Saturday, May 14, 2016 will mark the eighth annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club, and while we’d rather be riding than looking at motorcycles, we have to admit, “The Quail” is a really cool event. We recommend you make the journey to Carmel to attend, especially if you’ve never been before. With less than a month to go before the event, let’s take a look at what you can expect at The Quail.

Never been to The Quail before? No worries, we have you covered. Check out our coverage from the 2012, 2014, and 2015 Quail Gatherings to get an idea of the rare bikes and colorful personalities you can expect to see this year.

For the 2016 event, Quail organizers are expecting more than 300 motorcycles to be displayed on the lawn, in addition to the host of vendors, live entertainment, beverage pavilion, kids area and other attractions.

Along with the many motorcycles on the event field, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering has partnered with the Monterey Youth Museum to help raise money. A silent auction will be held with items donated by sponsors, and proceeds will go to the MY Museum.

As always, motorcycling luminaries will also be in attendance. Among this year’s featured guests are Don Emde and Reg Pridmore, the latter of which was also appointed The Quail’s 2016 Legend of the Sport. Emde will be on hand to sign and present his new book, Finding Cannon Ball’s Trail. Pridmore will also be signing his book Smooth Riding the Pridmore Way along with co-author, and MO contributor, Geoff Drake (side note: Drake will also be providing us with a recap of the 2016 Quail Gathering after the show).

The celebration of motorcycling extends beyond the May 14th event with several partner events. The Quail Ride takes participants on a 100-mile tour through the Monterey Peninsula and is followed by The Quail Motorcycle Dinner, a cocktail reception and dinner that includes guest speakers. The Quail Ride and The Quail Motorcycle Dinner are sold out for 2016, but interested parties are encouraged to reserve their spot early for the 2017 edition.

The 2nd Invitational Why We Ride to The Quail brings motorcyclists together to enjoy a special VIP experience, including special access, parking and activities. The journey begins the morning of Friday, May 13th in Pismo Beach, when the group will depart for a ride to the Monterey Peninsula. A Rider’s Dinner will feature local food, special guest speakers, a commemorative event t-shirt, and other gifts and prizes. The next morning, the group will ride to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering where they will be greeted with premium parking and early entry to the event (an event ticket is included in the package). Discounted room rates at the hotels in Pismo Beach and Monterey are available for participants. Click here to learn more and to register.