Friday Night Skate
Every other Friday throughout summer, hoards of people glide through Copenhagen for no other reason than the sheer joy of skating. More of a fun group activity than a competition, each skating event has a different route between 18 and 21km long, and it’s a great way to see more of the city at night.
Since it started in San Francisco in 1989, the popularity of Friday Night Skate has spread across the world to the Netherlands, Germany, France, the UK and many other countries. Between 500 and 1,500 people take part in each event, and you don’t need to sign up or pay to join in. All you need to do is turn up with your skates around fifteen minutes before the event begins.
The event is very organised, with MC-officers to keep traffic away, blockers who set the pace of the skate, and Flying Nurses for first aid if necessary. You should be experienced in skating to some extent, and you’ll want to remember to pack your helmet as well as elbow pads and knee pads. If you don’t have a helmet you can borrow one at the starting line for a small deposit.
The skate starts at 8pm at the Solbjerg Plads in Frederiksberg, behind the Frederingsberg metro station. To get there, hop on the M1 or M2 metro and it’s just a fifteen minute journey away. If you’re looking for food nearby, try Bentzons Pizzeria which is just a few minutes’ walk away.
If you miss the event on the 5th, you have another chance to take part in the last skate of the year on the 19th September.
You may even have so much fun that you find yourself breaking into song: They see me rollin’, they hatin’…