New Belgium’s Tour de Fat’s bikes, costumes, music and philanthropy is coming back! The event kicks off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through Golden Gate Park followed by eclectic entertainment from musical acts to yo-yo performers, bike contests and even vaudeville acts. It’s part of a ten-city tour hosted by New Belgium Brewing and all of the money raised during the day goes directly to the SF Bicycle Coalition and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council!
10:00am-11:00am: Parade Registration
11:00am-12:00pm: Bicycle Parade
11am | Bike Parade, 10am Registration
What is a bike celebration without a bike ride? The day will be kicked-off with you in your San Francisco best at 11am (parade registration begins at 10am) for a fun and frolicking ride through Golden Gate Park! The optional $5 ride donation goes to support the bicycle advocacy work of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. It’ll be a hoot and a holler, we promise. Free Parade Registration
For those who’ve never participated, this is indeed an incredible costume affair. Costumes are enthusiastically encouraged.
12-5pm | Afternoon Ballyhoo
Two parts bike rodeo and one part circus, there will be fire-jumping bike acts, cycling games and headliner Reggie Watts. Plus tasty eats and great beer, of course, and all proceeds go to benefit two great nonprofits: the SF Bicycle Coalition & the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council!
Be a Car Trader
Have you been thinking about ditching your car? Do it for the Tour de Fat and win $2,250 to create the bicycle ride of your dreams! One lucky winner (it could be you!) will become the center of the show as he or she gets up on stage, hands over their car keys, and pledges to live one year car-free. Vehicles for Charity will auction the cars, with proceeds benefitting SF Bicycle Coalition and Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. More Car Trader Details
Free! Free! Free!
Now we know what you are thinking…how much is this grand fete going to cost me? The answer is nothing! We are all about FREE! So…how is this a fundraiser? All proceeds from beer sales will benefit the SF Bicycle Coalition and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. We’ll bring the beer and you just bring your bike! (FREE Valet Bike Parking provided–of course!)
It takes over 200 SF Bicycle Coalition member-volunteers to help make this big event a success: Are you one of them? You should be! Volunteers help with every aspect of the event: raising tents, leading the parade, parking bikes, pouring beer and more. Get in on the fun and get a free Tour de Fat 2014 t-shirt and drink token as a thank you. Volunteer!
What about families and dogs?
There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy so bring the lil’ ones out with you! There will be a lot of people drinking beer, but this is not a beer festival and we try to keep it very family friendly! Dogs are welcome, but as with any large public event, please only bring pawed pals with a lot of experience at loud, crowded events.
…And it’s Eco-tastic!
Tour de Fat is proud to be a model of total self-sustainability in the form of an all solar/b100 biodiesel fueled event; we collect about 300 pounds of compost, 70 pounds of recycling, and last year, had only 12 pounds of trash generated by 6,500 attendees! Now THAT is a green event!