Thunder On Cocoa Beach is back, with seemingly endless events right here in Port Canaveral. Massive, awe-inspiring speed boats will line up in the Race Village at the Port for guests to check out leading up to the races. The fun begins Thursday, May 18. Races are scheduled for Sunday, May 21 at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier. There will be two rounds races: the first starting at 12pm. Races are free to watch, but admission costs vary depending on VIP parties and events. Buy tickets here.
To kick off the races, a VIP & Media reception will be held on Wednesday at Sandbar Sports Grill in Cocoa Beach. Parties are scheduled throughout the weekend to get to know the racing teams, like the High Octane Kick-Off party at Juice & Java Cafe on Thursday.
The weekend will start with a rumble as the racing boats will travel in a parade on Friday, starting at 4pm. The convoy will start at the Race Village in the Port and will end at Minutemen Causeway in Cocoa Beach. The community is encouraged to stroll alongside the boats at the Cocoa Beach Street Party from 6pm – 10pm.
On Saturday, the Race Village will be open all day for guests to enjoy live music, food, vendors, and the power boats on display. Sunday is Race Day! Bring a chair, a cooler, and your friends and family to watch the speed boats soar. The events will conclude with an awards presentation at 6pm at the Cocoa Beach Hilton.
See below for the full schedule of events. Registration information and driver information can be found on the Thunder On Cocoa Beach website.
VIP & Media Reception
When: 6pm – 10pm
Where: Sandbar Sports Grill, 4301 Ocean Beach Blvd, Cocoa Beach
High Octane Kick-Off Party
When: 6pm – 10pm
Where: Juice N’ Java Cafe, 75 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach
Convoy of The World’s Biggest Race Boats
When: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: A1A From Port Canaveral to Minuteman Causeway, Cocoa Beach
Accompanied by police escorts, the competing boats will travel from the race village in Port Canaveral to Minutemen Causeway. The parade kicks off a number of super fun parties and events among the boats.
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Where: Hunkerdown Lounge, 7 S. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach
Race Village Open
When: 9am – 10pm
Where: Flounder St., Port Canaveral
Enjoy live Music , food and vendors, and power boats on display.
Launching, Testing & Viewing
When: 10am – 5pm
Where: Bluepoints Marina, 726 Scallop Dr., Port Canaveral
VIP Race Party
Where: Race Village, Flounder St., Port Canaveral
First Race: 12:00pm
Second Race: 2:00pm
Turn 1 — Lori Wilson Park
Turn 2 — Cocoa Beach Pier
VIP Beach Cabanas will be open from 10am – 5pm at Shepard Park (211 E. Cocoa Beach Cswy.) and Lori Wilson Park (500 N. Atlantic Ave.) VIP race parties are to follow: After Burner Race Party, 3pm – 6pm, and will end with an awards presentation at 6pm at the Cocoa Beach Hilton.