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Inaugural roller skating festival rolls into Vancouver this spring

Let the good times roll! Roller skating is poised to make its return to North Vancouver for the first time since the Stardust rink closed up in 1983 thanks to a new roller skating festival.
Lace up April 4, when the Shipyards in North Van hosts the Vancouver Rollerskate Festival. Photo iSt
Lace up April 4, when the Shipyards in North Van hosts the Vancouver Rollerskate Festival. Photo iStock

Let the good times roll! 

Roller skating is poised to make its return to North Vancouver for the first time since the Stardust rink closed up in 1983 thanks to a new roller skating festival.

The inaugural Vancouver Rollerskate Festival will wheel its way into the Shipyards on Saturday, April 4, with a full day of free-wheelin' fun for skaters young and less young.

Hosted by Vancouver's Rolla Skate Club, the Rollerskate Festival will feature a full slate of programming, including an all-ages open skate session, skating performances, a roller derby bout, and lessons. The day will be capped off with an adults-only Neon Nights skate party, too.

When it comes to learning how to lace up your skates and really roll, the festival will have free beginner lessons, while experienced roller skaters can sign up for workshops hosted by world-class instructors. Pre-registration is recommended for most of the event’s special programming, like workshops and the adults-only skating party. You'll find the full schedule for the festival online.

What's more, the Vancouver Rollerskate Festival is part of the launch of spring roller skating at the Shipyards. The Rolla Skate Club will preside over free skate sessions this spring starting March 29. Held every Sunday, the community skate events will feature $10 skate rentals for adults, and $8 for kids.

Vancouver Rollerskate Festival

When: Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: The Shipyards Rink, 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Cost(s): 
Workshops – $25 each, $40 for two, $50 for four
Family skate session – $10 rentals for adults, $8 for kids
Neon Dreams adult party – $15 with own skates, $25 with rentals

 

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