Join us for The Red Mill Retro Ride to benefit The Red Mill Museum Village on Saturday, May 19-- RAIN or SHINE

Register to participate in the RIDE or as a SPECTATOR to picnic, shop, enjoy live entertainment on the Red Mill's 10 acres along the South Branch of the Raritan River! 

RIDE participants are encouraged (but not required) to shine up their vintage bicycles and don period costumes. The leisurely route through Historic Clinton will traverse about 5 miles of paved streets and a gravel rail trail. Awards will be presented in a number of categories to celebrate great bikes and outfits. (COST: $20 per rider over 6 or $60 FAMILY package)

SPECTATOR registrants have access to the festivities on the Mill's grounds all day- shopping, relaxing, and enjoying the views and live entertainment (COST: $5; no additional cost to RIDERS)

*This is a non-supported ride on open roads and trails; a waiver is required of each participant; Children ages 17 and under are required to wear a helmet and to be accompanied by an adult.



Put some air in the tires of that old bike and dress up in period costume of your favorite era. The Retro Ride will start with a leisurely tour through the most scenic spots of this quaint town, with photo op and water stops along the way (PS: please use #RedMillRetroRide #SaveTheWheel when sharing on social!)

The ride will consist of mostly flat paved roads and a gravel rail trail, totaling about five miles. 

Vendors will showcase their vintage and unique wares on the Red Mill Museum Village grounds all day-
Visit and shop antique wares, vintage items, restored bicycles, and so much more!  (for sponsor/vendor application email )

What could be more relaxing than an old timey picnic along the South Branch of the Raritan River? Bring your own picnic (or grab a bite from a shop in town) and enjoy live entertainment and the views!

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AGENDA: (Subject to change)

10:00 Doors open; Vendors open; Spectators are welcome to set up picnic places on the grounds from 10am -4:00 pm

Riders will leave in groups beginning around 10:30. Ride will take approximately 1.5 hours. Most riders will be back to Red Mill around 12:00

12:00 - Entertainment begins

3:00: Awards Presented

4:00 Closing Ceremony 


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, but any rider under age 6 MUST be in a tag along trailer or on a child seat; Any rider 17 or under MUST wear a helmet, in compliance with the law & MUST be accompanied on the ride with an adult.  Children 17 or under who do not have a helmet will not be allowed to participate in the ride.  Please bring helmets, we will not have them available for rent. 


What are my parking options for getting to and from the event?

Free, All-day Parking Available at: Municipal Complex Parking Lot at 43 Leigh Street, Clinton Fire House Parking Lot (north side of the parking lot numbered spaces only), Water Street Municipal Parking Lot and the Clinton Community Center Parking Lot off of Halstead Street.

Free, 2 Hour Parking: Main Street and East Main Street 8am until 6pm Monday through Saturday excluding Holidays

Free, 3 Hour Parking: Lower Center Street and the Lower Center Street Municipal Parking Lot 3 hour limit parking 8am until 6pm Monday through Saturday excluding Holidays


What can I bring into the event?

Bring you love for fun, leisurely outdoor events! In addition to bringing your bicycle, you can bring a picnic blanket, beach chair, cooler, cafe table, get creative- get comfortable! Please note that pets and smoking (pipes, cigars, cigarettes, vapes) are not allowed on the grounds of The Red Mill.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?



What's the refund policy?

This event is a fundraiser for The Red Mill and will take place rain or shine. Refunds are not available.


How do I enter my bicycle into the show contest?

After you have registered to RIDE or to be a SPECTATOR, send an email to with SUBJECT: ENTER MY BIKE in SHOW.  Please include the category you are interested in and supply any pictures (if required)

Which tickets should I get? How much are they?

This really depends on what you want to do that day. If you would like to participate in the ride and enjoy the entire day at the Red Mill, you should purchase an Individual RIDER ticket for yourself for $20 + fees (or early bird pricing of $15). If you are more interested in enjoying the festivities on the Red Mill grounds, then you should only purchase the SPECTATOR ticket for $5 + fees.  

If you are bringing the family-- let's say two adults and four children who are over the age of 6-- you should purchase the GROUP family ticket. It gives your entire immediate family a ticket to ride and access to the grounds for only $60 (+fees) vs. the a la carte price of $120. 

TICKET TYPES and what they get you:

Please select either INDIVIDUAL (RIDERS: $20+ fees or $15+ fees for EarlyBird OR SPECTATORS: $5+fees ) or GROUP (Flat rate of $60 +fees; exclusively for members of an immediate family) tickets 

You will select either a RIDER or a SPECTATOR Ticket. RIDER TICKETS include access to grounds; SPECTATORS grant ticket holders access to grounds, but may not ride. There is no charge for Spectators along the route.

What should I expect of the ride, itself? 

The approximately 5 mile route offers various designated stopping points for water and to take pictures. Volunteer Road Marshalls will help at crossings; riders are to follow their instructions and adhere to the rules of the road. At a leisurely pace, most riders will be able to complete the entire route within one hour. 

Can I volunteer to help?

Yes! "Many hands make light work!" When purchasing tickets, select VOLUNTEER  to fill a specific responsibility and your registration is free.

Or you can email us at with the SUBJECT: Request to Volunteer. Please include your contact information and a note about how you'd like to be involved (Be a Road Marshall, Help at Check In Table, or Help Clean up, etc.)

*This is a non-supported ride on open roads and trails; a waiver is required of each participant; Children ages 17 and under are required to wear a helmet and to be accompanied by an adult.