Donna Summer Roller Disco Party Is Coming Back to Boston

The annual celebration returns to City Hall Plaza in June.
Donna Summer Roller Disco Party

Photo by Olga Khvan

It’s time to dust off your old skates because the Donna Summer Roller Disco Party is coming back to town this month.

Mayor Marty Walsh announced on Thursday that the third annual celebration of the late singer will be held at City Hall Plaza on Friday, June 17. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

“I am pleased that our Donna Summer Roller Disco Party has proven a success and we are able to bring it back for the third consecutive year,” Mayor Walsh said in a statement. “We are committed to providing our families and residents with free, fun events all year and the roller disco party honors Donna Summer and her Boston roots while energizing City Hall Plaza.”

If you don’t have your own skates, the City of Boston will be providing free rentals on a first come, first serve basis.

Boston hip-hop artist Christian Taylor, aka DJ Kon, will also be returning to spin the decks and will be joined by some of Summer’s family members, including her nephew O’Mega Red.

“That the Mayor shows this respect to Donna each year is something the family truly appreciates,” O’Mega Red said in a statement. “My aunt was very much a true diva and her legacy survives and grows larger with each passing year.” Summer died at 62 years-old on May 17, 2012.

The Boston Roller Derby will be supporting the event, as well as Together Boston, which is returning as a promotional partner.

“To us, Donna Summer is as big as Elvis,” Together Boston creative director and cofounder David Day said in a statement. “She was a pioneer of modern music and approached technology with a confidence few have seen since.”

The third annual Donna Summer Roller Disco Party takes place on Friday, June 17, 6-10 p.m. at City Hall Plaza.


Matt Juul Matt Juul, Digital A&E Writer at Boston Magazine mjuul@bostonmagazine.com