For the foodie, racing enthusiast and biker alike, Daytona Beach offers a full array of exciting events to attend. With well-known waterfront venues like the Daytona Beach Bandshell and iconic sporting stadiums including Daytona International Speedway, the events and festivals in Daytona Beach are truly one-of-a-kind. To help you plan your next trip to the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” discover some of the top annual events in the area.
Rolex 24 at Daytona
The Rolex 24 at Daytona marks the unofficial start of racing season in Daytona Beach. Some of the top drivers in the world compete in this 24-hour sports car endurance event held over the course of two days at Daytona International Speedway. Approximately 60 sports cars compete, falling under five different classes and teams are comprised of three to five drivers who trade shifts throughout the 24-hour race. Winning drivers in each class receive the highly coveted, engraved Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.
Arguably one of the most well-known and prestigious races around, the Daytona 500 is an annual event held at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida each February. The thrilling 500-mile race is part of the NASCAR Cup Series and has opened each season since 1982. Racing fans from across the country visit Daytona Beach to attend this iconic event.
Daytona Bike Week
For more than 80 years, Daytona Beach Bike Week has been held each March. With numerous scenic rides and coastal trails and Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach is the ideal location for this 10-day motorcycle rally. Bike Week includes a full schedule of events including bike swaps, motorcycle races, concerts and contests at venues throughout Daytona Beach.
With hundreds of thousands of attendees from around the world, Jeep Beach is one of the largest events of its kind in the country. Each April, the week-long festival in Daytona Beach offers attendees a variety of scheduled events ranging from the classic Jeep Beach Parade to scavenger hunts, obstacle courses and live entertainment.
Bandshell Summer Concert Series
MAY – SEPTEMBER
The Daytona Beach Bandshell is an outdoor venue along the beach known for its summer concert series featuring some of the best tribute bands around. From the end of May through mid-September, visitors and locals alike can enjoy live concerts every Saturday night at the Bandshell followed by a fireworks show at the pier.
Coke Zero Sugar 400
The annual Coke Zero Sugar 400 takes places each August at the Daytona International Speedway. The 400-mile race is the regular season finale and offers drivers one last chance to qualify for one of 16 NASCAR playoff spots—win and you’re in. Expect drama and adrenaline at this high-intensity racing event in Daytona Beach.
Each October, another motorcycle rally is held in Daytona Beach. Biketoberfest is a series of programs and activities held at venues throughout Volusia County. Motorcycle enthusiasts can partake in scenic motorcycle rides, races at Daytona International Speedway and more during this four-day event. Many local businesses and restaurants offer Biketoberfest specials as well.
Daytona Turkey Run
MARCH & NOVEMBER
Car collectors and automobile enthusiasts from across the country attend the biannual Daytona Turkey Run in Daytona Beach, the largest car show and swap in the U.S. Held at Daytona International Speedway the last weekend in March and Thanksgiving weekend, the event features thousands of vintage cars and trucks on display for both buyers and spectators. The Daytona Turkey Run also has a variety of vendors on-site selling artwork, crafts and more.
Halifax Art Festival
Stroll along the picturesque Beach Street in Daytona Beach for the annual Halifax Art Festival. Taking place each November, the riverfront art festival showcases a juried selection of 250 artists and artisans from across the country selling everything from artwork and antiques to handcrafted jewelry and clothing.
Riverfest Seafood FestiVal
The two-day Ormond Beach Riverfest Seafood Festival is held each November along the Halifax River and north of Daytona Beach. In addition to fresh Florida seafood and other delicious food vendors, attendees can expect live entertainment, kids’ activities, water sports and much more!