The Drinking Laws During Sturgis Bike Week In Sturgis South Dakota

Bike week is an annual event held in Sturgis, S.D.

Sturgis is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota and for one week in the month of August, thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts ride to Sturgis for the annual motorcycle rally. For the duration of the event, the city barricades five city blocks, allowing only motorcycle traffic and parking so guests can view the bikes. During bike week at Sturgis, all visitors should observe city and state drinking laws to avoid fines or an arrest.

Open Container in Public

The city ordinance of Sturgis states that it is illegal to mix, consume or blend any alcoholic beverage with another beverage in a public place. It is also prohibited to have in one’s possession in a public place any can, glass, bottle or other container of alcohol that has a broken seal. An exception of this rule is that open containers are allowed on the Sturgis Memorial Park property, but the alcoholic beverage must have been purchased from a licensed dealer on the site.

Open Container in Motor Vehicle

A person who occupies a motor vehicle on a public highway in the state of South Dakota and consumes an alcoholic beverage or has a package or open container with an alcoholic beverage will be charged with an open container offense. It is not against the law to possess alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle if the seal on the original packaging of the alcoholic beverage has not been broken or if the alcoholic beverage is away from the passenger area of the vehicle where no one in the vehicle has access to it.

Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor

In the state of South Dakota, it is against the law to furnish any alcoholic beverage to a minor that is 18 years old or older but less than 21 years old. It is also an offense to sell or give any alcoholic beverage to a minor that is 18 years old or older but less than 21 years old in the immediate presence of a parent, guardian or spouse that is over 21 years old.

Underage Alcohol Possession/Consumption

The first offense of underage alcohol possession or consumption in the city of Sturgis will result in a driver’s license suspension of 30 days for a person under the age of 21. A second or subsequent offense will result in a suspension of driving privileges for a period of 60 days to one year. The court may grant permission enabling the violator to drive to work or school during specific times of the day and week.