By Madisyn Hahn
Oct. 10, 2019

This year marks the fifth year of the Skate Art Music Festival at The Bay. The free and family-friendly event will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 from 2:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. This year welcomes the pro-skater Ryan Sheckler and The Sheckler Foundation to the annual gathering which will make it an unforgettable day.

The marketing manager and photographer for The Bay, Lauren Farris said, “Skate Art Music Festival is a celebration of the subcultures found within The Bay and the amazingly talented and diverse group of misfits who call this place home. There are so many incredible moments that happen here on a daily basis and Skate Art Music provides an opportunity for the public to experience and celebrate that with us.”

With an expected 600+ people in attendance, the event will be featuring a skate contest, live music, food trucks, an art show by Eder Muniz, The Sheckler Foundation and more. Performances include local artists  Conny Franko, Ria Gold and Hakim to curate the lineup and shine a light on up-and-coming musicians. The Bay was awarded their $10k “Be The Change” grant this year and with that comes a visit from the Sheckler Foundation.

“Ryan Sheckler, Oscar Loreto Jr., Fabrizio Santos and Manny Santiago will be attending the majority of the event. They will help teach our two sessions of free skate school in the afternoon as well as take part in the open skate session. Ryan Sheckler has been a longtime supporter of The Bay and Skate For Change but this visit specifically is a part of The Sheckler Foundation’s ‘Skate For a Cause Tour.’ We’re so thankful for The Sheckler Foundation and their support and can’t think of a better way to celebrate our fifth year doing the festival,” Farris said.

With the lucky timing of The Ryan Sheckler Foundation, the tour stop lined up with when they usually host Skate Art Music; The Bay decided to join them into one mega-event. Whether you’re 15 or 50, a skater or not, this event is for everyone young or old and everyone in between.

“We create an extremely accessible event that caters to subcultures that are largely underserved in our community. Whether it’s skateboarding, all-ages music, or access to digital resources, we open our doors free of charge and encourage the community to experience The Bay and celebrate the ‘misfits.’ Our mission is always to provide a safe and inclusive space where individuals who don’t feel as though they have a ‘place’ can come to explore their passions and grow alongside like-minded people. Skate Art Music Festival is the capstone event that encompasses the energy that fills our space year-round and it gives the entire community a chance to come to celebrate that energy and each other,” Farris said.

Check out photos of Skate Art Music Festival – 2018 here.

Madisyn Hahn is a multimedia intern with KZUM.