Americade has become the world’s largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally. Local police estimates indicate it attracts 100,000 – 200,000 visitor days for the 6-day event.
It’s a convention of riders enjoying a week-long festival of motorcycling, including guided tours in the beautiful Adirondack Park, and the Green Mountains of VT.
Americade also includes a massive trade show with approx 200 vendors, demos, and displays from most major motorcycle manufacturers, catered dinner boat cruises, stunt shows, comedy shows and much, much more.
To participate, most attendees register for a full-week wristband, giving them access to the trade show, the demos, and displays, Americade’s headquarters where many events take place and much more.
Americade is a gathering of friendly, fun-loving folks, for whom motorcycling is a social hobby, but not some form of rebellion. It’s NOT the place for shows of speed, hostile attitudes, or illegally loud bikes. Americade supports the statement from the former President & CEO of Harley-Davidson: “Something We Never Want to Lose” and the AMA position that “Loud Pipes Risk Rights.”
Americade is the first full week of June-exception to 2021’s postponement.
2020: June 2nd – 6th (Monday, June 1st for Pre-Registration Party)
2021: September 21st – 25th (Monday, Sept. 20th for Pre-Registration Party
2022: June 7th – 11th (Monday, June 6th for Pre-Registration Party)
2023: June 6th – 10th (Monday, June 5th for Pre-Registration Party)
2024: June 4th – 8th (Monday, June 3rd for Pre-Registration Party)
HOW DID IT START?
May 1983 marked the first “Cade” in the east. Veteran motorcyclist Bill Dutcher and a small but able staff hosted “Aspencade East ” at Lake George, NY. Social and demo headquarters were at Roaring Brook Ranch. The TourExpo trade show was held at the Glens Falls Civic Center, approximately 10 miles to the south. This first event drew about 2,000.
WHY WAS IT ORIGINALLY NAMED “ASPENCADE”?
Since 1971, there had been a touring motorcycle rally in Ruidoso, NM bearing this name. The name came from an annual civic festival, which celebrated the changing colors of the aspen (birch) trees, by having a cavalcade of horses. Dutcher arranged with Aspencade organizer, Til Thompson, to use the Aspencade name for the eastern touring rally.
In 1986, “Aspencade East” was changed to “Americade”, because the new name better signified the multi-brand national-sized rally it had become. By 1986, total attendance was nearly 10,000, making it the largest touring rally in the motorcycle world. At the same time, Americade’s tradeshow was relocated from the Glens Falls Civic Center to Lake George Village.
For over 20 years the Expo was located at Million Dollar Beach Parking Lot, but in 2018 was moved closer to Americade’s event headquarters, Fort William Henry Resort in Lake George Village, at the beautiful Charles Wood Festival Commons.
The latest figures again show that Americade Week is the biggest shoulder-season week of business for the Lake George Region resort community and the biggest single boost to the local economy. The community welcomes these smiling motorcyclists not only for the economic boost they provide but also because of many lasting friendships which have been developed with Americaders from around the world. Americade also works hard to be a Good Neighbor, by donating to local charities.
AMERICADE WEATHER HISTORY – (WELCOME TO THE ADIRONDACK MOUNTAINS.)
“There is a sumptuous variety about the … weather that compels the stranger’s admiration ………. The weather is always doing something there; always attending to business; always getting up new designs and trying them on the people, to see how they will go. In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours” – Mark Twain
Weather history for the past half-dozen years:
2019: Americade Week 2019 sort of repeated the weather from 2018! It became perfect riding weather as the week progressed, with temps in high 70s and fair skies after an unusually cool and damp beginning of the week.
2018: Americade Week 2018 became perfect riding weather as the week progressed, with temps in high 70s and fair skies after an unusually cool and damp beginning of the week.
2017: The last half of Americade Week 2017 was great weather. Monday was damp with highs in the mid-60s. By Wednesday it was 76 and sunny, then around 80 through the weekend. Friday was windy and 79. Saturday 75 with scattered clouds.
2016: Americade 2016 weather was varied (welcome to the mountains !) and slightly cooler than normal. Monday & Tuesday were great; sunny and mid-70s. Mid-week was cool & cloudy. Friday was absolutely gorgeous (70’s, sunny & clear), but Saturday was not.
2015: After a cool and damp start on Monday, Americade Week got better daily. Mid-week was perfect! Tuesday with sunny and high-60s. Wednesday was sunny and mid-70s. Thursday was sunny and high-70s. Friday was low-70s with a brief sprinkle. Saturday was windy and low-70s with a brief sprinkle.
2014: Americade 2014 was unusually sunny and dry. One of the best ever for Americade Week! Temps were in the 70s to low 80s (F) for the entire week. There was some rain Tuesday evening, but the remainder of the week was dry. Weather patterns have shifted, and in a positive direction for Americade.
2013: Americade Week started with warm temps and sunny skies but as the weekend approached, a cold front arrived with some rain from Thursday night, through Saturday morning. Right after the Saturday parade, the skies brightened and it warmed up, just in time for the ride home. We suspect that the mild Winters of the past 3 years may be associated with the unusually damp Springs that followed. The Winter of 2013/2014 is one of the coldest on record, so we forecast an unusually sunny and dry Americade 2014.
For more Americade info, here’s a website put together by a long-time Americade enthusiast: www.americade.info