11 Must-See Arizona Bike Week Events in Metro Phoenix

Don't be alarmed if you hear the thunderous roar of motors and the screeching of rubber against road over the next several days. It's just the sounds generated by the thousands of motorcyclists who are revving up their rides and hitting the streets during Arizona Bike Week and are likely bound for either WestWorld in Scottsdale or any of the cycle-friendly fetes that are scheduled at Valley bars and biker-oriented businesses over the next nine days.

Although the official Bike Weeks events at WestWorld's Cyclefest don't start until Wednesday, April 5, there are countless "pre-rally" parties and events that start today and lead up to the big bash up in North Scottsdale. For instance, the close to a dozen cycle shindigs we've highlighted in the following list.

See Also: - Scenes From Arizona Bike Week at Dirty Dogg Saloon (slideshow) - Spring Festivals, Fairs, and Celebrations in Metro Phoenix

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.