About BAR

Hello Skaters, Bikers*, Boarders & Anyone else on self powered wheel(s)!

We are being cautiously optimistic that by the time August rolls around we will be able to host our beloved Big Apple Roll once again. We miss skating with all of you! Lets celebrate life together again, on wheels!!

August 4th – 8th, 2021
The Empire Skate Club of NY is happy to invite you to our 19th Annual Big Apple Roll (BAR) Skate Weekend in New York City!! We’re busy planning our biggest event of the year; now five solid days of skating. And it’s all TOTALLY FREE!! 


Skaters will be joining us from all around the country and globe to experience the “rush” of New York City on skates.

We’ve got beautiful urban & natural scenery, rolling hills, historic bridges, fast straight-aways (if you like), city skating, island hopping, parks, nightlife and of course, our infamous skates through Times Square & Central Park. Central Park is also the heart of dance & slalom skating, where you can join or watch both for a truly unique experience.

Since it’s always been such a KEY part of our skate family, and where all of our leaders & staff practice their moves, we now include NYC’s fabulous Wednesday Night Skate as the first official skate in the annual BAR! It’s a great way to kick off our event! Come a day earlier and join Empire’s Advanced Tuesday Night Skate as well (for the brave and strong).

We will have skates on Wednesday night, Thursday night, Friday afternoon, Friday night, Saturday morning/afternoon, and Sunday morning. We’re also working on a brand new and REALLY fun event for Saturday night. Stay Tuned!!

BAR will be following the most current CDC guidelines regarding any possible social events, but for now all we care about is skating.  Though we always do have some surprises. We will also have another HUGE raffle, including entries to major skate events & lots of other swag from our sponsors.

For the most up to the minute information, please RSVP on the
BAR Facebook page
. NOTE: Make sure to turn on ALL notifications for this event.

See our 2021 Sponsors hereThank you to all of our very generous Sponsors & Donors!!!

If you have questions or want more information, send email to info@bigappleroll.org.


*ALL Skaters must sign the skate waiver and wear a wrist band. 
FULL protective gear (helmet, wrist-guards, elbow & knee guards) is highly recommended. Helmets & wrist-guards are REQUIRED (but we can’t police this. It is YOUR responsibility).

As usual, there is no registration fee for the BAR.


* Big Apple Roll is not for beginners. BAR 2021 is for intermediate to advanced skaters capable of easily handling street skating in groups during the day and/or night, stopping and turning on all terrain, including hills, and following all traffic laws.

* Cyclists are welcomed as long as they keep in mind that skaters kick-out. Therefore, bikers must give skaters adequate space at all times by riding in the back, front or side of the skaters.

Again, contact us at info@bigappleroll.org if you have any questions.