Bayskate Miami Is Coming Soon: Grab Your Roller Skates and Fly, Pelican, Fly

After a few seasons, Bayskate Miami is back and it should be better than ever this year. Once a monthly rollerskating jam, Bayskate is now a three-day holiday boogie.

If you don’t know, you need to know.

Bayskate Miami will transform the large circular walkway around the fountain in Bayfront Park into a roller skating rink. They build a stage and throw on deejays to spin old school classics that take us all back to our childhood where we once had birthday jams on Saturday tween nights. It starts early and they make it all ages but the adults sorta take over from 9pm to 12am. The area will be surrounded by food trucks, a picnic area, a bar selling cocktails and beers, and it’s free! FREE! Community free love. FOR FREE!! That’s Bayskate Miami.  And it will run Friday, December 20th to Sunday December 22nd.

It will be like our version of Rockerfeller Center in NY with ice skating but we will be Rock-a-hella Chillin outside in Miami on roller skates. 305-till-we-skate-or-die!

Bayskate Miami Fun For All Ages

Bring your skates or roller blades, even a skateboard or anything with wheels you can kick….and you’re good. If you need to rent skates, all good, they got a booth for that. It’s so cute! Peeps flying by like pro skaters, zipping by like speedy squirrels, skating backwards, jamming to some dance move, while others struggle with balance, clinging to a friend’s hand or the railing on the side, just like when we were all shorties!

Forever young. The venue is perfect because the walkway is wide and surrounded by park benches so you can rest if needed. This event is inspiring. Listen. You have to have perspective! It’s December, there’s snow in cities, the North and Midwest are struggling with relentless sub freezing temperatures. And here we are chilling, in our multicultural beauty, skating, all ages, wearing shorts, looking and feeling oh so fly.

Bayskate Miami came together with some grant money and community engagement, but let’s hope the event becomes a yearly tradition.

Bayskate Miami Hours

December 20th: 4 pm – 11 pm

December 21st: 4 pm – 12 am

December 22nd: 1 pm – 12 am

Free Admission.

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J.J. Colagrande

Has written about Miami culture for almost twenty years, first with The Miami Herald, then Miami New Times and Huffington Post. He's the publisher of The Jitney and a full-time professor.