Skateboarder In Midair Doing Trick

Skate Or Die Fest is a single day, all-ages
skateboarding + music + culture experience
at Gas Monkey Live in the heart of North Texas
on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

The ultimate experience for the angsty teenager in all of us, combining the excitement of skateboarding 
with its deep connection to music, art, and culture.

Great Music

Bowling For Soup · Frankie Cosmos · Surf Curse · The Greeting Committee · Summer Salt

Okey Dokey · Guantanamo Baywatch · Not Half Bad · Fragile Rock · Hall Johnson · Loafers · Pearl Earl

We focused on bands which complement skateboarding’s angsty and sweaty vibes, across the genres of surf, garage, punk, and indie rock.

ThisNewBand Female Band Search

We have one spot left in our lineup, and we are looking for the best female-inclusive band to fill it! The winner will receive an opening slot at the festival, $200, a PR consultation, and an interview and portrait session for a feature on the female-centric indie music blog ThisNewBand.

The only requirements are that the band includes at least one female, and is able to come play the festival. (Local is ideal.)

To submit your band, please fill out this form. If you know of the perfect band, don’t just sit there, tell them about this!

Exciting Skateboarding

A high-energy skate competition, featuring 200 skaters competing in three events for $3,000 in prize money.

The world's largest Game of S.K.A.T.E. Competition, plus a Best Trick and Highest Ollie contest.

World's Largest Game Of S.K.A.T.E. Tournament

A single-elimination bracket tournament with 200 skaters competing through 10 action-packed rounds to be crowned the top champion and take home the purse!

Best Trick Contest

The top 16 skaters from the S.K.A.T.E. Tournament earn a spot in our Best Trick Contest, down a sweet stair and rail set, where they compete to earn even more money.

Highest Ollie Contest

Throughout the day, any of the competing skaters can qualify for the highest ollie contest, which will be held prior to the Best Trick.

$3,000 cash purse and prizes

$3,000 of cold hard cash is up for grabs, as well as prizes from skate brands and sponsors.

Apply to compete.

The Experience

Eat delicious food.

Chill with cute adoptable puppies.

Get tangled up in an art installation.

Watch a muralist paint a masterpiece.

Make your own masterpiece.

Explore the vendor village.

Take the perfect selfie.

Dunk a politician.

Be angsty.

Come let loose with friends, make memories, get nostalgic as hell, and bask in the good vibes.

Cherish the amazing fall weather. Historically it’s between 60º and 75º F on this date (and thank goodness because we hate music festivals where you sweat through your shirt, like yuck dude.)

Artist Uprising Vendor Village

Enjoy a great selection of local artisans, curated by Artist Uprising.

Want to participate? Email

Puppy Petting Zoo

Take a break from the music and hang out with some of the sweetest lil puppies you have ever seen. They are all adoptable too, so you could (and should) take home your new best friend. Good boy.


Let out your frustration at the current political climate by throwing some balls at our Politician Dunk Tank. A donation to charity gets you a chance to dunk Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, or perhaps even one of our local politicians. (Want to volunteer to get dunked? Apply here.)

Satisfy Thy Hunger

We’re bringing in some dank food trucks, with delicious fare for everyone, including vegetarians, vegans, and people from Oklahoma.

More information coming very soon.