SkateDC with the Washington Area Roadskaters


About us

The Washington Area Roadskaters (WAR) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote safe and enjoyable skating in the Washington, D.C. area. WAR was founded in 1987 as Washington Area Rollerskaters and is one of the oldest skate clubs in the US. Thousands of individuals have joined together to safely enjoy inline and roller skating in the streets of our fine city.

WAR is also a social organization where many strong and lasting friendships are formed. Our members have very diverse career, social, and educational backgrounds, all sharing a passion for skating. If you are new to the area, are seeking a new form of exercise, or are simply looking to meet new and interesting people, we encourage you to try one of our group skates, meet us, and see D.C. in a whole new way.

Check for upcoming events, subscribe to the Google Email Forum for updates, and discuss your ideas in our Facebook group.

Also check out our video archive page.

upcoming events:

  • Skates depart 10 minutes after scheduled starting times (unless cancelled by inclement weather)

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Spooky rink night

Saturday, October 16th, 6-8pm

Help us celebrate the end of the outdoor skating season as we turn the Salvation Army parking lot into a roller rink complete with a DJ and a pay-as you-go dinner cookout fundraiser with burgers and soft drinks.

This event is open to adults and kids, entry is free, and costumes are encouraged. Proceeds from the cookout will help fund charitable programs at the Salvation Army.

New for 2021: Quad Rollouts

Short routes planned specifically for outdoor roller skating and beginning inline skaters. Supportive learning environment with peer support, a relaxed pace, consistent elevations, and avoidance of bad pavement. Ideal for those skating streets for the first time and those who are coming back after a hiatus. Themes showcasing our city's cultural highlights.

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Skate DC Weekend is especially fantastic. We normally have over 100 participants, many from out-of-town, pleasant weather, and a fabulous time. Skate routes vary from casual to advanced with technical hills, and often include stops for scenery and beer along the way.

Skate of the Union weekend offers recreational skating events, amateur and elite-level timed races, skate boarding, and participants are inspired to achieve their peak potential with the spirit of the Olympics.

The Inaugural Sunday Skate happens in April to mark the beginning of DC's Skating season. Winter is over, so put on your wheels! Also first brewery visit where we review T-shirt ideas and Skate DC weekend details.

Halloween Skate means putting on a costume and rolling around to find the popular hot spots and be part of the fun.

Baltimore Skate Weekend showcased the unexpected gems that Baltimore has to offer, and a great time was had affordably. WAR organized it with help from B-more skaters.

The Eastern Shore Skate is held in the autumn. The last one was led by Mo and it turned out to be a terrific event, with perfect weather and many WAR members participating. Some skaters travelled from other cities and joined us in DC for the Sunday skate.

The WAR Potluck and Annual Meeting is held towards the end of the year, most recently via zoom. Last year it was held at Jon Deason’s townhouse in Rosslyn, Virginia. Dozens attended the party where beer and wine were enjoyed and the food was delicious. WAR business includes electing the board and establishing the schedule for the next year.