Our favorite day of the year is right around the corner.
That’s right! Go Skateboarding Day 2021 is right around the corner. Whether you’re a first timer or a long time skateboarder, here’s Everything you Need to Know About Go Skateboarding Day 2021.
GSD 2021 promises to be one of the most fun and exciting Go Skateboarding Days yet. But how do you know which event is best for you? Which events are safe for kids? Or how Go Skateboarding Day even came to be?
With the widest network of certified skateboarding instructors, we know a thing or two about Go Skate Day. Let’s get to celebrating!
History of Go Skateboarding Day
Go Skateboarding Day was created by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) in 2004, to promote events in major cities around the world to help make skateboarding more accessible. Just like us here at GoSkate, the goal has always been to encourage more people to skate for the first time.
As a testament to the holiday, Go Skateboarding Day is sometimes referred to as International Skate Day, as what started in the US has since spanned to every corner of the globe.
That being said, most skate shops will throw an event at your local skatepark to encourage young people to get outside and practice the sport of skateboarding. Historically, making skate shops the perfect place to ask about events for your area’s Go Skateboarding Day.
For everything else, GoSkate has you covered!
When is Go Skate Day?
Save the Date! (Monday) June 21, 2021
Summer is set to make it’s official equinox debut and with it the longest day of the year.
With June 21st being the longest day of the year, Go Skate Day holiday lands cleverly by design.
With Go Skateboarding Day being on the longest day of the year, skaters have more daylight hours to partake in their favorite activity. Skateparks from Los Angeles to Tokyo will be full of kids and young adults from sunrise to sunset, hosting contests, BBQs, free raffles, and overall good times.
That means, pack up the car and hit your local skatepark!
Skateboarding comes in many forms, but arguably Go Skate Day is the largest and most authentic communal gathering. It’s the perfect time to check out your local skatepark to get a glimpse at your local skate scene and the people behind it.
What are Some Go Skateboarding Day Events?
Thousands of skateboarders around the world partake in local events for Go Skateboarding Day. You’ll have a host of skate meetups, contests, and communal gatherings to choose from. Here are some events you can expect to see on Go Skate Day 2021:
- Skatepark BBQ: Who doesn’t love a summer BBQ? Skate companies and skate shops will provide a BBQ at the local park, food and non-alcoholic beverages provided. Live music will often accompany the BBQ.
- Skatepark Contests: What goes along perfectly with a BBQ? How about skate contests? Often judged by the local skate shop owners, Go Skate Day contests come in various forms and offer local skaters a way to win skate gear like decks, wheels, trucks, and shoes.
- High Ollie Contest: Skateboards or sometimes a measuring stick are stacked as skaters are invited to ollie the obstacle. With each ollie the measure grows taller as contestants are weeded out until the skater with the highest ollie is crowned the winner.
- Best Trick Contest: Best Trick contests are some of the most exciting skateboarding contests in skating. A particular obstacle in the skate park, typically a rail, a stair set or a launch ramp, will be chosen for a ‘free for all’ contest. Those who are the top skaters of their local park will skate the obstacle to see who can do the ‘best trick’ for prizes. Skaters perform progressively harder tricks and build off one another’s momentum and inspiration, making for some of the most exciting contests to witness.
- Hippie-Jump Contest: The Hippie Jump contest is one of the more accessible and inclusive activities, as skaters are invited to jump over a stick with a clearing underneath for their board to pass through. While the skaters jump over the stick, their board travels beneath until they are reunited on the other side. Like the high ollie contest, the stick is raised and raised (often on cones, chairs or by people holding it) until the highest hippie jump is crowned.
- Video & Documentary Premiers: Skateboarding has always been accompanied by videography and documentation and Go Skateboarding Day is no exception. In fact, Go Skateboarding Day is often when local shops or companies will release a video or premier a documentary. Sometimes after the contests, BBQs, raffles, etc; the perfect way to end the day is with a projector against a skate shop wall for a new skate video.
- Product Tosses: One of the best aspects of Go Skateboarding Day is the free product you can obtain in the form of raffles, prizes and product tosses. Product tosses are a right of passage for young kids to pack together in a crowd and jostle one another for products ‘tossed’ into the crowd. Think of the pro skaters or the company owners standing on the top of the half pipe with 20-30 skaters down in the floor section of the ramp. The pros will toss stickers, boards, wheels, shirts, shoes, you name it and kids absolutely love it.
- Street Takeover: In the largest cities around the world, skateboarders will band together to perform a street takeover. It’s as simple as it sounds, hundreds of skateboarders agree on a meet-up spot and skate for several miles in a group taking over the streets.
Go Skate Day Street Takeover
2021 Go Skate Day Events - Nationwide
Arvada, CO – Denver Go Skate Day Skate tour and open skate. Event Details
Boca Raton, FL – Drop In Action Sports Complex. Contest. Event Info
Brushy Creek, TX Skate Park- Music, food, giveaways. Event Info
Camarillo, CA – Pleasant Valley Skate Park. (Cancelled due to COVID-19) More Info
Chattanooga, TN Skate Park – Live music event on June 19th. Event Info
Chicago, IL – Asylum Skate Park in Lake Bluff, IL Event Details
Chino, CA Skate Park – Best Trick Throwdown. 1 PM- 6 PM. Cash Prizes and Free Product. Info
Cape Coral, FL Skate Park – Contests and Free Admission All Day. Event Info
Cocoa Beach, FL Skate Park – Rail jam, best trick, giveaways, food. Starts at 12 PM. Movie at 8 PM . Info
Colorado Springs, CO – Event on June 19th . Get Details
Detroit, MI – Riverside Skate Park. Best Trick Jam at 7 PM. $750 in prizes. Product toss. Details
Grand Rapids, MI Skate Park– Competitions, Music, and Food. Event Info
Grandview, MO – Free skate camp, food, contests by Varsity Skate Academy. Details
Irving, TX Skate Park – Skate jam – Event Details
Jersey City, NJ- Berry Lane Skate Park. Best trick contest, live music, food. 4 PM- 8 PM. (New York City Skate Scene) Details
Jupiter, FL Skate Park – Best Trick Contest, and Free Park Admission. Event Info
Kennesaw, GA Skate Park – Atlanta Go Skate Skateboarding Event 2021. More Info
Laconia, NH Skate Park – Best trick contest at 4 PM. Details
Lancaster, CA – Pharmacy Skate Shop, Quartz Hill Skate Park. George Lane Park. Giveaway. Game of SKATE 5 PM. Best Trick Contest 6 PM. Details
Lewisville, TX Skate Park – Best trick contest. Info
Lexington, KY – Woodland Skate Park Go Skate Day. 6 PM-8 PM Event Info
Lodi, CA – Kofi Skate Park. Giveaways and open skating. Event Info
Longmont, CO – Skate tour and open skate. Event Details
Los Angeles, CA – Belvedere Skate Park Go Skate Day. Free food, drinks, Powell skate team, and more. Event Details
Los Angeles, CA – Westchester Skate Plaza, Manchester Blvd. Go Skateboarding Day, Bible Study, Food, Picnic, and Skating. Info
Louisville, KY – at Breslin Skate Park at 12 PM. Free Pizza. Louisville Skatepark contest at 3 PM Info
Mammoth Lakes, CA – Wave Rave Snowboard Shop. Giveaways and music. Event Info
Minneapolis, MN Go Skate Day 2021- 425 Portland Ave. S. Meet at 6 PM. MOB the Streets at 7 PM. Rain or Shine. Event Info
Naples FL Skate Park – Go Skate Day – SWFL Tour with Special Guest Jamie Thomas Event Info
New Rochelle, NY Skate Park – Contests and open skating. Details
New York City, NY – Manhattan. Central Park. 4 PM- 7 PM. Meet at Skaters Road. Event Details.
New York City, NY – Manhattan. Blue Park. DC Product Toss. Event Details.
North Port, FL Skate Park – Open skating. Event Details
Oakdale, CA Skate Park– Product Toss Details
Oceanside, CA – Melba Bishop Skate Park. BBQ, best trick contest, game of SKATE Event Info
Orlando, FL – Howard Middle School. Event Info
Phoenix, AZ – Deck Park. DC Product Toss. Get Info
Pontiac, MI – Skate Park Fundraiser. Free skate lessons. Details
Portland, OR – Downhill street ‘Go Skateboarding Day’ bomb session. Event Details
Richmond, VA – Celebration at Texas Beach Skate Park. Skate Lessons at 9:30 AM. Skate Jam and Food at 5 PM. Details
San Antonio, TX – San Pedro Park. BBQ, skate jam, and prizes. Info
San Antonio, TX – Peacock Alley. DJ and Music. 1 PM. Details
San Diego, CA – Chicano Park. DC Product Toss. Event Details. Another event will take place at Robb Field in the afternoon.
Santa Ana, CA – Centennial Park, Best Trick Contest More Info
Shreveport, LA – Stoner Skate Park. Drinks and Free Giveaways. Event Info
Stamford, CT Skate Park– Scalzi Park. BBQ and Skating. Event Info
Stroudsburg, PA Skate Park – Session and Giveaway 3PM-6PM Event Info
Tampa, FL – Skatepark of Tampa. Go Skate Day Session Event Details
Tupelo, MS -Tupelo Skate Park Food, contests, music, giveaway. 6 PM-10 PM Details
Venice, CA – Venice Skate Park Event Details
Cardiff UK – Bute Square. 2 PM. June 26th, Details
Edinburgh, UK – Dalmeny Street. 3 Pm. Details
Leeds, UK – Millenium Square. Game of SKATE. Contests, Giveaways Info
Manchester UK – Go Skate Day at Graystone Action Sports. Giveaways, Lessons, and Contest. Info
Orillia, ON, Canada – Skate ParkPrizes, games, giveaway. Details
Regina, SK, Canada – Go Skate Day Event. Event info
San Juan, PR – Event Details
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