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About the 2019 Finger Lakes Rally

Always Labor Day weekend; for 2019:
August 30st to September 2nd

For those who want to plan your trip to the rally really early, and if you are a rider who travels by GPS, here are the coordinates for the rally site, the Watkins Glen Hidden Valley Group Camp, front gate:
     N 42° 21.820'   W 76° 54.895'
Find other useful information at ↗ including lodging for those without a tent. You might also check the graphics-heavy Chamber of Commerce ↗ web site, and you can reserve rooms online at some of the hotels/motels here ↗ .

Would you care to see a road map of the local region at Watkins Glen?  Here also is an image of a hand-drawn map of the Hidden Valley Campground which you may print. (Press your Back button after viewing map.)

Go to the Preregistration Form

2019: The 45th Annual Rally

Year after year our visitors tell us the Finger Lakes Rally is one of the nicest, friendliest motorcycle rallies. Again this year, it's held at one Hidden Valley Group Camp
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of the most beautiful settings ever to park a BMW, set up a tent, and find someone to talk with. Once again, you will be able to camp at the Watkins Glen State Park's Hidden Valley Group Camp.

Enjoy three nights camping, two catered dinners, free coffee, a live band, great door prizes, rally pin and mug, terrific facilities, flea market (bring your stuff to sell, or buy stuff and take it home), exciting touring, on-site Sunday morning services, bike judging, snack bar, and more. BMW riders and their guests only.

Camping areas range from ultra quiet to right near the action. CPAP sleep machine users: we have an area for you with electric outlets, at the back end of the vendor area. It should be marked with signs. You will probably need an extension cord.

Rally Fees

Pre-registeredAt Gate
Adults (12 and up)$65$70
Children ages 6-11$30$35
Under 6FreeFree

All fees are in US Dollars. Pre-registration forms and checks must be postmarked no later than August 19, 2019.

Gate opens at 9:00 AM Friday. Sorry, no early arrivals, no pets, and no individual campfires. Note that there is no ATM machine at the rally site. The closest would be in the village of Watkins Glen. More information: use our contact form, or email us at, or write to: Finger Lakes BMW Club, PO Box 35, Webster, NY 14580.

If you do email or write, please do not wait until the rally is in progress, as we will all be there and Internet access is spotty at best.


Enjoy a wide variety of events on the rally site, and nearby. See our Attractions section for more. Some of the regular events:


Tentative Schedule

(The final schedule will be published in your Rally Program.)

FridayRegistration opens9:00 amLateRegistration Tent
Pin Table10:00 am10:00 pmMain Lodge
Flea Market10:00 am8:00 pmNear Main Lodge
Hots, Pop & Snacks11:00 am11:00 pmFood Tent
SaturdayDonuts & Coffee6:00 am10:00 amMain Lodge
Breakfast opens6:00 am10:00 amMain Lodge
Pin Table8:00 am8:00 pmMain Lodge
Flea Market8:00 am8:00 pmNear Main Lodge
Pop, Snacks & Ice9:00 am11:00 pmFood Tent
Airhead Tech Session10:00 am11:00 amFood Tent
Hots & Sausages11:00 am4:00 pmFood Tent
Self Guided ToursNoon4:00 pmTable in Main Lodge
Bike Judging1:30 pm4:00 pmNear Big Top
Dinner served5:00 pm6:30 pmMain Lodge
"Flying Boxcar" Band8:30 pm12:00 amMain Lodge
SundayDonuts & Coffee6:00 am10:00 amMain Lodge
Breakfast opens6:00 am10:00 amMain Lodge
Pin Table8:00 am8:00 pmMain Lodge
Flea Market8:00 am3:00 pmNear Main Lodge
Pop, Snacks & Ice9:00 am11:00 pmFood Tent
CMA Church Service10:00 am10:45 amCampfire area
Hots & Sausages11:00 am3:00 pmFood Tent
Dinner served5:00 pm6:30 pmMain Lodge
Awards Ceremony7:30 pmMain Lodge
Evening Movies9:00 pm11:00 pmMain Lodge
MondayBreakfast & Donuts & Coffee6:00 am9:30 amMain Lodge
Hot Breakfast opens6:00 am10:00 amMain Lodge
Pack your gearDawnClosingRally Grounds
Grounds closeNoonRide safe!

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Local Attractions

Maps you may print ahead of time — PDF files

Local Destinations203 KB
Glen Curtis Museum143 KB
Around Seneca Lake109 KB
Ride to Ithaca225 KB
Wellsboro Diner152 KB

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