festivals are relatively new and yet a growing part of the Skate Travel
world. What a deal!
You jump on a plane, travel to a fun city, and join hundreds or even
thousands of other skaters for a weekend of fun.
Plus, not-for-profit local skate clubs
often organize these, so the price is usually unbeatable. A
note of caution: most festivals are geared towards intermediate or
better skaters. Check out these major Skate
New York, New York (August)
event provides a full weekend of activity. Hosted
Empire Skate Club of NY, this is a great weekend in one of the greatest
inline skating cities.
Great Es-Skate, Miami
Beach, Florida (February)
This event was started in 2001 and
immediately impacted the world of skating festivals.
The event is organized extremely well
and attracts about 300 skaters each year.
Over the three days of the event (Friday
through Sunday), the festival generally includes two
Friday Night Skates, a Friday party, a Saturday skate and picnic, a
nightclub party, and two Sunday skates.
organizers do a great job of working with the local government and
police department and in obtaining sponsors. The event benefits the
non-profit Families for Spinal Muscular Atrophy charity and takes place
in February in Miami Beach - what more can you want?
Skate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (June)
festival is the successor to the Philly Freedom Skate, originator of
the skate festival concept in the United States.
Skates generally include a Friday Night
Skate, recreational skates, and more advanced skates.
A host hotel and some meals are included.
Boston, Massachusetts (July)
skate weekend includes several different skates, lunches, snacks, and
evening dance party, and an event t-shirt. The organizers arrange for a
host hotel and invite skaters from around the world to participate.
Skaters need to pre-register to attend.
London, England (June)
is London's biggest skate festival and includes a slalom cones contest
(freestyle and speed), a high jump contest, and other events. It is
also coordinated with the London Inline Marathon. For non-competitors,
there is also inline hockey and a few beginner lessons.
Washington DC (May)
This event is organized by the Washington Area Rollerskaters and is a
free weekend event! Of
course, that also means there will be "no police escorts, no sag wagons, no
goody-bags, and no water trucks" as the website says.
Because of the lack of extras, this
skate is recommended for strong intermediate or advanced skaters only.
The weekend generally includes a Friday night skate and post-skate
party, two Saturday skates and a pizza party, two Sunday skates, and a
Check out the website for details
including local hotel lodging.