The brightest, most colourful bike ride in Ontario is coming back, and returning to its roots and will be free to ride in 2024!

Friday Night Lights, a bike ride through Windsor, that has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings in 2014, will have it’s first ride of the season on Friday, May 10, 2024.

The concept of the ride is quite simple. Imagine hundreds of colourfully lit bicycles rolling by, bells clacking, as they partake in a pub crawl on two wheels. The pack take up the entire street, sometimes stretching several city blocks at a time.

Celebrating 10 Years!

To celebrate the 10th year of Friday Night Lights, we’re expecting this year to be the best season yet! The ride will take place every other Friday from May 10 to the end of September and has riders are constantly trying to outdo each other with their decorations on each ride.

The event has become hugely popular, but, not just with a younger demographic that you’d expect. In fact, looking across the faces in the crowd you’ll see a wide spectrum of ages from young adults to seniors. And that’s the best part. You quickly realize it’s for anyone. All ages. All abilities. No judgement.

Simply put, Friday Night Lights is a pub and grub crawl on two wheels throughout the city. You not only get to enjoy the company of good folks, you also can indulge in the food and drink of two great establishments visited along the way.

Stopping by the Art Gallery of Windsor on a Friday Night Lights bike ride in Windsor, Ontario.
Stopping by the Art Gallery of Windsor on a Friday Night Lights bike ride in Windsor, Ontario.

The stops and routes along the way are always a secret and different with each ride. Visits have included everything from stopping to enjoy a beer and play beach volleyball at a local fitness club to a dance party at a wine bar. Pride festivals to beer gardens, Caribbean festivals to the local dive bars. The ride has even stopped at the Art Gallery of Windsor for an outdoor celebration of the launch of an Andy Warhol exhibit.

With as many as 300 plus people riding along, the atmosphere is fantastic. Several riders even equip their bicycles with sound systems belting some great playlists. “Changing the station” to hear the music you like is as easy as pedaling faster or slower to find another cyclist with a different song playing.

There’s honestly no better way to explore the city.

So how will it work?

  1. To participate in the ride for free, register in advance so we know how many of our paid guides to schedule. Register for each ride here.
  2. If you didn’t register in advance, the cost to participate will be $5 cash at the door.
  3. When you check in, you will be given a wristband.
  4. The wristband will entitle you to specials or even enter special events. Each ride will be different!