Ever seen Wall of Death stunt riders? Well, they ride sideways around the inside of a wooden barrel–sort of. It seems to defy gravity, actually, but they’ll be doing it Friday, Oct. 24 as part of California Bike Week at Fairplex.
Then imagine dirt bikes screaming around Fairplex Park’s 5/8ths mile horse racing track at 189 mph. Flat-track racing takes place on Saturday, Oct. 25. If you like metal-to-metal interaction, this is the place. All the events and music on Friday and Saturday are the lead-in to the big event on Sunday when LOVE RIDE 25 brings thousands and thousands of Harley riders rumbling down the 210 freeway from Glendale to Fairplex for a barbeque, more events and a concert with the Foo Fighters and ZZ Top. The parade of bikes is visible from several overpasses and is really something to see. It’s all for charity and over the years California Bike Week has raised more than $20 million for a variety of favorite causes. Jay Leno will return as grand marshall of the event, along with various other Hollywood luminaries who are also bike fans. You don’t even have to like motorcycles to enjoy this event. The people-watching is worth the money. You’re likely to see someone famous or someone who at least looks famous and they have really neat t-shirts and other Love Ride souvenirs. Friday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 26, Fairplex Grandstand and grounds. Admission: Friday: $10; Saturday: $30; Sunday: $50. Three-day pass: $80.