s Day?! Bring your mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, co-worker, whomever! This ride will be about 8 miles and will be “No Drop” meaning no rider will be left behind. Join us afterwards for a picnic in the park!
*All our events are family friendly and suitable for all ages and abilities. While they are bike themed, many of the events do not require participants to bring or ride a bike. Events that do involve riding a bike are “ride at your own risk” and wearing helmets is strongly suggested.*