A roller skating festival is coming to Metro Vancouver this spring

Feb 27 2020, 4:35 pm

For the first time since the Stardust rink closed in 1983, roller skating is back in North Vancouver.

Presented by the Rolla Skate Club, the inaugural Vancouver Rollerskate Festival comes to The Shipyards on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

The event runs from 10 am to 6 pm and “all kinds of roller skating will be celebrated,” according to organizers.

This, they said, includes lessons, an all-ages open skate session, roller derby bout, and an adults-only Neon Nights skate party to close out the event.

“Roller skating is making a huge comeback, with more options than ever to have fun, get fit, and meet new skate friends,” said organizer Carla Smith. “We want to celebrate by connecting the skate community from around BC and Washington to learn, grow, and roll together.”

A morning of roller skate workshops will kick off the festivities, with options for beginners to experts, ages 6 to 86. Beginner skaters can take a free lesson to get started and experienced skaters can upgrade their skills at workshops with world-class instructors.

The event will also offer the chance for everyone to practice their moves at the all-ages open skate session in the afternoon or later on at the adults-only Neon Dreams Roller Rink party. Pre-registration is recommended for most of these events, as space is limited.

Rolla Skate Club’s Roller Derby Boot Camp program is also presenting a public roller derby bout, and there will be roller dance performances by the Van City Skate Squad and Roller Skate Victoria, a CIB Crew park skating meet-up, and an appearance by Vancouver Junior Roller Derby.

Organizers said the event “ushers in the spring roller skating season at The Shipyards,” and the Rolla Skate Club will be there every Sunday this spring, beginning March 29, for community skating from 2 to 5 pm, with free admission and $10 skate rentals ($8 for kids).

Vancouver Rollerskate Festival

When: Saturday, April 4

Time: 10 am to 6 pm

Where: The Shipyards – North Vancouver