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Celebrate Harley-Davidson's 115th Anniversary

The first Harley-Davidson motorcycle roared out of a Milwaukee shed 115 years ago. Grab your leather jacket and come to the anniversary party. We promise: Hog heaven.

Harley Davidson's 115th anniversary celebration runs August 29–September 2 throughout Milwaukee. Here are two ways to celebrate:

If You're Into Hard-Core Ridin’

  • The world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum is a must-see for everyone—and a rally point for the entire weekend. But it’s an especially sweet deal for Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) members, who get in for free. Not free: Getting inked by an on-site tattoo artist.
  • Go full throttle and race against another Harley at the Run What You Brung event at Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove on Friday.
  • Hang out at Veterans Park along Lake Michigan for a Moto-Carnival of thrill shows that run throughout the festival. The free party includes a Wall of Death, where pro riders do don’t-try-this-at-home stunts.

If You're Into Festival Fare

  • Grab a tiki drink and watch Harleys kick up sprays of sand at Bradford Beach along Lake Michigan. The Friday practice and Saturday competition mark the first beach racing to take place here in more than 100 years. Admission is free.
  • Head to the Summerfest grounds on the lakefront for a concert co-headlined by Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker on Saturday, then come back the next day to try barbecue from a dozen regional vendors at the Big Gig BBQ.
  • Thousands of Harley riders from around the world wave the flags of their home states and countries during a Sunday parade through downtown.

The bike maker’s celebration runs August 29–September 2 throughout Milwaukee, including at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Harley-Davidson Museum. Photo courtesy of Visit Milwaukee

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